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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 etc.

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 trade union.

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 etc.

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 of charge

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 fellowships, USA

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 been awarded.

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 in Portugal

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 researchers ( 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 be reimbursed.

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 by members.

- 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

Information 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 file).

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, for example).

Research Reports
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 topics:

-  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.

-  Organizational, artistic, social, scientific, educational, economic and other approaches based on documented proposals.

-  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 DVD.

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 DVD.


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
Video projections are totally free; just give your DVD or cassette to the video room attendant to be played there.

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 or earlier.

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 usual one.

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 agencies.

International Dance Council - CID - Conseil International de la Danse
President's Office
UNESCO, Paris, France

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