1 How do I become a member of daCi?

daCi is an international organization for anyone interested or involved in the growth and development of dance for children and young people. You may take out either an individual or group international membership, which entitles the member to one copy of the international communications and newsletter as well online access to the journal, Dance Education in Practice Children or youth group membership is available for dance schools, studios, dance companies or performance groups. Two adults per group are eligible for membership privileges (for instance, a reduced conference fee).

Organization membership is available for institutions/faculties/departments of higher education, professional associations, businesses and corporations. Five individuals per organization are eligible for membership privileges.

2 Which types of memberships are there: 

There are three different types of daCi membership:

  • Individual- includes any individual who wants to join.  This entitles the member to one copy of the international communications and newsletter, and access to all online materials provided through the daCi website.
  • Group- includes dance schools, studios, dance companies or performance groups. Two adults per group are eligible for membership privileges (see Individual above).
  • Institutional- includes faculties in higher education, professional associations, businesses and corporations. Five individuals per organization are eligible for membership privileges (see Individual above).

3 How much is the membership fee?

New members are encouraged to contact their national chapter regarding membership.  Membership fees are paid to your national chapter.  A portion of your national membership fee pays for your international membership. 

The current membership fees are as follows:

  • individual- $40.
  • group- $50.
  • institutional- $75.

(Canadian dollars) 

4 How do I pay for individual membership?

Membership fees can be paid directly to the national representatives. An individual, group, or organization in a country without a national representative can pay membership fees directly by completing the membership form and sending it, together with the fee, to the international treasurer Norma Sue Fisher-Stitt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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International membership application form I International membership fee form

5 Are there any other types of memberships?

Student memberships (for full time students) are $20 ($15 international fee and $5 national fee).

Pay-what-you-can memberships are available to individual members who cannot afford a full membership rate. These memberships are a minimum of $20 ($15 international and $5 national).

6 What benefits do I get for being a member of daCi?

  • Subscription to daCi in print, an electronic newsletter for international members, published twice a year as well as online access to the journal Dance Education in Practice.
  • Exclusive access to scholarship on dance for children and youth from the numerous daCi conferences via the daCi reader (in progress).
  • Reduced fees to attend daCi's international conference, held every three years. Conferences include research sessions, workshops, forums, keynote addresses, and a rich program of performances by and for children and young people ages birth to 18.
  • Eligibility to apply for daCi-sponsored grants and scholarships.
  • Opportunities to network with other individuals and international arts organizations interested in the development of dance for children and youth and to affirm the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child, which recognizes the right of young people to participate freely in play, cultural life and the arts.
  • A chance to contribute to the future of dance for children and youth worldwide.

7 How can I make a donation to contribute to the work of daCi? 

We are thankful for the financial support businesses and people are making. Read all about donations here

8 Who is daCi for?

daCi is an international organization for anyone interested or involved in the growth and development of dance for children and young people; Dance teachers, Dance groups, Artists, Researchers, Educators, Artistic directors, Choreographers, Dancers, Philanthropists. This includes public school teachers, administrators, policy makers, private dance studio personnel, associations, businesses, corporations as well as dance researchers and scholars.

9 What does daCi do?

daCi brings together a network of students, educators, companies and groups, researchers, enthusiasts, and supporters who activate and advocate for dance in their local and national communities.  daCi provides opportunities for shared activities, research and study, friendship and open artistic exchange at our international conference hosted by a different country every three years.  In the interim, daCi members continue to create, develop, educate, and research in their own communities and with the international community through the connections facilitated by daCi. For our vision, mission, activities and goals click here

10 How many countries are represented?

There are currently 18 countries with national representatives on the advisory board: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Jamaica, Japan, New Zealand, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United States of America. For an overview of countries and national representatives click here

11 When and where was daCi established?

The idea for daCi was launched at an international conference at the University of Alberta, Canada (1978) and a constitution was ratified in 1982.

12 Which countries have organized a daCi conference?

Since the first conference held in Edmonton, Canada, conferences have been held in Sweden, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Finland, Canada, Netherlands, Jamaica, Taiwan and Denmark. The 2018 daCi conference will be held in Australia. 

13 You seem to dispose of a lot of information, articles and research about dance. Where could I find more information about that? 

Indeed, we call this The daCi Archives. The daCi archives are housed at the National Resource Centre for Dance (NRCD) in order to preserve our history. The catalogue records for daCi’s archive are available online at the NRCD website: www.surrey.ac.uk/NRCD 

The archive is divided into sections based on these types of materials: papers, periodicals, books, audio, film, video/DVD, photographs, posters, theatre programmes, and computer-based materials. Please contact Lynette Overby: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

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