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You're Invited to AARP's Free Online ''Tis the Season to Dance' Party

Celebrate the holiday season with Dionne Warwick, the O'Jays and more

'Tis the Season to Dance: An Ugly Sweater and Pants Party

Dance your way into the holiday spirit with AARP's free virtual “'Tis the Season to Dance” party on Saturday, Dec. 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET, hosted by Daybreaker Live. And forget black-tie: The suggested dress code for this festive gathering is the ugliest holiday sweater you can find.

Register at to join thousands of participants from around the world in celebrating the season (and the last Daybreaker dance party of 2020) by moving to the beat of R&B classics and holiday disco; plus, stay tuned for special guest appearances that are sure to bring lots of cheer.

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Live performances by Dionne Warwick and the O'Jays

Hosted by Daybreaker dance community founder Radha Agrawal and a special surprise DJ, the virtual party will take place on the videoconferencing platform Zoom, so don't forget to don your most hideous holiday sweater (and matching pants!) in case you're featured on the Dance Cam.

The event will kick off with a beginner-friendly yoga session, led by Tony-nominated dancer and actor Karine Plantadit, accompanied by harpist Lexie Lowell (chair modifications will be available for those who need them). Then there will be a live performance of “Love Train” and “I Love Music” by the O'Jays, followed by a closing ceremony featuring Dionne Warwick singing “What the World Needs Now."

And be prepared for some festive surprises, including a drum circle, break dancing dreidel and even a visit from Santa.

Dancing benefits both body and mind

Dancing while connecting with others, especially at a time when opportunities for in-person gatherings are limited, not only feels great — it's good for you. That's according to a recent report from the AARP-founded Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH), which shows that music boosts brain health and emotional well-being. What's more, it helps in the treatment of conditions such as Parkinson's disease and dementia.

When it comes to dancing, the evidence is also clear. Moving is a great way to stimulate both body and mind. “Dance, sing or move to music,” the GCBH experts conclude. “These activities not only provide physical exercise, but they can also relieve stress and build social connections, and are fun ways to stimulate your brain!"

Remember to RSVP

"'Tis the Season to Dance” is free and open to AARP members and nonmembers of all ages — just be sure to register in advance at by 10:50 a.m. ET on Dec. 19.