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Happy Feet: The Connection Celebrates National Dance Day July 30

The Connection for Women and Families is encouraging everyone to put on their dancing shoes for National Dance Day July 30.

SUMMIT, NJ - The Connection for Women and Families is is offering a day of dance for all ages July 30 to celebrate "National Dance Day," launched in 2010 by 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, and is the centerpiece of a grassroots campaign that 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."

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All activities are free and open to the public, with donations welcome. All proceeds will be divided between The Connection and the Dizzy Feet Foundation. The Connection Dance Team, The Crew, 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" Adult Class Schedule

9 a.m. -  Barre Sculpt

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 a.m. -  Zumba

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

10:45 a.m. - Dance Team Performance    

11 - 11:30 a.m. – "National Dance Day" Kick Off

Learn the official "National Dance Day" routine.

11:30 a.m. - Jazz with Leslie Reynolds

An upbeat jazz class with a traditional warm-up followed by fun jazz routine. All levels welcome. Jazz shoes/sneakers or regular sneakers are preferred. 

11:30 - 12:15 p.m. - National Dance Day Children’s Class Schedule (all youth 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. Please wear sneakers or dance shoes and comfortable clothing.

- Preschool Dance Party Class: Ages 3 - 5
- School Aged Dance Party Class: Ages 6 - 9
- Tween Dance Party Class: Ages 10 - 13

12:30 p.m. - Lyrical with Mia Bowyer

A lyrical dance class that places emphasis on the connection between mind and body, encouraging dancers to explore their emotions through dances that push against traditional ballet boundaries. Wear jazz shoes, ballet shoes, socks, or go barefoot. Some dance experience may be helpful, but all are welcome.

1:30 p.m. - Ballet Basics with Lisa Buckley

A basic ballet class which will consist of exercises at the barre, in the center, and moving across the floor. All are welcome. Please wear ballet shoes, socks or go barefoot.

The Connection for Women and Families 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 learn more about their financial assistance program, or for further information, visit TheConnectionOnline.org.  

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