What do Seattle, Maui, Chicago, China and New Zealand have in common with Tennessee? Dancers from all of these locales were recently featured on the national TV hit show, “So You Think You Can Dance.”
Local residents Caroline Scott, Terra Barrett, Reygan Nelson, McKenzie Hall and Warren County High School teacher Lori Christensen, performed in a dance clip submitted by Cannon Arts Dance Studio to the hit TV show celebrating National Dance Day which was July 27.
Christensen, known as Ms. California, is the owner of Cannon Arts Dance Studio. She heard about National Dance Day while watching “So You Think You Can Dance” and thought it would be a fun way to get local dancers involved in a national event.
According to the official website, National Dance Day was launched in 2010 by “So You Think You Can Dance” co-creator and Dizzy Feet Foundation co-president Nigel Lythgoe. National Dance Day is an annual celebration that takes place on the last Saturday in July. This grassroots campaign encourages Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and combat obesity. This year, Dizzy Feet Foundation co-presidents Lythgoe and Adam Shankman choreographed an “Everybody Dance” routine for people of all levels of ability.
Warren County High School teacher Elizabeth Pease invited dancers wearing iconic Tennessee clothing including Civil War coats and coonskin caps, to film on the front porch of her historic Houston House residence in neighboring Cannon County.
The iconic setting and costumes might have been a factor in the selection process, as thousands of entries were submitted, nationally and internationally, but only a handful were chosen to be aired on TV on Tuesday, July 30.
“I'm very proud Cannon Arts Dance Studio was chosen to represent Tennessee in an event of this scope and size. It allows our students to feel connected to a global dance community,” said Christensen.
Like Cannon Arts Dance Studio on Facebook or go to the “So You Think You Can Dance” website at http://www.fox.com/dance/ to view a clip of their performance.