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Looking Ahead: National Dance Day This Saturday!

July 21, 2014
National Dance Day 2013. Photo by Daniel Coston.

National Dance Day 2013. Photo by Daniel Coston.

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and is ready to start a brand new week! I’m getting there. Monday morning coffee is the reason my head is not face down and asleep on my desk right now. But you know what gets everyone awake and groovin’ no matter what? Dancing, of course! Carolinas HealthCare System presents National Dance Day 2014 in the Wells Fargo Plaza (301 S. Tryon St.) on Saturday, July 26, where anyone can jive in whatever way they please — free! The program is part of Blumenthal’s Whirl initiative, sponsored by Piedmont Natural Gas.

National Dance Day celebrates human movement, no matter how old you are. Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer of “So You Think You Can Dance”  and founder of Dizzy Feet Foundation, created this annual event  to promote health and self-esteem through the art form of dance. What better way to raise your self-confidence than through showing off your inner Dancing Queen (or King)?

Our own Education Director Ralph Beck agrees: “National Dance Day is all about having fun and getting some great exercise. No prior dance experience is necessary, and we encourage everyone to come join in all the fun. Last year, we saw people of all ages dancing their hearts out, and we look forward to that again this year!”

It doesn’t matter if you’ve danced since you could walk or if you can barely follow a Zumba class, this event is free to participate in for anyone who wants to move to the rhythm of their own beat. Besides, we’ll have on-site instructors show you all kinds of dance styles, including two National Dance Day routines. Take a sneak peek below to mentally prepare for the fun you’ll have.

Here’s one for the beginners:

 

Here’s one for the more advanced groups:

 

It’s supposed to be a beautiful day on Saturday, so why not spend it with us at The Wells Fargo Plaza in Uptown? Don’t miss your chance to bust a move and be active in a pretty groovy way. Festivities start at 1 p.m. For information, CLICK HERE.

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