International Dance Day 2023: Date, History, Significance, Types of Dance Forms & More

International Dance Day 2023: It is observed on 29 April worldwide. It is a wake-up call for governments, politicians, and institutions that have not yet recognised the importance of dance. Let us have a look at the history of International Dance Day and various forms of Dance.
International Dance Day
International Dance Day

International Dance Day 2023: Dance is not just an art form but also extremely beneficial for overall health because it is said that 30 minutes of dance class is equivalent to a jogging session. It is one of the best and most fun fitness exercises in which there is no need to lift heavy weights, no painful stretches, etc. Dance also has various benefits for mental health and is a great way to relax. Every year on April 29, International Dance Day is observed to celebrate this beautiful form of art and to cherish other dance forms globally.  

International Dance Day 2023: History

This day dance is celebrated globally and it was created by the Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute (ITI), the main partner for the performing arts of UNESCO. The date 29 April was chosen because it is the birthday of famous French dance artist Jean-Georges Noverre, who was born in 1727, a ballet master and a great reformer of dance.

The creators and organisers of the events are ITI by UNESCO. Let us tell you that in 1982, International Dance Day was created and since then an outstanding personality is selected to write a message for International Dance Day. Even ITI, in a selected host city, create a flagship event where several dance performances, educational workshops, speeches by dignitaries, dance artists, humanitarian projects, etc. took place.

Further events are organised across the world like open-door courses, exhibitions, articles, street shows, special performances, etc.

International Dance Day 2023: Significance

International Dance Day is also known as World Dance Day. The day promotes art and culture, and raises awareness among the public regarding the "art of dance". It also spread education about several forms of dance and their value in art form. 

Basically, this day encourages participation and education in dance through various events and festivals held all over the world. Dance is both an art form and a method of communication in cultures around the world and is practised by millions of people.

We can't ignore the fact that this day is a celebration for those who value dance and its art forms and also acts as a wake-up call for others, institutions, etc. who have not yet recognised its value.

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Various Artforms of Dance

1. Odissi Dance Form
It is a pure classical style of dance, enriched in enchanting mudras. In this dance form storytelling element is there which has its roots in the temples of Odisha.

2. Bharatanatyam Dance Form
This is one of the oldest classical performing art forms which is performed in the whole world. Let us tell you that this form of dance originated in Tamil Nadu.

3. The contemporary Dance Form
This form of dance is in trend today and is also associated with theme-styled dance.

4. The neoclassical dance form
It is also the latest form of performing arts. It is also known as the modern style matching the current gen-X of 2019.

5. Thandava Dance Form
Shiva Tandava dance form has mythological roots which are related to Lord Shiva and is depicted in various forms.

6. Kuchipudi Dance Form
It is also another form of classical dance. It originated from Andhra Pradesh.

7. Kathak Dance form
No doubt, it is one of the most glamorous classical dance forms in India to date. The origin of Kathak can be traced to North India.

8. Chau Dance Form
It is a semi-classical form of stage dance and originated in the eastern part of the Indian subcontinent.

9. Kathakali Dance Form
It is a fabulous stage art form of dance. It originated from the Deccan part of the Indian subcontinent. It is an efflorescent art form of Kerala. It is also considered one of the most difficult dance forms in India.

10. Manipuri Dance Form
As the name suggests, this form of dance originated in Manipur, the northeastern part of the country. It is a vibrant classical dance that revolves around pure Indian mythological stories of Indian gods and goddesses.

International Dance Day or World Dance Day is celebrated across the world to raise awareness about the importance of dance among the general public. It also aims to persuade governments all over the world to provide a proper place for dance in all systems of education.

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