Yes, North Hollywood peeps, Saturday, July 30 is National Dance Day! NoHo is Los Angeles' only arts district that celebrates all the arts and one that has stellar dance studios, dancers, choreographers, dance shows like the Nvitational at El Portal Theatre and NoHo folks who tear up the dance floor. Get your dancing shoes on North Hollywood.
Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer and judge for "So You Think You Can Dance" created National Dance Day and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, a long-time proponent of healthy lifestyles, introduced a National Dance Day resolution to promote dance education and physical fitness across the U.S. National Dance Day is an annual event and "grassroots initiative to encourage the nation, young and old, to move!" This event occurs annually on the last Saturday of July so mark your calendars, NoHo.
Nigel has been tweeting up a storm about National Dance Day, a.k.a. D-Day. He said the goal is to "prove that the 'Power of Dance' can MOVE an entire Country!" So get up off the couch North Hollywood and put on your dancing shoes this Saturday, July 30!
Starting Friday, June 29 and continuing until August 14, NoHo's gorgeous El Portal Theatre will host the Nvitational dance festival. YES! 18 days of pure dance...and joy. The Nvitational is a series of events featuring dance from America's fiercest choreographers, including the festival's Artistic Director, Dee Caspary and notables Marty Kudelka, Mandy Moore, Kitty McNamee, Ryan Heffington, Bubba Carr, Peter Chu, Tabitha and Napoleon, Tovaris Wilson, Kevin Maher, Eddie Garcia, Justin Giles, Scott Hislop, Terry Beeman, Jennifer Hamilton, Dana Wilson, Adam Parson, Nina McNeely, Helene Phillips, Erica Sobol, David Moore, Tessandra Chavez, Mark Meismer, Amanda Leise, Gustovo Vargas, CJ Salvador, Kim DelGrosso, Wes Veldink, and more to be announced.
These choreographers and their work have been seen worldwide on music videos and concert tours; on stage for operas and musical theatre; and the hit American television shows "So You Think You Can Dance," "Dancing With the Stars," and "America's Best Dance Crew." For the first time, these choreographers will collaborate on world premiere dance pieces with each other, featuring dancers from their own companies as well as 75 hand-picked dancers from across the country.
We're getting our all-day passes...you'll know where to find the NoHo Team.
The Nvitational Dance Festival - Showtimes and Tickets
The Dollface Dames are BACK! Saturday, July 30 at 8PM head over to our pals at Skinny's Lounge to be entertained by not only the sure sensuality of this show, but the humor and theatricality provided by these super fly Dames. It's the perfect mix of theatre, dance, comedy and burlesque all rolled into one.
The Dollface Dames - Click here to view Calendar Listing
We love Millennium Dance Complex. We'd buy a t-shirt that said that and wear it oh so proudly. This is NoHo's dance crown jewel. Millennium, as we call it for short, is known worldwide as the premier studio of the commercial dance world and is referred to as a 'the place where it all happens'. Although the studio's A-list clientele and the most sought-after dancers and choreographers have catapulted Millennium to a global brand, it still remains welcoming and dedicated to the highest level of service and instruction. You have to visit millenniumdancecomplex.com and check out their pages and pages of dance videos. Simply mesmerizing.
Well-known choreographers and NoHo business owners Napoleon and Tabitha are best known for their lyrical hip hop choreo on "So you Think You Can Dance and MTV's "America's Best Dance Crew. But we're proud to have Tabitha and Napoleon in the NoHo Arts District down the street from the world famous Millennium Dance Complex. So check out their great urban dancewear shop, Nappytabs, at 5152A Lankershim Blvd. Open Monday - Saturday. Be sure to check them out at El Portal's Nvitational Dance Festival!
This is Napoleon and Tabitha's work in action..whoaaaa.
Yep, we're proud of the uber talented folks we have in North Hollywood, especially in our one-mile arts district. Take a class, see a show and support DANCE.