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National Dance Day coming to Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is proud to present the 12th annual National Dance Day (NDD) in partnership with American Dance Movement (ADM). Segerstrom Center joins The Kennedy Center as the official site of this year’s National Dance Day celebrations on Saturday, Sept. 18. Recognized by Congress as a national day of dance, NDD promotes dance as a form of valuable exercise and artistic expression.

Segerstrom Center events will be held from 4:00 – 8:00 pm. on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. Dancer/Actor Tony Bellissimo to emcee the evening, which will feature fully inclusive and interactive dance lessons in a wide variety of dance styles, along with opportunities to learn this year’s official NDD routine, choreographed by Brian and Scott Nicholson, accomplished dancers, singers, and artists who have toured as dancers, choreographers and creative directors for Ariana Grande. The Nicholsons have been working with the popstar for the past 11 years and were recently nominated for a MTV Video Music Award for “Best Choreography” for their work on Grande’s “34+35” video. The day’s celebrations will also include performances and classes by:

  • Chinese Dance Company of Southern California
  • Miriya Lee – Kpop workshop
  • N8tive Hoop
  • Dr. Jewel & African Soul International – African dance workshop
  • Students from Segerstrom Center’s American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School
  • And more to come!

Bank of America is the presenting sponsor of inclusive programming for National Dance Day’s West Coast celebration. Thanks to Bank of America’s continued generous support for Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Studio D: Arts School for All Abilities, the Center will release a recorded video in the weeks leading up to the event with an adaptable dance warm-up and sensory guide frontloading what to expect day-of. During the event, there will also be a workshop led by Studio D dance teachers and musicians, encouraging movers of all abilities to participate in the celebration. This workshop will be open to all, including current Studio D students, Center patrons, participants from the Challenger program, Bank of America’s Disability Action Network, and the general community.

The West Coast celebration will also highlight the impact that dance has made across artistic genres. Throughout the day, Segerstrom Center’s new neighbor, the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) will present Global Groove (1973), a seminal video work by Nam June Paik (1932-2006), who is widely considered the inventor of video art. Global Groove is a hallucinatory mélange of images, text, and sound that anticipates the music video genre and serves as an early manifesto on international communication. With dance as a recurring motif connecting disparate clips and art forms, this iconic work suggests an unbounded world of possibilities for new forms of expression to arise through cross-cultural and transdisciplinary encounters. Guests can delve further in a DIY video art-making workshop and create their own digital “groove” inspired by Paik’s artistic language on their mobile devices.

National Dance Day was launched in 2010 by “So You Think You Can Dance” co-creator and American Dance Movement co-founder Nigel Lythgoe in partnership with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, who introduced a resolution declaring the last Saturday in July to be the country’s official National Dance Day. As of 2019, National Dance Day celebration is celebrated annually on the third Saturday in September. Founded by Lythgoe and Adam Shankman (producer of “Hairspray”, “Step Up,” “What Men Want” and more), American Dance Movement has created an instructional dance video of the National Dance Day routine since 2010 that invites participants to learn original choreography and put their own spin on it. The grassroots campaign highlights the importance of physical activity through dance, which, in addition to improving cardiovascular health, also improves self-confidence, self-expression, and social skills. To learn more about American Dance Movement and National Dance Day, visit the website at AmericanDanceMovement.org.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is an acclaimed arts institution as well as a beautiful multi-disciplinary cultural campus. It is committed to supporting artistic excellence, offering unsurpassed experiences and to engaging the entire community in new and exciting ways through the unique power of live performance as well as a diverse array of inspiring arts-based education and community engagement programs.

Previously called the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Segerstrom Center is Orange County’s largest non-profit arts organization. In addition to its six performance venues, Segerstrom Center is also home to the American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School and the School of Dance and Music for Children with Disabilities.

The Center presents a broad range of programming for audiences of all ages, featuring international ballet and dance companies, national tours of top Broadway shows, jazz and cabaret, contemporary artists, classical music performed by renowned chamber orchestras and ensembles, family-friendly programming, and free performances on its plaza, such as outdoor movie screenings, concerts, community and cultural festivals.

Segerstrom Center is a leader among the nation’s performing arts centers for providing education programs designed to inspire young people through the arts. The Center’s programs reach hundreds of thousands of students each year in five Southern California counties. The CDI supports flagship artistic programming and a wide range of projects that celebrate innovation, nurture creativity and engage audiences of the future. The Center Without Boundaries develops partnerships with non-cultural organizations to help them in their own efforts to respond to the ever-changing needs of the community.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is also proud to serve as the artistic home to three of the region’s major performing arts organizations: Pacific Symphony, Philharmonic Society of Orange County and Pacific Chorale. Each contributes greatly to the artistic life of the region with annual seasons performed at the Center. In addition to Segerstrom Center for the Arts as a presenting and producing institution, it also identifies the beautiful 14-acre campus that embraces the Center’s own facilities as well as two independently acclaimed organizations: Tony Award®-winning South Coast Repertory and a site designated as the future home of the Orange County Museum of Art

This article was released by Segerstrom Center for the Arts.