International Dance Day

In 1982, the Dance Committee of ITI founded International Dance Day to be celebrated every year on 29th April, the birthday anniversary of Jean-Georges Noverre, 1727-1810, the creator of modern ballet. The intention of International Dance Day is to celebrate dance, to revel in the universality of this art form, to cross all political, cultural and ethnic barriers and to bring people together with a common language – dance! Every year, a message from an outstanding choreographer or dancer is circulated throughout the world.

International Dance Day 2018, 29th April

To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the International Theatre Institute and to underline the cross-cultural and international aspect of this common language - Dance, the Executive Council and the International Dance Committee of ITI have selected five message authors to write a message – one from each of the five UNESCO Regions: Africa, the Americas, Arab Countries, Asia Pacific and Europe.

The authors of the Messages of International Dance Day 2018 are:

Africa: Salia SANOU, Burkina Faso
Arab countries: Georgette GEBARA, Lebanon
Asia Pacific: Willy TSAO, Hong Kong, China
Europe: Ohad NAHARIN, Israel
The Americas: Marianela BOAN, Cuba

Link to the Website for International Dance Day