The International Dance Council (Conseil International de la Danse - CID) was founded with the encouragement and support of UNESCO. The Constituent Assembly was held at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris on 12 November 1973.

The famous German choreographer Kurt Joos was elected as its first President.

Subsequent statutory meetings were held in Stockholm 1975 and 1982, in Cologne 1977, in London 1980 and in Paris 1984.

CID is officially recognized by UNESCO as an international non-governmental organization (INGO) representing all forms of dance. Recognition was granted by the UNESCO General Conference in May 1975 and has been renewed at regular intervals since.

Although fully recognized by UNESCO, CID is a completely independent organization and is not a division or service of UNESCO.

Past Events

For a list of past Congresses go to http://www.cid-portal.org/cdr/index.php/past-congresses