International dance organizations:
It was formed in 1989, establishes standards and sanctions dance competitions for country/western dance. Its mission is "to promote, preserve, and protect country dance worldwide". They have over 50 sanctioned dance competition events in 15 countries.
CALLERLAB exists to improve square dancing: To recruit, promote, and maintain the square dance activity. In the late 1980's, the CALLERLAB Board of Governors took action to create a foundation which would be dedicated to the preservation and promotion of square dancing. The organization maintains a suggested list of standard dancing programs that have helped to make square dancing an international activity.
It was founded in 1957. IDSF today has 84 National Member Federations on five continents.60 of these Federations are recognised by their National Olympic Committees, and IDSF's only Continental Federation, the Asian DanceSport Federation, has received provisional recognition from the Olympic Council of Asia, and participated as a demonstration sport in the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok.
It provides a wide range of examination services that have been established over time and meet the needs of both, the public, the professional performer and teaching aspects. The Association continues to work with the various Government agencies and representative bodies, in order to keep abreast of current trends and indeed, influence the progress of dance.
The IDTA was incorporated in 1967 as a result of a merger between the Dance Teachers' Association and International Dancing Masters' Association and adopted the current name: International Dance Teachers Association. However, though a series of earlier mergers, the IDTA's roots can be traced back as far as 1903, and so the association officially recognised 2003 as its Centenary year.
The IDTA is a member of the British Dance Council, Council for Dance Education & Training (UK), Central Council of Physical Recreation and Stage Dance Council International.
The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) is the world's leading dance examinations board. It was formed on 25 July 1904; it is today a registered educational charity and is the only organization that covers the full spectrum of dance examinations on a truly global scale.
The ISTD's chief objective is "to educate the public in the art of dancing in all its forms". The society exists for the promotion of dance as an art form and operates examinations worldwide in both Dance Sport and Theatre Dance subjects.
The WDC is committed to their goal of encouraging and promoting dance through its broad world membership. Furthermore, the WDC is also committed to promoting dance by taking a more commercialised approach to running the World Championship Title events. Involving sponsors in these events and attracting multi-media to share this exciting and fast growing sport, (as evidenced by movie and television hit sensations), will serve to benefit and encourage participating professional dancers and involve others.
Initially consisting of nine European countries and three others, today it has become the leading authority on Professional Dance with members in numerous countries throughout the world. Each country is allowed one member. As of 2006 there are 59 members.
The Inter Varsity Dancesport Association was set up in 1962 with these aims:
'...to promote Ballroom and Latin American dancing within universities, to organise an annual Inter Varsity Dance Competition, to extend participation of university dancers in competitive dancing both on the University Circuit and the Open Circuit, and to seek to raise the standard of dancing amongst students...'
Since then it has gone from strength to strength, working hard to provide a central source of support and information for student dancers throughout the country.
IVDA exists to help co-ordinate university dance competitions so that the organisers have as much assistance and experience to draw upon as possible. On top of this the organisation works to provide initiatives that will help in the development of university clubs, such as improving access to training facilities or providing a forum to discuss possible ideas and best practice in the world of dance.
It was registered in 1984, although its history traces to 1974. The WRRC is the international umbrella organization of the national federations of Rock'n' Roll for amateurs and professionals. The WRRC aims at promoting the physical training of its members by means of sporting activities in the form of Rock' n Roll dance tournaments, including the acrobatic variations (Rock'n'Roll acrobatic) as well as Rock'n'Roll and Boogie Woogie, Lindy Hop and alternative styles complying with the rules and sporting presentations.
The WRRC is an associated member of the International Dance Sport Federation (IDSF), the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as well as a member of the sports forum of the European Union.
The World Swing Dance Council, organized in 1993, is a service organization designed to further communication and to provide informational services and record keeping for those in the Swing Dance Community.
The WSDC maintains event calendar and placements in swing dance competitions, the registries of competitors, instructors, disc jockeys, judges, organizers, etc.
The WSDC also sponsors the National Swing Dance Hall of Fame honoring those with long-time contributions and accomplishments to the swing dance community and industry.
The WSDC has the following levels of membership: professional, associate professional, gold, and "Friends of the Council".