International Dance Day takes place annually on 29 April. It was introduced in 1982 by the International Dance Council (CID, Conseil International de la Danse), The umbrella organization for all forms of dance within UNESCO. The date is not linked to a particular person or a particular form of dance, although it’s also the day when the French dancer and ballet master Jean-Georges Noverre was born.
Throughout history Dance has been an integral part of human culture and it constitutes an ideal means for bringing people together from different countries. However recently it has become less prioritized by official establishments worldwide. So the main purpose of Dance Day events is to reintroduce the art of dance to the wider public and encourage people who do not follow dance events.
Every year, the president of the International Dance Council delivers an official message to promote Dance Day.through its global network of Sections and members. The focus of Dance Day 2005 was on primary education. International Dance Council urged dance establishments to contact the Ministries of Education with the proposals to celebrate this day at all schools with writing essays about dance, drawing dance pictures, dancing in the streets, etc. The 2006 message focused on the reluctance of dancers to join collective organizations, expresses an opinion that this is a major reason of the lack of the due recognition (legislation, financing, visibility) of dance in society, and calls: “Dancers of the world, unite!” The 2008 message focused on Finding better ways of representing and promoting Dance through Governments, Sponsors, Newspapers and other socialMedia.
A universal vision, dubbed the “new humanism” has also been suggested as a response to globalization and crisis, to encourage social cohesion, the preservation of peace and provide an opportunity for the entire human community to be included. Dance Festivals and similar events are a most effective way to encourage social cohesion, reciprocal knowledge and diversity in the most lively manner