International Day of Dance at Cal State L.A. is actually a week-long celebration

Free food for concert attendees:

Mainstage Concert: May 1, 3:15 and 8 p.m., May 2, 8 p.m.

(Pre-show in lobby half hour to showtime)


Los Angeles, CA—Cal State L.A. will celebrate the International Day of Dance, which falls on April 29, with a week-long schedule of unique performances, classes and workshops on campus from April 29 through May 2.

Free and open to the public, Cal State L.A.’s theme this year for the International Day of Dance is “Rebirth: A New Era.”

 “The International Day of Dance is an all-inclusive event,” said Daniel Glenn, a graduating dance major at Cal State L.A. “Our International Day of Dance committee represents a fusion of the people of the world. We want all the people of Los Angeles to feel welcome and to come join in the action.”

The International Day of Dance was first introduced in 1982 by UNESCO and is promoted each year by the International Dance Council (CID—UNESCO), a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded in 1973 that serves as an official umbrella organization for all forms of dance around the world.

The celebration includes a treasure map of activities, performances and dance workshops throughout campus. The week includes:

April 28-May2

  • “Express Inn,” City of the Angels Happening, Monday, April 28, from 8 to 10:30 a.m., during morning rush at the Metro Rail Station on the Cal State L.A. campus.
  • Free! Zumba to Historic Dance Classes:
    • Monday, April 28, at 3:15 p.m., King Hall 5108. ZUMBA
    • Tuesday, April 29, at 11:30-1:30 p.m., King Hall 5105. POLKA
    • Wednesday, April 30, 3:15 p.m. at Confucius statue. MIND.BODY.DANCE
    • Thursday, May 1,  9:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m., King Hall Studio 1. MODERN
  • “From Time to Time,” by world-renowned Heidi Duckler Dance Company
    • Tuesday, April 29, 3:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at the Confucius Statue
  • Mainstage Concert
  • State Playhouse, May 1, 3:15 p.m. and 8 p.m., and May 2 at 8 p.m.

Cal State L.A. choreographers, dancers and guest artists perform on campus.

  • Lobby Exhibit and Performance by Soka Gakkai International world peace organization

May 1, 2:45 and 7:30 p.m.; May 2, 7:30 p.m. in State Playhouse Lobby

Intercultural communications are an integral part of the campus culture at Cal State L.A.

Cal State L.A.’s Music, Theatre, and Dance Department and its International Office have collaborated since 2010 to create events that expand and illuminate cultures while creating a feeling of community on campus and within surrounding communities.

 “The College of Arts and Letters aligns naturally with the College of Extended Studies, enabling both to examine the importance of dance and international relationships,” said Dr. Odhiambo Horne, founding director of the International Day of Dance Concert and of Asava Dance Company ( “This carries into our work, as Amy Wang, director of the International Office, and I share in our mission of preparing students for careers and relationships in international contexts.”

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