We are pleased to announce that a new daCi research collection of the Panpapanpalya 2018 Proceedings have been published by the Ausdance National website featuring papers from our Advisory Board and Members!

The second joint world congress of Dance and the Child International (daCi) and World Dance Alliance Global Education and Training Network was held 8 – 13 July 2018 in Adelaide, Australia, hosted by the University of South Australia.

The world congress took place in a pre-Covid world in which travel was comparatively easy, unhindered and enabled physical contact due to cheapening flight costs.

For the joint congress, over 900 participants came together from 26 countries to dance and learn with the congress key words: dance, gathering, generations, learning. The program included a variety of activities and presentation formats. Many brought snapshot performances to showcase on the first two evenings with other chances to perform in Pop-Ups and a BigDance. There were opportunities to gather and dance, to network, share and develop knowledge in Creative Gatherings, Young People’s Gatherings and Twinning projects. In addition, Teachers’ Gatherings and Scholarly Gatherings focused on more academic dance study. The congress challenged a widely-held preconception that dance is a soft option for learning or study, reflected in the papers presented here.


READ THE PROCEEDINGS HERE:  https://ausdance.org.au/publications/details/panpapanpalya-2018 

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 someone from our team for further information, or if you have any questions or ideas on how to support daCi International.

The proceedings for past daCi conferences are hosted by Ausdance.

See below for links to the proceedings for 

2012 - Dance, young people and change
originally published on 

2015 - Exploring identities in dance
by  & 

The 13th World Congress of Dance and the Child International (daCi) was held 5–10 July 2015 in Copenhagen Denmark hosted by the Dance Halls, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen and the Danish National School of Performing Arts.

The World Congress explored the theme of identity in dance as it is experienced in formal, non-formal and informal settings of education. The program included a variety of activities and presentation formats such as Nordic Dance Flavour workshops, invited keynotes, Creative Meeting Points, Twin Labs, Youth Forums, Professional Forums, papers, panels, roundtables, research and dance workshops, project dialogues, lecture sharing, performances of young people and professional companies.

Dance is part of four recognised artistic areas within arts education, which is acknowledged as a key area within UNESCO’s 21st Century Skills. Dance education, in particular, puts an emphasis on the role of the body in artistic processes, and the body is in current research in educational studies, psychology and neurophysiology highlighted as being the ‘place’ where experiences, cognition and identity processes are grounded. A person’s identity is multi-faceted and believed to be constantly developing in intertwinement with embodied and cultural experiences, social relations and the various situations that the human being experiences. This understanding of identity formed the base for the Congress presentations to explore:

How can we comprehend and describe identity in the 21st Century?

What kinds of identity are experienced and expressed in dance practice of young people around the world today?

What role does dance play for young people to define and perceive their own and others’ identities?

How do professionals working with dance and young people comprehend and articulate their own professional identity?

Following the event, authors of papers, panels, and project dialogues were invited to submit their contributions for these proceedings, the second that are hosted online by Ausdance. The submissions are organised into the themes of the congress program: Embodiment, Empowerment, Assessment, and Education. In addition, there are a few special papers: two papers that report research as recipients of the Across Borders Research Fund from daCi, and one Roundtable report that followed a keynote and the Youth Forums report.

We appreciate the support of all those who made these proceedings a possibility and hope that you will enjoy reading. Please click here to read the proceedings. 

Susan R. Koff and Associate Professor

Charlotte Svendler Nielsen, 

Co-Editors and co-chairs of the Congress committee for papers, panels, and project dialogue.