MONIKA KOCMANOVA IDO DANCERS COMMISSION- PRESS RELEASE 62/2021
The International Dance Organization recently set up an IDO Dancers Commission. The Commission will act as the voice for IDO active licensed dancers around the world and to protect their rights and interests. The Dancers Commission will act as a direct link from the voices of dancers to the IDO Presidium. It is the Commissioners duty to provide updated information to dancers and to the IDO Presidium.
Monika Kocmanova from IDO North Macedonia has been appointed to the IDO Dance Commission. The IDO Communications Department has caught up with Monika to tell us a bit about herself and what are her expectations in the next year:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your history in the IDO?
My name is Monika Kocmanova and I am 19 years old. I am from Skopje, the capital of Macedonia. I started dancing Latin and Hip Hop when I was 5 years old at Studio Prima Danza, but then moved to Studio Eat The Beat. So here I am 14 years actively dancing and realizing my dreams. I am also a licensed trainer and have been teaching classes since 2018.
My very first IDO competition was in 2010. Since then, I have many achievements as a national and international champion, but the ones I would single out as the most important for me are: The third place at the IDO World Latin Show & Synchro Dance Championship in Athens (2017) and the fourth place at the IDO World Latin Show & Synchro Dance Championship in Sarajevo (2019).
I am currently a student in a private high school and I am mostly interested in biology. I have received many state awards in the field of biology and now I am preparing for the Olympics. I would like to continue my education in Slovenia at the University of Medicine in Ljubljana. My dream profession is to be a paediatric pulmonologist, but that doesn't mean I will give up dancing. I speak English. In primary school I studied French, now in high school I study German. I also attend Slovenian language classes.
In addition to dancing and medicine, I enjoy coffee chatting with friends and playing with my dogs.
Why have you agreed to form part of the IDO Commission? How important is it to have a voice in the IDO?
I think the Dancers Commission is a very important part of the IDO, with the dancers having the opportunity to give their opinion and having a chance to act. A good feature of this community is that it has representatives from different countries and continents. In that way many different views can be exchanged and various problems can be seen, but also we have a chance to give a compliment to all those good things in IDO.
The importance of this community is that we are the ones representing the IDO and we are the ones proposing the changes. Not just for us but for many generations to come. We present our views and opinions and try to present IDO as best as we can. It is our honour to be part of this organization, but also it is our duty to be correct and honest in our decisions.
As a member of this community, I would like to act as a serious and worthy person and defend my position in IDO. For that purpose, I would use my experience so far with Couple Dances, but I would also suggest talking to our instructors and dancers so that we can improve it. I would use the experiences and knowledge as the best solution, and I would rely on them when talking about problems and solutions.
The main reason I am here is to expand my knowledge, exchange experiences and improve the dancer’s community. I would like to be useful to make changes in the shortcomings in the IDO and also to suggest my views and opinions about them. With great honour I would see all the problems and shortcomings and would act consistently in the process of resolving them.
How do you see the IDO Commission developing in the future?
Regarding the future of the Dancers Commission, I can assume that we will act consistently in our duties and benefit this organization. I believe that we will achieve the goal for which we are all gathered, and that the dancers commission will have much better and better members over the years. So that over time many new things will be perceived, and they will also improve.
How do you see the IDO Commission supporting IDO in making it bigger and better?
Monika Kocmanova from IDO North Macedonia has been appointed to the IDO Dance Commission. The IDO Communications Department has caught up with Monika to tell us a bit about herself and what are her expectations in the next year!
Finding a way to unite all dancers around the world and enable them to make contact and express their opinions and views to the higher bodies in the organization is more than a good success. Finding a common solution to the problems faced by all dancers is a great step forward for the entire organization, but also an opportunity to express their good views and praise the work done so far.
What is IDO to you?
For me, it is something I grew up with and after which I would remember perhaps the most beautiful part of my life. As for IDO I would continue to live that life as long as possible and enjoy it. All the experiences on the competitions and the various friendships and acquaintances that I have made cannot be described in words. They are priceless. And the future that IDO provides me with all those unforgettable moments make my life full and I believe that everyone should experience that kind of happiness and pleasure.
What is the first thing you think about when you think about IDO?
My whole childhood with all the unforgettable moments on the competitions.