Everyone can dance; even if you have no rhythm, you can still do something. Some people were clearly born to dance and love to share their talent. From the American Ballet Company to the Jabberwockies, there is a number of amazing dance groups out there. Whether you’ve been dancing all your life or just love to watch live dance, there are great performances coming to town.
National Dance Day
The John F. Kennedy Center
2700 F. St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20566
(202) 467-4600
www.kennedy-center.org

Date: July 30, 2016 at 1 p.m.

The First Lady of the United States has used her position to promote healthy lifestyle choices, including staying active. A fun way to stay active is by moving your feet to your favorite beat. National Dance Day was created to not only promote the art form, but to motivate people to get up and get moving. Free events take place across the country, including some at the Kennedy Center. You’ll enjoy watching amazing dancers and dancing along with them.

Urban Artistry
Smithsonian Discovery Theater
1100 Jefferson Drive S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20024
(202) 633-8700
discoverytheater.org

Date: July 26, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. to July 29, 2016 at 12 p.m.

No longer considered just “street style” dancing, hip hop dance has taken the world by storm. Now, there are international competitions, reality shows, movies, awards and even events at the White House. The Smithsonian Associates will be celebrating the genre of dance with performances by Urban Artistry. A local non-profit, Urban Artistry is committed to uplifting, educating and preserving the community. Watch their performance, then consider donating or joining one of their classes.

Analog: S. J. Ewing & Dancers
Dance Place
3225 8th St. N.E.
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 269-1600
www.danceplace.org

Date: Aug 7, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

As the world changes, so does art. Analog depicts the relationship between man and machine through an interactive dance piece. Sarah J. Ewing is the director and choreographer of S.J. Ewing & Dancers. Her work has been featured around town and internationally, including VelocityDC, Dance Gallery Festival, Atlas Performing Arts Center, West Australian Academy of Performing Arts and more. This work continues her presentation of modern and thought provoking pieces.

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Bring It Live!
Warner Theatre
513 13th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 783-4000
www.warnertheatredc.com

Date: Aug 7, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

Reality television has taking over the television industry. From cooking competitions to Ice Road Truckers, there is a reality show for almost everything. Dance shows are no exception. Bring It! is one of the Lifetime networks popular shows; the show revolves around the Dancing Dolls youth dance team lead by instructor Dianna “Miss D” Williams. The Mississippi team competes in hip hop dance competitions of various styles. Viewers tune in to see Miss D’s passionate coaching and the interactions between the parents. But you can also see them live at the Warner Theatre, without the extra drama.

American Ballet Theatre: Romeo And Juliet
Wolf Trap – Filene Center
1551 Trap Road
Vienna, VA 22182
(703) 255-1800
www.wolftrap.org

Date: July 14, 2016 at 8:30 9.m. to July 16, 2016 at 8:30 p.m.

You may not have actually read Romeo and Juliet, but you certainly have heard of Shakespeare’s play. The tragedy has been adapted several times, with a variety of interpretations and stylings on film and stage. The American Ballet Theatre produces a stunning version that only the historic company can. Hundreds of dancers dream of one day being in the company, and you can watch their hard work pay off in this beautiful work.

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