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These are the things we do:

* Create a network through membership of educators, researchers, artistic directors, choreographers, dancers, administrators who are interested in dance for young people.  Look at the Advisory Board to realize our membership. A National Representative will be able to put you in touch with other members of the association.

Membership is obtained through the National Representative of your country or through the international association. Please check the section for Advisory Board members. If you do not find a national representative for your country please contact our Treasurer: Norma Sue Fisher-Stitt at  normasue@yorku.ca See more information on membership in the menu.

* Provide a newsletter, daCi in Print, in May and November of each year. Please download the May issue 2010 to learn about our members’ activities.

* Organize a conference every three years. The 2012 conference will take place in Taipei, Taiwan.

* Offer funding to our members for projects that relate to the aims of the association, to new countries who wish to create a daCi Chapter, and support for collaborative research initiatives. Download the brief description of our funding initiatives.

* Offer access to all Conference keynote presentations and papers published in Conference Proceedings. Members may search by titles, theme, author or year.

Here is an example:

In 2000 Dr. Karen Bond, now at Temple University, Philadelphia, U.S.A., presented a Keynote presentation, titled “Revisioning Purpose: Children, Dance and the Culture of Caring”, at the Conference held in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Here is the abstract for that presentation:

This paper draws widely on theoretical sources, the voices of young people today, and my own interpretations to highlight enduring purposes of dance that cross boundaries of history and culture. Some perennial and emerging problems in children's dance are also examined. The role of dance for children is considered in light of the reality that millions of young people today are being deprived of basic human rights, including the time, space and energy to dance. Inspired by futurist Robert Theobald and other visionary writers, the paper concludes on an optimistic note, proposing that with young people in the lead, dance's ancient meanings can be revisioned to help create a "culture of caring" for children worldwide. The conference presentation will be supported with many visual examples, including images provided by daCi members. Click on the pdf file below for the full paper.

Please contact us for more information about the activities of daCi.