“National Dance Day is not about Steps of Faith. It’s not about just one dance studio,” said Julie Reeves, artistic director for Steps of Faith. “It’s about dancing in general and I just really felt like these two ladies were two that I’d like to work with [and] we could put together a good event that would encompass more of the community and not be a Steps of Faith event because it really shouldn’t be. It really should be a National Dance Day event and it should be for the whole community.
“[At the event, we enjoy] seeing people get out there that don’t take dance and have never danced before just learning to just enjoy movement and [celebrate] the art as it is, not trying to perfect it, just celebrating it.”
Spearheaded by Nigel Lythgoe — co-creator of the FOX television series “So You Think You Can Dance” and co-president of Dizzy Feet Foundation — the fourth National Dance Day offering will be Saturday. To reach people throughout the country, the Dizzy Feet Foundation website, www.dizzyfeetfoundation.org, has posted videos of two choreographed routines for people of all skill levels to learn and perform.
According to www.dizzyfeetfoundation.org, “Launched in 2010 by ... 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.”
In Cartersville, complimentary classes — ranging from ballet to tap and hip-hop to musical theatre — will be conducted throughout the day for children and adults at the three dance studios. At 3:30 p.m., the event will move to downtown Cartersville’s Friendship Plaza. Along with performing individual dances, the studios will teach then lead the public in the National Dance Day’s “Everybody Dance” routine.
“Each studio through the course of the day is offering free classes for anyone to come in and [test] the waters and dance,” said Terri Kayser, artistic director for Cartersville School of Ballet. “Maybe they’ve never tried a tap class or maybe they’ve never tried a jazz class or hip-hop. So it’s just your opportunity to test all kinds of different dance styles and then we’ll culminate it at the end by coming together at the Friendship Plaza. Each of the different studios are going to perform several dances individually, then we’re going to take some time and slowly teach the dance to celebrate National Dance Day.
“... Maybe you’ve experienced one style of dance but not all and you wanted to see what that would be like and this is an opportunity to just get a little taste of that or possibly maybe someone in the community has never danced and this is an opportunity for them to try something out new that they might have always secretly wanted to do and then plus it’s free. Maybe someone can’t afford to always go and take a dance class on a daily basis or a weekly basis, so this also gives that opportunity just really for everyone in the community to taste dance.”
For Fusion Dance Company Director Kasey Ashworth, the opportunity to introduce people to the world of dance will be an exciting and rewarding experience.
“We wanted to be a part of this because we really want to share what dance is with the community and just show the community that three different studios offer completely different styles of dance but when you bring them together, they’re all for one cause and that’s to spread the love of dance,” Ashworth said. “Whether you come to classes or you participate in the dance, we want you to leave having a good time and looking back on dance as something that makes you smile.”
For more information about the dance classes, call Steps of Faith, 770606-0506; Fusion Dance Company, 404-358-4403; and the Cartersville School of Ballet, 7703864779.