UNESCO - International Dance Concil - CID
Dance Day preparations
On the 29th of April, as every year since
1982, World Dance Day will be celebrated
all over the world by the international
community of dancers and dance enthusiasts.
The International Dance Council CID has prepared the following
guidelines as a useful checklist for persons
institutionally involved in the wider
field of dance: teachers, choreographers,
group leaders, journalists, researchers,
associations, suppliers, organizations
The main purpose of Dance Day events is to attract the attention
of the wider public to the art of dance.
Special emphasis should be given to addressing
a "new" public, people who do
not follow dance events during the course
of the year.
Dance Day events may be special performances, open-door courses,
public rehearsals, lectures, exhibitions,
articles in newspapers and magazines,
dance evenings, radio and TV programs,
visits, street shows etc.
Events are primarily organized by dance companies, amateur groups,
schools, associations and other institutions
active in dance. Wherever possible, it
is better for events to be organized jointly
with a non-dance institution such as a
government agency, a public school, a
municipality, a business enterprise, a
Organizers have full freedom to define the content of the event.
Make sure that you include general information on the art of dance,
its history, its importance to society,
its universal character. This can be done
in a short speech, a note in the program,
a text distributed to those present. By
adding this dimension you make the event
different from dance activities taking
place any other day.
Read a message from a prominent personality, a poem, a passage
from a text by a famous author.
In order to achieve maximum success, it is important that preparations
start early enough. It is imperative to
inform the press and generally the media
about your event. Notify an organization
holding a central position at regional
or national level, which should publish
a list of events planned for Dance Day.
Entrance to events should preferably be
free, or by invitation. Invite persons
who do not normally attend dance events.
At best, events should take place in "new" places, such
as streets, parks, squares, shops, factories,
villages, discotheques, schools, stadiums
By setting the event in original surroundings you stress the fact
that this is an event dedicated to the
universal family of dancers.
Prof. Alkis Raftis
President of the CID
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1. Phone calls free
Members can call the CID President's Office computer (and any other
computer in the world with Skype) totally
free of charge.
2. Scholarships and
Scholarships provide tuition for professional dance training in
the United States, for at least one year.
Fellowships provide salary assistance
for a new member in a dance company. 400
grants totalling 4,000,000 dolars have
3. Choreography fellowships, USA
To encourage professional dance companies to present new work,
grants of 10,000 US dollars are disbursed
to dance companies toward the choreographer’s
fee and expenses.
4. Folkore congress
International folklore congress to be held in Portugal 27-30 April
2006 on the theme "The folklore people
on the way".
5. CID Virtual Library
Please check if books you have authored or edited are included
in the CID Virtual Library. The Library
constitutes a most valuable tool for dance
and the best way to showcase your intellectual
production world wide.
6. World Dance Congress in Athens
Choreographers, teachers, researchers, suppliers and others will
have a unique opportunity to present their
work to the largest gathering of high-level
dance professionals ever. 1000 conferees
from 50 countries of the 5 continents
are expected to take part, twice as many
as in previous congresses. To take place
in Athens 25-29 October 2006.
7. European open in
musical & showdance, Austria
In Baden/Vienna from 27 April to 1 May 2006. Qualification tournament
to take place in the showdance world finals
in Hollywood and Las Vegas. Open to professional
and amateur dancers. Gala dance event
on World Dance Day.
8. Training course
for youth leaders, Germany
International training course for project managers, trainers, youth
leaders and youth workers, 15-21 May 2006
in Bonn, Germany. Board, lodging and participation
are free of charge. Travel costs will
9. Dances proclaimed Masterpieces by UNESCO
Several dances have been proclaimed Masterpieces of the Oral and
Intangible Heritage of Humanity by the
Director-General of UNESCO Mr. Koïchiro
Matsuura. This is the third list.
10. Festival in Peru
Near Lake Titicaca, in the city of Puno, craddle of the Inca civilization,
8-21 May 2006. Ensembles from all countries
of the world are accepted.
11. Advantages enjoyed
by CID Members
Upon first registration or renewal, members (schools, companies
or individuals) receive:
- Official letter of confirmation
- Receipt of payment issued by the accountant
- Badge to wear at all times
- Stickers for school and office entrance
- Various documents, posters, programs, DVDs
- A book as gift.
Members also enjoy privileges such as:
- Participation in the World Congress and regional congresses.
- Invitations to festivals around the world.
- Discount on various publications.
- Priority listing at the Who's Who in Dance (soon with their profile,
at the portal).
- Participation free of charge or at a discount in events organized
- Listing of books they have authored or edited in the CID Virtual
Library (soon also articles in the portal)
- Receiving the CID Circular.
International Dance Council - CID
for World Congress participants
Presenting a contribution (research report, lecture-demonstration,
class, performance, exhibition) is optional.
For each contribution send a text to be included in the proceedings
DVD. Texts must be in English, in .doc
format. Additionally you can send your
text in any other language (as separate
To accompany your text you can send illustrations, music and/or
video samples, files numbered 1 to 20
(no more) with their captions listed in
the above text file.
Illustrations must be in .jpg format, up to 500 kb each.
Music samples in .mp3 format.
Video samples in .mpeg2 or
.divx format. Maximum total
size is 20 kbytes.
Consult the proceedings DVD of last year's Congress to get ideas
for your presentation.
Each conferee can present only one contribution in each category
(not two classes or two performances,
Send the complete text (by diskette or email, as well as in printed
form) before 15 September 2006 to be reviewed
by the Scientific Committee and included
in the proceedings. Research reports (papers)
must be up to 6,000 words, including:
title, name of author, text divided into
numbered sections: abstract, introduction,
sub-sections, notes, references, captions
of illustrations, short presentation of
the author, name and full address.
Time allowed is 25 minutes for brief oral comments (not reading
the submitted text), including time for
questions by the audience. All co-authors
must be registered conferees.
Research reports submitted must be unpublished and may have as
- Research conducted
according to scientific methodology (ethnographic,
sociological, historical, pedagogical,
psychological, medical etc.)
- Information on dance
as related to other topics such as music,
costume, theater etc.
artistic, social, scientific, educational,
economic and other approaches based on
- The dilemma: Fidelity
to historical truth or novelty?
A lecture-demonstration can include film, video or slides projection,
with oral commentary by the presenter.
Presenters use the language of their choice,
without translation. Time allowed is 25
minutes. Send a file with details: title,
text, photographs, music or video samples,
duration, name and address of presenter,
equipment required. Formats as above.
For a physical demonstration of a dance or a teaching technique,
time allowed is 25 minutes. Send a file
with the title of your class and its description.
You can include photos, music and/or video
samples (see formats above) for the proceedings
Individuals or ensembles can ask for time (average is 10 minutes)
for a performance on stage. Send text
file with title, description, requirements.
You can include photos, music and/or video
samples (see formats above) for the proceedings
Publications, costumes, equipment for schools and other material
can be exhibited or sold. The organizers
assist exhibitors but do not assume responsibility.
Send text file with description and list
of captions for the accompanying files
(pictures, music, video - see formats
above); specify minimum wall and floor
space required. Bring advertising material
to be distributed.
Video projections are totally free; just give your DVD or cassette
to the video room attendant to be played
Presentation of reports, lecture-demonstrations, classes, exhibitions
and video projections take place at 9.30-16.30
hours. Performances take place every evening
at 20.00-23.00 hours, then conferees usually
dance to live music. Opening night is
on Wednesday 25 October; closing session
is on Sunday morning.
Upon check-in conferees receive their badge (to wear at all times),
a folder containing the detailed program,
the proceedings DVD and other information
material. Payment of CID membership fee
(55 euros) and Congress registration (65
euros) can be made by check or bank transfer.
No other fee is charged.
Travel & Accommodation
We advise you to book a flight to Athens on Tuesday 24 October
Hotel accommodation is approximately 40 euros a day (in two-bed
room) or 60 euros (single-bed room) in
Plaka, the old town of Athens under the
Acropolis, where congress activities will
take place. Our secretariat can help with
hotel bookings via local travel agencies.
1. World Dance Day
has been established in 1982 in view of
attracting attention to the art of dance,
every year on the 29th of April.
On that day, dance companies, dance schools, organizations and
individuals are asked to organize an activity
addressing an audience larger than their
2. The International Dance Council (Conseil International de la
Danse - CID) is the official umbrella
organization for all forms of dance in
all countries of the world. It is a non-governmental
non-profit organization (NGO) founded
in 1973 within the UNESCO headquarters
in Paris, where it is based. Its purpose
is to act as a worldwide forum bringing
together international, national and local
organizations as well as individuals active
in dance. It represents the interests
of the dance world at large and consults
accordingly governments and international
International Dance Council - CID - Conseil International de la
UNESCO, Paris, France