EDN members may be any legal entity devoted to the renewal and development of contemporary dance, willing to make active contributions to the network’s activities. EDN members are based in Creative Europe countries (EU countries and some non-EU countries).


EDN members characteristics

 EDN members share certain characteristics:

  • Presentation, promotion and support of international contemporary dance through an annual ongoing programme as its primary purpose.
  • Public mandate or mission under an independent artistic direction and professional management promoting diverse artists and aesthetics.
  • An ongoing audience and artistic development programme with learning, engagement and participation contributing to access to dance for professionals and the general public.
  • Regular engagement with dance and related issues at local and international level.
  • Facilities for dance research, residency, production and presentation.


Type of membership

Full members and Honorary members


EDN has two types of members, but only one is open for application.

  • Full members: Legal entities devoted to the art of dance that comply the 5 essential characteristics.
  • Honorary members: Individuals who have been particularly committed to EDN in the past and are not working with and/or for an EDN member anymore.

Honorary members are invited to join the network based on suggestions of EDN members and/or from the board.


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Apply to join the network!

To join EDN, it is necessary to make a written application with a motivation letter mentioning the reason of joining the EDN network and describing the applicant contribution to the network (max 1-2 pages). The document has to be sent the EDN office at info@ednetwork.eu.

Reception of the application is acknowledged by the EDN office and a first internal evaluation takes place based on the 5 essential characteristics listed above. After the first contact with the EDN office, it is foreseen an informal meeting between a Board member or EDN office staff with the applicant’s Dance House. This first step establishes the eligibility and relevance of the application.


Decision process for eligible applicants

EDN gives priority to applicants from countries where the network is not yet present

After this informal meeting, the applicant needs to send three recommendation letters of three EDN members from three different countries excluding the applicant’s own country to the EDN Office.

The applicant is then invited to the next General Assembly to present their Dance House to the EDN members.

The Assembly must ratify the decision during the next scheduled General Assembly where the decision is admissible by means of a two-thirds majority vote approving the new member from the Assembly members present.

Please note: EDN gives priority to applicants from countries where the network is not yet present.

For further information, please contact the EDN office at info@ednetwork.eu.

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Activities EDN

Are you here? Dance and its audience

The online forum co-organized by EDN and The Place & Sadler's Wells will invite artists, producers, promoters, and other dance professionals from all over Europe for online discussions.

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Mobility of Artists, Mobility of Ideas

We want to invite you to discuss questions of mobility in dance production: What is behind the wish or the need to work internationally? How can international touring and working be more sustainable? How can mobility in dance be more accessible and inclusive?

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EDN Carte Blanche for Communication Teams

Throughout the crisis, dance houses’ communication, PR and marketing teams have been in the eye of the storm: constantly adapting, conveying cancelation and postponing messages, experimenting with live streaming and promoting online experiences… The challenges have been numerous and EDN offers a new informal and recurring online gathering for EDN members’ staff to share experiences, exchange solutions, dos and don’ts, tips and advice.

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Perform Europe

Perform Europe is funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union and co-initiated by a Consortium composed of IETM - International network for contemporary performing arts, the European Festivals Association (EFA), Circostrada, EDN - European Dancehouse Network and IDEA Consult.

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Online Atelier

An atelier organized by EDN-member Dansmakers Amsterdam, concerning the current possibilities in digital communication of and about artistic practices. The atelier connected makers in dance and other disciplines to digital professionals working with social media, digital archive and online monetisation in order to share tools and knowledge in times of need.

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Encounter in South Africa

This activity aimed to open new forms of dialogue with artists, organisations and dance professionals based in the African continent, investigating new forms of relationship and collaboration based on ethical values, respect and sustainability.

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Dance and international cooperation

At the beginning of March 2020 EDN and AND + worked together to implement the path started in Yokohama and to prepare a public talk, as part of the in-depth events open to the public, organized by the Tanzplattform Deutchland in Munich (Germany).

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Moving Futures 2019

For the first time, EDN offered the possibility for its members to send artists to the Moving Futures festival in Amsterdam, from May 22 to 25, 2019 as part of the Carte Blanche – Artist focus.

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Dancing Museums

Dancing Museums is an action-research project designed to foster and sustain long-term collaborations between dance organisations, museums, universities and local communities in order to develop inspiring and long-lasting arts and cultural programmes that people in those communities want to get involved in.

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