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, United Square Dancers of America and, USA West Policy Board.
The Alliance for Round, Traditional and Square-Dance (the ARTS) was formed to bring together the diverse groups making up the 'greater' American Folk Dance community. This coalition offers all dance organizations a chance for affiliation on a balanced and representative basis. The ARTS provides effective public education of the square dance image, the health and fitness benefits 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 functions 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 is in a position to 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. The ARTS presents an attractive and comprehensive 'acronym' for use in advertising, publicity and public awareness and education programs.
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 awareness, as well as a tool in seeking institutional and corporate contributions/sponsorship.