National Dance Day
National Dance Day is here! Get your dancing shoes on and tap your toes.
It is possible that dance has a history as old as humankind. Dancing seems like an intrinsic part of human life. Just look at how little toddlers love to dance to the music when they hear it!
Cave paintings from India, 8000 BC, seem to have been the first recorded record of human dance. From 3300 BC, paintings of Egyptians dancing in caves and rock shelters were discovered. Kathak, one of eight classical dance forms that originated in India from the 1600s, is a traceable back to temple and ritual dancings.
In Europe, dance was also growing in popularity in the 1600s. Louis XIV was so enamored of it, he founded the Royal Academy of Dance in 1661.
Modern dance was born in the 1800s, when it emerged from Germany and the United States as a western theatre or concert dance. Modern dance is seen as a rebellion against classical ballet by some.
As dance evolves over time, classic dances such as the waltz have been replaced by jazz, salsa, tap and contemporary.
National Dance Day was founded in 2010. One of its co-founders was Nigel Lythgoe. He was also one co-creator of So You Think You Can Dance. Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Congresswoman from the District of Columbia was also a co-founder of National Dance Day.
National Dance Day’s purpose is to encourage everyone to dance. It promotes dance and joy and raises awareness about the value of dance in everyone’s lives. It’s time for celebration!
Get up and get moving! Get up and dance to the beat, and celebrate National Dance Day. These are some ideas to honor the day.
You can choose your own style and start dancing. You might be just doing a quick boogie in your living room, or you could be going out to ballroom dance. You can also go to a local dance club and do it freestyle. Breakdancing, salsa, ballet and cha-cha are all great ways to get your body moving. It should move the way it needs.
You might need some inspiration to get moving on National Dance Day. A movie about dancing can help you do that! It’s a great way for beginners to start dancing, even though it doesn’t have a lot of plot. These dancing films can help you get started.
Don’t worry if you don’t feel confident dancing. A dancing instructor can help you get better at dancing. Sign up with a partner to take a class at a local YMCA or dance studio. Tap, jazz, classical, hip hop, modern, and many other styles are available.
Are you unsure which dance style to learn? Start by going to the library to do some reading and then go on to research the available lessons in your area.
There are many options to catch a National Dance Day dance show. It doesn’t matter if you want to see a ballet or a musical theatre production with dancers or a Hip Hop and Jazz festival. You might be able to see your children or neighbors perform a dance recital.
Even though it is great fun to watch people dance, you should not spend your entire day just watching them. The day is all about inviting everyone to dance, no matter how old or young, professional or amateur.