Today is International Dance Day and is a worldwide celebration of dance in all of its forms, purposes and styles!
As Martha Graham reminded us:
“Dance is the hidden language of the soul. Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are great because of their passion”¹
The date of the 29th April is chosen because it celebrates the birth of Jean Georges Noverre in 1727, who is recognised as the creator of modern ballet. He died in 1810. The day was established by the Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute (ITI), the main partner for the performing arts of UNESCO (whose purpose is to contribute to building peace, eradicating poverty and promoting sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information).
My book “Reflect to Create!” also celebrates dance as an art form in creative leadership, coaching, supervision and professional practice. The metaphor of the “Reflect to Create!” dance – with its four moves and associated dance steps – captures for me the essence of connection, and the freedom, that can be discovered when we allow ourselves to dance together in our work together.
For Barbara de Angelis:
“The moment in between what you once were, and who you are becoming, is where the dance of life really takes place “²
May you dance!
¹ Downloaded 10th March 2017. www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/practice
² Downloaded 17th December 2019. www.curatedquotes.com/inspirational-quotes/dance/