Dance companies around Halifax celebrate International Dance Week. Photo: Facebook/Dance Nova Scotia.
Dance companies around Halifax celebrate International Dance Week. Photo: Facebook/Dance Nova Scotia.

Initiated by UNESCO in 1982, International Dance Day is marked annually on April 29 with events around the world. The date commemorates the birthday of French dancer and ballet master, Jean-Georges Noverre, regarded as the founder of modern ballet.

As Dance Nova Scotia’s first International Dance Day Ambassador, in her International Dance Day message, Nova Scotia dance teacher, choreographer, theatre director Mary Lou Martin talks of the universality of the language of dance.

In part, Martin’s message reads: “As an art form, dance digs into the human condition to express not only joy but also our deepest fears and sorrows. If the eyes are the window of the soul then dance is the embodiment of it.”

You can read Martin’s entire message on the Dance Nova Scotia website.

To celebrate Canada’s National Dance Week (Apr 22-29), which is built around UNESCO’s International Dance Day (Apr 29), dance groups around Halifax will present a series of free and paid events.

You can find a complete listing of these events at dancens.ca.