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

Material required

  • 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.

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

Visit the dance stamp collection of Alkis Raftis