KEY POINTS

  • The day was launched in 2010
  • It is celebrated on the third Saturday in September
  • The aim of the celebration is to educate Americans about dance and the benefits of the art form

National Dance Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in September to encourage Americans to incorporate the art form into their lives in order to maintain good health.

The day was launched in 2010 by American Dance Movement co-founder, Nigel Lythgoe, and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, with an aim to educate Americans about dance and the benefits of the art form.  

On this day, here are some inspirational quotes to get you grooving, courtesy Planet of Success and Saying Images

  • "Consciousness expresses itself through creation. This world we live in is the dance of the creator. Dancers come and go in the twinkling of an eye but the dance lives on. On many an occasion when I am dancing, I have felt touched by something sacred. In those moments, I felt my spirit soar and become one with everything that exists." – Michael Jackson
  • "I see dance being used as communication between body and soul, to express what it too deep to find for words." – Ruth St. Denis
  • "Life is like dancing. If we have a big floor, many people will dance. Some will get angry when the rhythm changes. But life is changing all the time." – Miguel Angel Ruiz
  • "When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way." – Wayne Dyer
  • "Dance music is my love, is my passion, is my life. I live for my fans and take my art very seriously." – Steve Aoki
  • "While I dance I can not judge, I can not hate, I can not separate myself from life. I can only be joyful and whole. This is why I dance." – Hans Bos
  • "Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion." – Martha Graham
  • "When a body moves, it’s the most revealing thing. Dance for me a minute, and I’ll tell you who you are." – Mikhail Baryshnikov
  • "To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it." – Osho
  • "To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking." – Agnes de Mille

Chilean Sofia Shaw Zapata, student of the ballet school of the Municipal Theater poses in Santiago on August 4, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic.2020 was going to be key for promising ballet dancer Sofia Shaw Chilean Sofia Shaw Zapata, student of the ballet school of the Municipal Theater poses in Santiago on August 4, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic.2020 was going to be key for promising ballet dancer Sofia Shaw Photo: AFP / JAVIER TORRES