CID is the official umbrella organization for all forms of dance in all countries of the world. It is the only international non-profit organization (INGO) representing all forms of dance that is recognized by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

CID Headquarters is in the Palais de L’UNESCO in Paris, France, and the current administrative office of President, Dr. Professor Alkis Raftis is in Athens, Greece.

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 members are the most prominent federations, associations, schools, companies and individuals in 155 countries. 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 155 countries.


CID Congresses provide an official platform where individuals, groups and organizations with a shared aspiration and commitment to dance come together. Being primarily intended for professionals, the congresses are open for everyone who would like to learn more and to get involved in dance without any discrimination. As the United Nations of Dance, CID has been actively promoting professional development, research and international exchange in dance since 1973, providing official support, peer-to-peer exchange and the upgrading of dance in all countries through its members and local sections.