From Salsa to Kathak, Cha Cha to Bharatnatyam, Hip hop to Ballet, dance is something that transcends all barriers to unite everyone, irrespective of their age. In a country like India, no movie or family gathering is complete without dance and as famous choreographer Martha Graham said, it is the hidden language of the soul. To honour this art, International Dance Day is celebrated every year on April 29 to celebrate dance, revel in the universality of this art form, cross all political, cultural and ethnic barriers, and bring people together with a common language – dance. It is celebrated on this day in the memory of Jean-Georges Noverre who is credited with the creation of modern ballet.

Message On Dance Day

This year Karima Mansour, a teacher at the Cairo Opera Dance Theatre Company and the woman behind the Contemporary Art initiative MAAT is the person behind this year’s message and this is a part of what she had to say: 

Movement and dance is where we can move from the vertical to the horizontal, from up to down and vice versa. Movement and dance is where chaos can be created and re-organised, or not. Dance is a healer. Dance is where humanity can meet.

In celebration of Dance Day, Her Zindagi met some people who are indulging in their passion irrespective of their age and in fact defying age by dancing to stay healthy and happy. Have a look at their experience and get inspired. These energetic ladies (aged 60 years and above) are a regular at Saket’s Moving Souls Dance and Fitness Studio. These women credit dance with keeping them energetic, manage their diseases and letting them express their emotions. They truly are proving that age is just a number and that there’s no obstruction for you if you want to enjoy and engage in your passion.