The new website for our 2021 conference Dancing Into Communities in Toronto, Canada is now live. 

Canadian daCi members and dance supporters look forward to welcoming you to Canada in from Sunday 11 to Friday 16 July 2021. All conference activities will be held in north-west Toronto at York University, Canada’s third largest post-secondary institution with more than 50,000 students.

Registrations are open here and registration fees  are all in Canadian dollars as per the below.

Adults: $475
Students over 18 years and Retired Persons: $225
Children and Youth (18 years and under): $175
Children/Youth Group Chaperones: $125
Daily Rate: $125

Find out more on the website here https://www.daciconference2021.yorku.ca/

Exciting changes have arrived on the daCi global website. Since a new site was launched in 2018 there has been work happening steadily behind the scenes to develop the secure Members’ Area and improve the flow of the site’s navigation. These changes make the site much easier to move around and you should be able to find the information you need in just a few clicks. It also contains more information than ever before to engage prospective new members. A new online membership form is now active which, when completed by prospective new members, will be emailed directly to the appropriate country National Representative to prompt them to process payment. This should hopefully expedite the new member process and ensure the right person is contacted immediately. More information on daCi core initiatives is available on this refreshed site with examples and a greater explanation of key projects such as Twinning and the Rights of the Child to Dance as well as both the Copenhagen and Adelaide Declarations.

Members’ Area updates

The most exciting developments to the site have taken place within the secure Members’ Area. All Members (new and existing) are requested to complete the Member Registration Form via the ‘Become a Member’ button. This will prompt you National Representative to take your 2020 Membership fee but more importantly, it will also set you up with secure access to the Members’ Area. Once you complete the form it will prompt you to log in and from there you are free to access refreshed member resources such as links to journals, videos, and information of interest. There is also a vast amount of archival information previously called the daCiReader and now found in the Members’ Resources section which you can search to discover research, past conference presentations, and other valuable content.

Our final update to the Members’ Area is the introduction of anew secure networking and social platform for Members to interact on a global basis and seek and share opportunities to collaborate. daCi Connect is born out of a desire from Members to understand more about one another - our skills, our experience and our willingness to collaborate. Within daCi Connect you will be asked to edit a profile (similar to a social media profile) where you can upload a picture of yourself as well as a cover picture that demonstrates your areas of interest or work. There is space for a short bio so you can describe who you are, what you do and what, more importantly, you would like to do in the future. You will be asked to nominate your key areas of interest so that other members know whether you have shared interests when they are searching through the Member Directory page. You will be able to post in forums/Groups based on those interest areas to let others know about projects you have completed, are working on, or to seek expressions of interest from potential partners. And finally, you will be able to privately message one another and begin to make our daCi world that much smaller, making valuable connections far and wide. We hope this new platform will encourage you all to step outside of your local and national networks and find a safe and positive space to interact beyond our conferences every three years.

Theresa Purcell Cone smallFrom Susan Koff, daCi Chair: 

"What a phenomenal educator and even more unbelievably inspirational human being! Theresa, your capacity for caring, teaching and leading by example knows no bounds.  You are still caring, teaching and leading by example for all of us who have been truly touched by you and continue to carry you in our hearts.  I was so fortunate to interact with you both in dance education professionally, as well as in our homes and lives.  I will never forget you."

Hartland, VT – If you listen, you will hear children playing in the backyard. She lived her life through dance and movement and shared that love with all she met. Theresa Purcell Cone, 69, died early Friday morning, September 27, 2019 at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. She was born June 30, 1950 in Trenton, NJ the daughter of Mark and Sophia (Sokolowski) Purcell. She and her husband, Stephen L Cone, lived in Hartland, VT.

Theresa grew up in Hamilton, NJ. She continued her education at Trenton State College/The College of New Jersey and Temple University receiving her Ph.D. in 2002. She taught for 44 years in the South Brunswick, NJ schools and at Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ, where she retired in 2016 as a Professor Emeritus.

Theresa and her husband, Steve, were the perfect, inseparable, pair. They were wife and husband, best friends, professional collaborators, travel companions, parents and grandparents - true soulmates. They wrote, presented and designed books, articles, presentations, art installations, table settings, interior design, and travel itineraries (they visited 87 countries and loved to visit the kids). Professionally, Theresa was president of many organizations including the National Dance Association, where she was the first National Dance Educator of the Year, and received Honor Awards at all levels. She loved teaching dance and did so in elementary schools and at Rowan University (those she taught will remember, “when in doubt, knee bounce”). She also taught for the American Repertory Ballet Company for 20 years.

She is survived by her mother, Sophia Purcell of Hamilton, NJ, her husband Stephen L. Cone of Hartland, VT, three daughters, Amy Glidden (Ryan) of Valrico, FL, Lisa Cone (Corrado) also of Valrico, FL, Meredith Cone of Seattle, WA, son, Timothy Cone (Emily) of Philadelphia, PA, grandson, Mason Glidden of Valrico, FL, sister, Patricia P. Aguilar (Paul) of Bernalillo, NM, nephew Andrew Aguilar of Los Angeles, CA., other dear relatives and countless friends. She was the daughter-in-law of Marjorie and Warren Cone, late of Hartland.

A Celebration of Life will be held next spring. Memorial contributions may be made to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association. Please share a moment at an online guest book at https://www.knightfuneralhomes.com/obituary/theresa-cone.

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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.

Deadline: 31 October 2019

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The global daCi community were saddened to hear the news that Sara Lee Heileson Gibb passed away peacefully at her home Friday, April 12, 2019 surrounded by her family. 

Sara Lee was the US National Representative for daCi and was instrumental in starting the daCi USA chapter. She joined the International Board and became secretary of daCi in 2000 and was an active member of the Board until 2009/2010  She was a great supporter of daCi and we are indebted to her for her contribution. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her.


US singer-songwriter Emily Bear released her newest single with a message we can relate to. Dancin aims to spread the message that Dance if for Everyone and to #keepdancing! The features differently abled dancers of multiple genres, backgrounds and ages. Check it out below.