The International Dance Council - CID UNESCO PDF Print E-mail

CIDCID 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 is the worldwide forum bringing 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 150 countries.


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. It does not organize festivals, workshops or competitions.

It is strictly non-commercial; it has no products or services to sell. 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 is increasing constantly; in 2009 it included more than 600 institutional members (federations, schools, companies, competitions, festivals etc.) and over 4,000 individual members (choreographers, educators, dance historians, administrators, critics and others) in 150 countries.

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



Conseil International de la Danse  CID  International Dance Council

UNESCO,  1 rue Miollis, FR-75732 Paris, France
www.cid-portal.org