The World DanceSport Federation (WDSF)

The World DanceSport Federation (WDSF), formerly the International DanceSport Federation (IDSF), is the international governing body of DanceSport and Wheelchair DanceSport, as recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). Founded in 1957 as the International Council of Amateur Dancers (ICAD), it took the name IDSF in 1990. In 2011, it was renamed WDSF to emphasize the global character of the organization.

The World Dance Council & The World Dance Council Amateur League

The World Dance Council is the world authority for Professional Dancing incorporating the World Competitive Dance Committee and the World Social Dance Committee. The World Dance Council Ltd, until 1st June 2006 known as the World Dance & Dance Sport Council Ltd (WD&DSC), formerly the International Council of Ballroom Dancing (ICBD), was established on 22nd September 1950 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Their mission is to inspire, stimulate and promote excellence in education for the World Dance Council and WDC Amateur League.

The National Dance Council of America

The National Dance Council of America is the official governing body for dancing in the United States. Its purpose is to provide, on a nationwide basis, a united inter-associated agency to represent the interests of those in the dance profession and other dance related entities and organizations and to act as the agency for cooperation with similar councils in other countries. To also conduct a continuing campaign for the establishment and the maintenance of high standards in dance education, and to acquaint the public with the nature and benefits of these standards and to recognize the status of qualified dance teachers affiliated to member organizations of this Council.

Professional Membership

National Dance Teachers Association of America

In 1974, a group of dance instructors formed an association to strive to advance the Art of Ballroom Dancing, standardize the teaching materials, expose the members to progressive methods of instruction, keep members informed of new trends in the social and competitive dance fields and add integrity to the profession. They called their organization Florida Dance Teachers Association (FDTA), Florida’s “ALL BALLROOM” Association.

The FDTA joined the Council, then known as the National Council of Dance Teachers Organizations (NCDTO). In order to expand and attract members outside of Florida, in 1985 the organization name was changed to National Dance Teachers Association of America, Inc.

Our goal is to continue to provide support, syllabus materials, and assistance to members to enhance their expertise. We offer qualification examinations for certification in different levels and styles as well as traditional Medal Tests. Our meetings provide seminar workshop presentations teaching techniques as well as variations and patterns in a variety of dance forms, both social and competitive. Our members have the tools to give their students quality lessons to provide them with a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence for a healthy, happy, physically fit future through dancing.

Professional Membership

Professional Dancers Federation

The objective of the PDF is to protect the interests of professionals involved in the competitive dancesport industry. Our membership includes professional competitors, pro/am teachers, adjudicators, scrutineers, organizers and promoters of dancesport in the U.S.A.

The specific purpose of the PDF is: (a) To foster the spirit of good fellowship and sportsmanship, and to protect the interests of professionals, such as competitors, adjudicators, scrutineers, organizers and promoters involved in competitive dancing; and (b) To further the goodwill and cooperation between the members of the Professional Dancers Federation and the National Dance Council of America and all who utilize the professional services of the Professional Dancers Federation.

Ballroom Dancer’s Federation

The Ballroom Dancers’ Federation is a leading organization aiming to promote and protect the Dance Sport Industry. Their goal is to promote the spirit of good fellowship and sportsmanship and to protect and advance the interests of professional competitors and professionals in general. They aim to further the goodwill and co-operation between those who utilize the services of its members and the governing Dance Sport bodies. The BDF runs, hosts and organizes many events throughout the year.

United Country Western Dance Council

With diverse dances across many genres, the UCWDC is the largest circuit for competitive Country and Line Dance in the world. We offer social and competitive opportunities that are essential to the growth of our dances as internationally recognized dancesport. From the delivery of sanctioned dance competitions, to affordable social and educational environments, we build dance communities and deliver dancer-focused events like no other organization in the world.’

The mission of the UCWDC is to preserve and promote Country Western Dance and Line Dance as a fun and healthful pursuit, social activity, art form, and competitive sport worldwide.

USA Dance

USA Dance. Inc. is the official Recognized Sports Organization for Dance by the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) and the U.S. National Member body of the world governing organization, the World

DanceSport Federation (WDSF), which is recognized as the official International Federation of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)responsible for all DanceSport disciplines. Along with the WDSF, USA Dance has the sustaining mission to gain national and global acceptance for DanceSport disciplines as official medal sports in the Olympic Games.

United Dance Merchants of America

United Dance Merchants of America (UDMA) was founded in 1959. What started as a small group of costume companies exhibiting at dance events using an eight-foot table and a rack for displays, has grown into the largest dance trade show in North America.

Today, we are a diverse group of over 100 companies focused on dance. Costumes, travel, backdrops, software, competitions, equipment, fundraising, and all things glitter are now represented at a UDMA show. A UDMA show is the only place to see over 10,000 costumes and every resource needed to run a successful studio in one place. The ability to make a one-on-one connection with a company and its products makes the shows an invaluable resource for dance studios.

Costume Society of America

The Costume Society of America fosters an understanding of appearance and dress practices of people across the globe through research, education, preservation, and design. Our network of members studies the past, examines the present, and anticipates the future of clothing and fashion.

CSA serves it members, and promotes its goals with national symposia and publications including the journal Dress and its monthly electronic newsletter CSA E-News.

National Dance Education Organization:

The National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) is a non-profit organization that supports dance educators in every setting and genre. We are dedicated to advancing dance education centered in the arts for people of all backgrounds.

Since 1998, the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) has had a direct impact on dance education centered in the arts. We have developed partnerships with the leading dance, arts education, and education policy organizations in the country, affording us a “seat at the table” in national discussions that affect our field. Perhaps most importantly, thousands of dance educators have turned to our organization for the resources and support they need to advance their careers and benefit their students.

Better Business Bureau

Celebrating 10 years of an A+ Rating!

The BBB is a leader in public services related to ethical business practices and dispute resolution. It is our passion to promote honesty and integrity in the marketplace. We are committed to and guided by trust, respect and fairness. Our aim is to help make the local community a better place in which we can all live, work and prosper.

The BBB promotes integrity and business ethics through self-regulation in the marketplace and is governed by a 16-member volunteer Board of Directors representing

some of Metro Washington and Eastern Pennsylvania’s leading corporations. The President and CEO is Edward Johnson. The BBB is supported by approximately 8,700 Accredited Businesses in the District of Columbia, and areas of Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. BBB Accredited Businesses support the BBB because they believe in and commit to abide
by the principles of the BBB. Accredited Businesses are able to take advantage of certain benefits and services. The BBB receives no government grants or tax revenues for operation.