Characteristics of the CID World Congress
- Strictly non-commercial, not-for-profit.
- Largest number of conferees: 702 in 2006.
- Largest number of countries: 64 in 2006, from all 5 continents.
- Held for 28 consecutive years, since 1987
- Organized by a high-level national institution specialized in dance.
- Maximum publicity: announced 1 year earlier, covered by dozens of dance magazines and newsletters, emailed to over 100,000 dance professionals in 200 countries.
- Not to be confused with festivals, conferences, workshops, symposiums, trade fairs etc., while containing their most important features
- Official recognition: endorsed by ministries and government agencies.
- Scientific Committee composed of university professors from 7 countries
- Full texts submitted for approval - no abstracts.
- Deadline for proposals is one month before the Congress.
- No keynote speakers, no invited guests, no visitors: only registered participants, that is select professionals.
- Time allowed is equal to all conferees.
- Full proceedings, including all texts, videos, music, pictures etc. posted on a website, viewed by tens of thousands.
- All forms of dance are represented: ballet, modern, folk, ballroom, contemporary, traditional, classical etc.
- All approaches: teaching, performing, research, therapy, criticism, recreation, management, journalism etc.
- Including: performances, classes, research reports, lecture-demonstrations, exhibitions/sales, video projections, visits etc.
- 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.
- Venue is a prestigious building in the city center.
- Organized directly by a CID Section, not a private business.
- Staffed entirely by volunteers, members of the CID.
No other meeting in the world has more than 3 of the above 21 features.