National Dance Day
Once a year — a hot Saturday in July, to be exact — booty-shakers across the U.S. join together for National Dance Day, the brainchild of none other than So You Think You Can Dance executive producer, Nigel Lythgoe.
The idea of the "holiday" is to bring experienced dancers, along with novices, together to, well, just move. This year's holiday falls on Saturday, July 28 and the grassroots initiative has organized events across the country, including official and unofficial National Dance Day classes around Austin.
If collective choreography is your thing, you can drop into a Butler Community School class at Ballet Austin on Saturday to try one — or both — of the new official National Dance Day Routines created by The Dizzy Feet Foundation. The day starts at 9:30 a.m. with a universal Zumba routine for the general dancing crowd, but there's also a Hip-Hop Master Class from So You Think You Can Dance all-star Lauren Gottlieb at 2:30 p.m.
Galaxy Dance Studio on South Lamar is also celebrating National Dance Day with a special Booty Bash that should be as fun as it sounds. At 2:30 p.m., take your spot in the studio and move to the best (or worst) booty songs of the 90s with Galaxy's favorite instructors.
All National Dance Day classes can be attended for a suggested donation of only $10. They are expected to fill up, so get their early to stretch and strike a pose.
Maybe hip-hop and Zumba aren't your bag, but National Dance Day could be just the kick you need to get back into a new dance routine.
You can always start slow by busting out these National Dance Day moves in the comfort of your own home, thanks to a handy instructional video.