About 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.
It brings together the most important international, national and local organizations, as well as select individuals active in dance.
CID cooperates with national and local governments, international organizations and institutions.
Its members are the most prominent federations, associations, schools, companies and individuals in over 170 countries.
CID is official partner of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.


Main characteristics

CID is an umbrella organization, in the sense that it 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 iselectedeveryfouryears. Elected officers receive no emolument.

Membership increases constantly; in 2014 it included more than 1100 institutional members (federations, schools, companies, competitions, festivals etc.) and over 8,000 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.