The main event of International Dance Day may be organized at UNESCO or at a place chosen by ITI, in Paris, or at another location. Since 2005 for most of the main events of International Dance Day the message author was present. Since 2009 the main events have included performances by or associated with the message author.

This year, the International Dance Day Celebration will happen at the Gran Teatro Alicia Alonso in Havana, Cuba.

For this celebration in Havana, Cuba, in keeping with the spirit of our anniversary celebrations, we will have an unprecedented 5 Message Authors, each hailing from one of the 5 different UNESCO Continents (Africa, America, Arab Region, Asia-Pacific, and Europe). These 5 authors, being as they are 5 leading lights within their respective regions, are sure to offer valuable insight to the state of global dance through their messages.