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International Certification of Dance Studies (Bharatanatyam)

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1) What is the International Dance Council CID ?

The International Dance Council CID, Paris is the official umbrella organization for all forms of dance in all countries of the world. It is a non-governmental organization founded in 1973 within the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, where it is based.


It brings together the most important international, national and local organizations, as well as select individuals active in dance. It's members are the most prominent federations, associations, schools, companies and individuals in over 170 countries.


CID is official partner of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Soundarya Natya Kalalaya, New Jersey is an official member of CID-UNESCO since 2017. The Artistic Director - Gomathi Manoj, was invited to participate in the 51st World Congress of Dance Research at Athens, Greece in 2018. 

Athens, Greece

Performance at the National Dora Stratou Dance Theater (Greece) 

July 2018

Acropolis of Athens

Workshop at The Ionic Center, Plaka (Greece) 

July 2018

2) What is the International Certification for Dance Studies ?

  • A certificate is issued for every module of instruction (150 hours) in a given form of dance.

  • The goal is to create a uniform platform for dance education, thereby allowing greater professional mobility for dancers.

With the President of International Dance Council CID-UNESCO, Dr. Alkis Raftis (Dance Historian & Sociologist)

3) What is the procedure for certification ?

  • The school, the teacher and the students are Members of CID. This guarantees higher quality, since profiles of teachers and schools are evaluated before entering the CID. 

  • Based on the Teacher's student nominations, the school sends a statement to the CID Secretariat listing students having completed the module. 

  • The CID Secretariat sends to the school a formal certificate on parchment paper. 

  • Certificates received from CID-UNESCO are handed to the students at a special award ceremony. 

  • The student continues for higher level certifications.

  • Uniformity and simplicity ensure easy recognition all over the world.

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