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PATRICIA CLANCY–KUHLMANN (article first published : 2004-04-5)

Patricia Clancy-Kuhlmann, a classical Greek dance teacher at SAHETI School, in Senderwood Bedfordview, was recently made a member of UNESCO's Conseil International De La Danse CID - International Dance Council.

She is organising the 1st UNESCO World Dance Day to be held in South Africa on April 29.

As a member, she has been appointed to organise the 1st World Dance Day in South Africa, to be held at SAHETI School. On this day, dance groups representing all forms of dance are invited to perform. The World Dance Day was established in 1982 in view of attracting attention to the art of dance and takes place on April 29 every year.

The International Dance Council (CID) is the official umbrella organisation for all forms of dance in the world. It is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation (NGO) founded in 1973 within UNESCO headquarters in Paris where it is based. Its purpose is to act as a worldwide forum bringing together international, national and local organisations as well as individuals active in dance. It represents the interest of the dance world at large and consults accordingly governments and international agencies.

Patricia Clancy-Kuhlmann was made a member of UNESCO (CID) on the recommendation of the President of UNESCO's (CID) and the CEO of the Dora Stratou Theatre in Athens, Dr Alkis Raftis. She received an invitation from Paris in July of 2002 to apply for membership to UNESCO (CID). Dr Alkis Raftis had met Ms Clancy through a former pupil of hers and past principal dancer of NAPAC, Andrianna Papanicolaou, who was running workshops in Classical Greek Dance at The Dora Stratou Theatre, in Athens.

Ms Clancy received notification of her official membership in July 2003 and as a result attended the CID International Dance Research Congress held in Naxos, Greece in October 2003. The theme of the congress was Dance in Education" and she gave a presentation on Classical Greek Dance and its Role in Education Today.

"UNESCO CID aims to unite different cultures to promote peace, harmony and understanding through the universal medium of dance" says Patricia Clancy who also needs to establish regional branches of UNESCO CID in South Africa.

She has been teaching Classical Greek Dancing at SAHETI School for 30 years. Her love for dance started from a very early age. Her initial training incorporated Classical Greek Dance as well as Ballet, National and Oriental Dance. In 1961 she obtained a dance teacher's diploma majoring in History of Theatre and Costume, Choreography and Stage Management from Technikon Natal (now Durban Institute of Technology). She obtained a Fellowship with The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing London (Cecchetti Branch) and an Associate Status for National Dance. She continued studying Classical Greek dance obtaining her teacher's diploma in London and also an Advanced Certificate from the Royal Academy of Dancing.

In 1997 she was awarded a Greek statue of Apollo (a museum piece) by the Greek Consulate in recognition of services to the Greek Community. In January of 2002 she was awarded the "Award for Excellence by the Lyceum Club of Greek Women for Contributing to Hellenism in the field of Classical Greek Dance".




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