The Kennedy Center

National Dance Day: DC Dance History Interactive Lecture & Performance

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Gather on the REACH’s outdoor grounds for National Dance Day, where participants learn about the history of dance in D.C. through an interactive “dance lecture demonstration” created by writer and journalist Lisa Traiger.  The hour features stories and interactive dance elements representing pillars of D.C. dance history, including The Washington Ballet, Knock on Wood Tap Studio, Jones Haywood Dance School, Dance Place, and the legacy of Pola Nirenska, among others. The show will culminate by learning the Kennedy Center’s own “line dance,” created specifically to tell the story of its history and community.  Led by local art maker and former Local Dance Commissioning Project Awardee Sarah Beth Oppenheim and her company Heart Stück Bernie, visitors of all ages and abilities are invited to experience this event together: meet a neighbor, make a new friend, and share space and time through movement.

Free timed-entry passes are required for this performance. To obtain a pass, visit

Presented as a part of the REACH Opening Festival.

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