Every three years, daCi organizes an international conference located somewhere in the world. Dance educators, dance teachers with their children’s groups, young people who love to dance, artists, academics, politicians, and many others who are moved by dance, assemble together to experience dance as creators, performers, researchers, participants and spectators. During this active week, filled with workshops, lectures, performances and meetups, international networks and friendships arise and last a dancing life. 

daCi announce the fifthteenth conference will be in Toronto, Canada from 11-15 July 2021. We will work with local and international communities to examine how dance can help to make our world a better place. For more information contact the Canada National Representatives This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the conference organiser This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

History of conferences

1978 first conference
July 25 - 27 University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

1982 second conference
Children and Youth Dancing, Stockholm, Sweden

1985 third conference
August 25-30 Auckland, New Zealand
Dance -  The New Zealand Experience

1988 fourth conference
July 19-28 Roehampton Institute, Froebel College, London, U.K.
Young People Dancing: An International Perspective  
Volume I -  DANCE: Education
Volume II - DANCE - Special Education
Volume III - DANCE: Culture Community

1991 fifth conference
July 29 - August 3 University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A
Roots and Wings

1994 sixth conference 
July 12 - 20 Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
Kindle the Fire

1997 seventh conference
July 28 - August 3 Kuopio, Finland
The Call of the Forests and Lakes

2000 eighth conference 
July 30 - August 5 University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Extensions and Extremities: Points of Departure

2003 ninth conference
August 3 - 10 Faculdade Social Da Bahia, Salvador, Brazil
Breaking boundaries: dance, bodies and multiculturalism

2006 tenth conference
The Hague, Netherlands
Colouring Senses

2009 eleventh conference
August 2 - 8 Kingston, Jamaica
Cultures Flex: Unearthing Expressions of the Dancing Child

2012 twelfth conference: 1st Joint World Dance Congress
July 15-20 Taipei, Taiwan 
Dance, Young People and Change

2015 thirteenth conference
July 5-10 Kopenhagen, Denmark
Twist and Twin: Dancing Identities
Identity in dance as it is experienced in formal, non-­formal and informal settings of education.

2018 fourteenth conference: 2nd Joint World Dance Congress 
July 8-13 Adelaide, Australia 
Panpapanpalya: dance gathering generations learning

We are pleased to finally announce the Call for Proceedings of Panpapanpalya 2018: the 2nd joint dance congress of daCi and the WDA Education and Training Network.  This is a tight turnaround due to administrative delays and we look forward to receiving full paper submissions by 30th September 2019. Please click here to access Guidelines for submitting full paper submissions: