PALM HARBOR — So you think you can dance? Or wish you could?
Now's the opportunity to bust a move with others around the country as Arthur Murray, a dance studio in the Fountains Plaza in Palm Harbor, offers free group and private lessons in preparation for the second annual National Dance Day, which takes place Saturday.
Approved by Congress last year, National Dance Day encourages everyone — all ages, sizes and abilities — to enjoy the social and fitness benefits of dance by joining together in creative expression.
"National Dance Day was the brainchild of Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer of So You Think You Can Dance," said Lania Berger, owner of the studio. "Dancing is great because you don't need any special equipment, just music, and it can be done just about anywhere."
Free group lessons will be held at 6:15, 7, and 8:30 tonight as well as at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Classes are divided into beginning, intermediate and advanced levels with separate, easy-to-learn choreography and music for each routine.
You can also learn the routines by viewing instructional videos at youtube.com/user/dizzyfeetfoundation on YouTube.
Complimentary half-hour private lessons will also be given by five instructors at the studio from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. They are offered first-come, first-served. Call to reserve a place.
Activities culminate with a free dance party from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
"We'll be presenting all three dance routines in one big studio with live entertainment, free refreshments and lots of dancing," said Berger.
Afterward, from 9 to 11 p.m., the studio will sponsor a dance scholarship competition with $500 in dance lessons as a grand prize.
"Contestants are judged by the audience," Berger said. "People who want to participate will want to call ahead for that."