What is dance? The definition of dance is: to move rhythmically to music, typically following a set sequence of steps. Studies have shown that babies as young as five months old will start to pick up rhythms in music and, as they grow older, will naturally start creating their own dances. Dance is an important developmental milestone for children, which often gets overlooked. Just like many art forms, dance may come more easily to some than others, and some seem to have been born to it. Despite this diversity in skill level, everyone CAN dance.
Dancing is one of my favorite forms of art. There is something universal about rhythm and music that seems to inspire everyone to get up and move. I took many forms of dance classes growing up and it was my childhood dream to be a New York City Rockette. Even though that dream did not come true, I am grateful for all that I learned and experienced in my 15 years as a dancer.
Launched in 2010 by “So You Think You Can Dance” co-creator and Dizzy Feet Foundation co-president Nigel Lythgoe, National Dance Day is an annual celebration that takes place on the last Saturday in July to promote a healthy lifestyle in a new way. On Saturday, July 26, Kidspace will be celebrating National Dance Day along with dozens of other organizations across the United States! This will be the first year that Kidspace will be participating, and we’re all dusting off our dance shoes and practicing our steps!
National Dance Day is breaking the mold and encouraging everyone to get up and move. Encouraging dance is one more way a parent can encourage their child to feel free, happy, and to offer them another way to be healthy. Vicki Baum once said "There are short-cuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them."
Come dance on over to Kidspace on National Dance Day, Saturday, July 26, 2014! Enjoy international performances by the LA Dancers & Choreographers, celebrate free-style in the courtyard with our Kidspace Dance Party, participate in a group friendship dance, and even learn some new moves with dance instruction from professional performers! Explore the ballerina art of Edgar Degas and try your hand at your own dancer art, help create a group mural to music in the style of Jackson Pollock, and make a percussion instrument of your own so that the rhythms of the day follow you home!
Samantha Mendoza, Educator & Interim Outdoor Education Specialist, has been with Kidspace since 2011 and also works at the Los Angeles Zoo.