The last Saturday in July, July 30 this year, marks National Dance Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness and encouraging Americans to dance in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The campaign was launched in 2010 by Nigel Lythgoe, the co-creator of the dance competition show So You Think You Can Dance and the co-president of the Dizzy Feet Foundation.

The campaign was not nationally recognized until July 31, 2010, when Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton announced during a press conference that she was introducing a resolution to declare it a national recognized day.

"National Dance Day is for everyone, so we encourage you to create your own events in your community. Be creative! The list is endless: Do something charitable using dance; organize a Flash Mob in your area; host a dance-a-thon or raise money for kids to have more access to dance," reads the foundation's website.

In honor of National Dance Day, the Weekly Citizen celebrates All About Dance. The dance studio, owned by Rae Lyne Melancon, is located in Gonzales and specializes in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Acrobats, Pointe, Hip-Hop, Lyrical and Modern styles for children two and half to adults.

Those participating in National Dance Day are encouraged to post their dance routines on social media using #NationalDanceDay. To submit an dance event visit