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About National Dance Week

Canada's National Dance Week, built around UNESCO's International Dance Day, takes place every year from April 22nd until the 29th.

During this week communities across the country will be participating in an array of dance-related events promoting not only the importance of creative expression but also the strengthening of community bonds.

Here at Dance NS, we want to help you celebrate – and share – the joy of dance.

National Dance Week 2018

This year, Vivine Scarlett of Usafiri Dance & Drum Ensemble is the author of Canada's International Dance Day message:


The universal movement of dance releases the very essence of what is all around us. It connects and weaves so deep that one can feel the wisdom, patience and graciousness of its flow. With each move made there is a giving and receiving communication in that universal experience. Dance is a vehicle that lends itself to learning about oneself. It helps us move through life's experiences by expressing our stories and our history, by commenting on our present and nurturing our future.

 Dance for you.

Dance for us.

Just dance and let the rhythm of our spirits soar in the movement of DANCE.

Vivine Scarlett


How to Celebrate National Dance Week

Brand your Event: Organizing an event that will take place around during National Dance Week? Brand your event with the official NDW logo. DOWNLOAD THE LOGO HERE. [Aussi disponible en français] Please make sure to send us a copy of your poster so we can promote it!




Share Vivine's Message: Download an insert Vivine Scarlett's message  so you can share it with your dancers and your dance community. [Aussi disponible en français]


Interested in working with local public schools? More than 13,000 students participate in Dance NS’s annual Dare to Dance challenge every year, and we can help connect you with teachers in your area. Dare to Dance is great way to promote dance (and your studio) in your community.


Tell us why you dance! Or, better still, show us! We’ll share your messages, videos and events on our Facebook, Twitter, in our weekly e-news, on YouTube and nationally with the Canadian Dance Assembly throughout the month of April.


Doing social media? Help us spread the word by using our #nsdanceday handle in your Facebook posts and Tweets.


Dance builds healthy, strong communities, and NDW is great opportunity to show people that dance matters.

So what are you doing for National Dance Week? Let us know how Dance NS can help.  Contact Pam Grundy, our National Dance Week/Dare to Dance coordinator at