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Happy International Dance Day! http://www.danceday.cid-portal.org/
April 29 was designated by CID as International Dance Day, and recognized by UNESCO in 1982. As part of our initiatives to promote dance, we have partnered with AIR CANADA to offer discounts on group travel to Vancouver (YVR) to participate at 5678 Showtime Nationals June 30 - July 3, and CID World Congress/Dance World Cup, July 1 - 5, 2015.
Group bookings (10% discount; 1 Free ticket for every 20 booked),
Group Name: DANCE WORLD CUP
Group Code: RKC4KZF1
Group Website: http://www.aircanada.com/en/travelinfo/before/grptravel.html
For those who do not know, I am writing a book about Dance is . . . Since this is International Dance Day, I thought of sharing two paragraphs about dance during our early years as we became dancers.
INFANCY: As soon as we are born, we have a burning desire to move our body. We sometimes begin with a cry as we wake up our lungs with their first deliberate movements. Or we simply feel a calm with our first breath which allows us to move our lips, and suck the first drops of our mother’s milk. As the days pass, we open our eyes, but face a blurred vision of shapes. We try to support our head as it bobs uncontrollably, and we struggle with persistence to move our body through time and space. Each movement teaches us that we are the masters of our destiny. We push ourselves forward with our elbows and hands as we creep slowly along the floor, resting at times, falling flat on our face at others. We gain strength in our arms and legs to crawl, and eventually we stand. We take our first steps. We walk. We run. We dance.
CHILDHOOD: I was born in Ottawa, Canada. My first dance studio was in mud puddles in spring as I felt the water splash against my body, on the grass in the summer when I felt as light as a feather, in the snow when I danced even more to keep warm during those Canadian winters, in the autumn when I built my first dance studio with a pile of maple leaves that had fallen from the trees. The leaves became my first dance partners as I threw them up in the air, and caressed them with my arms. I danced everywhere. No one taught me to dance. I felt it.
5678 Showtime - Dance World Cup – CID Canada
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Goh Ballet Celebrates International Dance Day with the City of Vancouver
Serving the artistic community for over 38 years, the Goh Ballet brings a stunning new free public
presentation to the steps of City Hall on April 29th 2015.
“Dance to the Beat of Your Heart”
(Vancouver, BC, April 29, 2015) – In celebration of International Dance Day, the awe-inspiring Goh Ballet will raise awareness of the art of dance in a brand new commission set to debut on April 29, 2015 at Vancouver City Hall. This is a public presentation and everyone is invited to attend and witness the powerfulness of artistic expression with over 50 young dancers coming together to perform a positive energetic outpour of passion for the love of dance.
International Dance Day originated in 1982 by the International Dance Council (CID) and is celebrated by millions around the world. For the first time in the city of Vancouver, the Goh Ballet joins this occasion to share youthful vitality, emotional well-being, and positive interactions that dance represents.
“Dance to the Beat of Your Heart” is specially choreographed by Goh Ballet’s Senior Instructor Adonis Daukaev and produced by the Director, Chan Hon Goh. Ms. Goh expressed her enthusiasm and gratitude for the opportunity in saying, “The Goh Ballet would like to invigorate dance in our City. Serving at the forefront of the artistic community for over 38 years, we feel compelled to make dance accessible to all and advocate for an art form that feeds our soul. Please come and support the future of dance.”
The Goh Ballet and City Hall encourages everyone to attend:
What: Celebration of International Dance Day (free public presentation by Goh Ballet)
When: April 29th, 2015 at 12:30pm
Where: City Hall (12th Avenue Entrance)
About Goh Ballet
Since 1978, Vancouver, Canada has been home to the Goh Ballet, a vibrant, innovative and diverse dance organization. Under the direction of Chan Hon Goh since 2010, the organization is following the vision of its founders while expanding on current artistic aspirations. The Goh Ballet pursues technical and artistic excellence while raising cultural awareness in our communities through performance productions. The Goh Ballet is synonymous with excellence, training talent and fostering the presentation of classical ballet. It provides extraordinary opportunities for dancers to reach their full potential, while contributing to the artistic well-being of our city and country. The Goh Ballet is always at the forefront of the arts community.
With a wide-ranging and ever-expanding repertoire that encompasses classical and contemporary ballet, jazz, character and national dance, the Goh Ballet’s reach extends internationally. The ballet has toured around the world, including in the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, France and the U.S.A. The achievements of the organization’s dancers at international competitions, and the visibility of its graduates who fill the ranks of world-renowned companies, continue to prove that the Goh Ballet is a cultural ambassador on world stages.
The International Dance Council is the official organization for all forms of dance in all countries of the world. CID is recognized by UNESCO, national and local governments, international organizations and institutions. Its members are the most prominent federations, associations, schools, companies and individuals active in dance in more than 150 countries. CID was founded in 1973 within the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, where it is based. UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The Goh Ballet has been a member since 2013 and this is our first year to participate with a special initiative for International Dance Day.