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Your FOCUS Newsletter - Edition No 39, August, 2018 is now available on-line - Here!!!!

Articles with this edition include -

Reports from DSA President and Sports Director Read reports to find out about the success of current programs and plans for the next steps in our development ....

Notices of State Branch and DanceSport Australia Annual General Meetings - included with this issue.

Become a Coach or Adjudicator - Would you like the challenge and the opportunity to be a leader in DanceSport? Read more to find out how......

Rules of DanceSport  - An overview of recent updates is provided in this edition... Recreational Partnering - Amendments June, 2018.

.... and much more. Access Focus 39 using the "News" tab on the main menu bar above, ...... or simply click here

Women Leaders in Sport

Sport Australia (previously known as Australian Sports Commission) has opened applications for the 2019 Women Leaders in Sport grants program and Community Infrastructure grants program.

WLIS provides leadership development opportunities for women from:

  • sport management in high performance and participation, coaching, officiating, communications/marketing, to elite athletes transitioning out of playing sport to sport administration.
  • operational level (e.g., office administrator) to decision making level (e.g., General Manager, Chief Executive Officer, Board Director); and
  • national sporting organisations (NSO), state sporting organisation (SSO) to local or regional clubs.

Sport Australia encourages applications. Individual women can apply for:

  1. Attendance at a WLIS Leadership Workshop, or
  2. A grant (up to $3,000) for learning and development, which includes attendance at a WLIS Leadership Workshop.

To apply, or for more information, please visit the WLIS website at www.sportaus.gov.au/wlis

The applications closing date is 5pm (AEST) Wednesday 5 September 2018.

Steve Edwards

Chief Executive Officer

DanceSport Australia

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Subject: WDC Press Release – Foundation of the All - New WDC Competitors Commission to be wholly funded by WDC !

Press Release – Foundation of the All - New WDC Competitors Commission to be wholly funded by WDC !

Dear valued members,
Dear Competitors,

As you might be aware, also in part from the WDC Press Release in February 2018, the WDC  Board of Directors has dissolved the WDC Competitors Commission in its former format, due to various ongoing issues at that time.

The WDC Board of Directors feels, that the WDC Competitors and WDC AL Competitors cannot be left any longer without proper representation and are therefore excited and delighted in announcing the launch of the NEW WDC Competitors Commission with immediate effect.

Whilst undertaking this hugely important task, the Board of Directors decided to start with a blank sheet of paper and design and structure an entirely new "fit for purpose" system to benefit the 2018-2025 developments in the dance world. As many of you may know, the original Competitors Commission was developed for a system which was extant in the 1980's!

This all-new Commission will therefore include Competitor representatives from all WDC competitive styles of current  interests and activity, such as Ballroom, Latin -  American, Smooth, Rhythm, and WDC AL Amateurs as well as Pro-Am representatives, and will for the very first time, be wholly funded by the World Dance Council from the Licensing monies received. 

It seems only right!

The WDC is excited to announce that the Commission will be funded by the WDC with 2 British Pounds out of every Competitors Registration received, in order to have a budget for their good work. Also they will be represented on the Competitive Dance Executive Board with 2 appointed representatives, holding one vote on the CDEB.

The WDC is therefore thrilled and delighted to also announce that the Top Professional Competitors appointed to head the NEW WDC Competitors Commission are Riccardo Cocchi (Professional Latin), Victor Fung (Professional Ballroom), Klemen Prasnikar (Amateur Latin), amongst many other top competitors, that have joined the Executive Committee of the new Commission.

Future appointments for all other styles will be advised very soon.

Two of the immediate tasks upon which the new body will deliberate will be plans for a WDC Competitors Commission and WDC World Dance Awards Dinner and Dance held in the Spanish Halls in Blackpool on Thursday, 23rd May 2019. More details on this exciting evening will be published in due course.

The first however... the bone of contention.. WADA and drug-testing requirements and the way ahead.

We truly look forward to updating you on their progress as we embark on this new and exciting era which is truly reflective of Competitors' concerns in the new arena of diverse dance activities and fit for the pathways ahead.

The WDC Board of Directors

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Hannes Emrich
General Secretary & Company Secretary

World Dance Council Ltd.

Guldenstrasse 9, 4614 Marchtrenk, Austria

Telephone: +43 (0)664 872 0145
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WDC: www.wdcdance.com
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DSA Rule Amendments – June, 2018

 We’ve had feedback on our earlier decision to restrict participation in the recreational division to recreational registrants only, designed to prevent unfairness where recreational competitors were allowed to partner with unregistered individuals and with accredited DSA members. This has led to reported unintended consequences in recreational participation and in some studios’ operations. DSA Rule amendments - effective 1st June, 2018 - will alleviate the principal participation issue and clarify some related areas that were previously not well defined.

These changes better define rules which permit non-accredited people to partner competitors in Recreational Division events. The principal still holds that all participants in registered Dancesport events must be registered with DSA, with exceptions for novelty and other specifically exempted events. Additionally, it was found that the current rules make no provision for “Individual” events in the Recreational Division – i.e. Best Boy / Girl / Male/ Female and similarly titled events. As a consequence, these events have been seen as being in the Teacher / Student category, and, whilst the Teacher/ Student category of events has gained acceptance since its introduction, the initial rules (Rule 24) did not match the intended outcomes.

Thus, changes to DSA’s ‘Rules of DanceSport’ have been introduced with effect from 1st June, 2018. The details can be accessed by clicking here 

Please note also that DSA Policy No CR 017.1 – ‘Pro / Am and Teacher / Student Guidelines’ is withdrawn, where the foregoing (and earlier) rule changes make this ‘guideline’ redundant.

Steve Edwards - CEO - DanceSport Australia

 

Upcoming DSA Events

06 Oct 2018
NSW - The 2018 Riverina Dance Challenge - Competition (DSA Registered)
Mina Savill 0428 288 086 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. facebook.com/MinasDanceAcademy/
06 Oct 2018
QLD - 2018 ADS Star -Competition (DSA Registered)
James Van Elswyk 0401 034 515 jamescrhythmdanceattitude.com.au
07 Oct 2018
NSW - ANDA 2018 Spring Dance Festival - Competition (DSA Registered)
Sue James 02 9979 6453 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
14 Oct 2018
NSW - 2018 South Coast Ballroom Spectacular - Competition (DSA Registered)
Donna Shingler 0431 190 145 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. https://www.southcoastballroomspectacular.com/
14 Oct 2018
WA - 2018 ADS Golden West Competition (Proposed)
Le’Ann Linnenbank 0407 770 416 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Information & Syllabus
Online Entry Form
Entries close Friday 21 September
Late Entry Fee $15.00 applies

20 Oct 2018
VIC - 2018 Wangaratta Dance Festival - Competition (DSA Registered)
Sheree Coulthard 0418 578 510 Anthony Pepers 0418 989 474
27 Oct 2018
WA - 2018 LiveLighter DanceSport WA Open Championship (DSA Registered)
Jan Hunt 0439 186 196 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SCREED of Events & Dances
ONLINE ENTRY FORM

https://www.dancesportwaopen.com/

28 Oct 2018
VIC - 2018 CIDA Diamond Jubilee (Proposed)
crowndanceevents.com.au

Syllabus
Don Mc Robert/Lorraine Perkins
(03) 9803 3248 after 2pm
Mon-Fri or 0418 578 838
Entries by 12 October


03 Nov 2018
NSW - 2018 ADS East Coast Classic National & Australian Pro Am Championship (DSA Registered)
Marlene Hallewell 0409 285 996 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
03 Nov 2018
NSW - 2018 ADS East Coast Classic National & Australian Pro Am Championship (DSA Registered)
Marlene Hallewell 0409 285 996 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
11 Nov 2018
CANCELLED - WA - 2018 AID November Cup - Competition (DSA Registered)
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Michelle Elders or Pat Taylor 0414 681 567 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Due to circumstances beyond our control in relation to venue availability on Sunday 11th November 2018 for our November Cup medallist event, we regretfully wish to advise that this event has been cancelled. Michelle Elders - Event Manager.

11 Nov 2018
SA - 2018 Salon Style SA Open DanceSport Championship (Proposed)
Rhett English 0413 596 644 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

https://saopendc.com.au/contact-us/

17 Nov 2018
QLD - 2018 QADS Qld DanceSport Titles, Greek Club - Competition (DSA Registered)
Michael Bishop 0428 117 282 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
18 Nov 2018
NSW - 2018 NSW Open DanceSport Championship (DSA Registered)
Cushla Gillard 0425 264 547
24 Nov 2018
QLD - 2018 Cairns Summer DanceSport Classic (Proposed)
Kevin & Riana Morellini 0416703414 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
24 Nov 2018
VIC - 2018 ADS Nova Classic - Competition (DSA Registered)
Adam Blakey 03 9926 1395 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
25 Nov 2018
NSW - 2018 FATD Summer Festival - Competition (DSA Registered)
Annmarie Sasso 0412 629 436 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
25 Nov 2018
SA - 2018 Summer DanceSport Festival (Proposed)
Rhett English 0413 596 644
25 Nov 2018
WA - Perth Ballroom Challenge - Competition (DSA Registered)
Jack Johnson & Joanne de Jager 0413 866 103 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Revised Syllabus   Flyer
ENTRY FORM

02 Dec 2018
NSW - 2018 DME ArtSport by Ray Rose Champions of the Future League - Development Competition (Proposed)
Mobile: 0412 683 553

For ticket and other enquiries, please click on the event name above!

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