This is the official website for International Dance Day. International Dance Day was created by the Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute ITI, the main partner for the performing arts of UNESCO. Since its creation in 1982, the International Dance Committee and the International Theatre Institute ITI select an outstanding dance personality to write a message for International Dance Day each year. This day is a celebration day for those who can see the value and importance of the art form “dance”, and acts as a wake-up-call for governments, politicians and institutions which have not yet recognised its value to the people and to the individual and have not yet realised its potential for economic growth.

“People reflect each other constantly, but when they dance, perhaps what they reflect most is that moment of honesty.”


Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, dancer and choreographer, message author for International Dance Day 2012