Show recent news

Latest News

  • Tommy Shaughnessy Resigns

    Tommy Shaughnessy, WDSF Sports Director for the past twelve months, steps down for health reasons. The Presidium accepts Tommy's resignation and thanks him for the extraorinary services he rendered at a very high cost.

    20/01/2018 read more ...
  • The YOG Breaking Picto

    The Organising Committee for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games rolls out the pictogrammes that will be used to identify 34 sports and disciplines featuring with competitions. Draw a b-boy - don't lift the pencil!

    20/01/2018 read more ...
  • Breaking For Gold | Stage Three

    The WDSF World Youth Breaking Championship in Kawasaki, JPN, is the third and final stage in the qualifying process for the 24 places at the Buenos Aires 2018 YOG. The Japan DanceSport Federation holds a press conference today!

    18/01/2018 read more ...
  • In The News

    The move of Gabriele Goffredo and Anna Matus from "Amateur" to the  Professional Division is stirring up the community. It is commented and reacted upon in the social media by their fans around the world. 

    17/01/2018 read more ...
  • Leaving It At Three!

    Gabriele Goffredo and Anna Matus, three-time World Champions in Latin (2015 - 2017) announce that they will forthwith dance in the Professional Division. A statement on Anna's Facebook page should make it official.

    15/01/2018 read more ...
  • THE FINAL PUSH

    The final push in the #voteJacekandAnna campaign! Make sure that you vote one more time on the last day of stage one in the ballotting for the IWGA Athlete of the Year award. They appear on track to make the cut ...

    15/01/2018 read more ...
Archives

Back to Nature 30/04/2011

World Dance Day 2011

On the occasion of the 2011 World Dance Day,  CID (Conseil International de la Danse) President Alkis Raftis circulated his message on behalf of UNESCO to 150,000 dance professionals in 200 countries. His words focused on the "natural" facets of dance and encouraged the community to break out of the four walls that tend to put boundaries to the practice of dance, and to celebrate this year's World Dance Day in open spaces.

The day is celebrated every year on 29 April. Established and promoted by CID, it aims at attracting attention to the art of dance. It is celebrated by millions of dancers around the globe. Dance companies, dance schools, organisations and individuals, professionals as well as amateurs, organise an activity addressing an audience different from their usual one.

 

 

Official Message for World Dance Day - 29 April 2011

For the greater part of the history of mankind, dance took place outdoors. People would gather in forest glades, village squares, churchyards, or on threshing floors, to enjoy dancing for hours on end. Nowadays, dance mostly takes place in ballrooms, clubs, theatres, school halls, studios and discotheques.

This year we propose making a step back towards nature by celebrating World Dance Day in open spaces: streets, squares, parks, stadiums, beaches, parking lots, clearings - anywhere under the sky. 

The urge to dance is a natural impulse; dancers worship nature in their way, connecting with the universe and feeling its juices flow into them. 

All through the year we teach dance, we rehearse, we perform within four walls. On this special day dedicated to dance, let us mark the difference by practising, teaching or performing for everyone to see. It might be cold and rainy, the floor is certainly not good enough, and the wind takes the music away, but the beauty in those movements and the joy on those faces will brighten the hearts of the spontaneous audience of passers-by.

Prof Alkis Raftis
President of the International Dance Council CID
UNESCO, Paris