How about a song for International Dance Day?
Put on your red shoes and dance the blues
To the song they’re playin’ on the radio
—David Bowie (1983)
Or maybe Sam Smith’s 2019 hit “Dancing With A Stranger”?
Look what you made me do, I’m with somebody new
Ooh, baby, baby, I’m dancing with a stranger
The Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute created this day in 1982 to highlight the amazing diversity and talent of dancers all over the globe. It marks the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), creator of modern ballet.
Dancing is universal — woven into virtually every society all over the world. Read on for the fascinating results of our high-stepping dance survey!
International Dance Day - Survey Results
FULL RANKING OF AMERICA’S FAVORITE TYPES OF DANCE #1: Hip hop (40%) #2: Ballroom (13%) #3: Swing (13%) #4: Latin (e.g. salsa, tango, etc.) (12%) #5: Belly dancing (7%) #6: Ballet (5%) #7: Traditional folk or indigenous dancing (African, Irish, Chinese, etc.) (5%) #8: Tap (4%) #9: Bollywood (2%) FULL RANKING OF AMERICA’S FAVORITE DANCERS OF ALL TIME #1: Michael Jackson (24%) #2: Channing Tatum (12%) #3: Fred Astaire (9%) #4: Shakira (9%) #5: The dancers on Dancing With the Stars (6%) #6: Beyonce (6%) #7: Gene Kelly (5%) #8: Paula Abdul (5%) #9: Chris Brown (4%) #10: Madonna (3%) #11: James Brown (2%) #12: Other (15%) FULL RANKING OF AMERICA’S FAVORITE DANCE MOVIES #1: Dirty Dancing (26%) #2: Footloose (13%) #3: Grease (13%) #4: Step Up (9%) #5: Happy Feet (7%) #6: Magic Mike (7%) #7: Save the Last Dance (6%) #8: Saturday Night Fever (5%) #9: West Side Story (5%) #10: Flashdance (3%) #11: Black Swan (3%) #12: Shall We Dance (2%) #13: Billy Elliot (1%) #14: Center Stage (1%)
International Dance Day Activities
Take a class
Have you ever tried Tango? How about Zambian dance? What about Lindy Hop? Do you not dance at all? Don't worry —beginner classes are very forgiving. Even if you already take dance classes, today's your day to broaden your horizons! Try one in a style you've never tried before.
See a show
Dance performances often feature amazing costumes, bright colors, and amazing sets. Totally worth making a date of it with either friends or your significant other.
"Dancing With Myself"
Thanks Billy Idol! Go solo. Make it a goal to learn some famous moves — or just go freestyle. You'll feel better!
Why We Love International Dance Day
Did you know dancing can help to increase feelings of self-worth? A 2007 study showed children aged between 11 and 14 who took creative movement classes reported improved motivation and attitudes. So boost your confidence and get your groove on!
Just five minutes of dancing can increase your creativity. Dancers in one study showed improvements in both mood and creative problem-solving! Dancing might also delay Alzheimer's disease and other dementia.
It's good exercise
Dancing can burn calories! Plus you'll never get bored of your workout. Once you get the basics down, there's a whole world of options.