Dance means different things to different people. For some it is an artistic expression, for some it is exercise and workout, and for others it is something fun to do. Whether you’re trained or an amateur dancer, most people find enjoyment when they tap to a tune. Be it in the bathroom, the privacy of your home, a dance studio or club or gathering, dancing is a fantastic way to unwind.
To celebrate the spirit of dancing, International Dance Day is celebrated every year on April 29. The decision to celebrate it on today’s date was first decided in 1982 by the International Dance Council. Therefore in 2022, the world is celebrating the 40th year of International Dance Day.
There is a reason that this date was chosen as the day of dance. Jean-Georges Noverre, the man who created modern ballet was born on April 29, in the year 1727.
The purpose of celebrating International Dance Day is to encourage more and more people around the world to dance and to educate the general population about the different forms of dance around the world.
Some of the popular dance forms include – ballet, tap, salsa, waltz, tango and among Indian dance forms – Bharatnatyam, Kathakali, Bhangra and Kathak.
International Dance Day is also an opportunity to let masses know about the many benefits of dancing.
It’s a fitness activity – Dancing an hour is equivalent to a moderate intensity cardio workout. If you love dancing and enjoy it more than walking the treadmill or jogging, then switch boring cardio routines with a peppy dance workout. This will cover cardio workout for the week.
Good for a de-stress – Letting yourself go to the music and allowing the beats to move your body actually has a calming effect and reduces stress. Studies have shown that dancing can help combat depression and anxiety.
Helps improve memory – Dancing on a daily basis is like a workout and it helps augment cognitive skills and over time improve memory power as well.
Great for the heart – When compared with walking, biking or running on treadmills, dancing seems to be a better contributor to heart health. Dancing is a rhythmic workout, so it allows your body to adjust to the pace of the workout automatically.
Even if you don’t know how to dance, or think you’re a poor dancer, when the music flows and its your favourite foot tapping number, it’s hard to resist grooving to the music. International Dance Day is the perfect opportunity to forget about everything else and “Just Dance!!”