Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Schools : Get young people dancing !

New York City Ballet

"A century ago famous Russian organizer Sergei Diaghilev revolutionized ballet by inviting the most talented painters and musicians of his time to contribute to his performances. I have the impression that present day choreographers neglect the other arts, do not feel the need to present their creations alongside their equals in other fields."

 Alkis Raftis, 2015
 President of the International Dance Council CID

Every April 29 International Dance Day, also known as World Dance Day, is celebrated every year through promotion by the International Dance Council (CID). 

The day was introduced in 1982 by the International Dance Committee of the UNESCO International Theatre Institute

The date was chosen to commemorate the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre, who was born in 1727, a French dancer and ballet master and a great reformer of dance.

The annually observed World Dance Day should increase the awareness of the importance of dance among the general public. Its goal is also to persuade governments all over the world to provide a proper place for dance in all systems of education

Every year a message from a well known dance personality is circulated throughout the world. 

Israel Gálvan
Flamenco Dancer choreographer

The personality of the International Dance Day message author 2015 is the Spanish choreographer and dancer Israel Galván!

Michael Jackson

"Carmen Amaya, Valeska Gert, Suzushi Hanayagi, Michael Jackson...I see them as energy-generating turbines and this makes me think about the importance of choreography on that energy of the dancer. The important thing is probably not the choreography, but specifically that energy, the whirlwind which it triggers.

Pina Bausch, Café Müller

I imagine a Tesla coil attracting them all and emitting a healing ray and causing a metamorphosis in their bodies: Pina Bausch as a praying mantis, Raimund Hoghe converted into a dung beetle, Vicente Escudero into a stick insect and even Bruce Lee into a centipede."

Israel Gálvan, message

Schools and arts


Dance is a fun and fresh integrative part in School curricula. School curricula without Arts (Music, Dance, Theater) will have very poor curricula. Young students will have an incomplete education.
I really debate often on my blog the importance of Arts - Dance, Music, Theatre, Literature/Poetry Painting - in school education! Having a master on Music, I know how enjoyable is my life with my education on Arts, Music and Literature.
For too long, dance has been 'the Cinderella of the arts world' - never invested in to any great or consistent degree. 
World Dance Day is a huge opportunity to raise the level of provision of dance in schools.  
Sometimes young people take part in dance through primary school but by the age of 12-13 most have stopped? Because there is no dance curriculum.
Arts are losing the opportunity to include Dance in their activities extra-school curriculum.
Get young people dancing. World Dance Day is a fantastic start and there's a huge amount of work to do. But one thing's for sure: dance's time has come today.

"There is an old Chinese proverb which says: "the flutter of a butterfly's wings can be felt across the world".

Israel Gálvan, 2015 Message


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