Philadelphia Dance Day is a nonprofit festival featuring free workshops, live performances from some of the city’s best-known instructors and a huge evening dance party. The goal is to unite the community in celebrating dance as a powerful platform for creative expression and physical activity.
All dance enthusiasts – regardless of experience or even coordination – are invited to take part in the fun on the last Saturday in July. There will be something for everyone, from modern dance to hip-hop for all ages. Participants will tour studios around the city to sample free workshops during the afternoon, then come together in the evening for the main event, most recently held at Plays & Players Theatre in Center City. There, festivities usually include a hip-hop masterclass, partner dance lessons and open social dancing. Volunteer instructors and well-respected dance groups in the city also put on a full-length performance showcase.
Philly Dance Fitness, an independent company based in Center City, first began organizing this event in 2010 as part of National Dance Day (though the organizers behind that celebration later changed their date to the fall). Our grassroots efforts have brought nearly 600 people out dancing in recent years and we aim for bigger turnouts every summer!
While we’re lucky to have volunteer manpower, we’re always looking for sponsors and donations to help address production costs. If you or your business are interested in helping to make Dance Day a success, please see our full sponsorship information packet and contact us with any questions.