Since 1948, UNESCO

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.

www.international-dance-day.org

2017
Trisha Brown

Trisha Brown

Dance communicates and expands the universal language of communication, giving birth to joy, beauty and the advancement of human knowledge.
2016
Lemi Ponifasio

Lemi Ponifasio

Touch the cosmos the source of our divinity illuminatingthe face of the ancestors so we can see our children
2015
Israel Galvan

Israel Galvan

Everybody can dance together! Maybe not holding onto each other, but by each other's side.
2014
Mourad Merzouki

Mourad Merzouki

So try, fail, start all over again but above all, dance, never stop dancing!
2013
Lin Hwai-min

Lin Hwai-min

Come, turn off your television, switch off your computer, and come to dance. Express yourself through that divine and dignified instrument, which is our body. Come to dance and join people in the waves of pulses.
2012
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

I believe that dance may be one of the most honest forms of expression for us to cherish: because when people dance, whether in a ballet performance, a hip-hop battle, an underground contemporary show or just in a discotheque, cutting loose, there are seldom any lies deployed, any masks worn.
2011
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
2010
Julio Bocca
2009
Akram KHAN

Akram KHAN

This very special day is dedicated to the one language that everybody in this world can speak, the inherent language of our bodies and our souls, of our ancestors and of our children
2008
Gladys Agulhas

Gladys Agulhas

The Spirit of Dance has no colour, no selected shape or size but embraces the power of unity, strength and beauty found within us