International Dance Day

Today (April 29) is International Dance Day.

Unidentified couple dancing, undated.

Here is some background information on International Dance Day (World Dance Day) from the International Theater Institute’s website…

“In 1982 the Dance Committee of the ITI founded International Dance Day to be celebrated every year on the 29th April, anniversary of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), the creator of modern ballet. The intention of the «International Dance Day Message» is to celebrate Dance, to revel in the universality of this art form, to cross all political, cultural and ethnic barriers and bring people together with a common language – Dance.”

Dancers from the Newcomb Dance Studio. The Studio was owned by Larry Newcomb and was located on W. Sullivan Street, 1950. Photo by David Peirce.

The Archives Online Image Gallery has some pretty neat photos of Kingsporters dancing, so in honor of International Dance Day take a look or you could just get up and dance!

Teens at a dance at the Teen Center. The Teen Center was located on Cumberland Street near East Market Street, 1950. Photo by David Peirce.

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