Dance Big D!—a celebration of the 3rd annual National Dance Day—will feature a flash mob on July 27 at noon in Victory Park AT&T Plaza in Dallas.
National Dance Day was started in 2010 by So You Think You Can Dance co-creator and Dizzy Feet Foundation co-president Nigel Lythgoe as an annual celebration held on the last Saturday in July.
The Dallas event, sponsored by The Dance Council of North Texas (DCNT), seeks to promote dance participation and bring attention to the Dallas arts scene. Anyone is welcome to participate.
The event will be videotaped and submitted to the National Dance Day video contest. The DCNT also invites people to videotape their own dance mob using the “Everybody Dance” sequence taught by Lythgoe and SYTYCD judge Adam Shankman found on the Dizzy Feet Foundation webpage (http://dizzyfeetfoundation.org/national-dance-day) and to submit it for inclusion in the DCNT video.
All details are listed on the event page at www.facebook.com/nationaldancedaydallasflashmob.
Preparations are going on across the country for National Dance Week, which starts April 26 and runs through May 5. Bay Area National Dance Week will kick off this 10-day festival of classes, performances, and other dance events with One Dance, an all-inclusive flash mob, to be held April 26 at noon in San Francisco’s Union Square. One Dance, presented by Rhythm & Motion Dance Workout Program and Dancers Group will open with small groups presenting their own choreography, followed by a group dance, learned from video and rehearsed beforehand. One Dance ends with a celebratory line dance for performers and audience.
For more information and a schedule of events visit http://bayareandw.org/.
To view the instructional video visit https://vimeo.com/62202106.
Dance schools, troops, and teams eager to participate in this year’s National Dance Week Flash Mob on April 27 can begin learning this year’s moves and grooves created by Sarah Jo Fazio, who has choreographed for Six Flags productions, musicals, Vegas shows, and half-time shows for the New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, and others.
National Dance Week, running April 26 to May 5, supports the mission of “Celebrate Dance and Promote Fun Fitness.” Flash mob participants are urged to film their group in action, and submit the video. Last year, 60 entries were received from groups of families, friends, dance studios, and community members from around the country, which were then posted on the National Dance Week website.
Fazio, a graduate of Oklahoma City University, is a past recipient of the America’s Young Choreographer Award, and works for such organizations as Dance Olympus, International Dance Challenge, Tamjams, Dance America, and Starstruck. She also has many CDs on the Statler recording label, as well as a dance instructional video for intermediate and advanced dancers.
To learn the choreography, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Wqw1g-j3Rgs.
Visit http://www.nationaldanceweek.org/ for more information or to view videos from 2012’s flash mob.
National Dance Week Foundation has announced the winners of its first flash mob video contest, congratulating all winners for “exemplifying the mission of National Dance Week: to celebrate dance and promote fun fitness.”
The 2012 NDW Flash Mob winners include: #12 New Canaan Dance Academy, Connecticut; #51 The Dance Studio of Fresno, California; #23 Patricia Bostick Dance Center, Pennsylvania;
#8 Mary Lou Hale’s School of Dance, New Jersey; #21 Gotta Dance, New Jersey; #54 Savage Dance Company, Maryland; #24 KMC Dance Illuminations Performing Company, Pennsylvania; #5 Muscota, first grade class, New York; #43 The McNulty School of Irish Dance, Illinois; #11 Attitude, Plus! Dance Studio, California; and #19 Northwest Missouri Academy of Dance, Missouri (Special Award for Creativity).
Visit www.nationaldanceweek.org to watch the videos and check out ongoing news reports about next year’s celebration.
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National Dance Week Foundation has created a contest to celebrate participation by dance studios, groups, and teams across the country in the first-ever National Dance Week Flash Mob scheduled for April 21.
Participants can film their group’s performance and upload it to YouTube with the tag “National Dance Week Flash Mob.” All entries must fill out the NDW Flash Mob form (form and uploading instructions are available at www.nationaldanceweek.org.) Viewers can then vote for their favorite flash mob videos.
To be considered for one of 10 prizes, videos must be submitted by May 1. Groups can also visit the organization’s website to view a video of flash mob choreography by hip-hop master Geo Hubela. National Dance Week runs April 20 to 29. Full details are available at www.nationaldanceweek.org.
The National Dance Week: New York City festival has planned three special events geared to get NYC residents up and dancing.
Events include a flash mob in Union Square at 5:30pm June 15 when resident choreographer Michelle Robinson will lead more than 20 dancers showcasing moves from the ’20s and the’50s, as well as current trends.
A kickoff event is set for June 15 at 6pm at Union Bar, 204 Park Avenue, with drink specials, a dance party, door prizes, raffle, and surprise performance. To RSVP visit www.venugo.com/?module=venueparty&id=134.
The culminating performance to celebrate NYC arts will be held June 26 at 3pm at Salvatore Capezio Theater at Peridance, 126 E 13th Street. The show will feature presentations by American Tap Dance Foundation: Tap City Youth Ensemble, Aveia, Ballet Noir, Billy Elliot the Musical, COBU, Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn, Flamenco con Magdalena, The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory, and Marie-Christine Giordano Dance.
Tickets are $14 for early bird special, $15 in advance, or $20 at the door. More information can be found at http://bit.ly/ndwnycperformance.