International Day of Dance is right around the corner and if you’ve been cooped up at home then you might want to consider joining in on the celebration this year. This holiday can be a lot of fun to take on because there are so many exciting elements about dance that you can actually enjoy from the comfort of your home. These ten ideas will help keep you from spending your budget while still allowing you to take on this exciting holiday and enjoy everything that it has to offer.
1. Watch Dance Videos
One of the easiest and most relaxing things you can do to celebrate the holiday is to sit back and watch some dance videos. You can stream them almost anywhere, which will allow you to have some fun in your free time. You can find dances from around the world, which can really broaden your horizons. There are also many dance competitions that you can enjoy too. If you are really feeling motivated, you might try your hand at the dances as you watch. Even if the dances aren’t up your alley, they will help you explore new styles while also introducing you to new styles of music.
Although a book isn’t allowing you to see a dance or even move your body, it can become a great asset when it comes to learning about the world of dance. There are so many books designed to teach you about the history of art, which will help you enjoy the world of dance all the more. You will find that there are lots of amazing dances you can experience through the world of books. Of course, books aren’t only a good way to help you learn about dance, they can also be an asset for children. There are numerous kid-inspired books about dance available to help you teach children about dance and how much fun it can be to move your body and learn new steps.
3. Research the official IDD Author
Every year, a dancer is chosen as the official author for International Dance Day. This provides dance fans with a good reason to learn about the dancer and further their knowledge of dance history and current dance trends. This year, the author is Friedmann Vogel. Vogel is a German ballet dancer that has performed with some of the most famous dance troupes around the world. You can check out more of Vogel’s work streaming on video websites and can read all about him on many dance websites, including his own website. If you’re curious, you can also read his statement for International Dance Day on the holiday’s official website.
4. Watch IDD Celebration
Every year, there is a great International Dance Day celebration. Since the celebration is based around celebrations of all forms of dance from across the globe, you can stream the entire event online. This makes it a great option while you’re stuck at home. You can find information on the celebration on the holiday’s official website, but there might also be options to watch it on some of your favorite streaming networks. This should help you get the most out of the holiday and learn a bit about some of the best forms of dance from around the world.
5. Attend Local Events
If you are able to get out of the house and safely enjoy an event, then you might want to start with a local event. You will find that there are many dance events surrounding the holiday, so you might look around to see what is going on in your community. If there is nothing going on in person, then you may be able to attend virtual events. However, if you are in a suburban area, then you might have to venture to the city to enjoy an event. Either way, as long as you take precautions, you should be able to enjoy a little performance without worrying too much.
Another way to truly give back to the world of dance is to donate. During International Dance Day, you will see a lot of segments about charities dedicated to the world of dance. These charities help many people in impoverished areas as well, so you will make sure that the money you give will truly make a difference in the lives of others. You should always research charities before you offer money to them though, as some are not what they are advertised. If you don’t want to give to a charity then you might consider setting up a scholarship for a local child to attend dance classes, and so on. This will allow you to do something special for someone in your community.
7. Take Lessons
It is never too late to get into the dance. So, if International Dance Day inspires you, then you might want to consider taking some lessons. There are numerous amazing options online to help you learn a few moves here and there. However, you might also want to find a local option that will help you embrace your community while getting exercise, and having fun with those around you. Of course, if you’d prefer to wait until Covid restrictions are completely gone, then a quick search will help you find online tutorials that are free. You might not have an instructor guiding you, but they will still allow you to have some fun.
8. Online Workouts
There are numerous online workouts that you can participate in that will actually help you learn elements of dance from around the world. Dance moves have been incorporated into so many aerobics classes that you will get to enjoy the benefits of the dance while burning calories. When looking for classes you might actually put in the name of the dance you’re interested in, so you can find a workout to match it. You’ll find everything from belly dancing to the electric slide, which will allow you to find dance workouts to be more fun than you ever would have expected.
9. Talk About Dance
One of the finest ways to truly embrace something is to talk about it. Dance is no exception to this rule. On International Dance Day, use the time to talk about dance. Share stories of your favorite dances, talk about the moves you love, and the dances you admire. Engaging in conversation will help spread your love to others and might even help you to learn a thing or two about dance. While chatting, you might feel inspired to research new dances and explore the world of dance even further. It will stimulate the mind, as well as the body, which is an exhilarating experience in itself.
10. Express Dance Through Other Mediums
The great thing about art is you can express one form of art through other mediums. So, when it comes to International Dance Day, you might take your favorite dance or something new you have learned and turn it into a new medium of art. For instance, you can write a poem about your favorite dance or performance you saw. Try to capture in words what you saw in movements. This can be a lot of fun and will help boost your creativity. You might also consider drawing a picture or making a painting of a moment you can’t forget in a dance. Photography is another amazing dance medium, so if you attend an event, try to capture the beautiful moments you experience with the lens of your camera.
International Dance Day can be a great way to learn more about dance and maybe even inspire you to pick up a new hobby. So enjoy the holiday even if you’ve never celebrated before. You never know when you might feel inspired to try something new and this holiday is the perfect time to explore a passion you might not know you have.