International Dance Day

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2024 DateApril 29, 2024
2025 DateApril 29, 2025

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International Dance Day aims to attract the attention of the wider public to the art of dance, promoting diversity, inclusion, and participation. It also represents an opportunity to highlight the value of dance in promoting global peace and cross-cultural understanding. Educational institutions, professional dance bodies, and recreational groups often organize events that spark interest and engage diverse audiences in dance.

The inception of International Dance Day dates back to 1982 when it was established by the ITI, the main partner for performing arts at UNESCO. The date selected for this observance, 29th April, belongs to the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810) who is known as the creator of modern ballet. For American citizens, this day presents an invitation to appreciate dance across a variety of genres, including ballet, hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, classical, and folk dances. It emphasizes the inherent diversity and complexity within the American dance scene, simultaneously encouraging participation and recognition for dance as a significant cultural practice.

In the United States, International Dance Day is marked by numerous dance performances, workshops, and events held across the country. From professional performances on stages to dance flash mobs in public places, a wide range of activities are staged to promote engagement with dance at all levels. International Dance Day is celebrated on April 29 each year, marking the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre.

Facts & quotes about International Dance Day

  • An important dance personality is selected every year by the International Theatre Institute to write a message. YANG Liping was chosen for 2023. Learn more about her and the message for the year.
  • 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.
  • International Dance Day is celebrated on April 29th because it was the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre, the creator of modern ballet.
  • 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

Top things to do in the US for International Dance Day

  • 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.
  • Go out dancing.
  • Attend a dance show or mark the day for one.

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