OFDA International Folk Dance Day
April 29, 2009 at Bathurst Jewish Community Centre Toronto, with Sandy Starkman.

International Dance Day (World Dance Day) has been celebrated since 1982 through promotion by the International Dance Council (CID), an umbrella organization within UNESCO for all kinds of dance. April 29 was chosen to commemorate the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), "The Grandfather of the Ballet".

Among the goals of Dance Day are to increase awareness of the importance of dance among the general public, as well as to persuade governments all over the world to provide a proper place for dance in all systems of education, from primary to higher.

The 2005 focus of Dance Day was on primary education.

The 2006 message of the President of CID addressed the reluctance of dancers to join collective organisations, expressing an opinion that this is a major reason for the lack of due recognition (legislation, financing, visibility) of dance in society, and suggested: "Dancers of the world, unite!";

The 2007 Dance Day was dedicated to children.
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