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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.


A look at back at National Dance Week 2016

This year, Nova Scotia’s own Susanne Chui is taking centre stage, as author of Canada’s International Dance Day message – a first for Atlantic Canada!

So let’s celebrate!

Brand your Event: Organizing an event that will take place around during National Dance Week? Brand your event with the official NDW logo (attached). Please make sure to send us a copy of your poster so we can promote it!

Share Suzanne’s Message: We’ll forward you Suzanne’s International Dance Day message in early April, so you can share it with your dancers and your dance community.

Show Luca 'Lazylegz' Patuelli’s Video: This amazing young man is back this year as Canada’s National Youth Ambassador for IDD. Despite physical challenges, Luca is living proof that dance is inclusive, accessible and universal art form, and is an inspiration to all dancers, of all abilities. We’ll be sending his 2016 video in a few weeks.

Show us Your Steps: Send us footage of you or your dancers in action and you could find yourself in Canadian Dance Assembly’s annual IDD video, to be shown in Dundas Square, Toronto, on April 29.

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 Elizabeth MacDonald, our National Dance Week/Dare to Dance coordinator at


Checkout the CDA National Dance Listings for Atlanitc Canada!!!