Please note the information below reflects last year’s information.
More details will be available in the summer.

Pasadena Dance Theatre celebrates
National Dance Day with a wide array
of free classes for all ages


Pasadena Dance Theatre celebrates National Dance Day on Saturday, July 28, 2018, with a high-energy mix of classes ranging from ballet to hip-hop, Zumba to musical theater – and they’re all free!   

It’s a day as exhilarating to newcomers as it is to more experienced dancers, and it plays an important part in PDT's mission as a non-profit arts organization to reach out to every element of the community.

Also being featured is PDT’s first ever “flash mob,” which will draw together all participants in a performance capping National Dance Day. Check this page regularly for instructional videos that will be posted on here so you can practice in advance. But don’t fear: our guest artist and flash mob choreographer, Daveione Williams, will also teach the steps on July 28 just before the curtain rises on the informal performance.


National Dance Day Flash Mob Tutorials 


NDD classes will begin at 9 am and conclude at 3 pm.  For a full schedule click on the button below.

Helping to make it all possible is a grant from the Pasadena Rotary Club as well as financial support from The Walt Disney Company Foundation, The Red Shoes, Partners Trust - Kristin Fox, Econoprint, the Olson Family and Alex Olson.

Classes are taught by our renowned faculty as well as special guest artists who will join us just for this event.

Special guest artist


Award-Winning Director/Choreographer

John will teach a class in Musical Theater at 10:30 am on National Dance Day. Space is limited, so register early to secure your place!

This year we are also fortunate to welcome highly talented guest artists Brigette Dunn-Korpela, Daveione Williams, Kayla Johnson and Yeko Ladzepko-Cole.

Dunn-Korpela returns to us from last year’s NDD to teach a class in the Horton Technique accompanied by her husband, Pete Korpela, on drums. Williams will lead a class that teaches all the steps for one of the day’s highlights: a flash mob-style performance involving all the NDD participants. Kayla Johnson will put her students through their Zumba paces, and Ladzepko-Cole will offer a lesson in West African dance. Her class will be accompanied by live drummers.

Over the past several years other guest artists have included Jeanine Mason, winner of Season 5 of So You Think You Can Dance; Chad Michael Hall, founder, artistic director and choreographer of L.A.-based MULTIPLEX DANCEAshley Valerio, a top finalist on the hit television show So You Think You Can Dance; and critically acclaimed choreographer and dancer NiCo O'Connor.


On National Dance Day, PDT's Conservatory also hosts a variety of vendors who, over the years, have offered refreshments, physical therapy screenings, dance gear and more, so even non-dancers have something to enjoy.  

If you are a vendor and would like to join us please contact us at 626.683.3459 or email us at  

Become a National Dance Day Supporter!

Please consider volunteering or donating to PDT's NDD event.
There's no better way to support arts in the community.  


We thank our sponsors for their generous support:


The Pasadena Rotary Club

The Red Shoes

Partners & Trust Real Estate
Kristin Fox

The Walt Disney Company Foundation


The Olson Family

Alex Olson


In-kind Donations

PDT's Conservatory gratefully accepts in-kind goods and services for this event.  For a list of items, please contact us.  

How it all started...


NDD was launched by Nigel Lythgoe, co-creator of So You Think You Can Dance and co-president of Dizzy Feet Foundation, to encourage Americans to maintain good health and fight obesity through dance. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton
(D-DC), a long-time proponent of healthy lifestyles, threw her weight behind the event by introducing a congressional resolution declaring the last Saturday in July to be the country’s official National Dance Day.