Almost every holiday and the ways it is celebrated has been impacted by social distancing. However, we predict that 2020's International Dance Day will be one of the most observed in history, as all activities will be pushed to social media. Now, no matter where you're from, you'll be able to partake in the festivities with the masses.
International Dance Day was established in 1982 by the Dance Committee of the International Theater Institute. The holiday recognizes the beautiful diversity and talents of dancers from around the world. Every year, the International Theater Institute has selected Message Authors to lead the event and these authors are well known personalities in the industry—including world renowned choreographers, dancers and educators.
April 29th was chosen to honor the father of modern ballet's birthday, Jean-Georges Noverre. Noverre published a dance manual in 1760 which revolutionized the dance world and was a precursor to the narrative ballets of the 19th century. Some of his changes included making the plots of ballets logical, getting rid of masks and heavy costumes and encouraging artistic collaboration between choreographers, composers, designers and machinists. Noverre's impact on ballet led him to be called the Shakespeare of Dance by David Garrick, a notable English actor and playwright.
In honor of International Dance Day, we've assembled some of the most elegant and stunning tattoos that embody the beauty of dance. Spanning across a variety of styles, both in dance and tattooing, these pieces showcase the spirit of movement and the impact this art form has on many people's lives.