CID (The International Dance Council) is the official umbrella organization for all forms of dance in all countries of the world. It is a non-governmental organization founded in 1973 within the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, where it is based. CID brings together the most important international, national and local organizations, as well as select individuals active in dance.
Chögyal Namkhai Norbu met the president of CID, Prof. Alkis Raftis, in Moscow in 2011 at the Dzogchen Forum organized by Silvano Yeshe Namkhai. Soon after that a mutual collaboration started with Vajra Dance becoming part of the global dance directory of CID.
In March 2016, after first Khaita Joyful Dances instructors exam, Prof. Raftis, visited Chögyal Namkhai Norbu’s spiritual center Dzamling Gar located in Tenerife, Canary Islands. There he gave a beautiful speech and presented CID certificates to all new Vajra Dance and Khaita Joyful Dances instructors, so Khaita Joyful Dances was officially recognized by CID as a very important form of dance.
Prof. Raftis said he was more than happy to deliver CID certificates because Khaita dances totally embody the spirit and ideas of UNESCO and the UN by bringing together people from all over the world who, through dancing, promote peace, harmony, and understanding. UNESCO gives priority to small and poor countries and even if “you” – he said – “come from countries which are neither small nor poor, you promote the ideas of UNESCO considering yourselves citizens of the world”. He added that now more than ever the whole of mankind is threatened by discrimination, lack of respect, the effects of the financial crisis, terrorist attacks and that is why Khaita is so important because it emphasizes respect for humanity and its real values. Then he shared his personal feelings with us, saying that Khaita is not only a practice, like ballet, tango or flamenco and so forth. There is a ”theory” behind Khaita dances because they are strictly linked to a vast culture and history from which they are inseparable. That is why – he concluded – “I have a profound respect for what you are doing”.
Khaita instructors performing at the Diploma delivery ceremony
CID diploma delivery
Khaita Joyful dancers with Prof. Raftis
Khaita Joyful Dances has been presented at several CID Dance events held in Russia and Greece.
Our latest performance was in July 2017 at the 50th World Congress on Dance Research by CID. We were performing at the famous Dora Stratou Dance Theater, on a pine covered hill opposite the Acropolis. So beautiful and inspiring! It’s been a true joy for us to be a part of such an important and caring organization and to share the beauty of Khaita with many dancers around the world.