Editor’s note: This article was originally published July 12, 2013
It’s a proven fact that I can’t dance. That doesn’t keep me from occasionally pirouetting through my house, swiveling my hips at some new dance class or flapping my limbs around to good music.
In the spirit of dance as fitness, Ballet Austin is offering up some special events at the Butler Community School to celebrate National Dance Day on July 27.
Nigel Lythgoe, co-founder of the television dance competition "So You Think You Can Dance" and co-president of the Dizzy Feet Foundation, started the day as a way to celebrate dance and combat obesity. (I love the idea, but have never been able to watch the show more than a few minutes because I can’t get beyond that female judge who screams so enthusiastically.)
The Dizzy Feet Foundation has created two official routines - a challenging hip-hop master class routine by "So You Think You Can Dance" choreographers Napoleon and Tabitha Dumo, and a more beginner-friendly "everybody dance" routine by Lythgoe and Adam Shankman.
In Austin, you’ll be able to take a session to learn one of the routines or any of eight other classes designed to get you moving. Once students here have more or less perfected their moves, school staff here will tape the two official routines and submit the videos to the National Dance Day 2013 officials. (You don’t have to be in the videos if you don’t want to.)
Classes, which are open to adults and children ages 8 and up, are $10 each or $28 for an all-day pass. They’ll take place at the Butler Dance Education Center, 501 West 3rd Street. Proceeds will benefit Ballet Austin’s scholarship program.
You can watch and practice the two official routines ahead of time, check the class schedule and sign up for classes at www.balletaustin.org/nationaldanceday.