Many dancers avoid running because it stresses joints. If you have the right shoes and technique, however, a few laps around the track can be a healthy cardio supplement to your training. (More about running safety and other dance-friendly summer workouts here.) On Sunday, May 4, Discount Dance Supply is giving dancers in southern California a chance to chase that runner’s high while supporting dance education.

Chelsie Hightower and other dance celebs will attend Discount Dance Supply's Run de Jambe.

The first annual Run de Jambe—that ballet pun alone lets you know it’s meant for athletes more familiar with the studio than the track—follows a 5K course around Long Beach’s Rainbow Lagoon Park,but not before a pre-run dance party and warm-up stretches. Celebrity choreographers, including Chelsie Hightower and Brian Friedman, will be on-site after the run for a meet-and-greet and more dancing. All proceeds go to the National Dance Education Organization, which works to bring quality dance education to public schools across the country.

Dancers, take your mark!

 

Photo by Bob D’Amico, courtesy of ABC