International Dance Day

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2024 Date29 April 2024
2025 Date29 April 2025

International Dance Day

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International Dance Day is dedicated to encouraging participation and education in dance across the world. The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) recognizes this special day, championing the relevance of dance in socio-economic and political cultures the world over. Besides promoting dance as a form of expression and communication, the observance underscores the importance of dance as a global language transcending linguistic, political, and cultural boundaries.

The day owes its origin to the Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute (ITI), the main partner of UNESCO for the performing arts. The date was chosen to commemorate the birth of Jean-Georges Noverre, the creator of modern ballet. For a country like India, which boasts an array of classical dances from Bharatnatyam to Kathak, International Dance Day holds special significance. It not only venerates India's rich dance heritage but also casts a spotlight on the country's evolving dance forms in contemporary and fusion genres.

International Dance Day is marked with much enthusiasm across India. From dance workshops taught by experienced maestros to performances showcasing the country's diverse and vibrant dance heritage, the celebrations are manifold. Many use the day as an opportunity to raise awareness about dance-related issues like the need for dance education, promotion and professional networks, disseminated via seminars and panel discussions. International Dance Day is observed annually on April 29th, recentering the spotlight on India's vast pantheon of dance forms and their cultural resonance.

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Facts 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.
  • During International Dance Day celebrations, many Indian classical dancers receive awards and recognition for preserving and promoting traditional dances among the younger generation. Some prestigious awards given out this day include the Uday Shankar Choreography Award and the Rabindra Puraskar Award.During International Dance Day celebrations, many Indian classical dancers receive awards and recognition for preserving and promoting traditional dances among the younger generation. Some prestigious awards given out this day include the Uday Shankar Choreography Award and the Rabindra Puraskar Award.
  • Indian schools and universities take part in the global International Dance Day by conducting inter and intra-school or college dance competitions. This is done not just in celebration, but also to actively encourage young people to learn about India's traditional and contemporary dance forms.

Top things to do in India 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.
  • Visit one of India's many historic dance sites. India is home to many sites that have deep ties to traditional dance forms. Some of the most popular dance sites include the Ellora and Ajanta caves, Kuchipudi, Kathakali centers, and the Taj Mahal.
  • Attend one of India's famous dance festival. Some popular festivals include the Konark Dance Festival, Khajuraho Dance Festival, and the Chennai Dance and Music Festival.

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