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International Dance Day 

In 1982, the International Dance Committee founded International Dance Day to be celebrated every year on the 29th of April. The date commemorates the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre, who was born in 1727 and was a great reformer of dance. 

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Waiting for Messiah (Study) by Robert Heindel
Every year a message from a well known dance personality is circulated throughout the world. The 2005 Message has been written by Miyako Yoshida, Japanese dancer, who was named "UNESCO Artist for Peace" by UNESCO Director General in 2004.

The intention of International Dance Day and the Message is to bring all dance together on this day, to celebrate this art from and revel in its universality, to cross all political, cultural and ethnic barriers and bring people together in peace and friendship with a common language : Dance.

This occasion is being organized under the patronage of Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Yves Haesendock, Permanent Delegate of Belgium to UNESCO and Jos Aelvoet, Delegate of the Flemish Government as well as International Dance Committee of International Theatre Institute / UNESCO and World Dance Alliance.

Dance performances will be presented by:

  • Masayu Kimoto
  • Claire Lonchampt
  • Takuma Ryou
  • Jin-Wen Yu


Start Date 28 Apr 2005
End Date 29 Apr 2005
Event Type Dance performance
Event Location UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France
Organizer UNESCO and International Dance Committee of International Theatre Institute
Partners / Sponsors World Dance Alliance, Permanent Delegation of Belgium and Permanent Delegation of the Flemish Government
Website (URL) Living Arts
Email iti@unesco.org

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