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 dance.
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
- You will need an album to put your stamps in, a pair of pliers and probably a magnifying glass
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org