"The 'So You Think You Can Dance?' program on the FOX network is the one who promoted this and who came up with this to promote movement because there's a problem with a lack of activity in the nation, especially among kids," said Julie Reeves, artistic director of Steps of Faith, which is located at 65 Walnut Grove. "There's a problem with obesity.
"So to be able to promote that all over the nation, but particularly in Bartow County and Cartersville, I'm excited to be [involved] ... and try to teach people that movement and physical activity is so important, and our favorite way, of course, is dancing. Since we have a dance studio, we thought we would just capitalize on it and have fun with it and give everyone a chance to come in and take a free dance class. We're offering free dance classes that day and we're doing that because we want to be able to give back to the community something that we love and to show them what a fun thing it is to do."
Spearheaded by Nigel Lythgoe -- executive producer and co-creator of the television series "So You Think You Can Dance? -- the second National Dance Day offering will be July 30. To reach people across the U.S., the "So You Think You Can Dance?" website, www.fox.com/dance, has posted videos of three choreographed routines for people of all skill levels to learn and perform.
"National Dance Day does not 'belong' to any single corporation, television show or charity," stated Lythgoe on the FOX series' website. "It belongs to the people.
"It will be up to the individuals, corporations and charities of this country to come up with ways to take part -- wherever they may be and whatever their motivation: whether it's to lose weight, raise money for a nonprofit or just have fun. 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."
Locally, Steps of Faith dancers will help area residents learn a new take on the National Dance Day's Master Class routine. In addition to slowing down the hip-hop offering, the Cartersville studio also is changing the melody to tobyMac's "Funky Jesus Music."
Since space is limited, registration will begin at 10 a.m. on July 30, and people need to be at least 8 years old to participate in the free event at Steps of Faith. Rehearsals will start at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for their respective noon and 3 p.m. performances. While the rehearsals are under way, free dance classes also will be offered.
"We're hoping that a lot of people will come that day and learn it," Reeves said. "We're going ahead and teaching it to any of our students who want to learn it. So we'll have probably at least a dozen, maybe two dozen kids who already know it to help teach it that day and to help lead it. So we're hoping we can get a mass of people to actually perform it, so we can take pictures and video and send it into FOX."
For more information about Steps of Faith, visit www.steps-of-faith.com or call 770-606-0506.