Dance and the Child International (daCi) is a non profit association with the aim of promoting the growth and development of dance for children and young people on an international basis. The organization was founded in 1978 at an international conference held at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. As a result of this successful conference the Dance and the Child International (daCi) organization was born. In 1979 the President of the Conseil International de la Danse (CID), UNESCO invited daCi to join. In 1980 daCi became a fully constituted branch of the CID organization.
Members of daCi are linked through a National Representative, who comprise the Advisory Board; from this the Executive Committee is elected. It is the role of the Advisory Board and Executive Committee to oversee the general organization and procedures of the organization and to maintain communication at the international level. In many countries National Chapters, with their own committee and procedures, have been formed. As such they plan their own programmes and communication with national members.
The special work of daCi is to promote an international network, which facilitates the development of dance for children throughout the world. To this end initiatives such as the Development Fund, new country scholarships, website, daCi in Print (biannual newsletter) and promotion materials have been created. One of the major initiatives is to hold a conference at least every three years for children, young people, educators, artists, and researchers to come together to share and collaborate about the opportunities and needs of children and young people in dance. Since the first conference in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1978, members have hosted the following conferences: 1982 Stockholm, Sweden, 1985 Auckland, New Zealand, 1988 London, England, 1991 Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A., 1994 Sydney, Australia, 1997 Kuopio, Finland, 2000 Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, 2003 Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, 2006 The Hague, Netherlands, in 2009 Kingston, Jamaica and in 2012 a Summit with WDA was held in Taipei, Taiwan.
Our next conference will be held in July 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark.