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World Dance Alliance 

The Sacred Dance Guild is a member of the World Dance Alliance, which was initiated in Hong Kong in 1990 under the leadership of the Asia Pacific region.   SDG is a member of the WDA Americas region.  Each region is an independent entity.


WDA alternates between global and regional conferences annually;
WDA's 2010 Global Conference will be held in New York City in July.
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WDA Americas

Mission: WDA Americas is a member driven organization. Its purpose is to discuss and debate aspects of common interest in order to help all the dance professionals of this hemisphere. Its desire is to support and preserve dance by promoting dance, encouraging collaboration and facilitating international exchange and study of common problems.

WDA Asia Pacific

Mission:  To serve as a primary voice and support group for dance in the Asia-Pacific region.


The World Dance Alliance: Asia Pacific has been working since 1986 to provide more opportunities for international exchanges in dance.

WDA Europe

Mission To act as an advocacy and support group for dance in all its forms and dance-related people throughout the world.


Congress on Research in Dance - CORD
The Congress On Research in Dance is a not-for-profit, interdisciplinary organization with an open, international membership. Its purposes are:

  • to encourage research in all aspects of dance, including related fields.
  • to foster the exchange of ideas, resources, and methodology, through publication, international and regional conferences, and workshops.
  • to promote the accessibility of research materials

Dance and the Child international - daCi

daCi USA promotes and supports dance for ALL young people, embracing a spirit of regional, national, and international understanding.

Dance Notation Bureau - DNB
The Dance Notation Bureau’s (DNB) mission is to advance the art of dance through the use of a system of notation.

International Council of Kinetography Laban - ICKL
The aims of ICKL are to promote the use of the system of movement and dance notation originated by Rudolf Laban, known as Kinetography Laban or Labanotation; to increase research for its development and applications; to act as a deciding body with regard to the orthography and principles of the system; to support experimental projects in related areas; to encourage information exchange among centres and individuals using the system.

International Council for Traditional Music, Ethnochoreology Group - ICTM
The World Organization that supports the Study and Practice of All Musical Traditions, including Urban and Popular Musics and Dance, all Music Research and Ethnomusicology
A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing - ISTD
The ISTD's chief objective is "to educate the public in the art of dancing in all its forms". To achieve this, the ISTD works in four main ways:

  1. to promote knowledge of the dance
  2. to maintain and improve teaching standards
  3. to qualify, by examination, teachers of dancing in the ISTD's specialist techniques taught by our 10,000 members in schools of dancing throughout the world
  4. to provide, through its syllabi, techniques upon which to train dancers for the profession.

International Organization of Transition for Professional Dancers - IOTPD
The International Organization for the Transition of Professional Dancer (IOTPD) was formed in 1993 in Lausanne, Switzerland to:

  • help professional dancers in the process of career transition;
  • promote awareness of the contribution the dancer makes to society, the needs of the dancer during the transition process and the benefits of a successful transition to a future productive career.
  • The Transition of Professional Dancer has members in 19 countries.

International Dance Committee of ITI/UNESCO - ITI/UNESCO
The International Theatre Institute (ITI), an international non-governmental organization (NGO) was founded in Prague in 1948 by UNESCO and the international theatre community. The ITI has national ITI centres in approximately 90 countries. The ITI maintains formal associate relations with UNESCO and is its principal international NGO partner in the field of the performing arts.


  • To promote international exchange of knowledge and practice in the domain of the performing arts.
  • To stimulate creation and increase cooperation among theatre people.
  • To increase public awareness of the need to take artistic creation into consideration in the domain of Development.
  • To deepen mutual understanding and contribute to the consolidation of peace and friendship between peoples.
  • To join in the defence of the ideals and aims of UNESCO.
  • To combat all forms of racism or social and political discrimination.

Laban/Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies - LIMS
The Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS) trains students to observe and study, in-depth, the teachings of Rudolf Laban and Irmgard Bartenieff. Three classes which are prerequisites for the Certificate Program, include an introduction to Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals and Anatomy and Kinesiology.

Society of Dance History Scholars - SDHS
The Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting study, research, discussion, performance, and publication in dance history and related fields. Organized in 1978 as a professional network, the society was incorporated in 1983 and now counts among its members individuals and institutions in the United States and abroad committed to the (inter)discipline of dance studies. It was admitted to the American Council of Learned Societies as a constituent member in 1996.

SDHS defines dance history in the broadest possible terms. The field encompasses the tradition of Western theatrical dance from Renaissance and Baroque court entertainments to postmodern dance theater; the dance traditions of non-Western cultures; and a range of theatrical and participatory dance forms constitutive of popular culture – from country dancing and the waltz to the tango and MTV.



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