Yesterday Lythgoe tweeted, “Text, Tweet or write your Congressman or woman and ask them to support Eleanor Holmes Norton’s initiative to establish a National Dance Day.” His goal is to “prove that the ‘Power of Dance’ can MOVE an entire Country!”
National Dance Day, nicknamed D-Day, is a grassroots day to encourage young and older people to get together and celebrate through dance movement. Any style viewers may see on “So You Think You Can Dance” is encouraged, as well as any dance style that hasn’t been featured on the seven-season show.
Participants can film themselves doing their dance routine, including the original choregraphy by Nappytabs on YouTube, and your video may be featured when the show airs each Wednesday and Thursday.
If you’re a dance enthusiast and want to get involved with Dance Day, Chicago has plenty of activities from now until July 31. The 14th annual Chicago Summer Dance will be in Grant Park with 39 different live bands, the opportunity to get dance lessons and dance around a 4,600 square foot, 100 percent recycled dance floor. There will also be dancing in the Chicago Park District and Navy Pier.
Chicago Summer Dance in Grant Park is on Thursdays to Sundays with dance lessons from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday and 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The live music and dancing is from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Dancing at Chicago Park Districts and Navy Pier vary.
Dance categories from now until Dance Day on July 31 include African diaspora; traditional Russian, Yiddish, Klezmer and Gypsy dance; Chicago steppin’; swing and jazz; traditional salsa; Texas swing; western swing; ballroom; jitterbug; Cha-Cha; mambo; and Puerto Rican Bomba.
If none of these categories are your cup of tea, there are plenty more dance categories after Dance Day until Aug. 29. Other dance categories include polka; waltz; Oberek; Maur; Csardas; samba; Bulgarian Horo and Rachenitsa; Argentine tango; salsa; Cha-Cha: East Coast swing; ’50s and ’60s Oldies dance (pony, mashed potato, twist); mambo; bachata; merengue; rumba; jive; Serbian, Croatian and Macedonian dances; Latin jazz; and Chicago bop.
If you live in the Rogers Park area, there will be a Dancin’ in the Park night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thurs., Aug. 12, at Willye White Park, 1601 W. Howard. The event will have one hour of steppin’ and hip-hop choreography dance instruction from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., and open dancing from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Street parking is available.
For more info:
Chicago Park District
Chicago Summer Dance (14th anniversary)
“Get Excited for National Dance Day”
Nigel Lythgoe (unverified account) on Twitter
Rogers Park “Dancin’ in the Park” Day
“RSVP for National Dance Day”