Date to celebrate - April 29 - International Dance Day

13th March 2009 at 00:00

What's it all about?

Held every year since 1982, Dance Day is celebrated worldwide by the international community of dancers and dance enthusiasts. It promotes the art in all its forms, from bhangra to ballet.

Assembly ideas

Your assembly can be as ambitious as you want - if your school has a dance club, now's the time to show it off. Make sure to spend some time explaining the history and social importance of dance. Focus on the international aspect of the day. Take the opportunity to recognise and celebrate the many forms of dancing across all cultures and acknowledge its universal appeal. You can encourage primary or secondary pupils to interact in a discussion: how many kinds of dance are there? Consider putting on a performance. Can you get your school involved in a synchronised dance routine?

Help, I've got no time to prepare

Always on the lookout for a captive audience, your local community dance group may be able to help. Visit

Where do I get more information?


Visit for a pre-prepared term plan on the history of dance.

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