What’s Happening Orange County? and the Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau are once again teaming up to host a National Dance Day event in Orange. On Saturday, July 25, Orange will join the ranks of cities around the country hosting events for National Dance Day. It will be held 7-9 p.m. at the Riverfront Pavilion in downtown Orange on 5th Street and Division Avenue next to the courthouse annex building.

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 fight obesity,” states the Dizzy Feet Foundation’s Web site.

Each year there are major events held in Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., with smaller events held in communities around the country.

Last year, Orange’s event was the closest one on the national calendar within a four to five hour drive.

“With only three weeks preparation time, around 50 dancers participated and over 300 people attended the event,” said Penny LeLeux, founder of What’s Happening Orange County?. “This year, the number of dance groups participating has already doubled.”

Organizations already committing are Thayer Academy, Orange Blossoms, OCP Young Peoples Theater Workshop kids, Orange Jazz Company, Bonnie Cokinos and Motion Dance.

“We welcome all dance groups to join us,” said LeLeux.

The day will be a mixture of performances and audience participation in line dances and the official dance day tutorials, plus there will be a special Orange County finale choreographed by John Gray.

The 2015 official National Dance Day tutorials are online and can be found on YouTube, dizzyfeetdoundation.org or octx.info. This year’s beginner tutorial was choreographed by tWitch, captain of So You Think You Can Dance Team Street, while the advanced routine was choreographed by Team Stage’s captain, Travis Wall. Learn the dances and come perform them with other Orange Countians on July 25.

People are welcome to bring their coolers with snacks and drinks, but no glass containers. No pets will be permitted either. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets.

There will be vendors on site offering cooling refreshments such as ice cream and snow cones, and pizza.

For more information call Penny LeLeux at 409-728-5970 or Ashley Mahana at the Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau 883-1011. Event updates will be posted through on octx.info and on the What’s Happening Orange County? Facebook page.