daCi (dance and the Child international) returns to Canada!

July 10 to July 15, 2022

Hosted virtually through York University in Toronto

As dance is a reflection of our culture, the ways in which we celebrate life is through movement, in community. The power of a dance community intermingling with another dance community is that dance creates conversations that link and build on each other as people engage with various groups, ‘cross pollinate ideas and discover new insights into the issues that are most important in their life, work or community’.
- Peter Block in Community: The structure of belonging

IMPORTANT NOTICE: the daCi conference will now be held virtually.​

The daCi conference will now be offered virtually, from July 10 to 15, 2022. We will still include many of the events and activities that we all associate with daCi conferences, including performances by children and youth, scholarly presentations, and opportunities for children and youth to create and collaborate with others.



Conference: July 10-15, 2022.
Deadline for Proposals: Friday, June 25, 2021
Notification of Proposal Decision: Friday, September 24, 2021
Registration Opens: Friday, October 1, 2021

We have created this long timeline in order to give ample time to create a proposal.

Questions can be directed to either of the Dancing into Communities co-chairs:

Norma Sue Fisher-Stitt: normasue@yorku.ca
Nancy Francis: nfrancis@brocku.ca

The daCi Conference in Toronto will:


  • Focus on interactions amongst diverse communities;

  • Foster intergenerational dance opportunities;

  • Create partnerships and promote ongoing community conversations before, during and after the conference;

  • Focus on children’s and young people’s creativity, respecting and giving them ownership of the outcome;

  • Explore relationships between movement and music in communities;

  • Share and discuss research related to teaching, learning, and the role of the body in creative practice;

  • Facilitate connections among dancers, choreographers, teachers and researchers.


Canadian daCi members and dance supporters look forward to welcoming you virtually to Canada in July 2022All 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.

Our theme is Dancing into Communities.

Dance is pervasive in all our cultures. Aided by the technologies of today, children, adolescents and adults can share their own dances and witness the dances of others in many ways, going far beyond their own communities. At the daCi conference, we add the potential for observing, performing and creating dances together, establishing new communities, discovering new insights and forming connections that were previously unknown.