International Dance Day was introduced in 1982 by the International Dance Council (CID, Conseil International de la Danse), a UNESCO partner NGO, and is celebrated yearly, on April 29. The date is not linked to a particular person or a particular form of dance, although it's also the day when the French dancer and ballet master Jean-Georges Noverre was born. The main purpose of Dance Day events is to attract the attention of the wider public to the art of dance. Emphasis should be given to addressing a new public, people who do not follow dance events during the course of the year. Every year, the president of the International Dance Council sends the official message for Dance Day which circulate in every country around the world.
A seminar covering aspects related to dance such as its history in Bangladesh and present condition was held at the Seminar Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on April 29.
Bangladesh Dance Artistes' Association organised the event as part of a weeklong dance festival marking the International Dance Day, which was observed on April 29.
Minu Haque, president of the association, was present at the seminar along with dancers Laila Hasan, Amanul Haque, Deepa Khandokar, and Saju Ahmed. Dance researcher Sheikh Mehedi Hasan delivered the keynote address.
The speakers reflected on problems and obstacles facing the industry, stressing the need for research and survey on dance. According to them, the curriculum at the universities where dance is taught as a subject is not 'rich enough,' requiring modification in light of standard practices.
Towards the speakers end of their speeches, the recommended that there should be more events related to dance and training to attract the youth.