The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

July 21, 2013

Enid to participate in nationwide dance celebration

By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Enid will participate in a national dance event this year sponsored by one of the originators of the “So You Think You Can Dance” TV program.

One of the organizers of the event, Deborah Ruthenberg, of Enid, said it will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Oakwood Bowl, 4709 W. Garriott. Participants will join events in other parts of the country, with large ones in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. The Dizzy Feet Foundation was started by Nigel Lythgoe, one of the founders of the “So You Think You Can Dance” television program.

“It’s people getting together, having fun and getting some exercise,” Ruthenberg said.

There are two routines online. One is difficult, the other easy. Ruthenberg said individuals may learn those routines, videotape them and put them online, and they may appear on the “So You Think You Can Dance” program. Oakwood Bowl will have a large screen available to help those attending view and learn the routines. She said only the easy routine will be learned, but a local dancing school may learn and perform the difficult routine, featuring a hip-hop maneuver.

One of the dances is similar to a line dance, featuring repeated movements, she said.

Oakwood Bowl joined with Ruthenberg to sponsor the event. Fliers are being sent to those who may be interested and generally distributed around Enid. There is no charge and no prize, except the possibility of the video appearing on the national television show. The Dizzy Feet Foundation website contains a link to a map of the places sponsoring the dance event, and Enid has been placed on that map.

“It’s supposed to be fun, to get people moving and exercising. Everyone can do it, even two-left-feet people,” Ruthenberg said. This is the first of the Dizzy Feet Foundation dance events to be held in Enid, and Ruthenberg hopes people will attend.

The Dizzy Feet Foundation hosts two events each year, but there are additional events this year. At each event, dancers will lead the crowd in both routines, although Ruthenberg doubts the difficult routine will be learned in Enid. After each demonstration, the public is invited to participate in a number of dance-related activities.

The Washington, D.C., event is held with Sen. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C. The Kennedy Center will present free dance performances, dance lessons and interactive dances on the south plaza.

In Los Angeles, the foundation, in conjunction with Music Center, will host the event at the city’s new Grand Park.

The Dizzy Feet Foundation, at its website, encourages everyone to participate through individuals creating their own events, suggesting there are endless possibilities. Charitable events can be held, flash mobs can be organized, and dance-a-thons or fundraisers for kids to have more access to dance in those areas that do not have sufficient access can be created. Forms are available at

“It’s mostly to have fun and do something for an hour,” Ruthenberg said.