PALM HARBOR - In honor of National Dance Day, Arthur Murray Palm Harbor, located on U.S. 19 N., in the Fountains Plaza, will be offering free dance lessons between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 26.
Anyone who wishes to participate in the festivities should call ahead at 727-786-2224 to schedule a NDD 30-minute private lesson.
So You Think You Can Dance’s (SYTYCD) Executive Producer, Nigel Lythgoe created NDD as a way to encourage the entire nation to enjoy the mental, physical, and spiritual benefits of dance. Arthur Murray Palm has been the SYTYCD official Florida location for the past three year’s events, and will be leading the way again this year.
In addition to the free private lessons being offered on NDD, Arthur Murray Palm Harbor will be offering free group classes leading up to NDD. These classes will include instruction in the choreography prepared by the professionals of So You Think You Can Dance. This year there will be two routines - a basic “Everybody Dance” routine, created by SYTYCD executive producer, Nigel Lythgoe.
This routine has also been adapted to be danced in a seated position, and will be to the song Too Cool To Dance by Eden. Choreographer, Chris Scott, created the advanced routine this year, and it will be danced to Mark Ballas’ Get My Name. Arthur Murray Palm Harbor instructors will be teaching all three versions of the National Dance choreography to allow all ages and dance levels to participate in the fun.
These classes will be offered July 15 at 5:30 p.m., July 17 at 6:15 p.m., and July 22-24 at 7 p.m. at Arthur Murray Ballroom Dance Studio in Palm Harbor. At the end of each class we will be creating a video to send to SYTYCD.
Arthur Murray Palm Harbor's NDD activities will culminate in an open Dance Party from 7 to 9 p.m. At the beginning of the party all attendees will be invited to join the entire country in dancing the SYTYCD special choreography. During the party Arthur Murray instructors will help all attendees to learn some basic steps so that they can dance the night away. This will be followed by a Scholarship Competition at 9 p.m.
The evening will also include a performance showcasing the summer achievements of Arthur Murray’s students from Lighthouse for the Blind. The Lighthouse students will be training with Arthur Murray this summer to prepare for NDD. Their participation in this celebration of bringing people and communities from across the nation together through their creative expression in dance illustrates the true spirit of NDD's goal. All are invited.