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.
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The applications closing date is 5pm (AEST) Wednesday 5 September 2018.
Chief Executive Officer
Sent: Thursday, July 19, 2018 12:41:02 AM
To: Hannes Emrich
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,
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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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
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