Dance Organizations and Resources

A listing of other dance organizations and resources can be found below.

AIRDanza Italian Dance Research Association (Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca sulla Danza AIRDanza) seeks to promote, coordinate and support dance studies and to identify and preserve Italian documentary heritage, promote and coordinating cataloguing projects, and work towards the establishment of a national public dance archive, virtual, paper and audiovisual. 

American Dance Guild is a nonprofit membership organization concerned with promoting the art of dance. Since 1956 it has been serving the needs of performers, choreographers, teachers, and students through all stages of their development and careers.

American Dance Therapy Association promotes the use of dance and movement as powerful tools for mental and emotional health. ADTA maintains high standards for education, training, and professional practice for dance/movement therapists.

The George Balanchine Foundation - The mission of The George Balanchine Foundation is to utilize the Balanchine legacy to advance the development of dance and its allied arts in the United States and throughout the world on behalf of the dance community at large. This goal is pursued through a broad range of activities and programs, including concentrated research, ballet reconstructions, publications, lectures and videos, and other innovative projects.

Career Transition for Dancers is a nonprofit organization that enables dancers to define their career possibilities and develop the skills necessary to excel in a variety of disciplines. 

The Carson-Brierly Dance Library is dedicated to the documentation and representation of the entire spectrum of dance with emphasis on dance in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. The Library contains materials relating to social, theatre, ethnic, ritual, dance-drama and related dance studies, and serves historians, researchers, students, teachers and devotees of the Rocky Mountain Dance Community. For more information on how to access the collections, please call the curator at Penrose Library: 303-871-3428 or e-mail

Dance/USA sustains and advances professional dance by addressing the needs, concerns, and interests of artists, administrators and organizations. By providing services and national leadership, Dance/USA enhances the infrastructure for dance creation, education and dissemination.

Dance Collection Danse is Canada's national dance archives and publisher dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of Canadian theatrical dance history.

Dance Critics Association was created in 1973, when a group of dance critics attending a Philadelphia arts conference saw a need for an organization that represented working dance critics. The groups primary focus, then and now, was an annual meeting to serve dance writers.

Dance Educators of America is an organization for dance professionals. It is dedicated to improving the quality of dance teaching and to maintaining high professional and ethical standards in the performing arts, especially in dance in all its forms.

Dance Films Association is dedicated to furthering the art of dance film.  Connecting artists and organizations, fostering new works for new audiences, and sharing essential resources, DFA seeks to be a catalyst for innovation in and preservation of dance on camera.

Dance Heritage Coalition is a national alliance of institutions holding significant collections of materials documenting the history of dance.  Its mission is to preserve, make accessible, enhance and augment the materials that document the artistic accomplishments in dance of the past, present, and future. The DHC pursues its mission by encouraging, initiating, and developing collaborative projects among the dance communities, library and archival fields, scholarly institutions, and individuals in four essential areas: access to materials, the continuing documentation of dance employing both traditional methods and developing technologies, preservation of existing documentation, and education within and beyond the field of dance.

Dance Notation Bureau's mission is to advance the art of dance through the use of a system of notation.

European Dance Research Information Directory is the first English-language  Directory of European institutions and individuals engaged in dance research, history, theory, documentation, i.e. collecting information to restore the past for the present and to record the present for the future in the field of dancing.

Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing is the world’s leading dance examinations board. Founded in 1904, it is now a registered educational charity providing training and qualifications for dance teachers and covering the full spectrum of genres from Ballet to Ballroom.

Institute for Historical Dance Practice's main objective is to research, preserve and perform social and theatrical dances of Western Europe between 1450 and 1920.

International Association for Dance Medicine and Science   was formed to foster several related goals in the dance medicine and science field; the purposes and objectives of the organization are summarized in its Mission Statement:  IADMS enhances the health, well-being, training, and performance of dancers by cultivating educational, medical, and scientific excellence.

International Dance Council is the official umbrella organization for all forms of dance in all countries of the world.  It is a non-governmental organization founded in 1973 within the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, where it is based.  It is the worldwide forum bringing together international, national and local organizations, as well as select individuals active in dance.

Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies was established in 1978, LIMS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to education and research in the field of movement studies. In addition to being a school for the dissemination of the work of Rudolf Laban and Irmgard Bartenieff, LIMS is also a membership organization.

Language of Dance Centre's mission is to make creative movement and the dance experience available to all.  We offer dance clubs, professional development, certification courses and resources used in the Language of Dance approach to movement and dance.

National Dance Association was established in 1932 as a section on dance by the American Physical Education Association. Having achieved independent status as a national organization in 1974, it remains committed today to promoting high-quality dance programs in the areas of health, physical education, recreation, and dance (HPERD).

National Dance Education Organization advances dance education centered in the arts as the voice of representation for the field in legislatures, schools of dance, PreK-12 schools, and institutions of higher education throughout the country. A non-profit organization, NDEO is dedicated to promoting standards of excellence in dance education through the development of quality education in the art of dance through professional development, service and leadership.

National Dance Council of America is the official governing council of dance and dancesport in the USA. With 17 Member Organizations encompassing more than 20,000 dance professionals and over 110 sanctioned competitions and championships, it is the leading authority of dance for Professionals, Amateurs and Pro/Am Competitors.

National Registry of Dance Educators offers professional support and services to its members who teach dance in private studios and schools so that they may provide their students and community with the highest quality programs and training available in dance education.

Royal Academy of Dance promotes knowledge, understanding and practice of dance internationally. We seek to accomplish our mission through promoting dance, educating and training students and teachers and providing examinations to reward achievement.

Sacred Dance Guild promotes dance as prayer, and as a means of spiritual growth, connection to The Divine, and integration of mind, body, and spirit. To advance those ideals, we provide education, resources, and networking opportunities.

Society for Canadian Dance Studies is a support and advocacy group for anyone who studies or works in the field of Canadian dance studies. Dance studies encompasses a broad range of research areas including history, anthropology, movement analysis, ethnology, creative process studies, dance education, dance writing and criticism, among others. The Society for Canadian Dance Studies encourages and promotes research and writing in Canadian dance studies, and provides a forum for dance researchers to discuss their work with each other.

Society of Dance History Scholars advances the field of dance studies through research, publication, performance, and outreach to audiences across the arts, humanities, and social sciences. As a constituent member of the American Council of Learned Societies, SDHS holds wide-ranging annual conferences; publishes new scholarship through its proceedings and book series; collaborates regularly with peer organizations in the U.S. and abroad; and presents yearly awards for exemplary scholarship, including the de la Torre Bueno Prize®.

Society of Dance Research embraces a wide cross-section of the dance world: scholars. critics, teachers, lecturers, students, librarians, dancers, choreographers, archivists and interested dance-goers.  Members come from the UK and abroad and their interests span all forms of dance and associated disciplines, such as music, theatre, design and literature.

 Congress on Research in Dance
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