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YOUNGSVILLE — The Spencer’s Gate community kicked off their shoes and boogied to celebrate National Dance Day, a national holiday since its declaration in 2010.
Jo’Ann Hays, of Youngsville, was the ring-leader of the event that kicked off at 9:30 a.m. at the community pool and gazebo July 27.
Gerald Pinkerton, President of the Spencer’s Gate Homeowners Association, provided the area for approximately 60 kids and adults to learn a routine, build up a good sweat, dance and splash into the pool afterwards.
Dizzy Feet Foundation and the hit television show, So You Think You Can Dance, sponsored the event nationwide. Together, they choreographed two dances and conducted live shows in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, Calif.
“The idea is designed to promote a healthy lifestyle and fight obesity,” Hays said. “Get kids off the street and give them something positive to do with their time.”
Hays, with the help of Linda McLaughlin, Annie Holshouser and Amy Clopper made the event possible. Together they taught the kids and adults the “Everybody Dance” routine, one of the two routines to celebrate by dancing as a flash-mob or a dance-a-thon. They chose to do the dance in the flash-mob style.
They danced to Treasure, by pop-star Bruno Mars.
Water and snacks were provided and everyone worked up a great sweat to make National Dance Day a success. Hays plans to make this an annual event and is already planning for next year with her crew.
Hays hopes more people will participate in the future. For more information see dizzyfeetfoundation.org.