Watching the footwork of a pair of dancers

International Dance Day 2023

  • 28th April 2023
  • 5 min read

With International Dance Day 2023, taking place on 29th April 2023, it is the perfect time to explore the rich history behind different dance styles from around the world and learn more about these various cultural forms of expression, how they have evolved, and get inspired to try something new.

This special day serves as a reminder that despite our differences, we share a global language of movement, through our love of dance. Since its inception in 1982, audiences around the world have tuned in to pay tribute to dance as not only an art form but a way to build bridges and unite people.

We dive into just some of the dance styles from around the world – whether you are a first-time dancer or an experienced one, understanding the origins of dance styles and their countries of origin; can help you deepen your knowledge, ready for your next vacation!

A flamenco dancer, mid performance

Spain - Flamenco

Flamenco is a beautiful and captivating dance style that originated in the Andalusia region of southern Spain. It is characterized by using intricate footwork, hand gestures, and facial expressions, as well as powerful and emotive music.

Visitors to Spain can immerse themselves in the flamenco experience by attending a live performance, which can be found in many cities and towns throughout the country. Many Flamenco shows, also offer dinner packages, allowing visitors to indulge in traditional Spanish cuisine while enjoying the stunning performances.

Overall, a visit to Spain would not be complete without experiencing the passion and beauty of flamenco dancing.

A group of dancers, performing at Carnival, in Brazil

Brazil - Samba

Samba is a vibrant and energetic dance style that originated in Brazil, particularly in Rio de Janeiro. It is characterized by rapid footwork, hip swaying, and lively music.

Samba is not only a dance but a cultural expression of Brazil, reflecting the country's rich history and diverse traditions.

The most popular time to experience samba in Brazil; is during Carnival, a world-renowned festival that takes place in February or March.

During Carnival, samba schools parade through the streets of Rio de Janeiro and other cities, displaying their dazzling costumes and synchronized dance moves.

A vacation to Brazil would not be complete without experiencing the infectious rhythm and joy of samba dancing.

A hawiian man, performing the Hula

Hawaii - Hula

Through fluid arm movements and hip swaying, Hula is a traditional dance form from the Hawaiian Islands, which is both graceful and expressive.

Hula is more than just a dance, it is an integral part of Hawaiian culture and history, reflecting the people's deep connection to the land, sea, and nature and is an expressive form of storytelling through dance.

Many of the venues in Hawaii offer live performances, featuring traditional Hawaiian music and costumes allowing tourists to experience this expressive tradition of Hawaii.

A visit to the Islands, would not be complete without experiencing the beauty and cultural significance of hula dancing.

A group of Irish Dancers performing their dance.

Ireland - Irish Dancing

Irish dancing is a traditional dance style that has been an important part of Irish culture for centuries. It is characterized by using rapid footwork, a stiff upper body posture, and traditional Irish music.

Irish dancing is not only a form of artistic expression but also a way for the Irish people to celebrate their heritage and history.

Visitors to Ireland can immerse themselves in the Irish dancing experience by attending a live performance, which can be found in many cities and towns throughout the country.

Many shows also offer a chance to learn the basic steps of Irish dancing, making it a fun and interactive experience, when on your adventures in Ireland.

A group of belly dancers, performing their dance.

Egypt - Belly Dance

Originating in the Middle East (in particular, Egypt), Belly dancing is a beautiful and mesmerizing dance style.

It is characterized by fluid movements of the hips and abdomen, as well as graceful arm and hand movements.

Guests to Egypt can immerse themselves in Egyptian traditions, by attending a live performance in one of the many venues scattered throughout Egypt, to not only experience this form of artistic expression but also feel and celebrate Egyptian culture and heritage.

When you are planning your next vacation, why not take the opportunity to be taught something new, and show off your newly found dancing skills to your friends and family?

As a universal language, anyone can dance, allowing us to appreciate these diverse and intriguing dances, that not only speak to those with an appreciation for movement, music, and art but tell stories of a country’s history.

Dance is alive and is still evolving as we move through time, and as such, participating in International Dance Day should help us find a renewed appreciation for its worldwide significance.

Tommy Lloyd
Author: Tommy Lloyd, Managing Director

Tommy has over 15 years experience within the insurance industry, having worked with some of the worlds largest insurers. Tommy’s primary focus has been developing the best possible online experience for travellers looking to compare travel insurance rates. Music and travel are two of Tommy's greatest interests, and even better when he can combine the two together!


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