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April 10, 2011

DANCE XCHANGE: The Philippine International Dance Festival

In the hopes of creating conditions for dialogue and cooperation within the world dance community, the National Committee on Dance of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) will again be spearheading the International Dance Day celebration held all over the world by the International Theater Institute (ITI). The International Dance Day is created under the auspices of UNESCO in Paris, and the Philippine observance of this celebration is slated to take place at the Manila Hotel on April 27 - 29, 2011 organized by the NCCA-National Committee on Dance.

The National Committee on Dance under the innovative and active leadership of Ms. Shirley Halili-Cruz has decided to hold the Dance Xchange 2011: The Philippine International Dance Festival with the theme “Cultural Connectivity through Dance”, following the highly successful 2009 and 2010 Dance Xchange. This international festival is in accordance with Presidential Proclamation No. 154, declaring the last week of April as the “National Dance Week” and considered as one of the banner projects of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

The Dance Xchange aims to: 1) provide venue for interaction and facilitate learning among dancers, directors, dance teachers, choreographers, Physical Education teachers and dance scholars, 2) establish an international event which will become an cultural destination for foreign artists; 3) provide new ideas and inspiration that will stimulate the creativity of the dance educators, directors and choreographers, 3) showcase different dance forms by foreign and local dancers; 4) facilitate cultural exchange and understanding, and 5) strengthen network among dance organizations and dance directors. The Dance Xchange will have activities such as dance competition, artists forum, masters classes, dance workshops and festival of performances.

The Dance Xchange promised to be a bigger international event in the Philippines. A bigger network of international dance companies and top Philippine dance companies will be invited to participate in the said event.

The Dance Xchange is an opportunity of exposure for local dance groups to different international dance artists and groups in the hope of mutually enriching the each others’ experiences. It has been the intention of this event to provide dynamic activities for the dance community in the Philippines and establish an international dance festival that can be a destination for foreign dance companies.

The celebration will be in two parts:
Part 1: NCCA National Dance Competition
April 25 – 26, 2011
Part II: Dance Xchange: The Philippine International Dance Festival

April 26 - Arrival of foreign and regional dance groups
April 27 - Opening ceremony
April 27 - 29 - Artists’ forum, workshops, performances
Closing program
April 30 - Cultural Tour for performers
May 1 - Departure of foreign and regional dance groups

The NCCA- National Committee on Dance are inviting everyone; dancers, dance educators and teachers, dance moderators/ directors, choreographers, P.E. teachers and supervisors, cultural and tourism officers, festival organizers and dance enthusiasts to come and be part of Dance Xchange, The Philippine International Dance Festival 2011. The registration fee is P 1,000 to cover the kit, IDs, T-shirt, certificates, tickets for the shows and other materials.

Attached, please find the Registration Form, CSC Memo, DepEd Memo, CHED Memo, DILG Memo and list of places to stay in Manila. For your confirmation and pre-registration, please email to nccadancexchange@hotmail.com, shirleyhalilicruz@yahoo.com, pmd@ncca.gov.ph, velman_2000@yahoo.com or mgtellano@yahoo.com. Should you have inquiries, please contact Shirley Halili-Cruz at 09175296946, Franco Velas at 09291755740, Marichu Tellano at 527-2214 or 09209514911 or Ferdie Isleta/ Ogie Nicolas at 527-2209.

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