DANCE:Polish Dance


Institute of Music and Dance

The Institute of Music and Dance (IMiT) was established on 1 October 2010 by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. It operates as a state-run cultural institution. The Institute’s basic mission is to support the development of music and dance culture in Poland.

The IMiT runs residency, artistic, research, publishing and grant programmes designed for the Polish music and dance communities, implemented via competition formula. It also administers Ministry programmes.

The Institute also studies the condition of dance and music communities; presents reports and postulates to the Minister, providing expertise; handles documentation and archives; commissions research; encourages quality improvement in music and dance education; supports cultural institutions and non-governmental organisations; initiates celebrations of anniversaries of important events in the history and development of dance and music; and coordinates the activities of cultural institutions. The IMiT participates in the exchange of information and experience between Polish and international professional organizations.


Major IMiT activities and programmes related to dance


a regularly updated and expanded site dedicated to the widely understood art of dance in Poland. Its main part comprises databases, such as dance people, bibliography, education, etc. The site also features tabs with a calendar of events and with news on dance in Poland and abroad (that is, events involving Polish artists). There is also a section presenting commissioned texts. The website has a shorter English version. (Traditional Dance)
the first feature of the Institute’s educational website, focusing on a wide array of dance genres and forms. It is a free public Internet platform for education and promotion of research, addressed to a wide group of users interested in traditional dance in past and contemporary Polish culture. The website presents dance forms mainly with the use of archival and contemporary film footage of dance performances.



A Stage for Dance
Regular presentation of performances supports the maturing of dance pieces, the development of skills of Polish dancers and choreographers, and building the audience for dance performances.

Thought in Motion
The programme is dedicated to dance education for children and youth, including intergenerational projects. It supports cooperation of cultural institutions and non-governmental organisations running educational and artistic activities in the field of dance, with schools and related educational institutions. The programme builds the audience for dance performances.

Supporting International Activity
The programme aims at stimulating the improvement of professional competencies of artists, dance teachers and dance managers, and at encouraging high-quality academic discourse on dance.

Choreography commissions
The programme aims at stimulating collaboration of Polish dance companies with renowned Polish and foreign choreographers. It encourages Polish artists to include a wide range of choreographic ideas in their performances.

Publishing programme
The programme provides financial support for academic and popular science publications (first editions of Polish-language works or translations into Polish) in the fields of history, theory and dance pedagogy, as well as for knowledge-promoting publications.
The programme’s goals include: expanding the number of Polish-language academic and popular science publications on dance; stimulating the development of academic discourse on dance; promoting the knowledge of dance history and theory; and encouraging the implementation of modern teaching ideas in dance.

Support for dancers’ professional transition
The programme assists professional dance artists in acquiring professional qualifications and experience needed for launching a new career after the end of stage performances.

Selected projects
In 2013, the Institute of Music and Dance became the main organiser of the Polish Dance Platform. Since then, the Platform has travelled the country, offering events held in collaboration with the local dance communities. The Platform’s aim is to find and promote the most interesting original dance productions created in Poland or by Polish choreographers. All professional artists active in contemporary or classical dance are welcome to participate. The Platform involves a competition resulting in a three-day event presenting the winning works.

The Institute of Music and Dance participates in numerous projects as a co-organiser. One example is the Studio Dance Stage realised since 2015 by the Studio Theatre in Warsaw and the Institute, with support from the Culture Department of the Warsaw City Office and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. The project regularly presents some of the most interesting dance performances from Poland, created by Polish artists and dance companies, or by artists permanently based in Poland.


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