International Dance Day (World Dance Day) Initiated in 1982 by the International Dance Committee of the UNESCO International Theatre Institute (http://www.iti-worldwide.org/), International Dance Day falls on April 29 of every year, commemorating the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre, a distinguished choreographer that brought about significant reforms in ballet production. Among the goals of the Dance Day are to increase the awareness of the importance of dance among the general public, as well as to persuade governments all over the world to provide a proper place for dance in all systems of education.
Every year, an international message
authored by a well-known dance personality is circulated around the world as
part of International Dance Day celebrations. Additionally, since 2005, the
Canadian Dance Assembly has issued a Canadian message in conjunction with the
UNESCO message. “Dance has the rare and precious
power to unite people of all ages, cultures and religions and has an intrinsic
value to Canadian society.” Yvon Zoglo, Crazy Smooth.
The Canadian Dance Assembly proudly presents the first ever National Dance Week leading up to International Dance Day on April 29 2012 as part of the I love dance/J’aime la danse National Campaign. Stay tuned for how the RWB will be participate in this exciting initiative.