April 29th is International Dance Day as initiated by UNESCO back in 1982, the date commemorating the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), regarded as the founder of modern ballet. This year Vancouver’s Dance Centre is celebrating with a series of public performances and events around the downtown core.
The theme this year is diversity in dance, of which Vancouver has plenty. Swing champions Tessa Cunningham and Myles Munroe will be “swing bombing” sites around Vancouver. Starting with the intersection of Robson and Burrard at 12:05pm on Friday. They’ll move onto the Vancouver Art Gallery (Georgia St side) at 12:25pm, then will head to the Vancouver Public Library (Robson at Homer) at 1:00pm.
Festivities will continue at the library until 2:00pm with free performances by Mandala Arts and Culture (classical East Indian dance), Urban Tap Squad and Friends, and Karen Flamenco. A full schedule of events, including evening performances, is available from the Scotiabank Dance Centre.