On World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, 8 May 1999, the
International Red Cross and Red Crescent Millennium Year will
be launched, with National Societies worldwide organizing
and promoting as many and varied dance events as the imagination
permits. To date, 70 National Societies have signed on to
participate in this global event known as ‘Dance the
Dance transcends boundaries while respecting cultures. It
celebrates both the universality and diversity of humanity.
As Joanna MacLean explains the link between the Movement and
dance, “...the message, the language, the context may
change, but the commitment to relieve suffering does not.
Much like in dance where the style of dancing may differ from
one country to another, but the celebration of rhythm and
the human spirit remains the foundation for all dance.”
‘Dance the World’ will feature the vibrant colours
and flamboyance of Latin American routines, the elegance and
classical beauty of Asian dancers, the grand balls and folk
dances of Europe, the swaying grace of Pacific islanders,
the drama and ritual of Middle Eastern dance, the drumming
and exuberance of African and Caribbean rhythms. This rainbow
of colours, motion and faces are all connected by a commitment
to promote the universal humanitarian values of the Movement.
From Belgium to the Philippnes, Uganda to the Pacific islands,
National Societies are organizing events both large and small.
The British Red Cross has booked the most prestigious concert
hall in London and invited groups from all over the country
to participate in a dance marathon. Another society, working
closely with the ministry of youth and sport, is assisting
schools throughout the country to organize ‘Dance the
World’ activities. And yet another is preparing to work
in co-operation with sister National Societies in neighbouring
countries to dance at the borders.
With the day fast approaching, it is up to Red Cross and
Red Crescent members and supporters from around the world
to ensure that ‘Dance the World’ is a global success.
What will you be doing on 8 May this year? How about putting
on your dancing shoes?