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National Dance Day and Glee Camp

sytycdFor better or worse,  FOX television has a huge influence over popular culture.  To prove that point, summer activities based on a couple of  the network’s TV shows look to be a hit with adults and kids alike.   Both of these shows are personal favorites so am happy to see off-the-couch options for fans of “Glee” and “So You Think You Can Dance”.

National Dance Day

National Dance Day, a grassroots movement taking place on Saturday, July 31 encourages the people of this nation to get up and move. Created by Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer and co-creator of the hit FOX series “So You Think You Can Dance” , the aim of National Dance Day is to promote health and self-esteem through the art form of dance.

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), a long-time proponent of healthy lifestyles, will introduce a National Dance Day resolution at a press conference on Saturday, July 31 in Washington, D.C., to promote dance education and physical fitness across the U.S.

“More than 30 percent of Americans are obese, and childhood obesity has tripled in the past 30 years,” said Norton. “Television shows such as SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE are not only entertaining but are also encouraging people to live a physically active lifestyle. Holding a National Dance Day in the nation’s capital is a terrific way to promote fitness and fight obesity.”

Additionally, Congresswoman Norton will host her own National Dance Day flash mob on the National Mall (between 3rd St & 4th St SW) from 1:00-5:00 PM featuring local dance enthusiasts, representatives from dance schools and organizations and former SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE finalists.

“National Dance Day belongs to the people” said Lythgoe. “It is my hope that countless exciting dance ideas will come to fruition on National Dance Day, like the world’s longest conga line in Miami or the world’s longest kick line in front of Radio City Music Hall or scores of breakdancers taking over the Venice boardwalk. The sky is the limit.”

Glee Camp

The Emmy-nominated, audience fave show Glee has also spawned some summer fun. Lucky Gleeks can now participate in a case of life imitating art at one of the many Glee-themed summer camps now open.

The Charlotte Academy of Music and The Beverly Arts Center of Chicago are just two of dozens of programs (others have been reported, by the Chicago Tribune, to exist in North Carolina, Florida, Arizona, Indiana and Utah) in which tweens and teens are learning song and dance routines plucked straight from the series.

Some of these camps’ curricula also include the penning of original scripts using Glee’s characters, while others’ encompass workshops that touch on the themes of self-confidence for which the show is widely celebrated.

Sound like fun?  Whether you love dusty rock classics or are just inspired by how a TV show can elevate your mood, put your dancing shoes on and strut your stuff.

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