The term of CSRDS Membership is 01 January to 31 December of the
current year. (Example 2020)
The Society Director Responsible for Membership shall receive all membership fees prior to 1Dec of the previous year (Example 2019)
When paying membership fees in the Fall for the next calendar
year all Members, including new dancers must pay CSRDS
membership fees for the upcoming year.
Two additional deadlines throughout the year have been
implemented to accommodate new dancers, so they do not need to
wait until the next calendar year to benefit from society
The Certificate of Membership and Membership Cards are issued by
the Society Director Responsible for Membership.
Whenever possible membership fees are determined and approved
two years in advance at the CSRDS Annual General Meeting.
The following membership fees for 2013 and 2014 were approved
July 2012 at the Annual General Meeting held in Ottawa, Ontario.
The annual fee for membership in the Canadian Square & Round
Dance Society is: $3.00 for each; Dancer, caller, leaders or
instructor.$5.00 per Club, Association and Federation. There is
no charge for teen dancers; however, they must still apply for
membership through their club.
Membership Fees are usually paid to and submitted through Clubs
to Associations, then to Federations, before being forwarded to
is defined in The Society Regulations:
For the-purpose of these Rules and Regulations, “included dance
categories” shall include Modern Square Dancing, Round Dancing
(Choreographed Ballroom Dancing), Clogging, Line Dancing,
and Contra Dancing.
individuals and organizations will be eligible for membership in
the Canadian Square and Round Dance Society:* Dancers, callers,
leaders, cuers, and instructors, and related clubs, Associations
and Federations of included dance categories and. *
Members of Provincial and Territorial Federations and
Through your membership in the Canadian Square & Round Dance
Society (CSRDS), you are included in a Third Party Liability
Insurance Policy and Directors and Officers Liability Insurance
Third Party Liability Insurance of $5,000,000 is provided as a
benefit of membership in the Canadian Square & Round Dance
Society. The insurance is to protect members from claims by a
third party for:
injury, death, or damage to property.
Settlements usually result from legal action, although small
Claims may be handled without legal action. This third party
liability insurance has been a part of the square and round
dance movement for many years.
"Third party" means someone else outside the dancing
organization or the insurance company. It can be the owner of a
hall or building rented for dancing; an organization we deal
with to buy something, or obtain some service from, or provide
some service to.
The policy also includes "cross liability" so that someone
within the square and round dance movement can take legal action
against someone else within the movement.
The insurance policy is held by the Director responsible for
For details or further explanation beyond what is set out in the
Certificate of Membership, contact this Director.
Who is protected?
The words "named insured" includes:
(a) The member organization (e.g. Society, Federation,
Association, etc.), its directors, members, employees; and/or,
(b) All member organizations (federations, associations, etc.),
their directors, members, & employees; and/ or,
(c) All member clubs, their directors, members, and employees;
(d) All member callers, cuers, leaders, instructors; and/or,
(e) All dancers who are members; and/or,
(f) the owner of the premises used for dancing, if the owner so
Only members in good standing and that have paid the required
Society membership fee for that year, are covered by the policy.
Someone who danced in a club ten years ago and is no longer a
member would not be covered.
Establishing the right of an individual to protection does not
involve club badges, or how long a person has been dancing with
a club, or whether fees are collected by the night, by the
season, or by the year, or whether tickets, ribbons, or cash are
used for admission to an open dance.
A valid CSRDS membership card is the only acceptable means to
The Director of Membership issues and records all membership
cards and will be required to verify the validity of all
For insurance purposes in the event of an incident (caused by a
third party), two facts must be proven to establish protection
of a member under the policy.
1. The organization or individual was a member at the time of an
incident occurred during a dancing related activity.
For a club-sponsored activity, it is the responsibility of the
club executive to establish the two facts outlined above. For an
open dance, or a dancing related activity attended by more than
one club, it is the responsibility of the organizer of the event
to establish attendance at the activity, and if required, the
home club of an individual to establish Society membership.
The insurance company does not require any record of attendance
at functions, but it is in the Members best
interest to keep a record in the event of an incident. It is the
recommendation of the CSRDS Board of Directors that all clubs,
Associations, Federations and Canadian National Conventions use
whatever method they wish to record attendance, but some record
The Canadian Square & Round Dance Society's insurance coverage of its members
includes Directors and Officers Liability Insurance. This covers
all Society members of:
Canadian Square and Round Dance Society Directors and Officers;
Canadian Square and Round Dance Society Conventions;
Federation Directors and Officers; Association Directors and
Club Directors and Officers; and members Callers, Cuers and
Directors & Officers Liability Insurance protects the Entity,
Directors & Officers and employees for any breach of duty or
wrongful act which results in a claim against them.
Definitions: Directors & Officers means any duly elected or
appointed Director or Officer of the CSRDS or other member
organizations ie Federations, Associations, and Clubs, while
acting within the scope of his/her duties.
Wrongful Act means any breach of duty, neglect, error,
misstatement, misleading statement, omission or other act done
or wrongfully attempted by the Directors or Officers in the
discharge of their duties solely in their capacity as Directors
Claims would include a decision by a director or officer of a
club which in turn results in the bankruptcy of that club, the
club would be covered if a lawsuit should arise because of the
wrongful decision causing the bankruptcy.
The definition of a Club or Organization
" Club or Organization is one that operates with the same name
and executive and
for the same purpose."
A Club or Organization may carry out and be involved in the
activity with more than
one caller/leader, at different levels, on different days of the
week and at different
locations. The different callers requiring membership and/or
locations would be
included and set out in their membership information that is
submitted with their fee.
A Club as defined above could include dancing at different
levels and locations
provided the definition be met.
Example 1: 'XYZ SD Club' in the town of ABC would be defined as
one club - they dance a fixed schedule of Tues at
Basic/Mainstream and Fri at Plus levels at two (or more)
different named locations; have the same Executive; same Club
Example 2: For a club that is run or owned by, A (caller, cuer,
or leader) that person is considered the Executive