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Professor Alkis Raftis, the current President of the International Dance Council CID UNESCO, has recently completed his 14th book, "Dances of the whole world on postage stamps", published 1998 in Plaka, Athens. This is a fascinating book, filled with life, colour, joy and celebration, literally worldwide, mainly because the dancers and musicians are exhibited on postage stamps. Not only does this collection of stamps literally encompass the world of dance, it also demonstrates the vast range of creativity in dance and music.

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It is well known that iconography plays a vital role in tracing dance activities in the past. When there are no descriptions of the dance progression available, when no music survives the pictorial representations of dance scenes supply us at least with a visual record, proving, that certain dance activities existed. Even if a picture on its own does not convey the movement, one may deduce from it some information on the type and style of dancing during a certain period. For this reason iconography is a much respected source material in dance research.

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