Celebrated on April 29th every year, International Dance Day is a day that was created to increase the public profile of dancing as an art form. This holiday was created by the International Dance Committee of the International Theater Institute and is a day in which both amateurs and professionals alike can hit the dance floor and get their groove on. After all, dance is both an art form and a form of cultural expression for many cultures all over the world.
History of International Dance Day
The Dance Committee of the International Dance Committee of the International Theater Institute created this holiday in 1982. April 29th was picked as the day to celebrate it by the committee because that was when Jean-Georges Noverre, the creator of the modern ballet, was born in 1727. They created the day to help bring people together in the language of dance. A language that can transcend borders and cultural barriers.
International Dance Day Customs & Traditions
Every year, except for 1983, a speaker is chosen to deliver the message of the International Dance Council around the world. This speaker is someone who is somehow connected to the art of dancing. These could be dancers, choreographers or other dance professions. Some of the past speakers have included Yuri Grigorovitch, Robin Howard, Germaine Acogny, Maguy Marin, William Forsythe, King Norodom Sihamoni, Sasha Waltz and Sidi Larbi Cherkaou.
When is International Dance Day?
|This year (2018)||April 29 (Sunday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Next year (2019)||April 29 (Monday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Last year (2017)||April 29 (Saturday)||Multiple dates - more|