Equality Dance Competition Frankfurt, DE

This year, already for the 31st time the FVV Frankfurt (the big LGBT – sports club in the Rhine-Main area) organizes its XMAS tournament at the beginning of the Advent season. This year over 1,000 participants from all over Europe are expected to a fun-packed event full of sport and social occasions. We’re excited to say that for the first time there will be an Equality Dance Tournament.

The organisation of the dance tournament will be in the hands of TSC TANZ etc.! This dancesport club has been organizing DTV tournaments for many years, has two successful same-sex couples in its ranks and a chairman who was already one of the pioneers of equality dancing in the 90s. Together this team have enough experience to guarantee a very successful dance tournament.

The supporting programme of the FVV XMAS tournament includes a champagne reception for the evening before check-in, a big participants party on the Saturday evening, a brunch on Sunday, as well as affordable accommodation at special tournament rates and much more. An exciting tournament awaits you. So make a note of the date now! We will keep you up to date with further details.

ESSDA Board decision following the EGLSF Annual General Assembly held 15th – 17th March 2019 in Budapest:

Eurogames Roma 2019 Update

As most of you are probably aware there have been great concerns over Eurogames Roma 2019 and as such the EGLSF called for a members vote on various aspects of the games that were currently unsatisfactory to both the EGLSF and its Members. As part of this membership vote, online registration has now been suspended until further updates and clarifications are received from Team Roma which are due by 30thMarch 2019.

ESSDA to date has spent a considerable amount of time conversing with Team Roma to try to find a mutual agreement for the European Championships. Although recently we felt we had a fully complying agreement between both parties, we were still extremely concerned at the low level of registrations for the Eurogames as a whole and without any form of financial backing/sponsorship how Team Roma were going to be able to finance the level of cost involved with hosting a European Championship. We decided to wait for the outcome of the AGA to see if there were any clearer financials shared by the Roma Board. There were no clearer concrete financials presented.

Michal Vanicek represented the ESSDA board in Budapest and provided the Board with up to date information on Team Roma’s presentation both yesterday and today. Communication and clarity of information has been a huge concern not only for dancing, but right across the board amongst other sports – some of which have now been cancelled with immediate effect due to low registration. As a consequence, the organisation of, and registration to all of these sports has not been as productive as all parties involved would have hoped.

The European Championships has a high price, and so does the reputation of ESSDA in respect of the professionalism and commitment it holds to ensuring the desired outcome of such a prestigious Championship within our competition calendar. Although we have been fully supportive of Team Roma to try and achieve a desired outcome for everyone, we still lack confidence that they can legitimately provide the finances required to deliver a successful Championship Title. We have had our dance community at the very heart of every decision along the way, and it is with this same ethos that the ESSDA Board have agreed not to pursue the possibility of a European Championship as part of Eurogames Roma 2019. 

The Board are fully supportive of the EGLSF’s steps towards still trying to achieve a successful Eurogames but felt it prudent to request they hold their own dance competition (without the European Championship attached) to help reduce their costs and increase the likelihood of establishing enough registrants to fulfill a successful competition. To date, only 66 participants have registered to dance which is extremely low compared to previous European Championships. 

With recent scars of the financial fallibilities of International Multi-Sport events we had to be 100% sure that this competition was viable to protect both our organisation’s reputation as well as the finances of our members and our wider competitive dance community.  An assurance we were never able to achieve from Team Roma.

Whilst we know that you will all be hugely disappointed with this news, we felt we had to protect further financial loss should the games not proceed as planned. We strongly feel that it is much more likely to proceed as some form of dance competition if they do not have the added pressure of the financial conditions of a European Championship.

We value yours thoughts and suggestions on what happens next and we invite all of our members to share these with us in writing to board@essda.eu. We feel it important for us to continue to work with both the EGLSF and Team Roma to help deliver a dance competition for 2019, however this will not be a competition that is either sanctioned or overseen by ESSDA within any form of partnership or official agreement. We also feel it important that the EGLSF support Host Cities in future applications to fully understand the implications when bidding for a Eurogames when wanting to hold a European Championships in partnership with ESSDA. 

We will share as soon as we are made aware, of any details regarding their plans for dance in Eurogames 2019. We still want there to be a competition for everyone to enjoy!

Your faithfully,

ESSDA Board

European Championships / Eurogames Roma 2019 Pre-Announcement


We would first like to share with you all that the ESSDA board has been working tirelessly over recent months to try and organise the 2019 European Championships in partnership with Eurogames Roma. There have been weekly conference calls between both parties to try to clarify expectations from both sides and to ensure that the credibility of the competition is maintained through Team Roma’s planning.

First and foremost, we want to protect our dancers and the wider dance community. The financial viability of Eurogames 2019 is paramount and we want to be secure in the knowledge that they can afford both the prestige and the professionalism of the ESSDA European Championships without detriment to our community.

Given the recent public statements from the EGLSF in respect of Eurogames Roma 2019, the board have decided to review their financial documentation in full and to await the Q&A session that the EGLSF have scheduled as part of the AGA in Budapest this weekend before we finalise an agreement. Whilst we are confident Rome’s intentions are true, we need to see evidence that they can deliver all sports to the expectation of all multi-sport partners.

Whilst this agreement is taking much longer than we anticipated (and delaying the ability for some to make arrangements), we feel it absolutely right to be as prudent as we are being given recent economic challenges around multi-sport events and we hope that you support our work to ensure you get the standard of competition we all expect and deserve.

We hope to make further announcements after the EGLSF AGA on the viability of the European Champions in Rome this year, or, whether the dance competition will proceed without the associated ESSDA Championship title. The AGA is scheduled 15-17 March 2019 in Budapest at which ESSDA will be represented and fully participative.

Waiting in anticipation,

Your ESSDA Board

Registration has started for the Berlin Open 04.05.2019

After celebrating its 20th jubilee and the 5th Queer Dance Camp pinkballroom and now organizes the 18th Berlin Open Dance Competitions for Women and Men Couples in Latin & Ballroom in 2019. We are glad to welcome amazing dancers from all over Europe, the fantastic audience, glad faces at each side…. It is not only the “most important competition in Germany after the German championship” (Dörte Lange, DVET) but an especially charming and lovely competition as a fix date in the competition calendar. We expect once again a colourful national and international field of competitors, which will inspire with diversity and quality.

Dancing in Tel Aviv! March 2019

Coming up soon is the Tel Aviv Games! 28th – 30th March 2019, Israel.

TAG2019 are delighted to have dance as part of their programme and have a great venue waiting for us to dance in.

There is a great selection of Hosted Housing available and you can apply for great hotel deals on the link below:

https://www.telavivgames.org/accommodation.html

What are you waiting for? Register today to take Same Sex dancing to Israel!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1929057244057115/

EUROGAMES 2019 UPDATE:

We would like to share an update with you regarding the Eurogames in Rome 2019.

We have now received a draft agreement from Team Rome to host the European Championships and we are currently setting up a joint conference call between ESSDA and ‘Team Roma’ to discuss the finer detail and ensure a successful and well planned competition for both parties. A partnership has not yet been confirmed.

We haven’t had the chance to speak to the Dancesport co-ordinators as yet so eagerly await that opportunity by the end of the month.

We look forward to sharing more with you over the coming weeks, but would like to let you know we are working hard to make this a great competition for everyone!

Pete
On behalf of ESSDA Board

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