Celebrate National Dance Day in Orlando with Free Classes and Performances

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July 14, 2015 by Nicole

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The Center for Contemporary Dance has partnered with Orlando Ballet School and National Dance Day Orlando Founder & Creative Director Holly Harris to present this year’s celebration of National Dance Day on Saturday, July 25, 2015.

Activities include free dance classes led by the area’s top dance educators and designed for students of all ages, levels and abilities. The day also includes free performances by Orlando’s most respected professional dance companies.

Morning classes and performances take place at Orlando Cultural Park, located at 530 E. Princeton Street in Orlando, across from Loch Haven Park.  Additional morning and afternoon classes take place within walking distance of the Park at Orlando Ballet School Central Campus, located at 2201 McRae Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803.

“Dance is for everybody,” says CCD Executive Director Craig W. Johnson, “It’s important to increase our community’s access to high quality dance experiences through events like National Dance Day Orlando.”

Since its Orlando debut two years ago led by Creative Director Holly Harris, National Dance Day Orlando has served more than 800 dancers of all ages and levels.  “In addition to its incredible and inclusive dance classes,” says Harris, “National Dance Day Orlando gives audiences the opportunity to see some of the area’s finest dance professionals, with free performances by Orlando Ballet, Moore Dance Project, DG’s Afro-Latin Dance Project, Dawn Branch Works, Red Bull BC One and more.”

This year, activities have been expanded to include more cultural offerings, classes for students with special needs and a morning celebration where participants of all levels learn and perform the official National Dance Day routines, created by choreographers from the hit show So You Think You Can Dance. Classes and Activities Include:

Community Dance Celebration at Orlando Cultural Park
8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
•    Stretch and Cardio
•    National Dance Day “Everybody Dance” Routines
•    Performances by Orlando’s Professional Dance Companies

Free Classes: Morning Session at Orlando Ballet Central Campus
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
•    Creative Movement l (ages 3-4)
•    Creative Movement ll (ages 5-6)
•    Creative Dance for Special Needs (ages 6-8)
•    Creative Dance for Special Needs (ages 9-12)
•    Creative Dance for Special Needs (ages 13+)

Free Classes: Afternoon Session at Orlando Ballet Central Campus
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Ages 7+
•    Beginning Ballet
•    Intermediate/Advanced Ballet
•    Beginning Modern
•    Intermediate/Advanced Modern
•    Beginning Barre
•    Pilates
•    Beginning Hip Hop
•    Intermediate/Advanced Hip Hop
•    Beginning Breakdance/Street Dance
•    Salsa
•    Swing
•    Modern Latin
•    African
•    Beginning Contemporary
•    Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary
•    Beginning Broadway Jazz
•    Intermediate/Advanced Broadway Jazz
•    Improvisation
•    Dance Fitness
•    Stretch and Recovery

Launched in 2010 by FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance co-creator and Dizzy Feet Foundation co-president 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 fight obesity while expanding access to the arts. National Dance Day 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.

To view a detailed schedule of events and to pre-register for dance classes, please visit nationaldancedayorlando.com.

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