International Dance Day
I am not sure what happens on this day, but let’s all think about dance together. We think about it all the time anyway.
Every year on this day, a different well-known dance artist writes a message toâ€¦everyone. Todayâ€™s International Dance Day Message is byâ€¨Julio Bocca:
“Dance is discipline, work, teaching, communication. With it we save on words that perhaps others would not understand and, instead, we establish a universal language familiar to everyone. It gives us pleasure, it makes us free and it comforts us from the impossibility we humans have to fly like birds, bringing us closer to heaven, to the sacred, to the infinite.
It is a sublime art, different each time, so much like making love that at the end of each performance it leaves our heart beating very hard and looking forward to the next time.” (translated from the Spanishâ€¨by Marcia De La Garza)Â
UNESCO and the International Dance Committee of the International Theater Institute started International Dance Day in 1982, choosing April 29 to mark the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), the great-grandfather of ballet as we know it.Â