Sep 18, 2021


- PRESS RELEASE 136/2021

HAPPY 40TH BIRTHDAY IDO! The International Dance Organisation is celebrating its 40th birthday today, on the 18th of September. It was the 18th September 1981 that saw the founding of our World Organisation by four countries, France, Gibraltar, Italy and Switzerland. Forty years later, our World Organisation boasts over 90 member nations and contacts and represents over half a million dancers around the world.

The IDO will be celebrating its birthday throughout the next twelve months with activities, memorabilia, and events as it is a very special year and milestone…the IDO’s Ruby Anniversary. These include a 40th anniversary brochure depicting the IDO’s history, an IDO Web TV documentary with special interviews with past and present members who have made the IDO what it is today, 40th Anniversary Dance Awards, amongst others.

IDO President (Ag) Professor Dr Velibor Srdic on this historic occasion said:

‘I began my journey in the International Dance Organization in 2000. IDO became very much of my daily life and more predominately when I became a member of the Presidium in 2007. Nothing inside me could have imagined that I would have the honour, decades later, to lead our Organization on such an extraordinary milestone. And it is indeed and honour.

The IDO is a prolific World Organization, that has through dance excelled both culturally and in the world of sports. Since 1981, the IDO have produced annually major World, European and Continental Championships and through the years extended its work from competitions to other areas including Sports, Development, Education, Adjudication, its World Gala, amongst others. Celebrating this ruby anniversary allows IDO to continue to look forward with hope, energy and enthusiasm, in taking our Organization, to another level.

We have all grown to love IDO, a World Organization that now has an invaluable cultural heritage value. IDO represents the promotion and fostering of dance all around the globe. And IDO represents just that, a World Organization, full of talent, development, and education, who have always excelled in this field. We will continue to work to ensure that IDO continues to flourish in artistic journey, education, experience and excellence in dance. Happy birthday IDO!’

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