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
A definition of Living Heritage as we look at an intangible vs tangible framework of embodied practice with dosagrama and for dance heritage.
Safeguarding heritage and the threats, what can help and encourage the preservation of heritage, habitus, moral, religious, and management.
The transmission of dance and heritage. How the body, physical locations, societies & the body are transmitted as cultural heritage.
Authenticity and its implications for Intangible Cultural Heritage: The Case Study of the Dance Genre Egyptian Raqs Sharqi
Research on Egyptian raqs sharqi, with data gathered using interviews and analysis of videos and texts available online. This case study that shows how the tangible and intangible elements of heritage contribute to the authenticity discourse constructed by an international community of Egyptian raqs sharqi practitioners.
Dance genres from the spectator audience perspective. Ballet, contemporary, folkloric, Matthew Bourne, Carlos Acosta, Grupo Corpo.
Jillian Vanstone interview discussing ballet and dancing. National Ballet of Canada. Being on stage, technical ability, and mental aspects.
Articles on Dance Heritage
Non-Egyptian Influences As mentioned by Dina at the end of the previous section, the musicians, the feeling and the heart of raqs sharqi are still in Egypt. This is why many raqs sharqi practitioners (those who want to discover the roots of this dance) from around the...
Other Egyptian Dancers Apart from the dancers who perform and teach internationally, there are other examples of Egyptian dancers I found online. These are the ones who appear on shaabi music videos and I have found references to some of them on an article from a...
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...
Books on Dance
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Dr Valeria Lo Iacono (Symonds)
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