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 About the NDCA

The National Dance Council of America is the official governing body for dancing in the United States.

Its purpose is to provide, on a nationwide basis, a united inter-associated agency to represent the interests of those in the dance profession and other dance related entities and organizations and to act as the agency for cooperation with similar councils in other countries.

To also conduct a continuing campaign for the establishment and the maintenance of high standards in dance education, and to acquaint the public with the nature and benefits of these standards and to recognize the status of qualified dance teachers affiliated to member organizations of this Council.

Bi-annual meetings are held, and delegates from each member organization are present to discuss affairs, programs and problems related to the dance industry.

Note: Early minutes state regarding the "Nature of the Council" - "We all know that 'in unity there is strength' and there is strength in numbers. Together we can do many things for the profession that individuals and individual organizations could not hope to do."




  • The National Dance Council of America (NDCA) was formed in 1948 as a non-profit educational organization. It was originally called The National Council of Dance Teacher Organizations (NDCTO).
  • December, 1947: Impetus toward a concerted action on the part of dance teachers and their organizations was furnished by passing of the so-called Maryland Bill and the subsequent discussion concerning legislation relating to the dance teaching profession.
  • June/July, 1948: Helen Wicks Reid went to England and talked with teachers and officers of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and the Royal Academy of Dancing. She also met with Philip Richardson, Editor of Dancing Times, who was for many years Chairman of the Official Board (of teacher organizations), about the cooperation of dance organizations in self-regulating of the profession.
  • August, 1948: Preliminary talks with Mr. Anatole Chujoy of Dance News. It was decided that Helen Wicks Reid, as president of the American Society of Teachers of Dancing, the oldest dance teacher organization in the United States, should call a meeting of representatives of dance teacher organizations. Mrs. Reid asked Mr. Chujoy to act as Chairman because of his qualifications and neutrality.
  • September, 1948: Letters were sent by Helen Wicks Reid to Dance Masters of America, Dance Educators of America, and New York Society of Chicago National Association of Dancing Masters inviting them to send representatives to a meeting on October 24, 1948 at the Hotel Astor in New York City.
  • October 24, 1948: A meeting was held at the Hotel Astor and Mr. Chujoy was elected Chairman and Catherine McVeigh of Philadelphia was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Continuations Committee- the beginning of the National Council of Dance Teacher Organizations. Dance Teachers Club of Boston was also invited to join (there was an error in not inviting them initially thinking they were still just an affiliate club of Dances Masters of America).
  • February, 1951: The following organizations were present at a meeting held February 18, 1951 at the Astor Hotel - New York Society of Teachers of Dancing, Dance Educators of America, American Society of Teachers of Dancing, Dance Teachers Club of Boston, Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey, Philadelphia Dancing Association (observer), Dance News and Dance Magazine.
     The first official president of the NCDTO was Donald Duncan.
  • In 1962, the NDCA was admitted to membership in the World Dance and Dance Sport Council (WD&DSC), previously known as the International Council of Ballroom Dancing (ICBD), currently known as the WDC, to represent the interest of professional dancers and teachers from the United States in worldwide dancing affairs. In addition to formulating the rules by which NDCA recognition of competitions and championships are granted, the NDCA has the exclusive right to select the professional couples and judges who will represent America in all World Professional Championships.
  • In 1973 a Scrutineering Examining Committee was formed for the purpose of certifying scrutineers in the U.S.A.
  • In 1981, in the spirit of cooperation, the North American Treaty was created. This document was signed by the NDCA and the representatives of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association (CDTA), the official professional body of Canada. The purpose was to open a more direct line of communication between the two countries, specifically in the areas of rules, competition date conflicts, and professional registrations. This Treaty was superseded by the 'North American Dance Sport Alliance' in November 2004.
  • In May of 1986, the United States applied for and was admitted to the Asian-Pacific Council. Members of the Council are: Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea , Malaysia, New Zealan d, Singapore , Chinese Taipei, Thailand, and United States.
  • In 2015 The Americas Dance Council was formed by the NDCA to help assist with the development of dance in many South American countries, and a application for affiliate membership to the WDC was presented and unanimously voted in as a affiliate member in 2016 by the Annual General Meeting of the World Dance Council (WDC).



 Departments of the Council

Ballroom Department
The Ballroom Department deals with all matters pertaining to all forms of Ballroom Dancing and any Contemporary dances that become popular from time to time.

Performing Arts Department
The Performing Arts Department deals with all matters pertaining to Classical Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Acrobatics, Ethnic and other Performing Arts dance forms.

Public Relations Department
The Public Relations Department deals with all matters pertaining to promotion, publicity, news releases, demo graphics, information brochures, research and development and commercial business aspects of all forms of dance.


This photo was taken at a NDCA Board of Governors in the 1990's in Irvine, California.

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