SUMMIT, NJ - A day of dance -- for all ages -- is on tap as The Connection celebrates 'National Dance Day' on Saturday, July 28 with all activities free and open to the public. Launched in 2010 by "So You Think You Can Dance" co-creator and Dizzy Feet Foundation president Nigel Lythgoe, 'National Dance Day' is an annual celebration that takes place on the last Saturday in July, and which encourages Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and fight obesity.

'National Dance Day' achieved national recognition when Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) introduced a congressional resolution declaring the last Saturday in July to be the country’s official National Dance Day.

'National Dance Day' Adult Class Schedule

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9 - 10 a.m. -- Barre Sculpt with Kristin Quigley Russell

Start the day with a great low impact, dancer’s workout that integrates the fat burning format of interval training, the muscle shaping techniques of isometrics and the elongation principles of dance conditioning.

10 - 11 a.m. --  Zumba with Kristin Quigley Russell

Continue your workout with a fun and high energy dance / fitness class set to fun international rhythms.

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. -- Ballet Basics with Lisa Buckley

Come join us for this basic ballet class which will consist of exercises at the barre, in the center, and moving across the floor. All are welcome! Participants are asked to wear ballet shoes, socks, or go barefoot. 

12:15 - 1:15 p.m. --  Just Dance with Shelby Effron

Adults will get to participate in a fun, upbeat dance class as Shelby Effron will lead a basic dance warm up, including an isolation and stretching portion. Dancers will get to do short combinations of dance across-the-floor for a brief portion of class. To end the class, dancers will learn the National Dance Day routine.

National Dance Day Children’s Class Schedule

11:45-11:50 a.m. -- The Connection Dance Team Performance

11:50-12:10 p.m. - National Dance Day kick off. Learn the official National Dance Day routine.

12:15 a.m. – 1 p.m. --  ALL Youth Dance classes

Dance classes for children ages 3 and up will consist of a warm up, a short and fun dance routine and dance games. All abilities are welcome. Participants are asked to wear sneakers or dance shoes and comfortable clothing.

Preschool Dance Party Class: Ages 3-6

School Aged Dance Party Class: Ages 7-11

Donations are welcome, with all proceeds divided between The Connection and the Dizzy Feet Foundation. The Connection Dance Team will hold a snack sale throughout the day.

To check out and practice the Official National Dance Day Routines, visit dizzyfeetfoundation.org/national-dance-day.

The Connection is located at 79 Maple Street.

The Connection  is a non-profit, human service organization providing a variety of programs and activities open to everyone in the community regardless of physical ability or economic circumstance. To find out more about our financial assistance program or how you can help us help others with a donation, visit TheConnectionOnline.org.