Rock Hill studio joins others to celebrate National Dance Day

rsouthmayd@heraldonline.comJuly 27, 2013 

Step South Dance in Rock Hill marked the third annual “National Dance Day” Saturday, offering free classes and teaching specific National Dance Day choreography.

Dance, said instructor Ashley Smith, is more than just an activity, it’s an art, a sport, a job and a love.

National Dance Day was founded in 2010, as a partnership between the Dizzy Feet Foundation, a non-profit that supports dance education, and the FOX reality competition, “So You Think You Can Dance.”

“It’s important because dance is such a huge part of a lot of people’s lives,” Smith said.

This is the second year Step South has participated in National Dance Day by hosting free classes in different styles of dance and teaching the “official” choreography. Each year, the Dizzy Feet Foundation publishes routines on its website for anyone to view and copy. Dancers are encouraged to make videos of themselves doing the dances and share them online.

Another instructor, Ana-Cathryn Bigham, was teaching her class one of the National Dance Day routines and said the holiday was awesome.

“I feel like some dance goes unnoticed so we have one day where we can unite and celebrate the art,” she said.

For tiny dancer Jada Cunningham, 5, dancing is fun.

Asked why she likes dance, Jada responded, “Because you get to spin around.”

Friends Shelby Grant and Gracie McDaniel, both 10, said dance is fun because it makes you feel good.

“Like Honey Boo Boo says, ‘Dance makes you feel warm inside,’” Grant said, quoting the reality television star.

Instructor Danielle Colon said she hopes that dance helps students be themselves and have freedom, but she also said it can teach them poise, discipline and structure. The National Dance Day classes could give them a taste of that, she said, in addition to being fun.

“I would definitely want them to walk away saying they had a great time,” she said.

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