Rhythm Nation: Celebrate National Dance Day in D.C.

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Dance is having a huge moment–from Misty Copeland’s historic American Ballet announcement to the fan frenzy of the latest season of “So You Think You Can Dance?”–and D.C. is enjoying every second of it. To celebrate National Dance Day (July 25), the DMV is offering a host of dance themed events to promote fun and fitness. Here’s where you and your crew can practice your two-steps, pirouettes, and nae-naes.

18896318673_a65abf2e91_zPhoto: US Consulate General Cape Town

Break Out Your Best Move at the Kennedy Center
The Kennedy Center Millenium Stage and The Dizzy Feet Foundation team up for this two hour celebration fit for the entire family. In addition to being able to take a bunch of different dance classes, visitors can peep performances by AXIS Dance Company and local tap artist Baakari Wilder.

When: July 25, 4:30 pm-6:30 pm
Cost: Free
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F St., NW
Online: kennedy-center.org

Boogie Like a Babe
Come dressed to impress (but comfy enough to shake the wiggles out) for this family dance party. In addition to cutting a rug, kids can chase bubbles, twirl in hula hoops, and shake some maracas. At the bar you’ll find juice boxes and healthy foods to refuel little dancing bodies.

When: July 25, 10:30 am-11 am
Cost: $12
Jammin’ Java
227 Maple Ave. (Vienna, Va)
Online: babylovesdisco.com

Show and Dance
If you like hanging out around Northeast D.C., then you’ll love this. Capital Fringe is hosting their 10th Anniversary Festival in partnership with Dance Place of Brookland. There will be five different venues with events daily. Tinier tots won’t want to miss War and Peas (teeheehee!) which is wordless story told through movement.

When: July 25
Cost: $17
Logan Fringe Art Space (upstairs)
1358 Florida Ave., NE
Online: capitalfringe.org

Drum Line
A favorite of Columbia Heights residents is Harambee with Baba Ras D. at Bloombars. Harambe is a great way for the preschool-set to shake the sillies out and sing songs that are fun while building confidence.

When: Saturdays at 9:30 am and 10:30 am
Cost: $7-$10
3222 11th St., NW
Online: bloombars.com

Know of any other places to get jiggy with it? Tell us about them in the comments below!! 

–Miller Jackson