Everyone knows what social media is. But have you heard of social fitness? It’s a thing. The original definition of the term, referring to the effectiveness and ease with which a person is able to use social skills, is gradually being usurped by a new meaning, combining the ‘social’ part of social media (meeting people, staying in touch with friends and family, and networking) with actual physical fitness. Think flash mob with an emphasis on physical movement.
More specifically, in the case of The Dance Mile on Saturday, July 15, well, you can guess from the title, but yes, an emphasis on dancing. The Dance Mile is a nationally touring phenomenon involving a gathering of hundreds of people for a festival-atmosphere registration period with a vendor village and professional dance acts, then a Zumba warm-up followed by 5,280 feet of mobile-DJ-curated nonstop grooving along closed-off streets (starting at Federal and Temple Streets and winding around the Old Port), all capped off by a sponsored post-dance party. The beneficiary for Portland’s Dance Mile is EqualityMaine. Check out the particulars and register at http://thedancemile.com/.
Adult tickets are $42.14 after fees, and children are $13.65. You get an official bib, some other swag, and the chance to get in on the ground floor of what might just become a household term: social fitness. Organizers stress the importance of wearing comfortable clothing and shoes, and, this is of vast importance, forgetting about any shyness you may harbor around dancing in front of peers. At The Dance Mile, no one is ever looking!