International Dance Day [29th April]

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Apr 28, 2022, 13:35

International Dance Day shows appreciation for the global art form of dance that breaks all cultural, ethnic, and political barriers. The day celebrates the universality of the art form where artists speak the common language of dance.

International Dance Day History

The first evidence of dance can be found in the paintings made in caves more than 10,000 years ago. As such, dance is one of the oldest forms of human expression. Dance was earlier performed to worship gods, to tell a story, etc. Modern forms of dance are performed for self-expression, entertainment, education, etc. They range from classical forms of Indian dances to ballet, waltz, tango, jazz, tap, hip-hop, etc.

Launched in 1982 by the International Theatre Institute (ITI), partner of UNESCO performing arts, International Dance Day is celebrated on April 29 every year. The date marks the birth anniversary of Jean-Georges Noverre, the creator of modern ballet.

The ITI created the international day to promote dance forms across the globe. Every year on World Dance Day, the International Dance Committee of ITI and the Executive Council of ITI select an eminent dance personality a choreographer or a dancer to write a message stressing the significance of the art form. The message is then translated into various languages and circulated worldwide.

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Significance of the International Dance Day

International Dance Day celebrates the beauty and power of the creative art form of dance. The ITI proclaimed 29 April as World Dance Day to -

  • raise awareness to the general public about dance's creative and therapeutic value and its various forms.
  • promote and appreciate dance in all its forms across the globe.
  • assist and encourage the global dance community to promote their art form on an international scale so that its value is known to governments and country leaders, and they can extend their support.
  • enjoy and appreciate dance in all its forms.
  • Share the joy of dance without boundaries of race, ethnicity, and culture.

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International Dance Day Theme 2022

World Dance Day 2022 marks the 40th anniversary of the international day. The occasion will be celebrated online on April 29, 2022, on the official website.

The celebration will begin with a video from this year's chosen message author KANG Sue-jin, artistic director and dancer at the Korean National Ballet and will be followed by five dance productions, each representing the region of Asia-Pacific, Africa, America, Europe, and the Arab Countries.

In addition to the online celebration of World Dance Day, the South Korean Centre of ITI, in collaboration with the General Secretariat of ITI, will organize an on-site celebration on 29th April 2022 in Seoul, South Korea.

Dance is an ancient art form that is universal and accessible to everyone. In today's diverse and global world, the occasion of International Dance Day uses dance as an excellent medium to strengthen ties and exchange dialogue. Dance is not only a beautiful and creative form of self-expression but is also diverse and has strong unifying power.

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FAQs on International Dance Day

Q.1. When is the International Dance Day celebrated?

International Dance Day is celebrated on 29th April every year.

Q.2. Why is International Dance Day celebrated?

International Dance Day is celebrated to promote the creative form of dance and all its forms. International Dance Day also raises awareness and educates the general public about the beauty of dance and its universal nature that brings together people from all backgrounds and cultures.

Q.3. Who founded International Dance Day?

The International Dance Committee of International Theatre Institute (ITI), a partner of UNESCO, created International Dance Day in 1982.

Q.4. Why is International Dance Day celebrated on 29th April?

The International Dance Day marks the birth anniversary of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), the creator of modern ballet.

Q.5. How is International Dance Day celebrated?

Every year on International Dance Day, the International Dance Committee of ITI and the Executive Council of ITI select impressive and outstanding dancers or choreographers to write a global message which is translated into various languages.