National Dance Day takes place in the United States on the last Saturday in July. American congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, a long-time proponent of healthy lifestyles, introduced a National Dance Day resolution in 2010 to promote dance education and physical fitness. I am the Community Engagement Coordinator for Dancers and Health Together Inc. (or DAHT http://www.dahtinc.org/) which is a non-profit organization that holds success in spreading the awareness for the many different styles of dance and effectiveness in incorporating the trained and non-dance trained individuals and groups of the community as some of it’s core values. So National Dance Day and DAHT Inc. just fit hand in hand with one another!
Since 2011, DAHT has celebrated National Dance Day with a dance showcase and workshop. This year is our third year and everyone is excited to get this workshop underway since we had the showcase last weekend that went really well! Tomorrow’s workshop will include dance classes in Jazz Funk, Modern, Waacking, Contemporary (taught by ME!), Hip-Hop classes, as well as 2 free classes in health/nutrition/dance fitness class and the official National Dance Day dance that we will hopefully get shown on So You Think You Can Dance!
Here is the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/618411371517200/
This will be my first time teaching instead of just putting on the workshop, and I am a little nervous. I have taught many times before and I love it, but to be on the schedule aside really amazing teachers who have taught all over the valley including one of my professors at ASU, and a friend who has taught at The EDGE in LA, as well as a professional choreographer who choreographed for one of the Modern dance companies. And then there is me, a dance student at ASU who has great aspirations to be a professional dancer. But I am not doubting myself, I am just urging myself to bring it and be a great teacher for that hour!