GHANA PROMOTES AZONTO AS NATIONAL DANCE ON INTERNATIONAL DANCE DAY
International Dance Day was introduced in 1982 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.
The International Dance Council, the umbrella organization for all forms of dance within UNESCO is competent for representing and supporting the art of dance. It promotes Dance Day through its global network of Sections and members. Its president delivers the official message every year.
The International Dance Council considers that while dance has been an integral part of human culture throughout its history, it is less prioritized by official establishments in the world.
This year, as part of the International Dance Day or World Dance Day, the National Theatre and National Dance Company (Ghana Dance Ensemble) has actively created programs to directly engage the public in connect to the celebrations under the theme: “Dance, a tool for a social cohesion”.
According to the Director of National Dance Company of Ghana, Nii- Tete Yartey dance is a vital component of life’s event; it permeates through concepts of birth, education, religion, politics, economics, death and other social activities in the life of Ghanaians so all and sundry should DANCE!!!
This year’s celebration is concentrated on AZONTO as the National Dance for Ghana which the world needs to recognize.
The event was commemorated at Tetteh Quarshie circle in Accra with dance performances on the newly created foot bridge by the Ghana dance ensemble. The Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Tourism, Art and Culture, Mrs. Dzifa Abla Gomashie was present to grace the occasion.
She spoke with BREEZE 90.9 FM’s, Ntewusu Philomina Lisa stating that because she started with dance before entering film, it would be right to represent the act and art ministry as a whole.
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STORY BY: NTEWUSU PHILOMINA LISA
BREEZE 90.9 FM, ACCRA- GHANA