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International Dance Day

Updated on September 29, 2012

Let's Dance!

DANCE DAY, a grassroots initiative that encourages young and old, to move! Individuals, families, organizations and communities from across the world come together through their creative expression in dance. Any style of dance is welcome and imagination is recommended in order to get the most out of this celebratory day.

FLASH MOB DANCE, a most fabulous celebration of dance, for sure. What a great example of teamwork and one vision, sharing and celebrating dance for all!

Flash Mob dancing slowly spreads through the crowd. This is the kind of event that brings people together, people from all kinds of backgrounds and walks of life. It makes people happy, and seeing them dancing to songs that we enjoy is awesome! At the end all the dancers walk off as if nothing has happened.

I have selected a few National Dance Day videos for you. I think that they are fun to watch and I hope that you think so too.

Well have you ever ..

Have you ever experienced a Flash Mob Dance?

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International Dance Day - Toronto, Ontario

Canada's National Ballet School's community members celebrated the Schools 50th anniversary on International Dance Day, April 29, 2010 at the Toronto Eaton Centre. Choreography by Matjash Mrozewski (an NBS grad) to an Escort remix of Feists,

I Feel it All.

Why have an International Dance Day?

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The main purpose of Dance Day events is to attract the attention of the wider public to the art of dance. Special emphasis should be given to addressing a "new" public, people who do not follow dance events during the course of the year.

Events

Dance Day events may be special performances, open-door courses, public rehearsals, lectures, exhibitions, articles in newspapers and magazines, dance evenings, radio and TV programs, visits, street shows etc.

The History of International Dance Day - With a goal.

1982 - promoted by UNESCO International Dance Council.

Goal: To increase the awareness of the importance of dance for the general public and to promote the provision of areas for dance in all systems of education.

2003 - President Prof. Alkis Raftis in his Dance Day Message stated that dance does not appear in legal texts in more than half of the 200 countries in the world with no funds allocated in the state budget to support the art of dance.

2005 - International Dance Council urged people to contact the Ministries of Education to propose celebrating July 29th within primary schools by writing essays about dance, drawing pictures of dance and dancing in the streets.

2006 - The call went out: "Dancers of the world, unite!"

2007 - Dance Day was dedicated to children.

2008 - Proposal for CID Sections representing all forms of dance, all levels, all functions.

2010 - The United Nations proclaimed 2010 as International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures and designated UNESCO as lead agency in this celebration.

A historic flash mob in Antwerp train station - do re mi

align:justify;line-height:23px;color:purple;background:FFCCFF;">This was very well done. I just can't stop smiling while watching this video. Simple start - just one person, steady growth and plenty of people. Awesome song choice, good location. I bet it made a lot of people smile. A perfect flashmob.

53 people missed their train! Sometimes you just have to go with the wonderful and unexpected - it can make life and living so much more enjoyable!

National Dance Day in U.S. - An annual event celebrated on the last Saturday of July.

Created by: Nigel Lythgoe of "So You Think You Can Dance" television series.

Introduced by: Congresswoman, Eleanor Homes Norton with a resolution to promote dance education and physical fitness across the U.S.

July 31, 2010 - First National Dance Day celebrated.

July 30, 2011 - Second National Dance Day celebrated.

Planning a Dance Day - Coordination and Location

Coordination

In order to achieve maximum success, it is important that preparations start early enough.

It is imperative to inform the press and generally the media about your event.

Notify an organization holding a central position at regional or national level, which should publish a list of events planned for Dance Day.

Entrance to events should preferably be free, or by invitation. Invite persons who do not normally attend dance events.

Location

At best, events should take place in "new" places, such as streets, shops, factories, villages, discotheques, schools, stadiums etc. By setting the event in original surroundings you stress the fact that this is an event dedicated to the universal family of dancers.

Would you? - Could you?

Would you like to plan a Dance Day?

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A Flash Mob Dance for all amazing women - A tribute to Erika Heller by Kim MacGregor

Kim created this as a tribute to her best friend Erika Heller who died of colon cancer last year at age 31.

Each and every telephone conversation they ever had, Erika would end by telling Kim "You're an amazing woman"! Well, Kim wanted to do something special to honour her friend and this is the result. It was filmed at the Toronto Eaton Centre after only one 6 hour rehearsal.

Kim's goal is to reach 1,000,000 viewers - please help her reach her goal and pass this on to all the amazing women in your life. Enjoy!!

Learn how to dance. - Easy lessons.

It's not the dancing that matters, but it helps. The main thing is .. have fun!

By car, bus, train or plane. - How far?

If you knew in advance that a Flash Mob Dance was taking place. How far would you travel to see it?

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Flash Mob Dance Day

Dedicated to ....

This very special day is dedicated to the one language that everybody in this world can speak, the inherent language of our bodies and our souls, of our ancestors and of our children.

This day is dedicated to every song and impulse and moment that's ever moved us to move.

It is dedicated to the little child that wishes it could move like its star. And to the mother who says "you already can."

This day is dedicated to every body of every creed, colour and culture that carries the traditions of its past into stories of the present and dreams of the future.

This day is dedicated to Dance, to its myriad dialects and its immense power to express, transform, unite and delight.

Is there a chance that you can join in on a Dance Day? Keep in mind most of us are not dancers, but we are going to do our best and have fun!!!!

2012 Canadian Dance Day - Toronto, Ontario

2012 Dance Day - U.S.A.

2012 Dance Day - U.K.

Flash Mob Dancin' - Guestbook for all

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      Masterdevin123 4 years ago

      Wow I just got 50 points for voting in my 300th poll on your lens, Thanks a lot and I love your lens.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Rangoon House: What a joy to watch, I am sure! All the best to your daughter's dancing days!

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Just passing through again to enjoy all the dancing. Nearly every day is Dance Day in our house with a teenage daughter who has been doing ballet, tap and jazz since she was four! A beautiful way to enjoy music, movement and happiness.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Johanna Eisler: Amen!

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      My dancing days are far in the past . . . and a short time into the future. I can hardly wait!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Wedding Mom: I'll be going to a city near us on July 29th where I heard they are going to have a big one. I hope to join in. It should be fun! I hope that you get to do the same.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Sylvestermouse: It is being promoted by UNESCO International Dance Council but It is really a spontaneous event in most cases. Lots of fun!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @JoshK47: Coming soon ... Fun! Thank you for the blessing, Josh!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @delia-delia: Let's hope that we see a few this coming International Dance Day! Thanks for the blessing dear friend.

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      Wedding Mom 5 years ago

      I haven't seen a flash mob dance firsthand but I have seen them on tv and they look like fun.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Looks very entertaining and a lot of fun! I have to admit, I thought it was totally made up for television :)

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      I came here a long time ago, but have returned to leave blessings (now that I can!). My daughter is a dancer and it seems that we spend most of our lives involved in dance. I didn't actually know that there was a UNESCO International Dance Council and loved the Antwerp flashmob dance. I wish every day could be so spontaneous and happy.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Fun idea! Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      Delia 5 years ago

      I find Flash Mob Dancing an awesome thing to bring happiness with the beauty of it all.

      ~d-artist Squid Angel Blessing~

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @miaponzo: They are fun! I agree. Thank you for visiting AND the blessing! I'll be by for a visit soon.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Flash dances are amazing! We recently had our first one in Kuwait at the Avenues Mall :) FUN! Blessed!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @TransplantedSoul: Cool to be in too!

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      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      A flash mob would be cool to see.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Rangoon House: I enjoy them too. Thank you for your squidlike.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      I love the Glee versions!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @SquidooPower: It is great fun! Thank you for your visit, please come again.

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      SquidooPower 5 years ago

      This phenomenon is growing on my radar for some time now so I found this lens very interesting.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @kathysart: It makes me happy too. I just grin from ear to ear when I see it happen and can't help but join in.

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      Isn't it just the most delightful thing? It just makes me fee so happy that people do this. Angel blessed!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @anonymous: That is how I got involved with this too! What fun!

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      agoofyidea 5 years ago

      Sound like fun. I have never seen a flash mob in real life but would love to. Great lens.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @agoofyidea: They are really fun. It happens so unexpectedly and it is surprising how many join in and take part and the change of mood in those watching. Happy, Happy!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      One of my daughters is regualry involved in Flash Mob dances through her theatre school. They are great fun!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @poutine: Can't wait for the next one! Thanks for visiting. I'll be to see you soon.

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      poutine 5 years ago

      Never heard of this one before. Sounds like fun.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @CruiseReady: Yes it will be an annual event celebrated on the last Saturday of July. I hope that you can experience it in person some day.

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      Will there be an international dance day in 2012?

      I have yet to see a flash mob in person, but have gotten a kick out of seeing them on YouTube and on TV.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @goo2eyes lm: Thanks for mentioning this. I will have a look and might add it here.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @goo2eyes lm: Good for you! Me too!

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      by the way, flash mob dancing in the philippines featuring jailbirds to the tune of thriller by michael jackson is entertaining.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      if someone dances at the railway station, i will join the craze, why not? i like karaoke as well as free-lance dancing

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Oops! Looks like I was out having fun and dancing and missed all of your comments. I am sorry! I do appreciate you coming and visiting and I will be coming to visit you soon.

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      CozyKitty 6 years ago

      Expect a few american flash mobs at the end of july (hint, hint/ wink,wink)! I've never seen or been part of a flash mob, but I love the idea. So spontaneous (in spirit, anyway) and exciting!

      ;-)

      Karin

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      A flash mob dance on International Dance Day sounds like great fun! Maybe next year, seems I'm a few days late in learning about it. Nicely done!

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      aardvarkapparel 6 years ago

      Love the flash mobs. They are too funny. We added a few flash mob t-shirts recently. Nice page!

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      beckwong 6 years ago

      Yes, I will! so fun!

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens. I love flash mobbing.

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      Flash mobbing is such a beautiful, feel-good thing to do.

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @jolou: Thanks for your visit .. I'll be adding more flash mob dances here as they happen. Now, I'm off to visit some of your lenses.

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      jolou 6 years ago

      It does sound fun. First I have heard of this.