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Oct 3 2016

In Association with the Ballroom Dancers' Federation

The BDC and BDF invite all dance enthusiasts to:


The BDF travel fund for PROFESSIONAL COMPETITORS was set up to help with the couple's expenses when they represent Great Britain at the World or European Championships when nominated by the British Dance Council.   Each year the British Dance Council may nominate its top two couples to the WDC World and European Ballroom, Latin American, Ten Dance, Ballroom Show Dance and Latin American Showdance.

During the twenty years since the fund was set up the BDF and its supporters have contributed in excess of £36000 towards travel costs.

Today the BDF Executive Committee continue to give their time and expertise voluntarily to organise many events including the Night of 100 Stars, The Star Ball, The Star Championships amongst others to raise funds to continue to support the travel fund.

The BDF pay 50% of the travel expenses for those competitors who are members of the BDF for at least six months prior to the date of travel.

The BDC and BDF are looking for support to boost this fund and would be grateful for your support to this British Dance Council’s initiative inviting you to become a sponsor of the Travel Fund. Any amount however small is valuable to this cause and all contributions would be gratefully accepted by both the British Dance Council and the Ballroom Dancers' Federation

Sponsors may be individuals, companies or associations, in fact anyone that has an interest in dance. If you would like to sponsor professional competitors representing Great Britain and wish your name to be included on the British Dance Council website once you have made your donation to the Ballroom Dancer's Federation's travel fund please email your first name and surname to Snieguole Wood, Treasurer BDF for inclusion on the BDC list.  email: snieguole.wood@me.com

Sponsorship Donations to be sent direct to the BDF

Download full sponsorship details including how to make your donation.!!! Click here

With a big thank you to the Sponsors so far:

P. Anderson

Bryan Allen

Blackpool Entertainment Company  Ltd.

Dance News 

Michael Conway 




Jul 12 2016

To: All Dancers

The British Dance Council wishes to assure dancers that until such time as changes are made to the relationship between the UK government and the EU at some future date the situation regarding EU citizens living dancing or working in the UK remains exactly the same.    


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Jun 6 2016

Peggy Spencer MBE - Sadly passes away

Funeral Details

On:   Thursday 16th June:   Time of Service at Church  11.15am

At.     St. Faith's Church, Gayton Road, Kings Lynn, PE30  4DZ


Mintlyn Crematorium, Lynn Road, Kings Lynn PE32 1HB 

about a mile from the church on the same road, plenty of parking.

The Crown Inn, Lynn Road, Gayton, PE32 1PA 

3 miles from the Crematorium on the same road.

The family have requested no flowers

Should you wish to send a donation please send to Helena Anderson who will forward it to the Funeral Director made payable to either of the two following charities in the Norfolk area which are avidly supported by the family. 

The Charities:  "The East Anglian Air Ambulance" or   "The RNLI Hunstanton"

To:  Helena Anderson
The Garden Studio, 14 Bure Close, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE 30 4XA

Jun 6 2016

Peggy Spencer MBE, Honorary Member of the British Dance Council and President of the ISTD.

Peggy Spencer was awarded the first and only British Dance Council "Lifetime Achievement Award" in 2004 for her contribution to dance.

Peggy started dancing in 1945 and has was involved non-stop ever since.  With her late husband, Frank, she made the Penge Ballroom renowned with its fabulous Penge Formation Team, known throughout the world of dance.  She appeared with her teams on “Come Dancing” for 40 years and travelled the world teaching, adjudicating and promoting British Ballroom and Latin dancing.

She received an MBE, 8 Carl-Alan Awards and many other accolades for her work and dedication.  Her contributions to the British Dance Council meetings and her work on Committees going back years is immeasurable.  She believed that dancing is a social asset and a joy for everyone.

She is one of a small band of specially selected people who have appeared on "This is Your Life” and received the famous Red Book.

Peggy Spencer MBE was a true pioneer! 

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Apr 8 2016


On the 29th of April, as every year since 1982, the official Dance Day will be celebrated all over the world by millions of dancers. It is an initiative of the International Dance Council CID, UNESCO. 

We have prepared the following guidelines as a checklist for persons active in the wider field of dance: teachers, choreographers, group leaders, journalists, researchers, associations, suppliers, organizations etc.

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Dec 2 2014

From 1st January 2015 
All Scrutineers must register annually if they do not hold an annual adjudicator licence.

A new British Dance Council rule book will be issued from 1st January 2015 valid until 31st December 2017.

New rule 59.b) All Scrutineers must hold an annual scrutineer's licence (anyone qualified to scrutineer holding a current BDC adjudicator's licence is exempt).

Therefore, if you are intending to scrutineer in 2015 and do not hold an adjudicator licence you must register as a scrutineer.

Jul 11 2014


Proposal for BDC Rule Change
Firstly, I refer you to the BDC Rule Book where it is recorded item 11) on page 2.

"the British Dance Council has adopted a policy of equity which prohibits discrimination on the grounds of gender, marital status, race, colour, disability, sexuality, religion or political opinion"

This is a clear and open statement of where the BDC stands on these issues.

Secondly, to reassure the couples who dance in competitions and championships held under BDC Rules, the BDC will not, as is being claimed be banning same sex couples from competitions they have hitherto been entering.

Competitions and championships held under BDC Rules allow for same sex competitions and there are very many of these throughout the year.

The rules also allow for competitions that are called “Open” competitions in which same sex and mixed sex couples can compete.

It is clear that mixed sex couples cannot compete in same sex competitions.  Same sex and mixed sex couples can and do take part in the other events.

Media coverage of a proposed introduction of an additional sector for competitions for mixed sex couples only has produced a great deal of protest seemingly based upon the incorrect to assertion that this would result in all same sex couples being be banned from all BDC competitions.  If the proposal was passed it would mean that same sex couples would be excluded only from this new proposed section, but not from any other section.   Clearly this would result in the same situation where mixed sex couples are excluded from same sex competitions.

As any decision regarding any changes to BDC Rules is a matter for the appropriate meeting and because of the incessant demands for interviews and comment I issue this statement.

Yours sincerely,

BRYAN ALLEN     Clickhere to download statement

Sep 3 2013

3rd September 2013


Please note:  To give further clarity to rule 30 (c) the following has been issued.

Clarification to BDC Rule 30 (c) regarding conditions for couples wishing to enter British Dance Council Closed Championships or Competitions.

All Closed Championships run under British Dance Council Rules:

To be eligible to enter one member of the partnership must hold a UK passport or a British Birth Certificate or a Certificate of Citizenship.  A UK National overseas passport is not accepted as making the holder eligible to enter these championships.


Jul 20 2012






At the Board of Directors meeting on 15th July 2012 it was agreed that Freestyle competitors must be registered with the appropriate BDC Corporate Member as listed on the "Corporate Members" page on the British Dance Council's website www.bdconline.org.  In the case of England and Scotland the British Council and in Wales DanceSport Wales (DSW) and that other registration cards were not acceptable.


Any Freestyle competitors that have registered for this year with EADA would be accepted by the BDC until the end of the year.


Freestyle teachers must notify the BDC office if they employ the services of any guest teachers.


Yours sincerely,


Jul 12 2012


Anyone participating in competitions and championships held under British Dance Council rules should be aware of the following in the BDC Rule Book under the General Section: Rule 2 (h)

"All competitions and championships held under BDC Rules will be subject to the Anti-Doping   system adopted by, or from time to time amended by, the Council.

A link the UK Anti-Doping Rules can be found on our Links page.


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