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International Dance Day

International Dance Day

April 29 is International Dance Day, so put your dancing shoes on and get ready to step out. Dancing is universal — woven into virtually every society all over the world. Humans simply love dance. It brings us together whether we are the ones on the dance floor or are watching the professional performance of others. Dancing is exhilarating and impressive. Let’s honor the world of dance today, together!

The Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) established April 29 as International Dance Day in 1982 to highlight the amazing diversity and talent of dancers all over the globe. This date was chosen because it marks the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), the creator of modern ballet.

The International Theatre Institute created this holiday to promote dance across the world, to make people aware of the value of dance, and to enable the dance community to promote their work on a broad scale. The hope is for governments and opinion leaders to become increasingly aware of the value and importance of dance in all its forms and support it. On top of all this, International Dance Day was created for us to just enjoy dance for what it is and share the joy with others.

Every year the ITI selects an exemplary choreographer or dancer to write the official holiday message. Their website lists the location of their annual gala as well as other advertised events worldwide.

Evidence of dance has been found dating back 9,000 years and it has grown into a worldwide phenomenon. This holiday encourages people to celebrate their favorite type of dance while also learning new styles. There are dance styles for people of all ages and rhythm capabilities; so there’s no excuse for you not to get involved.

1.Watch a ballet performance
Prepare to be enchanted. New York City Ballet performances are ideal, however, with 757 ballet companies across the United States, it’s easy to find a ballet performance near you.

2.Sign up for ballet lessons
Although grown-ups are a lot less flexible, adult classes are available for those who are inspired to start. Alternatively, sign your children up for classes where an early start in ballet will ensure the suppleness they need to develop in this dance form.

3.Watch a ballet-themed film
Experience the beauty of ballet vicariously through the silver screen. “Black Swan” is a popular choice or, if you like your film niche, we recommend “Ballerina” from 2006, “Ballet Russes” from 2005, or “The Children of Theatre Street” from 1977.

A. The grace and elegance
Ballet gives us an appreciation for beauty. Its delicate, lithe movements and other-worldliness seem almost at odds with our lives today.

B. The theatre and decadence
The setting for ballet is pure magic. From the costumes and music to the stage and the choreography, the sheer theatre in ballet takes our breath away.

C. The music
The music in ballet complements the dance but also does so much more. It is integral to a show’s story, dancers’ movements, and transporting viewers to magical realms. Even on its own, the music is soothing and soulful.


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