I really don’t watch much TV anymore but one of my absolute favorite shows (which just returned, yay!) is So You Think You Can Dance! I absolutely love this show! I always make sure to start watching during the auditions so I can go ahead and pick out favorites and am thrilled when my favorites make it to the top twenty. I love watching all the dances, I enjoy watching the dancers grow throughout the show, I cheer for my favorites, I disagree when certain dancers go home instead of others, SYTYCD is definitely a show that I never get bored watching. Hubby will actually watch the show with me and I love that I can enjoy a “grown up” show with Abby. She loves to dance and will often “dance” along with the dancers. She’s so cute, I need to record her sometime.
Usually I like all of the dancers but there is always one or two that really stick out and become favorites for me. So far this season my absolute favorite dancers are (in no particular order) Malece, Amy, Fik-Shun, Aaron and Jasmine H. I liked Brittany but unfortunately she has already left the show. I’ve really enjoyed the dances so far this season but can’t say yet which one is my favorite. I can say that my all time favorite dance from all the seasons I have ever watched was the contemporary piece “Time” by Mia Michaels that Lacey and Neil performed during Season 3. I LOVED this number! This beautiful piece was dedicated to her dad and was about her reuniting with her dad in heaven, about Mia and Dad dancing again. This dance was so moving and I cried while watching it. If memory serves me well, I believe all the judges had tears in their eyes at the end of the routine.
And thanks to my love for So You Think You Can Dance, I discovered that National Dance Day is this Saturday, July 27th. While watching SYTYCD this week, I saw several previews about the upcoming day. How they are encouraging everyone to get up and dance and I just had to do the same! I also learned quite a bit more about the Dizzy Feet Foundation (which I honestly first heard about while watching one of Abby’s Angelina Ballerina DVDs). Because of my love for dance, I just had to share about National Dance Day and the Dizzy Feet Foundation.
Here is a bit more information about National Dance Day:
Launched in 2010 by “So You Think You Can Dance” co-creator and Dizzy Feet Foundation co-president Nigel Lythgoe, National Dance Day is an annual celebration that takes place on the last Saturday in July. This grassroots campaign encourages Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and combat obesity. NDD achieved national recognition when Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), a long-time proponent of healthy lifestyles, announced at a press conference on July 31, 2010, in Washington, D.C., that she was introducing a congressional resolution declaring the last Saturday in July to be the country’s official National Dance Day.
*(information from the Dizzy Feet Foundation Website)
Each year, the DFF creates fun instructional dance videos for people to learn, perform and share with others as part of NDD. These videos are created by some of everyone’s favorite SYTYCD choreographer’s and features some of everyone’s favorite dancers from the shows! Not that great of a dancer? No worries! This year, DFF co-presidents Nigel Lythgoe and Adam Shankman choreographed an “Everybody Dance” routine for people of all levels of ability! It looks super easy! So no excuses, get up and give the dance a try!
*video shared from the Dizzy Feet Foundation website to help encourage you to dance!
Please visit the Dizzy Feet Foundation Website for more information about National Dance Day, more fun instructional videos as well as fun videos everyone has submitted showing off their dance skills!
I think the Dizzy Feet Foundation is so wonderful and that is one reason why I wanted to help share about National Dance Day. What is the Dizzy Feet Foundation? Here’s a little more about their mission from the website:
Dizzy Feet Foundation was founded in 2009 by Nigel Lythgoe, Adam Shankman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Katie Holmes, among others, to support, improve, and increase access to dance education in the United States. Guided by a board representing all aspects of the American dance community, the foundation’s mission is threefold:
1) To sponsor, fund, and/or support dance education programs which expose children in low-income areas to the lifelong benefits of dance education through and with local community organizations.
2) To provide scholarships to talented students studying at accredited or nationally regarded dance schools, studios, or institutions.
3) In conjunction with recognized credentialing organizations, to support and increase the quality of all styles of dance education in the United States.
I have always loved dance and I share my love with Abby. She loves to just dance around the house and I encourage her as much as possible. We definitely plan to dance on National Dance Day! While there are no flash mobs or any big get together in my area, I still plan to have fun dancing around the house and checking online for videos from NDD. I really wish I lived closer to Washington D.C. so I could join the fun. I would love to meet Nigel and Adam (and Mary and Sonya and Twitch and Tabitha and Napoleon and, who am I kidding, I want to meet them all) in person!
Most of all… Get Up And Dance on National Dance Day! Have Fun!
Disclosure: I was not asked to write this post nor was I compensated in any way. I simply love So You Think You Can Dance, as well as dancing, and wanted wanted to share information about National Dance Day so you can join in! I also love the missions behind the Dizzy Feet Foundation and wanted to help spread the word. My opinions were in no way influenced, all thoughts are my own. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. If you have any questions you are welcome to contact me.