The International Dance Council  CID

  CID 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 in over 170 countries.

  CID cooperates with national and local governments, international organizations and institutions.

  CID is official partner of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Main characteristics

CID as an umbrella organization evolves on a different level from its members. It is not connected to any particular dance school, company, federation or other institution.

CID does not organize festivals, workshops, competitions or other events – its Sections and its members do.

Being strictly non-commercial it sells no products or services, its only resource is membership fees. It is independent of any government, political ideology or economic interest.

CID treats all forms of dance on an equal basis. It does not promote a particular view of dance, recognizing its universal character as an art form, as a means of education and as a research subject.

It is non-discriminatory. Reflecting the principles of the United Nations and UNESCO it is open to all approaches to dance without prejudice for race, gender, religion, political affiliation or social status.

CID is governed democratically – its leadership is elected every four years. Elected officers receive no emolument.

Membership increases constantly; it includes more than 2,000 institutional members (federations, schools, companies, competitions, festivals etc.) and over 10,000 individual members (choreographers, educators, dance historians, administrators, critics and others) in 170 countries.

It is open to membership, accepting organizations, institutions or persons with sufficient credentials.