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:    www.uia.be/node/46358


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


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