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National Dance Day Is a Huge Hit

August 7, 2014
National Dance Day brings hundreds to Wells Fargo Plaza.

National Dance Day brings hundreds to Wells Fargo Plaza.

Everyone was groovin’ and hoppin’ to their own beat during National Dance Day a couple of weeks ago, and we have the photos to prove it! Blumenthal Performing Arts hosted National Dance Day 2014, presented by Carolinas Healthcare System, on Saturday July 26.

It didn’t matter if you were tall, short, old or young — everyone was having a blast learning the dance moves to some of the National Dance Day choreography as well as some crowd favorites thrown in. Hundreds and hundreds of people turned out for this event, everyone scrambling to get the best spot to shake their groove thing; the Wells Fargo Plaza was packed and the energy was as big as the music that played.

Salsa instructor encourages crowd during lesson.

A salsa dance instructor encourages the crowd during a lesson.

National Dance Day was created by Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer of “So You Think You Can Dance,” to promote health and self-esteem through the art form of dance. Blumenthal Performing Arts joined hundreds of other organizations across the country and hosted an array of participatory dance activities that not only got everyone moving, but brought the community together as a whole as well. All participants and organizations jumped and “danced” at the opportunity to share in the spirit of two-stepping and jiving. These organizations have helped put Charlotte on the map and brought everyone together through the power of community and dance!

People packed on to the "dance floor" to learn routines.

People pack onto the “dance floor” to learn routines.

We also had help from Ana Ogbueze, the founder of The Dance District, to pull off the most diverse and well-rounded event possible, ensuring that there was something for everyone. Whether you’re a professional or just an average Joe, it’s an art form that can be universally shared. Ogbueze said, “I used to be a shy kid, and honestly dance is where I felt comfortable for whatever reason … it was just natural, and I just forgot about everything else in life, and it was that common language between me and someone else.”

Want to see more of the inside scoop from National Dance Day? Take a peek at the video below from our own Elise Esasky, who was out and about getting the 411 that day:


Who could blame everyone for such a huge turnout though? Everyone loves to dance, and anyone can do it anytime, anywhere and share it with themselves or with others in the moment. That’s why they say, “Dance as if no one is watching,” and I have to agree with Ogbueze: Dance is truly an art form, and it connects us all.

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