Thousands Will Dance at Grand Park (Yep, Thousands)

The West Coast's flagship Dance Day party is set for downtown.

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Javier Guillen
    Some Grand Park revelers strike a dance pose in May 2013. Thousands of revelers will dance, en masse, when the National Dance Day West Coast celebration descends -- er, twirls -- into the downtown park on Saturday, July 27.

    National Dance Day is on its whimsical, health-nice way -- you're limbering up as you read this, right? Good -- and there's a way to mark the occasion in grand, over-the-top, multitudes-shimmying-together style.

    Yep, "grand" was a hint there. It turns out our own Grand Park is going to be the West Coast's HQ for this get-out-and-move spectacular, an event in which organizers are expecting "thousands."

    That's in thousands of dancers, and you're invited to be one on Saturday, July 27. Say you have no skillz in the shake-it arena? No worries. A number of "So You Think You Can Dance?" stars -- hi Nigel Lythgoe and Adam Shankman -- will swing by the park to stir up the jubiliant energy.

    The "thousands" bit is kind of the headline here, we acknowledge that, but we're almost a little sweeter on this fun factoid: The park people vow that dancers will be able to shake their stuff in the splash pad of Grand Park's historic fountain, a "once-in-a-lifetime" opportunity. (Try that on any other day and, yeah, you'll probably be spoken to in a kind but stern manner.)

    There is a routine you'll want to eye ahead of time, and you'll want to clear the middle of July 27 -- it's a daytime thing. The Dizzy Feet Foundation, along with the Music Center, are presenting the LA outing for National Dance Day, and they're the organization behind the learn-the-moves-ahead-of-time video.

    The end benefit of practicing ahead of time is the chance to join a huge dance number with a bunch of cheerful, dance-ready strangers. Think Hollywood movie ending, to get inspired, and get cha-cha-cha-ing.

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