April the 29th is International Day of Dance. The UNESCO International Dance Committee established this event in 1982, picking this day in order to commemorate the birth of Jean-Georges Noverre (April 29, 1727), who is generally considered to be the father of modern ballet.
Spain is a country with many famous dances. Flamenco of course is the most famous, but many other fine traditional dances exist, including Sevillanas, also from Andalucia, as well as Catalunya’s own Sardanes – a communal event danced in groups.
In Barcelona, International Day of Dance is being celebrated through several fun performances on Wednesday the 29th of April.
At 1.15pm, at 8, La Rambla, thirty 30 tap and flamenco dancers will perform for 10 minutes in the street.
As well as this street performance, professional dancers will perform short sets in these theatres before the evening show on that day.
- 7.40pm: Teatre Nacional de Catalunya
- 8.15pm: Teatre Lliure
- 8.15pm: Mercat de les Flors
If you are in Barcelona on the 29th, why not drop in on some of these events for the chance to learn more about Spain’s rich dance heritage ?