INTERNATIONAL DANCE DAY
Choreographer’s Message – April 29, 2016
Initiated in 1982 by the International Dance Committee of the UNESCO International Theatre Institute, International Dance Day falls on April 29 of every year, commemorating the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre, a distinguished choreographer that brought about significant reforms in ballet production. Since 2005, the Canadian Dance Assembly has issued a Canadian message in conjunction with the UNESCO message. This year, CDA invited East Coast artistSusanne Chui of Mocean Dance to share her inspirational message to all Canadians.
"We are always in motion; our blood flows, our lungs expand and contract and our hearts beat like a drum keeping time. All around us the world is in motion; leaves flutter, waves roll and crash, cars zip by. Inside of this wonderful life-song our minds and spirits swirl, connecting us to our inner and outer worlds and to each other. Dance is inside and all around us; all we have to do is open to it.
Remember the first time you felt the urge to dance. Perhaps it was a moment of pure joy or a moment of sorrow; maybe you were alone or with others, in your living room, in a dance class, in an open field; perhaps there was music playing or perhaps it was quiet. Something inside of you could not be contained. You were moved and it moved you. Dancing from this place is expansive, it's electric. You can see it in children moving freely; you can see it in someone letting loose on a dance club floor; and you can see it in a brilliant performance on stage.
It is from this pure place of dance that I call upon us to awaken this International Dance Day (and every day!), and to share it with the world.
Happy International Dance Day from the East Coast! " ~ Susanne Chui
National Youth Ambassador
The Canadian Dance Assembly is proud to partner with Luca "Lazylegz" Patuelli as the National Youth Ambassador for Dance for the next two years. Patuelli will be spreading his inspiring message of “No Excuses, No Limits” to youth across the country online and in person.
Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli has been dancing (B-boying) since he was 15-years-old. Born with Arthrogryposis, a birth defect affecting the bone structure, joint movement, and muscle growth in his legs, Luca has been using crutches from a very young age. He has developed a unique dance style incorporating his crutches and the strength in his arms, that has gotten him worldwide recognition. Continue reading about Luca HERE.
Luca is co-founder ofProjet-RAD, an organization that provides people with various disabilities the opportunity to take inclusive urban dance classes in a warm and safe environment adapted to their needs. Along with co-founders Melissa Emblin and Marie-Élaine Patenaude, Luca was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by theGovernor General David Johnston in December 2015.