June 2009

Older articles and news items can be found here. Even older articles will be moved across from the previous website as time allows.

Competing in Canada

A competition report from Canda
by Carl Olson

When we asked EADA if there would be any objection to entering two competitions in Canada, they asked if I would do an article telling you about our experiences, and it was an experience.

european youth latin

Well done to Jonas Kazlauskas & Jasmine Chan who came =31st in the European Youth Latin in Germany and to Ben & Becky Milan-Vega who came 57th.

IDSF Worlds

Congratulations to Steve & Sue Witherington and Mark Powell & Kim Parsons who have been selected to represent England in the World Senior I Latin in Belgium in October.
Congratulations also to Jonas Kazlauskas & Jasmine Chan and Adam Brunyee & Sophie Denton who will be representing England in the World Youth Latin Championships in China in September.


EADA is sorry to hear of the loss of Scott Montague and Paul Beeton and we offer our condolences to their families at this difficult time.
Further details can be found here

GADA Report June 2009

The latest news from Guernsey Amateur Dancers
June 2009, by Lesley Le Tissier

The last three months have been busy for GADA. The A.G.M. and the Martel Maides Dancefloor Challenge took place in April.  James Taplin, Andrew Cuerden, Hanna Haarala and Gary Foster have all been over at various times to teach and we have also had a course in Argentine Tango.

The A.G.M. was held on 19th April. Greg Clinton-Tarsted replaced Natasha Axworthy as treasurer and Amanda Poole and Stina Hall joined the General committee. Jonathan Garrit and Michelle Zugg both stepped down...



David & Mary have returned from a hectic few days in Macau at the IDSF AGM.  A full report with complete details will appear shortly, but the main headlines appear below:
- An under 21 category is to be introduced (Youth will remain as it is)
- Senior I 10-dance; Senior II Latin; and Senior III Ballroom are to be introduced.  However Senior events will all be open and Senior III will be defined as one half of the partnership over 55 and one half over 45.
- Music for dances must be 1mins30-2mins in length and the minimum time between rounds will be 15mins (10mins was initially suggested)
- There will be a set size for a couple's number; couples will not be permitted to reduce the size of their number.
- Couples will need to wait 8 months before changing the country they represent unless both Amateur Associations agree this is not necessary.
- The IDSF are hoping to have dancesport included in the 2020 Olympics, although there are concerns from the IOC about the scoring system
Motions that did not get passed included:  renaming Senior,  Adult II, Adult III etc; changing the criteria for being able to represent your country and imposing a strict dress code for IDSF judges.  More information can be found on the IDSF website.
There were many close decisions and we are grateful to David & Mary for representing the interests of English dancers.


EADA congratulates Stephen Hillier who was recently awarded an MBE in the Queens Birthday Honours List.


Well done to Richard Still & Morgan Hemphill who came =17th in the European 10-dance Championships in Hungary earlier in June.

English couples with most results

Dancesportinfo.net are celebrating their one millionth result published online!  We are pleased to say that EADA members are at the top of their greatest number of results per individual lists: Richard Still with 420 results for the men and Hannah Davis with 333 results for the women.  Richard Still & Morgan Hemphill are the third placed couple with the greatest number of results on dancesportinfo.net - with 261 results; only 12 points behind the winners.

Members at IDSF Comps abroad

Well done to Daniel Juvet & Zuzana Sykorova who have been competing regularly in IDSF competitions and have achieved an IDSF World Amateur Latin ranking of 147th.  They will be competing next in Alassio in Italy on the 13th July - good luck.

Also well done to Ian Saville & Linda Chatterley who competed in an IDSF comp in Poland on 6th/7th June and came 13th in Senior 1 and were delighted to come 2nd in Senior 2.