– Official West Coast Event Draws Diverse Audience of All Skill Levels to Dance with “So You Think You Can Dance’s” Nigel Lythgoe, Adam Shankman, Napoleon and Tabitha Dumo and in Grand Park’s Historic Fountain –
LOS ANGELES (July 27, 2013) – More than 5,000 dance and fitness lovers of all ages joined together in the largest free dance celebration of the summer at the West coast’s flagship National Dance Day celebration in Grand Park. Presented by The Music Center and The Dizzy Feet Foundation, the event invited the public to participate in two dance routines with the choreographers who created them especially for National Dance Day, as well as the opportunity to take dance lessons right in the splash pad of Grand Park’s historic fountain.
Developed originally by executive producer, co-creator and judge of “So You Think You Can Dance” (SYTYCD), Nigel Lythgoe, and acknowledged by Congress in 2010, National Dance Day is a nationwide grassroots initiative that promotes the joy and benefits of dance for everyone.
The Dizzy Feet Foundation Co-Founders and Co-Presidents, Lythgoe, and Adam Shankman, film director, producer and SYTYCD judge, led Grand Park guests in a routine for people of all skill levels and ability, while SYTYCD choreographers, Napoleon and Tabitha Dumo offered a “Hip-Hop Master Class” routine for dancers who wanted more of a challenge. Guests also enjoyed performances by Philadanco, known for its innovation, creativity and preservation of predominantly African American dance traditions; the DEA Youth Dance Program, a highly successful after-school dance program that positively influences thousands of students with the healthy outlet of dance; and Los Angeles-based contemporary dance company, Still Motion, led by SYTYCD choreographer, director and dancer, Stacey Tookey.
“It’s exciting and rewarding to see so many from the community participating in National Dance Day, with the goal of getting up, moving and getting healthy,” said Lythgoe. “Grand Park is a wonderful place for everyone to have fun and enjoy the beauty and versatility of dance, no matter their skill level or experience,” added Shankman.
“We were honored to partner with The Dizzy Feet Foundation in bringing National Dance Day to Grand Park for the second year in a row,” said Stephen D. Rountree, president and CEO of The Music Center, which programs and operates Grand Park. “As the park for everyone, Grand Park will continue to provide events and activities, like National Dance Day, that engage and delight all.”
Following the morning dance routines and performances, participants at Grand Park’s National Dance celebration were treated to dance classes taught by some of Los Angeles’ top choreographers right in the splash pad of the park’s historic, Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain. Inspired by the fountain, these included a “Singin in the Rain” class, led by Stephanie Wolfe of the Melinda Sullivan Dance Project; a class led by two members of modern acrobatic dance company, Diavolo; and a Step Up 3 class. In addition, guests visited a number of community dance organizations and played danced-themed games on the park’s fountain terrace.
The Grand Park National Dance Day event joined many other dance celebration activities and events across the county; the East coast flagship celebration was held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
About The Music Center
A leader at the cultural heart of Los Angeles County, The Music Center brings to life one of the world’s premier arts destinations by creating opportunities for arts participation, enabling compelling programming and providing first class venues and services. The Music Center is one of the largest and most highly regarded performing arts centers in the country, creating a cultural hub that is central to L.A.’s status as “the creative capital” of the world. Celebrated for its illustrious dance programming Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center and home to four world-class resident companies – LA Phil, Centre Theatre Group, LA Opera and Los Angeles Master Chorale – The Music Center is the place to experience the most innovative and critically- acclaimed performing arts in the nation. In its effort to extend the reach and accessibility of the performing arts, the Music Center is a national model for experiences in which people participate directly through its Active Arts® at The Music Center. As well, The Music Center presents special productions, events and festivals for children and families, including World City at The Music Center. Each year, more than one-million audience members delight in the excitement of live performances on The Music Center’s stages and enjoy free community arts events all year long across its outdoor campus.
For more information, visit http://www.musiccenter.org/
About Grand Park
Under the leadership of The Music Center, Grand Park has become a vibrant outdoor community gathering place for all, adding a new spirit and vitality to downtown Los Angeles. With expansive green space for gatherings large and small, Grand Park celebrates the cultural vitality of Los Angeles County and is host to community events, cultural experiences, holiday celebrations and many other activities that engage and attract visitors from all communities throughout the county. One of the biggest parks in downtown Los Angeles, the 12-acre Grand Park stretches from The Music Center on the west to City Hall on the east. Under the direction of the county, Grand Park was developed by Related Companies with an award-winning creative team, including landscape architect, Rios Clementi Hale Studios; general contractor, Charles Pankow Builders; environmental graphic design firm, Sussman/Prejza; and fountain design consultants, Fluidity.
For more information, visit http://grandparkla.org/
About the Dizzy Feet Foundation
The Dizzy Feet Foundation was established in 2009 by Nigel Lythgoe, Adam Shankman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Katie Holmes, among others, to support, improve and increase access to dance education in the United States. Guided by a board representing all aspects of the American dance community, the foundation’s mission is three-fold: 1) To sponsor, fund and/or support dance education programs that expose children in underserved areas to the lifelong benefits of dance education through and with local community organizations; 2) To provide scholarships to talented students studying at accredited or nationally regarded dance schools, studios or institutions; and 3) In conjunction with recognized credentialing organizations, to support and increase the quality of all styles of dance education in the United States. The Dizzy Feet Foundation is a nonprofit, tax- exempt 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. (Federal Tax Identification No: 26-4501295).