By 'best' I mean to ask which organization is most respected/is the hardest/requires the most technique to be demonstrated. I'm looking at the list of "Certifying Organizations of the National Dance Council" on the NDCA website. For your convenience, here is the list: Arthur Murray International (AMI) Dance Teachers Club of Boston (DTCB) Dance Vision International Dancers Assoc. (DVIDA) Fred Astaire Dance of North America (FADS) National Dance Teachers Assoc. (NADTA) North American Dance Teachers Assoc., Inc. (NADTA) Pan American Teachers of Dancing (PAN AM) U.S. Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (USISTD) U.S. Terpsichore Assoc., Inc. (USTA) I don't intend to declare myself a pro any time soon, I'm just thinking ahead. With a little bit of study I think I could definitely pass a silver certification for American and International style. Here's the impression I've gotten of each organization: Arthur Murray International (AMI)- I've heard a few horror stories about this franchise, but I've also heard that a few of these studios have good instructors. There aren't any around me so they're not really an option anyway. Dance Teachers Club of Boston (DTCB)- I'm a long way from Boston. Dance Vision International Dancers Assoc. (DVIDA)- I have the DVIDA syllabus app on my phone. I don't really like the way their steps are organized, and I have no interest in "American samba" or merengue. DVIDA seems to be the most common certification right now though. Fred Astaire Dance of North America (FADS)- I've heard horror stories about some of these studios as well, but again there may be a few studios with good teachers, and I've never been in one myself. None around me, so not an option anyway. National Dance Teachers Assoc. (NADTA)- Don't know anything about this. North American Dance Teachers Assoc., Inc. (NADTA)- Don't know anything about this. Pan American Teachers of Dancing (PAN AM)- Don't know anything about this. U.S. Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (USISTD)- I've heard their syllabus is quite out of date, and a quick glance shows why. As an example, they have the throwaway oversway in their silver patterns. U.S. Terpsichore Assoc., Inc. (USTA)- This is the organization my instructor was certified by. I looked through the member list and there are some high profile dancers there. Arunas Bizokas and Katusha Demidova, Toni Redpath and Michael Mead, Shirley Ballas, a few other names I recognized but already forgot. Anyone have any thoughts on the merits of getting certified by these various organizations? The two I'm looking at most are USTA because of loyalty to/idolization of my instructor and the big names associated with the group, and DVIDA because I think that'd be the most convenient. Other people around me are studying for a DVIDA certification, so we could work together. Disclaimer: I mean no offense toward any studio by any of the comments above, I'm just providing all the information that I've heard. And I've heard some bad things about a few franchise studios. Not saying all franchises are bad or anything. Just saying that some studio owners are less ethical than others.