International Dance Day

International Dance Day Quick Facts - CA

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2021 DateApril 29, 2021
2022 DateApril 29, 2022
International Dance Day

International Dance Day History

International Dance Day is a celebration created in 1982 by the Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute (ITI). It is a day to celebrate for those that understand the value of the art of dance and to bring it to the attention of those who are not aware of it.

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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. In 2018, five people were selected, each one representing a UNESCO region (Africa, Arab countries, Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Americas). For the actual messages, visit the official International Dance Day site.
  • International Dance Day is celebrated on this day 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 are: "improved condition of your heart and lungs, increased muscular strength, endurance and motor fitness, increased aerobic fitness, improved muscle tone and strength, weight management, stronger bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis, better coordination, agility and flexibility, improved balance and spatial awareness, increased physical confidence, improved mental functioning, improved general and psychological wellbeing, greater self-confidence and self-esteem, better social skills."
  • "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

  • Anyone who wants to celebrate the day and plans to hold an event, be it an individual or an institution, can notify the ITI Centre or a "cooperating member" in their region to get the event to appear on the virtual map of the official International Dance Day website.
  • 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.
  • Go out dancing.

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