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Jenna Elfman led National Dance Day July 26 in D.C., says 'dance is the coolest'

Actress-dancer Jenna Elfman, who headlined National Dance Day July 26 at Washington's Kennedy Center, praises dancing as excellent for the body, mind, and soul.

Jenna Elfman, who leads National Dance Day July 26 at Kennedy Center, praises dance for your 'body, mind, and soul.'
Jenna Elfman says she's 'first and foremost a dancer'. Here she proves it. Photo by Todd Lechtick
Jenna Elfman was guest judge on 'So You Think You Can Dance' season 11 premiere May 28 with Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe
'So You Think You Can Dance' judges season 11 premiere Jenna Elfman, Mary Murphy, Nigel Lythgoe

"Dancing is the coolest," the very cool Elfman told me in a phone interview before leading the 5th annual National Dance Day event in D.C. It's one of many across America, mainly in Los Angeles and at New York's Lincoln Center.

Elfman and "So You Think You Can Dance" (SYTYCD) 2013 winner Fik-Shun taught the official 2014 National Dance Day routine to about a thousand enthusiasts who jam-packed Kennedy Center's 630-foot-long Grand Foyer.

The routine, "Everybody Dance", was choreographed by SYTYCD co-creator, executive producer, and judge Nigel Lythgoe to the song "Too Cool To Dance" by Eden xo.

"Dancing uses every part and every aspect of your body, mind, and soul. It's the most inclusive kind of exercise," Elfman said in our interview. "Dancing has helped me so much in so many ways."

It's especially helpful for children because dancing "develops creativity, imagination, confidence, persistence, and hard work" among other life skills, says Elfman, mother of two young sons.

Indeed, National Dance Day was established by Congress to encourage dancing as a fun, positive way to promote physical fitness and fight obesity across the country.

The resolution was introduced by D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, who told the crowd, "Dance for fun, for health, for losing weight -- and there's no better way to do this than dance."

When I asked her whether she was going to dance, she just laughed and looked heavenward.

From the stage, Norton thanked Lythgoe for suggesting she introduce a National Dance Day resolution, back in 2010. These nationwide events are supported by the Dizzy Feet Foundation, which Lythgoe co-founded with SYTYCD director, producer, judge Adam Shankman. Elfman is a Dizzy Feet Foundation board member.

Elfman, best known for her Golden Globe-winning role of Dharma in "Dharma and Greg", says, "Dance is home base for me. I'm first and foremost a dancer."

The professionally trained ballerina began her career as a dancer in music videos and commercials. She was a guest judge on SYTYCD's season premiere May 28.

So, be cool and join Elfman, Fik-Shun, and Congresswoman Norton, who put dance first and foremost.

For more info: National Dance Day,, July 26, 5-7 P.M.,Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage and Grand Foyer, 2700 F Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. "So You Think You Can Dance" (SYTYCD), Supported by Dizzy Feet Foundation, co-founded by SYTYCD co-creator, executive producer, judge Nigel Lythgoe and SYTYCD director, producer, judge Adam Shankman. Elfman is a Dizzy Feet Foundation board member.

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