The Alliance is made up of nationally
recognized dance organizations.
Its current members are: All Join Hands Foundation Ltd, CALLERLAB, CONTRALAB, International
Association of Gay Square Dance Clubs, National Square Dance Campers Association,
National Executive Committee, ROUNDALAB, Singles Square Dancers USA, United Square Dancers
of America and, USA West Policy Board.
The Alliance for Round, Traditional and Square-Dance (the ARTS) is a newly formed entity that can better describe the diverse
groups making up the 'greater' American Folk Dance community. Such a coalition will offer
all dance organizations a chance for affiliation on a balanced and repre sentative basis.
The ARTS will allow for more effective public education of the square
dance image, the health and fitness benfits of related dances to obtain corporate
sponsorship, without diminishing any of the autonomy, or unique qualities and programs of
any individual affiliate member.
The ARTS will also function in an advocacy
role, representing ALL dance groups directly or indirectly associated with round,
traditional, and square dancing. Like all alliances that represent diverse organizations
with common interest, the ARTS concept provides a strong, central
voice, concerned equally with the collective interest of all its affiliated organizations.
Formed as a 'non-preference' coalition, the ARTS will
more easily negotiate collaborative projects with groups already working in the dance,
leisure, recreation or physical education fields. The alliance will also seek advocacy
support for grant funding, while conducting a more focused search for corporate and
institutional partners. And it presents an attractive and comprehensive 'acronym' (the ARTS) for use in advertising, publicity and public awearness and
Its purpose is to create and affirm a name and a non-profit
corporation (the ARTS) which will provide an image of
unity among diversified dance groups. The ARTS can
be used for effective public education and
awarness, as well as a
tool in seeking institutional and corporate