Biloxi dancers bust a move for National Dance Day

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - People of all ages are busting a move in honor of the second annual National Dance Day. The idea was presented by a producer of the Nationally Syndicated show, "So You Think You Can Dance." Creating a buzz across the country, Kelli's Step School of Dance in Biloxi got in on the fun.

"It's an act of congress. Nigel Lythgoe from 'So You Think You Can Dance' had it passed. So now we have our own dance day, and its an honor to be a part of it," said dance school owner Kelli Dickens.

Nancy Allen said her granddaughter is extremely shy, but she found comfort in dance after Saturday. For that, she said she's thankful for National Dance Day.

"She looks like a natural out there. I'm really excited that she's participating and coming out of her shell and just being free," said Allen.

Seven-year-old Brianna, wasn't the only one happy about the day honoring dance.

"You know, there's days for presidents and stuff like that, but national dance day is a day where everyone can express themselves in their own way. It doesn't matter if you're good at dancing or bad at dancing, as long as you love to dance, you can do it," said Dance School Veteran Marlene Winn.

Maddie Howell has been a member of the dance studio for a year. She echoed similar thoughts about the occasion.

"I didn't even know there was a National Dance Day, but I'm sure glad there is one. I feel proud that I can dance, and I feel healthy because I feel great. I can't describe it because it's so great," said Howell.

Saturday's free event was not only a chance to have fun but also a creative way to get people moving all over the country.

Keisha Gallien is also a previous member of the dance school. She's since relocated to Louisiana. She said it's a joy for her to see others follow her footsteps in dance.

"I know that I was in dance whenever I was here; it's just good to see kids being active even in this day and age with all the video games and stuff. Kids can still be active and dance," said Gallien.

"Its just getting out and moving. Whether you are professional dancer or a beginner dancer, we all have it in us, young and old," Dickens' said. "It's just great to be moving!"

Keli's Dance School wasn't the only dance studio participating in National Dance Day. Dance studios across the coast also held free classes.

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