By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
In an effort to utilize dance as a tool for cultural exchange and sharing, the Department of Education (DepEd) enjoined teachers from both public and private schools to participate in an international dance conference to be held at the end of the month.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones, in a DepEd memorandum, expressed support to the Dance Xchange: The Philippine International Dance Workshop and Festival from April 26 to 30 in Roxas, Capiz City. The activity will be led by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) – National Committee on Dance.
DepEd said that the Dance Xchange aims to “provide enriching activities” for choreographers, physical education (PE) or MAPEH teachers from Senior High School (SHS) Program for the Arts (SPA) and the Arts and Design Track for SHS, dance trainers, and learners.
The activity, DepEd added, also aims to provide the participants with “new ideas and inspiration which will stimulate the creativity of choreographers and dance directors, dancers, and dance teachers” as well as to “showcase the unique dances of each country.”
DepEd said that part of the objectives of conducting the Dance XChange is to give the “participants an opportunity for interaction and learning among dancers, directors and dance choreographers from the different countries” including the Philippines and to “provide knowledge and skills” which will contribute in the continuing development of teachers.
The Dance XChange, DepEd said, will have activities such as dance conference, dance workshops for be conducted by directors of the participating countries, festival of dance performances, major concerts, outreach performances, master classes for dancers and cultural tours.
DepEd said that in the Philippines, the target participants to the said activity are Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health (MAPEH) and SPA teachers, teachers of the Arts and Design Track of the SHS, dance trainers, choreographers, and directors of dance groups in both public and private schools – as well as dancers.