17 April 2014
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Mar 5 2012: Teachers' Committee

The Teachers' Committee of the British Dance Council is campaigning to promote the professional qualifications of BDC recognized teaching organizations and to encourage the general public to attend lessons and classes run by professionally qualified dance teachers.

A standard letter, signed by the President of the British Dance Council, has been formulated for the Head of Leisure services and Community Centres to publicise our qualifications. A leaflet has also been produced to accompany this letter giving a résumé of the various qualifications obtainable.

This letter is posted on the Teachers' Committee page of the BDC website and, along with the leaflet, can be downloaded, addressed and sent by you to your local Leisure Centres and Community Centres. We are hoping that this will encourage these organizations to ensure that they employ the services of, or rent out venues to, professionally qualified dance teachers.

Mar 5 2012: Amateur competitors competing under British Dance Council Rules

To ensure everyone has the correct information the British Dance Council brings to the attention of all amateur competitors who dance in competitions and championships held under BDC Rules the following:

All competitors, with the exception of beginner grade, must be correctly registered.

Valid amateur competitor registrations can only be obtained from the British Dance Council or, in the case of Scotland from DanceSport Scotland , or for Wales from DanceSport Wales.

Please do not confuse perfectly acceptable membership of other organisations with Competitor Registration which is mandatory and required as set out in BDC Rule 15.

Information and application forms can be found on the BDC website www.british-dance-council.org


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You are aware that EADA (England's National Amateur Dancesport Association) withdrew as
Corporate Members of the BDC in December 2010 and following my Press Release on 21 st April 2011 informing you of registration requirements for amateur competitor registration for all BDC competitions and championships, I set out below Rule 15. which applies from 1 st January 2012 to 31 st December 2014

Rule 15: Registration: Juveniles, Juniors and Adult Competitors:

(a) All competitors, with the exception of beginner grade competitors, who wish to compete in competitions and championships held in Great Britain under British Dance Council rules must be registered with the BDC or any amateur organizations that are corporate members of the BDC.
(b) The registration covers a calendarx year and must be renewed on 1st January regardless of when it was taken out the previous year.
(c) Competitors must carry their registration cards with them and produce them for examination at competition registration points as provided. Entry to competitions or championships will be refused, except in exceptional circumstances, if a valid card cannot be produced.
(d) Registration of a formation team does not entitle members to participate as individuals in competitions. Should members of a team wish to do so they must obtain a valid licence. Registration of a formation team is governed by Rule 48.

(e) Overseas amateur competitors who wish to compete in competitions and championships held under British Dance Council rules must hold a valid registration.

Anti-Doping Policy: Adopted 30 th October 2011 – New BDC Rule (2) h.
To view the Anti-doping rules go to: http://www.ukad.org.uk/documents/uk-anti-doping-rules/ .

To comply with the Anti-Doping policy, all amateur competitors when registering in England participating in BDC competitions and championships, are required to confirm their acceptance of the BDC rules by signing and returning a BDC registration form to register with the BDC.

When registering with the BDC, upon receipt of your signed form and correct fee the new issue of the BDC rulebook will be forwarded to you with your licence registration card.

Please ensure that you and your partner are correctly registered and obtain your registration numbers from the BDC or the relevant Corporate Member National Amateur Body before entering competitions and/or championships run under BDC rules.

Valid amateur competitor registration can only be obtained from the BDC, Dancesport Scotland or the Welsh Amateur Dancesport Association. Dancesport Scotland and the Welsh Amateur Dancesport Association are the Amateur Corporate Members listed on the BDC website under: www.british-dance-council.org / about BDC / Corporate Members.

Yours sincerely,

Jul 25 2011: British Dance Council Dress Rules
Please be aware that the British Dance Council Dress Rules as listed in the BDC Rule Book Rule 54, in Appendix 4 of the Rule Book with photographs on the BDC Website must be adhered to by Organisers, competitors, adjudicators and chairmen of adjudicators at competitions and championships run under BDC rules.

Should Dress Making Companies make non-regulation dresses, if the customer has asked for a dress to conform to these rules and it does not do so, there could be a legal claim for Breach of Contract against the dressmaker if the dress was found to not comply with the BDC Rules.

There have been complaints that in some competitions/championships the rules are not being properly applied and adhered to. Organisers, adjudicators and chairman of adjudicators are required to uphold the rules laid down in the rulebook, competitors infringing the rules may result in disqualification.

Please be aware that the rules will be enforced and that everyone must accept their responsibilities.

Apr 8 2011: BDC Adjudicators re Cristal Plalace Cup 2011
It was brought to the attention of the Directors of the British Dance Council on 6 th March 2011 the possibility of the above-mentioned competition scheduled to take place on 22 nd May 2011 in London being run under rules other than those of the British Dance Council was discussed.

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