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Along with the date change, National Dance Week announces 10 awards to be given out each day of the week to celebrate outstanding achievements in 2016, including "A Chance to Dance" scholarship recipients, the "Kick for Kindness" anti-bullying campaign, dance mob contest, essay and poster contests and Ambassador of the Year, who will serve on the NDWF board for one year. "We needed more than just one week to celebrate dance," says Cathy Graziano, executive director of the National Dance Week Foundation. "We had been hearing from many that they were not able to be involved when NDW was in late April. We did not want to leave anyone out."

With a mission of dance advocacy, the National Dance Week Foundation hosts monthly events throughout the year. To see a complete list, visit: nationaldanceweek.org.

Discount Dance Supply has created a fun, interactive way to celebrate our favorite week of the year. In celebration of National Dance Week, choreographers-to-the-stars Lacey Schwimmer and Dani Vitale have created exclusive new routines for Discount Dance Supply’s YouTube channel. Dancers are invited to learn the routine of their choice (Dani’s is for beginning or intermediate dancers, while Lacey’s moves are more advanced) and enter their own performance video in the company’s National Dance Week Video Contest. Winners will receive an outfit from Lacey's Star-Quality performance wear collection for Discount Dance. Entries are due by May 5. Check out the videos below, and let us know how you’re celebrating NDW.

Choreography for beginning to intermediate dancers from Dani Vitale:

Lacey’s video for intermediate to advanced dancers:

In a few short weeks, dancers across the country will kick off National Dance Week, April 26–May 5, with a surprise public performance. Choreography for the second annual NDW Flash Mob event is available now on nationaldanceweek.org. The basic hip-hop combination to “Can’t Stop Me” by Afrojack and Shermanology takes up only about a minute of music, leaving plenty of room to get creative.

Participating mobsters of all ages and abilities are invited to perform and videotape their routine somewhere safe, legal and visible in their hometown on April 27. National Dance Week will then compile the video results on their website so you can see how dancers everywhere approached the project. Last year’s participants represented dance teams, classes and many entire studios. They busted moves in town squares, school gyms, restaurants and even a minor league baseball game. So gather your classmates, students, teachers and dance parents, and get moving for National Dance Week! See the full details here.

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