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Philadelphia Dance Day 2017

 So you think you can dance, Philly? Prove it next Saturday on July 29 during Philadelphia Dance Day. This nonprofit festival features tons of free workshops, live performances, and a huge dance party. Eight years ago, this truly unique and interactive city-wide event was created by Philly Dance Fitness to unite the community in celebrating the power behind dance.

Throw on your favorite pair of dance shoes and show off your best moves. Philadelphia Dance Day offers an extensive variety of dance styles, from technical classes to upbeat cardio workouts. The workshop styles include: lyrical contemporary, persian, jazz, cardio bellydance, and many more! Dancers are welcomed to attend as many workshops as they would like. All daytime workshops are free and are offered at a first-come, first-served basis. We recommend trying something new and literally stepping outside your comfort zone!

This year, the list of Philadelphia Dance Day participants includes Headlong Studios, Major Moment Studio, O’Connor Pool, and the Ethical Society of Philadelphia. Each venue is welcoming the public into their studios for classes taught by their professionally trained instructors. The day-long dance party will end at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia with a can’t-miss performance showcase and social dance party! 

With more than 25 free workshops to choose from, the options can be overwhelming. We have pulled together a few of our favorite free classes:

Headlong Studios

1170 S Broad Street

  • Jazz Cardio Fusion (11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.) – This high-energy twist on contemporary jazz will having you breaking a sweat. Turn, jump, and leap into a fitness dance class taught by Trina Lyons of Philly Dance Fitness.
  • BollyX (1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.) – Cycle between higher and lower intensity dance sequences while exploring the styles of authentic Bollywood music and technique. This Workshop is taught by Deeksha Seth and Teena Varghese of Philly Dance Fitness.

Major Moment Studio

1624 South Street

  • Barre Fit (1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.) – Wondering how ballerinas get such a perfect figure? Barre Fit combines ballet-inspired movements and strength conditioning to redefine your body, improve your posture, and push your muscles to the max! Instructor Kayla Babicki suggests dancers bring their own mat.
  • Body Jam (3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.) – Tune your sassy dance style with instructors Sharon Hughes and Sarah Paretti. This 45 minute workshop is all about expressing yourself and having fun.

O’Connor Pool

2601 South Street

  • Aqua Zumba (1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.) – Give your muscles a well deserved break. Philadelphia Dance Day is taking the party to the pool. Instructor Shannan Reese combines the natural resistance of the water with cardio-inspired movements.

Ethical Society of Philadelphia*

1906 Rittenhouse Square

  • Intro to Hip-Hop (10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.) – CEG instructor, Cristina Guzman, teaches a beginner level hip-hop class for all ages. Take control of the dance floor with a class emphasizing isolations, stretching, rhythms, and footwork.
  • Tap Tonic (1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.) – Stomp, shuffle, and spin into shape with Philly Dance Fitness instructor Sherrilyn Billger. Beginners are welcome! Tap shoes are not required, but bring them if you have them.
  • Rueda de Casino (7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.) – Learn the basics of Cuban dance with instructors Leilani Chirino and Michael Huang. This dynamic workshop will encourage you to spice things up and find a partner in the class.

* All evening events and workshops at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia will require a one-time $5 donation.


For a full list, visit the website. Plus, follow Philly Dance Fitness on Twitter and Facebook to stay updated on all the activities, workshops, and more!


Which workshop(s) will you attend? Share your love of dance by using hashtag #PhiladelphiaDanceDay!