CID-UNESCO38th World Congress on Dance Research 2014 JAPAN WA Peace, Dialogue, Harmony, Reconciliation, and Understanding 23rd Through 27th October 2014

It would be the first time to be held in all Asian countries.

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I would like to congratulate the development and establishment of the foundation for the "Tokyo UNESCO International Dance Council CID-UNESCO". It has been our longtime goal to establish a CID section in Japan which boasts the quality of dancers and highlights active dance scenes. The idea of a new branch in Japan materialized after my encounter with Erika Akoh, a choreographer, educator, dancer, and Director of Erika Akoh Global Dance Theatre.

It was about 20 years ago that I saw the dance and choreography work of Erika. She was among the few dancers who could combine both tragic and theatrical elements of a dance story to personify her dance role. Since then, it has been my desire that she would represent Japanese dancers and build a strong bridge of peace between the world and Japan through dance. I'm sure that Erika would play an important role in assisting Japanese dancers to expand their horizons at global levels. I am happy that the Tokyo section was launched with the help of Erika and would like all of the dancers, choreographers, teachers, and researchers in Japan to support her and the CID-UNESCO section in Tokyo, Japan.

Devastated by the earthquake in March 2011, Japan has been under reconstruction and recovering from the loss that many people suffered. It would be a great encouragement for people to see the growth of a new organization. CID Tokyo will surely create and add value to the society.

The new Tokyo CID section is preparing for the "CID-UNESCO World Dance Congress 2014" which will be held in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture from October 23rd-27th, 2014. This will be a milestone event as the World Congress comes together for the first time in Asia. I believe Erika's power and "Ki" will achieve great success during Tokyo's 2014 CID Congress.

President Prof. Dr. Alkis Raftis

President Akoh of CID-UNESCO-TOKYO is recognized by Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) of the Japan Government. From left to right : Mr. Ryoichi Matsuyama, President Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) and Ms. Erika Akoh, President CID-UNESCO-TOKYO.

Ms.Erika Akoh performing in the spirit of "WA", a Japanese term for a circle which is perfect and offers, a sense of "Peace, Dialogue, Harmony, Reconciliation, and Understanding"



I was appointed as the president during the commencement of CID UNESCO-International Dance Council of Tokyo, Japan. I was also granted the highest humanitarian award by the Japanese National Tourism Organization- JNTO on November 12th ,2012.

I am very pleased to announce that with everyone's cooperation, the commencement of this branch has become a reality.

CID-UNESCO was established in 1973 under the UNESCO Headquarters as a non-profit organization and non-governmental group.

As of now, there are almost 600 groups and organizations from over 155 countries with 4000 members composed of dance researchers, educators, choreographers, and registered dancers. I personally got involved in the organization as a representative member of Japan in 1996 to broaden international relationships through art culture with my original theatrical choreographed dance style.

My distinguished work was recognized and I was able to establish a branch in Tokyo with the acknowledgment of CID-UNESCO Headquarters. UNESCO International Dance Council Tokyo goes far beyond any genre of dance and enhances artistic viewpoints to influence "Hope, Love, and Peace" to the world.

I met the CID-Council president, Mr. Alkis Raftis, seventeen years ago. And from that time he told me to be the bridge between Japan and foreign countries, promoting opportunities for the Japanese people to be further acquainted to dance.

With the establishment of the Tokyo branch, I am in high spirits and ready to support the fascination of dance and to broaden the knowledge of what dance actually does to you socially and mentally.

I have set up and organized committee members with the intention of having the largest World Dance Congress ever. This event will be held for the first time in Japan from October 23rd through 27th, 2014 with the support of Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), Japan Tourism Agency (JTA), Chiba Convention Center, and Urayasu-City, Chiba Prefecture.

I hope all of the participants attending this event are able to experience and feel the rewarding and healing benefits of dance as well as have a rewarding, memorable and life changing experience.

I am looking forward to seeing all of you along with other participants and guest from all over the world in Japan from October 23rd -27th, 2014.

President Erika Akoh



SHERATON GRANDE TOKYO BAY HOTEL 1-9 Maihama Urayasu Chiba 279-0031 Japan

Official Supporters

  • Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Sceience and Technology of Japan
  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
  • Japan National Tourism Organization
  • Prefecture of Chiba
  • Chiba Convention Bureau and International Center (CCB-IC)

Diplomatic Support

  • Embassy of Djibouti and Francophony, Japan
  • Embassy of Greece, Japan
  • Embassy of Haiti, Japan
  • Embassy of Panama, Japan

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CID congresses are the largest gatherings of dance specialists world-wide, the best opportunity to showcase one's work to a wide audience of practitioners, dance teachers, choreographers, researchers, journalists, organizers and suppliers.
Approximately 400 conferees from 40 countries of the seven continents attend each year.

Intended primarily for professionals, it is a scientific meeting, a trade fair and a participatory event, facilitating contacts with colleagues and informal discussions.

All forms of dance are represented. Strictly non-profit. Not to be confused with festivals, workshops, competitions, forums or open conferences. There are no observers or uninvited guests, only registered participants can attend the morning sessions; spectators can attend the evening performances only.

The 9 hours a day program in parallel rooms includes:

  • Research reports (papers) are presented and discussed among peers
  • Lectures on original subjects resulting from long experience
  • Classes, where teachers give a short demonstration of their method
  • Performances by dance companies, duos or solos
  • Video projections presenting choreographies or full performances
  • Exhibitions and sale of books, records, pictures, costumes, accessories etc.
  • Evenings where members can discuss in a relaxed setting or dance to local music.

Submitting a presentation (research report, lecture-demonstration, class, performance, exhibition, or projection) is optional. For each presentation a text must be sent one month before to be submitted to the Scientific Committee.

Absentee presenters can register also; their presentations will be included in the program and in the proceedings. The proceedings are uploaded at the congress website, visited by tens of thousands of researchers worldwide.
To apply for a visa to consulates and/or financial assistance, registered participants receive an official certificate.

  • Contemporary dance
  • Classic ballet
  • Japanese dance
  • Social dance
  • Belly dance
  • Jazz dance
  • Indian dance
  • Kandyan dance
  • And more…



Three (3) steps to registration:

I Please fill out the Registration Form.

II When you receive our confirmation, please pay directly to our paypal account or bank transfer.

65 euros (100 US dollars) / per person
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Bank transfer to General Incorporated Association CID-UNESCO-TOKYO Unesco International Dance Council Tokyo
Bank Account Number 0187726
Bank Name The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFj,Ltd. Atsugi Branch
Bank Code 0005
Branch Code 707
Our Office Address 3-14-2 kotobuki-cho, Atsugi 〒243-0003 KANAGAWA
Phone Number + 81 - 46(210)8650
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III To participate in the World Dance Research Congress in Japan in October 2014, you must be member of CID International. Membership application online:

Membership Fees
Individuals 55 euros(80 US dollars)
Institutions (organizations, companies, schools, ensembles, festivals, magazines, competitions, associations, federations, suppliers etc.) 110 euros(160 US dollars)
Associate members 250 euros(375 US dollars)
Students, under 30 years old 30 euros(45 US dollars)
  • Please register soon because we have a limited space for presenters.
  • This rule applies to foreigners living abroad.
    Foreigners living in Japan must comply with the rules of Japan.

Note: for more questions or information about your registration for the 2014 congress,
please contact the CID-UNESCO Chapter in Tokyo at

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Registration of Presenters

Submitting a presentation (research report, lecture-demonstration, class, workshop, or exhibition) is optional. Working language is English - other languages can be used without translation. Absentee presenters can also register; their presentations will be included in the program and in the proceedings.

For each presentation a text must be submitted to the Scientific Committee by July 31, 2014 deadline. For our guests who will not give a presentation, registration is three months before the Congress.
Please follow the guidelines for presentations below.

Research Report (Paper)

Texts must be up to 6,000 words, including: title, name of author, text divided into numbered sections:

Abstract, introduction, sub-sections, notes, references, captions of illustrations, short presentation of the author, name and full address. If you cannot attend, you can register and send your text to be included in the proceedings, after approval. Time allowed is 20 minutes for brief oral comments (not reading the submitted text), including questions by the audience. All co-authors must be registered conferees, even if they cannot attend the Congress.

Lecture - Demonstration

A lecture-demonstration can include film, video or slides projection, with oral commentary by the presenter. Time allowed is 20 minutes. Send a file with details: title, text, photographs, music or video samples, duration, name and address of presenter, equipment required. (Format below)

Master Class - Workshop

For a demonstration of a dance technique, time allowed is 30 minutes. Send a file with the title of your class and its description. You can include photos, music and/or video samples for the proceedings. Contact the congress secretariat for your technical requirements. (Format below)

Dance performances:

Six (6) minute performance.


Publications, costumes, music, equipment for schools and other material can be exhibited or sold. Specify minimum wall and floor space required. The organizers assist exhibitors, but do not assume responsibility.

For any personal or institutional exhibition copies of the material must be send to the congress secretariat 2 weeks prior to the congress. Send text file for the proceedings. (Format below)

If you cannot attend, you can register and send material to be put into participants' bags.

Guidelines for Presentations

For each presentation send a text to be included in the proceedings. Texts must be in English, in doc format. Additionally you can send your text in any other language (as separate file).

To accompany your text you can send illustrations, music and/or video samples, files numbered 1 to 10 (no more) with their captions listed in the above text file.
Illustrations must be in .jpg format, up to 500 kb each.
Music samples in .mp3 format.
Video samples format: mpeg2 or .divx. Maximum total size: 2 mbytes.
Each participant can submit only one presentation in each category (not two classes or two performances, for example).

Send the complete text by email (eventually also in printed form) three months before the Congress in 2014, to be reviewed by the Scientific Committee and to be included in the proceedings.


World-wide non-governmental organization in formal consultative relations with UNESCO

  • The International Dance Council (CID), an entity of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is the official umbrella organization for all forms of dance in all countries of the world.
  • It is a non-profit non-governmental organization founded in 1973 within the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
  • It is a worldwide forum bringing together international, national and local organizations as well as select individuals active in dance.
  • It represents the art of dance in general and advises the UNESCO, national and local government agencies, international organizations and institutions.
  • UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
International Dance Council CID Conseil International de la Danse
UNESCO, 1 rue Miollis, FR-75732 Paris 15, France
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Tokyo chapter of International Dance Council ( CID-TOKYO )

3-14-2 kotobuki-cho, Atsugi 〒243-0003 KANAGAWA