About Us

With diverse dances across many genres, the UCWDC is the largest circuit for competitive Country and Line Dance in the world. We offer social and competitive opportunities that are essential to the growth of our dances as internationally recognized dancesports.

From the delivery of sanctioned dance competitions, to affordable social and educational environments, we build dance communities and deliver dancer-focused events like no other organization in the world.

Organizational Structure


The United Country Western Dance Council is an international organization that promotes Country and Line dance by producing festivals and competitions worldwide.

The UCWDC is registered in the state of Pennsylvania, USA as a 501(c)(3) organization and governed by the following Bylaws.

Our History

In November 1989, twenty-one independent event directors met in Grantville, Pennsylvania, USA to form the United Country Western Dance Council (UCWDC). They shared a desire to unite competitive Country dance events under one set of competition rules and dance standards. At the Grantville meeting, the directors took the North American Rules, developed by many of the same people in a meeting in Las Vegas in 1988, and granted full sanction to the 23 events that used these rules in their entirety in 1989. That historic one-day meeting ran for almost 24 hours because no one wanted to leave until the job was done.

The founders of the UCWDC selected dances that came from the social arena, such as Schottische, Pony Swing, Polka, and Two Step, and added popular dances from the Ballroom genre, including Waltz, Cha-Cha, and East Coast Swing. As other social dances grew in popularity, Triple Two Step, Night Club Two Step, and West Coast Swing were added to the list of called dances, which opened doors for line dance and team dancing. Over 30 years, the competition format has been refined and organized in a way that elevates our dancesport to a level with other genres. While our organization is committed to advancing Country dance as a competitive sport, we are also committed to making dance accessible to as many people as possible.

Our Mission and Vision


The UCWDC is inspired by the vision of thriving global country dance community featuring a world-class competition circuit and a championship event on every continent.


UCWDC oversees the largest competition circuit for country dance in the world, including partner and line dance styles. Our mission is to provide our members with the structure, tools, education, and support they need to thrive in our circuit.

This includes:

  • Creating and maintaining world-class systems and processes including competition rules, judging standards, scorekeeping excellence, standardized music lists, and trustworthy data management
  • Providing education, training, and certification
  • Providing Member Event Directors with a constellation of professional support
  • Ensuring Associate Members have a consistent and transparent competition experience

We are currently pursuing a goal to offer three continental Championships by 2033. This means increasing our capacity to deliver new Championship events in addition to the long-standing UCWDC Country Dance World Championships.

Global Reach and Growth

Innovation, growth, and strength are the foundation of our organization. Our success depends on the ability to expand into new markets while offering dancers a premier, comprehensive, and integrated solution to meet their needs. These strategic imperatives are supported by our commitment to operational excellence for our people, our directors, and regions or communities we are privileged to serve.

We currently represent 34 dance events including the Country Dance World Championships in 13 countries on four continents with over 1,400 Associate Members. We continue to explore global opportunities and pursue development into new regions worldwide that have growth potential and long-term value for our organization.

We desire a respectful and collaborative community where meaningful partnerships and positive relationships are built with leaders and groups that enhance the global dance experience. Community investment also involves partnerships with educational resources, such as our partnerships with the National Teachers Association (NTA), Dance Vision International Dancers Association (DVIDA) and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD).