About Us


World Dance Alliance Americas (WDAA) is an independent, non-profit, non-political, and non-religious member-driven organization. It is part of the larger World Dance Alliance including the Asia-Pacific Network and other global regions.

World Dance Alliance

Provides information, advocacy, and communication for dance organizations and individuals;

Offers a forum for the exchange of ideas, information expertise, and resources in all areas of dance;

Encourages an awareness of, access to, and understanding of dance as an art, ritual, traditional expression, and as a leisure-time activity in diverse communities throughout the world;

Encourages the protection of dance repertoire in all dance forms by preservation in notation, film, and other media; and

Supports the work of existing dance organizations and collaborates with other groups in related disciplines.

Carl Wolz
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World Dance Alliance (WDA) was initially founded at the Hong Kong International Dance Conference in 1990 by Carl Wolz who worked tirelessly developing and guiding the organization until his death in 2001.  Its mission is to serve as a primary voice for dance and dancers throughout the world, and to encourage the exchange of ideas and the awareness of dance in all its many forms.  The organization originally developed a strong regional center titled The Asia Pacific Dance Alliance.

The Asia Pacific Dance Alliance was changed to WDA Asia-Pacific to reflect its relationship to the future global body,  and by 1993 the regional center WDA Americas was formed.  WDA continues to reach out to independent regions without an organized center and is facilitating regional development in Europe and Africa.  

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