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Dance their socks off’: Cadance holding International Dance Day event in New Minas

NEW MINAS, NS - Have you ever dreamed of being a dancing queen? Or maybe you’re looking for a new way to get your body moving? Well, Cadance Academy has your back.

On April 29, Cadance will be hosting an International Dance Day celebration at the Louis Millet Community Complex.

This is the first event Cadance will host for International Dance Day. In the past, it has held spring dance marathons with its students.

This year, Gaea Jess, owner and artistic director of Cadance, says the academy “really wanted to highlight International Dance Day.”

All over the world, people will be celebrating dance on April 29. Jess says she is excited to take part with the “global dance community.”

The celebration will feature dance classes in a variety of styles, such as Bollywood, contemporary, Zumba and many others. Cadance instructors, senior students, and teachers from around the Annapolis Valley will run the classes.

Claire Newbery, an 18-year-old Cadance student, will be teaching jazz for mixed ages, and hip hop for children aged four to seven.

“I’m very excited,” says Newbery.

She participates in dance marathons every year, and is looking forward to the new event, saying it’s “a huge thing we haven’t done before.”

Door prizes – and possibly participation prizes – will be given away. Attendees have the chance to win an Oaklawn Farm Zoo family pass, an Upper Clements Park family pass, “Cadance swag,” and more. Boston Pizza will be donating pizzas as well.

Jess believes dance is important for people of all ages, and hopes to introduce new people to the art form on International Dance Day.

“Dance is something that everyone should be doing,” she says. “(International Dance Day) is about exposing (dance) to the community. Getting everybody to come out and celebrate dance, and to celebrate life in general.”

The day will wrap up with a showcase performed by senior Cadance students –Newbery included.

The event is free for all ages, but registration is recommended. To register or learn more information, contact Cadance Academy.

Jess hopes “the community takes advantage of this opportunity to get out and dance their socks off.”




 Neetu Chandra announces 4th edition of Sandip Soparrkar’s “India Dance Week”

Mumbai: Yet again, dance maestro Sandip Soparrkar dressed in his favorite designer Deepak Shah cloths, looked in great spirits as he hosted the press conference to announce dance associates, NGO tie up and unveiled the trophy and logo of Phoenix Market city presents “India Dance Week” season 4. National Award winning Actress Neetu Chandra along with actress Sharbani Mukherji and others came together to unveil the trophy and the logo of this prestigious dance festival which is in its 4rd year now at Atrium 6 of Phoenix Market city, Kurla.
“India Dance Week’ is the first ever two day dance festival celebrated on International Dance Day in India (29-30th April), where varied dance forms be it Indian or International classical, Indian or international folk, Ballroom, Hip Hop or contemporary all come together on one single platform. The day two is the mega competition day where participants come from different parts of the country and perform on varied dance styles. Sandip Soparrkar hosted the introduction ceremony of this unique dance fest in Phoenix Marketcity, Kurla which was attended by the who is who from the field of dance.
The evening started with enthusiastic Indian classical and folk dance performances from Uma Rele’s ‘Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidyalaya’ followed by ballerinas from Villoo Bharucha’s School of Ballet. Brian Fernandes’ troupe performed hip hop and street dances and Sandip Soparrkar’s Ballroom Studio presented some Classic Ballroom dances. Shahzeen Cassum presented some intricate moves of the Flamenco and Ashwin Pandey from folk fitness made dance and fitness join hands through his fun filled workout dance.

Sandip Soparrkar along with Underprivileged children from Smile Foundation danced on hit song Tamma Tamma and asthe finale Sandip Soparrkar was seen performing with Sharbani Mukherji on Acid attack theme supporting Atijeevan Foundation. Neetu Chandra who also danced to her hit song Ada along with the dynamic choreographer unveiled the trophy, cut the traditional cake, and looked very cheery and upbeat while performing impromptu dance moves on stage.

Speaking on the occasion choreographer Sandip Soparrkar said, “I want to thank Phoenix Marketcity, Kurla for yet again hosting the 4th edition of India Dance Week. This is one unique festival which is for the dancers by the dancers and I am thrilled that this year too our motto Dance for a cause has taken a beautiful turn with Smile foundation and Atijeevan Foundation stepping in to join hands with us.” Excited Neetu Chandra said, “I am honoured to unveil the gorgeous trophy of 4th India Dance Week, I feel proud to say that this is the only dance festival of India where all kinds of dances are tied together in one thread of passion, I wish Sandip Soparrkar a superb successful show this year.”

The 4th editor of “India Dance Week” has begun with a call for registrations and auditions for dance enthusiasts across the country with no age bar. So anyone and everyone who is a dance lover can apply for the grand competition. Mr. Rajendra Kalkar, President (West) of Phoenix Marketcity, Kurla said “We are glad that India Dance Week is growing year after year, we have already received applications from all over the country in just two days of the announcement. Keeping in mind the talent what’s showing up we are sure that Sandip Soparrkar and the jury will have a great time choosing the winner.”






Pick of the week: Dance, expression and transformation
NCPA’s Mudra Dance Festival will showcase a variety of dances and a workshop, all around the theme of transformation

Greek philosopher Heraclitus said change is the only constant. And only change can lead to transformation, which is what the Mumbai-based National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) will focus on during the four-day Mudra Dance Festival that starts on 20 April.

“Every year before International Dance Day, we hold the Mudra Dance Festival. This year we chose transformation as our theme, to understand how audiences and artistes react to it in classical dance,” says Swapnokalpa Dasgupta, NCPA’s head for dance.

The festival will start with art consultant Usha R.K.’s conceptualization of transformation: Patra Vivartana. This will have three Bharatanatyam dances depicting instances of transformation in Indian mythology—the Ramayan and the Mahabharat.

Dakshina Vaidyanathan will tell the story of Surpanakha and how she transforms from a docile to a vengeful wife. Himanshu Shrivastava will portray the story of Shikhandi, who is born a woman but transforms into a man to become the reason for Bhishma’s death. The final dance of the first evening will be by Arupa Lahiri—it will tell the story of Ahalya, wife of the sage Gautama, who turns to stone after being seduced by Indra. She is later liberated from her curse by Lord Ram.

“Ahalya is supposed to be Brahma’s daughter—an erudite, educated and beautiful lady. Some versions say that she wasn’t seduced but rather knowingly explored her sexuality and gave in to Indra’s advances. Through my dance I want to show how she was transformed not just from stone to woman, but also from inanimate to a knowledgeable being,” explains Lahiri.

Day 2 will focus on Lord Shiva as the source of all transformation. Shiva is often seen as the lord of destruction, but, as Dasgupta puts it, “destruction is only the step before creation”.

Day 3 will focus on the flow of dance—moving from one step to another. The final day will see a multi-dance presentation by four artistes—Sanjukta Wagh (Kathak), Jhelum Paranjape (Odissi), Vaibhav Arekar (Bharatanatyam) and Gauri Sharma Tripathi (Kathak). While Wagh will explore the idea of khayal or thought in dance, Paranjape will trace the tradition of Odissi from Gotipua to modern-day dancers and Arekar will focus on how the stage is transformed for solo, duet and group performances. Tripathi will be collaborating with modern contemporary dancers from choreographer Ashley Lobo’s dance school, Danceworx.

A lighting workshop on 23 April will be conducted by Jaydeep Apte, the resident lighting designer at the National Centre for the Performing Arts Repertory, which hosts experimental in-house plays. The 4-hour workshop will teach participants how light can transform a dance performance.

“A dancer must understand the role lights play in a stage performance. A performance is not just music and dance but also the visual experience of it,” explains Apte.

The Mudra Dance Festival 2017 will be held from 20-23 April, 7pm, at the NCPA, Nariman Point. The workshop will be held on 23 April, from 11am. Tickets, Rs200, Rs300, Rs400, Rs600 and Rs1,000 (for the workshop), available on and at the venue.






Vh1 unveils summer programming line-up

MUMBAI: International music channel Vh1 India has rolled out a summer programming line-up for the month of April. Vh1 will offer its viewers special programming and shows to celebrate the International Dance Day. With this new offering, the channel aims to affirm its position as India’s go-to destination for all things music, entertainment and pop-culture. Commenting on the new line-up, Viacom18, English Entertainment programming head Hashim D’souza said, “At Vh1, we believe that every moment, small or big, should be celebrated. There’s nothing better than watching a curated line-up on television, especially after a long day at work or in school. Bearing that in mind, we ensure that we give our viewers the best possible way to blow the steam off!” Vh1 will air its renowned show ‘Worldstage’ from 7 April, every Friday at 4 pm. The show will feature enthralling performances by Wiz Khalifa, Steve Aoki and several other artists. On 28 April the channel will air ‘Vh1 Summer League 2017’, a show featuring Ed Sheeran, The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry and more. The artist will battle it out on what gets declared the Summer anthem of 2017 on Vh1. The channel will host ‘Vh1 Dance-Off’, an International Dance Day pecial on 29 April at 12 pm. The special show will celebrate few of the best-choreographed music videos. Vh1 India is also airing season 4 and season 5 of the popular show ‘Catfish’ every Monday – Friday at 9 pm. The show explores modern day online dating method and its adverse effects on the individuals involved.






 Major international dance festival returns to Leicester next month

By Hayley_Watson | Posted: March 25, 2017

Let’s Dance festival 2017
Let’s Dance International Frontiers 2017 kicks off on April 29th

A major dance festival will return to Leicester for its seventh year next month.

Let's Dance International Frontiers 2017 kicks off on April 29th – which is International Dance Day – and runs for two weeks.

Featuring performances from nationally and internationally renowned dance companies, the festival will take place at a variety of venues in Leicester including the Mercure Hotel King's Ballroom, Curve, and Attenborough Arts Centre.

Some big international names at the festival include New York dance company Urban Bush Women, and Philadelphia ballet company Philadanco.

Exciting home-grown talent will be represented by acts including Protocol and Jessica Walker.

LDIF17 will also present performances, documentaries, workshops and discussions exploring this year's theme of 'Identity and Choreographic Practice'.

The festival is produced by Serendipity, a diversity-led organisation based at Leicester De Montfort University.

Sarah Levitt, Head of Arts and Museums at Leicester City Council, comments: "Let's Dance International Frontiers has become a feature in Leicester's cultural calendar.

"We are thrilled that Leicester is able to play host to world renowned dancers and companies, and our communities can engage with outstanding performances, workshops and discussions about dance practice."

Executive Artistic Director of LDIF17, Pawlet Brookes, said: "Let's Dance International Frontiers brings some key attributes of Leicester together – the university, the academia, the quality of artwork and internationalism.

"Leicester is an international city and has always been a central point for dance and training in the UK, so the festival is a great way celebrate it.

"We want people to know that Leicester isn't just about the football – we have a richness of cultural content that is great for tourism, and shows the city off too."

Let's Dance International Frontiers runs from Saturday April 29th – Saturday May 13th 2017.

Find out more about Let's Dance International Frontiers on social media:

Twitter: @LetsDanceFront #LDIF17






Hamilton City

Ballet joins

World Dance

for Parkinson’s

Day virtual event

Mar 24, 2017 11:58 Dundas Star News
Dance For Parkinson’s

Volunteer Nathalie Loeb (left) mimics Terry McCartney in an exercise during a Dance For Parkinson’s class, hosted by Hamilton City Ballet. Hamilton Spectator photo


The Dundas-based Hamilton City Ballet will join nationally and internationally-acclaimed dance companies, community schools and independent teaching artists to showcase the diversity of dance-based programming for people with Parkinson’s.

The event will start unfolding on World Parkinson’s Day on April 11, and culminate in the full launch of the portal on International Dance Day/World Dance for Parkinson’s Day on April 29. The free online portal created specifically for the event — — will spotlight Dance for Parkinson’s classes and workshops from 12 cities on four continents.

Jody Van de Klippe, program director of Hamilton City Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s, said it is both inspiring and humbling to be a part of the program.

“We are excited for this opportunity to share our class, as well as our research collaboration, with the world. We all dance in the same language,” she said.


“We all dance in the same language.”


Parkinson’s affects more than 10 million people around the globe. A growing body of scientific research suggests that participating in a Dance for Parkinson’s program improves short-term mobility, balance, co-ordination and walking for people with Parkinson’s, as well as supporting social inclusion, positive mood and confidence.

Hamilton City Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s, which was launched in April 2013, is a series of ballet classes designed and created for people who have the disease.










The United Nations Postal Administration will issue a second set of stamps devoted to international dance March 23.

The first set was issued April 29, 2016, in conjunction with International Dance Day (Scott U.N./New York 1132-1333, Geneva 617-618 and Vienna 583-584).

According to Thanawat Amnajanan, UNPA chief, the International Dance series is being continued because of the extreme popularity of the first issue with collectors.





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  Dance Connects the World

29th of April 2017 World Dance Day

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International Dance Day: Dance promotes reciprocal knowledge and respect of diversity, says UNESCO


Dr. Lalit Kishore


International Dance Day (IDD) - established in 1982 and promoted by the International Dance Council, World Dance Alliance, International Theatre Institute and Conseil International de la Danse (CID) at UNESCO - is being celebrated in many countries on April 29.

Thanks to social media, for the last few years, even flashmob dance performances too are celebrated on IDD in many cities. It was in 2014, around that 50 classical dancers got together to perform a flashmob at Chennai and performed dance.

The main aim of IDD is to attract the attention of the wider public to the art of dance and its importance as a medium of expression, cultural understanding, education and wellbeing. According to UNESCO, dance promotes in a lively manner reciprocal knowledge and respect of diversity.
Here are a few quotes on dance on the occasion of IDD for you to relish.

"Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world," Voltaire.

"We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once," Friedrich Nietzsche.

"Dance, when you're broken open. Dance, if you've torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you're perfectly free," Rumi.

"Dance is the hidden language of the soul," Martha Graham.

"Life is the dancer and you are the dance," Eckhart Tolle.

Here is my acrostic on DANCE.

D: Depictive and rhythmic body movement

A: Art form as

N: Non-verbal

C: Communication to

E: Express emotions, ideas or a story in performance setting









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Speech on Dance Day in Moscow 2011


We gathered here as dancers to celebrate our most important day of the year: World Dance Day.

Every year on 29 April millions of dancers rejoice and share their passion with dozens of millions of spectators.

Dance Day was established 30 years ago by the International Dance Council CID at UNESCO, the official organization for all forms of dance in all countries of the world.

Dance is a universal language; Dance is a passport; Dance opens the door to other countries, other peoples, other cultures. Dance promotes freedom, understanding, friendship, tolerance.

Dance is the most direct and effective means to implement the ideals of democratic society: freedom of expression, equality of rights, no discrimination.

As a person born in Greece, the birthplace of democracy and birthplace of the Olympic Games, I am particularly happy to see the olympic spirit present here, the ideals of brotherhood and fair competition applied to dance.

You are invited to visit the portal of CID - it is also in Russian. You will feel proud about how dance unites all the peoples of the world under one roof.

Show us your best dancing !
Dance for your brothers and sisters, dancers of the world !
Dance for those who cannot dance today as they suffer from hunger, from injustice, from war, from ignorance.
You are lucky to live in a free and prosperous country. Share your joy with others, show them the way to liberation of mind and body.

Dance your best !

Alkis Raftis

President of the International Dance Council CID




Message for the Dance Day


by Mikis Theodorakis 


Instinctive, loving, warlike, festive, ritual, holy, Dance ascends from terra firma to the stone threshold of the temple, to the hemicycle of the Greek odeon and finally to the stage of modem theatre. This universal dance which was born with Man is for us to respect, to glorify, to celebrate.

Mikis Theodorakis

 Athens, 9 April 1995

Instinctive, amoureuse, guerrière, festive, rituelle, sacrée, de la terre ferme la Danse s'élève sur le seuil de la pierre du temple, sur l'hémicycle de l'odéon grec, enfin sur les planches du théâtre moderne. Cette danse universelle qui est née avec l'homme, il faut la respecter, la glorifier, la célébrer.

Mikis Théodorakis

 Athènes, 29 avril 1995


Dance Day official website

Dance Day        يوم الرقص       Journée de la Danse       舞蹈日       Día de la Danza       День Танца 

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the official organization for Dance world wide

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