International Dance Day Date in the current year: April 29, 2016

International Dance Day International Dance Day is celebrated on April 29. This annual observance was introduced in 1982 by the International Dance Council, an international non-governmental umbrella organization for all forms of dance within UNESCO.

The date of the observance is not linked to a particular person or event, but it coincides with the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre, a French dancer and balletmaster who is considered to be the creator of ballet d'action.

International Dance Day celebrates all forms of dance and focuses on attracting the attention of the public to the art of dance. Events held on the occasion are aimed at representing, supporting, and promoting the art of dance.

Each year, the president of the International Dance Council writes the official message which is translated into dozens of languages and sent to thousands of dance professionals in about 200 countries. Dance companies, amateur groups, schools, associations, other organizations as well as individuals plan events and activities according to the current year's theme contained in the message.

Events held on the occasion of Dance Day may include but are not limited to dance evenings, special performances, parades, street shows public rehearsals, open-door classes, exhibitions, lectures, etc.

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