Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance was formed in 1992 to provide the umbrella organization for projects crucial to the development of the independent dance scene in Croatia, ranging from support to independent dance artists to international festival of contemporary dance. In the 2000, the Insititute proposed to the City of Zagreb the development of a choreographic, dance centre on the location of abandoned cinema. The city redeveloped the site and the Zagreb Dance Centre was opened in 2009, operated by Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance a non-profit organization.
HIPP managed the spaces, ensuring 50% of the funds required to operate and support the independent dance sector in the use of the available resources. On average over 150 events took place annually, and the Centre supported an average of 30 productions annually. A dynamic outreach program invited participation of different publics . International residencies and exchange programs contributed to the overall increase in the profile of contemporary dance in Croatia.