Babywearing Dance is welcomed in the world of Dance – CID, UNESCO
Our founder, Selen Yilmaz, recently came back from attending the 46th CID, Unesco World Congress on Dance Research in Miami Florida, and wanted to share with us her experiences. This is what she had to say about her amazing journey:
My beautiful Joimovers, what an adventure we’ve had! We’ve survived a hurricane, met delegates from Africa, Italy, the UK and from across the USA, exchanged knowledge on dance and dance research, shared dance lectures, and witnessed some amazing dance performances from fabulous people. In short, I’ve had some unforgettable experiences.
There was so much to do, see and be part of during the congress (despite the late start), but by far the most exciting thing for me was introducing everyone to Joimove, our beautiful community.
I was so proud to be able to debut our one–of–a–kind field to the wider dancing world. Our work, babywearing, dancing, connecting within the family and healing really is something new and there was plenty of excitement from everyone about it.
Thanks to KOKADI‘s sponsorship, a specialist in eco-conscious and fashionable babywearing products, I was able to not only attend the congress but also to give a lecture entitled “Babywearing Dance and Healing”, as well as a practical workshop. Both the lecture and workshop helped to reinforce the real benefits people get from babywearing, dancing and healing through music and movements.
I’ve dedicated my life to bringing families together and sharing the benefits of dancing, so this opportunity to contribute to the wider dance scholarship about babywearing dance really was so fulfilling.
Anyone who knows me knows that I am on a mission. A mission to show that dance is a natural way to deal with whatever life throws at us. I believe dance is a beautiful non-verbal communication tool that has the means to shift mindsets in positive ways. I believe it can improve relationships, and create positive core memories. I believe that dancing, with babywearing, is the best tool for family bonding and healing.
So it was an extraordinary thing to be able to share my beliefs with the Congress and for them to honour us with a special opportunity to shape the world of dance in the UK. As you know, Joimove is an institutional member of the CID and all graduates from Joimove International School receive certification to the CID, Unesco via Joimove.
Whilst at the congress in Miami, I met with the president of the CID, Hallandale and I am so pleased to announce a new collaboration between the UK and USA where they will lead and contribute to research on dance medicine and science. Joimove will now be representing the CID in the UK, and Glasgow will be the headquarters, where I am based. I’m delighted about this collaboration and excited to see where it takes us. We can’t wait to share new projects, hold conferences and conduct research with Joimovers and dance professionals across the UK.
What can I say, amazing! Wonderous! Exciting! Joimovers, welcome to the wider dance community!
International Dance Council (CID), Unesco is the official umbrella organization for all forms of dance in all countries of the world. It is a non-governmental organization founded in 1973 within the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, where it is based. Its members are the most prominent federations, associations, schools, companies and individuals within dance in over 170 countries. CID is the official partner of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.