National Dance Day
A FREE Millennium Stage Performance
The Kennedy Center and Dizzy Feet Foundation, in conjunction with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, present a free, two-hour celebration featuring performances by AXIS Dance Company
, dance lessons, and talent from Dizzy Feet Foundation including Jenna Elfman
and hip-hop dancer Fik-Shun
in honor of National Dance Day
. AXIS offers a program of physically integrated dance, evolving from collaboration between dancers with and without disabilities in celebration of the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and National Council on Independent Living Conference. This performance is supported by the Rosemary Kennedy Education Fund, a Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program. Jenna Elfman and Fik-Shun will lead patrons in dance routines and demonstrations.
Launched in 2010 by So You Think You Can Dance
co-creator and Dizzy Feet Foundation co-president Nigel Lythgoe
, this grassroots campaign encourages Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and combat obesity. National Dance Day achieved national recognition in July 2010 when Congresswoman Norton, a long-time proponent of healthy lifestyles, introduced a congressional resolution declaring the last Saturday in July to be the country's official National Dance Day. For more information about National Dance Day, visit the Dizzy Feet Foundation website
Dizzy Feet Foundation has produced instructional dance videos
available on their YouTube channel
featuring dance routines for the public to learn in advance of the day's performance. Instructors will be on hand for group lessons July 26. This year, Dizzy Feet Foundation is pleased to include two versions of the Beginner "Everybody Dance"
routine (one is "seated"), choreographed by SYTYCD co-creator, executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe to the song "Too Cool to Dance" by Eden. The Advanced
routine, choreographed by SYTYCD choreographer Chris Scott to Mark Ballas's "Get My Name," is for those who want to challenge themselves. The public is also encouraged to submit videos of themselves performing the routines. EVENT SCHEDULE5–7 p.m. in the Grand Foyer: AXIS Dance CompanyJenna Elfman and Fik-Shun lead Dizzy Feet routinesDancers from the CityDance Conservatory