World Dance Heritage

Research, training, tourism, interviews and more on Dance Heritage.
Read the research on Dance as a Form of Living Cultural Heritage

Welcome to World Dance Heritage, with research, culture, lessons, teaching, and customs of dance. This site is about promoting and celebrating all dance forms and its protection and promotion from all over the world. The heritage section covers research on all aspects of  dance heritage and the cultural dimensions of dance, including on the issues, debates, and questions about dance genres as forms of cultural heritage of humanity Including the transmission of dance and the  Authenticity of dance)For tourist boards, dance can also be an important way of providing a memorable and positive visitor experience and we work with Tourism Boards to promote dance heritage and traditions. We also providing teaching and training online in dance, heritage, tourism via online teaching to students around the world. 

Dance Heritage & Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH)  Research

Belly Dance Heritage Change and Traditions Discussion (6.5)

Belly Dance Heritage Change and Traditions Discussion (6.5)

Dialogical Paradigm As living heritage is based on a dialogical paradigm, the dialectic between change and traditions is important and so is practitioners’ agency. As Adshead (1988, p. 78) posits, ‘genres and styles place constraints upon . . . the nature and range of...

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Heritage Qualities and Value Findings (6.3)

Heritage Qualities and Value Findings (6.3)

Introducing the Heritage Value in Raqs sharqi Adopting a dialogical paradigm of heritage, according to which heritage is (Bodo, 2012, p. 182) ‘constantly questioned and rediscovered by individuals who breathe new life into it’, this section explicates the heritage...

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Tourism Boards and Using Traditional Dance for Place-making

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Articles on Dance Heritage

Sahar Samara – Modern but Mellow (5.7.5)

Sahar Samara – Modern but Mellow (5.7.5)

Background of Sahar Samara Another Egyptian dancer who teaches at the Nile Group Festival is Sahar Samara. She also participated in the raqs sharqi competition Al Rakesa, organised by Dina, and she came second. I found a little bit more information about her from the...

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Camelia – The Extremely Assertive Dancer (5.7.4)

Camelia – The Extremely Assertive Dancer (5.7.4)

Camelia Background Camelia teaches at the Nile Group Festival and, according to its website (no date), she started her career as a folkloric dancer in the late 90s and later she started dancing raqs sharqi. She is now performing in 5-star hotels in Cairo and she...

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Randa Kamel – The Powerful Dance (5.7.3)

Randa Kamel – The Powerful Dance (5.7.3)

Introduction to Randa Kamel Randa Kamel is extremely famous among practitioners worldwide, because she travels a lot for teaching and also because her very energetic style is very appealing to foreigners. She is one of the first Egyptian dancers who is more famous...

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Dr Valeria Lo Iacono (Symonds)

Dr Valeria Lo Iacono (Symonds)

Owner

Hi. I am the owner of World Dance heritage and I completed a Ph.D. in dance as a form of in cultural tangible heritage. I also have worked as a lecturer of sociology, and physical movement, in the University of Bath (England), and Cardiff Metropolitan University (Wales). Valeria also provides online teaching in dance studies, and heritage studies. Learn more about Dr Valeria Lo Iacono