Guiding principles

CND’s goal is to offer an increasing range of services to dance professionals, with an emphasis on its role as a resource centre and on building partnerships in the regional France and Europe.

Its 3 key missions are:

  • Training and professional services
  • Heritage protection
  • Artistic creation


CND was founded in 1998 and it has been based in Pantin since 2004. Its responsibilities, as defined by a Statutory Order of 1998, focus on choreographic landscape that has evolved over the years, within which the CND has grown and “matured”.

Building and facilities

Since 2004 CND is located in Pantin, on the outskirts of Paris, within the town’s former civic offices situated on the banks of the Ourcq canal. This imposing building, designed by architect Jacques Kalisz in 1972, was awarded the Équerre d’Argent prize for renovation in 2004. The successful fusion between original architecture and renovation gives the building its unique identity and ambiance within the 7000 m² of available space, specifically designed for dance professionals. It is a comfortable, fully renovated building with 12 dance studios, 3 of which stage public performances, a multimedia library with collections ranging from rare and original works to documents with general public appeal, a film/projection theatre and a café.

Assistance is provided for orientation around the building, as well as information on specialist resources, individual interviews, access to data files, computer facilities, and so forth. A lounge area enables members of the public to keep in touch with news and currents events, with access to publications and an atrium area with live viewing facilities to watch activities and events held in the Large Studio.

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Audience Development toolkit

October 2019

Practical guidance to dance organisations

Aerowaves and audience development expert Heather Maitland have compiled an Audience Development toolkit to give practical guidance to dance organisations, using international research and case studies from Aerowaves partners.


Dancing your way to better health & well-being

November 2019

A new report by the World Health Organisation

This report synthesizes the global evidence from over 900 publications on the role of the arts in improving health and well-being, with a specific focus on the WHO European Region.


Producers' Academy

Deadline: 2 February 2020

Apply for its fifth edition

Featuring workshops, talks, lectures and meeting sessions, the Academy will be organised by CIFAS in the frame of Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels and run 10-13 May 2020.

Activities EDN

Wake Up!

In times when certain democratic processes seem in crisis, the CND and EDN thought it important to take a global look at Europe and the world so as to understand better the realities of each country in danger and conceive more exactly spaces for international solidarities. Giving a podium for artists and groups committed to struggles which are at once societal, political and intimate seems to us to be the best way to bear witness to today’s artistic realities.

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Modul-dance was a multi-annual cooperation project with the participation of 20 European dance houses from 16 countries. Its main aim was to support development, mobility and exchange for dance artists.

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The very first step towards EDN, IDEE was proposed by 9 dancehouses working together for the first time as a network. It set out to work with emerging choreographers to help them to make connections across Europe and to contextualise their work for international audiences.

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Encounter Japan

In February 2017 a group of eight representatives of EDN attended a very rich programme of initiatives, participated in speed networking sessions with artists and professionals, developing new connections and dialogues, being introduced to representatives of Asian funding bodies and supportive organizations. This was the first step in the collaboraiton with AND+.

Roberto Casarotto shares his report of the meetings.

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