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Clubs are made up of dancers and one or more callers and/or cuers for the purpose of dancing and having fun. They are either Leader run or Executive run or some combination of the two. The main sources of funds are usually the profit from special dances run by the club and member dues.
Each of the six provincial regions recognized by the Federation has the potential to form a regional association. Most of the regions have loosely formed associations that function only when there is a clear need, such as the organization of a Provincial Festival within the region. The Central Region organization is called Metro Square and Round Dance Association (Metro) and has been in existance since 1968. Both the Central Region and the Valley Region organize an annual regional dance for the benefit of the Heart Fund, a New Year's Eve Dance and run regionally coordinated Summer Dances.
SQUARE AND ROUND DANCE FEDERATION OF NOVA SCOTIA (SRDFNS)
The Federation is made up of all modern western square, round and contra dance clubs in Nova Scotia who wish to join. Its main purposes are to facilitate provincial communication between clubs and dancers by publishing the Calendar of Events, "Between Tips", and Tourist Brochure information; to organize provincial dances; to oversee the biennial Summer Festival; and to attempt to assist clubs to find solutions to problems and thus better the activity for all. The Federation business is run by an Executive made up of representative couples from each region plus couples with specific tasks such as President or Publications Officer. The main source of funds in the interest earned on the investment of the profits from the 3rd Canadian National and the 9th Canadian National Conventions held in Halifax in 1982 and 1994. Yearly club dues provide an additional source of income covering the costs of printing and mailing the monthly publications.
DANCE NOVA SCOTIA (DANS)
DANS is a non-profit organization founded in 1974 to embrace all forms of dance in Nova Scotia. It is devoted to promoting dance actives in Nova Scotia and serves the amateur, recreational, and professional dance communities. In addition to offering resources and assistance to dancers, teachers and administrators, it is the official liaison through the Cultural Federations to the Provincial Government. Policy and direction is determined by a Board of Directors elected by the members at its Annual General Meeting. Square and Round dancers and leaders attempt to have at least one Board Member elected from our organizations at all times. The main sources of funds are Provincial Government grants lottery money and profits from various ventures. Its funding is sufficient to pay the salaries of an Executive Director and an assistant and to maintain an office with the other Cultural Federations at 1113 Marginal Road near Pier 21 in Halifax.
CANADIAN SQUARE AND ROUND DANCE SOCIETY (CSRDS)
All Canadian square, round, contra, line or clogging dancers, callers, cuers, prompters, clubs, associations, and federations may become members of our National Society by paying yearly dues. The main purposes of the Society are to coordinate dancing nationwide including insurance, to assist with publicity at a national level, to maintain a National Website, to liaise with the Federal Government, and to choose sites for our biennial National Convention/Festival. The Society is run by a Board of Directors made up of provincial representatives nominated by the provincial federations and elected during the Society's Annual General Meeting. Its main source of funds are 15% of registrations from National Conventions and individual dancer and organzation yearly dues.
ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA SQUARE AND ROUND DANCE TEACHERS (ANSSRDT)
ANSSRDT is made up of Nova Scotia callers, cuers and prompters who wish to join. Its main purposes are to encourage and assist leaders through workshop sessions; to liaise with the Square and Round Dance Federation of Nova Scotia; and, when requested, to coordinate leaders and programming for provincial events. It is run by an executive elected from and by the members. Its only source of funds are profits from special dances and member dues.
Alguire Callers Memorial Fund
A committee of ANSSRDT administers the Alguire Callers Memorial Fund and organizes the biennial Alguire Memorial Callers School.
MARITIME CALLERS AND CUERS ASSOCIATION (MCCA)
MCCA is made up of Maritime (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland) callers and cuers who belong to their provincial association and wish to join MCCA. Its main purposes are to organize the Maritime Convention each November where qualified members have an opportunity to obtain convention experience, and to hold a June weekend workshop for self improvement. The association executive is elected from and by the members. Its only sources of funds are profits from the Maritime Conventions and member dues.
CANADIAN WESTERN DANCE INSTRUCTORS ASSOCIATION (CWDIA)
CWDIA was formed to represent square dance callers, round dance leaders, clogging leaders, and the leaders or other western dance forms in Canada. Its purpose is to provide for communication between Canadian dance instruction organizations, to bargain with the local, provincial and federal governments or agencies on matters that concern dance instructors such as SOCAN, and Border crossing issues, and to liaise with international dance leadership organizations.
CALLERLAB, ROUNDALAB, and CONTRALAB
There are three international organizations of square dance callers, round dance cuers and contra prompters. Members in each have had extensive leadership experience in their activity. All three organizations are based in the United States where the majority of their members reside. Their purpose is to coordinate their respective dance activities world wide. Our standardized lists of calls and definitions are the most obvious result of their activity. Once each year the organizations meet to share technical information, discuss current trends, work on various committee projects, attempt to resolve differences, and search for new ideas to improve the activity. Each is run by a Board of Directors elected from and by the members. The main source of funds are member dues and donations to the Foundations.
THE ALLIANCE FOR ROUND, TRADITIONAL AND SQUARE DANCE (ARTS-Dance)
The ARTS is a newly formed entity designed to bring together the diverse groups making up the greater American Folk Dance community. The goal is more effective public education about the health and fitness benefits of these types of dancing; collaborative projects with groups already working in the dance, leisure, recreation or physical education fields; and conducting a more focused search for corporate and institutional partners.