The organizers of the event say there's enough dance here in the region to justify its own festival, and they hope it will be an annual occasion.
"It's the first one of its kind. There's so much to see here. Hopefully you'll discover a new form of dance or you'll discover something that's been here for a while and you should just come and attend their performances," said Megan Hillary, the director of Charlottesville Day of Dance.
It's a family-friendly event featuring everything from dance fitness to ballet, modern, ballroom, swing, and belly dancing.
During the evening, the dances become more intimate -- with Latin and Aerial performances and then a community dance party.
It will all take place on a stage set up in front of the nTelos Wireless Pavilion, and a second stage nearby at Chroma Art Gallery on the mall.
During the day there will be an opportunity for the public to try some of the dances. There will also be information about to sign up for the different dance studios.
The Charlottesville Day of Dance is Saturday from noon until 10 p.m. It's free and open to the public.
Click here for the schedule of dance performances.
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