What is CID

The International Dance Council CID

CID is the official umbrella organization for all forms of dance in all countries of the world.

CID is recognized by UNESCO, national and local governments, international organizations and institutions.

It brings together the most important international, national and local organizations, as well as select individuals active in dance.

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.

International Dance Council CID Conseil International de la Danse

CID c/o UNESCO, 1 rue Miollis, FR-75732 Paris, France; tel. +33 1 4568 4953 www.cid-portal.org

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 is elected every four years. Elected officers receive no emolument.

Membershipincreases constantly; in 2014 it included more than1100 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.

Being a CID Member

Above all, it is a gesture towards the global family of dancers - you declare that you are part of it.
It is also a statement on the unity of dance forms - dance takes countless shapes but the art of dance is one.

Among other advantages, Members of the CID are entitled to:

  1. Receive certificates and parchments signed by the president, CID badges, stickers, posters, books, DVDs and other material, always free of charge.
  2. Take part in international festivals, congresses, workshops, competitions and other 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 100,000 dance professionals in 200 countries.
  4. Be listed with your full profile in the Who's Who in Dance Global Directory (over 300,000 addresses, by far the largest in the arts)
  5. Address inquiries to the CID Secretariat, which is staffed by several full-time experienced members and has a huge archive of resources.
  6. Meet other members and be part of a network including thousands of specialists in more than 150 countries, who are eager to cooperate with other CID members.
  7. Have a discount on services (workshops, competitions, festivals etc.) or publications (magazines, books, CDs, video, DVDs, albums etc.) by member organizations.
  8. Apply to the UNESCO National Commission, 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.
  12. Nominate dance professionals or students of yours for CID membership.
  13. Found a Section of CID in your city, thus representing it officially.

What CID does not do

  • CID does not organize events
    It is CID Sections and CID Members that organize classes, performances, festivals, workshops, competitions etc., sometimes with technical support from the Secretariat.
  • CID does not give titles
    It has no representatives, no delegates, no appointed dignitaries. All CID officials are elected by CID members at international or at local level.
  • CID does not accept money
    Its only income is membership fees. No sponsors, no commissions, no charge for goods or services, no subsidies. On the other hand, CID Sections receive subsidies or donations and have income from goods or services.
  • CID does not discriminate
    CID philosophy promotes total equality among Members, all-inclusive policy, no preference for any form of dance, country of origin, approach to dance, race, gender, religion, political orientation etc.
  • CID does not have rules of conduct
    Members are free to act as they deem best, without any limitation on the part of CID.
  • CID does not depend
    CID does not rely on the support of anyone, it is completely autonomous and self-supporting.
  • CID does not have a hidden purpose
    It dos not serve the interests of a particular person, an institution, a country, an interest group.

CID is an official partner of UNESCO

CID is accredited by the World Intellectual Property Organization, Geneva