24 Jul Get Into The Groove On National Dance Day
There are plenty of reasons to get up and dance now and then. Not only is it fun, but it can actually improve your physical and mental health. Despite its benefits, most people don’t spend a lot of time dancing, especially not without an event to motivate them. If you need a good reason to get moving, the Dizzy Feet Foundation has one for you. Since 2010, the organization has hosted National Dance Day on the last Saturday of July. This year’s celebration is coming up on Saturday, July 25, 2015.
A day to dance
Started by Nigel Lythgoe, co-president of the DFF and co-creator of the popular television show, “So You Think You Can Dance,” National Dance Day encourages everyone in America to boogie for their health. A celebration of the event is held each year at Grant Park in Los Angeles, thanks to the support of the Music Center. In its first year, National Dance Day earned the support of Sen. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who has long supported initiatives to improve the health of people in the U.S. Norton even presides over yearly Dance Day celebrations at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. This year, the holiday will also see events hosted at Lincoln Center in New York City.
Anyone can groove
You don’t need to be near one of those major cities to take advantage of Dance Day festivities, either. The DFF’s website has videos available to introduce beginners to dance routines that they can do wherever they are. Fortunately for seniors with limited mobility, or anyone with physical disabilities, the organization has created both sitting and standing routines, so anyone can get in on the fun.
The DFF isn’t the only organization helping people to realize the benefits of dance. Some retirement communities now offer dance therapy and classes can be found at many recreation centers. Yes You Can Dance, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, partners with health care and community groups, such as the United States Senior Citizens Program, to teach seniors and people with disabilities how to move to the music. The organization recruits volunteers from the area to act as instructors and dance partners, whether or not they have dance experience.
If you’re still skeptical about the power of dance to help you live better, even AARP recommends it for seniors. The organization reported that dancing can help increase strength and flexibility, improve mental health and mood, and may even protect against chronic health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. According to AARP, it’s best for seniors to start simply, then work up to more difficult moves to get the most of out your routine without overdoing it.