National Dance Day has moved from the last Saturday in July to the third Saturday in September each year.
We look forward to celebrating National Dance Day on September 18th, 2021!
What is National Dance Day?
Established in 2010 by American Dance Movement co-founder, Nigel Lythgoe, and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, National Dance Day is an annual celebration dedicated to dance, that encourages Americans of all ages to incorporate dance into their lives. By creating a focused day of celebration to show support for dance as a valuable form of exercise and of artistic expression, American Dance Movement aims to educate the public about dance and its many benefits, as well as make dance accessible and inclusive to everyone.
American Dance Movement (ADM) believes that participation in dance connects the mind and body, promotes health and wellbeing, connects us with others and enables us to find joy through dance and movement. National Dance Day (NDD) is a day of celebrating dance, in all its forms, and takes place annually on the third Saturday in September.
Accessible to everyone at every ability level, National Dance Day provides:
- An instructional video, made available online, for people to view, learn and share with others wherever they are
- American Dance Movement Co-Hosted events in two key cities, providing free dance classes and performances for all ages and skills levels, with information from a range of community dance organizations
- Nation-wide Event Registration that encourages and supports individuals & communities, as they celebrate NDD
- Strong online presence, allowing everyone to participate, no matter where they are across America
The NDD Routine
Stay tuned for this year’s routine! Dance is a great way to get moving and stay healthy during these challenging times. The routine is meant to be inclusive and accessible for all (dancers and non-dancers of all ages and skill levels) so please translate the routine as necessary and have fun.
Official 2021 National Dance Day Routine
Please Note: Not all choreography is suitable for everyone. Check with your doctor before beginning any exercise to avoid/reduce the risk of injury. Do not start any dance if your physician or health care provider advises against it. If you experience faintness, dizziness, pain or shortness of breath at any time while dancing you should stop immediately. Perform any routine at your own risk. American Dance Movement will not be responsible or liable for any injury sustained as a result of your participation in any American Dance Movement sponsored routines.
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton
Central to ADM’s mission, is increasing exposure to dance (in all its forms) and highlighting dance’s many benefits. National Dance Day supports the realization of this mission by encouraging community partners across the United States to become involved and engaged with the day’s celebrations. Through this grassroots campaign, ADM hopes to encourage Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to move the body, maintain good health and bring joy to their life.
With participation growing every year, we’ve seen events registered in 35 states and online participation in the millions, through participants uploading and sharing their NDD videos.
National Dance Day offers free access to dance, supports diversity and inclusion, and encourages participants to celebrate the art of dance through movement.
Sharing Your Support for Dance
Social media is the perfect way to increase engagement and involvement on National Dance Day. Help us create awareness and get the nation dancing by using your social media outlets to share pictures, videos and personal reflections about dance.
Dance To Give Back
American Dance Movement has a mission to sponsor, fund and/or support dance education programs which expose children in underserved communities with access to the lifelong benefits of dance education through and with local community organizations.
To date, our community grants have:
- Provided support to 89 dance programs in 32 states
- With $1.1 million in funding grants
- Given access to the life-long benefits of dance to 150,000+ children
- 82% of those served from underserved communities
- Supporting dance programming in school, through after-school instruction and social service agencies
Did you know that National Dance Day raises money for American Dance Movement and you can too?
Funding received through sponsorships and donations on National Dance Day provide the necessary support for our Community Programs. American Dance Movement makes grants to community organizations and other tax-exempt entities in the United States, providing dance education programs to children in underserved communities within the US. Through its grant recipients, American Dance Movement seeks to give children the experience of dance, educate them about the many styles of dance, and to expose them to the lifelong benefits that dance has to offer.
In doing so, American Dance Movement is able to:
- Increase access to high-quality dance education across the United States, through the community programs we fund
- Support dance programs that provide an outlet for creative expression, benefiting children with life skills that go beyond the dance class
- Increase appreciation for dance, the art of dance, and movement
- Share the benefits and joy of dance, particularly to those who may not have otherwise had the opportunity to experience it
Not only does National Dance Day provide free access to dance for everyone, it also allows the community to come together and raise money for a great cause. Your fundraising event can help contribute to our shared vision and mission, and passion for dance. American Dance Movement will also formally recognize events who fundraise for the foundation on the National Dance Day page as an official “National Dance Day Supporter”.
Donating is Easy!
- Register your event on our National Dance Day Event Directory.
- When registering your event on our National Event Directory, let us know if you intend to fundraise at your event in support of American Dance Movement – whilst not compulsory, we appreciate any support given on our national day of dance. Find creative ways to raise money – the ideas on how to raise money are endless!
- Collect the money and count how much you have raised at the end of the event.
- Share your success! Share your fundraising successes on social media and your support for making dance accessible
Click HERE to Donate
2021 Partners and Sponsors
We are so pleased to have American Heart Association as a partner and sponsor, bringing dance to schools across the nation through their Kid’s Heart Challenge/American Heart Challenge!
Want to learn more about how they are bringing dance to schools?
Partnering with American Dance Movement for the fifth year, the Kennedy Center will host this year’s free activities right in the heart of the nation’s capital. The Kennedy Center is America’s living memorial to President Kennedy. Under the guidance of Chairman David M. Rubenstein, and President Deborah F. Rutter, the nine theaters and stages of the nation’s busiest performing arts facility attract more than three million visitors to more than 2,000 performances each year, while center-related touring productions, television, and radio broadcasts reach 40 million more around the world. The Center produces and presents performances of music, dance, comedy, and theater; supports artists in the creation of new work; and serves the nation as a leader in arts education. With its artistic affiliates, the National Symphony Orchestra and Washington National Opera, the Center has produced more than 300 theatrical productions, and dozens of new ballets, operas, and musical works, in addition to hosting numerous international cultural festivals. The Center and its affiliates stage more than 400 free performances by artists from throughout the world each year on the Center’s main stages, and every day of the year at 6 p.m. on its Millennium Stages, which are also streamed live, online. To learn more about National Dance Day Events at the Kennedy Center, please visit www.kennedy-center.org.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts believes in the power of the arts to transform lives. Sharing experiences and exploring the arts together, we discover and learn to appreciate our similarities, drawing us closer and creating a more culturally connected world. The Center is committed to supporting artistic excellence, offering unsurpassed experiences and engaging with the entire community in fresh, exciting ways through the irresistible attraction to live performance and a diverse array of inspiring arts-based education and community engagement programs.
The Center offers a vast array of live performances in its six venues and year-round free events on its Julianne and George Argyros Plaza for audiences of all ages. Segerstrom Center is also home to the American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School and the School of Dance and Music for Children with Disabilities. The Center is a leader among the nation’s performing arts centers for providing education programs designed to inspire young people through the arts. The Center’s programs reach hundreds of thousands of students each year in five Southern California counties. Community engagement programs developed through the Center for Dance and Innovation and Center Without Boundaries also connect the Center more comprehensively with Orange County’s many diverse communities.
For more information on National Dance Day at the Segerstrom Center, visit SCFTA.org. Follow Segerstrom Center on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat (@SegerstromArts).
“For the Love of DANCE” is a day-long virtual event celebrating National Dance Day 2020 and is meant to be a message of hope and solidarity with the dance community, not only of New York but across the country and the world. Seven diverse companies from around the country have contributed excerpts of their works, which will air every hour on the hour. The final hour, beginning at 8pm, will feature video messages from special guest dance notables, from ballet, modern dance, Broadway and beyond; a re-stream of the original dance films, “Lift Every Voice”; and four/four presents “TETHERED”, featuring music by Jon Batiste, and film premieres by Arielle Rosales of Soles of Duende, followed by four/four presents, “TETHERED VIII, A Love Letter to New York,” co-curated and produced by our guest presenters. The cast includes appearances by BGirl Rokafella, Daphne Lee, Denys And Antonina, Kester “Flexx” Estephane, Gus Solomons, Larissa Gerszke, Havoc, Matthew Rushing, Omari Wiles, Sonya Tayeh, and Zoey Anderson. They will be dancing to the music of Akie Bermiss and Rachael Price of Lake Street Dive, who will be performing a medley of NYC songs and a full rendition of “Autumn in New York.”
For more information about SummerStage and National Dance Day, visit https://cityparksfoundation.org/events/for-the-love-of-dance/?date=20200919
Please Note: American Dance Movement and National Dance Day logos are Trademarked logos. Outside of the official poster provided to registered events, these logos cannot be used by anyone outside of official National Dance Day Host Venues and/or Sponsors of American Dance Movement in any given year. If you would like a copy of our Official National Dance Day Supporter Poster, please be sure to register your event. Poster graphics & design , whole or part, can also not be replicated or altered.