Yes oh! Such a thing exists. So if you are a lover of dance, you should be dancing throughout the day. You know that almost every day of our lives, we move to the rhythm of music, so I think it’s really great that a day has been set aside to celebrate this wonderful art form.
This great art form which we exhibit everywhere and for different reasons and occasions is celebrated all around the world on the 29th of April “World Dance Day”. So many countries start preparing for this wonderful day many months before the date and Nigeria is definitely not left out. States that celebrate World Dance Day in Nigeria that I know of are Lagos, Ibadan and Abuja. So if you’re close by and know any events happening in your area to mark this day, you should definitely attend because dancing is always fun, whether you’re doing it or you’re watching it being performed.
A little walk down history lane- World Dance Day was introduced in 1982 by the International Dance Council (CID, Conseil International de la Danse), a UNESCO partner NGO, and it is celebrated yearly, on April 29. The date is not linked to a particular person or a particular form of dance, although coincidentally, it’s also the day the French dancer and ballet master Jean-Georges Noverre was born.
Why set aside a day to celebrate dance? I was thinking the same too when I first heard about it but there’s a really legit reason.
World Dance Day was set aside to attract the attention of the public to the art of dance. So every year across the world, events are organized that help enlighten the general public on the wonderful art form that is dance.
Some dance companies in Nigeria make this event a week-long affair during which they set up dance workshops to teach people different styles of dance like African dance, Contemporary, Latin Dance, Hip-hop, classical ballet and many more.
So I want to urge you to attend one of these events if any is happening near you. I know it will definitely be worth your while.
“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche