"Last year's was a great success," said Julie Reeves, artistic director of Steps of Faith, which is located at 65 Walnut Grove Road. "It was awesome. We had a bunch of kids come out that day and take free classes. We actually had some classes that were [overflowing]. So this year, we actually decided to expand what we have and have four sessions of classes instead of just two sessions of classes. And we hope more people will actually come out this year.
"The girls and boys had such a good time learning the National Day of Dance dance, which is a dance that 'So You Think You Can Dance' producers put together with the Dizzy Feet Foundation. ... It was just a lot of fun, having people come out and celebrate movement and that's what it's for."
Spearheaded by Nigel Lythgoe -- executive producer and co-creator of the FOX television series "So You Think You Can Dance" -- the third National Dance Day offering will be July 28. To reach people throughout the country, the Dizzy Feet Foundation website, www.dizzyfeetfoundation.org, has posted videos of two choreographed routines for people of all skill levels to learn and perform.
According to the "So You Think You Can Dance" Facebook page, "National Dance Day [is] a grassroots initiative that encourages the nation, young and old, to move! Individuals, families, organizations and communities from across the nation come together through their creative expression in dance. Any style of dance is welcome and imagination is recommended in order to get the most out of this celebratory day.
"Why? To continue to generate national awareness for dance, a medium of expression and storytelling which, through shows like 'So You Think You Can Dance,' has proven its value in bringing individuals from all walks of life together through a positive platform that has no boundaries and cultivates imagination and passion. Most importantly, the day is intended to promote health and wellness nationwide."
At the Steps of Faith's event on July 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., participants -- ages 2 to adult -- can take part in various free offerings. Along with learning the National Dance Day's hip-hop master class routine at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., individuals can try out free dance classes at 10:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. They also will showcase their dance moves at a flash mob, which will take place at a yet to be disclosed location in Cartersville at 3:30 p.m.
Since space is limited for the Steps of Faith offering, preregistration is encouraged by visiting www.steps-of-faith.com or by calling 770-606-0506.