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The Worlds Largest Square Dance Organization

The Only National Dancer's Association Organized By Dancers For Dancers And Operated By Dancers


What Is USDA? Our Mission

The UNITED SQUARE DANCERS OF AMERICA, INC. (USDA) was formed on June 26, 1981, during the National Square Dance Convention held in Seattle, Washington, and grew in size to represent 310,000 dancers throughout the United States. USDA is an organization formed by dancers, for dancers, and is under the operational control of dancers. The purpose of the organization is to:

  • Promote and perpetuate the total Square Dance Movement which includes Square, Round, Contra, Clogging, Line and Heritage Dancing.
  • Establish a line of communication from the individual dancer to a recognized unified body so that an expression of varied opinions can establish or influence policy for making decisions at the national level.
  • Provide for education to further the growth and enjoyment of Square Dancing.
  • Encourage cooperation between member clubs, state associations, councils, federations; national and international organizations; or other groups involved or interested in the promotion of Square Dancing.
  • Provide a forum for implementing the benefits of membership in the UNITED SQUARE DANCERS OF AMERICA and assist members in any way possible.
  • Represent Square Dancing to the general public as a wholesome, enjoyable family type recreation.
  • As a service organization, the United Square Dancers of America strives to provide benefits for the entire Square Dance community:
    • Economical dancer accident and club liability insurance coverage
    • Youth scholarships
    • Handicapable Dancer Assistance
    • USDANews - informative quarterly newsletter covering the USDA
    • Educational pamphlets and brochures to inform club and group leaders on the operational / business aspects of club activities provided to all at not cost via this website -
    • USDA USA Traveler Program to encourage dancers to travel throughout the United States with the goal to dance in all 50 States and receive a paid registration to the National Square Dance Convention
    • Social Media assistance has been added as another of USDA's services
    • Centennial Dancer program awarding medallions to those dancers who have reached the age of 100.
    • Nonprofit status is available through membership in USDA at a reasonable charge.
    • Offers a Discount Prescription, Vision and Hearing Program available to all - not just dancers - but anyone.
    • Represent the Square Dancers within the broader Square Dance Community by serving on the Alliance of Round, Traditional and Square-Dance (ARTS-Dance) Governing Board.

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