On this Day: 29th April International Dance Day

  • Every 29 April is International Dance Day, a day set aside by the International Dance Council to promote public awareness of the “art of dance”.
  • International Dance Day is a celebration day for those who can see the value and importance of the art form “dance”, and acts as a wake-up-call for governments, politicians and institutions which have not yet recognised its value to the people and to the individual and have not yet realised its potential for economic growth.
  • The International Dance Day was created by the Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute ITI, the main partner for the performing arts of UNESCO in 1982.
  • It was chosen on April 29th because it was the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre, innovator, and scholar of this art, teacher, and creator of modern ballet.
  • This celebration strives to encourage the participation and education of dance through events and festivals held during this date around the world.
  • One of the events organised by the ITI is the Gala Celebration held in a selected host city. There are performances, workshops, speeches and humanitarian projects that take place.
  • Every year a different dance personality is selected to write a message for International Dance Day, which is delivered at the Gala Celebration in the host city and spread across the world.
  • Every year on the dance day (April 29), a message from an outstanding dancer or choreographer will be circulated throughout the world.
  • For the year 2021 the message is from FriedemannVOGEL,a ballet dancer, he was selected as the Dancer of the Year in 2019.