The beauty of dance has been captured in a new set of postal stamps celebrating National Dance Day which occurred on July 28, 2012. Unveiled by the United States Post Office the new dance stamps pay homage to four influential choreographers who changed the world of dance forever.
The dance stamps include artists Isadora Duncan, Jose Limon, Katherine Dunham, and Bob Fosse.
U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission chairman Ruth Goldway says of the program:
“Together, the PRC and the Postal Service believe these stamps will serve as a reminder of the achievements made by these truly innovative choreographers. We hope more people will learn about the incredible contributions they made and their enduring legacies.”
The new stamps were designed by art director Ethel Kessler from illustrations by James McMullan and were created to look like performance advertising posters full of colorful art that captures the spirit of each dance style.
National Dance Day was conceived by “So You Think You Can Dance” judge and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe as a way to celebrate the joy and benefits dance brings to everyone.
Following the new Dance Stamps announcement Lythgoe thanked the USPS:
“I want to thank the U.S. Postal Service for creating such beautiful stamps honoring these four legendary choreographers and for issuing them on National Dance Day. I hope these stamps serve not only to educate people about the art of dance and its history, but also to motivate them to dance themselves.”
The Choreographers stamps are being issued as Forever Stamps in sheets of 20 (5 of each design). As Forever Stamps they will work when sending mail now and in the future even as stamp prices continue to increase.