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A spectacular form of art for anyone

“Dance is your pulse, your heartbeat, your breathing. It’s the rhythm of your life. It’s the expression in time and movement, in happiness, joy, sadness and envy.”

–Jacques d’Amboise, American ballet dancer and choreographer

You don’t have to be a professional dancer to feel the beat. You don’t have to be good at dancing to move your feet with the rhythm. Sometimes, when words and talk aren’t the best way to relieve your pain, you turn around to the beauty of arts, and dancing is one of those therapeutic arts. Hence, it’s no wonder that there is a separate day to celebrate this form of art: International Dance Day.

International Dance Day is celebrated on the 29th of April annually to relish the universality of this art form while traversing through all barriers and bringing people together with one common language: dance. The day further pays tribute to all those amazing individuals who have dedicated their lives to this incredible work line. What we should also remember is that dancing is not only enjoyed by professionals, but also by amateurs from all over the world.

How you can celebrate International Dance Day

If you are a lover of dancing, you can take this special day to start learning a new dance you’ve always wanted to know. It doesn’t matter whether you are a good dancer or not, this form of art will keep your feet moving through thick and thin. And don’t forget to upload yourself trying dancing on social media using the hashtag #InternationalDanceDance. It might inspire one other individual to try this enchanting craft.

History

The Dance Committee of Internation Theatre Institute (ITI) founded International Dance Day in 1982 to be celebrated every year on the 29th of April, which is the birthday of Jean Georges Noverre (creator of modern ballet). 

A message from a magnificent choreographer or dancer is circulated every year. The author of this specific message is selected by the International Dance Committee od ITI and the Executive Council of ITI. Moreover, this message is translated into numerous languages so that it is reached successfully by individuals from different backdrops. Some of the previous speakers of this message includes Sasha Waltz, William Forsythe, Maguy Marin, Robin Howard and Yuri Grigorovitch.

With this much effort to aid people embrace dancing into their lives, it would be great if people make the best use of all the resources and make this incredible form of art a part of their lives. Just putting aside few minutes of your busy schedule to dance off all the frustrations and exhaustions will definitely make a positive difference.

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