We are delighted to announce that we will be holding our first Sequence Training Day (for all age categories) on 19th December at Willenhall Leisure Centre. Thanks to sequence [at] eada [dot] org [dot] uk (Martin Bird) for his help with organising this.
More information can be found on our training page
Junior Blackpool Festival
The Junior Blackpool Festival will be moving from the Tower to the Winter Gardens in Blackpool from 2010 due to the increase in numbers taking part. See the press release here
EADA would like to take this opportunity to thank Katie Gregory for all her hard work and support of EADA as editor of Dance Today. She will be leaving at the start of next month to take up a position closer to home. We wish her well. For anyone interested in the job vacancy please click here
Wheelchair Dancesport Demonstration at the Royal Albert Hall
EADA are delighted to announce that the Wheelchair Dance Sport Association (UK) will be performing on behalf of EADA at the Exercise Movement & Dance Partnership’s show at the Royal Albert Hall on 5th June 2010. The show, “Moving Together”, uses the themes of colour to unite various styles of dance and movement. Around 20 couples from across the country, both combis (one wheelchair one standing) and duos (both in wheelchairs) will be taking part in the piece entitled ”Latin Heat” which will combine a rumba, paso doble and samba. Sue Cummings and Ruth Boyne are the country’s leading instructors in wheelchair dancesport as well as our paralympic reps, and will be producers for the piece. We are grateful that they kindly agreed to move their first competition to September, in order that they could perform at this event. We wish them every success with preparation.
Further details of the event will follow but tickets are likely to go on sale from October.
The Dutch "Assen" competition has now been recognised as Open
All couples are now free to compete in Assen 2009 - it is no longer an IDSF unrecognised event . The EADA President has stated "I am delighted that all couples will now be able to dance in this prestigious and long standing championship, congratulations to all concerned in resolving this matter."
IDSF's press release
IDSF propose a new scoring system
EADA President attends the first presentation of the IDSF's proposal for a revised scoring system.
Mirko & Alessia retire
EADA are sad to hear the news that undefeated World Professional Ballroom Champions Mirko Gozzoli & Alessia Betti have announced they have split. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate them on all their successes; thank them for their contribution to dancing and to wish them every success for the future. Dancesportinfo.net has heard Alessia may be dancing with Angelo Madonia.
Further information here
New Sky One TV Dance Competition "Just Dance"
The programme "Just Dance" is being made by Princess Productions & Shine TV and they are encouraging all dancers to take part regardless of age, dance style or skill level. Solo, pairs and teams are all welcome.
Auditions will be held around the country in September. From the auditions, a panel will select dancers to take part in a series of studio shows, where they will compete for the chance to progress to the live final and be crowned champion by the viewing public and win a prize. judges and host are to be announced shortly.
Applications are online here until 30th October
British National Dance Championships Entry Deadline
The entry deadline for the National Championships (19-21 November in Blackpool) is the start of October. Entry forms are online here. Please note that to enter the National Championships at least one half of the partnership must have a British passport (this is different to other NREs where those with indefinite leave to remain or continuous residency in the UK can apply for a licence to compete).
Peter Maxwell resigns as the President of the IPDSC
We regret that Peter Maxwell has just announced that he has resigned his position of President of the IPDSC. This is in part due to ill health and we send our good wishes. We would like to thank him for all that he has done to encourage and support professional DanceSport in consultation with the IDSF. The organisation has already grown to forty member countries and we thank Peter for his hard work in promoting dancing.
More information can be found here