Dance is integral part of our human culture

08May 2017
Dar es salaam
The Guardian
Dance is integral part of our human culture

FOUNDED in 1982, International Dance Day seeks to promote the art of dance around the world. The founding body, the International Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute selects a special personality each year to create an International Dance Day Message to be shared around the world

Dance is practised by both amateurs and professionals and is enjoyed in theatres everywhere. This special day is all about the history of dance and the recognition of its place in society.

Dance is both an art form and a method of communication in cultures around the world, and is practised by millions of people. Celebrate this International Dance Day by learning about the history of dance, or perhaps even learning a new dance yourself or with a group of friends! It’s a great excuse to sign up for those dance classes you’ve always fancied.

International Dance Day was introduced by the International Dance Council (CID, Conseil International de la Danse), a UNESCO partner NGO, and is celebrated yearly, on April 29.

The date is not linked to a particular person or a particular form of dance, although it's also the day when the French dancer and ballet master Jean-Georges Noverre was born.

The main purpose of Dance Day events is to attract the attention of the wider public to the art of dance. Emphasis should be given to addressing a new public, people who do not follow dance events during the course of the year.

Every year, the president of the International Dance Council sends the official message for Dance Day which circulates in every country around the world and is posted at the official website for Dance Day.

The International Dance Council considers that while dance has been an integral part of human culture throughout its history, it is less prioritised by official establishments in the world.

In particular, Professor Alkis Raftis, president of the International Dance Council, in his 2003 Dance Day Message said: "In more than half of the 200 countries in the world, dance does not appear in legal texts (for better or for worse!).

There are no funds allocated in the state budget to support this art form. There is no such thing as dance education, private or public."

The year 2005 focus of Dance Day was on primary education. International Dance Council urged dance establishments to contact the Ministries of Education with the proposals to celebrate this day at all schools with writing essays about dance, drawing dance pictures, dancing in the streets, etc.

The 2006 message of president of the International Dance Council addresses the reluctance of dancers to join collective organisations, expresses an opinion that this is a major reason of the lack of the due recognition (legislation, financing, visibility) of dance in society, and calls: "Dancers of the world, unite!"
In 2008, Alkis Raftis circulated an e-mail which said, in part: "Governments, sponsors, and the media is our main concern this year.

Governments (national, regional or local), sponsors (private or public) and the media (newspapers, magazines, radio, TV) are the three most important factors affecting the practice of our art.

Dance professionals struggle to approach them individually - with poor results. We propose a better way: through CID Sections representing all forms of dance, all levels, all functions"

Board of boxing control way forward for Dar

A significant move towards improvement of administration of boxing in Tanzania came into view recently when theb National Sports Council (NSC) formed a special committee to oversee formation of a board of boxing control.

The committee, which was made up of official from professional boxing bodies, had, as directed by the NSC, to collect views from members of the domestic boxing fraternity on the composition of the board and the way it should operate.

The domestic boxing fraternity went as far as raising several issues the boxing board of control should deal with, when the body has been given the mandate to oversee the sport.

NSC, to the dismay of a handful of members of the domestic boxing fraternity, then, opted out of the plan to form the board of boxing control and entrusted the Tanzania Professional Boxing Commission (TPBC) with overseeing all matters pertaining to the sport's development.

NSC, moreover, declared other professional boxing bodies, Pugilist Syndicate of Tanzania (PST) and Tanzania Professional Boxing Organisation (TPBO) as ineligible.

The two bodies, as the council alleged, were registered as companies under the regulation set by the Business Registration and Licensing Agency (BRELA) and, therefore, do not deserve to serve as the sport's governing body.

TPBC, the council said, was formed and operates in accordance with regulations for sports governing bodies.

TPBC has, since then, been the only body overseeing all activities in professional boxing in the country.

We feel the decision reached by NSC was quite harsh and the council, should reinstate the special committee and proceed with the formation of the board of boxing control.

The domestic boxing fraternity, as revealed by its members, stands to gain a lot from the presence of the board of boxing control.

The board of boxing control, for instance, will set clear guidelines on the payment of domestic professional boxers, whenever the latter participate in bouts in the country.

The board will see to it the boxers not only honour their contracts for bouts but also receive payments as per the agreements with the organisers.
The move will, in turn, curb dishonesty be either boxers or organisers of the bouts.

There have recently been several incidences, in which a section of domestic professional boxers have been refusing to participate in bouts despite having received advance payment from the organizers of the bouts.

Several domestic boxing promoters have, as well, been reported to have refused to pay the boxers the remainder of the latter's payment.

There has also been a string of indiscipline acts committed by a section of domestic professional boxers, when the latter feel they have unfairly lost bouts.

The board of boxing control, certainly, has what it takes to deal with indiscipline, dishonesty and the rest of issues that frustrate efforts to raise the profile of boxing at the domestic level.

Professional boxing has made great strides in countries which have set up board of boxing control and we feel Tanzania has to take a leaf from the countries' book, should there hopes of achieving success in the sport in the country.

It is obvious we do not question the ability by TPBC to oversee professional boxing domestically but we feel there is a need for members of the domestic boxing fraternity to be fully involved in all issues pertaining to the administration of the sport.

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