It’s National Dance Day! This fun-filled day of music and movement, celebrated annually on the last Saturday of July, is inspired by one of my favorite TV shows, So You Think You Can Dance.
The thing I love about dancing is that anyone can dance! It’s a “no experience necessary” activity (Shhh! Chris is proof of this!)—you don’t need any lessons, an instruction manual, or even any practice—just move and do your own thing. It can’t get much better than that. ☺
And while you’re moving and doing your own thing, you’re also burning some serious calories—around 100 every 20 minutes! The best part is, you’ll be having so much fun that you won’t even realize you’re working out, and the more you “get into it,” the more calories you’ll burn!
Anyone can find a favorite style of dance because there are so many to choose from: zumba, jazz, salsa, swing, ballroom, hip-hop, line, modern, belly, Latin, or invent a new one that’s all your own.
Dancing is also a great family-friendly activity—even the littlest ones can participate. It can be as simple as turning on your favorite tunes, gathering the kiddos, and moving to the music. Teach them some of your favorite moves and learn some of theirs. Or try one of the many dance-inspired video games that appeal to pretty much everyone from toddlers to grandparents.
So ditch that Saturday to-do list for a while. After all, “Life is short and there will always be dirty dishes, so let’s dance” (James Howe).