Since 1982, April 29 has been celebrated in the arts community as International Dance Day. It’s an UNESCO initiative, and April 29 was selected as the date to commemorate the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810) who is credited with being the creator of modern ballet.

Each year, an acclaimed dance artist or choreographer is selected to deliver a global message on the importance of dance in human culture. Since 2005, the Canadian Dance Assembly has provided a message from a Canadian artist. Here’s a link to the 2012 message from b-boy Yvon Soglo (pictured). 

In Regina, New Dance Horizons is marking the day with another installment in its Blueprint Series where local artists perform small-scale works-in-progress. Taking the stage today will be Meredith LaRocque, Tanya Dahms, Traci Foster, Krista Solheim, Dr. Ann Kipling Brown and Ian Campbell.

NDH is located at 2207 Harvey St., and the show starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10. For more info call 525-5393.