WHO: Ballet Austin’s Butler Community School
WHAT: National Dance Day 2012 Hosted by Ballet Austin
WHEN: Saturday, July 28, 2012
WHERE: Ballet Austin’s Butler Dance Education Center
501 West 3rd Street (at San Antonio Street)
AGES: Adults and children ages 8 and up
COST: Classes are $10/single class, $25/all day pass
AUSTIN, TX – July 2, 2012 – On Saturday, July 28, Ballet Austin serves as the local venue for the third-annual National Dance Day, an event from the Dizzy Feet Foundation in connection with the hit FOX Television series So You Think You Can Dance.
Join Ballet Austin’s Butler Community School (BCS) for the Hip-Hop Master Class, Everybody Dance routine from Zumba Fitness®, and eight additional Ballet Austin BCS classes designed to get you moving. All classes on July 28 are $10 for a single class and $25 for an all-day pass. Proceeds benefit Ballet Austin’s scholarship program, which is used to award more than $250,000 in financial aid/scholarships to Ballet Austin students annually. Ballet Austin’s participation in National Dance Day aligns with the BCS’s focus on engaging, educating, and empowering people of all skill levels and backgrounds to adopt healthy lifestyles through dance and regular physical activity.
For this year’s National Dance Day, The Dizzy Feet Foundation has created two new official routines:
· Hip-Hop Master Class (offered by Ballet Austin BCS at 2:30 pm) from So You Think You Can Dance all-star Lauren Gottlieb, with help from Season 7 winner Lauren Froderman and Season 5 runner-up Brandon Bryant.
· Everybody Dance routine from Zumba Fitness® (offered by Ballet Austin BCS at 9:30 am), which has teamed up with Dizzy Feet to spread the message of dance and movement.
And for those seeking 15 minutes of fame: Ballet Austin BCS staff will record each of the two official routines at the end of class and submit the videos to the Dizzy Feet Foundation and National Dance Day 2012 officials.
Watch/practice the routines ahead of time, view the class schedule, and sign up for Ballet Austin BCS National Dance Day classes atballetaustin.org/nationaldanceday
Ballet Austin BCS classes are offered seven days a week with dance styles ranging from jazz, hip hop, hula, an award-winning Pilates Center, dance fitness, and more. With over 4,000 students of all ages taking classes at the Butler Dance Education Center facility in the last 12 months alone, Ballet Austin’s Butler Community School and Academy comprise one of the largest dance training centers in the U.S. associated with a professional ballet company.
About National Dance Day
National Dance Day is a grassroots initiative spearheaded by the Dizzy Feet Foundation that encourages individuals, families, organizations and communities from across the nation to come together through their creative expression in dance. The event began in 2010 to continue to generate national awareness for dance, a medium of expression and storytelling which, through shows like So You Think You Can Dance, has proven its value in bringing individuals from all walks of life together through a positive platform that has no boundaries and cultivates imagination and passion. Most importantly, the day is intended to promote health and wellness nationwide. National Dance Day was recognized by Congress through the efforts of Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer and co-creator of the hit FOX series So You Think You Can Dance and founder of the Dizzy Feet Foundation along with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC).
About Ballet Austin
As distinctive and dynamic as the city it calls home, Ballet Austin welcomes audiences near and far to participate in its’ “classically innovative” vision for the democratization of dance. With a rich history spanning five decades, acclaimed productions, a commitment to creating access to programs and one of the nation's largest classical ballet academies, the organization is poised for an even greater future. From their home at the Butler Dance Education Center in downtown Austin, Ballet Austin and Artistic Director Stephen Mills actively engage the community, dancers, and audiences alike. The New York Times proclaims Ballet Austin “a company with big ambitions” originating work that is “absorbing.”
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