The dance Manifesto expresses the core messages of the I love dance/J’aime la danse campaign and encourages support for dance as an art form integral to our Canadian identity. Using the manifesto we can insist on the values and impact of dance in our communities. the Dance Manifesto is free for everyone to use!
The Dance Manifesto is also available and translated in French, Armenian, Dutch, Farsi, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian. Other languages will follow as soon as available.
We declare that dance, in all its diverse expressions, is a force for social good and
In support of this we uphold the following principles:
Dance is an instinctive human birthright and a lifelong contributor to health and contentment.
Dance enlivens the body.
Dance engages the mind.
Dance inspires the spirit
Dance celebrates cultural, social and physical diversity yet soars above perceived barriers to foster cohesion and shared understanding.
Dance as an art represents a society’s highest aspirations and communicates profound truths
that are beyond the power of words.
Dance expresses the essence of what it is to be fully alive.
For these reasons, we advocate:
Expanded opportunities to experience dance, as art, health, education, recreation or sport, whether as observer or participant, among all age groups and socio-cultural sectors.
Wider appreciation of the multi-faceted contributions of the dance profession as a source of valuable knowledge and provider of inspiring performances.
Broader acknowledgment of dance as a major component of our identity as a compassionate, imaginative, innovative and thriving community.
Canadian Dance Assembly: www.cda-acd.ca