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We were very much looking forward to seeing you at the daCi 2021 conference, being held at York University, in Toronto, Canada. Unfortunately, due to the global Covid-19 Pandemic we have taken the difficult decision to postpone our next conference to July 2022.

This decision was made by extraordinary Zoom meetings of the daCi Executive Committee,
followed by the Advisory Board, in consultation with the conference co-chairs Norma Sue Fisher
Stitt and Nancy Francis.



Conference: July 10-15, 2022.
Deadline for Proposals: Friday, January 29, 2021
Notification of Proposal Decision: June 25, 2021
Registration Opens: October 1, 2021

We have created this long timeline in order to give ample time to create a proposal, then apply for a visa.

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

daCi and the 2022 conference

Dance and the Child International (daCi) was established in 1978 as a non-profit organisation dedicated to the growth and development of dance for children on an international basis. daCi is founded on the belief that every young person should have equal access and opportunity to dance regardless of ethnic, gender and cultural identity. As such, one aim of daCi is to recognize and develop dance for young people, in respect of the ethnic, gender and cultural identities of each young person within a spirit of understanding.

The conference will reflect daCi goals and philosophy by focusing on young people’s learning through the movement of the dancing body. With a diverse population of Indigenous people, earlier migrants and recent arrivals, Toronto is well positioned to highlight:

  • equal access and opportunity to dance regardless of ethnicity, gender and cultural identities;

  • the inclusion of all forms of dance in both public education and community programs;

  • opportunities for young people to experience dance as creators, performers and spectators;

  • exchanges and collaboration related to young people’s dance within and between countries.

Conference Committee Co-Chairs:
Dr. Norma Sue Fisher-Stitt (York University, Toronto, Canada)
Dr. Nancy Francis (Brock University, St. Catharines, Canada)
For more information on dance and the Child international, go to www.daci.international.