Venezuela dances along
To reinforce the production, promotion, teaching and preservation of dance in all its forms as a means to showcase the main values of Venezuelan culture within the country and abroad.
To consolidate and promote the dance movement, by granting popular cultural expressions in general access to various social spaces, and to foster the democratization and decentralization of artistic and cultural expressions, in accordance with the dictates of the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (1999).
The National Institute of Dance has made efforts to strengthen Venezuelan traditions, providing us the opportunity to express our identity and sovereignty, and find ways to accept and promote any new tendency that may arise from cultural exchanges in the field of dance. Public policies compel us to develop strategies aimed at preserving and promoting the cultural characteristics and historical memory of the Venezuelan people in a globalized world, relying on popular and intellectual actors capable of reappraising the past and incorporating it into the present.
In 2013, 29 choreographic performances took place across various dance genres. Dance festivals such as the “9th World Festival of Dance, Solos and Duets 2013” and the “15th National Festival of Paraguaná Dance Creators”. Twenty six workshops and thirty nine educational sessions were organized to foster artistic appraisal within the community, and in terms of cultural cooperation, 356 agreements were signed in all 24 states, to carry out training programs and promote dance-related activities, by both individuals and legal entities.
In 2014, a festival titled “Venezuela Moves 2014” was celebrated, to strengthen the production, promotion, teaching and preservation of dance in its various expressions: traditional, popular, indigenous, classical, neo-classical, contemporary and urban, both within the country and abroad. Three events took place to promote dance-related expressions across the country and abroad, such as the “Venezuela Moves 2014” and “Gira a Oriente” festivals. Education-wise, 39 events were carried out to improve artistic appraisal within the community. The 356 cultural cooperation agreements covering dance activities in all 24 states were renewed.
In 2015, 48 sessions took place to create spaces for the exchange of knowledge and to improve the appraisal of dance within many communities. One hundred choreography centers were built across the country, increasing and consolidating the number of spaces available for artistic education, and making possible the production of new dance presentations and performances. In terms of cultural cooperation, 135 agreements were signed throughout the country involving dance-related activities.
An average of US$ 45,000 was invested per year, under the regular national budget, and in supplemental appropriations.