"Dance 4 Your Life!" Releases Official Dance Routines for National Dance Day 2011
Three instructional videos make the fun of National Dance Day accessible to people of all ages and abilities
Jul 19, 2011 at 2:38 PM EDT
Jul 19, 2011 at 2:42 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES, Calif. –Dance 4 Your Life!, a new national health campaign that invites Americans of all ages and abilities to dance their way to an active and healthy lifestyle, today announces the release of a series of three dance routines for people to learn and perform for National Dance Day. Launched in 2010 by Nigel Lythgoe, Dizzy Feet Foundation co-president and co-creator and executive producer of Fox’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE,National Dance Day is an annual celebration that takes place on the last Saturday in July.
Building on the success of last year’s National Dance Day routine choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon Dumo to Flo Rida’s “Club Can’t Handle Me,” Dance 4 Your Life! today releases three instructional dance videos. Videos are available for streamed viewing on the Dance 4 Your Life! website.
Each video features a leading choreographer teaching original choreography to a hit song that fans can learn in time to participate in National Dance Day. To make National Dance Day accessible to all, each video is appropriate for a different level of ability: (1) beginning and varied abilities; (2) intermediate; and (3) advanced. People are encouraged to perform the routines at official D4YL National Dance Day events at participating Six Flags theme parks on July 30, as well as at local celebrations and flash mobs, and in YouTube video responses.
Mary Murphy, “So You Think You Can Dance” judge and ballroom dance champion, choreographed a salsa-inspired routine to “Mas Que Nada” by the Black Eyed Peas. Geared toward beginning dancers, the choreography is suitable for all levels and includes adaptations for those with disabilities or who are currently sedentary. A wheelchair dancer is featured in this video.
“As a judge on ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ I get to bring dance to people across America every week,” says Murphy. “I’m thrilled to be part of an initiative that encourages people of all ages and abilities to get moving and dance.”
The instructional video for intermediate dancers is choreographed by Robin Antin, choreographer and founder of the Pussycat Dolls. Antin choreographed her routine to “One Club at a Time,” the summer single from Midnight Red.
“Dance is a great way to get fit and boost confidence,” says Antin. “My National Dance Day routine is a fun way for people at home to channel their inner Pussycat Doll and get moving.”
To challenge those who really think they can dance, Tabitha and Napoleon Dumo return for the second year to choreograph an explosive hip hop routine. Their routine is set to LMFAO’s song of the summer, “Party Rock Anthem.”
“We had a great response to last year’s National Dance Day video,” says Napoleon Dumo. “Tabitha and I are honored to come back for a second year and challenge dancers who may already have mastered some hip hop steps to push themselves with new choreography.”
Centered around National Dance Day, Dance 4 Your Life! is a new national health campaign recently announced by the Larry King Cardiac Foundation and Dizzy Feet Foundation. The campaign encourages Americans to incorporate dance into their lives as a way to have fun, improve heart health, and combat obesity. It will feature an information program leading up to National Dance Day on July 30, 2011, a nationwide dance celebration on the day of, and media and tie-in activities throughout the remainder of the year.
Founded by the Dizzy Feet Foundation and the Larry King Cardiac Foundation, with the assistance of CRT/tanaka, in 2011, Dance 4 Your Life! is a national initiative to promote dance as a daily part of an active, healthy lifestyle. Dance is a fun and easy way to get moving, reduce the risk of heart disease, and combat the obesity epidemic. Anyone, young or old, can dance anywhere at any time, without need for a gym membership, good weather, expensive sneakers, or any equipment. So what’s stopping you? DANCE 4 YOUR LIFE! For more information about Dance 4 Your Life!, visit www.dance4yourlife.org.