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Philadelphia Dance Day Is Returning With a Ton of Free Classes

Philadelphia Dance Day is scheduled for July 28.


Photograph by Nathan Kuruna.

It’s that time of year again: time to ditch your sneakers and dig out your dancing shoes for the ninth annual Philadelphia Dance Day.

What’s Philadelphia Dance Day, you ask? For the uninitiated, it’s a day that’s filled with over 25 free dance workshops at multiple studios around town before closing with an evening performance and dance party. Say what?!

Scheduled this year for July 28, the classes will take place at three different Center City locations: Headlong StudiosMajor Moment Studio, and the Gershman Y. Things will kick off bright and early with a 9 a.m. NIA dance workshop at Major Moment Studio, and throughout the day you’ll have the chance to try everything from ballet to hip-hop to, ahem, striptease.

The full schedule of classes can be found online here, and there’s no need to register beforehand for any of the workshops — just show up about 15 minutes early, as all classes are first-come, first-serve.

And once all the workshops are through, the party will move to the Gershman Y for a cool dance performance showcase followed by a reception and massive open dance party (that, psst, will include line dancing), which you can attend with a $10 donation to the Philadelphia Dance Day non-profit.

This action-packed day is scheduled for July 28, but if baby doesn’t want to wait in the corner that long, we’ve got good news: There are two Dance Day preview events (also free!) scheduled for July 14 and July 25. The first event at South Space will start at 10 a.m. and include tap, clogging, Philly Bop, and Afro-Cuban dance classes. The second will take place at The Oval pop-up park with a 7 p.m. cardio dance workout. While both of these preview events are free, you can RSVP for them here.

Now, who’s ready to dance the day away?

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