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International Dance Day 2017!

International Dance Day Celebration
A Day of Free Dance Classes in Honor of International Dance Day
11 great San Miguel teachers, 15 dynamic classes
Sat, Apr 29, 10am–7pm
El Sindicato
Recreo 4

By Margot Sunev

International Dance Day is upon us once again, and you don’t want to miss the celebration! Patty Arrieta, Artistic Director of Danza Arrieta Dance, has organized a day of free dance classes in honor of dance day. This is the fifth year this event is taking place and a favorite of those who participate. I sat down with Patty to ask her a few questions about International Dance Day and the day of free classes on April 29.

Margot Sunev: What is International Dance Day?

Patty Arrieta: International Dance Day was established in 1982 by the Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute ITI, a partner of UNESCO for the performing arts. The intention was to create a day to celebrate dance as an art form. It was also a way to gain the attention of governments, politicians, and institutions that have not recognized dance’s cultural and economic value or potential.

MS: What inspired you to organize the day of free classes here in SMA?

PA: I love to dance and share that joy with others! I began the free day of dance five years ago as a way to reach out to the community and hopefully get people excited about dance. It’s a great opportunity for people to take a class they’ve always wanted to try, experiment with a new movement style, or support their favorite teachers.

I also feel that dance unifies and empowers people. The idea of a day of free classes was very organic because it brings us together to celebrate as a community.

MS: What are the classes planned for this year?

PA: Yoga, Pilates, Music, Intro to Dance, Breaking, Ballet, Cha Cha, Jazz, Tribal Belly Dance, Hip Hop, Tango, Circus, Flamenco, and Capoeira. Classes range in age from one year to adults. All levels welcome.

MS: What are the important details?

PA: International Dance Day is Saturday, April 29. The event will be at El Sindicato, Recreo 4. All classes are free and open to the public. You can pick up a schedule at El Sindicato or e-mail me for the schedule or more information.

This is the fourth year El Sindicato and I have partnered up for the event, and I couldn’t be more grateful. I’d like to give a big thank you to El Sindicato and their staff, especially Julieta Sánchez. A special thanks to all the teachers participating this year who are donating their time and expertise. Thanks to Duncan Tonatiuh for his design of the Dance Day poster. I hope everyone will come out on April 29 and join in the fun!

MS: You can e-mail Patty for more info at: or find her on Facebook at Danza Arrieta Dance.


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