In 2002, director and choreographer Jivko Jeliazkov and art manager Atanas Maev united around the idea of creating a team of artists working in the field of contemporary dance, theater and performance. Initially, the team participated in the preparation of a conceptual project for founding a private theater in southern Spain. After its successful realization in 2004, Jivko Jeliazkov and Atanas Maev registered the Derida Dance Company.
In 2006 Derida Dance was included in the register of cultural associations active in Spain. The company attracted professionals from Bulgaria, Spain, Scotland, Wales, Cuba, France, Argentina and Russia.
After returning to Bulgaria in 2008, Derida Dance realized yet another of its ideas: the Derida Dance Centеr, the first center for contemporary dance in Sofia. As a result of purposeful efforts to develop the contemporary dance environment in Bulgaria, Derida Dance – in cooperation with the America for Bulgaria Foundation – developed a year-long training program “Probiotic for contemporary dance in Bulgaria”, which supported the professional development of freelance dancers.
In 2010, Derida Dance became an official member of IETM, one of the largest international networks in the sphere of contemporary performing arts, as well as a partner to Aerowaves, a cross-border network for dance performances.