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National Dance Day

Dancers on National Dance Day

Date When Celebrated : This holiday event is held on the third Saturday in September

A Change of Dates: National Dance Day was moved from the last Saturday in July, to the third Saturday in September, at the request of the American Heart Association (AHA). The AHA wanted to link this to their Kid's Heart Challenge in September. 


Make no mistake. This is not a day to be a couch potato. Come on, get up off the couch and dance up a storm. Dance all day and dance the night away, as today is National Dance Day. The goal of this holiday event, is to encourage Americans of all ages to get more valuable exercise, to fight obesity, and as an artful expression.  Dancing burns up calories, strengthens your heart and tones your muscles. An active, fast dance helps keep you in shape, while you are having the time of your life.


National Dance Day celebrates all forms of dance. Get you heart pumping with "Break Dancing". You can do the Twist, Disco Dancing, the Charleston, the Macarena, the Boogie, the Freddie(yes, there was a dance by this name), or the Swim! Want to be a little provocative? Do the Bump or be a belly dancer. If you're into ballroom dancing, grab your partner and do a Waltz, Cha-cha-cha, or Tango. Perhaps ethnic or tribal dances are your thing, like Irish dances, the Polka, or clog dancing. You can also dosey-do with your partner in a good old fashioned barn dance or try square dancing. Oh, and don't' forget the "Hokey Pokey" and the "Chicken Dance". They are perfect for people with two left feet. The list is too long to mention them all.   


One of the most memorable American dance experiences, was the television show American Bandstand. This musical performance and dance show aired from 1952-1989. It was hosted by the infamous Dick Clark.


All you have to do to celebrate this day, is to tune in to the music, and step up to dance, dance, dance. You can dance by your self, or with others. Dance in you living room, at a club, or enter a dance marathon.

Dancers National Dance Day

 Today's Memorable Movies:

  • Dirty Dancing (1987) with Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.
  • Singin' in the Rain (1952) with infamous dance Gene Kelly.


Have a Happy National Dance Day!

Related Holiday: International Dance Day

Today's Quote: " Every day brings a chance to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance." - - Oprah Winfrey

History and Origin of National Dance Day:

This holiday was created in 2010 by Nigel Lythgoe, the co-creator of "So You Think You Can Dance" and co-founder of the American Dance Movement. Creation of this day was in partnership with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, who introduced a resolution for this day in the United States Congress.

We found a few references to a National Dance Day in April. the references only date back to about 2018-2019.


This holiday event is a true "National" day, as there is a congressional resolution for it.

Definition of "National" Days

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