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International Dance Day

Shake a leg and join the celebration of International Dance Day - dance away your troubles and have a joyful time!
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When it is?
April 29
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Introduction

Get ready to move and groove on International Dance Day on April 29! This day has been celebrated since 1982, when the first celebration was held in Paris. It's a great opportunity to express yourself through dance, no matter what your age or experience level. Whether you're new to dancing or have been doing it for years, this is the perfect time to show off your moves and enjoy some fun music with friends and family.

History of International Dance Day

International Dance Day Dates

International Dance Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1982</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First International Dance Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>International Dance Day was first celebrated in Paris, organized by the International Theatre Institute (ITI).</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1984</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Annual Messages Initiated</div><div class='timeline-text'>The tradition of an annual message from a dance luminary to promote and celebrate the art of dance initiated this year</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1990s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Worldwide Recognition</div><div class='timeline-text'>By the 1990s, International Dance Day was being acknowledged abundantly around the world.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2005</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Inclusion of Dance Schools</div><div class='timeline-text'>Dance schools started to substantially encourage their students to participate in the celebration globally.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2018</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Digital Celebrations</div><div class='timeline-text'>With increased global digital connectivity, dancers began sharing their International Dance Day celebrations online.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Dance Day During Pandemic</div><div class='timeline-text'>Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, dancers found creative ways to celebrate the day  virtually, uniting people around the world.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate International Dance Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Watch a dance performance</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Check out what local or international dance performances are happening near you. You can find any type of dance from classical ballet to contempory pieces.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Learn some new moves</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take a dance lesson and learn some new moves. Look up a few tutorials on YouTube, or find a local dance school that offers classes in different types of dances.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize a flash mob</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather your friends and family together and organize a flash mob to celebrate International Dance Day. Pick out a fun song and choreograph a routine to perform with your group.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Start a dance challenge</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Challenge your friends and family to come up with their own unique choreography for their favorite song and post it online. The video that gets the most likes wins!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Throw a dance party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Put on your dancing shoes and throw a dance party! Invite everyone over, put on some tunes, and let the good times roll.</p></div></div>

Why We Love International Dance Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Dancing is empowering</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Whether it's hip hop, jazz, or ballet, dancing gives us a chance to express ourselves and our creativity. Through dance, you can challenge yourself and build confidence in your own body. Plus, it serves as an outlet for stress relief and even boosts your mood!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Dancing brings people together</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Dance has been used throughout history as a way to bring people of all backgrounds together. It serves as an opportunity to appreciate one another's culture and learn from each other. Whether it's through socials, competitions, or live performances, there's a way for everybody to get involved and share in the joy of dance!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Dancing is good exercise</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>You don't have to be a professional dancer to reap the benefits of movement - any kind of dancing is a great form of physical activity that gets your heart rate up and helps keep you fit. So go ahead and bust some moves on International Dance Day - not only will you have fun, but you'll also be doing your body some good!</p></div></div>

5 Fun Facts for International Dance Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Dance Has Ancient Origins</h3><p class='facts-content'>Archeological evidence suggests the practice of dancing dates back to prehistoric times, with depictions of dancers found on cave paintings over 9,000 years old. This means dance has been part of human culture for thousands of years!</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>There Are Hundreds of Dance Styles</h3><p class='facts-content'>There are over 200 different recognized styles of dance around the world, ranging from traditional folk dances to modern contemporary styles, illustrating the diversity and richness of dance as a form of expression.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Ballet Terminology is in French</h3><p class='facts-content'>The terminology used in ballet, one of the world's most classical and influential forms of dance, is actually in French. This dates back to the 17th century when ballet was formalized in the court of Louis XIV of France.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Dance is a Form of Therapy</h3><p class='facts-content'>Dance can also serve as a form of therapy known as Dance/Movement Therapy, using the motion and emotion connection to support the mental and physical health of a person.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Dance Can Benefit Your Brain</h3><p class='facts-content'>Studies have shown that dance, especially when regularly practiced, can improve cognition, increase memory ability and slow down aging in the human brain.</p></div></div>

International Dance Day FAQs

When is International Dance Day?

International Dance Day is celebrated on April 29th every year. In 2024, International Dance Day will fall on a Monday.

International Dance Day Dates

Year
Date
Day

2023

Apr 29

Saturday

2024

Apr 29

Monday

2025

Apr 29

Tuesday

2026

Apr 29

Wednesday

2027

Apr 29

Thursday

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