The International Dance Council,

The only official dance organization on the Planet



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.

Being a Member

Besides the prestigious title of Member of the International Dance Council CID, the highest body for Dance, you will be entitled to:

1. Receive membership confirmation letter and parchment paper for wall framing, as well as CID badges, stickers, posters, and other material.

2. Present your work at world congresses, international festivals, workshops, competitions and other important events organized by Members of the CID.

3. Be informed about opportunities such as scholarships, jobs, invitations to perform, to teach or to lecture, new publications etc. The CID Circular is mailed to over 30,000 dance professionals in 200 countries.

4. Be listed with your full profile in the Global Dance Directory (over 300,000 addresses, by far the largest in the arts): www.cid-world.org/directory

5. Address inquiries to the CID Secretariat which is staffed by full-time experienced professionals and has a huge archive of resources.

6. Meet other Members and be part of a network of thousands of specialists in more than 170 countries.

7. Have a discount at events (workshops, competitions, festivals etc.) or publications by member organizations.

8. Apply to your country’s National Commissions for UNESCO, other government agencies or private sponsors to fund your travel abroad in order to represent your country.

9. Support applications for a visa to attend congresses and other events held under the auspices of CID.

10. Share the prestige of “the United Nations of Dance“, as CID is usually called.

11. Offer to your students International Certification of Dance Studies, the official validation of teaching all over the world.

12. Nominate dance professionals for CID membership – your students can become Youth Members of CID.

13. Found a Section of CID in your city, thus representing it officially.

14. Obtain legal advice on professional matters.

15. Publish articles and electronic books at CID Writings

16. Publicize your events at the CID Panorama, the official website for dance events, with the largest visibility: www.panorama.cid-portal.org

All services by CID are free of charge to members.