39th World Congress on Dance Research CID at UNESCO
Congresses of the International Dance Council, which is in official partnership with UNESCO (consultative status) are open to intercultural cooperation and follow the fundamental principles of UNESCO. Congresses contribute to the creation of a global cultural platform с with a positive world perception, create practical methods of democratization, promoting patience and tolerance, which helps to preserve cultural diversity and features of the national heritage.
The 39th World Congress on Dance Research took place from 15 to 19 April 2015 in Saint-Petersburg. The congress was visited 230 representatives of 25 countries in 5 continents, 13 Doctors of Philosophy among them. President of CID – UNESCO Prof. Dr. Alkis Raftis also participated. Within the congress was held a research-to-practice conference «Dance Culture – pedagogy, psychology, creativity, art-therapy» and also workshops, video presentations, perfor-mances, dance culture theorists and practicians meetings.
The expert panel of 39th Congress expressed the main strategic directions for saving and development of the world dance culture. The following proposals are addressed to NGO c/o UNESCO, international community, representatives of culture, arts, science and education:
• protection of the dance heritage throughout the world
• recording and classification of intangible cultural heritage (in forms of rituals, folk, dancing and choreography)
• encourage the creation of information centers including a library, film library, record li-brary, television film archives and all other forms of documentation related to dance;
• organizing research projects on dance phenomenon
• facilitate the creation and diffusion of choreographic works
• establishment of scientifically based and practically oriented centers providing methodo-logical, consultative and educational support in the field of choreography with provision for international certification requirements for this activity.
• organize distribution of the information about CID – UNESCO’s activity for familiariza-tion, about the development of the dance culture, its introduction into a lifestyle, and also for raising financial aid for researchers, performers, choreographers (ballet masters).
• forming an expert panel for committee work on preserving intangible cultural heritage in every country, city.
Furthermore, specialists of the Congress sections during the wrapping-up of the event ex-pressed the next suggestions, addressed to the government of the Russian Federation as an in-formational document and to the participants of the event and the dance community of Russia as a recommendation:
• Continue and widen researches of national folk art
• Extend theoretical and practical researches in the field of dance culture, considering art synergy: historical, fine art, culturological, pedagogical, psychological, medical, sport, etc.
• Facilitate further study of features of different dance and ballet styles and forms. Assist in creating dance tutorials and promote its inclusion into general education.
• Support the development of traditional and innovative programs in art-therapy sphere
• Support usage of health saving technologies in supplementary, secondary and professional education and activities of daily living.
• Give an exemplary support for setting-up dance centers, theatres, ethnic dance groups.
• Support international folk art and professional art projects and create new projects based on creative interaction and popularization of dancing in every country. Attract partners for financial support of scientists, performers and choreographers.
• The research results of СID – UNESCO Congress should be published as a scientific di-gest (online version to be published on the official CID – UNESCO website), and make them available to the international community.
• Expand unique CID activity on account of establishing expert groups (recognized by ac-ademic and professional associations as a unique ones, – narrowly focused specialists and professionals) for certain projects implementation (e.g. verification of dance identity for those dances that are regarded as national / folk dances. The examination will be con-cluded by issue of the certificate of authenticity (or of non-compliance) of the dance product, confirmed by the CID -UNESCO Expert panel.
• Proceed with acknowledgement of memorable historic dates by presenting commemora-tive tokens, medals, diplomas from CID – UNESCO to people who made contribution to preserve the dance art as an intangible cultural heritage all over the world.