Updated: Sep 11
Don't miss the electrifying lineup of performers who'll keep the dance floor sizzling at National Dance Day GSO 2023, happening on Saturday, September 16th in LeBauer Park!
Royal Expressions Contemporary Ballet, a nonprofit based in Greensboro, NC, creates original dance productions by Resident Choreographers and guest artists. They provide diverse dance education, including Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Pointe, Contemporary, and Hip Hop, for ages 2 to adult. Their outreach program, RE-OPEN, serves at-risk youth and the elderly. Instructors follow the Royal Expressions Curriculum and offer the American Ballet Theater National Training Curriculum. They also host a Master Class series featuring prominent dancers from around the country, open to the community. Past artists include Misty Copeland, Alicia Graf Mack, Carlita Ector, Kentrell Newton, and Kara "KJ" Wade. Don't miss them at this year's Dance Day celebration!
The Greensboro Ballet is driven by a mission to serve, inspire, and enrich the community through the artistry of Classical and Contemporary Ballet. Their goal is to captivate audiences through artistic excellence, inclusivity, and innovation, while also educating and empowering their students with the highest caliber of dance instruction. The Greensboro Ballet is dedicated to nurturing a lasting appreciation for dance through active engagement within Greensboro, the Piedmont Triad, and the surrounding areas.
Tangogypsies was founded by Karen Jaffe. A passionate Argentine Tango enthusiast, Karen discovered her love for this intricate art in 1997. Known for her refined technique and engaging teaching, Karen continually refines her skills through annual trips to Buenos Aires, where she dances in the heart of the Tango world. As the owner of Tangogypsies, she's been sharing her love for social dance since 2003, teaching classes and hosting events in Asheville, NC. With partner Tate Di Chiazza, a Buenos Aires native, she offers workshops, performances, and private lessons across the US.
William and Lani Greene are renowned Carolina Shag dancers and instructors, promoting North Carolina's official state dance. This partnered dance, born on the Carolinas' coastlines, features intricate footwork adaptable to various tempos and music styles. Additionally, they founded Boogie Buddies, a non-profit hosting Carolina Shag dance events for children throughout the year. It caters to all ages and interests, including social dancing, competitions, and scholarships.
Miriam’s Dance Academy, established in 2017 by Regina Covington, is a faith-based dance program dedicated to offering quality dance education to the community. This academy provides training for students aged 2-21, fostering holistic development in body, mind, and spirit. Miriam’s Dance Academy's mission is to inspire dedicated dancers, imparting life lessons, scripture, prayer, and fostering strong relationships within their dance family. Additionally, the academy engages in outreach dance performances, serving the community through dance and worship.
Flamenco Dance Program and Company, led by the passionate Velmy Liz Trinidad, is a cherished dance crew right here in Greensboro. They are all about bringing the sizzle of flamenco art and culture to life through amazing dance and music performances. They are not just a group; they are a community of dance enthusiasts. Come join them on their journey to spread the love for flamenco, express your creativity, and share the excitement for this incredible art form!
The Carolina Heartland Chapter of USA Dance, Inc. is dedicated to spreading the sheer delight of ballroom dancing. Their mission revolves around creating inclusive opportunities for dancers to connect, build friendships, and form a tight-knit community of dance enthusiasts. Whether you're into social dancing or thriving in competitive settings, they strive to establish a welcoming and lively atmosphere. This vibrant dance community is comprised of individuals from the Greensboro/High Point/Burlington/Piedmont Triad and surrounding areas of North Carolina, spanning both novice and experienced dancers. Join them to learn new moves on National Dance Day!
Dance Project, housed in the Cultural Center in Downtown Greensboro, has nurtured a vibrant, inclusive community of artists, audiences, and students for over three decades. They provide opportunities for training, performance, collaboration and employment. Dance Project teacher and owner of Soulflower Wellness, Milanda Soulflower, will be teaching a full Afro-Rhythms lesson, blending funk and flavor to spice up your time at National Dance Day GSO! Afro-Rhythms is an incredible energetic dance style that reflects traditional African polyrhythmic music. Get ready to get on your feet and learn some new moves!
Rogue Artistry are a diverse collective of dancers, each hailing from various movement, visual arts and even singing backgrounds. Their artistic journey knows no bounds, encompassing everything from visual arts to soul-stirring melodies. Their shared mission? To unveil a profound depiction of movement that beautifully intertwines the arts and the soul, showcasing their rich spectrum of styles and influences.
Fred Astaire Dance Studios, a beloved institution in Greensboro, have been imparting their dance wisdom to individuals and couples of all ages for decades! With a keen focus on the local community, they specialize in teaching both social ballroom and competitive dances through a diverse range of instructional programs. Offering private lessons for singles and couples, engaging group classes, and lively practice parties, their approach is as personalized as it gets. At Fred Astaire Dance Studios, you're not just another dancer; you're the star of your own tailor-made program. Step into their welcoming environment, regardless of your current skill level, and let your dance journey flourish.
LeDarius Gipsi Parker Choreography. A Greensboro native, LeDarius, is a versatile choreographer and street dancer specializing in Hip Hop freestyle. His dance expertise spans multiple genres, including Waacking, Popping, Krump, Jazz Funk, Afro Beats, Dance hall, voguing, and House. LeDarius draws inspiration from hip hop culture, global street dancing styles, and his own creativity. He has an impressive track record in the professional industry, contributing to films, music videos, live performances, and theater productions. He's an active member of two dance crews: East Blue Pirates, a freestyle crew, and The Lionheartz, a Krump Fam, showcasing his dedication and versatility in street dance.
GSO Salseros, a close-knit group of friends who share a love for social dancing, became part of Dance Day through their longtime partner, Maria Gonzalez. Hailing from diverse backgrounds, including Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Mexico, and Venezuela, they always bring the vibrant rhythms of Salsa to life. For GSO Salseros, National Dance Day is a priceless opportunity for the entire community to embrace the joy of dance.
6:00 - 9:00 PM
Introducing Dance Night: A Block Party in the Park brought to you by our awesome partners at iAlign Dance Company and 3601 Music. This evening is guaranteed to be unforgettable with performances by iAlign's dancers and the exceptional musical talents of Aaron McCoy featuring a special performance by September: A Tribute to Earth, Wind, and Fire. Get ready to celebrate all the things that make life beautiful – delicious food, the warmth of friendship, the power of love and the sheer joy of dancing to the rhythm of our hearts!
iAlign Dance Company is a dynamic dance company dedicated to promoting the art of dance and celebrating the unity it brings to our community. Through engaging performances and educational outreach, iAlign Dance strives to inspire and connect people of all ages and backgrounds through the joy of movement.
Special Shout Out to Our Dance Day DJ!
DJ MikeWawa, originally from Staunton, VA, discovered his passion for curating fun social events during his teenage years. He honed his entertainment skills at James Madison University, where he also developed a love for DJing. After college, he moved to Virginia Beach to explore music production and co-founded the music production group NesLace. He relocated to Greensboro, NC, where he and his cousin launched the event company Otis & Wawa. Since its inception, Otis & Wawa has hosted numerous high-energy and effortlessly cool events in the city.
But wait there's more! We have a fantastic line up of local artists, makers, crafter and event sponsors who will be on hand all day. Support your local makers, shop unique creations, grab a tasty snack or even create an artwork. There's something for everyone!
And don't forget to stop by Market Square or swing by Davie Street to pick up delicious meals and sweet treats from our park kiosks and local food trucks:
Thank you to our Events Partners:
Your Support Means a lot
Like all of our programs at Greensboro Downtown Parks, National Dance Day GSO is free to attend every year. We're proud to put on this event, showcasing the talented performing artists of our local community. Support from individuals and sponsor organizations is critical to bolstering the work of the local arts and culture economy. You can lend your support by donating or becoming a Friend of the Park and help us continue to bring free programs to the public.