Membership Clarification

 Press release from EADA President regarding 2012 membership

Fellow dancers,
 
It is with regret that we have to tell you that Bryan Allen has stated the BDC will only accept registrations made directly with the BDC office.  We would not have made our announcement before Christmas about forwarding on membership if we did not think that we had the agreement of the BDC.  However, after sending the first batches to the BDC they have been returned twice for different reasons each time.  Despite EADA having felt we complied with various requests from Bryan Allen, the BDC has refused to accept any BDC registrations forwarded on by EADA.  We believe this view is not very constructive and not in the best interests of dancers  - we appreciate you just want to dance and don't want to be part of a political power struggle.
 
To those who have paid membership to EADA to cover both EADA & BDC membership, you will receive a refund for the total amount minus the £3 membership fee for EADA.  Your £3 EADA membership entitles you to discounts with six retailers, our publications and other offers such as free practice sessions during the British Open.  You are not obliged to join EADA and should you wish to have the full amount you paid refunded then please contact membership [at] eada [dot] org [dot] uk

We hope that we can count on your support.  Together, amateur competitors have a strong voice.  Income from membership will be used to support amateur competitors and raise the profile of dancesport in this country.

Refunds will be done by bank transfer where possible, but cheques can also be issued.  If you would prefer your refund by bank transfer please contact membership [at] eada [dot] org [dot] uk with your details.
 
We apologise for the delay in announcing the calendar of Ranking Events. We were waiting for promoters to confirm their events, but it is now our understanding that pressure is being put on promoters to cancel their EADA events this year.   Again another regrettable situation, which we believe is not in the best interests of competitors.   We will resolve the confusion as soon as we can.
 
EADA is an organisation working for you, the Amateur, without bias and free from the need to satisfy any personal business interest.  We have been faced with numerous obstacles in the past 18months, but, as always, we are committed to supporting amateur competitors, to listening to their concerns and acting on their behalf. 
 
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
 
On behalf of the EADA council, Keith Hateley, President
president [at] eada [dot] org [dot] uk