SUMMIT, NJ - The Connection will offer a day of dance for all ages as it celebrates National Dance Day July 29, with all activities are free and open to the public.

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. This grassroots campaign encourages Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and fight obesity, and 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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Barre Sculpt with Kristin Quigley Russell - 9 a.m.

A 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.

Zumba with Kristin Quigley Russell - 10 a.m.

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

The Connection Dance Team Performance - 10:45 - 11 a.m.

National Dance Day 'Kick Off' - Learn the Official National Dance Day Routine - 11 - 11:15 a.m.

Hip Hop with Jessica Fascenelli-Weisenbach - 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

An energetic hip hop class with dancer, teacher, and choreographer, Jessica Fascenelli Weisenbach. This class will consist of a warm up and innovative hip hop choreography that will mix a variety of hip hop genres from jazz funk to more classic styles.

Participants are instructed to wear sneakers and clothing that allows free movement. No dance experience necessary, the class is open to everyone who loves to move.

Ballet Basics with Lisa Buckley - 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.

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

National Dance Day Children’s Class Schedule

The Connection Dance Team Performance - 10:45 - 11 a.m.

National Dance Day 'Kick Off' - Learn the Official National Dance Day Routine - 11 - 11:15 a.m.

ALL Youth Dance classes - 11:15 - 12 p.m.

Dance classes for children ages 3-up will consist of a warm up, a short 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 3-5

School Aged Dance Party Class: Ages 6-9

Tween Dance Party Class: Ages 10-13

While all activities are free, donations are welcome; with all proceeds to be divided between The Connection and the Dizzy Feet Foundation. The Connection Dance Team will hold a snack sale throughout the day. The Official National Dance Day Routine is available by visiting

For more information, visit The Connection is located at 79 Maple Street.