Line Dancing: Adding LIFE to my Years & Years to my LIFE!!
Line Dancing: Adding LIFE to my Years & Years to my LIFE!!
Welcome to the Home of the International Consortium of Line Dance Instructors (ICLDI)!!!!
We are an organization that offers dance teachers an opportunity to complete their dance instructor certification throughout the USA. We are administered by an Executive Council (EC) that is comprised of the senior officials selected to serve (see EC names below). The EC establishes policy guidance and regulations governing the operation of the organization.
Our premier certification offering is referred to as the Accelerated Instructor Certification Program (AICP) and contains the following:
The AICP includes professional training for dance instructor certification in Odenton, MD and focuses on the fields of business development, legal aspects of dance instruction, physical therapy, injury prevention, teaching techniques, dance appreciation and music theory.
We offer a diverse range of instructor training to meet the cultural, entertainment, and recreational interests of our customers across the US. Whether you are looking to meet new dance instructors and just get away from your daily instruction duties, participation in the AICP sponsored by The International Consortium of Line Dance Instructors can help. The following EC membership is presented:
Executive Director, Sharon Lynn Holmes, M.S.
Administrative Officer, Lorraine Jones Wardlaw, M.S.
Dance Development Director, Lawrence Bradford, Master Instructor
Dance Outreach Director, Melodye Robinson, M.S.
Attorney Advisor, Rebecca Letsome
Eastern Regional Director, Aline Goodman
Southern Regional Director, Sheila Cash-Carter
Mid-Western Regional Director, Marilyn Sanders (Acting)
Western Regional Director, Harriette Coggs-Stuckey, M.S
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Attend our certification sessions and enjoy a fantastic time of learning with other dance instructors.
As a leading provider of line dance instructor certification programs, we take pride in offering the best technical and professional training.
The International Consortium of Line Dance Instructors (ICLDI) was founded in 2010 and has trained and certified line dance instructors across the country.
The ICLDI operates a national program under the leadership of an Executive Director, Program Directors and administrative staff located
in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia (DMV) area. Our central office is located in Odenton, MD and our staff
of certified line dancers in Odenton, MD are supported by four Regional Directors in the Eastern, Southern, Mid-Western, and Western parts of the
country. These ICLDI Officers comprise the Executive Council that develops operating policy and guidance for the consortium. The ICLDI
comprises certified instructors with many years of teaching experience. Currently, all applicants applying to join the organization must have
two years of dancing experience with a minimum of 12 months and 105 hours of instruction. Also, supplemental workshops will be offered to the
members to expand their learning and understanding of music and dance appreciation.
We also have members with experience in aerobics, Zumba and other forms of dance. We offer three levels of instruction that starts with the
Accelerated Instructor Certification Program (AICP), Level 1 and Level 2. The Level 2 class was introduced in 2015. The Level 3 AICP is under
development and will lead to Master Instructor designation; plans are to offer Level 3 in 2020. Level 3 will include 18 hours of instruction
and an examination for dance instructor certification in Odenton, MD. The level 3 instruction is expected to include proficiency in the Universal Unit
System, successful completion of a formal class in music appreciation and understanding how to execute the dance patterns of hand/swing dance, of
Hand & Swing, Salsa, Mambo, Lindy, and Ballroom.
The first three requirements are considered critical and must be achieved annually to remain an active member:
The ICLDI has committees that are used to develop and implement policy for the organization. Each committee has a Chairperson responsbile for
program management. All members of the ICLDI are asked to participant on at least one committee.
Here are the current committees that are operational:
1. Social Media- includes work on the establishment/maintenance of the Facebook and Twitter (TBD) pages.
2. Website - works to ensure the information on the site reflects the current status of the organization.
3. AICP - develops and plans certification classes to be offered to the dance instructor public.
4. Outreach/Membership - works to share information about the organization with the dance industry.
5. Dance Development - researches and selects critical line dances to be used to strengthen techncial skills/abilities of members.
6. Retreat - plans the bi-annual educational and social retreat for the organization.
7. Music Partnership - committee to work with musicians to obtain permission to use music with dances.
8. Dance Terms - committee updates the listing of common line dance terms and steps.
9. Fellowship - committee to recognize special events experienced by members & present ICLDI momentos.
ICLDI Union Crew Award Recipients
The Union Crew (UC) is a line dance organization located in Baltimore, MD. In January of each calendar year, the UC hosts their annual line dance awards ceremony. Their event is a weekend celebration devoted to recognizing the members of the R&B/soul national line dance community for outstanding and exceptional accomplishments. The awards presented are based on decisions made by the UC leadership and the individual winners of select categories based on the highest number of votes attained. The UC Awards event presents the winners of the best in categories from the four regions of the country, east, south, west and mid-west.
Each year, the UC awards presents their most prestigious award, the Lifetime Achievement Award based on Oustanding Contributions to the Line Dance Community.They also present awards for such categories as, best choreographer, best dance, most improved dancer, upcoming choregrapher, best instructor, a classic award and new and special categories based on the accomplishments made by line dancers during the year. Members in the ICLDI have received many awards over the 10 years of the event.
Here are the awards earned :
2008 - Lifetime Achievement Award, Sharon Lynn Holmes
2008 - Stepologist Award, Meldoye Robinson
2009 - Trubo Man Award, Michael Elmore
2010 - East Coast Instructor Award, Danita Moses
2011 - Line Dance Made Easy Award, Aline Goodman
New Choregrapher Award, Terri Moore
2012 - Lifetime Achievement Award, Kenneth Johnson
East Coast Instructor Award, April Love Jones
2013 - East Coast Instructor Award, Denise Bryant
2014 - Classic Award, Sharon Lynn Holmes
East Coast Instructor Award, Rose Williams
Humanitarian Award, Roland Ford
2015 - Showcase Performance Award - LDC: Michael Elmore, Sam Tucker, Sharon Lynn Holmes & Sheila Snipes
2016 - Up and Coming Choreographer Award, Patricia Lowe-Copeland
2017 - Lifetime Achievement Award, Roland Ford
2017 - Best Southern Dance (Choreography), Rolline Sullivan
2017 - Turbo Man Award, Douglas Hawkins