The forerunner to WDA was Asia Pacific Dance Alliance, initially founded in Hong Kong in 1988.
As an independent, non-profit, non-political organisation, the global body, World Dance Alliance (WDA) was founded at the Hong Kong International Dance Conference in 1990 by Carl Wolz who worked tirelessly developing and guiding the organisation until his death in 2001.
The Asia Pacific Dance Alliance was changed to WDA Asia–Pacific to reflect its relationship to the future global body, and by 1993 another regional centre WDA-Americas was formed.
in memoriam articles
－excerpt from Asia Pacific Channels June 2002.