Slovakia celebrates Dance Day with flash mob event

The International Dance Day provokes enthusiasts around the world to celebrate motion, art and their combination – dance – in a way opening it to the wider public and making it available to everyone.

The International Dance Day 2012 was held also in Hviezdoslavovo Square.The International Dance Day 2012 was held also in Hviezdoslavovo Square. (Source: Slavo Uhrín)

This year, April 29 will offer a series of open-air events at the Eurovea Gallery on the Danube embankment, culminating in the evening with a flash mob.

The Elledanse dance theatre and school is organising the event in 2016, but there will be also other groups, ensembles and troupes of many styles present: DFS (children’s folklore ensemble) Vienok, Badd Fyah, Afro D Dancers, B – Swing, La Portella and Barbora Rakovská, TD Bralen, Abada Capoeira, ASSOS NELUX Bratislava, DanceKids, EtnoDance, The EGZ and Riverpark Dance School. Dance styles include folklore, Afro-, Latin, Oriental and other exotic styles, as well as scenic (jazz) dance and the combination of martial arts and dance, capoeira. The programme starts at 15:00 and culminates at 20:00 with a flash mob.

There will be also tastings of workshops for the public offered, in capoeira, dancehall, preparation for Latino, Afro, Charleston-lindy hop-boogie woogie, new style hustle, Oriental dance to live music, waacking, and vogue.

In Banská Bystrica, the local dance schools and theatres will join forces and on April after 16:00, they will dance and perform for about two hours for everyone walking in the SNP Square and adjacent streets, Divadlo štúdio tanca (DŠT) dance studio informed. From18:00, all dancers will present their art and skills in SNP Square.

International Dance Day was introduced in 1982 by the International Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute (ITI), an NGO partnered with UNESCO, and is celebrated on April 29 each year. The date was chosen to commemorate the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre, sometimes called the father of modern ballet. Every year, an outstanding choreographer or dancer is invited to deliver a message that is then circulated throughout the world. The message for 2016 can be found at www.danceday.cid-portal.org, and it ends with “A good professional is happy to rely on his/her talent, knowledge and reputation, not on privileges accorded by regulations keeping others from competing and comparing with him. Art by definition is inclusive, not exclusive. Dance Day 2016 is dedicated to maintaining an open doors policy in teaching dance,” Alkis Raftis President of the International Dance Council CID, UNESCO, Paris.

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