Dance on Postage Stamps
A world-wide program of the International Dance Council CID


This programme aims at encouraging young dancers to collect postage stamps depicting


In this way they will:

- familiarize themselves with the infinite variety of dances around the world

- acquire a pleasant and educating pastime, not requiring much time or expenditure

- make friends by exchanging stamps from their collection

- get inspiration for creating new dances or costumes

- get satisfaction by exhibiting their collection in their environment

For dance teachers

- Show some dance stamps to your pupils. You can also have enlarged photographs printed

or make enlarged photocopies.

- Commend them in class to show the rich potential of dance expression.

- Use them to illustrate a dance history course.

- Plan an exhibition of the stamps to be collected.

- Plan a lecture with slides of the stamps and information on the dances depicted.

How to find stamps

- Ask any stamp collector

- Find stamp shops in the Yellow Pages

- Find stamp dealers in weekly markets

- Search in the Web for other collectors

- Inquire at the Post Office

- Write to philatelic clubs

Material required

- You will need an album to put your stamps in, a pair of pliers and probably a magnifying


- Advanced collectors need a catalogue, but you can consult it in a library

- Most of the stamps are cheap, especially if they are obliterated. Prices vary of course, but

to have an idea you can count on less than half a Euro or half a dollar per stamp.

Further information

- Once you have a stamp, you can look for information on the dance depicted. This you can

find by corresponding with collectors or dancers from the issuing country.

- You can also collect postcards, photographs or posters with dances. Other people collect

newspaper clippings, performance programs, flyers or autographs.

- If you need more information, send a letter to the National Dance Council of your country, or

directly to the CID who will forward it to them.

- For advanced information, send an email message to the CID philatelic consultant Mr.

Pantelis Leoussis, at   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Visit the dance stamp collection of Alkis Raftis




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