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