National Dance Day: Free Workshops at Old Town School

Saturday, July 29 · 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM · Old Town School, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave

Launched in 2010 by “So You Think You Can Dance” co-creator and Dizzy Feet Foundation co-president Nigel Lythgoe, National Dance Day is an annual celebration that takes place on the last Saturday in July. This grassroots campaign encourages Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and fight obesity. NDD achieved national recognition when Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), a long-time proponent of healthy lifestyles, announced at a press conference on July 31, 2010, in Washington, D.C., that she was introducing a congressional resolution declaring the last Saturday in July to be the country’s official National Dance Day.

Please join us for a day of free workshops in Szold Hall, 4545 N. Lincoln. View the schedule below:

9:00 - 9:45 AM · Szold Hall · 4545 N. Lincoln Ave.

2017 National Dance Day Routine with Kimberly Davis

Come learn the 2017 National Dance Day Beginner Routine created by “So You Think You Can Dance” choreographers. This fun, simple routine will be a great kickoff to National Dance Day! Take a class with Kim »


10:00 - 10:45 AM · Szold Hall · 4545 N. Lincoln Ave.

Family Dance Party with Jen Guglielmi Cleary

Join Creative Dance teacher Jen Cleary for a Family Dance Party in celebration of National Dance Day! Perfect for families with young children*, this is an action-packed event where the whole family gets to have fun dancing together. Miss Jen takes the best-loved dance games and activities from her lesson plans and puts them together for a high-energy party that includes explorations of movement fundamentals, encourages creativity and expression, and gives everyone a chance to bust a move!  Take a class with Jen »

*Activities will be appropriate for kids ages 2-9 to do independently alongside caregivers and babies/toddlers to do with assistance/while be carried.



11:00 AM - 12:00 PM · Szold Hall · 4545 N. Lincoln Ave.

Morning Yoga with Andrea Bunch

Newcomers, oldcomers - all bodies are welcome to stretch, strengthen, and breathe. Enjoy being in your body and start the day off with this lovely Yoga practice. Take a class with Andrea »


12:15 - 1:00 PM · Szold Hall · 4545 N. Lincoln Ave.

Samba Party with Dill Costa

Come join us as we celebrate Brazil! Samba combines the energy of Latin dance and turns up the rhythm! Shake your hips and move your body to the rhythms that are the heartbeat of Brazil. Take a class with Dill Costa »


1:15 - 2:00 PM · Szold Hall · 4545 N. Lincoln Ave.

House Dance with Boogie McClarin

Join us for an exploration of movement history, concepts, approaches, and social dance practices that accompany the global phenomenon that was born of Chicago’s rich heritage – House Music and Dance Culture. Take a class with Boogie »


2:15 - 3:00 PM · Szold Hall · 4545 N. Lincoln Ave.

Bhangra Party with Alka Nayyar

This class will be a mini-workshop in Alka's fun blend of upbeat Punjabi folk / Bhangra, and other regional Indian folk dance forms, definitely some modern Bollywood and a little bit of Indian classical dance. The music will be lively, and we'll move to it accordingly! We plan to party while steeping ourselves for a short while in different aspects of Indian culture, languages, and movement. Take a class with Alka »


3:15 - 4:00 PM · Szold Hall · 4545 N. Lincoln Ave.

Irish Dance Family Party

Looking for some Saturday afternoon fun for the whole family? Join us for 45 minutes of Irish step dancing perfect for the whole family to have fun and learn something together. Nora will show you some of the basics and have you dancing a jig by the end of the session! Make sure to wear your comfy clothes and shoes to jump around - you might work up a sweat! Take a class with Nora »

The Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc.
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625  •  773.728.6000