National Dance Day is Saturday, July 28, and Dance Alliance invites you to join them for a special workshop and dance celebration modeled after the hit Fox competition, So You Think You Can Dance? The event takes place from 9:30 to noon at the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers.
The workshop and celebration affords participants a rare opportunity to show off their skills in improv jam sessions, develop their best moves as they “dance for their life,” and learn jazz and theater dances taught by Dance Alliance members, a hip-hop routine taught by So You Think You Can Dance star Lauren Gottleib and a Zumba-style piece taught by SYTYCD partner
the Dizzy Feet Foundation.
Participants will have a chance to perform the dances at the event’s end. They may also show a pre-choreographed selection of their choice. Please bring music and limit dances to one
Ages 7 and up are welcome to attend. Dance experience is not required. Participants will be split into levels upon arrival. Be sure to wear dance attire or comfortable clothes and jazz shoes or sneakers.
The event is scheduled to take place on the Alliance’s outdoor amphitheater stage, so be sure to bring plenty of water or your favorite sports drinks to stay cool.
Dance Alliance is the resident company of the Lee County Alliance for the Arts and is dedicated to promoting the art of dance in Southwest Florida through performance, education and community activities.
Dance Alliance was founded in summer 2009 by Lauren LaPatin, Lori Madl, Michelle Verissimo and Jennifer Reed. The dancers had been studying under the tutelage of the late Cynthia Arenillas. Shaken by her death, the dancers were determined to stay together and to fulfill a longtime goal for each of them – to take their training, talents and ideas on to the stage. The women set out to create an education and performing group that would offer Lee County residents more exposure to dance and inspire younger dancers.
National Dance Day is the brainchild of So You Think You Can Dance executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe. According to the show, the day is designed to encourage Americans of all ages and from all walks of life to come together to celebrate movement, fitness and the
creative expression and imagination that dance can spark in all of us.
- WHAT: National Dance Day celebration modeled after the hit show So You Think You Can Dance and hosted by Dance Alliance
- WHEN: Saturday, July 28
- TIME: 9:30-10 (registration); 10-noon (workshop)
- WHERE: Lee County Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, 33919
- COST: $5 suggested donation. Proceeds will benefit The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.
- NOTE: Although this event is based on So You Think You Can Dance concept and organized in the spirit of the show’s National Dance Day celebration, it is not a judged competition or an audition.
The Alliance for the Arts proudly supports artists and arts organizations in our area as the state designated Local Arts Agency for Lee County. The Alliance campus and galleries are open to the
public from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays. The Alliance’s 10-acre campus is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard, just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.