Every child has the right to dance.

We believe that all children and young people should be able to express themselves through dance. Our aim is to create possibilities for children and young people around the world to experience dance as creators, performers and spectators. Through dance they can be physically engaged in the world and connect with others across boundaries of culture, language, age, or socio-economic status. Read more about our vision in this interview with past Chair Dr Susan Koff - Promoting the right to dance with Stance on Dance. 


To promote the growth and development of dance for children and young people internationally, with respect for the ethnic, gender, physical, and cultural identities and all abilities of each young person within a spirit of international understanding. 

We work on our mission daily, by 

1. Engaging people who are interested in dance for children and young people:

  • Dance teachers
  • Dance groups
  • Artists
  • Researchers
  • Educators
  • Artistic directors
  • Choreographers
  • Dancers
  • Philanthropists

And all those who participate in dance in any form or location, this includes public school teachers, administrators, policy makers, private dance studio personnel, associations, businesses, corporations as well as dance researchers and scholars.

2. Developing initiatives and projects: 

  • Create a worldwide network for dance education and research
  • Provide a newsletter in Spring and Fall/Winter of each year. 
  • Organize a conference every three years. 
  • Organize events supporting the 'One Billion Rising' movement annually in February 
  • 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. 
  • Offer access to all Conference keynote presentations and papers published in Conference Proceedings. Members may search by titles, theme, author, or year.

3. Keeping our goals clear: 

  • Increase and develop opportunities for young people to experience dance as creators, performers, and spectators and to do this both within and between countries;
  • Ensure that the dance interests of young people are recognized and developed;   
  • Preserve the cultural heritage in all forms of dance by advocating for its inclusion in both general education, community programs, and life activities;   
  • Facilitate exchange and collaboration related to young people's dance both within and between countries;  
  • Urge all countries to ensure that dance as an art form is included in both general education, community programs, and life activities.