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National Dance Day is Saturday
Church welcomes all skill levels for event
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Forsyth County News

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What: “So You Think You Can Dance?” National Dance Day

When: 10 a.m. Saturday

Where: Cumming First United Methodist Church, 770 Canton Hwy.

Whether you think you can dance or have two left feet, National Dance Day encourages everyone to partake in a few moves Saturday.

Cumming First United Methodist Church plans to hold a local celebration of the second annual event, popularized by the television show “So You Think You Can Dance?”

National Dance Day matches up with the church’s aim to share a variety of art forms with the community, said John Hutchinson, CFUMC director of music and arts.

Hutchinson, who watches the show, said he thought dance day would be a great addition to the church’s arts programs, saying dance hasn’t been explored as much as other art forms.

“We believe strongly in healthy spiritual lives and healthy physical lives,” he said. “This is a chance for people to get up and move and do it in a fun way.”

The program produced online videos of three dances, all of which will be taught for free at the church’s Saturday event.

Each dance showcases a different style and caters to a certain skill level.

The easiest of the three, a salsa routine, will be taught first at the church, beginning at 10 a.m.

At about noon, the church plans to film everyone performing the moves they’ve learned, Hutchinson said.

The other two dances, an intermediate jazz routine and an advanced hip hop set, are scheduled for after lunch.

Hutchinson recommends dancers bring a bottle of water, a snack and comfortable shoes.

Mary Hayes Ernst, who will teach the beginners’ routine, said the local instructors have already gotten the steps down and are ready to lead.

Though Ernst is well-versed in Irish and tap dancing, she said the salsa steps are basic.

“It’s a routine that’s easy enough for anyone to learn,” she said.

Aside from her dance training, Ernst is also a member of the church chancellor choir and a drama teacher at North Forsyth High School.

Plus, she’s also a fan of “So You Think You Can Dance?”

“It was very exciting,” Ernst said of being asked to help. “We’ll be learning the same routines that people all over the country are learning and presenting as a way to encourage people to try dance.”