INTERNATIONAL DANCE DAY
International Dance Day on April 29th is an annual celebration of how dancing positively impacts our lives. The human body’s ability to move, groove, pop, and lock has captivated the way we interact with music and express ourselves artistically.
This day was created to allow the world to recognize dance as a professional art form. Dancing gives us the ability to communicate emotions frequently deeper than our own language. International Dance Day is a tribute to millions of people across generations who have dedicated their lives to this craft of enchantment.
“People reflect each other constantly, but when they dance, perhaps what they reflect most is that moment of honesty.” -Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, dancer and choreographer, message author for International Dance Day 2012
Dancing is an action shared by both professionals and amateurs alike and is enjoyed in all parts of the world. This day is all about celebrating the history of dance and recognizing its monumental place across all cultures.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Challenge yourself by learning a new dance you’ve always wanted to know. You can do this by yourself or with a group of friends! Whether it’s your best macarena or ballroom waltz, share all things dance on social media using the hashtag #InternationalDanceDay.
The Dance Committee of the International Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute chose April 29th as International Dance Day to honor Jean-Georges Noverre’s birthday. He is renowned as the creator of modern ballet. The day was officially recognized in 1982.
Each year, a guest speaker is chosen to deliver the message of the International Dance Council to the world. The speaker is involved with the world of dancing in some way, shape or form. Prior speakers have included names like Sasha Waltz, William Forsythe, Maguy Marin, Robin Howard, and Yuri Grigorovitch.