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International Dance Day

April 29

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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 29 of April, repeating indefinitely

International Dance Day

International Dance Day is celebrated annually on the 29th of April. The date was chosen because it was the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre, who is considered to be the creator of modern ballet. The event began in 1982, and every year there is a Gala Event, held in a major city. Past hosts include Shanghai and Havana . In 2021, this event was held online, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are also many other events held around the world. Every year, a well-known dancer or choreographer is chosen to give a message on the day. In 2018, to mark the 70th anniversary of the event, 5 message authors were chosen.

Students from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance perform in this video for International Dance Day.

Teaching Ideas and Resources

  • Have a class dance-off.
  • Find a dance tutorial video and see if you can learn some moves. This one is great fun.

  • Learn a dance from a period of history you are studying, or have studied.
  • Choose a dance unit from the BBC.
  • Watch a video of a ballet dancer. How would you describe their performance?


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