For those of you travelling with us to Rome next week, there have been some updates to the dancesport website that will be huge interest to you.
Firstly, there are some travel directions by various modes of transport whilst in Rome - but remember the dancesport competition is barely in Rome!!! Please check these very informative instructions carefully to ensure you don’t get lost. If you are staying nearby then I really think you hit gold this year.
In the month of June Marianka Swain speaks to many of the UK and European dancers who compete here in National mainstream dance competitions as same sex couple and get their perspective on the highs and lows, the win and the challenges we still face... Read more below.
We are already planning our arrival with a special TeamUKSSDC WhatsApp group specifically for the Eurogames AND an Arrival Reception at Ciampino Hotel (UKSSDC base for Rome) on Wednesday 10th July. Please email email@example.com for more information OR check out updates on our UKSSDC Facebook Page. There is an event setup for the reception and your can contact Pete Meager to be added to the WhatsApp group!
Between 27th - 30th March 2019 we saw host to the 2nd Tel Aviv Games in Israel and this year was a very special year for many of our supporters. For the first time Same-Sex Dancesport was part of the programme and the overall event had increased to seven sports, making it bigger and more diverse than its debut back in 2017!
Following a consultation at the recent AGM, we have now finalised the new competition rules which we believe to be more inclusive around gender and gender identification when competing in a same sex dance competition. We are very much trialling these new rules for 2019 and would value your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org
We have given the rules to our known UK competition organisers so hopefully there will be a great opportunity to try them out as we all suggested at the AGM.
If you missed reading up on Marianka Swain's articles in the Dancing Times for 2018 then please see the invidiual links below. There are some FANTASTIC articles sharing our community's experiences over the past year:
This is a practice session for same-sex ballroom & latin dancers of all levels wanting to practice for upcoming competitions. More experienced dancers are asked help us make sure the session is welcoming to new competitors.
Please remember to pay your annual membership for 2019. You can either pay via BACS or in cash to Tom Dane (Treasurer) or one of our other committee members (see committee page for further details).
There are two types of membership:
STANDARD MEMBERSHIP - £15 PER YEAR, RENEWABLE EACH OCTOBER This is for any individuals interested in participating in or supporting Same-Sex dance competitions, and gives access to the following fantastic benefits:
Many of our UKSSDC members and friends were present at the 2018 Nordic Open in Vantaa on 30th December, followed by a celebration with our wider European Same Sex Dance family at their New Year Ball in Helsinki on 31st. We had huge success as a group and results of the competition can be found by clicking here
Congratulations to EVERYONE who took part, and we look forward to seeing you all at the Pink Jukebox Trophy on Saturday 16th February 2019!