About National Dance Day
National Dance Day has moved from the last Saturday in July to the third Saturday in September each year.
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.
From the U.S. National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus, Medical Encyclopedia, Dance your way to fitness:
“Do you think you can dance? If you are not sure, why not give it a try? Dancing is an exciting and social way to work out your body. From ballroom to salsa, dancing works your heart and helps build strong bones and muscles. Because dancing is so much fun, you may forget you are exercising.
Health Benefits of Dance
Dancing combines the benefits of aerobic plus weight-bearing exercise. When you dance, you get many physical and mental health benefits, including:
- Better heart health
- Stronger muscles
- Better balance and coordination
- Stronger bones
- Lower risk of dementia
- Improved memory
- Reduced stress
- More energy
- Improved mood"