Mission

To serve as a primary voice and support group for dance in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Goals

To

establish a center of information and communication for dance organizations  and individuals; a forum for the exchange of information, ideas, expertise and resources in all areas of dance.

To

encourage understanding of and access to dance as artistic, ritual and/or traditional expression, and as a recreational activity in communities throughout the world.

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assist in the identification and promotion of all dance traditions and styles in recognition of their cultural and social importance.

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encourage the protection of dance repertoire through various means of preservation.

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coordinate, support and enhance the work of existing dance organizations through international links.

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facilitate international exchange and encourage dialogue among people in dance, irrespective of affiliation.

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bring about greater understanding, respect and peace in the world through dance and cooperation on a global scale.

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This independent, non-profit, non-political organization began as the Asia Pacific Dance Alliance in Hong Kong in 1988. In 1990, the global body, World Dance Alliance(WDA), was founded at the Hong Kong International Dance Conference, organised by the WDAs founder Carl Wolz. In 1993, the name of the Asia-Pacific Center was changed to WDA-Asia Pacific to reflect its relationship to the global body. WDA-Asia Pacific is one of three regional centers that make up WDA. The other region is WDA-Americas. A third regional center, WDA-Africa, is in the process of establishing itself.

Chapters

Countries or defined geographical areas within a regional center may become Chapter members, providing information and coordinating the dance activities within their boundaries. They are important points in regional and global communication and networking. These Chapters propose and implement projects, which address not only the general goals of WDA and WDA-Asia Pacific, but also the specific needs of the local dance community.

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Networks

Based on specific areas of interest, these Networks focus the activities of WDA and WDA-Asia Pacific. They include:

 

E Education & Training

E Research & Documentation

E Creation & Presentation

E Welfare & Status

E Support & Development

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Objectives

To

promote the recognition, development and mutual understanding of all forms of dance.

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facilitate communication and exchange among dance individuals, institutions and organizations interested in dance.

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provide a forum for discussion of matters relating to dance.

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encourage and support the research, education, criticism, creation and performance of dance.

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liaise, co-ordinate and participate in activities with other dance organizations in the world.