World Dance Council


The World Dance Council Ltd (WDC), previously known as the International Council of Ballroom Dancing (ICBD) until 1996, was established at a meeting organised by P.J.S Richardson on September 22, 1950 in Edinburgh.

Initially consisting of nine European countries and three others, today the WDC has become the leading authority on competitive ballroom and Latin dance. It has members in many countries throughout the world. Each country is allowed one member.[1] As of 2006, there are 59 members.

Its governing body, the Presidium, consists of a President and five vice-presidents. Professional World Championship ballroom dance is organised by the Dancesport Committee; Amateur championships are organised by the Amateur League, and social dancing by the and the Social Dance Committee.[2]


  1. the exceptions are Britain (Britain and Scotland are both members), and China (Peoples' Republic, Hong Kong and Taiwan are all members). The reasons are historical.
  2. "World Dance Council". Archived from the original on 2011-05-11. Retrieved 2009-10-16.