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Crowds flock to Grand Park to celebrate National Dance Day

Downtown Los Angeles serves at West Coast flagship site

Juliana Norwood | 8/1/2013, midnight
Thousands came out to show their moves at Grand Park and to celebrate National Dance Day.

Thousands came out to show their moves at Grand Park and to celebrate National Dance Day.

Grand Park served as the official West Coast flagship site for the free community-wide celebration on Saturday, July 27.

Attendees were able to dance with executive producer and co-creator of “So You Think You Can Dance” (SYTYCD), Nigel Lythgoe; film director, producer and SYTYCD judge, Adam Shankman; choreographers Napoleon and Tabitha Dumo (“NappyTabs”); SYTYCD cast members, and more. Participants also got a rare opportunity to take dance lessons and enjoy an open-dance party in the splash pad of Grand Park’s historic fountain.

National Dance Day has become a growing movement since its 2010 launch by Lythgoe, who created the day as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and combat obesity. The event received official acknowledgement by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-District of Columbia) in a congressional resolution declaring the last Saturday in July to be the country’s official National Dance Day.

Activities and events of all sizes take place across the country on this day. The Kennedy Center served as the official East Coast location.

The event, which was presented by the Music Center and the Dizzy Feet Foundation—founded in 2009 by Lythgoe, Shankman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Katie Holmes, to support, improve, and increase access to dance education in the United States—acknowledges the national grassroots initiative that promotes the joy and benefits of dance for everyone.