Dance Day preparations
On the 29th of April, as every year since 1982, Dance Day will be celebrated
all over the world.
has prepared the following guidelines as a useful checklist for
dance directors, that is 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
It is imperative to inform the press and generally the media about your
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, parcs,
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
1. Please translate the message to the language of your country (if
applicable) and send it to the Press and to dance organizations.
2. The 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
3. 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
UNESCO, Paris, France