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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.