Characteristics of the CID World Congress


  1. Strictly non-commercial, not-for-profit.

  2. Largest number of conferees: 702 in 2006.

  3. Largest number of countries: 64 in 2006, from all 5 continents.

  4. Held for 28 consecutive years, since 1987

  5. Organized by a high-level national institution specialized in dance.

  6. Maximum publicity: announced 1 year earlier, covered by dozens of dance magazines and newsletters, emailed to over 100,000 dance professionals in 200 countries.
  7. Not to be confused with festivals, conferences, workshops, symposiums, trade fairs etc., while containing their most important features

  8. Official recognition: endorsed by ministries and government agencies.

  9. Scientific Committee composed of university professors from 7 countries

  10. Full texts submitted for approval - no abstracts.

  11. Deadline for proposals is one month before the Congress.

  12. No keynote speakers, no invited guests, no visitors: only registered participants, that is select professionals.

  13. Time allowed is equal to all conferees.

  14. Full proceedings, including all texts, videos, music, pictures etc. posted on a website, viewed by tens of thousands.

  15. All forms of dance are represented: ballet, modern, folk, ballroom, contemporary, traditional, classical etc.

  16. All approaches: teaching, performing, research, therapy, criticism, recreation, management, journalism etc.

  17. Including: performances, classes, research reports, lecture-demonstrations, exhibitions/sales, video projections, visits etc.

  18. A large dancer's bag with gifts given to each conferee, including: certificate, parchment for wall framing, program, posters, badges, stickers for school entrance and for car windshield, a book, tourist information, handouts etc.

  19. Venue is a prestigious building in the city center.

  20. Organized directly by a CID Section, not a private business.

  21. Staffed entirely by volunteers, members of the CID.


No other meeting in the world has more than 3 of the above 21 features.