International organizations in dance

A partial list compiled by the

International Dance Council CID, UNESCO, Paris

Arthur Murray Dance Studios                                                      

Asian DanceSport Federation                                                       

Asian Professional DanceSport Council                                      

Association of International Dance Teachers                             

Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing                      

Confederacion Interamericana de Danza                                   

Dance Alliance                                                                                 

European Dance Sport Federation                                               

Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios                                       

Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing                                    

International Association of Blacks in Dance                             

International Association for Dance Medicine and Science    

International Cheer Union                                                            

International Dance Association                                                  

International Dance Federation – South Africa                         

International Dance Federation                                                   

International Dance Federation of India                                    

International Dance Organization                                               

International Dance Sport Association                                        

International Dance Teachers’ Association                                 

International Dance Union                                                           

International DanceSport Federation                                          

International Federation of Modern Dance Sports                      

International Hustle Dance Association                                      

International Ministers of Dance Alliance                                  

International Professional DanceSport Council                        

International Tap Association                                                       

National Dance Education Organization                                    

Professional Dancers Federation                                                  

Professional World Council of Dance                                   

Theatre Dance Council International                                         

United Kingdom Alliance                                                             

United Country Western Dance Council                                    

USA Dance                                                                                       

World Dance Alliance – Americas                                                

World Artistic Dance Federation                                                  

World Dance Allicane – Asian Pacific                                           

World Dance Alliance – Europe                                                    

World DanceSport Federation                                           

World Country Dance Federation                                                

World Dance Council                                                                     

World Dance Movement                                                       

World Federation of Ballroom Dancers                                       

World Salsa Federation                                                               

World Swing Dance Council                                                        



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A checklist for organizations

 The International Dance Council CID receives often complaints regarding events proposed by organizations claiming national or international status.

  The following checklist has been compiled to help distinguish between real and fictitious non-profit organizations.

1.  Does the “organization” have a legal status, offices, salaried staff, a budget, a bank account, a long history?

2.  Is it accredited by government agencies or independent authorities?

3.  Who are its leaders, do they have sufficient credentials, have they been elected by a General Assembly, how many members voted?

4.  Ask for printed material and signed documents to be mailed to you. Do not rely on email messages or websites, especially when they do not feature names, phone numbers and street addresses, not PO boxes.

5.  Check their website for a legal office address, names and addresses of elected officers, past activities, list of active members. Check its visits counter.

6.  Ask: Are they open to new voting members? What are their resources? How do they cover office expenses?

7.  Remember:

–  Anyone can found his own “organization” with an impressive name, a website and ambitious goals – there is no law against it.

–  There are many so-called organizations that are actually a disguised business run by a single person operating from his home.

–  Very few organizations claiming international status have a large number of members, official recognition, democratically elected officers and employees to operate a real secretariat.

–  Many business companies deceive customers by calling them “members”; members vote for their leadership, customers don’t.

8.  Titles (diplomas, certificates, prizes, degrees, championships etc.) issued by private organizations do not have legal value unless recognized by state agencies.

9.  Before registering for an event (festival, workshop, competition etc.) check if it is organized by a competent organization with a legal address. Ask for a receipt of payment.

10. Read about fraudulent conference announcements in the website of the Union of International Associations:


  Ask embarrassing questions, real organizations are not afraid of them.


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