In 1982, the ITI Dance Committee founded International Dance Day, which is celebrated each year on April 29, the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), creator of modern ballet. The intention of the International Dance Day Message is to celebrate dance, delight in the universality of this art form, cross all political, cultural and ethnic barriers and unite people with a common language: dance.
Every year a message from an outstanding choreographer or dancer circulates around the world. The author of the message is selected by the ITI International Dance Committee and the ITI Executive Council. The message is translated into numerous languages and distributed worldwide.
Celebrations open to all
The main pillars of ITI – the ITI Centers and Collaborating Members – are the driving force behind the celebration of International Dance Day in their country or region.
Anyone can organize and promote a celebration on or around the same day. Dance venues, theater and dance institutions, theatre, dance and performing arts universities, government institutions, cultural ministries, dancers and dance lovers around the world are invited to celebrate International Dance Day.
ITI recommends that people or institutions that want to celebrate the day coordinate it with the ITI Center or Collaborating Member of their country or region. The list of member addresses can be found in the online directory at www.iti-worldwide.org.
If someone is organizing an event and sends the event information to info (at) iti-worldwide.org, the event will appear on the virtual map on this website.
Every year the International Dance Committee, through a vote, chooses one of the proposals that are sent to the author of the Message of the International Dance Day.