The History of International Dance Day

The International Dance Council believes that dance has been an important part of human culture throughout history, but that it is not prioritised enough by official establishments across the globe. Celebrating International Dance Day is a way of promoting dance, raising awareness and educating people about this art form.

What is International Dance Day (IDD)?

International Dance Day is a celebration of the art of dance, and seeks to promote different types of dances around the world. Dance is a wonderful way to express yourself and communicate, and International Dance Day sends this message across the globe.

Dance is practiced by millions of people, in thousands of different ways. It has a long and varied history, with early evidence of dance dating back almost 10,000 years. In fact, it is believed that dance even predates the invention of written languages, and was used as a way to communicate stories down from generation to generation.

You can find out more about the evolution of ballet in our infographic.

The Evolution of Ballet

Nowadays, dance is used in many cultural traditions, and is an important part of the modern world. This is why International Dance Day is celebrated by millions of people each year.

How can you celebrate International Dance Day?

How you choose to celebrate International Dance Day is completely up to you. If you run a dance school, why not organise a small show, with all proceeds going to charity?

If you are a dancer, you could educate yourself more on the history of dance or look into some events taking place in your area.

Even if you’re not a dancer, what better time to start than on International Dance Day? Use it as a reason to sign up to those dance classes you’ve always fancied, or go and see a dance show in your local area.

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