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  • Writer's pictureProfessor Redd, USA

UNESCO International Dance Day - 29 April - SDGs/Global Goals 3:

Observed by all UN member nations, today is a day to celebrate dance in all its genres around the world. "The Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) established April 29 as International Dance Day in 1982 to highlight the amazing diversity and talent of dancers all over the globe. This date was chosen because it marks the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), the creator of modern ballet.

The International Theatre Institute created this holiday to promote dance across the world, to make people aware of the value of dance, and to enable the dance community to promote their work on a broad scale. The hope is for governments and opinion leaders to become increasingly aware of the value and importance of dance in all its forms and support it. On top of all this, International Dance Day was created for us to just enjoy dance for what it is and share the joy with others." See above link

What does today have to do with the Global Goals and Career Development? The Global Goal/SDG is a no brainer, easy: #3-Good Health and Well-being. Dance is a great workout for the body and elevating feel good neurochemistry. It also, promotes healthy alternative and extra-curricular for youths and adults. But how does it related to career development?

In an obvious sense, it is a career path choosen by many of our students and clients. If not a career path, it provides youths and adults with activities that elevates their self-perception and gives them the confidence to move through the world with self-assurance. Many of my students majoring in the field of STEM-M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine) take a few or several classes in dance. Often my students are using dance as a form of exercise but they also indicate it is good to know dance for dating and connecting with others.


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