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 Sourcee: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/member-states/single-view/news/international_dance_day_international_dance_council_cid/ 

 

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World Dance Day 2017 in Edo State

International Dance Day was introduced in 1982 by the International Dance Council (CID, Conseil International de la Danse), a UNESCO partner NGO, and is celebrated yearly, on April 29. The date is not linked to a particular person or a particular form of dance, although it’s also the day when the French dancer and ballet master Jean-Georges Noverre was born.

The main purpose of Dance Day events is to attract the attention of the wider public to the art of dance. Emphasis should be given to addressing a new public, people who do not follow dance events during the course of the year.

Every year, the president of the International Dance Council sends the official message for Dance Day which circulate in every country around the world and is posted at the official website for Dance Day.

World Dance Day 2017 was also celebrated in Edo State and ITV, Benin presents the highlights.

 

Source: http://www.itvradionigeria.com/world-dance-day-2017-edo-state/ 

 

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La Escuela de Danzas del Instituto Nacional de Cultura, (INAC) celebrando el XV Aniversario del Día Internacional de la Danza, llevó a cabo el domingo 27 de abril una jornada de danza  de 3:00 p.m. a 5:00 p.m. en Albrook Mall, Pasillo del Delfín.

En el programa participaron  la Escuela de Danzas del INAC, Academia Centro Cultural Movimiento Nueva Generación, Academia de Arte y Danzas Cristina Castillo, Academia Dincerdance, Danza Nova, Escuela de Danza Alcaldía de Panamá, Escuela de Danzas de la Facultad de Bellas Artes Universidad de Panamá, Danza Urbana y Contemporánea de la Vicerrectoría de Asuntos Estudiantil de la Universidad de Panamá, Grupo Independiente Mileyka Ayala y Compañía Juvenil de Danzas Glints Arts.

Es importante destacar que el  Comité Internacional de Danza de la UNESCO propuso conmemorar el nacimiento de Jeans Georges Noverre (29 de abril de 1727), considerado el padre del ballet moderno.

EL INAC, les invita el día 29 de enero en el Teatro Balboa a celebrar el Día Internacional de la Danza de 6:30 p.m. a 8:30 p.m.

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Source: http://www.inac.gob.pa/noticias/647-inac-escuela-de-danza-en-albrook-mall 

 

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Celebraron el día internacional de la danza

 

Poco más de 200 bailarines de más de cinco municipios festejaron el “Día Internacional de la Danza” en el teatro “Narciso Mendoza”.

Artistas del Centro Educativo Down de Cuernavaca, así como representantes de los sayones de Tetela del Volcán, sobresalieron.
Francisco Javier Abarca, delegado del Instituto de Investigación y Difusión de la Danza Mexicana en el estado de Morelos, señaló que se está trabajando por el derecho de todo individuo al arte.

Aunque el día internacional de la danza se celebra el 29 de abril, fue hasta el pasado seis de mayo cuando se pudo conmemorar en el municipio de Cuautla.

El entrevistado explicó que la asociación se enfoca en la difusión y rescate del patrimonio dancístico del país, por lo que el trabajo de los maestros, directores o investigadores es vital para los integrantes del instituto, además de difundir el trabajo artístico de muchos bailarines.

En el evento se presentaron ocho grupos dancísticos de Morelos, de los municipios de Cuautla, Cuernavaca, Yautepec, Tepalcingo y Tetela del Volcán. Más de 200 artistas en escena son los que deleitaron a los asistentes con sus respectivas participaciones.

La Escuela Formativa de Danza Folclórica de Yautepec, el grupo “Ollin”, la Compañía de Danza de Yautepec, fueron algunos de los grupos que participaron.

Javier Abarca aplaudió la participación de los Say ones del municipio de Tetela del Volcán, así como la presentación de la danza tradicional de “Moros y Cristianos”, y del Grupo Educativo Dawn de Cuernavaca, quienes a decir del mismo, se ganaron a los espectadores en los primeros segundos del espectáculo.

Con esto resaltó el derecho de todo ciudadano a la cultura y el arte, sin discriminación de ningún tipo, ya que argumentó que todo el mundo tiene derecho a vivir de éste.

Finalmente el entrevistado comentó que se tienen planeadas otro tipo de actividades en proyectos individuales y colectivos, así como algunos congresos y cursos para la actualización de los docentes de la danza.

Source: https://www.elsoldecuautla.com.mx/local/celebraron-el-dia-internacional-de-la-danza 

 

 

 

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Vitoria confirma su amor por el baile

EL DÍA INTERNACIONAL DE LA DANZA LLENA LA PLAZA NUEVA CON 300 BAILARINES PARA EXHIBIR SU VIRTUOSISMO ANTE UN PÚBLICO ENTREGADO

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Vitoria bailó y vibró ayer en una soleada matinal en la que cerca de 300 participantes dieron lustre a una nueva edición del certamen “Así Baila Vitoria.

Aprovechando la celebración, el pasado 29 de abril, del Día Internacional de la Danza, una año más, y ya van 16 ediciones, el Conservatorio Municipal José Uruñuela conmemora una fecha tan significativa. Nueve grupos interpretaron sus coreografías en distintas especialidades: danza clásica, euskal Dantza, danza regional de La Rioja, danza contemporánea, flamenco, folclore de Colombia, danza árabe, de la India y hasta los sugerentes bailes de Bollywood causaron furor entre un entregado público en la plaza.

 

Source: http://www.noticiasdealava.com/2017/05/08/ocio-y-cultura/cultura/vitoria-confirma-su-amor-por-el-baile 

 

 

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A fest for one and all at India Dance Week

The show opened with over 2000 people waiting for the entry of Bollywood dancing legend Helen, who came to light the inaugural lamp.

A Dancer is a dancer and it does not matter which style they practice, a heart of a dancer is the same. Last month, on April 29, was the very famous “International Dance Day” this is one special day for all dancers, dance lovers and dance enthusiast where each and everyone who loves the art of dance comes out and celebrates their involvement in the art.

Be it kids, youngsters or seniors or be it thin, fat, tall or stout or even the rich or the poor person. Dance celebration does not see background or community of a dancer. Dance only sees dance.

Keeping this fact in mind that dancers have the same heart. I launched “India Dance Week” four years back. I feel humbled to inform you that this dance festival is the only dance festival of India were Indian classical, Indian folk, international folk, Ballet, Ballroom, Latin dances, Hip Hop, Contempo-rary, Jazz, Bollywood and ma-ny more dances all come tog-ether on one single platform.

All these years “India Dance Week” has been hosted by Phoenix Market City Kurla in Mumbai, this year the winner trophy was unveiled by national award winning actress Neetu Chandra. Who before uncovering the trophy and logo danced to hit superhit song Adaa from film Garam Masala leaving the crowed asking for more .

The show opened with over 2000 people waiting for the entry of Bollywood dancing legend Helen, who came to light the inaugural lamp. When the diva appeared on stage she was welcome with a surprise dance and she surprised us even more when she gracefully moved and swayed to her hit song Piya Tu Ab Toh Aaja leaving the audience totally spellbound. When she danced the crowd could not stop cheering for her and her iconic moves. The Queen of Cabaret declared the India Dance Week Season 4 and what followed were series of dances from various parts of India and the world hosted perfectly by former Miss India and Miss Tourism the very gorgeous Priyanka Shah.

Uma Rele’s Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidhyala presented a mix of beautifully blended Bhataynatyam, Mohiniyattam and Kathak, along with few Indian folk dances. Then there were Villoo Bharucha School of Ballet showcasing not just the French style Ballet “Pas-de-Trios” but also the Swan Lake Ballet respectively. Brian Fernandes Dance Academy presented Rock ‘n’ Roll, Jazz Funk, B Boying and Broadway. There were also demonstration of few popular Latin and Ballroom dances: English Waltz, Cuban Rumba, Samba, Argentinean Tango, Cha Cha Cha and Jive.

There were two styles of Flamenco performed by leading Flamenco expert from Mumbai Shehzeen Cassum and her team of Shehzeen Cassum Flamenco Academy, they danced the style called “Tangos”, which is a lively four count rhythm.

In our country we have various Indian classical dance festivals, there are also folk dance festivals, there are many Salsa festivals and also festivals dedicated to modern and contemporary dances, but “India Dance Week” is one celebration of Dance where the motto is not to divide dancers as per their dance forms they practise but to unite them and their hearts as one. Because like it is said “A dancers is a dancer does not matter what dance they do.”

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Source: http://www.asianage.com/life/art/160517/a-fest-for-one-and-all-at-india-dance-week.html 

 

 

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Contagious enthusiasm, admirable professionalism at dance festival

 

A milestone like this was an opportunity to bring together a celebration of Sonal’s iconic contributions to Indian arts traditions.

Two things stood out for me amidst the multitude of International Dance celebrations, contagious enthusiasm and admirable professionalism.
I have a sign on my studio wall that says, “Practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.” Each year, the presentations by prominent gurus for this special day and the weeks before and after, are elegantly produced and shared with enthusiastic rasikas, including dance school parents and the public.
One enjoyable performance that I attended was by Kathak disciples of Shovana Narayan’s Asavari Kathak School. It is vitally important to experience the beauty and cultural expression of classical performing arts as part of childhood and schools days in order to be a fully rounded personality as an adult. The energy bounced off the walls as little ones prepared to share their dance. This enthusiasm would be reflected across the country and globe as dance schools proudly present the results of hard work and disciplined learning.
Mahesh Pawar’s choreographic use of dholaks by the boys and manjiras by the girls in a Mangal Dhawani added a delightful dimension to the usual rhythmic play of Kathak footwork, with a resonance to the Manipuri Sankirtana traditions where dancers also play Pung, Kartal and manjiras.
Tirath Ajmani contributed an innovative Tarana choreography for nine dancers and it is gratifying to see a senior student, Karika Singh, knowing that there are even students of 23 years with some opening their own dance schools here and abroad.
From the enthusiastic celebration of International Day by students, I travelled in space, time and energy to the consummate professionalism of Sonal Mansingh’s Kala Yatra 40th year celebration of the establishment of her Centre for Indian Classical Dance.
A milestone like this was an opportunity to bring together a celebration of Sonal’s iconic contributions to Indian arts traditions. The brochure itself is a collector’s item with great cartoons, historic photographs, and kind acknowledgements of supporters over the decades. I especially loved the photo of her Mayurbhanj Chhau pose in shorts and a top with Guru Anantcharan Sai. I never considered Chhau practice in anything other than salwar kameez in the 70’s and Sonalji looks terrific in this no nonsense outfit; very practical practice wear for a dancer with her courage to buck norms, blaze ahead and fear no criticism.
The spectacular three day festival naturally included well deserved accolades from the movers and shakers of India, the book release of Sujata Prasad’s “Sonal Mansingh: A Life Like No Other” and topped by a much appreciated performance of Pancha-Kanyaa.
The solo dance-theatre format is a superbly effective format when the culmination of years of classical dance is a strong stage presence and acting ability, enhanced by a well honed kinesthetic ability to communicate with no need for the physical agility of youth.
Given that the classical dancer is also an actor and interpreter of text as codified in the Natya Shastra and that so much music is intrinsic to traditional Indian drama traditions like Jatra, the parameters between a mono drama or one man or woman show using movement music and text spoken or sung is an opportunity to blend the edges creatively.
I have immensely enjoyed presentations in this format this past year by Lakshmi Viswanathan and Anita Ratnam and Sonal Mansingh’s was equally, and uniquely, effective in reinterpreting mythological traditions for today’s audience. In simple an effective staging she placed herself at the apex of a triangle with musicians on either side: three percussionists to her left, Odissi mardala, khokar and tablas and vocal, flute and synthesiser to her right. Varying dupattas over her mekhela chadar accented the women analysed with wit and selective gestures available from a repertoire of decades of dance in Indian genres.
Bankim Sethi’s Odia music base gave a lyrical support that was enchanting and comfortable to listen to as the familiar identities of Ahalya, Draupadi. Ku-nti, Tara and Mandodari were revisited, reinterpreted recontextualised .
I had to miss Geeta Chandran’s second day Young Dancer’s Festival as my mother’s 100th birthday was also on April 29 th and that was a priority for those few days. It was wise to tap into the International World Dance Day energy to offer introductory wo-rkshops in Bharat-anatyam and Seraikella Chhau, a dance lecture by Dr Sheela Nambiar and host a book release of Dr Sunil Kothari’s Dance in Retrospect Part-II by Vidushi Dr Kapila Vatsyayan and Dr Shekhar Sen, chair SNA.
What especially impr-essed me about the professionalism of Geeta’s festival planning was the thoughtful choice of artists to perform. Bala-sarawati’s grandson, Aniruddha Knight is seldom seen in Delhi and carries on a precious legacy. Aniruddha’s father Douglas was in India on a Fulbright, the year after mine started, and I recall meeting in Mussoorie at the annual conference. Though my Manipur and his Carnatic paths were different trajectories, I have always followed the arcs of his family Gharana with occasional intersections like dinner with Bala at a 1978 Hawaiian Dance conference and connecting wi-th her musician bro-th-ers T. Ranganathan and T. Viswanathan when we performed on the sa-me programmes somewhere in the US or here.
Every day is dance day, just as everyday is Mother’s Day, but its nice to have a focus on dance schools to marshall their extra efforts to share the joy of dance. This year’s celebrations were better than ever.
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source: http://www.asianage.com/life/art/160517/contagious-enthusiasm-admirable-professionalism-at-dance-festival.html 

 

 

 

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Dancers showcase stepping skills at North Las Vegas festival

May 7, 2017 - 6:51 pm
 

Gray skies and a little rain didn’t dampen the spirits of dancers who tapped throughout the afternoon Sunday at Craig Ranch Regional Park, capping a three-day festival.

The Las Vegas Tap Fest ran Friday and Saturday at UNLV and ended Sunday at the North Las Vegas park. Its founder, Victoria Jones, said the festival organization is the first tap dance organization to celebrate National Tap Dance Day in the Las Vegas Valley.

“We wanted to bring this festival to the North Las Vegas community because it brings people together in a positive way,” Jones said. “This festival celebrates the art of dancing and helps everyone come together to enjoy life, even if the weather is a bit gloomy today.”

 

The fifth annual nonprofit festival aims to educate the community on the history, discipline and instruction of the tap dancing culture.

Jones said National Tap Dance Day, which is actually celebrated May 25, was declared in remembrance of tap pioneer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. The festival also honored Prince Spencer and Bunny Briggs, who died a few years ago.

The three-day festival included 17 workshops, specialty and master classes, video presentations, jam sessions and student showcases.

Sunday’s RHXTHM PROJECT was the grand finale of the festival and featured African, hip-hop, contemporary, Polynesian and folkloric dancers, as well as drummers. More than 20 dance companies from the Las Vegas Valley performed, Jones said.

Among the groups participating were the Las Vegas Hi Steppers Drill Team and Drum Squad.

Sporting T-shirts that read “Straight Outta Vegas” the group — which consisted of members ages 6 and up — passionately danced to the beat of the drums.

“This group helps kids stay out of trouble by occupying their mind with positive interactions and steering them in a positive direction,” Assistant Director Ketasha Jackson said. “Our goal is to empower our youth and give them an opportunity to travel and compete.”

Andrea Spicer attended the event to support her 9-year-old daughter, Vada, who performed with the dance group Excite Dance, an after-school program teaching the basics of hip-hop.

“The festival is great because it features all sorts of dancers,” Spicer said. “It’s also nice to see the community support our dancers.”

Abrielle Sanders, 8, also a member of Excite Dance, said she “felt happy and excited to perform.”

“I don’t get to do this too often,” she added.

Students from local elementary and high schools performed as well as senior citizens from the tap dancing group Step In Time Dance Co., taught by local professional dancers Blaine Senior and his wife, Brandi.

 

“When I got up onstage to perform my adrenaline was flowing, despite the weather,” said dance member Rosie Walisever, 65. “Dancing sends me to another planet where all of my troubles disappear and I get a chance to sparkle — both literally (the group wore sequin jackets) and figuratively.”

“Our group really proves that you’re never too old to dance,” Walisever added.

The event also featured vendors, food and a masseuse.

Contact Sandy Lopez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 702-383-4686. Follow @JournalismSandy on Twitter.

 

Source: https://www.reviewjournal.com/entertainment/arts-culture/dancers-showcase-stepping-skills-at-north-las-vegas-festival/

 

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Rotterdamse schouders dragen Internationale Dansdag

Door Sabrina Menheer

Afgelopen weekend vond in Rotterdam de tweede editie van het International Dance Day Festival (IDD) plaats. Ter viering van de Internationale Dansdag op 29 april werden de Rotterdammers in het stadscentrum verrast met dansoptredens, workshops, demonstraties en dance battles. Jaarlijks worden over de hele wereld dansactiviteiten georganiseerd om op 29 april de Dag van de Dans te vieren. In Rotterdam bundelde dansgezelschappen en -scholen hun krachten, wat resulteerde in een dansfestival met een grote diversiteit aan leeftijden en dansculturen. 

De dansvloer wordt uitgerold. De muziekinstallatie en boxen worden opgezet. Posters worden opgehangen en de eerste dansers verzamelen zich op het Kruisplein. Rotterdam is er klaar voor. Rond de klok van twaalf uur gaat het International Dance Day Festival van start. De meiden van Born to Dance (SKVR) bijten het spits af met hun energieke Hiphop optreden. Al snel wordt duidelijk dat de kracht van dit festival ligt in de snelle afwisseling tussen dansstijlen, leeftijden en culturen.

 

Na een paar minuten hiphop klinkt de harmonieuze muziek voor een Chinese traditionele dans uit de boxen. Zes dames van Stichting Chinees Perspectief trekken in hun prachtige klederdracht de aandacht van het winkelend Rotterdam. Steeds meer publiek verzamelt zich rond de dansvloer.

Samen dansen

De momenten waarop dansers en publiek met elkaar mengden, waren voor mij de hoogtepunten in het programma. Dat gebeurde toen Compagnie Violetta een balletbarre neerzette. Een aantal nieuwsgierige tieners waagden een poging om de plié en tendu oefeningen mee te doen.

Een ander voorbeeld is de workshop Afro dance van de dansgroep Future in Dance. In een grote kring sloten dansers en passanten aan om eens flink met de heupen te draaien.

Een volgend mooi moment was de Misiconi Dance Company die samen dansten met mensen in een rolstoel. Doordat zij bewegingen aanreikten die voor iedereen mogelijk zijn, konden ook mensen waarvoor dansen niet vanzelfsprekend is meedoen.

Van de demonstratie en workshop Lindy Hop werd ik erg vrolijk. Deze jazzy dansstijl uit de jaren dertig was mij niet erg bekend en daarom extra leuk om eens uit te proberen. De swingende bewegingen op jive-muziek waren uitermate geschikt om het publiek mee te krijgen. Ondanks dat niet iedereen de moed had om mee te doen aan de dansworkshop, werd er langs de kant flink meegeswingd

Dans voor en door Rotterdammers

Het IDD Festival werd dit jaar de voor tweede keer georganiseerd als initiatief van de CID (dansraad) sectie Nederland. In vergelijking met vorig jaar heeft het festival stappen gemaakt. Het programma bood meer tijd voor meer dansstijlen en er was aanzienlijk meer publiek. Ik zou het festival omschrijven als écht Rotterdams; samen de schouders eronder zetten en iets unieks mogelijk maken. De ambitie voor een grotere editie in 2018 is er. Rotterdam mag trots zijn op de ondernemende dansprofessionals die het festival dragen en onder de Rotterdammers hebben gebracht.

 

Source: http://dansmagazine.nl/reportage/rotterdamse-schouders-dragen-internationale-dansdag

 

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April 29 : Celebrated as International Dance Day

International Dance Day was introduced in 1982 by the International Dance Council (CID, Conseil International de la Danse), aUNESCO partner NGO, and is celebrated yearly, on April 29. The date is not linked to a particular person or a particular form of dance. The main purpose of Dance Day events is to attract the attention of the wider public to the art of dance.

In many parts of India too, this day is gaining popularity. The Hindusthan Times reported that in Delhi, Natya Tarangini, founded by the Reddys, observes its 41st anniversary on April 29 — World Dance Day. Renowned classical dancers, in the city, are ready to perform for dance lovers and celebrate the day.

 

source: http://www.dy365.in/news_details.php?aID=5298&subC=7&top=N#.WQ7yyuWGPa8

 

 

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JNMDA observes International Dance Day

IMPHAL | Apr 29

The Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy (JNMDA), Imphal celebrated the ‘International Dance Day’ at JNMDA Priyogopalsana auditorium.

The day was celebrated throughout the world today as declared by the International Dance Council (IDC) And United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in the year 1982.  

Delivering the speech as chief guest JNMDA former vice-chairman N Tombi Singh said that dance is one of the art forms of spiritual exercise which is a way of worshipping God.

“Since dance is an universal language and as there is no difference in religion, community or political influence in dance, it also takes a big role in bringing peace and unity among human beings,” he added.

He added that from his point of view it seems that the government is lacking interest in the art and culture, since the artists are not getting any beneficial schemes. The government has also not provided facilities for any development for the artists.

“Like including theatre education in school syllabus, it will be helpful for the dance students if the government implements dance education in the school syllabus,” said Tombi.

Dance is also a mass medium in spreading and teaching the culture of aregion, so dance should always go hand in hand with culture, he continued.

He further added that while learning dance the students should know its importance, role and values and asked the people to stop the habit of learning dance for name sake.

The function was attended by Manipur State Kala Akademi’s former secretary S Vedeshwar Sharma along with many dance teachers, artists and students.

As a part of the observance different forms of classical dance were presented by the students of JNMDA, Progressive Artistes Laboratory, Lamboi Khonangkhong, Government Dance College, Imphal and Sangeet Kala Sangam, Khurai.

Shree Shree Govindaji Nartanalaya ‘Government Dance College (GDC)’ also celebrated the ‘International Dance Day’ at the hall of the college at Palace Gate, Imphal.

The function was attended by Manipur Art and Culture, director K Sushila and Manipur Art and Culture join director L Kishworjit Singh as the special guests.

During the celebration students presented Pena Phamshak, Maibi Jagoi, Thougal Jagoi, Mao Jagoi, Gostha Leela and Tanum.

source: http://ifp.co.in/page/items/39226/jnmda-observes-international-dance-day

 

 

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Happy International Dance Day, 29th April 2017

Dance is powerful and today is a day to celebrate all that it can do.

International Dance Day was introduced in 1982 by the International Dance Council to encourage people around the world to share in the magic of dance.

As a dance writer, dance teacher, dance student and dance fan, I am thankful every single day for the opportunities that dance has given me to thrive as an individual. Dance can move us, make us think and connect us to others. It can brighten the darkest days and inspire people of all ages to explore their creative and physical potential.

My own participation in dance classes as a toddler was pure serendipity, yet dance is an overwhelmingly important part of my life. For this reason, I believe that everyone ought to have the chance to learn to dance – and to watch and appreciate dance performances. The International Dance Council promotes International Dance Day to urge people who may not normally engage with dance to strive to do so. Dance has always featured in human culture but its significance is now often overlooked as an art form, particularly in education.

We need to remember that dance, in all its forms, matters!

I teach tiny tots, children, teenagers and adults. Without question, dance matters to them all. For little ones, dance classes allow them to start to explore what their imaginations and bodies are capable of. In the dance studio, they will begin to understand the need to wait their turn, to be kind to other people and to listen to ideas and instructions. Later, children discover the satisfaction that comes from practising and mastering movement and relish the chance to express themselves to music. Devoting time to dancing can help stressed teens rediscover a zest for life, helping to put worries about schoolwork, friends or relationships into perspective. Meanwhile, adults adore the challenge of a dance class and treat it as their “me time” – whether they are newbies venturing into a beginners’ class or they have danced all their lives. Dance matters!

Every year, an influential member of the global dance community is asked to write an International Dance Day Message. International Dance Day Message 2017 was written by American dancer, choreographer, dance theorist and visual artist Trisha Brown, who died aged 80 on 18th March 2017 after a lengthy illness.

One of the great explorers of postmodern dance, Trisha Brown created revolutionary, gravity-defying works that shattered illusions about what constituted dance. Her early choreography in the 1960s was made for alternative spaces, including rooftops and walls, and her later more conventionally staged movement investigations found the extraordinary in the everyday. She established the Trisha Brown Dance Company in 1970 and the troupe is dedicated to the preservation and performance of her work.

Trisha Brown’s International Dance Day Message 2017:

I became a dancer because of my desire to fly. The transcendence of gravity was always something that moved me. There is no secret meaning in my dances. They are a spiritual exercise in a physical form.

Dance communicates and expands the universal language of communication, giving birth to joy, beauty and the advancement of human knowledge. Dance is about creativity… again and again… in the thinking, in the making, in the doing, and in the performing. Our bodies are a tool for expression and not a medium for representation. This notion liberates our creativity, which is the essential lesson and gift of art-making.

The life of an artist does not end with age, as some critics believe. Dance is made of people, people and ideas. As an audience, you can take the creative impulse home with you and apply it to your daily life.

source: https://georginabutler.wordpress.com/2017/04/29/news-happy-international-dance-day-29th-april-2017/

 

 

 

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Feature: Athens marked Int'l Dance Day to raise awareness on hunger, discrimination

By Alexia Vlachou

ATHENS, April 30 (Xinhua) -- Hundreds of dance lovers of all ages gathered in several main squares in the center of Athens to celebrate International Dance Day this weekend, sending a message against hunger and inequalities.

"This year the International Dance Council joined forces with the World Food Program to create 'Dance to Zero Hunger'," Kritsiotou Maria, member of the Athens Section of the International Dance Council told Xinhua.

More than 600 dancers and 30 dance troupes fired up the audience in a two-day event who enjoyed various dances from Greece and abroad with parallel events across the city.

Despite difficulties due to the debt crisis that has hit Greece, they all enjoyed a few moments of mental respite during the weekend dancing to the rhythms of Greek folk music, Bollywood, ballroom, gypsy, can can, rock 'n roll and other forms of dances.

"We dance against those actions and intentions that create hunger either due to unequal distribution of wealth, either due to war and persecutions," Kritsiotou added.

As an art expression, dance promotes cultural exchange among nations. "There is a dialogue among cultures and that is very important. It is moving to see how migrants contribute to such events with their traditional customs," she stressed.

During the event, which was organized by the Cultural, Sport and Youth Organization of Athens City (OPANDA) and the Athens Section of the International Dance Council, people get fascinated by the beauty of each culture and learn to respect each other, according to the organizers.

In the central square of Kolonaki, 80 performers presented a program under the title "Dance in the urban landscape" to show the kinetic potential of the human body.

From Kapnikarea square to Agia Irini, in the heart of Athens, a group of Brazilian percussions with free style dancers carried away even tourists and passersby with their passion and beat.

Just a few blocks away, in Klafthmonos square, dancers sent a strong message against the stigma of mental health.

Dance not only entertains people, but cures as well. According to researchers, it can provide a healthy and comforting environment for individuals suffering from psychological disorders, mental retardation, and other conditions.

"We use all forms of art to help people with mental health to rehabilitate and integrate to work," Margo Liatira, psychologist of PEPSAEE (the PanHellenic Union for Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Work Integration) told Xinhua.

Under the title "Mastering Steps", people with mental health problems along with professionals and volunteers from PEPSAEE presented their choreography.

"We danced all together to show that people with mental health problems are not different from us, to celebrate dance and to underline that dance unites, rather than divides people," she said.

But what excited Liatira was the enthusiasm of the participants. "It was amazing to see these people been happy, to feel satisfied with themselves, that they succeeded to present in front of an audience what they prepared," she said.

source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-05/01/c_136247826.htm

 

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On International Dance Day, A View on Egypt’s Prominent Belly Dancers

EGYPTIAN STREETS
 

 

 

The world celebrated on Saturday the International Dance Day that was promoted for by the International Dance Council, an affiliate of the UNESCO organization.

One of the most significant types of dancing in Egypt and the Middle East region is belly dancing. It was an essential part of the vast majority of old movies where actresses depicted a variety of famous belly dancers.

The Egyptian cinema has introduced several forms of arts; it particularly had the lead in belly dancing. Several performances were introduced by talented belly dancer, leaving their significant print and topping Egypt and the Middle East as pioneers in this art.

Samia Gamal

Gamal was born in March 1924. Her real name is Zainab Khalil and started her career in belly dancing when she had joined the team of Badi’a Massabny, one of the most prominent belly dancers and singers in the early nineties in Egypt.

Gamal created a special style in dancing of her own, she merged between the oriental and occidental.

Badi’a Massabny

Born to a Lebanese father and Syrian mother, Massabny came to Egypt to learn singing and dancing after years of living abroad.

Massabny’s team of dancers and artists had a lot of well-known actors including Fareed Al-Atrash and Taheyya Karyokka.

Massabny remained a leader in the world of theaters performances for about 30 years.

Taheyya Karyokka

Her real name was Badaweyya Al-Nidany. She started dancing, singing and acting at a rather young age.

She started with Massabny and joined her team to enter the world of cinema and dancing. In 1940, Karyokka introduced a new dance of her own and it was the key start for her in the belly dancing world. She also developed her own style that relied on recreating oriental harmonies.

Kitty

Kitty was a significant Greek belly dancer who made several appearances with prominent actor Ismail Yaseen. However, she disappeared from the arena of belly dancing in vague circumstances.

Naeema Akef

Akef was a singer and dancer; she introduced several routines and monologues. Akef started her career by joining a nightclub in Kitkat neighborhood where several film directors used to spend their nights.

Akef caught the eyes of director Ahmed Morsy and he introduced her for the first time in the film industry world. She  then started acting in several movies. She received the title of “Best World Dancer” in Moscow in 1958.

Fifi Abdou

Fifi Abou is one of Egypt’s current significant belly dancers. She has participated in several movies and TV series. ِAbdou was a close friend of Karyokka. She made an appearance for the first time in 1970 and then started her career in acting and belly dancing.

Fifi is still active on social media platforms where she feels free to express her talents in belly dancing.

Nagwa Fouad 

Fouad has established her own production company and starred in several movies where she had several performances. Fouad is known for her special choreographs where she presented.

 

source: https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/04/30/on-international-dance-day-a-view-on-egypts-prominent-belly-dancers/

 

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In Focus: Anavarata Dance Institute

The Anavarata Dance Institute (ADI) [Registration No.044-238-NPO] is a community-based, non-profit organization constituted on 10 October 1993. We celebrate our 50th anniversary, and our UNESCO CID membership in 2011.  We are renewing our outreach initiative, by seeking partners and promoters outside our country.

Our History began in 1959, when Rani and her sister Prema were amongst the first 3 South African girls to study Bharata Natyam in Madras, at the “Saraswathy Gnana Nilayam” under the tutelage of Srimathi K. Lalitha, and also  took lessons from Dr. Padma Subramanium. They returned to India in 1965 to study Kathak under Guru Krishna Kumar, a member of the Mysore State Nataka Academy.While in India, South African dancers were such a rarity that they were interviewed by the BBC on their experiences, and were  invited to tea with Prime Minister Nehru.  They ran the “Nydoo Sister’s School of Dance”, which later changed in 1993 when Prema emigrated to India, to ADI.

Anusia Pillay, the current Chairperson and Artistic Director;  studied Bharata Natyam and Kathak under both her mother  and aunt, since childhood and attended the same schools as her mother, in India.  This resulted in Anusia, literally, following in her mother’s famous footsteps.  Both Rani and Anusia advanced their Kathak knowledge under Guru Rajender Gangani of Kathak Kendra, in New Delhi, the son of Guru Kundanlall Gangani of the Jaipur Gharana.  

In addition, she studied Modern dance and Jazz under Desire Pickering in Durban; became the first South African exponent of Odissi; and was selected as leader and trainer of the official Malaysian Cultural dance troupe in S.A ; receiving training by the Malaysian Government in Kuala Lumpur in 2001.   She worked on two of Disney’s productions in SA- “The Lion King” in 2006/7 as trainer to the child artists, and “Beauty and the Beast” in 2008/9.  In addition, Anusia is an Honours graduate in Social Work and has also studied Early Childhood Education.  She is still an avid student of dance and has studied South African, African and Latin styles of Dance, amongst others.

Although we began with very traditional roots, we have successfully evolved into a totally contemporary, multi-cultural institution, while still maintaining our roots.  This is evident in our Mission:

  • To Create dance and theatrical works with a new and fresh flavour
  • To unite dancers and musicians of all cultures, promoting understanding and goodwill
  • To create a bonafide platform for the masses of talented artists, with a South African dance vocabulary
  • To develop a dance style which celebrates the uniqueness of South African Heritage

We are a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and promotion of high quality education in the art of dance; that believes that every person should have equal access and opportunity to quality dance education regardless of gender, age, ability, interest, socio-economic status or ethnicity. To that end, the organization provides professional development, leadership, support services, research and advocacy for artists in dance education across all genres of dance- all FREE OF CHARGE in previously disadvantaged communities.

ADI embraces all aspects of dance from performance to teaching; from multicultural, social and recreational dance to the advancement of dancers’ health- by utilising Dance as Therapy to all students –especially the Youth.

ADI has a job creation element where unemployed professional artists( african traditional, contemporary,kwaito;  street dancing and hip hop) are developed in other dance genres- from classical, folk, and modern dances to create a unique and diverse vocabulary to our productions .  In SA we have also absorbed 8 professional Zimbabwean traditional artists into our team, who are resident in SA, from a group previously known as” I’thembelihle”. With our professional members, our main focus is creating productions with a body of contemporary dance improvised from western ; asian; Latin and African influences- including dance fusion, emergent dance and revisionism.   This is, in our way and belief, is representative of South Africa as a Rainbow Nation being the microcosm of the entire world’s cultures as the inhabitants of this planet are the “true Rainbow Nation”.

This year marks our 55th Anniversary as, in 1959, Rani(Nydoo) Govender (22 August 1944- 30 July 2005  and her sister Prema were amongst the first 3 South African girls to study Bharata Natyam in Madras, they returned to S.A. in 1961 and gave spellbinding performances at every major center, and  taught this art-form at the “Nydoo Sister’s School of Dance” to the young and often underprivileged youth- many of whom are now well-known dancers in their own right.  While in India, South African dancers were such a rarity that they were interviewed by the BBC on their experiences, and were invited to tea with Prime Minister Nehru.  They returned to Indiain 1965 to study Kathak under Guru Krishna Kumar, a member of the Mysore State Nataka Academy.

They became the inspirations to generations of classical dancers in R. S. A.  They were invited to perform in the U.S.A., however, tragically their father passed away just before they could travel and they were unable to do so.  They also participated in a Standard Bank Centenary Celebration Documentary, filmed in S.A.

Prema emigrated to Chennai,India in 1994, where she still lives and teaches dance.  Rani and her daughter Anusia continued with the Dance work by renaming the Institute in 1993 to Anavarata Dance Institute, meaning “eternal”, describing the dance of Lord Shiva – without beginning or end, and is a registered community-based, non-profit organization.

The “Maru e Africa” Project (meaning “the Skies of Africa”) of the Institute was created when four friends, from different cultural backgrounds, came together to create a unique vision borne off their shared passion for dance- no matter the origin.  Its main focus is Skills Development in various relevant Youth and Community related issues; Job Creation; Nation Building; and Cultural Heritage Preservation and Promotion(Locally and Internationally); Anti- Xenophobic attitudes; Creation of Partnerships with other Related NPO’s and Community Organisations;  and Opportunities For Disadvantaged Individuals and Communities- All through the medium of Dance, Music and Performance Theatre- i.e Arts & Culture!

Promoting Unity in Diversity amongst the Youth in Soweto; Klipfontein View in Midrand; Benoni; Randburg and the greater Johannesburg area, we provide FREE tuition and training in Cultural Dance, Music and Cross-cultural “fusion performances”.  We aim to be outstanding South African Cultural ambassadors- a “one-stop cultural and entertainment facility”.

SOME OF OUR WORK

Apart from performances for Pres. Mandela (1994) and Queen Elizabeth II at CHOGM in November 1999, we have also co-ordinated and executed two International Cultural Exchange tours in 1995 and 1999 for the Governments of Mauritius and Malaysia, and has conducted mass choreography for the 9th African Athletics Championships (1993) and the Telkom Charity Cup (2006).  Local and International corporate performances include Pepsi Cola; TATA; BMW; Totalgaz; DBSA; and various government Departments.  Anusia has compeered College Events; events hosted by the Playhouse Company; International Cultural Tours; Corporate and Governmental events.  Anusia and the Institute have had the privilege of being a featured guest on several Radio and television programmes for Broadcasting Corporations all over the World.

We are a member of UNESCO Council of International Dance, CID. Our  most recent achievements are performing at the Inauguration of President Jacob Zuma, 9 May 2009;the Opening ceremonies of The Wonderboom Airport in October 2009;  the Pride of India Extravaganza in November 2009; Ibumba International Festival 2009 and for the Deputy Ministers of Tourism of Malaysia and South Africa, respectively in February 2010, Women’s day Event with SharleenSurtie- Richards in August 2010, and Sun City’s Deepavali Celebrations 2010.  

OUR REPERTOIRE

Since South Africa is A Rainbow Nation, our diverse Repertoire reflects a melting pot of Cultures:

SOUTH AFRICAN DANCES
Afrikaner Volkspele; Sesotho; Pedi; Tsonga; Zulu; Batswana; AmaXhosa; Gumboot; Kaapse Klopse;  Pantsula; & lots more musical and singing traditions

AFRICAN DANCES
Ethiopian; Egyptian; Senegal; Ivory Coast; Mozambique; Batswana; Zimbabwean; Nigerian;  Mauritius & Reunion

ORIENTAL DANCES
Chinese, Indonesian, Thai, Malaysian

INDIAN

Bollywood, Classical, Authentic Folk , Maritial Arts & Tribal Dances, CONTEMPORARY, JAZZ,  HIP HOP & SALSA, MULTICULTURAL BLENDING OF DANCE STYLES: Drummers and musicians accompany our dancers.

CONTACT

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Mobile: 084 510 5148

source: http://www.indianspice.co.za/2011/07/indian-dance-academy-anavarata/

 

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Inspiration through form

 

The World Dance Day (WDD), which falls on 29 April, is celebrated world over with great enthusiasm. This year the celebrations started a week earlier when the Mahagami Gurukul Aurangabad organised a two-day festival on this occasion, conceived and curated by Guru Parwati Dutta.

The inaugural evening featured Parvati Dutta in a solo performance Varnaja. The unique and original idea of the talented dancer choreographer Parwati, juxtaposed calligraphy and Kathak, creating calligraphic images that came alive through Kathak. The Varna, or alphabets of the calligraphy, were organised in the conventional repertoire of Kathak, opening with“Akshar Dhyan”, an invocation to the primordial sound “Naad”,from which the universe is said to have originated. This exploration of Aakar,or form, was based on the Maheshwar Sutra produced by Shiva Damru, comprising the 14 Varnas, when Shiva performed the cosmic dance.

Shabda-Roop,the written form, underlined the metaphysical (Adhyatmic),aesthetic (Saundarya),structural (Rachana), spatial (Akasha), temporal (Kaal) and technical (Upayojana) of the Varna for creativity in dance, music and the calligraphy. Parvati explored the possibilities of patterns in space and time through movements in this abstract piece, equating the Naad-Shabda-Laya of dance with the Bindu-Rekha-Aakar and Kalpana (imagination) in calligraphy. “Om-Allah” next underlined Kathak as a secular art form. “Aakar” had the delicate “Gat-Nikas”, creating the imagery of the calligraphic panels Parwati moved through. The concluding “Shabda-Dhyan” completed the journey to spiritual destination of both the dance and the calligraphy. The thoughtfully composed music, the competent live orchestra and light design for each and every item enhanced the beauty of Varnaja, an admirable expression of sound, idea and inspiration through form.

Pravaahi, next evening, comprised three group choreographies in Kathak, namely Ajara,Vaari and Vegini, evoking the flow of the river in Ajara, the immortal Saraswati and Vegini. Vaari, which also means water, underlined the “pilgrimage beyond self” through the devotional wave or the BhaktiPravaah of the Vaarikari Sampraday, inspired by the devotional poetry of Sant Jnaneshwar. The multi-hued dance sequences, based on myriad musical treasures, from Abhanga to the folk music of Maharashtra, took the audience through the multilayered and multidimensional interpretation of the poetry. The authentic music and costumes enlivened the imaginative choreography. Both Varnaja and Pravaahi deserve to be seen by the dance lovers and connoisseurs outside Aurangabad as well.

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Guru Geeta Chandran, the founder president of Natya Vriksha, organised the WDD-2017 in association with the India International Centre (IIC) on 29-30 April. Shanta Sarbjeet Singh was bestowed the first Natya Vriksha Lifetime Achievement Award for her valuable contribution to dance. Kapila Vatsyayan launched Dance in Retrospect-Part II,the special issue of the SNA journal edited by Sunil Kothari, compiling the papers presented in the historic 1958 dance seminar. Kothari spoke about his life journey in dance and how this seminar changed the course of his life from being a Chartered Accountant to becoming a dance historian, author and a dance critic. The interesting images he showed along with his talk took the audience along the interesting journey. The second illustrated lecture next day was delivered by Sheela Nambiyar on Health for Dance.

The Young Dancers Festival opened with a brilliant Bharatanatyam performance by Aniruddha Knight, the gifted grandson of the legendary Balasaraswati, who runs the Balasaraswati Institute of Dance in Chennai. Opening with the customary Alarippu, he went to the Varnam “Mohamanam…” in Bhairavi for Brihadeeshwara that had an old world charm in the Abhishekam and Shringar of the deity, or in offering the Tamboolam...like a romantic gesture. The Kshetrayya Padam in Gaulipantu raga next, sounded quite similar to Hindustani Shree. Aniruddha brought his recital to its climax with his touching Abhinaya for “Krishna ni begane baro…”, immortalised by Bala herself. He was accompanied by a live orchestra with his father Douglas Knight on Mridangam, Usha Shivakumar (Vocal), K V Rakesh (Nattuvangam) and T R Murti on Flute.

Gauri Divakar’s scintillating Kathak was the other attraction of the inaugural evening of Young Dancers Festival. She opened with an invocation to Lord Ganesha and His parents Shiva-Parvati. Mugdha, a celebration of beauty and womanhood, had the music composed by Shubha Mudgal and Aneesh Pradhan. She concluded with Resonance, based on the Sufi poetry of Maulana Hasrat Mohani. This would have made the ideal culmination had she resisted from concluding with “Hari Ho Gati Meri”,which made her performance unnecessarily repetitive.

The next evening of the Young Dancers Festival showcased Nandita Devi in Manipuri and Purva Dhanashree in Vilasini Natyam. Both of them excelled in their specific dance styles. There were dance workshops in the morning titled, Everyone Can Dance, with age no bar. Bharatanatyam one, conducted by Guru Geeta Chandran herself, and the Chhau workshop under Guru Shashadhar Acharya, saw a large number of participants enjoying themselves, making the most of this opportunity.

 

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Leelangika celebrates World Dance Day with quiz contest

Jhumpa Chakraborty is a renowned Kathak dancer and guru, who became a member of the International Council of Dance (CID) in 2015. She along with her dance troupe Leelangika celebrated World Dance Day last year with a dance competition.

This year too, World Dance Day was celebrated by Jhumpa by organising a two-day quiz competition on the subject of 'World Dances'. Leelangika members with a total of 42 participants, with ages ranging from 6 years to above 40 years took part in the event.

They were all divided into 14 teams, with three members each, and the teams competed against each other in a preliminary round through a questionnaire on the evening of Friday. The top six teams qualified for the finals held on Saturday. A well formatted quiz final with topics based on Indian dances, history of dances and audio and visual rounds covering many of the important dances across the world was conducted by Jhumpa.

The six teams, named Nritya, Jhumar, Taal, Natya, Jhanak and Nupur gave a tough fight to each other. The quiz was conducted in an interactive way and all the teams participated with great enthusiasm. The wide range of questions made the teams exercise their grey matter; the audience too got a chance to participate each time the teams answered incorrectly. The winners took home trophies; all participants received certificates.

 

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 Celebrating International Dance Day

Dancers in action during the show Swati Dance Company celebrates International Dance Day at Preston's College, Fulwood 14:53Wednesday 03 May 2017 0 HAVE YOUR SAY Brightly coloured dancers graced the stage to celebrate International Dance Day. Members of Swati Youth Dance showcased their talents during a performance at Preston’s College. Dance Teacher Swati Raut Dr Swati Raut, artistic director of Swati Dance Company, said: “Our evening celebrated the magnificent splendour of classical Indian dance to mark International Dance Day. Swati Dance Company has been providing training to young dancers for a number of years. We mentor young dancers to become teachers and performers of the future through Swati Youth Dance, which was the first classical Indian dance company to be selected to perform at U-Dance England. We use the vocabulary of Bharatanatyam (classical Indian dance form) in our choreography and we have been successful in a grant from The Arts Council England to work on Half of Me, based on a play written by Satinder Kaur Chohan.” Harshi Taratiya (11), Dhyani Taratiya (4) and Shaili Khimani (11) S Sankavi Srishankar (10), Kirusha Suthanantan (10), Akshaara Muraleetharan (11) and Denesha Suthanantan (14) Saachi Hemmady (14) Swati Dance Company celebrates International Dance Day Dance Teacher Swati Raut Swati Dance Company celebrates International Dance Day at Preston's College Dancers in action during the show Swati Dance Company celebrates International Dance Day Medha Pullagura (12) and Shruti Somisetty (13) Swati Dance Company celebrates International Dance Day

Read more at: http://www.lep.co.uk/news/celebrating-international-dance-day-1-8524855

 

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pallavi sharda’s sexy dance pose

 

 Actress Pallavi Sharda who played sex worker Gulaboo in recently released Bollywood movie ‘Begam Jaan’ starring Vidya Balan,  shared  her hot photograph on Instagram on the occasion of International dance Day on 29th April. She captioned it, “When I dance, I pray. When I dance, I fly. When I dance, I dream. #InternationalDanceDay - let's celebrate the joy of movement!”

Coming on the photograph, glowing in a black swimsuit, the 29 years old actress looks super hot. She flaunts her perfect toned body and matches her look perfectly with her killer dancing posture.

Pallavi is Australian based Indian model and she has been working in Bollywood movie  for past few years. She is also a well  trained Indian classical and Contemporary folks and trained in Bharatnatyam from the age of 3.

Pallavi was also crowned with Miss India Australia in Australia in March, 2010. she has also given more than 100 stage performances by the time she was a teenager.

source: http://www.tollywood.net/topstories/pallavi-shardas-sexy-dance-pose

 

 

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AN ASSORTMENT OF DANCE STYLES

 

BNSS celebrates Int'l Dance Day at BSA

Marking International Dance Day on April 29, Bangladesh Nritya Shilpi Sangstha (BNSS), in association with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA), organised a week-long dance festival and fair (April 23-29) at BSA in accordance with their long-held tradition. To conclude the festival and commemorate the day, an array of energetic and colourful performances were presented by some of Bangladesh's most prominent dance companies at the National Theatre Hall Auditorium on the eve of International Dance Day.

The President of BNSS, Minu Haque and General Secretary Mahfuzur Rahman inaugurated the finale of the festival along with the chief guest of the evening, Minister for Cultural Affairs Asaduzzaman Noor.  Eminent cultural personalities, Nasir Uddin Yousuff , Ramendu Majumdar, Syed Manzoorul Islam, Golam Mostofa Khan and Professor Abdus Selim also attended as special guests. The inauguration was followed by welcome addresses by the celebrated individuals, all of whom unanimously expressed severe concern over the discord threatening our social harmony and encouraged practicing and promoting arts and culture to stand as a strong defense against the spread of terrorism across young minds.

The lifetime achievement award of this year's festival went to Ilias Haider, who has been working in the dance industry for 48 years and has played numerous roles in dance-dramas directed by notable choreographers, and till date has taken and collected photographs of over 25,000 dancers.

The dance programme commenced quite late, at around 9pm and comprised about twenty performances presented by various troupes. Some noteworthy performances included: Pallavi Dance Center's folk piece, directed by Minu Haque; Kathak Nritya Sampraday's classical set choreographed by Saju Ahmed; two performances by Bangladesh Academy of Fine Arts (BAFA), choreographed by Sadia Islam Mou and Benazir Salam respectively; Spandan's lively and energetic folk routine choreographed by Anik Bose; Rewaz Performers' School's folk item choreographed by Munmun Ahmed; Nrittyam's Manipuri set choreographed by Tamanna Rahman; Nataraj's folk piece directed by Laila Hasan; Dibya Sangskritik Sangathan's routine directed by Dipa Khandaker; Angikam's folk dance choreographed by Tabassum Ahmed; Benuka Lalitakala Academy's piece directed by Golam Mostofa Khan; Sukanya's folk item choreographed by Sultana Haider; and Nandan Kalakendra's routine choreographed by MR Wasek.

source: http://www.thedailystar.net/arts-entertainment/event/assortment-dance-styles-1398763

 

 

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Feature: Athens marked Int'l Dance Day to raise awareness on hunger, discrimination

By Alexia Vlachou

ATHENS, April 30 (Xinhua) -- Hundreds of dance lovers of all ages gathered in several main squares in the center of Athens to celebrate International Dance Day this weekend, sending a message against hunger and inequalities.

"This year the International Dance Council joined forces with the World Food Program to create 'Dance to Zero Hunger'," Kritsiotou Maria, member of the Athens Section of the International Dance Council told Xinhua.

More than 600 dancers and 30 dance troupes fired up the audience in a two-day event who enjoyed various dances from Greece and abroad with parallel events across the city.

Despite difficulties due to the debt crisis that has hit Greece, they all enjoyed a few moments of mental respite during the weekend dancing to the rhythms of Greek folk music, Bollywood, ballroom, gypsy, can can, rock 'n roll and other forms of dances.

"We dance against those actions and intentions that create hunger either due to unequal distribution of wealth, either due to war and persecutions," Kritsiotou added.

As an art expression, dance promotes cultural exchange among nations. "There is a dialogue among cultures and that is very important. It is moving to see how migrants contribute to such events with their traditional customs," she stressed.

During the event, which was organized by the Cultural, Sport and Youth Organization of Athens City (OPANDA) and the Athens Section of the International Dance Council, people get fascinated by the beauty of each culture and learn to respect each other, according to the organizers.

In the central square of Kolonaki, 80 performers presented a program under the title "Dance in the urban landscape" to show the kinetic potential of the human body.

From Kapnikarea square to Agia Irini, in the heart of Athens, a group of Brazilian percussions with free style dancers carried away even tourists and passersby with their passion and beat.

Just a few blocks away, in Klafthmonos square, dancers sent a strong message against the stigma of mental health.

Dance not only entertains people, but cures as well. According to researchers, it can provide a healthy and comforting environment for individuals suffering from psychological disorders, mental retardation, and other conditions.

"We use all forms of art to help people with mental health to rehabilitate and integrate to work," Margo Liatira, psychologist of PEPSAEE (the PanHellenic Union for Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Work Integration) told Xinhua.

Under the title "Mastering Steps", people with mental health problems along with professionals and volunteers from PEPSAEE presented their choreography.

"We danced all together to show that people with mental health problems are not different from us, to celebrate dance and to underline that dance unites, rather than divides people," she said.

But what excited Liatira was the enthusiasm of the participants. "It was amazing to see these people been happy, to feel satisfied with themselves, that they succeeded to present in front of an audience what they prepared," she said.

source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-05/01/c_136247826.htm

 

 

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International Dance Day
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, April 29 2017: As observed across the globe, International Dance Day was observed by Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy at its auditorium.

Speaking as the chief guest of the function, JNMDA former Vice-Chairman N Tombi said, "Dance has been always a part of culture since time immemorial.

When compared to other countries or States, dance forms of Manipur have never failed to captivate people across the globe." He added that every artiste should acknowledge the role of their Gurus and respect them at all times.

As part of the programme, dances were performed by students of JNMDA and other artiste organisations.

source: http://e-pao.net/GP.asp?src=Snipp12..300417.apr17

 

 

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ICCR celebrates International Dance Day

STATE TIMES NEWS


JAMMU: Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India celebrated the International Dance Day here at Natrang Studio Theatre, Jammu featuring a day long programme of dances, deliberations, discussions and screening of films.


ICCR Jammu chose to celebrate this world day with prime focus on the diverse dance traditions of Jammu & Kashmir.
Amazingly, Jammu and Kashmir is the only State of the Indian union which offers immense variety of local dances.


Starting from Rouf, Bachhnagma, Kud, Fumaniyan, Jagarna, Gagel, Dandars to the dances in other regional languages of Gojri, Pahari, Balti, Bhadarwahi, the State of J and K offers unique dance forms like Jabroo, Surahi Dance, Shon dance, Koshan dance and Yak dance of Ladakh.


Earlier Regional director of ICCR J&K, Balwant Thakur dwelt in detail about the importance of this International day and informed that International Dance Day was introduced in 1982 by the International Dance Council (CID, Conseil International de la Danse), a UNESCO partner NGO, and is celebrated yearly, on 29th April.


Those participated in the day long programme include Rakesh Kumar Kona, Sunny Mujoo, Simran Kaur, Khushi, Anil Sharma, Jyoti Kumari, Nikhil Manhas, Geetanjali Khajuria, Ruchika Khajuria, Razia Akhter, Bindia, Simran, Pallavi, Payal Bhau, Suneha Bhau, Neha Bhau, Radhika, Ashwani Sharma and Rachna.

 source: https://news.statetimes.in/iccr-celebrates-international-dance-day/

 

 

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International Dance Day: 5 popular dance forms celebrated across the world

 

On International Dance Day, let us take a look at top 5 dance types that are celebrated across the world and have dominated the art form since time immemorial

From rhythm to music, from beats to body movements, dance is a form of art that is performed to express emotions, engage in social interactions, and deliver messages through words and body movements to the world. Dance is popular across the world and different dance forms have evolved with time. On International Dance Day, let us take a look at top 5 dance types that have dominated the art form since time immemorial.

1. Bharatanatyam: India shares a timeless bond with Bharatnatyam. This is a genre of Indian classical dance that originated in Tamil Nadu. Gradually, Bharatnatyam has spread its wings to several nations and now is treated as one of the most popular and spectacular dance forms in the world. It is performed mostly by women dancers and is a means to express spiritual ideas and Hindu religious themes.

2. Ballet: This form of dance dates back to 15th century. It originated in the Italian Renaissance courts and gradually became a concert dance form in Russia and France. There are different types of ballet, namely, Neoclassical ballet, Contemporary ballet, Romantic ballet and Classical ballet. Ballet dance is taught in various schools round the world. It is globally acclaimed for its historical ties, involvement of techniques, and incorporation of its own culture.

3. Jazz: This dance form originated in the African American lingo dance of the late 1800s to the mid-1900s. Originally, any dance that is performed with jazz music is referred to as jazz dance. Jazz genre emerged from street dance to theatrical dance being performed on stage.

 

4. Salsa: This form of social dance originated in the Caribbean. Salsa dance is majorly held in nightclubs, bars, ballrooms, restaurants, and outdoor parties. This form of international dance is practiced and performed across the world. Salsa workshops also became popular over time and many youngsters are actively taking part in these.

5. Kathak: This is one of the major forms of Indian classical dance that originated in northern India. One of the biggest attractions of Kathak dance is movement of feet with small bells (ghungroos) adorned over it. Kathak found its presence in the Mughal and British courts. Today, Kathak dance is celebrated globally for restoring and carrying forward the beauty of Indian art form is a beautiful manner.

 source: http://www.mid-day.com/articles/culture-news-international-dance-day-april-29-5-popular-dance-forms-ballet-bharatnatyam-kathak-jazz-salsa-lifestyle/18206198

 

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#INTERNATIONALDANCEDAY – TOP DANCE ACTS FROM GOT TALENT GLOBAL

We’re celebrating International Dance Day by looking back at our ten favourite dance acts from Got Talent around the world…

source: http://www.fremantlemedia.com/internationaldanceday-top-dance-acts-from-got-talent-global/

 

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INTERNATIONAL DANCE DAY

International Dance Day was introduced in 1982 by the International Dance Council (CID, Conseil International de la Danse), a UNESCO partner NGO, and is celebrated yearly, on April 29. The main purpose of Dance Day events is to celebrate dance, revel in the universality of this art form, cross all political, cultural and ethnic barriers, and bring people together with a common language – dance. For more information and list of events please visit the official webpage international-dance-day.org.

To celebrate the occasion we would like to bring to your attention our Dance and Performance Studies Series, which explores dance, music and bodily movement in cultural contexts at the juncture of history, ritual and performance in an interconnected world. We are pleased to offer a 25% discount on any of our Performance Studies titles, valid through May 29th, 2017 . At checkout, simply enter the code DPSS17.

source: http://berghahnbooks.com/blog/9963-2

 

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Dance Day celebrated

Amritsar, April 28

The Virsa Vihar organised a dance contest for amateur artistes to observe the International Dance Day at the Kartar Singh Dugal Auditorium here today. Students of several schools participated. Dr Rashmi Nanda, president, Natraj Nritya Sadan, said there were three categories, including folk, western and classical dance. Kewal Dhaliwal, president, Virsa Vihar Society, and Jagdish Sachdeva, general secretary, awarded certificates to the participants. — TNS

source: http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/amritsar/dance-day-celebrated/399373.html 

 

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Flurry of activities planned for Dance Day

 | Updated: Apr 28, 2017, 11.23 AM IST

PUNE: A group of artistes will recreate 'Shishutirtha', a dance-drama based on Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore's poem 'The Child', at Balgandharva Rang Mandir at 7.30pm on Saturday to mark the International Dance Day.


Around 30 Bharatnatyam dancers, 25 singers trained in Rabindra sangeet and a narrator will bring the one-hour long dance-drama alive on stage. The event is being held in association with Surjhankar, a charitable organisation.


"Probably, this is for the first time after 1933 that the whole drama will be staged. Earlier, only bits of it have been performed, but no one has staged the whole drama," Suchitra Date, founder director of Nritya Prerana, said.


Many dance schools will conduct events and workshops to celebrate the spirit of dance on Saturday. Artsphere, a city-based performing arts, healing and therapy studio, with Black Swan Journeys will host a free one-hour Dance Movement Therapy workshop at their studio in Kalyaninagar at 1pm. They will also hold workshops on classical dance appreciation as well as on Jazz, hip-hop and contemporary dance forms.


A workshop, called 'Yoga for dance', will be held by Manish Pole, founder of Total Yoga, on the same day. On Friday, Lokrang Sanskrutik Manch, a city- based dance school, will hold 'Nrityotsav 2017' to felicitate achievers in the area of classical dance and folk arts. The awardees include Dr Manisha Sathe, Shakuntalabai Nagarkar and Surekha Pawar.

 source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/flurry-of-activities-planned-for-dance-day/articleshow/58411805.cms

 

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On World Dance Day, dancers in Delhi will celebrate with special recitals

Natya Tarangini, founded by the Reddys, observes its 41st anniversary on April 29 — World Dance Day. Renowned classical dancers, in the city, are ready to perform for dance lovers and celebrate the day.

Henna Rakheja
Hindustan Times

For Natya Tarangini dance school, its anniversary is a doubly special day, because it always falls on World Dance Day, April 29.

The performing arts centre, founded by the renowned Kuchipudi exponents Raja-Radha and Kaushalya Reddy, celebrates its 41st anniversary today. On the occasion, dancers between the ages of five and 40 years will present a Kuchipudi recital choreographed by the Reddys.

“When children are told that they’ll perform on World Dance Day, they feel happy and important. Their ecstasy is visible,” says Kaushalya Reddy. “I feel happy that the world is celebrating this day and that there’s an awareness of one day being celebrated in the honour of dance.”

Besides the Kuchipudi recital, the students of Natya Tarangini will today present Hindustani and Carnatic vocal music, and a dance performance titled Draupadi Vastrapaharanam.

Kaushalya Reddy says, “Rajaji has specially choreographed a dance for our youngest students that takes one back to the times of The Playhouse (a theatre), inaugurated by us in Durban, South Africa, after apartheid. When we were in a hotel for five days in South Africa, we couldn’t step out because of security problems. At that time, Rajaji came across the song My Heart is a Temple Happy Happy Dance. This dance composition is based on that song.”

source: http://www.hindustantimes.com/art-and-culture/on-world-dance-day-city-dancers-will-have-special-recitals/story-CkRgIDPrdG7TQqmUIzGaGN.html

 

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Special Dance Day event

International Dance Day was introduced in 1982 by the International Dance Council and is celebrated worldwide every year on April 29.

This special occasion is being marked with dance performances by eminent artistes by Utsav Music, in association with Sri Krishna Gana Sabha on May 1 at 6 p.m.

N. Murali, president, The Music Academy, will inaugurate the event and confer the ‘Utsav Nrithya Ratna’ title on Bharatanatyam exponent Lakshmi Viswanathan, who will also deliver the International Dance Day message.

On the occasion, Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam and her disciples will present Bharatanrityam, Lasya Mavillapalli will perform Kuchipudi, Odissi by Malaysia-based Sandhya Manoj and Kathak by Eshani Agarwal from New Delhi. There will also be a ballet and contemporary dance performance by Nikolina Nikoleski from New Delhi.

source: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-fridayreview/special-dance-day-event/article18263677.ece

 

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New Delhi, April 28, 2017 | UPDATED 16:49 IST

On this International Dance Day, here are 6 dancers who glorified classical dance in India

 

On this International World Dance Day, let's know about six such dance legends without whom Classical dance in India wouldn't have been in its present day glory.

The Indian classical dance holds onto the roots of cultural heritage of this country. But there was a time when this dance form was dying. However, as all art forms undergo a revival and return with a glorious bang, so did Indian classical dance. This dance form has a distinct character that reflects the great cultural and traditional endeavor. The forms of Indian dance have transcended beyond the fences and socio-cultural hindrances. And the exponents of the Indian classical dance believe that it has the caliber of creating a new and disciplined lifestyle.

Also, the Indian Classical Dance is often regarded as the form of worship and meditation. The performers of this dance form, despite of the background and forms, have played a crucial role in presenting India to the forefront of the world stage. And these are the stalwarts who were at the helm of not only taking these dance forms to their peak glory, but also making it accessible to all.

So on this International World Dance Day, let's know about six such dance legends without whom classical dance in India wouldn't have been in its present day glory:

1. Uday Shankar

Uday Shankar is known as the Father of Modern Dance in India. And rightly so. He initiated a revival movement of classical Indian dances in 1930. Although he had no formal training in dance, it was his creativity and innovative techniques that brought him widespread fame. He travelled widely across the globe and integrated his global learnings into Indian classical dance. He started his own dance school in 1938, where he invited notable dancers and performers from various parts of the country to teach their respective dance forms.

2. Pandit Birju Maharaj
The world famous Kathak dancer, Pandit Birju Maharaj is the face of the Kalka-Bindadin gharana of Lucknow. Kathak, a north Indian dance form, is a mixture of dance and drama which is usually performed by both men and women. Pandit Birju Maharaj has been bestowed with many awards, the major one being the 'Padma Vibhushan' in 1986. He is the direct descendant of Ishwari Prasad, who is said to be the first known Kathak teacher. Considered to be a child prodigy, he was invited to teach Kathak at Sangeet Bharati in Delhi at the young age of thirteen.

3. Mrinalini Sarabhai
Mrinalini Sarabhai was a classical dancer, known for her tremendous work in the world of dance. She founded the Darpana Academy Of Performing Arts, which caters to various performing arts like dance, music, drama and puppetry and was also the first woman to learn the all-male style of Kathakali. For her, dance was a way to raise her voice against issues like social discrimination, environmental issues and communalism. She was the pioneer of making Bharatnatyam not only an acceptable dance form outside temples, but also a very respectable one.

4. Mallika Sarabhai
No piece about pioneers of Indian classical dance is complete without a worthy mention of Mallika Sarabhai. Mallika Sarabhai is a celebrated Kuchipudi and Bharatnatyam dancer. Daughter of dance stalwart Mrinalini Sarabhai, Mallika showed signs of immense talent early on. She started performing in her teenage years itself, and has created a unique style of contemporary dance forms. She took over the reins of Darpana, and later also launched 'Darpana for Development' -- an initiative focusing on performance art as a language for change.

5. Rukmani Arundale
Rukmini Devi Arundale was a reputed dancer and choreographer of Bharatnatyam, an Indian classical dance form. Her charismatic personality and contribution to the renaissance of Indian classical music attained her niche in the arena of Indian culture. It is believed that Rukmini Devi had declined the chair of the President of India, once offered by Morarji Desai, the then Prime Minister of India. She was also a trained ballerina, after having met the legendary Anna Pavlova on a ship.

6. Shovana Narayan
Shovana Narayan is a Kathak Maestro and an outstanding dancer. She is an incarnation of the great artistic and social traditions of India. She created a new and innovative style of performing arts by enriching it with a deeper and wider canvas of expression and dimensions. She established herself as a dancer during 1970s and the last four decades have seen her captivating audiences in numerous dance festivals. Trained by legendary Kathak maestro Pandit Birju Maharaj and Kundanlal Gangani at Kathak Kendra, Delhi, Shovana Narayan is known for her strong urge for experimentation.

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source: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/education/story/six-dancers-who-glorified-classical-dance-in-india/1/940727.html

 

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Now, dancers make their moves online

 | Apr 29, 2017, 01.00 AM IST

They groove, they move and they've got you all smiling with their complicated steps. Chennai's most enthusiastic dancers have moved away from staging their dance performances on reality shows and college competitions, and found a new way to present dance. Dance covers, a concept that has been buzzing for the last one year or so, has seen several dancers from the city do a cover of popular Tamil or English songs. And this is not done inside their homes as most dancers prefer going to off-beat locations to capture a one or two-minute videos. What's impressive is that it is professionally shot, edited and presented in a classy way to make the viewers watch it more than once.


Dancer Vijay Varma, who has done plenty of such dance covers, says, "I wanted to be a football player. But going to dance classes from a young age made me fall in love with the art. Team Kingaz from USA was my inspiration. They have done interesting dance covers, which inspired me to do one.


"The first one that I did was for Anirudh's Enakenna Yaarum Illaye. There was no video for it. So, we decided to do a cover. My friend and director Sinish helped me get through to Anirudh and we showed him the video. He eventually released the dance cover, which became a huge hit." Vijay, though, has been doing dance covers of only Anirudh's songs as he's a huge fan.


So, how does he decide on the dancer? "It depends on the song. For a song like Sirikkadhey, you can't have too many dancers. It is a romantic song, so it shouldn't have more than three dancers. However, we did Enakenna Yaarum Illaye with 15 boys. So, it depends on the song," he says.

They groove, they move and they've got you all smiling with their complicated steps. Chennai's most enthusiastic dancers have moved away from staging their dance performances on reality shows and college competitions, and found a new way to present dance. Dance covers, a concept that has been buzzing for the last one year or so, has seen several dancers from the city do a cover of popular Tamil or English songs. And this is not done inside their homes as most dancers prefer going to off-beat locations to capture a one or two-minute videos. What's impressive is that it is professionally shot, edited and presented in a classy way to make the viewers watch it more than once.


Dancer Vijay Varma, who has done plenty of such dance covers, says, "I wanted to be a football player. But going to dance classes from a young age made me fall in love with the art. Team Kingaz from USA was my inspiration. They have done interesting dance covers, which inspired me to do one.


"The first one that I did was for Anirudh's Enakenna Yaarum Illaye. There was no video for it. So, we decided to do a cover. My friend and director Sinish helped me get through to Anirudh and we showed him the video. He eventually released the dance cover, which became a huge hit." Vijay, though, has been doing dance covers of only Anirudh's songs as he's a huge fan.


So, how does he decide on the dancer? "It depends on the song. For a song like Sirikkadhey, you can't have too many dancers. It is a romantic song, so it shouldn't have more than three dancers. However, we did Enakenna Yaarum Illaye with 15 boys. So, it depends on the song," he says.

 

source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/tamil/movies/news/now-dancers-make-their-moves-online/articleshow/58416770.cms

 

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Exercise is passé; Keralites now dance as protest, for therapy and more

Apr 29, 2017, 12.00 AM IST

Thiruvathira, the traditional dance of Kerala is a mild and graceful art form, often staged during Onam.


Well, who would have imagined that one could perform Thiruvathira as a mode of protest? But that is what happened last year, when a handful of women in kasavu saris with jasmine in their hair, danced away in the streets of Elamakkara, Kochi. The performance was a protest against the delay of the authorities in repairing the Freedom Road. Instead of a usual Thiruvathira song, the lyrics went — Prathikarikkum njangal prathikarikkum, pettannu cheyyanam road pani...


Even when the much-talked about Kiss of Love movement made a comeback to Kochi recently, dance was a major element of their protest against the moral police. Not to mention the numerous flash mobs organised, protesting against drug abuse, child abuse and more.


While the protest dance movements are happening on one side, the State has also been increasingly exploring the therapeutic values of dance! On International Dance Day, Kochi Times speaks to dancers and experts on how dance is moving beyond the traditional boundaries of entertainment and fitness, into protest, therapy and much more.


'Protest dance' attracts attention instantly
Ask Kerala's dance protesters why they used it as a medium of dissent, and they say, 'What could be better than dance and music to draw the attention of a big crowd towards something important? Praveen S, a dancer who took part in the recent dance protest of Kerala titled Ellaarum Aadanu (Everyone is dancing), says, "We all danced at the event in protest against the growing fascism around us. It could effectively register our displeasure and also freedom to protest, in a society that won't tolerate such a performance in general."


Hear out the 'Thiruvathira protesters' for instance. Sreekala Mohandas, a retired district registrar who led them, says, "We had raised the issue of the damaged road numerous times at various forums, and had even filed a case. But none of it brought any results so we decided to try a dance protest. It also suited the flavour of the season, as Onam was near. I penned a Thiruvathira song that suits the issue, and we performed in the street for about 3.5 minutes. Even Mayor Soumini Jain, who was abroad at that time, took note of the situation and guaranteed us a solution as soon as she came back. Now, the work of the road is going on."

A psychotherapeutic use of dance, movement and creativity to augment the intellectual and emotional functions of the body, Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) is quite new to Kerala. However, if the initial excitement is anything to go by, it will soon be the next big thing.


Kochi-based classical dancer Sushila Pai, who takes dance therapy workshops even in corporates and educational institutions across the state, says, "It's not one of those disciplines restricted to a particular sect or audience. All kinds of people come to me for the therapy, especially those looking to de-stress and also for better communicate skills. It is also used to help women and children who had to go through experiences of abuse - it helps them relax."


The renowned dancers-cum-doctors Neelamana Sisters, Dr Draupadi Praveen and Dr Padmini Krishnan, have also been using the psychotherapeutic use of movement and dance in their treatment. Kuchipudi dancer and diabetologist Dr Padmini explains, "Yes, dance therapy can go a long way in helping a variety of issues. One of my patients, for instance, was a teenage girl born with infantile hemiplegia; she had trouble moving her hands and her movements were quite restricted. Gradually, I could help her relax her hands and move them, using mudras and movements." However, Padmini hastens to add that the therapy is no miracle cure. "It aids in the treatment, that's all. The same is the case with patients affected by arthritis, carpel tunnel syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus and more," says Padmini.


How about a dance Biennale?


According to observers, the days are not far off when dance will be used a lot more in social movements in the State. Kochi-based dancer Sreejit P says, "Just like how street theatre is gaining momentum in the State, dance will also soon be step out into the streets, from within walls. You could see such a trend even in the Biennale, where many issues were staged outdoors through dance as moving art installations. Who knows, even a 'Dance Biennale' could be possible if a lot more creative hands join to work towards the same."

source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/malayalam/movies/news/exercise-is-pass-keralites-now-dance-as-protest-for-therapy-and-more/articleshow/58416734.cms

 

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Get your Beyonce, ballet or Bollywood on - it's International Dance Day

Book tickets to the ballet, watch a Bollywood film or - even better - have a little boogie to Beyonce in your lounge room. Today is International Dance Day, and Ausdance ACT wants you to get involved.

Since 1982, International Dance Day has encouraged the world to "explore the art of dance" and Ausdance ACT is serving it up to Canberrans on a platter. The organisation is using International Dance Day to launch a week of dance workshops, performances, interactives and films for Australian Dance Week.

Into hip-hop? Learn to criss-cross and air walk through a free class at Bom Funk Dance Studio in Queanbeyan on Monday night.

Into tango? Watch the dancers of the Tango Social Club of Canberra perform live at The Italian Club next Saturday.

Into science? There's plenty on offer, including IN-SYNC - where dance and science align - at The Courtyard Studio, and The Galaxy Project, a series of works that bring dance, science and astronomy together "to celebrate the marvels of the universe".

The Galaxy Project will aptly be performed in the shell of the Mount Stromlo Observatory, with 13 contemporary dancers and a burlesque dancer uniting under the stars to explore the legend of Pleiades, the Cygnus constellation and the discovery of gravitational waves.

Dancers will perform to a stunning score commissioned by Inspiring Australia and including the voices of Canberra scientists and ANU staff Professor Susan Scott and Dr Brad Tucker.

Dr Tucker said he looked forward to donning a warm jumper and heading to Stromlo on Friday night to watch his fascination with space interpreted through dance.

"We often think of science and art as these separate items, but they aren't," Dr Tucker said.

"Both are expressions of not only people's handiwork and products of their passion, but beautiful expressions of the world around us.

"[The Galaxy Project] is the perfect joining of those - showcasing the skies we all gaze up at into a rhythmic form.

"I can calculate the growth rate of the Universe, but I have no clue how to dance, so I love seeing it."

Australian Dance Week, various locations, April 29 to May 7. Full program of events at ausdanceact.org.au

The Galaxy Project, Friday May 5, 7.30pm, Mount Stromlo Observatory, Cotter Road, Weston Creek. Entry via gold coin donation on the night, however bookings are essential via eventbrite.com.au

source: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-life/get-your-beyonce-ballet-or-bollywood-on--its-international-dance-day-20170427-gvucwn.html

 

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Beyond the classroom

with a practice for life

On the eve of International Dance Day, Ranjana Dave speaks to various artistes on teaching the art form as a barometer of performative practice

On the occasion of International Dance Day, the city is buzzing with a host of performances, with dancers performing old, new and themed works. Looking beyond skills manifested in a single evening of performance, one begins to see the years of learning that have shaped this moment – and concurrently, the years of teaching. This World Dance Day, artists who have been shaped by their experience of teaching reflect on the possibilities of pedagogy in dance.

A new world

Think dance teaching and our minds stray to the twice-a-week dance class, at the end of which one would have learned a new step or a new sequence. This is a continuous exercise, with skills imparted by the teacher and received by the student. The flow of knowledge is one-sided. An idealistic virtuosity is imposed on the body, which then works to live up to this image. A few years of this, and one is possibly a performer. This understanding of dance teaching as the process of coercing the body into pre-determined forms is changing. For a new generation of pedagogues, teaching is as much about learning and receiving as it is about giving.

A fresh understanding of pedagogy begins to have implications for personal artistic practice. In what they seek of themselves as performers, dancers ask questions that they then begin to resolve in the classroom. Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer Navtej Johar finds that what he is teaching is not just form or technique, but a method to generate affect. And this requires him to read dancers under their skins. He says, “Each day, I learn more about the body and of how best to improvise my instruction to effectively calibrate the body and inspire imagery. I also get to realise the potential of ‘shape’ – touched by attention, measure, breath and gaze – as it evolves into an affective image right in front of your eyes. What I am witnessing is a transparent trajectory of both cause and affect and this makes me a more convinced performer.”

This process of going beyond form and technique sees dancers critically rethink their approach to teaching. Bengaluru-based Odissi dancer Ashwini Raghupathy is often told that she is not a ‘traditional’ teacher. She finds that her job is to inspire and to keep an open mind. As a classical dance teacher, she shares her knowledge and helps students deal with self-conscious inhibitions. But she also believes in leading by example – in doing ‘crazy things’ and returning to dancing at the end of it, she reaffirms the discrete life choices students may choose to make.

The crucial audience connect

For Raghupathy, it’s crucial to acknowledge that students turn to dance for various reasons. She says, “Odissi has been a self-transformative practice for me. It opened me up towards the world and that didn’t happen only by colouring within the lines and making sure I am perfect. We get so caught up in perfection that we forget about connection. What you feel inside is more important than what you are doing outside. How are you touching the audience? I keep drawing the student’s attention to that,” she explains.

The notion of pedagogy is evolving not just for professional dancers, but also within the mainstream education space. Arts educators are considering what it means to have an egalitarian teacher-student relationship, where one doesn’t talk down to the other. This opens up the possibility of reshaping approaches to learning through highly-charged classroom situations. A few years ago, a four-year-old came up to me as I guided a group of riotous pre-schoolers through an exercise in tiptoeing across the dance floor. Earnestly, she said, “My toes are paining.” When I asked why, she responded with a naughty chuckle, “Because I am growing!” The social media timelines of arts educators are peppered with anecdotes in this vein, big revelations packed into banal conversations with toddlers and pre-schoolers. Teaching is increasingly about having thought-provoking conversations, where the learner asks questions and formulates the answers.

Change is constant

Language highlights this change – ‘teaching’ and ‘imparting’ are making way for ‘enabling’ and ‘facilitating’. The knowledge exists, and the teacher’s role is to help the student arrive at it. Arts-based educator and theatre practitioner Sananda Mukhopadhyaya articulates this shift when she says, “So much of the joy of teaching and working with children becomes accessible if you talk to children as people. I make life choices that feed into the conversations I am having in the classroom. I take public transport as it brings so many dialogues into the classroom. The way we live actively informs the way we teach and the kind of world we imagine for children. Often, you have the freedom to bring in these other observations and weigh them in equal measure to academic learning.”

source: http://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/dance/beyond-the-classroom-with-a-practice-for-life/article18258586.ece

 

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INTERNATIONAL DANCE DAY

“We need more exposure” 

 

Tamanna Rahman

After its grand inauguration on April 23, the weeklong International Dance Day festivities are currently underway. The opening day saw performances of noted dancers, including leading Manipuri dance exponent Tamanna Rahman, who is the founder of Nrityam as well as a lecturer of the Department of Dance at Dhaka University. In a recent conversation with The Daily Star, the artiste speaks of the art form, her current ventures, and more. Excerpts:

“I performed during the inaugural ceremony of International Dance Day festival on April 23, to a contemporary patriotic song called 'Jole Otho Bangladesh'. The event was lively and the performance went smoothly. I have also recently performed a Manipuri number for a programme on ATN Bangla, which will go on air on April 29. Currently we are preparing for performances commemorating Tagore's birth anniversary on May 6, and will record dances to five Tagore songs for BTV soon. We are still in talks with other television channels, and will begin rehearsals soon after a concrete plan is laid out. The dance numbers will be done in the Rabindrik style, infused with Manipuri dance. “

“Although dance is a primary cultural component, very little respect is given towards this art form. Our performances usually take place on the stage, and television channels usually hesitate in covering such events. Dance programmes are also scarce on TV, and that must be changed. We need more exposure if we are to preserve and promote this sacred art form. We also don't receive much support when it comes to sponsorships, and even when we perform at government programmes the fees we receive are a mere pittance. Patronisation from the government, corporations, and the people is necessary if we are to take steps forward.”

“How can dance be expected to flow through generations when today's youth are pressured into sedentary lifestyles? The demand to succeed academically and professionally without respite is limiting the nurturing of their minds, bodies, and souls' needs. This will result in the loss of humanity in the long run, and it is difficult to identify clear solutions against this epidemic. It would be a good start if schools can incorporate the arts into their core curriculum and place equal emphasis like other subjects.”

source: http://www.thedailystar.net/arts-entertainment/interview/we-need-more-exposure-1397653

 

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A celebration of classical dance

Apr 28, 2017, 06.00 AM IST

The three-day long International Dance Day celebrations at Shilpakala Vedika that concluded on Wednesday treated the dance aficionados in the city to some memorable performances by renowned exponents as they transported them to the classical world of these illustrious dance forms.

Organised by International Dance Research and Training Centre, the event saw teenage dance practitioners accompanying their gurus during series of performances.

On the second day, students of Dr Nirmala Vishweswaran, Dr Ramadevi, Dr Yashoda Thakore and Kota Vijayalakshmi demonstrated pure elegance through their dance moves. The curtains went down for the second day of the dance festival with a Kuchipudi dance ballet by Dr Maddali Usha Gayatri and her troupe that enhanced the visual appeal of the show with powerful abhinaya and nrittya.

On the concluding day, students of famous Bharatanatyam danseuse Smitha Madhav commenced the day's itinerary with a traditional pushpanjali. It was followed by a shadam in ragamalika, and a mallari in hamsanagam that mesmerised the audience.

Kathak exponent Sanjay Joshi along with his students performed a Ganesh vandana. Reciting verses in praise of the Elephant God -- his birth and his mischief's during childhood -- the troupe then enacted Arthanareeswar -- a tribute to Lord Shiva and Parvati, which gave the audience a divine experience. The troupe ended their performance with a stunning performance of Tarang.

Katyayani Thota's Kuchipudi dance saw a wide-eyed audience relishing the performance in awe. The performer brought to the fore some unforgettable moments for dance lovers with her dynamic movements offering a classical display of poetry in motion. The danseuses' last piece wooed the audience as her subtle eye expressions and sheer pace kept the audience glued to their seats as Katyayani enacted how the third eye of Lord Shiva, who was grieving the loss of his beloved Sati Devi, scorches Manmatha, the Lord of Love, to ashes. Katyayani's performance called the curtains down to the event as the audience gave the dancer a standing ovation.

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source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/telugu/movies/news/a-celebration-of-classical-dance/articleshow/58401369.cms

 

 

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So you think you can dance?

APRIL 27TH, 2017

 

If you are a fan of dancing and just can’t wait for a flash mob to be arranged so you can organise yourself with all those other people, then the Dance Marathon shaking its thing at the Mall of Cyprus in Nicosia on Sunday will be just the occasion for you to put your dancing shoes on.

The Dance Marathon is organised to celebrate International Dance Day, which was established in 1982 by the Unesco international Dance Council. It is celebrated every year on April 29 to unite professionals and non-dancers.

From 3pm until 7pm, there will be a specially designed stage welcoming people of all ages to dance to the rhythms of the Just Dance video game. Even if you really don’t know your right from your left foot it doesn’t matter, you will have more than enough guidance as there will be participation from  the Creativity Dance Studio, the Kalla Dancing Studio, True Enforces of Advanced Movement, Rebel Dancers and Just Dance by Anastasia Hadjiefrem.

The event will also be supported by Green Cola.

It is not all about moving our feet for the fun of it, though, the event will also help raise money for Hope for Children as The Mall of Cyprus together with G3 Great Games will donate €500 to the organisation for each hour of dance.

Dance Marathon 2017
Dance marathon to celebrate International Dance Day. April 30. The Mall of Cyprus, Nicosia. 3pm-7pm.

source: http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/04/27/think-can-dance/

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International Dance Day

The Global Education Center is celebrating International Dance Day on Saturday, for the very first time. This day has been celebrated world wide for the past 35 years, with a mission to celebrate dance, and bring people together with the common language of dance. The center, at 4822 Charlotte Pike, will offer free mini classes of Bachata, Salsa, Capoeira, African dance and many more for all ages. Everyone is invited. Visit globaleducationcenter.org for more info.

source: http://www.tennessean.com/story/life/shopping/ms-cheap/2017/04/27/6-free-things-do-weekend-plus-three-great-sales/100845738/


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THREE THINGS TO DO in Surrey: Dance day, youth night at UrbanScreen, and foraging at local parks

posted Apr 26, 2017 at 8:35 AM

1. A “most spectacular live fusion of dance, photography, film and the visual arts” is promised at Surrey Arts Centre this Saturday night (7 p.m., April 29) during an annual International Dance Day Celebration staged by South Surrey’s XBa DanceCo. The company’s dancers hit the stage along with Skud Zavicaj (a Serbian folk-dance group), Keri’s Scottish Highland dancers, photography by Heather Mann and Barbara Cooper, acrylic-on-canvas paintings by James McCue and a guest performance by the Diskordanse company. Tickets are $20, plus fees, for the show, via 604-501-5566 or Tickets.surrey.ca.

2. Surrey’s award-winning UrbanScreen is the scene for a Youth Night event this Friday (April 28), from 8 to 9 p.m. On the west wall of Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre (13458 107A Ave., Surrey), a “digital playground” invites people to participate in a large-scale interactive artwork. Try beaming images of yourself into a live video and interact with strangers-turned-friends in real time. As event planners explain, “these ‘virtual friends’ prompt you to respond to their actions in playful ways, perhaps allowing them to touch your hand, pat your head or tickle your chin.” For more event details, dial 604-598-5898 or visit Surreyurbanscreen.ca.

3. Ever wanted to be able to identify edible and non-edible plants in Surrey’s Tynehead Park and Green Timbers Urban Forest? Now’s your chance, during a pair of events, first on Friday at Tynehead (April 28, 5:30 to 7 p.m., 16600 96th Ave., Surrey). The Surrey Urban Foraging events, planned by Village Surrey Transition Initiative, are hosted by Mandi Thompson. It’s free to register, but do so at Villagesurrey.ca/registration, or call 778-988-3549 for more details. The event at Green Timbers is set for Sunday, May 7.

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source: http://www.bclocalnews.com/entertainment/420633263.html

 

 

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String of programmes to mark International Dance Day

 | Updated: Apr 28, 2017, 12.16 AM IST

Pune: A group of artists will recreate 'Shishutirtha', a dance-drama based on noble laureate Rabindranath Tagore's poem 'The child', at Bal Gandharva Rang Mandir at 7.30pm on Saturday to mark the International Dance Day.

Around 30 Bharatnatyam dancers, 25 singers trained in Rabindra sangeet and a narrator will bring the one-hour long drama alive on stage. The programme is being held in association with Surjhankar, a charitable organisation.

"Probably, this is for the first time after 1933 that the whole drama will be staged. Before this, only bits of it have been performed, but no one has staged the whole drama," Suchitra Date, founder director of Nritya Prerana, said.

Also, many dance schools in the city will conduct events and workshops to celebrate the spirit of dance on Saturday. Artsphere, a city-based performing arts, healing and therapy studio, with Black Swan Journeys will host a free one-hour Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) workshop at their studio in Kalyaninagar at 1pm.

Besides DMT, a workshop called 'Yoga for dance' will be held by Manish Pole, founder of Total Yoga, on the same day. "The session will be held to teach important postures," Pole said.

Laying emphasis on traditional dance forms, Artsphere and Black Swan Journeys have included workshops on classical dance appreciation as well as on Jazz, hip-hop and contemporary dance forms.

R Studios, a dance school based in Baner, will also be conducting workshops on 'salsa footwork' and 'Pachanga' on the same day.

Rocky Poonawala, founder director of R Studios, said, "Pachanga is a different style of salsa that includes a lot of swag, which people love doing at pubs and dance parties. I love the style too and that is why we are conducting this workshop."

Keeping in mind that International Dance Day is not just to promote dance but also to appreciate the talent that buds into this field, Lokrang Sanskrutik Manch, a city- based dance school, is organizing 'Nrityotsav 2017' to felicitate achievers in the area of classical dance and folk arts. The awardee for classical dance include Dr Manisha Sathe who practises Kathak. The awardees for folk art are Shakuntalabai Nagarkar and Surekha Pawar, who are Lavani performers. The function that will be held on Friday at 6pm. It will also have a Kathak-Lavani jugalbandi by Sukhada Khandge and Pramila Lodgekar.

 

source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/string-of-programmes-to-mark-international-dance-day/articleshow/58406775.cms

 

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Belgrade Theatre Announces 11 MILLION REASONS TO DANCE for International Dance Day

 

Apr. 27, 2017 

To celebrate International Dance Day this Saturday 29 April, the Belgrade Theatre has announced its photography exhibition 11 Million Reasons to Dance which is currently on display at the theatre.

11 Million Reasons to Dance is a life-affirming photography exhibition inspired by iconic dance scenes from film, all reimagined by Deaf and disabled people who dance. The title of the exhibition reflects the fact there are more than 11 million disabled people in the UK.

The exhibition presents a series of thought-provoking takes on great cinematic set-pieces, like Gene Kelly's Singing in the Rain, Billy Elliot dancing his heart out before his dad and Moira Shearer playing a young ballerina in The Red Shoes.

With support from Unlimited Impact, People Dancing, the UK development organisation and membership body for participatory dance, commissioned emerging photographer Sean Goldthorpe to work with the dancers to create 20 high quality images.

A UK and world tour is now bringing these subtly captured moments of dance magic to a bigger arts audience and wider public, aiming to move the viewer with their style, passion and provocative wit, challenging us all to appreciate the energy, creativity and diversity of Deaf and disabled people who dance.

Photographer Sean Goldthorpe said, "I didn't want to have any crazy angles or effects that might detract from the dancers and their amazing ability to get past the physical challenges they face as disabled artists to achieve such high levels of artistic expression and skill. During the shoots I was just very focused on making sure everything was technically right. It wasn't till afterwards that it really dawned on me just how much the project meant to the dancers, how much they were thrilled to be portrayed as genuine artists - I found that deeply moving. I hope 11 Million Reasons will encourage those who see it not to judge disabled people as being in any way different from themselves."

11 Million Reasons to Dance, which has already been booked to appear in Spain and Hong Kong, as well as across the UK (including London and Glasgow), hopes to inspire dance and film lovers everywhere - and not just those who are Deaf and disabled.

11 Million Reasons to Dance is free to attend during the theatre's opening hours and will run until Saturday 17 June, when there will also be a performance on the Belgrade's B2 stage with the same title.

The performance will showcase the work by local Dance Artists Alexis Hainesand Stephanie Sandy, who have been working with a number of schools including, Baginton Fields School, Castle Wood School, Tiverton School, Sherbourne Fields School, and Corley Centre, to create new dance performance work.

This will be performed alongside a duet byKate Marsh andWelly O'Brien, who, as dancers with missing limbs, are both interested in the specificity of their own physicality and how this informs and enriches their collaborative practice and performance.

Tickets are available now priced at £6.50 by calling the Belgrade Theatre Box Office team on 024 7655 3055 or by visiting www.belgrade.co.uk

 

 source: http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwdance/article/Belgrade-Theatre-Announces-11-MILLION-REASONS-TO-DANCE-for-International-Dance-Day-20170427#

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International Dance Day 2017: Celebrating Trisha Brown

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Since 1982, International Dance Day has been celebrated on April 29. Also called World Dance Day, events are coordinated by the International Dance Council with the goal of raising public awareness of dance as an art form, highlighting the need for greater government recognition and for its place in education.

Every year the council votes for a key figure in the dance world to write a message that is circulated globally. Sadly this year’s pick, US dancer, choreographer and postmodern dance theorist Trisha Brown, died on March 18.

The International Dance Day Message 2017 she wrote is as follows: “I became a dancer because of my desire to fly. The transcendence of gravity was always something that moved me. There is no secret meaning in my dances. They are a spiritual exercise in a physical form.

“Dance communicates and expands the universal language of communication, giving birth to joy, beauty and the advancement of human knowledge. Dance is about creativity… again and again… in the thinking, in the making, in the doing and in the performing. Our bodies are a tool for expression and not a medium for representation. This notion liberates our creativity, which is the essential lesson and gift of art-making.

“The life of an artist does not end with age, as some critics believe. Dance is made of people and ideas. As an audience, you can take the creative impulse home with you and apply it to your daily life.”

Brown, who described herself as “a bricklayer with a sense of humour” and promoted ‘democratic’ dance and the ‘line of least resistance’, also had an earthier take on the mechanics of her profession, summed up in her response to critics who claimed that anyone could dance her 1983 classic Set and Reset. As she said: “Don’t they realise we rearrange our internal organs every time we dance it?”

Her Trisha Brown Dance Company will feature at a gala night during the International Dance Day Summit 2017 in Shanghai, which runs from April 27-29.

Hosted by the International Dance Committee, part of Shanghai-based International Theatre Institute, the summit has the theme We, Dance Together. There are three days of workshops and performances, plus a conference on the global relevance of dance on April 27 at the Fosun art centre, with keynote speakers from China and around the world.

The gala night on April 29 takes place at the Shanghai International Dance Centre, a major new complex that opened in October. With a 1,079-seat grand theatre and a 291-seat experimental studio, it is Asia’s first professional dance centre and is home to the Shanghai Ballet, Shanghai Song and Dance Ensemble, and Shanghai Dance School (affiliated with the Shanghai Theatre Academy).

Alongside If You Couldn’t See Me by Brown’s company, the gala performances include Third Wheel by US-based company DanceAbility International, featuring performers with and without disabilities, showcases from disabled Chinese dancers and a tribute to Brown by Andromachi Dimitriadou Lindahl, president of ITI’s International Dance Committee.

Brown’s message will be read out on stage by Susan Rosenberg, consulting historical scholar at the Trisha Brown Dance Company and author of the recent study Trisha Brown: Choreography As Visual Art.

The International Dance Day Summit is at Shanghai International Dance Centre from April 27-29

 

source: https://www.thestage.co.uk/features/2017/international-dance-day-2017-celebrating-trisha-brown/ 

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Street Flash Mobs in Adelaide for International Dance Day

This year Street Flash Mobs return to Adelaide for International Dance Day this Saturday, 29th April. A fun interactive day that engages the local dance scene across dance and performing genres to perform Flash Mobs throughout Adelaide CBD. The day is about celebrating dance in public spaces.

Apart of the International Dance Council supported by UNESCOFinsart Inc. produces the International Dance Day Street Flash Mobs, that was founded on supporting local artists to make a “splash” in the Adelaide CBD unused spaces.  Flash mobs will appear in various empty parks, footpaths/bridges across Adelaide.

Event approximate locations and times

9:30am - 11am Grote Street, China Town, Victoria Square

1:30pm Bank Street, Currie Street

3:30pm Adelaide Oval Foot Bridge

4:30 North Terrace Tram Station

6pm Frome Rd, Rundle Street and Pulteney

 

 source: http://performing.artshub.com.au/whats-on/south-australia/performances-and-gigs/street-flash-mobs-in-adelaide-for-international-dance-day-214566

 

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8th edition of Dance Discourse to be a delight for art lovers in Bengaluru

 | Updated: Apr 27, 2017, 07.15 AM IST

BENGALURU: Age is no bar for dance or its multitude of forms. On international Dance Day, observed on April 29 (Saturday), the city will witness performances from a vast array of dancers, representing different generations, ranging from a five-year-old to an octogenarian moving in harmony with music at the Dance Day celebrations, being hosted by Alliance Francaise de Bangalore (AFB).

The eighth edition of Dance Discourse will see 108 dancers from Bengaluru, and other cities such as Chennai, Hyderabad and Thiruvananthapuram gather at the venue. The event, scheduled between 5 and 9pm on Saturday, will also include a seminar on the guru Sishya Parampara. Dance critic and founder of India's only dance yearbook attendance Ashish Mohan Khokar is organising the event, which is being funded by AFB and Bangalore School of Music. Guru Kanak Rele, the acclaimed Mohiniattam dancer and recipient of Padma Bhushan, has been invited as the chief guest for the event.

Other organisations in the city such as Shoonya Space and Shilpakalavida too have been holding events and discussions to increase participation in different dance forms. AFB's initiative, meanwhile, is meant to be both an eventful and an educative affair.

The event at AFB will begin with a seminar on Guru Sishya Parampara. Exponents of various dance forms, including Yakshagana and Bharatanatyam, will participate in the panel discussion. NadaM, stem and Nrityarutya are among the dance groups that will perform at the event. AFB president Chiranjeev Singh will deliver the keynote address.

A film compiled by Khokar, wherein acclaimed artistes such as Birju Maharaj, Raja Reddy, Astad Deboo and Padma Subramanyam among others speak on this year's theme, will be screened at the event. The audience will also be treated to a special feature meant to reignite the memory of Protima Bedi, Indrani Rahman, Kalnidhi Narayan and Sitara Devi.

Rele will also be launching the copy of attendance 2017. "The event is not just for those who understand classical dance. We have railway engineers, people from the IT sector among others - the audience profile is very eclectic," said Khokar. "It's the only festival where expat audience is present in large numbers, and are exposed to Indian culture," he added.

Witness dance by four generations!

The event is inclusive of all age groups. "This doesn't only celebrate stars. We have children from 5-10 years presenting Odissi, 20-30 year olds performing Kathak, 40-60 year olds presenting contemporary forms, and 60-80 year olds performing Bharatanatyam," said Ashish Mohan Khohar.

-- Dhatri S Aradhya

source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/8th-edition-of-dance-discourse-to-be-a-delight-for-art-lovers-in-bengaluru/articleshow/58390229.cms

 

 

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International Dance Day

April 29, noon — 7 p.m. | Various venues

Freethedancecentre.ca

UNESCO initiated this global event in 1982 on April 29 to commemorate the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727- 810), who is considered to be the founder of modern ballet. The Dance Centre presents everything from the hip-hop street moves of groups such as Project Soul to bhangra, contemporary dance and more at various venues around town. One of the most popular has been the Robson Square Salsa (1:30 to 4:30 p.m.), which includes a demo, lesson and chance to shake your own groove thing. 

source: http://vancouversun.com/entertainment/local-arts/seven-things-to-do-this-week-april-28-to-may-4-kehlani-international-dance-day-drunk-magic-and-more

 

 

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International Dance Day set to dazzle on April 29

Dance on a historic train turntable, contemporary work at the Scotiabank Dance Centre, and salsa at Robson Square: those are just a smattering of the moving and shaking that will be going on as part of International Dance Day on Saturday (April 29). The Dance Centre is the hub for the art form in this city, so look there for Pressed Paradise putting on pop-up performances, and installations throughout the building all day, plus a big showcase by the likes of Company 605 and Vanessa Goodman that evening. Don’t miss bhangra with students from Windermere Secondary School outside the Vancouver Art Gallery from 1 to 1:30 p.m.; or Polymer Dance’s contemporary moves on the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre’s turntable from 3 to 3:30 p.m. It’s all free, folks; check out www.thedancecentre.ca/ for a full schedule.
 

 

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Thousands to participate in International Dance Day in Surakarta

Jakarta| Wed, April 26, 2017| 05:16 pm

Thousands of dancers are set to perform in the annual International Dance Day celebration at the Indonesian Arts Institute (ISI) Surakarta on April 29.

Most of the dancers will take turns showcasing their skills during the 24-hour event, but three dancers, namely Danang Pamungkas from Solo, Anter Asmorotedjo from Yogyakarta and Asep Suleman from Bandung, are slated to perform nonstop around the clock.

ISI Surakarta rector Sri Rochana said the event, initiated by the school of performing arts, serves as a place for the students to practice dancing, stage management, choreography and karawitan (music ensemble).

Students and lecturers from other faculties, as well as by dance studios, will also participate in the event. According to tempo.co, up to 182 dance studios and 3,760 artists from Surakarta, Yogyakarta, Jakarta, Bali and Palu have registered to join the celebration.

"There are no selection processes for the event. Child dancers can perform on the same stage with experienced dancers,” said Sri.

Organizer Eko Supendi said people from outside the city have been showing high interest in participating in the event despite the fact that they would have to arrange their own transportation to Surakarta. “We only provide them the stage and meals,” he said. (mas/kes)

source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/life/2017/04/26/thousands-to-participate-in-international-dance-day-in-surakarta.html

 

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Gurmeet Choudhary's International Dance Day plans

April 25, 2017 10:29:47 AM IST
By Ruchita Mishra, Glamsham Editorial

 

Gurmeet Choudhary has made his presence felt through various roles in popular television shows. The actor is trying to recreate the same magic on the silver screen as well.
The handsome actor is also an amazing dancer, this International Dance Day (April 29), he will be giving tribute to B-town's iconic dancing superstars by making a video that he will post on his social media accounts.

In past the actor has been part of dance reality shows like Nach Baliye and Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, and now he will be dancing on popular dance numbers of Bollywood featuring superstars who he has always looked up to during his growing up years.

Gurmeet will be performing on Prabhu Deva's ‘Muqabala', Hrithik Roshan's ‘Dhoom Macha Le', Salman Khan's ‘Oh Oh Jane Jana' and Govinda's popular songs thereby sharing the video with his fans.

Gurmeet has already started rehearsals for the same with his dance trainer. Speaking about his tribute the actor said, “Besides being influenced by the acting prowess of these superstars, I've always admired their dancing skills too. I have learnt dancing watching their songs and observing them closely. So this International Dance Day video is a small attempt and a tribute to my dance icons.”

So aren't you guys excited to watch this handsome hunk dance after a long time!

 source: http://www.glamsham.com/movies/news/17/apr/gurmeet-choudhary-bollywood-news-international-dance-day.asp#

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Natya Vriksha And IIC Present World Dance Day Celebrations 2017

 Apr. 24, 2017 

Natya Vriksha And IIC present World Dance Day Celebrations 2017, curated by (Padmashri) Dancer Geeta Chandran at INDIA INTERNATIONAL CENTRE AUDITORIUM on Saturday 29 April AND Sunday, 30 April 2017.

Saturday, 29 April 2017:

10 a.m.

to 12 noon: Everyone Can Dance: Bharatanatyam workshop by Dancer Geeta Chandran (For all those who have not had any formal dance 

4 p.m.: Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan will launch DANCE IN RETROSPECT Part II

edited by Dr Sunil Kothari, in the presence of Shri Shekhar Sen, Chairman, Sangeet Natak Akademi. This will be followed by a dialogue with Dr. Kothari on his life and work.

YOUNG DANCERS FESTIVAL

6:30 p.m.: Bharatanatyam by Aniruddha Knight (grandson of Balasaraswati)

7:45 p.m: Kathak by Gauri Diwakar

Sunday, 30 April 2017

10 a.m.

to 12 noon Chhau Workshop conducted by Guru Shashadhar Acharya

(Open to dancers of all styles)

4 p.m.: Health for Dance: Illustrated lecture by Dr. Sheela Nambiar

YOUNG DANCERS FESTIVAL

6:30 p.m.: Manipuri by Nandita Devi

7:45 p.m.: Vilasini Natyam by Purva Dhanasree

Source: http://www.broadwayworld.com/india/article/Natya-Vriksha-And-IICPresent-World-Dance-Day-Celebrations-2017-20170424

 

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Gurmeet to pay tribute to Bollywood's dancing superstars

 | Updated: Apr 24, 2017, 05.33 PM IST

 Actor Gurmeet Choudhary will be paying a tribute to Bollywood's iconic dancing superstars, including Prabhudheva, Hrithik Roshan and Govinda, by making a video that he will post digitally on his social media accounts on International Dance Day on Saturday.

Gurmeet will be performing to Prabhudheva's "Muqabala", Hrithik Roshan's "Dhoom macha le", Salman Khan's "Oh oh jane jana" and Govinda's songs. He says it's a tribute to his dance icons.

"Besides being influenced by the acting prowess of these superstars, I've always admired their dancing skills too. I have learnt dancing watching their songs and observing them closely. So this International Dance Day is a small attempt and a tribute to my dance icons," Gurmeet said in a statement.

Gurmeet has been part of dance reality shows, including "Nach Baliye" and "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa". He has also been part of films like "Khamoshiyan", "Wajah Tum Ho" and was last on screen in the film "Laali Ki Shaadi Mein Laaddoo Deewana".

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tv/news/hindi/gurmeet-to-pay-tribute-to-bollywoods-dancing-superstars/articleshow/58343698.cms

 

 

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Ghana Celebrates International Dance Day With Azonto

Azonto Dance Celebration to mark the World Dance Day on Saturday 29 th April

Let’s start off with a round of applause for dancers, non-dancers, Ghanaians living abroad, friends of Ghana, dignitaries, celebrities and media personalities who joined in the unique celebration of IDDiG (International Dance Day in Ghana) in 2016. While over 200 countries celebrated World Dance Day with different dance genres, Ghana made a strong statement by celebrating its own- Azonto Dance.

The outcome, we got listed at number 17 in the world google ranking for International Dance Day celebrations. The celebration, which started with a social media engagement and climaxed with an Azonto Jam, was graced by Carl Ampah of UNESCO, Adwoa Awindor of Greetings from Abroad fame, former Deputy Min. of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Dzifa Gomashie, and hosted by Reggie Rockstone.

This year, come 29 th of April, the world will celebrate dance like never and Ghana must once again give Azonto Dance a voice. Thus, all dancers and non-dancers, Ghanaians and friends of Ghana, living in and out of Ghana, and the media, are being called upon to participate and support in this year’s World Dance Day celebration.

World Dance Day, also known as the International Dance Day, was initiated by the World Dance Council in 1982. Affiliated with UNESCO and based in Paris, the dance council, referred to as CID, has been promoting dance each year, with specific messages and themes to promote the good values of dance on 29 th April, in various countries.

According to Robert Klah, the CEO of CAiM (Creative Arts in Motion),

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Dance as a creative arts discipline is currently not that prestigious in Ghana, and that has to change. We have therefore taken it upon ourselves to contribute what we can to this change, and giving Azonto dance an annual voice is one of many initiatives we believe can salvage the situation.

Azonto dance is ours, Ghana’s contribution to the world dance syllabus. It is our pop dance form, made up of different dance moves to Afrobeats/ Afropop tunes. Currently the dance is evolving, and it’s happening so fast that if we do not own the process, each step of the way, it may lose its identity.

And we must not allow that to happen. So all dancers, non-dancers, Ghanaians and friends of Ghana, and the media alike, are encouraged to come aboard for this nationwide celebration on 29 th April.

 

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The celebration will start with a daytime social media engagement, where fans of Azonto are required to upload a 60sec video, or post pictures of themselves or anyone dancing Azonto on 29 th April, onto Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, with the following hashtags- #iddig #azontogboko #danceteratv.

Alternatively videos and pictures can be sent via Whatsapp before 29th April, to the number +233506679491 for repost. The celebration will be climaxed with an Azonto Dance Concert at its place of origin, James Town, Manste Agbonaa, from 6pm.

The night will feature over 50 dance performances from the best talents in Ghana, showcasing new dance moves, urban dance passion, and great skill. Pro Azonto music artistes such Luther, Article Wan, and more, will make an appearance to grace the celebration.

IDDiG is a call to action for all Ghanaians living in Ghana and abroad, all friends of Ghana, and all lovers of Azonto, to join in the celebration of Ghana’s own- Azonto. Azonto celebration on International Dance Day is an initiative of CAiM and powered by Dancetera TV, Ghana’s Official Dance Channel for anything dance. For updates and enquiries engage @DanceteraTV on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube), or call +233506679491/ +233244611808.

 

source: https://loudsoundgh.com/2017/04/ghana-celebrates-international-dance-day-with-azonto/ 

 

 

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Love for dance keeps them moving forward

 

Artistes gear up for International Dance Day

 

By Robina Rashid Bhuiyan

 

The countdown to International Dance Day (April 29) begins next week, with weeklong dance festivities commencing April 23. Organised by Bangladesh Nritya Shilpi Sangstha (BNSS) in association with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA), dancers of every traditional fold in Bangladesh are brought together to present their art. Alongside performances by esteemed dancers of the country, the festivities also provide a platform to young children from all backgrounds and abilities to showcase their talent and learning. The Daily Star recently reached out to President of BNSS Minu Haque and co-Director of Nrityanchal and choreographer Shibli Mohammad for their plans regarding the grand event, and more:

Minu Haque

International Dance Day is commemorated each year on April 29, but we organise week-long festivities beginning from April 23. Our grand opening is taking place at the main auditorium of BSA's National Theatre Hall. For seven days at 6pm-9:30pm, dance institutions from all over the country present their dance forms at the Shilpakala Plaza alongside performances by young children. We also arrange a fair at the plaza where food stalls and other various products such as sarees, ornaments, cosmetics and more are available. 

On the day of April 29, we will commence with a mongol nritya at 7am. From 9:30am we will hold a rally, before returning to the Seminar Hall at the Academy where Mahua Mukherjee will present her paper on Gaudiya dance. After lunch, the main event will open at the National Theatre Hall, where prominent personalities such as Minister of Cultural Affairs Asaduzzaman Noor, Professor Syed Manzoorul Islam, President of ITI Nasiruddin Yousuff Bachchu, President of Sammilito Sangskritik Jote Golam Quddus, and more will attend. Renowned leading dance artistes of Bangladesh will grace the stage on the closing day, each representing the style and dance form they are known for. 

Highlighting this occasion is of utmost importance as celebrating culture is the antidote to social unrest, and it is imperative we all work together to restore peace as well as establish a unified cultural harmony in our country. I believe that we are taking positive strides in this direction, and unlike before, all dance forms are celebrated today without restriction. 

Shibli Mohammad

Every year Nrityanchal performs for two days during the weeklong International Dance Day festival. The momentous day is on 29, but our institute performs on the previous day as well. Unfortunately this year, we were unable to book the National Theatre Hall for April 28 even though we had applied for it over two months ago. This understandably put a dent in our plans, but we are still appearing on Nandan Manch on April 29. Like last year, Nrityanchal is working with specially-abled children as well as those that are underprivileged, from various regions around the country.

We face major constraints in taking our dance forms ahead due to funding and lack of a proper dance stage. We are frequently turned down in requesting space for performances as more precedence is given to theatre groups. When performing artistes from abroad come to present their work in Bangladesh, there is no dearth of money to facilitate them. Similarly, other events such as fashion shows are more readily funded, but there are very few benefactors wishing to come forward to help our cause. However, any cultural event in Bangladesh, whether it is in a corporate space or at festivities, is incomplete without dance. Sufficient funds not only help preserve and promote a crucial aspect of our tradition, but it also allows us to reach out to underprivileged groups and help them through dance. But none of this holds us back from doing what we do, and our love for dance and its forms keeps us moving forward.

Source: http://www.thedailystar.net/arts-entertainment/event/love-dance-keeps-them-moving-forward-1393927

 

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Bentley: Waminda Care Facility residents to take part in International Dance Day

SENIOR citizens enjoy toe tapping, hand waving and laughter at regular dance sessions at Waminda Care Facility in Bentley.

International Dance Day on April 29 will see more than a dozen residents take part in regular ‘SitDance’ sessions where seniors in their 90s – and even those who have reached their centenary – dance to their hearts content while remaining seated.

The initiative has been spearheaded by professional dance teacher, choreographer and art educator, Netherlands-born Marcel Baaijens, who designed a program to bring the pleasure of dancing to seniors in nursing homes, regardless of their mobility.

SwanCare diversional therapy co-ordinator at Waminda Annemarie Kluvers said residents had fond memories of dancing several times a week when they were young, and SwanCare was keen to offer them this simple pleasure again.

“With the SitDance program, our seniors can once again experience the joy of dancing, albeit in a modified way, and it’s obvious how this simple pleasure can stimulate their memory, energise them and change their mood,” she said.

Founded in 1982, International Dance Day seeks to promote the art of dance around the world.

The special day is all about the history of dance and the recognition of its place in society.

Source: http://www.communitynews.com.au/canning-times/news/bentley-waminda-care-facility-residents-to-take-part-in-international-dance-day/

 

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Nu Dance festival changes date and the finale coincides with International Dance Day

The festival of contemporary dance has not just moved in time but also from the stage to the streets, encouraging public participation.

Renan Martins: Let Me Die in My Footsteps(Source: Vojtěch Brtnický )

 

Between April 22 and 29 i.e. six months earlier compared to its usual date, the 12thyear of the Nu Dance international festival will bring 12 performances with more than 30 artists from nine European countries and the USA. Also, workshops will take place and the movie Mr. Gaga, by Israeli choreographer, Ohad Naharin, will be screened.

“We put together the programme with the intention to present new works from the Slovak dance scene which we have complemented with foreign artists,” head of the festival, Petra Fornayová, told the TASR newswire. “These are not mainstream dance perfomances meant to address the wider public. Rather, we try to attract new audiences to performances which seem more difficult at first sight.”

The ceremonial opening will begin with an Homage, a 2M performance hailing two Slovak artists who died recently, Milan Adamčiak and Michal Moravčík, the SITA newswire wrote. Adamčiak based his lifelong work on the intersection of science, music, poetry and visual art, while Moravčík focused on topical political and social issues in his visual art. The graphic partiture Diamondance dedictaed to Adamčiak will be staged on April 22 as a game open also to the wider public, in cooperation with the Good Market / Dobrý Trh on Jakubovo Square in Bratislava.

After each of the festival performances, visitors will be able to discuss them with the artists and the organisers.

The festival will culminate on International Dance Day, April 29, with the evening performance, Let Me Die in My Footsteps, of Brazilian choreographer, Renan Martins, and the participative performance, Conflict of Dana Caspersen, former soloist of the Forsythe Company. Viewers in the Klarisky / Clarissen Church will be able to join in the Conflict.

“In it, simple movements, walk and speech are used,” Linda Fintorová of the Goethe Institute in Bratislava, which participates in organising this event, explained, as cited by TASR. “The issue of the performance is how an individual can intervene against violence in the world.”

Source: https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20512668/nu-dance-festival-changes-date-and-the-finale-coincides-withe-international-dance-day-on-april-29.html

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Halton District School Board celebrates International Dance Day this Friday, April 21, 2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Media Releases

​On Friday, April 21, 2017, 230 Grade 6-12 students from the Halton District School Board will gather to dance and perform in celebration of International Dance Day. It is the 12th annual celebration in Halton and will be held at QE Park Community Centre in Oakville from 8:15 a.m.- 2:15 p.m.

The day will be divided into two sections. In the morning, after a keynote speaker and warmup, students will participate in workshops led by professional dancers from across southern Ontario. Workshops include flamenco, bhangra/bollywood, hip hop and musical theatre. In the afternoon, Halton District School Board teachers will lead students in creative movement workshops based on the curriculum expectations and the creative process. 

This year the day's dance theme is celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary. Students will be exploring various Canadian landscapes, transforming them into movement pieces. They will convene into a group dance composition at the end of the day to showcase their creations.  

For additional information, contact:
      Kevin McConvey, Instructional Program Leader for the Arts
      Halton District School Board
      905-631-6120, ext. 452

Source: https://www.hdsb.ca/our-board/Pages/News/News-Description.aspx?NewsID=191

 

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International Dance Day, Sunday 30th April at Te Papa

International Dance Day 2017

Wednesday 12th April 2017
Media Release: YouthDance Education Trust

YouthDance Education Trust present International Dance Day, free dance workshops, films and performances.

Sunday 30th April 2017, 10.45am – 4pm
Te Papa 
Free event

Dance Day celebrations have been held around the world since 1982 when UNESCO dedicated 29th April International Dance Day. This is the 17th year the event is being held in Wellington and coincides with the end of New Zealand Dance Week. As the last day of the school holidays it is also a great event for families to enjoy a day of dance.

Performance and Welcome, 10.45am
Get down with a hoedown! We start the day with a performance from Le Dance, on the Te Papa forecourt, a contemporary take on this American folk dance. Then come up to the Wellington foyer for the welcome address followed by a warm-up of music and movement with the Wellington Community Choir.

Workshops
Have-a-go and learn a new dance, there will be nine workshops to choose from Samoan Sasa to Cuban Salsa, Bollywood to Hollywood – Shut Up and Dance will be teaching routines inspired by film and music videos.

Kids love to dance and this year we have a series of workshops just for them, they can dance to the rhythms of Swing, try a traditional Hawaiian hula, learn some hip hop moves and have fun with circus hoops.

Films
There is a showing of Touch Compass DanceBox collection of short films portraying significant moments in dancers lives.

 

Performances
The performances are a celebration of the diversity of dance in Wellington. Experience high energy Bhangra from the Punjab alongside a street dance hip hop battle; Indonesian group Caraka Seni perform a traditional plate dance, then Full Swing bring us ‘The Big Apple’ a fast paced classic Charleston; and we have a contemporary Tokelauan piece developed for the Pacific Dance Choreolab. Other cultures being celebrated are Chinese, Samoan, Israeli, African and Hawaiian, plus performers of tap, musical theatre and circus dance!

 

Source: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU1704/S00259/international-dance-day-sunday-30th-april-at-te-papa.htm

 

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Dance their socks off’: Cadance holding International Dance Day event in New Minas

NEW MINAS, NS - Have you ever dreamed of being a dancing queen? Or maybe you’re looking for a new way to get your body moving? Well, Cadance Academy has your back.

On April 29, Cadance will be hosting an International Dance Day celebration at the Louis Millet Community Complex.

This is the first event Cadance will host for International Dance Day. In the past, it has held spring dance marathons with its students.

This year, Gaea Jess, owner and artistic director of Cadance, says the academy “really wanted to highlight International Dance Day.”

All over the world, people will be celebrating dance on April 29. Jess says she is excited to take part with the “global dance community.”

The celebration will feature dance classes in a variety of styles, such as Bollywood, contemporary, Zumba and many others. Cadance instructors, senior students, and teachers from around the Annapolis Valley will run the classes.

Claire Newbery, an 18-year-old Cadance student, will be teaching jazz for mixed ages, and hip hop for children aged four to seven.

“I’m very excited,” says Newbery.

She participates in dance marathons every year, and is looking forward to the new event, saying it’s “a huge thing we haven’t done before.”

Door prizes – and possibly participation prizes – will be given away. Attendees have the chance to win an Oaklawn Farm Zoo family pass, an Upper Clements Park family pass, “Cadance swag,” and more. Boston Pizza will be donating pizzas as well.

Jess believes dance is important for people of all ages, and hopes to introduce new people to the art form on International Dance Day.

“Dance is something that everyone should be doing,” she says. “(International Dance Day) is about exposing (dance) to the community. Getting everybody to come out and celebrate dance, and to celebrate life in general.”

The day will wrap up with a showcase performed by senior Cadance students –Newbery included.

The event is free for all ages, but registration is recommended. To register or learn more information, contact Cadance Academy.

Jess hopes “the community takes advantage of this opportunity to get out and dance their socks off.”

Source: http://www.annapoliscountyspectator.ca/living/2017/4/16/_dance-their-socks-off--cadance-holding-international-dance-day-.html 

 

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 Neetu Chandra announces 4th edition of Sandip Soparrkar’s “India Dance Week”

Mumbai: Yet again, dance maestro Sandip Soparrkar dressed in his favorite designer Deepak Shah cloths, looked in great spirits as he hosted the press conference to announce dance associates, NGO tie up and unveiled the trophy and logo of Phoenix Market city presents “India Dance Week” season 4. National Award winning Actress Neetu Chandra along with actress Sharbani Mukherji and others came together to unveil the trophy and the logo of this prestigious dance festival which is in its 4rd year now at Atrium 6 of Phoenix Market city, Kurla.
“India Dance Week’ is the first ever two day dance festival celebrated on International Dance Day in India (29-30th April), where varied dance forms be it Indian or International classical, Indian or international folk, Ballroom, Hip Hop or contemporary all come together on one single platform. The day two is the mega competition day where participants come from different parts of the country and perform on varied dance styles. Sandip Soparrkar hosted the introduction ceremony of this unique dance fest in Phoenix Marketcity, Kurla which was attended by the who is who from the field of dance.
The evening started with enthusiastic Indian classical and folk dance performances from Uma Rele’s ‘Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidyalaya’ followed by ballerinas from Villoo Bharucha’s School of Ballet. Brian Fernandes’ troupe performed hip hop and street dances and Sandip Soparrkar’s Ballroom Studio presented some Classic Ballroom dances. Shahzeen Cassum presented some intricate moves of the Flamenco and Ashwin Pandey from folk fitness made dance and fitness join hands through his fun filled workout dance.

Sandip Soparrkar along with Underprivileged children from Smile Foundation danced on hit song Tamma Tamma and asthe finale Sandip Soparrkar was seen performing with Sharbani Mukherji on Acid attack theme supporting Atijeevan Foundation. Neetu Chandra who also danced to her hit song Ada along with the dynamic choreographer unveiled the trophy, cut the traditional cake, and looked very cheery and upbeat while performing impromptu dance moves on stage.

Speaking on the occasion choreographer Sandip Soparrkar said, “I want to thank Phoenix Marketcity, Kurla for yet again hosting the 4th edition of India Dance Week. This is one unique festival which is for the dancers by the dancers and I am thrilled that this year too our motto Dance for a cause has taken a beautiful turn with Smile foundation and Atijeevan Foundation stepping in to join hands with us.” Excited Neetu Chandra said, “I am honoured to unveil the gorgeous trophy of 4th India Dance Week, I feel proud to say that this is the only dance festival of India where all kinds of dances are tied together in one thread of passion, I wish Sandip Soparrkar a superb successful show this year.”

The 4th editor of “India Dance Week” has begun with a call for registrations and auditions for dance enthusiasts across the country with no age bar. So anyone and everyone who is a dance lover can apply for the grand competition. Mr. Rajendra Kalkar, President (West) of Phoenix Marketcity, Kurla said “We are glad that India Dance Week is growing year after year, we have already received applications from all over the country in just two days of the announcement. Keeping in mind the talent what’s showing up we are sure that Sandip Soparrkar and the jury will have a great time choosing the winner.”

Source: http://orissadiary.com/neetu-chandra-announces-4th-edition-sandip-soparrkars-india-dance-week/ 

 

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Pick of the week: Dance, expression and transformation
NCPA’s Mudra Dance Festival will showcase a variety of dances and a workshop, all around the theme of transformation

Greek philosopher Heraclitus said change is the only constant. And only change can lead to transformation, which is what the Mumbai-based National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) will focus on during the four-day Mudra Dance Festival that starts on 20 April.

“Every year before International Dance Day, we hold the Mudra Dance Festival. This year we chose transformation as our theme, to understand how audiences and artistes react to it in classical dance,” says Swapnokalpa Dasgupta, NCPA’s head for dance.

The festival will start with art consultant Usha R.K.’s conceptualization of transformation: Patra Vivartana. This will have three Bharatanatyam dances depicting instances of transformation in Indian mythology—the Ramayan and the Mahabharat.

Dakshina Vaidyanathan will tell the story of Surpanakha and how she transforms from a docile to a vengeful wife. Himanshu Shrivastava will portray the story of Shikhandi, who is born a woman but transforms into a man to become the reason for Bhishma’s death. The final dance of the first evening will be by Arupa Lahiri—it will tell the story of Ahalya, wife of the sage Gautama, who turns to stone after being seduced by Indra. She is later liberated from her curse by Lord Ram.

“Ahalya is supposed to be Brahma’s daughter—an erudite, educated and beautiful lady. Some versions say that she wasn’t seduced but rather knowingly explored her sexuality and gave in to Indra’s advances. Through my dance I want to show how she was transformed not just from stone to woman, but also from inanimate to a knowledgeable being,” explains Lahiri.

Day 2 will focus on Lord Shiva as the source of all transformation. Shiva is often seen as the lord of destruction, but, as Dasgupta puts it, “destruction is only the step before creation”.

Day 3 will focus on the flow of dance—moving from one step to another. The final day will see a multi-dance presentation by four artistes—Sanjukta Wagh (Kathak), Jhelum Paranjape (Odissi), Vaibhav Arekar (Bharatanatyam) and Gauri Sharma Tripathi (Kathak). While Wagh will explore the idea of khayal or thought in dance, Paranjape will trace the tradition of Odissi from Gotipua to modern-day dancers and Arekar will focus on how the stage is transformed for solo, duet and group performances. Tripathi will be collaborating with modern contemporary dancers from choreographer Ashley Lobo’s dance school, Danceworx.

A lighting workshop on 23 April will be conducted by Jaydeep Apte, the resident lighting designer at the National Centre for the Performing Arts Repertory, which hosts experimental in-house plays. The 4-hour workshop will teach participants how light can transform a dance performance.

“A dancer must understand the role lights play in a stage performance. A performance is not just music and dance but also the visual experience of it,” explains Apte.

The Mudra Dance Festival 2017 will be held from 20-23 April, 7pm, at the NCPA, Nariman Point. The workshop will be held on 23 April, from 11am. Tickets, Rs200, Rs300, Rs400, Rs600 and Rs1,000 (for the workshop), available on Bookmyshow.com and at the venue.

Source: http://www.livemint.com/Leisure/PgqkIO4hpuvDuZLVvW8MyO/Pick-of-the-week-Dance-expression-and-transformation.html 

 

 

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Vh1 unveils summer programming line-up

MUMBAI: International music channel Vh1 India has rolled out a summer programming line-up for the month of April. Vh1 will offer its viewers special programming and shows to celebrate the International Dance Day. With this new offering, the channel aims to affirm its position as India’s go-to destination for all things music, entertainment and pop-culture. Commenting on the new line-up, Viacom18, English Entertainment programming head Hashim D’souza said, “At Vh1, we believe that every moment, small or big, should be celebrated. There’s nothing better than watching a curated line-up on television, especially after a long day at work or in school. Bearing that in mind, we ensure that we give our viewers the best possible way to blow the steam off!” Vh1 will air its renowned show ‘Worldstage’ from 7 April, every Friday at 4 pm. The show will feature enthralling performances by Wiz Khalifa, Steve Aoki and several other artists. On 28 April the channel will air ‘Vh1 Summer League 2017’, a show featuring Ed Sheeran, The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry and more. The artist will battle it out on what gets declared the Summer anthem of 2017 on Vh1. The channel will host ‘Vh1 Dance-Off’, an International Dance Day pecial on 29 April at 12 pm. The special show will celebrate few of the best-choreographed music videos. Vh1 India is also airing season 4 and season 5 of the popular show ‘Catfish’ every Monday – Friday at 9 pm. The show explores modern day online dating method and its adverse effects on the individuals involved.

Source: http://www.televisionpost.com/television/vh1-unveils-summer-programming-line-up/

 

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 Major international dance festival returns to Leicester next month


By Hayley_Watson | Posted: March 25, 2017

Let’s Dance festival 2017
Let’s Dance International Frontiers 2017 kicks off on April 29th

A major dance festival will return to Leicester for its seventh year next month.

Let's Dance International Frontiers 2017 kicks off on April 29th – which is International Dance Day – and runs for two weeks.

Featuring performances from nationally and internationally renowned dance companies, the festival will take place at a variety of venues in Leicester including the Mercure Hotel King's Ballroom, Curve, and Attenborough Arts Centre.

Some big international names at the festival include New York dance company Urban Bush Women, and Philadelphia ballet company Philadanco.

Exciting home-grown talent will be represented by acts including Protocol and Jessica Walker.

LDIF17 will also present performances, documentaries, workshops and discussions exploring this year's theme of 'Identity and Choreographic Practice'.

The festival is produced by Serendipity, a diversity-led organisation based at Leicester De Montfort University.

Sarah Levitt, Head of Arts and Museums at Leicester City Council, comments: "Let's Dance International Frontiers has become a feature in Leicester's cultural calendar.

"We are thrilled that Leicester is able to play host to world renowned dancers and companies, and our communities can engage with outstanding performances, workshops and discussions about dance practice."

Executive Artistic Director of LDIF17, Pawlet Brookes, said: "Let's Dance International Frontiers brings some key attributes of Leicester together – the university, the academia, the quality of artwork and internationalism.

"Leicester is an international city and has always been a central point for dance and training in the UK, so the festival is a great way celebrate it.

"We want people to know that Leicester isn't just about the football – we have a richness of cultural content that is great for tourism, and shows the city off too."

Let's Dance International Frontiers runs from Saturday April 29th – Saturday May 13th 2017.

Find out more about Let's Dance International Frontiers on social media:

Twitter: @LetsDanceFront #LDIF17

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LetsDanceFrontiers  

 

Source: http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/major-international-dance-festival-returns-to-leicester-next-month/story-30223659-detail/story.html

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Hamilton City

Ballet joins

World Dance

for Parkinson’s

Day virtual event

Mar 24, 2017 11:58 Dundas Star News
Dance For Parkinson’s

Volunteer Nathalie Loeb (left) mimics Terry McCartney in an exercise during a Dance For Parkinson’s class, hosted by Hamilton City Ballet. Hamilton Spectator photo

 

The Dundas-based Hamilton City Ballet will join nationally and internationally-acclaimed dance companies, community schools and independent teaching artists to showcase the diversity of dance-based programming for people with Parkinson’s.

The event will start unfolding on World Parkinson’s Day on April 11, and culminate in the full launch of the portal on International Dance Day/World Dance for Parkinson’s Day on April 29. The free online portal created specifically for the event — www.danceforparkinsons.online — will spotlight Dance for Parkinson’s classes and workshops from 12 cities on four continents.

Jody Van de Klippe, program director of Hamilton City Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s, said it is both inspiring and humbling to be a part of the program.

“We are excited for this opportunity to share our class, as well as our research collaboration, with the world. We all dance in the same language,” she said.

 

“We all dance in the same language.”

 

Parkinson’s affects more than 10 million people around the globe. A growing body of scientific research suggests that participating in a Dance for Parkinson’s program improves short-term mobility, balance, co-ordination and walking for people with Parkinson’s, as well as supporting social inclusion, positive mood and confidence.

Hamilton City Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s, which was launched in April 2013, is a series of ballet classes designed and created for people who have the disease.

 

Source: https://www.hamiltonnews.com/community-story/7207226-hamilton-city-ballet-joins-world-dance-for-parkinson-s-day-virtual-event/

 

 

 

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The United Nations Postal Administration will issue a second set of stamps devoted to international dance March 23.

The first set was issued April 29, 2016, in conjunction with International Dance Day (Scott U.N./New York 1132-1333, Geneva 617-618 and Vienna 583-584).

According to Thanawat Amnajanan, UNPA chief, the International Dance series is being continued because of the extreme popularity of the first issue with collectors.

http://www.linns.com/news/world-stamps-postal-history/2017/march/united-nations-postal-administration-international-dance-stamps.html

 

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The Global Celebration of

Dance Day

 

 

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Worldwide Online

  Dance Connects the World

29th of April 2017 World Dance Day

www.goo.gl/navril

Organizers: Nicole. M / Laura B.

open for all viewers

  non commercial Students Video Project

Contact information: https://www.think-big.org/projekt/dance-connects-the-world/

Project is supported by Fundación Telefónica

International and the German Children and ​Youth Foundation 

 

 


 

 

 

2016 

 

 

International Dance Day: Dance promotes reciprocal knowledge and respect of diversity, says UNESCO

 

Dr. Lalit Kishore

 

International Dance Day (IDD) - established in 1982 and promoted by the International Dance Council, World Dance Alliance, International Theatre Institute and Conseil International de la Danse (CID) at UNESCO - is being celebrated in many countries on April 29.

Thanks to social media, for the last few years, even flashmob dance performances too are celebrated on IDD in many cities. It was in 2014, around that 50 classical dancers got together to perform a flashmob at Chennai and performed dance.

The main aim of IDD is to attract the attention of the wider public to the art of dance and its importance as a medium of expression, cultural understanding, education and wellbeing. According to UNESCO, dance promotes in a lively manner reciprocal knowledge and respect of diversity.
Here are a few quotes on dance on the occasion of IDD for you to relish.

"Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world," Voltaire.

"We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once," Friedrich Nietzsche.

"Dance, when you're broken open. Dance, if you've torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you're perfectly free," Rumi.

"Dance is the hidden language of the soul," Martha Graham.

"Life is the dancer and you are the dance," Eckhart Tolle.

Here is my acrostic on DANCE.

D: Depictive and rhythmic body movement

A: Art form as

N: Non-verbal

C: Communication to

E: Express emotions, ideas or a story in performance setting

 

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http://www.merinews.com/article/international-dance-day-dance-promotes-reciprocal-knowledge-and-respect-of-diversity-says-unesco/15915773.shtml

 

 

 

 

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Speech on Dance Day in Moscow 2011

  

We gathered here as dancers to celebrate our most important day of the year: World Dance Day.

Every year on 29 April millions of dancers rejoice and share their passion with dozens of millions of spectators.

Dance Day was established 30 years ago by the International Dance Council CID at UNESCO, the official organization for all forms of dance in all countries of the world.

Dance is a universal language; Dance is a passport; Dance opens the door to other countries, other peoples, other cultures. Dance promotes freedom, understanding, friendship, tolerance.

Dance is the most direct and effective means to implement the ideals of democratic society: freedom of expression, equality of rights, no discrimination.

As a person born in Greece, the birthplace of democracy and birthplace of the Olympic Games, I am particularly happy to see the olympic spirit present here, the ideals of brotherhood and fair competition applied to dance.

You are invited to visit the portal of CID - it is also in Russian. You will feel proud about how dance unites all the peoples of the world under one roof.

Show us your best dancing !
Dance for your brothers and sisters, dancers of the world !
Dance for those who cannot dance today as they suffer from hunger, from injustice, from war, from ignorance.
You are lucky to live in a free and prosperous country. Share your joy with others, show them the way to liberation of mind and body.

Dance your best !

Alkis Raftis

President of the International Dance Council CID

UNESCO, Paris

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Message for the Dance Day

1995

by Mikis Theodorakis 

     

Instinctive, loving, warlike, festive, ritual, holy, Dance ascends from terra firma to the stone threshold of the temple, to the hemicycle of the Greek odeon and finally to the stage of modem theatre. This universal dance which was born with Man is for us to respect, to glorify, to celebrate.

Mikis Theodorakis

 Athens, 9 April 1995

Instinctive, amoureuse, guerrière, festive, rituelle, sacrée, de la terre ferme la Danse s'élève sur le seuil de la pierre du temple, sur l'hémicycle de l'odéon grec, enfin sur les planches du théâtre moderne. Cette danse universelle qui est née avec l'homme, il faut la respecter, la glorifier, la célébrer.

Mikis Théodorakis

 Athènes, 29 avril 1995

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Dance Day official website

Actor Gurmeet Choudharywill be paying a tribute to Bollywood's iconic dancing superstars, including Prabhudheva, Hrithik Roshanand Govinda, by making a video that he will post digitally on his social media accounts on International Dance Day on Saturday.

 

The eighth edition of Dance Discourse will see 108 dancers from Bengaluru, and other cities such as Chennai, Hyderabad and Thiruvananthapuram gather at the venue. The event, scheduled between 5 and 9pm on Saturday, will also include a seminar on the guru Sishya Parampara. Dance critic and founder of India's only dance yearbook attendance Ashish Mohan Khokar is organising the event, which is being funded by AFB and Bangalore School of Music. Guru Kanak Rele, the acclaimed Mohiniattam dancer and recipient of Padma Bhushan, has been invited as the chief guest for the event.

Other organisations in the city such as Shoonya Space and Shilpakalavida too have been holding events and discussions to increase participation in different dance forms. AFB's initiative, meanwhile, is meant to be both an eventful and an educative affair.

The event at AFB will begin with a seminar on Guru Sishya Parampara. Exponents of various dance forms, including Yakshagana and Bharatanatyam, will participate in the panel discussion. NadaM, stem and Nrityarutya are among the dance groups that will perform at the event. AFB president Chiranjeev Singh will deliver the keynote address.

A film compiled by Khokar, wherein acclaimed artistes such as Birju Maharaj, Raja Reddy, Astad Deboo and Padma Subramanyam among others speak on this year's theme, will be screened at the event. The audience will also be treated to a special feature meant to reignite the memory of Protima Bedi, Indrani Rahman, Kalnidhi Narayan and Sitara Devi.

Pune: A group of artists will recreate 'Shishutirtha', a dance-drama based on noble laureate Rabindranath Tagore's poem 'The child', at Bal Gandharva Rang Mandir at 7.30pm on Saturday to mark the International Dance Day.

Around 30 Bharatnatyam dancers, 25 singers trained in Rabindra sangeet and a narrator will bring the one-hour long drama alive on stage. The programme is being held in association with Surjhankar, a charitable organisation.

"Probably, this is for the first time after 1933 that the whole drama will be staged. Before this, only bits of it have been performed, but no one has staged the whole drama," Suchitra Date, founder director of Nritya Prerana, said.

Also, many dance schools in the city will conduct events and workshops to celebrate the spirit of dance on Saturday. Artsphere, a city-based performing arts, healing and therapy studio, with Black Swan Journeys will host a free one-hour Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) workshop at their studio in Kalyaninagar at 1pm.

Besides DMT, a workshop called 'Yoga for dance' will be held by Manish Pole, founder of Total Yoga, on the same day. "The session will be held to teach important postures," Pole said.

Into hip-hop? Learn to criss-cross and air walk through a free class at Bom Funk Dance Studio in Queanbeyan on Monday night.

Into tango? Watch the dancers of the Tango Social Club of Canberra perform live at The Italian Club next Saturday.

They groove, they move and they've got you all smiling with their complicated steps. Chennai's most enthusiastic dancers have moved away from staging their dance performances on reality shows and college competitions, and found a new way to present dance. Dance covers, a concept that has been buzzing for the last one year or so, has seen several dancers from the city do a cover of popular Tamil or English songs. And this is not done inside their homes as most dancers prefer going to off-beat locations to capture a one or two-minute videos. What's impressive is that it is professionally shot, edited and presented in a classy way to make the viewers watch it more than once. Dancer Vijay Varma, who has done plenty of such dance covers, says, "I wanted to be a football player. But going to dance classes from a young age made me fall in love with the art. Team Kingaz from USA was my inspiration. They have done interesting dance covers, which inspired me to do one. "The first one that I did was for Anirudh's Enakenna Yaarum Illaye. There was no video for it. So, we decided to do a cover. My friend and director Sinish helped me get through to Anirudh and we showed him the video. He eventually released the dance cover, which became a huge hit." Vijay, though, has been doing dance covers of only Anirudh's songs as he's a huge fan. So, how does he decide on the dancer? "It depends on the song. For a song like Sirikkadhey, you can't have too many dancers. It is a romantic song, so it shouldn't have more than three dancers. However, we did Enakenna Yaarum Illaye with 15 boys. So, it depends on the song," he says.

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OUR REPERTOIRE

Since South Africa is A Rainbow Nation, our diverse Repertoire reflects a melting pot of Cultures:

SOUTH AFRICAN DANCES
Afrikaner Volkspele; Sesotho; Pedi; Tsonga; Zulu; Batswana; AmaXhosa; Gumboot; Kaapse Klopse;  Pantsula; & lots more musical and singing traditions

AFRICAN DANCES
Ethiopian; Egyptian; Senegal; Ivory Coast; Mozambique; Batswana; Zimbabwean; Nigerian;  Mauritius & Reunion

ORIENTAL DANCES
Chinese, Indonesian, Thai, Malaysian

INDIAN

Bollywood, Classical, Authentic Folk , Maritial Arts & Tribal Dances, CONTEMPORARY, JAZZ,  HIP HOP & SALSA, MULTICULTURAL BLENDING OF DANCE STYLES: Drummers and musicians accompany our dancers.

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EGYPTIAN STREETS

 

 

The world celebrated on Saturday the International Dance Day that was promoted for by the International Dance Council, an affiliate of the UNESCO organization.

One of the most significant types of dancing in Egypt and the Middle East region is belly dancing. It was an essential part of the vast majority of old movies where actresses depicted a variety of famous belly dancers.

The Egyptian cinema has introduced several forms of arts; it particularly had the lead in belly dancing. Several performances were introduced by talented belly dancer, leaving their significant print and topping Egypt and the Middle East as pioneers in this art.

 

Samia Gamal

Dance Day        يوم الرقص       Journée de la Danse       舞蹈日       Día de la Danza       День Танца 

a program of the International Dance Council CID at UNESCO
the official organization for Dance world wide
www.cid-portal.org    www.cid-world.org

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