DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – Can’t wait until Saturday night to go out dancing? The Music Center has you covered, as National Dance Day is set to take over a portion of Hope Street on Saturday morning with a two-hour dance bonanza from 10 a.m. to noon.

As part of the national initiative launched by Nigel Lythgoe, judge of the television show “So You Think You Can Dance,” National Dance Day is promoting dance as a means to stay fit and healthy.

The event, which has been plugged on the popular dance show, is expected to draw hundreds. Hope Street between Temple and First streets will be closed to traffic, and open to dancers.

The morning will include a warm-up led by Melinda Sullivan, Music Center Spotlight Awards alum and recent “So You Think You Can Dance” contestant. Choreographers Tabitha and Napoleon Dumo will teach a group dance and then KCRW’s Garth Trinidad will lead a dance party. For those who are hungry after two hours of dancing, the event will also have several food trucks.

The Music Center plaza is at 135 N. Grand Ave. For more information, visit

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