July 10, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The following statement has been released by the National Dance Council of America, Inc.

During a meeting of the full Board of Governors of the National Dance Council of America, Inc. (NDCA), the membership of USA Dance, the constitutionally ‘recognized amateur body’, was suspended. This action was taken after a unanimous ‘vote to suspend’ was given by the Member organizations. (USA Dance abstained in this vote; parliamentary procedure records abstentions as a no-vote thereby making the vote unanimous.)

Unfortunately the climate in the dance world is not now the same as it was 18 months ago based on requirements by the World Dance Sport Federation (WDSF), formerly International Dance Sport Federation (IDSF), requiring their affiliate national bodies to institute a full professional division. The status of USA Dance as a member of the NDCA has been called into question by their plans to hold a congress to certify professionals for WDSF.

Such action by one of its members is in direct conflict with the constitution of the NDCA, thereby leaving no recourse but to proceed in the direction taken by the Board of Governors.

NDCA is aware of the rhetoric and speculation being posted on multiple blogs and web sites, and has released this statement to provide an accurate account of the situation.