April 27, 2020
International Dance Day is celebrated every year on 29th April to promote Art and Culture and to raise awareness among the public regarding the art of dance. The day was founded in 1982 by the Dance Committee of The International Theatre Institute (ITI), the performing arts partner of Unesco. It falls each year on the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre, the founder of modern ballet who died in 1810. The aim of the day is to promote dance as an art form – and to act as a ‘wake-up-call for governments, politicians and institutions which have not yet recognised its value to the people and to the individual [or] 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
In this current climate, dance provides us with the opportunity, perhaps more than ever, to release energy, look after our physical and mental health while letting loose to our favourite tunes. We have put together some ideas of how you can celebrate International Day of Dance at home and at school.
Children could use 2Create a Story to combine words, pictures, sounds and animations to create their own dance routine for others to learn. Using 2Animate they could create a short animation to show a range of different movements and use 2Sequence to create their own music to dance to. If you don’t want to dance around the house/class why not have a go at making the dancers dance in our 2Code game.
Dance has evolved over the years, children could take the opportunity to talk to family members about what dance was like when they were younger, asking them about a dance card or to teach you a move. You could use this template to write up about what you have learnt.
Across the world there are many different forms of dance from Bollywood, to Samba, Flamenco to Dragon dancing, there are so many different routines and customs to explore. The Haka is the ancient war dance of the Maori people from New Zealand, the dance exists as a way for the Maori people to display their tribe’s ‘pride, strength and unity’. You can watch the video below, filmed at a LearnEd event earlier this year and practice and perform your own Haka dance, taken from our Striver PE scheme.
Cheerleading is a sport that uses dance moves as a transition, you can see from the images below a range of single images that can be used in Cheerleading - why not use the images below to create your own dance phrases based on different Cheerleading arm positions and movements.
The examples of single images can be practised first, either on your own or with a partner, you could try mirroring these images and performing them on different levels. Once you have mastered all the individual moves, why not try to put them together into a sequence? There is an example sequence using the moves below.
The images and further lesson ideas including the Haka and Bollywood can be download from our Striver Yoga, Mindfulness and Dance pack here. Why not come up with a sequence of your own - we filmed one in our back garden to celebrate the UK's NHS but know that we can count on you to be more creative about those you want to thank!.
“Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are great because of their passion.” Martha Graham