International Dance Day

International Dance Day Quick Facts - US

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2023 DateApril 29, 2023
2024 DateApril 29, 2024
International Dance Day

International Dance Day History

International Dance Day seeks to celebrate dance and its community. This day aims to raise awareness about dance as an art form. It encourages governments, politicians, and institutions to recognize the value and importance of dance. Each year, the International Dance Committee and the International Theatre Institute choose a dance personality to write an overarching message for the day.

International Dance Day was established in 1982 by the dance committee of the International Theatre Institute. It is observed annually on April 29th.

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International Dance Day Facts & Quotes

  • An important dance personality is selected every year by the International Theatre Institute to write a message. KANG Sue-jin was chosen for 2022. Learn more about her and the message for the year.
  • International Dance Day is celebrated on April 29th because it was the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre, the creator of modern ballet.
  • Dancing is a fun way for everyone to stay in shape and meet new friends. According to the Department of Health & Human Services, some of the health benefits of dancing include better endurance and motor fitness, improved muscle tone and strength, weight management, better coordination, and agility and flexibility.
  • 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
  • Dancers have a very hard job. We must take our ugly, callused, blistered, and bruised feet and present them in a way so that they are mistaken as the most beautiful things on Earth - Unknown source

International Dance Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Go out dancing.
  • If you are performing a dance on this day and would like to promote the message written by one of the chosen personalities, you can say it, or suggest that it be said, at the beginning or end of the show.
  • Start a photo challenge. Strike a pose and post it to your favorite social media platform.
  • Attend a dance show or mark the day for one.

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