International Dance Day 2021: Who started it? Why is it celebrated?

International Dance Day 2021: Who started it? Why is it celebrated?

The day is celebrated annually on April 29, which happens to be the birth anniversary of Jean-Georges Noverre, the creator of modern ballet.

International Dance Day is a global celebration of dance that was created by the main partner for the performing arts of UNESCO - the Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute (ITI).

The day is celebrated annually on April 29, which happens to be the birth anniversary of Jean-Georges Noverre, the creator of modern ballet.

The day aims to encourage participation and education in dance through events and festivals that are held all over the world.

International Dance Day 2021: Who started it? Why is it celebrated?
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History

The history of dance dates back thousands of years but the official Dance Day ceremonies were launched in 1982. Every year, an outstanding dance personality is selected to write a message for International Dance Day.

ITI also creates a flagship event in a selected host city, where dance performances, educational workshops, and humanitarian projects and speeches are made by dance personalities, dignitaries, and ambassadors.

Significance

The main objective of the day is to celebrate dance and promote all its forms across all political, cultural, and ethnic barriers to bring people together.

The International Theatre Institute selects a well-known dance personality each year to help publicise the day.

How to celebrate the day?

The day is usually marked in many countries by gala events and stage performances by professional dance groups and experts.

But this being a year of the COVID-19 pandemic, outdoor activities are restricted or prohibited. But you can still spread the message of dance from your homes.

If you are a pro dancer or part of a group, you can make short videos of your performance and upload them on social media for your viewers.

Conduct a 1-day dance workshop with enthusiasts over any video calling app or share some inspirational dance videos and tutorials with budding dancers.

If you are new to dance, try learning some new steps by looking at videos or study the history of dance.

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