Guest blogger Danielle Marie Georgiou is the Artistic Director and Choreographer of DGDG: Danielle Georgiou Dance Group. She also serves as the Assistant Director of the UT Arlington’s Dance Ensemble.
It’s that time of year again: National Dance Day is Saturday!
Part of the Dance 4 Your Life! initiative (which was established by the Dizzy Feet Foundation and the Larry King Cardiac Foundation to promote dance as a daily part of an active, health lifestyle), the second annual National Dance Day will once again take place at select Six Flags amusement parks. The closest one to us: Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington.
Dance is a proactive way to get moving, to reduce the risk of heart disease and to combat both childhood and adult obesity. And, just as importantly, it’s fun! Like the mission for Dance 4 Your Life! proclaims: Anyone, young or old, can dance anywhere, without need for a gym membership, good weather, expensive sneakers, or any equipment. So what’s stopping you? DANCE 4 YOUR LIFE!
This year So You Think You Can Dance? judge Mary Murphy, guest judge Robin Antin (creator of the Pussycat Dolls) and choreographers Tabitha and Napoleon (a.k.a. Nappytabs) have created three different pieces of movement for different levels of expertise, making it possible for people of all ages and dance backgrounds to celebrate. The videos have gone viral; tune in, turn on to the movement, and work it out at Six Flags Over Texas.
If you can’t make it out Arlington, but want to dance, consider the many local dance schools that offer classes for kids and adults. As an adult dancer, it can be difficult to find classes that a) fit into a hectic work/school schedule and b) that accommodate someone over the age of 17. My recommendations: Contemporary Ballet Dallas, which offers a multitude of evening classes and Saturday classes, ranging from beginner to advanced ballet, contemporary jazz, modern and hip-hop; and Park Cities Dance, which offers many open-level classes that include similar genres to CBD as well as Pilates and yoga.
Also happening this weekend:
As part of the last weekend of the Dallas Museum of Art’s 9X9 in July, Elledanceworks Dance Company will be performing in the Barrel Vault, responding to various pieces of art in the Silence and Time exhibit. On Saturday, the company will be performing works from its most recent show at 5 and 7p .m., as well as structuring work to “4’33” by John Cage. At 6 and 8 p.m., the dancers will perform smaller, improvised works in various locations throughout the museum.
On Sunday, TASTE DANCE Addison Style! will take place at the Addison Conference Centre from 2-4 p.m. For 10 years, the Dance Council of North Texas and the Town of Addison have partnered to create a rich, interactive and culturally diverse experience. Taste dance by watching, or join in and learn to dance with each presenting group. And all for free. The interactive performance schedule includes appearances by: Authentic Belly Dance Academy, a Broadway musical theater showcase by Jacqueline Porter and Park Cities Dance, work by Jesus Muñoz (courtesy of The Dallas Flamenco Festival, Inc.), and Scott & Su Su East Coast Swing.