The Ten Commandments for the survival of Dance in Spain
1.-Larger presence, visibility and prominence of dance in Spain. Recovery and development of the exhibition fields and presence of dance in the public TV channel programmes to boost growth of audiences as well as vocation amongst the population.
2.-Establishment of a National Choreographic Centre, official seat for the National Dance Companies (CND and BNE) and permanent exhibition centre for the creations by independent dance companies, as well as development of a national network of centres for choreographic residencies in well-equipped public spaces.
3.-Creation of an appropriately funded national programme for companies and/or creators-in-residence to boost the public facilities for cultural events through programmed activities such as festivals, classes, workshops, and promotion of exchange and encounter between creators.
4.-Legal restructuring of the dance companies in the framework of the fourth sector as social enterprises whose primary objective is to develop Dance.
5.-Modification of the taxation system currently applied to the performing arts to give stronger incentives to create cultural activities as opposed to simple “entertainment”. Total VAT exemption. Special company taxes for social enterprises. Encourage funding by providing appealing tax exemptions to patrons.
6.-Proclamation of new ways of financial support for dance after the drastic cuts in budgets destined for dance in recent years. In successive phases, there should be suitable scholarships for training and research, as well as financial aid for production and exhibition.
7.-Design of a work scheme specifically for dance professionals considering the brief duration of their artistic career, as well as creation of a national retraining programme for professional dancers, similar to that in place for elite sportsmen.
8.-Academic recognition of the titles for dance awarded by the conservatories and full accreditation in the European and international environments. Incorporate arts, including dance, in the educational curriculum of young Spanish students and boost incentives for further research.
9.-Coordination of external promotion of dance between all the administrative organisations with competence in cultural issues (INAEM, AECID, ICEX, Cervantes Institute, and AC/E). Organise trade missions for national events and have Spanish dance and scenic arts professionals show greater presence at international fairs abroad.
10.-Exploitation of the potential of dance created in Spain as suitable impetus for cultural diplomacy. The absence of language barriers should be used to make this universal language aptly reflect the cultural diversity that shapes our country.