Updated: Sep 16
Check out the lineup of stellar performers that will keep you dancing and entertained all day long for National Dance Day GSO 2022 on September 17!
Carolina Heartland, USA Dance Chapter 6092
Carolina Heartland is a local chapter of a national ballroom dance organization seeking to spread their passion! They support both recreational dance and dancesport, or competitive ballroom dancing. Join them to learn new moves on National Dance Day!
Royal Expressions School of Dance
Royal Expressions School of Dance is a non-profit dance studio focused on using dance lessons to promote happy, healthy living. They offer dance classes for ages 2 to adult, with a variety of genres like jazz, tap, contemporary, hip-hop, and ballet. Don't miss them at this year's Dance Day celebration!
NC Brazilian Arts Project
NC Brazilian Arts Project is a company dedicated to showcasing, educating, and supporting Afro-Brazilian movement arts. Join them in their mission to educate themselves and others on the joy that is Brazilian culture! They perform Samba, Samba Reggae, Capoeira, and many other styles!
gate city grooves
Gate City Grooves aims to provide accessible StreetDance education to our communities. Working side by side with community partners, they find ways to engage with the public, either in groups (big or small) and one on one. Dance is for everyone and can be performed by anyone. It is their goal to light the fire within everyone who sees them.
william & lani greene
Carolina Shag has been chosen by North Carolina to be a state dance! It is a partnered dance that was born on the North and South Carolina coastlines. It is distinguished by intricate footwork that can be done at fast or slow speeds. And it can be danced to vintage and modern music! Carolina Shag offers something for everyone: social dancing, competitive dancing, events for all ages, and even scholarships. William and Lani Greene are top-ranking professional Carolina Shag dancers and instructors. For those who want to learn to dance the Carolina Shag, William and Lani teach group lessons on Wednesday nights at Steel Hands Brewing, 1918 W Gate City Blvd, Greensboro, NC 27403. All ages and abilities are welcome and no partner is needed. Beginner starts at 6p, Intermediate starts at 7p. There is also social dancing after the lessons! Steel Hands Brewing is a family-friendly venue that offers great food and drink options.
The Greenes also provide private instruction and can be hired for exhibitions and events.
For more info on lessons or to hire for special events, contact them at 336-259-6588 or reach out to email@example.com.
The Greenes also founded a non-profit organization called Boogie Buddies, which hosts Carolina Shag dance events for children throughout the year. For more info about Boogie Buddies and to get your child involved, call 336-259-6588, or reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, join our Boogie Buddies Facebook Page
infinite dance studio
Infinite Dance Studio in Greensboro, North Carolina offers excellent dance education with a family feel for dancers of all ages. They focus on training the whole person with quality dancing and a whimsical atmosphere. Everyone who joins their dance studio becomes a member of their family! They have a team for every dancer!
Tabia is an instructor with Dance Project, housed in the Cultural Center in Downtown Greensboro. She will be teaching an 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 from Tabia!
the school of greensboro ballet
Greensboro Ballet's mission is to inspire, invigorate, and excite its audiences and artists through the ever-evolving art of Classical and Contemporary Ballet. The School of Greensboro Ballet is the only non-profit classical ballet school in the GSO area, and one of relatively few in the entire country. Their goal is to offer the finest ballet education to both adults and children of all ages! The Greensboro Ballet is a company of professional dancers who share the love of expressing human thought and emotion through the international language of ballet and dance performance. They cannot wait to share this love with you!
Corazon Gitano is a group of performers specializing in Flamenco Dance and Classical Spain Dance. They seek to publicize the diversity of dance and culture, offering classes for beginners on Saturdays at Sapphire Studio. Come out to celebrate their style and learn some new moves with them!
Community Dance in partnership with Dance Project
Each year at National Dance Day GSO, we present a Community Dance, a set of choreography that our community can learn in advance of the event to come out and dance together, flashmob style! Follow along with Dance Project instructor, Tabia Mckinzie, to learn this year's Community Dance. Practice your moves at home and join us on National Dance Day to participate in the Community Dance Performance at 4pm. This year's dance is set to "Vibration" by Fireboy DML.
Tanu Sharma is trained in Indian classical dance form Kathak and she also explored western dance styles like Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary and Hip-Hop. She is also trained in Hindustani classical music. Over the years she has choreographed and presented several original works and also performed as a part of troupe at various venues including NCSU, Cary Diwali, India Fest, (Raleigh and Charlotte), International dance festival (Raleigh), HSNC temple, Raga Revival, NABC (Vegas), AID fund raising etc. Recently she participated on RESIST COVID project led by Carrie Mae Weems presented at Nasher museum (Durham). She has participated in several outreach programs and lecture demonstrations at Wake County libraries and NCSU. She is a yoga practitioner of more than 15 years and is exploring the parallels between yoga and dance to deepen her movement practice.
walsh kelley School of irish dance
Walsh Kelley School Of Irish Dance teaches traditional irish dance lessons. Students perform all over Greensboro and the surrounding cities. Some students compete. Wk students have competed in local competitions in US, and National and World competitions in Canada, Scotland, and Ireland. Through Irish dance lessons we encourage exercise, friendship, and striving to be the best dancer you can be!
Willie and Jadynn Ballroom dancing
Willie Frazier and Jadynn Wright are two dance instructors that wish for the willing to learn a new level of creativity when it comes to ballroom dance. They can perform and quickly teach a multitude of dances based on the theme and background of the audience. They want dancers to know that their partners can be dipped like their hot and not dropped like their hot!
Jiwon Ha is a dancer and dance educator from South Korea who currently teaches at Elon University. She will teach the Dance Day crowd about Korean Folk!
Daliana Dance has been committed to providing the best tapestry of dance education that Greensboro has to offer since 2010. Their experienced, talented instructors work with each and every student, from dance enthusiasts to seasoned professionals, developing their skills while fostering their passion for movement. Daliana's competition team will be there on National Dance Day to share their passion and expertise with you!
Rogue Artistry are a collective of dancers who come from different movement background, visual arts backgrounds, and even singing backgrounds shoot anything dealing with art and expanding the soul were in. Our goal is to show audiences a deeper portrayal of movement that displays the connections of the arts and the soul through the wide array of styles that we come from.
The Korens - Israeli Dance
Returning instructors, Michal and Andy Koren of Temple Emanuel have taught Israeli dance to the Greensboro community for years. They make Israeli dancing easy and fun for all ages to participate.
GSO Salseros is a group of friends with diverse backgrounds who met right here in Greensboro! They all share a love for dancing Latin rhythms. Members of this group represent the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, the Philippines, and Colombia. This year, they will perform a salsa song together, and then more local dancers will join them for a second performance of a Cuban Rueda de Casino.
Be Smooth Urban Ballroom and Line Dance
Be Smooth Urban Ballroom and Line Dance teaches dancers of all skill levels how to feel the rhythm and have a great time! Their unique style of teaching and entertaining makes them one of the most sought-after groups for lessons, community events and special performances. Join them on National Dance Day and get into the groove!
Ballet Folklorico Mexican Tradition of Julio Ruiz
Ballet Folklorico is a living celebration of the traditional music and dance of Mexico! Their mission is to build greater awareness and understanding of Latino culture through the arts, and to bring unity to our diverse communities through the beauty and fun of Mexican traditions. Established choreographer, director, and dancer Julio Ruiz invites the community to take part in this mission at National Dance Day and the group's weekly workshops in the Cultural Center.
7:40PM-9pm: Glow GSO Dance Party with DJ Mike Wawa
At the conclusion of our artist-instructor demos, stick around for a dance party that lasts into the night! DJ MikeWawa will lay down the tracks and keep you up on your feet until the very end!
DJ MikeWawa grew up in the small town of Staunton, VA. In his teen years, he discovered his passion for the arts and curating fun social events. At James Madison University, he developed his
special skills as an entertainer, and this is where he found his love for DJing. After leaving college, he relocated to Virginia Beach, where he began to learn about
music production. He and a best friend created a music production group called NesLace, producing for the local artists. After some years in the area, he wanted to expand, so he decided to relocate to Greensboro, NC. Here in Greensboro, he and his cousin decided to create an event company called Otis & Wawa. Since then, Otis & Wawa has held several events in the city that bring high energy and a very cool vibe! Join him as he keeps the music going on National Dance Day!
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. Especially this year, when the coronavirus pandemic has taken an incredible toll on non-profits like us, artists, and the entire creative sector, we're grateful to have this event as a shining example of what coming together looks like, even after spending time apart. 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.
Special thanks to our sponsors for helping us return this year: