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Dancers take part in national routine at church

Healthy benefits of dancing emphasized

POSTED: July 31, 2013 12:26 a.m.
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Alberta Connelly, 83, participated in the routine for National Dance Day at Cumming First UMC.

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Synchronized movements brought dozens of dancers together Saturday at Cumming First United Methodist Church as they performed two routines being done across the nation.

The National Dance Day routines were posted online through the Dizzy Feet Foundation, an organization supporting dance education that was founded in part by Nigel Lythgoe, a judge on the popular TV show “So You Think You Can Dance.”

National Dance Day, the last Saturday in July, promotes dancing “as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and combat obesity,” according to the organization.

The participants at Cumming First UMC came from local dance studios, the church, county schools and community residents.

Many learned a routine during the week and returned for the filming Saturday.

Throughout the week, the church, in conjunction with seven local dance studios, offered classes in a variety of dance styles as well as teaching the routines.

John Hutchinson, director of music and art for Cumming First UMC, said he couldn’t be happier with the community dance events.

“We’ve had such a good turnout this week,” Hutchinson said. “I can’t help but think it’s going to grow [next year.]”

The church participated in the event last year, but for the first time this year produced a video for submission on the Foundation’s Web site or possible use on the TV show.

The “Everybody Dance” routine was the easier of the two and attracted a larger group than the hip hop routine, a more advanced performance.

Dancers said both routines were a lot of fun and a great experience.

 

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