International Dance Day

In 1982 the Dance Committee of the ITI founded International Dance Day to be celebrated every year on the 29th April, anniversary of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), the creator of modern ballet. The intention of the «International Dance Day Message» is to celebrate Dance, to revel in the universality of this art form, to cross all political, cultural and ethnic barriers and bring people together with a common language – Dance.
Every year a message from an outstanding choreographer or dancer is circulated throughout the world. The personality is selected by the founding entity of the International Dance Day – the International Dance Committee of the ITI, which collaborates with World Dance Alliance, a Cooperating Member of the ITI.
Together with the World Dance Alliance, ITI and its Dance Committee celebrate International Dance Day at UNESCO in Paris.
International Dance Day Message Authors: 1982 – 2011:

International Dance Day, 2019

International Dance Day Message Author for 2019

International Dance Day 2018, 29th April

International Dance Day 2018 Message
Author: Ohad Naharin, Izrael

International Dance Day 2017

International Dance Day 2017 Message
Author is Trisha Brown

International Dance Day 2015, 29th April

Message of International Dance Day 2015
Israel Galván’s Message

Carmen Amaya, Valeska Gert, Suzushi Hanayagi, Michael Jackson…I see them as energy-generating turbines and this makes me think about the importance of choreography on that energy of the dancer. The important thing is probably not the choreography, but specifically that energy, the whirlwind which it triggers.
I imagine a Tesla coil attracting them all and emitting a healing ray and causing a metamorphosis in their bodies: Pina Bausch as a praying mantis, Raimund Hoghe converted into a dung beetle, Vicente Escudero into a …

International Dance Day,  29 April 2014

International Dance Day, 29 April 2014
Read Mourad Merzouki’s Message
Message by Mourad Merzouki and video

International message for International Dance Day 2013

Message from Lin Hwai-min, Founder/Artistic Director, Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan
It is said in the Great Preface of “The Book of Songs,”
an anthology of Chinese poems dating from the 10th …

Croatian message for International Dance Day 2013.

Croatian message for International Dance Day 2013
by Irma Omerzo, dancer, choreographer, dance teacher
From the very moment we are born, much before the first smile and our first words, it is through movement that guided by our curiosity we learn about ourselves and our environment.
In the first years of our lives we continue investigating our body, its possibilities and boundaries. Through play we enjoy the movements of rolling, crawling and tumbling, headstands and tireless jumping and running. When responding to music in our first attempts at rhythmic dancing, we are wholeheartedly …

International Dance Day, 25 April, 2012.

Message of the 30th anniversary of International Dance Day.
“Celebrate the never-ending choreography of life
Through time, through the ages, what endures is mostly art. Art seems to be everything humankind leaves to its heirs – whether through buildings or books or paintings or music. Or movement, or dance. In that sense, I think of dance as the most current, the most up-to-date history lesson, as it is in a constant relationship with its most recent past and can only happen in the present.
Dance also, somehow, does not acknowledge borders in the …