What’s happening: Philadelphia Dance Day

A scene from one of the workshops of the 2012 Philadelphia Dance Day.

How would like to take part in Philly’s biggest dance party of the year?

On Saturday, July 26, Philly Dance Fitness and other local dance companies will team up to host 20 completely free dance workshops for the fifth annual Philadelphia Dance Day nonprofit celebration.

All dance enthusiasts (even those with two left feet) are invited to take part in classes ranging from Zumba and cardio belly dancing to ballet and tango taught by local studios like Studio 1831, Headlong Studios and Major Moment Studio.

The festival’s goal is to unite the community in celebrating dance as a powerful platform for creative expression and physical activity.

Throughout the day, participants can tour studios around the city (several are within walking distance of each other) to sample free 30-45 minute dance workshops. Then, in the evening, for a nominal $5 fee, join the main event at the historical Ethical Society Building as it kicks off with a huge Zumba party, followed by more lessons and open social dancing. Plus, local volunteer instructors and dance groups will put on a performance showcase that is not to be missed.

In 2013, the celebration gathered more than 450 people, all for the love of dancing, and organizers are expecting an even bigger crowd this year. There’s no need to preregister but workshops are on a first come, first serve basis.

So whether you’re looking to dust off your old tap shoes or just shake up your fitness routine, there’s a workshop here for everyone. Now, get out there and shake what your mama gave ya!

For detailed class descriptions and locations and a full schedule, visit philadelphiadanceday.com.

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