Lauren Froderman at National Dance Day 2016

Lauren Froderman returns for SETX National Dance Day

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Lauren Froderman, winner of “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 7, is returning for the 4th annual National Dance Day scheduled for July 29 at the Beaumont Civic Center.

We are moving indoors! The last two years, the July heat has been brutal. Since we can’t change the day, we changed the location.

We originally planned to continue National Dance Day indoors in Orange, but due to a SNAFU with the original venue planned for this year, the event is moving to Beaumont at the Civic Center.

This was a very difficult decision for me. We started in Orange and I was looking to keep it in Orange.

In looking for an alternate venue, the Orange County Expo Center wasn’t available, so the decision was made to move to Beaumont.

I finally took the venue issue as a sign that we are supposed to move to a bigger venue. The goal has always been to draw dance enthusiasts from all around Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana. That is starting to happen as we may have our first participants form Louisiana this year. A school in Lake Charles not only has Belly Dancing, but also Hula and Hip Hop.

On the 4th of July,  I received word that Lauren Froderman, was excited to return for this year’s event. Lauren joined us last year and she is amazing… not just in the way she dances, but also how she was with the kids. She is a terrific dance instructor. The kids loved her.

Last year, besides leading the main event in the official National Dance Day choreography, Lauren also taught a couple of dance classes for area youngsters. About 35 students were kids that don’t have the opportunity under normal circumstances to take dance on a regular basis. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity…now it will be twice in a lifetime!

What’s Happening Orange County? jumped on the National Dance Day bandwagon in 2014 partnering with the city of Orange. Each year they have added more diverse dance groups, from all over the area. The closest Dance Day activities listed on the Dizzy Feet Foundation’s calendar are New Orleans, the Austin area and as of last year, Shreveport, Louisiana.

The main event, which is free and open to the public, has always been a mixture of dance performances, line dancing and the official National Dance Day choreography. The audience doesn’t just watch they get to dance, too.

This has always been such a fun event. We’ve had a 100 people in front of the stage doing the wobble when we had it at the Orange Riverfront Pavilion.

Schedule of events

9 a.m.-noon.-main event-free and open to the public
Noon-1:30 p.m. Lunch Break
1:30-2:30 p.m.- Beginner Contemporary Class with Lauren
2:45-3:45 p.m.- Advanced Contemporary Class with Lauren
4-5:30 p.m.– “Lauren at Sunset” a Q&A where Lauren tells her story, answers questions and offers a photo opportunity.

Dance classes with Lauren are $60 and also includes the meet and greet with Lauren later. Cost of the class increases to $75 after July 23. Some scholarships are available for those not able to afford the class.

Tickets to “Lauren at Sunset” are only $25 till July 23 and increase to $35 after. Parents will only be allowed to observe the classes if they have a ticket to the meet and greet.

Tickets will be available online at Ticketmaster. For information, visit the ‘4th annual National Dance Day in SETX’ Facebook event or check out details on octx.info.

For sponsorship information or more information on SETX National Dance Day with Lauren Froderman email pgleleux@gmail.com.

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