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2016 News and Information

Celebrate International Dance Day at the Grand Plié

18 April 2016

Dancers of all ages and abilities are invited to celebrate International Dance Day by taking part in the Grand Plié on Friday, April 29 from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Everyone is invited to join the celebration and participate in this free class at Minoru Plaza, 7700 Minoru Gate.

“Dance is a universal art form that knows no boundaries,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “It is an inspiring, entertaining and energizing part of all of our cultural traditions and anyone can take part in this art form regardless of what age you are, where you live or what language you speak.”

Grand Plie Day

The Grand Plié mini ballet barre class will be led by the Richmond Arts Centre’s senior dance instructor Miyouki Jego, and will highlight the physical aspects of the art form while promoting the important role the arts play in building healthy communities.

Grand Plié participants should arrive 15 minutes early to sign-in at the tent located on Minoru Plaza. Fitted clothing with ballet slippers or short socks that can be pulled over the heel are recommended. In the event of inclement weather, the class will be moved indoors to the Richmond Arts Centre’s dance studio.

In 1982, the International Theatre Institute (ITI) Dance Committee founded International Dance Day. It takes place every year on April 29 to celebrate the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), the creator of modern ballet.

For more information on the Grand Plié or dance programs at the Richmond Arts Centre, visit www.richmond.ca/artscentre or contact Camyar Chaichian at cchaichian@richmond.ca or 604-247-8326.