World Dance Council

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The World Dance Council Ltd (WDC), is a registered limited company, the legal successor to the International Council of Ballroom Dancing, and was established at a meeting organized by Phillip J. S. Richardson on 22 September 1950 in Edinburgh. For a period from 1996 to 2006, the WDC was known as the World Dance & Dance Sport Council Ltd (WD&DSC).[1] The mission of the World Dance Council is to inspire, stimulate and promote excellence in education for the World Dance Council and Amateur League (WDC and AL) community[1]

The primary objective, at the time of its formation, was to provide an agreed basis for holding world championships in competitive ballroom dance. That objective has been achieved.[2] Initially consisting of nine European countries and three others, today the WDC has become the leading authority on professional dance competitions, with members in numerous countries throughout the world. Each country is allowed one vote. As of 2006 there are 59 members. Its governing body, the Presidium, consists of a President and a number of Vice-Presidents, in 2014 seven Vice Presidents were elected.

WDC includes the Competitive Dance Committee, the Dancesation Committee and the a private public partnership agreement with the WDC Amateur League (WDCAL)

Mode of Operation[edit]

The WDC is democratic in its operation. All major decisions are taken on the basis of one full member, one vote. The full members are (with a few exceptions) individual countries. There are some Affiliate members, such as the Ballroom Dancers Federation International. The WDC operates through a general council and two committees:

  • The World Competitive Dance Committee regulates professional competitive dancing and all matters to do with competitions and their regulations.
  • The Dancesation Committee deals with all matters of the dance profession that relate to the activities of Dance Schools and Dance Teachers and all other forms of dance like performing arts, hip Hop, Argentine Tango to name but a few.[2] It does not regulate social dance directly: that is the business of individual organisers.
  • The WDC Amateur League was founded in 2007. This regulates and designates the World and continental Amateur championships and licenses and regulates Amateur Dancing.

Each member country in the WDC has its own national organisation, such as the British Dance Council, which acts as a forum for the many interested parties in that country. The national bodies decide on their delegates to the WDC. The WDC also operates a WDC National Dance Council system in certain countries, which allows a multi-member system within that NDC, fostering the co-operation of major dance organisations in these countries.

WDC Events[edit]

These events are under WDC regulation, but organised in various countries each year.[3]

World Championship – Professional Ballroom
World Championship – Professional Latin
World Championship – Professional 10-Dance
European Championship – Professional 10-Dance
European Championship – Professional Latin

There are also other events, which are licensed to organising countries, and are open entry.

WDC Amateur League Open Amateur World Championships & Disney Professional Cups.
Kremlin World Cup Latin
World Masters Latin
WDC World Cup. In 2009, this event in Shenzen, China had over 2000 participants.

In the regulations, the facility is also available for professional competitions in:

Ballroom Show Dance
Latin American Show Dance

WDC competition rules[edit]

1. The WDC Championships are open championships. The national bodies nominate their best available couples, and only two couples are permitted from any one country (rule 3.2.1). ;additionally WDC registered competitors can take part as open entries.


World Championship Winners[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. World Dance Council
  2. Lyndon Wainwright: The Story of British Popular DanceWainwright, Lyndon[1997]. The story of British popular dance. International Dance Publications, Brighton.
  3. Wiki Dance Sport
  4. World Dance Council History
  5. World Dance Council Rules
  6. World Dance Council Education Department
  1. ^ "Mission Statement WDC&AL Educational Department". World Dance Council. 2012-02-27. Retrieved 2018-10-30.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2009-10-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Calendar - WDC World Ranking Events". Retrieved 2018-10-02.
  4. ^ source: Lyndon Wainwright The story of British popular dance. Int. Dance Publications, Appendix E.

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