International Dance Day
Dance is one of humanity’s oldest and most well-known forms of entertainment. It is still practiced daily by millions, but Dance Day is an exact moment when everyone can take part in this very enjoyable pastime. Even people with two left feet can participate.
Dancing is a great way to relax, loose inhibitions, meet new people and improve your physical health. This annual tradition brings together people from all walks of life, including professional dancers and individuals who would normally be unable to stand back.
Dance Day is a day to follow your passion.
Dance can be traced back to at least 9,000 years ago, in ancient Indian paintings. Ceremonial dances were also found in many ancient cultures. Everybody, from tribal members to professional entertainers, has used it as a key ingredient in their lives. It can be enjoyed by everyone regardless of dance ability or rhythm. Dance Day celebrates a wide variety of dance styles.
Dance Day encourages dance from all levels. It is also a global celebration that unites people. All dance styles are welcome, from traditional ceremonial dances such as the Haka and Rejang dances, and Kagura, to contemporary street dance and jumpstyle electronic dancing. This includes traditional dances as well as modern styles that draw from many sources.
Solo dancers, duets and small groups can enjoy Kizomba, Latin rhythm, Jazz, Latin, Ballet, and Country dances on this day. Dance Day is about celebrating the freedom and openness of dance. It also celebrates the concept of working together, celebrating cultural differences and realizing that we all share the same goal. The best way to connect people is through dance. This annual event is the flag-bearer of all these features and many more.
It is a popular art form that millions of people enjoy and many come together to celebrate a specific date on the calendar. It has enjoyed a growing popularity and is expected to reach even higher heights over the next years.
Although dance has a long history, official Dance Day ceremonies were only established in 1982. The event couldn’t have been better placed, with Flashdance making its debut on silver screens in 1982. Millions around the world discovered a sudden love for the art after seeing Flashdance in the cinemas.
The annual celebration has been open to both amateurs and professionals since its inception. It encourages participants to share their favourite styles and routines, while also allowing them to learn from other cultures and dances. It’s an opportunity to be amazed by the talent of other dancers, as well as enjoy the comedy routines and lighthearted novelty dances. The inevitable errors that are made when learning new dances can be hilarious and a great way for people to grow their talents.
Dance Day is organized by the International Theatre Institute’s Dance Committee (ITI), which is partnered with UNESCO. This demonstrates the importance of the celebrations. These annual events are held on Jean-Georges Noverre’s birthday (the inventor of modern ballet).
Every year, except 1983 (when they were likely out watching Flashdance), a special guest of honour delivers a message. Henrik Neubauer delivered the inaugural message. Other guests have included Chetna Jalan and Germaine Acogny as well as Murray Lewis, Kazuo Ahno, Stephen Page (probably out watching Flashdance), Sasha Waltz and Lin Hwaimin over the years.
The Executive Council of International Theatre Institute holds the ceremonial gala, Dance Day’s main event. Although the venue for the showpiece ceremony is subject to change each year, everyone can enjoy the celebrations. The central point of the day is dance, which is something that is open to everyone.
This event is the most celebrated globally. It has been a global icon for creatives, due to its emphasis on accessibility and unity. The day is open to everyone, regardless of their financial or cultural background. Except for the guy singing that Meghan Trainor song.
Lady Gaga is the best source of advice when it comes to enjoying Dance Day. Simply dance!
Although thousands of performers and dance enthusiasts may attend the Gala country each year, the main point of the event remains that everyone can enjoy it in their own way. This is the ideal time to host an event at your local hall, or on the streets if you are part of a class or group. Street performances can bring in a lot of money, especially when Dance Day is celebrated. Just remember that it’s much more fun to share $100 between five people than to split it among 43.
It doesn’t matter if you are celebrating alone or with friends, it is a good idea to listen to the stream of the ceremony or catch up later. Performers can also record their dances and revisit them next year. It is amazing how much progress can be made in just 12 months.