International Dance Day - April 29, 2023

Initiated in 1982 by the International Dance Committee of the UNESCO International Theatre Institute, International Dance Day falls on April 29 of every year, commemorating the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre, a distinguished choreographer that brought about significant reforms in ballet production. Every year, an international message authored by a well-known dance personality is circulated around the world as part of International Dance Day celebrations.

International Dance Day Actions & Celebrations


In celebration of International Dance Day, CDA has welcomed Cindy Belotte to invite you all to engage and to participate in our annual #PassTheDance celebration. View and participate in this national dance chain all day (April 29th) on our Instagram.

Follow these fabulous dancers who will start the chain:

Raoul Wilke @raoulwilke

Cory Beaver @corytyronecollins

Samantha Sutherland @sam_sthrlnd

Émilie Jabouin @em1rj

Post a video of you dancing and tag 5 friends you want to #PassTheDance to!

Be sure to tag @cdaacd so that we can repost your moves. Share your love of dance aloud!

We invite all movers of all kinds to participate and share in the love of dance and movement expression. We pass the dance to YOU!

Watch the #PassTheDance chain here

#PassTheDance Cindy Belotte's Message


“Hi, my name is Cindy Belotte. I’m a dancer, choreographer, and artistic director of Mapou Ginen. For me, what dance represents is life. It’s the truth for me, it’s the revealing of yourself. It’s also about connection. It’s about connecting with anything or anybody that is different than you, that comes from different backgrounds, whether it be religious, spiritual, from different countries or traditions, but we always have one common ground, one common point, which is life. With this being said, I invite you to celebrate International Dance Day in all its beauty, in all its love, and all its manifestation, and all its movement. Bring on a friend, bring on a family member, but please celebrate and pass the dance. Happy International Dance Day! “

Born in Montreal and of Haitian origin, Cindy Belotte was introduced to traditional Haitian dance at the age of eight. She began her career with the MAPOU GINEN dance company, which has been in existence for almost fifty years in Canada. She has been an artistic director, dancer, choreographer and teacher for over ten years. In 2019, she co-founded Espas YOUN.

Cindy’s creative process is influenced by her mastery of the history of traditional Haitian dance where body movement flows from the sound of percussion and drums while leaving room for her choreographic instincts.

In 2021, Cindy made her first creative collaboration with two emerging artists from Montreal’s cultural diversity at the Phénomena Festival, under the direction of curator Claudia Chan Tak. In 2022, Cindy was awarded a dance residency by the Maison d’Haiti. Cindy is currently working on her creation TRAS, inspired by the theme Living Memories proposed by this organization.

International Theatre Institute Unesco Message

YANG Liping

YANG Liping, China
Dancer, Choreographer

YANG Liping is a member of the Bai ethnic group from Dali, Yunnan Province. She is a National First-class Dancer and the vice chairman of China Dancers Association.

A lover of dance from her early childhood, Yang never underwent formal dance training, but with her astonishing natural talent she became a quite unique and distinguished dancer in China. She won nationwide fame for her performance of her original dance piece Spirit of the Peacock in 1986, which is elegant and dreamlike. Yang’s main representatives: Spirit of the PeacockMoonlight, Two Trees, Love of the Peacock and so on.

She is the director, choreographer and lead dancer in the famous dance drama Dynamic Yunnan, Tibetan Mystery, Echoes of Shangri-La, The Peacock, Peacock Winter and the director of dance theatre Under Siege, Dynamic Huangshan, Dynamic Piangtan,Rite of Spring, Apeng & Jinhua.

Yang Liping is constantly exploring new concepts and presentations in the art of dance. In an effort to adapt dance in the era of Metaverse, Starting from 2020, she created and directed three of the “Chinese Zodiac Dance Series Art Films” – Spring Ox, Roaring Tiger, and Jade Rabbit and Chang’e.

As a household known name in China, Yang Liping and her performances had won a large numbers awards: the gold award for 20th Century Chinese Classics of Dance; the highest honours at the Osaka International Exchange Centre; best dance poetry, best female lead, best choreography, best costume design and outstanding performance awards at the 4th China “Lotus Awards”. In 2011, Yang Liping appears as one of the Chinese Beauty in the China Image – People advertisement broadcast in Times Square, New York City. As a versatile talent, she also wrote, directed and performed in the film Sunbird, which won the Grand Jury’s award at the Montreal International Film Festival.


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