American Dance Movement Set to Move and Groove with 2022 National Dance Day Activations from Coast to Coast
American Dance Movement (ADM), formerly the Dizzy Feet Foundation, has announced that National Dance Day will be celebrated on Saturday, Sept. 17, with a variety of official celebrations and community events across the country. The national holiday, recognized by Congress, is dedicated to supporting and sharing the joys and benefits of dance and movement.
“Dance has always been a powerful medium for individuals of all ages and backgrounds to come together and express themselves artistically,” said Nigel Lythgoe, co-founder of ADM. “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to bring dance to cities around the country and get more people moving together on National Dance Day.”
ADM has been encouraging communities to get moving through dance for more than a decade by funding dance education in underserved communities, as well as educating the public on the many benefits of dance, such as improved cardiovascular health, self-confidence, self-expression, social skills and more.
“We look forward to National Dance Day every year as a celebration of self-expression and as a way to encourage physical activity that anyone can do,” said Adam Shankman, co-founder of ADM.
Since 2010, ADM has created an instructional dance video of the National Dance Day routine that invites participants to learn original choreography and put their own spin on it. The routine brings together dancers and dance enthusiasts around the globe to come celebrate National Dance Day as a form of valuable exercise and of artistic expression.
This year’s official National Dance Day 2022 routine features choreography by Emmy winner Derek Hough, “Dancing with the Stars” standout Hayley Erbert and popular choreography duo Cost n’ Mayor. The routine is set to Rhys Fletcher and Rusty B’s high-energy collaboration, “Burning (La La La),” which will serve as the National Dance Day anthem during its global celebration on Saturday, Sept. 17.
This year’s instructional video includes a step-by-step tutorial of the National Dance Day routine, performed by Hough, Erbert, Cost n’ Mayor and other talented dancers including Chelsie Hill, Paula Ayotte, Lyrik Cruz and Kris Terry. The tutorial provides translated options of the choreography in an effort to include participants of all abilities and skill levels. This year’s routine is available on ADM’s YouTube channel and website at https://bit.ly/NationalDanceDay2022.
Anyone may participate in National Dance Day by taping a video of themselves doing the choreographed routine and sharing on social media. National Dance Day celebrations will be held from coast to coast with in-person events in Washington, D.C., Orange County, California, Los Angeles, and West Palm Beach, Florida.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. will highlight the abundance of dance in the D.C. metropolitan area by kicking-off the weekend-long celebration with performances by artists on the Millennium Stage on Thursday, Sept. 15 and Friday, Sept. 16. On Saturday, Sept. 17, the Center will host an all-day interactive event with a variety of free dance classes, film screenings, and performances for all ages and skill levels from organizations and artists including flamenco, modern, West African street styles, tap, ballet, contemporary and more beginning at 1 p.m. In addition, the Center is in collaboration with local organization Dance Place and the Center’s Social Impact department to curate the three-day celebration.
At Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California, the National Dance Day lineup will feature live performances and interactive dance lessons in a wide variety of dance styles from dance artists and local organizations from 1 to 5 p.m. PT. The day will begin with a warmup with Studio D: Arts School for All Abilities, and all ages, abilities and levels are welcomed to join. ASL interpretation, a bilingual Spanish and English host and performance by ABT Gillespie students will be part of this year’s celebration.
The Raymond F. Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Florida will host interactive dance workshops and live performances by local dance groups showcasing a variety of styles from noon to 6:30 p.m. ET throughout the campus. To round out the evening, guests will learn how to salsa and enjoy live music from a trio of artists beginning at 7 p.m. ET.
ADM has partnered to present two events in the Los Angeles area on National Dance Day. The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, a new co-host for 2022, will host an official National Dance Day event from 10 a.m. – noon PT in Beverly Hills, California. Participants will have the opportunity to learn the official routine with finalists from “So You Think You Can Dance” at the dynamic cultural hub and community resource. The holiday will also be celebrated at Westfield Century City with a free event beginning at 1 p.m. PT and the chance to learn the official National Dance Day routine.
Additional details will be shared on each of the venues’ respective websites. To learn more about American Dance Movement and National Dance Day, visit the website at AmericanDanceMovement.org.