International Dance Day

Each year on April 29th, International Dance Day is observed. To combat the mental tiredness caused by the pandemic, dancers, researchers, and therapists around the world are constantly pushing individuals to indulge in hobbies as well as any type of physical activity. It’s time to band together on International Dance Day to combat isolation and loneliness caused by the rising coronavirus pandemic. Dance is beneficial to both the body and the psyche. In the midst of Covid-19, International Dance Day is a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness and assist individuals to become more resilient when dealing with mental or emotional issues.

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History of International Dance Day

The inaugural International Dance Day was held in the year of 1982 to commemorate the birth of Jean Georges Noverre (1727 – 1810), the founder of modern ballet. International Dance Day was established to promote the benefits of dancing, to enjoy dance, and to bring people together. This universal type of theatre transcends political, cultural, and ethnic divides. Lettres sobre la danse et sur les ballets, written by French choreographer Jean-Georges Noverre in the year of 1760, is still valid and loved by current dancers.

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Significance

Dance is a form of artistic expression, and movements accompanied by music offer numerous advantages. Physical, psychological, cognitive, and behavioural disorders are all treated with it. Experts claim that when one dances, the same endorphins or hormones in the body which makes one feel good are released in bigger quantities. Anxiety, sadness, low self esteem, and post traumatic stress disorder can all be alleviated via dance. As a result, this day is a fantastic opportunity to help individuals improve their lifestyles while also encouraging creative style invention in all mediums.

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