National Dance Day is headed online on Saturday, September 19th! The virtual programming (all free, by the way) is presented by in partnership with the Kennedy Center, American Dance Movement and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), and will feature dance organizations and schools across all eight wards in DC.
Set to run from 11am ET to 6:45pm ET, it’ll be a full day of action! Should be super fun, so be sure to mark your calendar and tune in via Kennedy Center’s Facebook and/or website; here’s the schedule according to the organizers:
11:00 – 11:45am Ward 8: The Washington School of Ballet’s SE Campus
Instructor Monica Stephenson will teach a beginner ballet class geared especially for ages 8-10 but open to all ages and abilities. Grab your barre, a chair or counter top that comes to waist level to join in this beginner class!
12:00 – 12:45pm Ward 3: City Dance POP!
Two 20-minute classes and two chances to learn different movements! Join CityDance’s all levels jazz class with an energizing warm up and a jazz combination to the hit song, “The Other Side” from Troll’s World Tour movie. CityDance POP! breaks down iconic dances and choreography from everyone’s favorite music videos and movies in its “Sippin” Series. Learn the choreography from “We’re All in This Together,” from High School Musical!
1:00 – 1:45pm Ward 1: Dance Institute of Washington (DIW)
Learn a contemporary dance to Michael Bublé’s “Feelin’ Good.” Originally choreographed for one of DIW’s students who performed it at the Black Lives Matter Plaza earlier this summer, DIW instructor Ashanté Green will teach a portion of the choreography for you to learn!
2:00 – 2:45pm Ward 6: DivaDance DC
Slay your cardio (while having fun!) to Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love.” With a sweaty, stress-free dance environment, gain confidence through a choreographed fitness dance class!
3:00 – 3:45pm Ward 7: Northeast Performing Arts Group
Experience a lively jazz class from this award-winning, culturally based arts and education program from instructor Arrington “AJay” Lassiter.
4:00 – 4:45pm Ward 5: Dance Place
Participate in an all-levels Afrobeats class taught by Dache Green. The class combines African, hip hop, and contemporary movements for the whole family. It will include rhythmic changes, athletic movements, and provide dancers with freedom to interpret and express themselves including minimal improvisation.
5:00 – 5:45pm Ward 4: Dance Loft on 14
Join in on both a deep house urban contemporary class and a disco class by Dance Loft on 14! The deep house urban contemporary with instructor Ronya-Lee incorporates aspects of African Diaspora dance, principles of modern dance, syncopation, floor work, and footwork. The re-Disco class, taught by Gabriel Mata is a tribute to the 1970s, a glance into the preserved history from writer Tim Lawrence and music by DJ Jason Peters. The class will have a big movement warm-up, go over some disco moves, and will create line dances. It is recommended to have sneakers and ample space to move for this class.
6:00 – 6:45pm Ward 2: Kennedy Center
Join the Kennedy Center to learn the official National Dance Day routine* from American Dance Movement! Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton will give a short virtual welcome prior to the dance instruction. *Routine to be announced by American Dance Movement soon.
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