International Dance Day 2009 - 29 April
We have always danced in Scotland – it is just a part of who we are, an intrinsic part of our cultural identity. In village halls, at weddings and celebrations, the Scottish tradition of a ceilidh means getting hot and sweaty as you birl around with friends and strangers alike.
Scotland also has a vibrant dance sector of professional companies and choreographers who provide opportunities for audiences around the country to enjoy high-quality dance performances, and increasing receiving international recognition for the originality of their work.
International Dance Day is an opportunity to celebrate all dance in Scotland and the diverse range of pioneering artists who work in dance. Our full-time companies of Scottish Ballet and Scottish Dance Theatre with their astounding dancers; the dance centres encouraging everyone to find a dance for themselves whether it is ballet or salsa or streetdance; ambitious small-scale companies and independent choreographers passionately developing their creative practice and young people experiencing the joy of dancing in schools and clubs.
In 1982 the International Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute, UNESCO, created International Dance Day to be celebrated every year on 29 April.
The date commemorates the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727 - 1810), the creator of modern ballet. The intention of International Dance Day and the Message is to celebrate dance, to 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.
The International Dance Committee of CID is collaborating with World Dance Alliance and the International Dance Council for the celebration of International Dance Day.
Celebrate dance and watch a dance performance this month...
"There is a bit of insanity in dancing that does everybody a great deal of good."
Celebrate International Dance Day on 29 April with Dance House by taking part in Street, Bollywood, Funk Workout and Eletricat classes. For further information call 0141 552 2442, email Dance House or visit the Dance House website.
Find out more information about Dance in Scotland in the dance features and projects areas of the Scottish Arts Council website.