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National Get Funky Day!

Posted By: Nneka Opene | Filed under: Dance History | Oct 03, 2017
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“Get Funky” is more than just a catch phrase, it is also a National day to be observed across the nation.
While it might not be as mainstream as National Ballet Day (which interestingly happens to fall on the same day), National Get Funky Day is uniquely uniting. National Get Funky Day first annual observance will be held on Thursday, October 5, 2017 (according to the National Day Calendar).

Funkytown Fitness founded National Get Funky Day to help people across the country break free from their comfort zones, let loose and have fun. The idea behind it is that the world becomes a more positive place when people having fun and feeling happier - both byproducts of getting funky the founders assert. They also assure that observers interactions with coworkers, loved ones and others in their lives will improve as a result.

Believe it or not, NGFD evolved from communities coming together in response to hurricane Matthew. Despite the destruction and loss, strangers happily helped one another, creating bonds and a sense of joy that later helped inspire the primary mission of NGFD which is to generate as much positivity as possible, making the day go down as the funkiest ever.

Widely considered a pioneer of funk, Godfather of Soul James Brown, previews some classic funk moves in this rare video clip!

Since this is a new observance there aren’t many long standing traditions yet. However since funk music has been around for generations, that is  expected to be one tradition that quickly takes root and has a lasting impact. The site has compiled a top twenty list of funk classics both new and old, essential to send revelers running to the dance floor. Some of the favorites listed on the playlist were classics such as: “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag” by James Brown; “Shining Star” by Earth, Wind & Fire; “Give Up The Funk”  by Parliament; and more recent hits like “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars, and “Virtual Insanity” by Jamiroquai.

Another tradition in the making is sure to be the fashion. Funk revelers are suggested to wear bright colorful clothes and literally let their hair down. Other suggestions of how to observe the day are to smile, laugh, hug and high five people. Also to do things like be positive, help a neighbor or a stranger; have a party and dance to funky music of course.  The idea is that each of these actions can be contagious, so by putting them out there (for others to see) as an official day, it will continue to catch on, spreading positivity throughout. Promoters of NGFD proclaim it as a day to celebrate life, spread love, laughter, light and funk!

All about funk music and movement, participants are challenged to step out of their normal, find their groove and Get Funky!

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About the author:

Having fearlessly explored every continent, Nneka is multi-lingual and passionate about travel, culture and life. A SDSU alumni, she has worked in KTVU Fox's newsroom, interviewed notable figures and hosted programs for various media outlets. She has also written features for The San Leandro Times and Also a seasoned performer and fitness professional, Nneka holds several fitness certifications, has shared the stage with entertainment icons, and has appeared on various TV Shows.

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