International Dance Day was introduced in 1982 by the International Dance Council (CID, Conseil International de la Danse), aUNESCO partner NGO, and is celebrated yearly, on April 29. The date is not linked to a particular person or a particular form of dance, although it’s also the day when the French dancer and ballet master Jean-Georges Noverre was born. The main purpose of Dance Day events is to attract the attention of the wider public to the art of dance. Emphasis should be given to addressing a new public, people who do not follow dance events during the course of the year.
Every year, the president of the International Dance Council sends the official message for Dance Day which circulate in every country around the world.
The International Dance Council , the umbrella organization for all forms of dance within UNESCO is competent for representing and supporting the art of dance. It promotes Dance Day through its global network of Sections and members. Its president delivers the official message every year.