The International Dance Day has been celebrated annually on 29th April since 1982, following its inception by the Dance Committee of the International Theater Institute, the main partner for the performing arts of UNESCO. It is celebrated on the anniversary of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), the creator of modern ballet.\n\n\n\nWhat is the unique way of celebrating International Dance Day?\n\n\n\nOn this day, the concern organization the International Dance Committee and the International Theater Institute select dance personality who has made an impact in dance field to write a message for International Dance Day each year with a unique viewpoint. This day is to wake up call to all that the art form can be a sign of positive change in society, contribution to the growth of economy and equality at the same time. The occasion has celebrated the uniformity and celebrates humankind all above the region, case, creed, biased and politics. \n\n\n\nThe dance is the relationship between past and present where the heritage can be preserved and can be for life forever as it includes human activity. In the same manner, there is more impact as it requires the involvement. Dance is more evolved, with heritage value it builds up the relation. Also, dance is the most honest expression to humankind as when people dance, in any dance form, they represent the moment with honesty.\n\n\n\nThe International Dance Committee - IDC\n\n\n\nThe IDC make an ownership to promote the dance through various activities, celebration, conduction dance workshop in various regions and partner along with international dance communities to spread the message about dance community. \n\n\n\nYearMessage Author(s)Nationality2018Marianela Bo\u00e1nCuba2017Trisha BrownUSA2016Lemi PonifasioSamoa & New Zealand2015Israel Galv\u00e1nSpanish2014Mourad MerzoukiFrench2013Lin Hwai-minChinese Taipei2012Sidi Larbi CherkaouiBelgium2011Anne Teresa De KeersmaekerBelgium2010Julio BoccaArgentina2009Akram Khan (dancer)United Kingdom2008Gladys AgulhasSouth Africa2007Sasha WaltzGermany2006Norodom SihamoniCambodia2005Miyako YoshidaJapan2004Stephen PageAustralia2003Mats EkSweden2002Katherine DunhamUnited States2001William Forsythe (choreographer)United States2000Alicia Alonso, Ji\u0159\u00ed Kyli\u00e1n & Cyrielle LecueurCuba, Russia & France1999Mahmoud RedaEgypt1998Kazuo OhnoJapan1997Maurice B\u00e9jartFrance1996Maya PlisetskayaRussia1995Murray LewisUnited States1994Dai AilianChina & Trinidad and Tobago1993Maguy MarinFrance1992Germaine AcognyBenin and Senegal1991Hans van ManenNetherlands1990Merce CunninghamUnited States1989Doris LaineFinland1988Robin HowardUnited Kingdom1987Dance Committee of ITIInternational1986Chetna JalanIndia1985Robert JoffreyUnited States1984Yury GrigorovichRussia1983No Message AuthorN\/A1982Henrik NeubauerSlovenia\n\n\n\nInternational Dance Day 2018\n\n\n\nMessage by Marianela Boan, Cuba Choreographer, dancer and teacher.\n\n\n\nYour body begins before you and is the place of all the rituals that belong to you. When you listen to your body through dance, you also hear the bodies and dances of seduction and celebration which belong to your ancestors and your species. \n\n\n\nIn your body you carry the dances that will save you. The one who dances touches the other beyond the skin; dance touches their weight and smell, it defeats the tactile screens and it erases the borders between bodies and nations. I have lived on both sides of history. I have seen poverty and wealth, landscapes and bodies fed and abused by power. My work excavates, looking for the real bodies among those officially on display. \n\n\n\nBeing a choreographer in Cuba and the Dominican Republic, the magical islands where I live, surrounded by the Caribbean Sea and people dancing before birth, is an unmentionable privilege. Dancing is the great antidote to the madness of mankind. To each displaced person, refugee and exile from around the world, I say: you have a country that goes with you that nothing and no one can take away; the country of your body.