Themes / Definitions
For CID policy on particular issues read previous messages on Dance Day
1. Dance is the organization of human movement. Dance is a language, choreography is an art, equivalent to literature.
2. Everyone should be free to dance (the right to dance) in the same way that they should be free to speak their mind.
3. Everyone should start by learning his/her mother language in dance, that is the dances of their grandparents, preferably taught in the family.
4. Everyone should have access to other "dance languages", taught by competent teachers.
5. Dancers should strive towards a better quality of movement, just like people can use a refined language to express themselves. Dance is more than a sequence of movements.
6. Dance has countless languages, dialects and personal idioms, but the art of dance is one - it requires a holistic, global approach: One world, one dance.
7. Dance is the most universal form of culture, it offers globalization without standardization or centralization. It promotes dialogue among civilizations, it can be a symbol of excellence.
a) Dance at all levels of formal education
b) Dance departments in Universities
a) Copyright issues
b) Recognition of the profession
c) State diplomas for each form of dance
3. Social Security
a) Social Security adapted to dancers
b) Transition to other professions
c) Adapted insurance schemes
a) Time in national TV and radio; space in newspapers
b) Increased visibility of dance events
c) Tax incentives for sponsors
5. Equality with other arts
a) Proportional allocation in the state budget for culture between the arts
b) Autonomy in the management of national dance companies and institutions
6. Balance between dance forms
a) There are no "higher" and "lower" dance forms
b) Quality is one thing, equality is another
7. Dance Day
a) Officialize the celebration; include it in school programs.
8. Networks of institutions
a) Set up dance documentation centers
b) Set up dance museums
c) Gather archives of companies, schools, persons
d) Validate prizes awarded by serious competitions
e) Accreditate certificates, by independent bodies
In application of the policy of UNESCO in the area of dance, CID functions as:
- a laboratory of ideas - defining emerging problems and identifying strategies to deal with them
- a clearinghouse - sharing information, knowledge and best practices, identifying innovative solutions and testing them through pilot projects.
- a standard-setter - promoting the establishment of common rules of practice.
- a capacity-builder - advising Member Sections towards the development of policies, national strategies, projects, studies, raising funds for their execution and, finally, evaluation.
- a catalyst for international cooperation - developing cooperation for the convergence of work which otherwise would be dispersed, thus less effective, and risk being ignored.