ESSDA Statement April 2022

To all ESSDA members and Same-Sex/Equality Dancers,
The last two years have been extremely challenging for all of us and social distancing has presented particular problems for partner dancing including of course same-sex and and equality dancing. It has been fantastic to be able to get back on the dance floor in recent months and we hope to see many of you in the not too distant future.
The last two years have also seen several changes to ESSDA with Pia, Patrice, Peter, Pat and Kai having stepped down from the board. We thank them very much for their contribution. 
We would also like to take this opportunity to apologise for the recent inconsistent communication and delay to the work of ESSDA. Looking to the future, we have to make new plans to support our wonderful same-sex/equality dance community and we hope you will all contribute to this.
The new ESSDA board, in position as from 6 February 2022, and confirmed by the boardmeeting in April is:
Marion Chambon – President Co-Female
Davy Brocatus – President Co-Male
Corentin Normand – Treasurer
Mark Hebell – Secretary
Tom Dane – Membership Officer
Leezah Hertzmann – Boardmember
The most urgent matters on the board’s agenda are:
– showdance rules (we plan to have these ready for consideration at our AGM in August and to take effect from 2023)
– senior age categories
– follow up on EuroGames 2022/2023/2024/2025
– follow up on GayGames 2023
– ESSDA AGM will be on 20 August 2022 (online)
In the longer term, the board plans to work on:
– a fresh look at our position on issues of same-sex and equality dancing, and gender diversity and inclusion
– IFSSDA (constitution)
– Calender and Grand Slam
We very much hope that you will support our work by becoming or remaining a member of ESSDA. If you would like to know more about the work of ESSDA, please contact
There is a lot of work to do and we need your help. If you would like to be actively involved in the board, in any of the projects mentioned above or have any other ideas please email
Yours sincerely,

EuroGames Nijmegen 2022

The Ballroom dancing tournament will be held on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 July 2022. In the Ballroom dancing tournament we offer the following disciplines:

  •     •   Latin
    • ◦   Separate competitions for male-identified couples and female-identified couples
    • ◦   Separate competitions for Adults and Seniors
  •    •   Standard
    • ◦   Separate competitions for male-identified couples and female-identified couples
    • ◦   Separate competitions for Adults and Seniors
  •     •   Showdance couples
    • ◦   One competition for male-identified couples and female-identified couples
  •    •   Showdance teams
    • ◦   One competition for teams according to ESSDA rules
  •    •   10-dance
    • ◦  The 10-dance competition results will be calculated based on the results in the respective Standard and Latin categories for Adults and or Seniors

The tournament program will be set up based on the registrations received. We will close the tournament with a festive final evening on Friday 29 July. In order to guarantee a fair tournament, please ensure your level classification fairly and correctly reflects your ability.

The Ballroom dancing tournament will be held on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 July 2022 in the “Concertgebouw de Vereeniging”. This venue has been the scene of multiple dance competitions in the past. Between 2014 and 2019, “de Vereeniging” has been completely renovated, providing a grand ballroom, restaurants and changing rooms with a luxurious ambiance. 

Registration via link

Le Rendez Vous de Paris – 9th April 2022

Welcome to the Rendez-Vous de Paris – Saturday 9th April 2022

After the huge success of the dancesport competition of the Paris Gay
Games 2018 but also the unavoidable cancellation of the 2020/21 edition, we
are pleased to welcome each of you back in 2022 in Paris.

The competition will include A-D categories in ballroom and latin for
same-sex and mixed couples.

Social dancing is also important for us, and participants will have
several occasions to enjoy dancing together.

Last but not least, workshops will be proposed for all competitors by
renowned international teachers.

More information will be published on our website

Congratulations to our new European Champions

Congratulations  to our new European Champions: Men’s Ballroom – Rafal Chmiela & Grzegorz Dyrda (PL), Women’s Ballroom – Julia Janssen & Angelika Thumm (DE), Men’s Latin – Gilles Hoxer & Esben Weiergang (DK), Women’s Latin – Charlotte Lange & Sandra Thomas (DK), Men’s 10 Dance – Rafal Chmiela & Grzegorz Dyrda (PL),  Women’s 10 Dance – Miriam Meister & Angela Pikarski (DE),

Men’s Senior Ballroom – Niels Hartvigson & Filip Jensen (DK), Women’s Senior Ballroom – Caroline Privou & Petra Zimmermann (DE), Men’s Senior 10 Dance – Thomas Bensch & Simone Biagini (DE)

ESSDA Annual General Meeting & Elections for 2021


The ESSDA board would like to announce that this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Saturday, 28 August 2021, at 10.00 h (London Time)/11.00 h (Paris Time). Due to the still present Covid situation it has been decided to hold the AGM via Zoom to enable as much participation as possible. All agenda items will be covered within this meeting, including elections for this year’s five board members positions.

Patrice Naudier (Male Co-President, FR), Davy Brocatus (Treasurer, BE), and Kai Andre Lillebø (General Board Member, NO) stand for re-election.

Marion Chambon (Female Co-President, FR) is to be confirmed, as she was co-opted as Female Co-President after last years Annual General Meeting.

Voting for elections this year will be run through online voting and all election voting will close Friday, 27 August 2021 at 24.00 h.

If you would like to stand for one of the board positions please send your interest via e-mail to along with a short biography (including why you wish to stand for the board) and a headshot photo. Further information on those members standing for (re-)election will follow after the deadline of interest has passed.

Pre-requisites for becoming a new board member are:
Members who are not currently on the Board are able to be nominated to stand for election as long as they have agreed to it. Any member who is nominated needs to be proposed and seconded (a second person to support the nomination) by paid up members before being able to stand for election (if membership fee applicable). Nominations must be received at least four weeks in advance of the AGM. Members cannot be nominated on the day. Details of candidates who have been nominated must be sent to the members in advance of the meeting to enable voting prior to the AGM.

Voting this year will all be via online survey due to the fact we will not be meeting face to face to count physical votes, therefor proxy voting is not required.

If you have any questions then please let us know. We have adapted our AGM to enable us to hold it online, however inevitably there will be some differences to our usual processes.

Any other topic additions members may wish to add to the agenda should be received no later than ten days prior to the AGM.

Many thanks

On behalf of the ESSDA Board

European Championship Update!

We are excited to announce that ESSDA are working collaboratively with the team from Pandans, the organisers of the Dancesport events at Copenhagen Eurogames to ensure we can deliver a European Championship.

They have a great panels of adjudicators and already have a range of international registrations despite the challenges that 2021 has brought us to date.

We are delighted to be offering this level of support to our dance community and we look forward to a hugely successful European Championship. It’s not too late to register so we advise you to check out all the latest registration information:

The ESSDA AGM will also take place in Copenhagen at the end of the competition on Friday 20th August. Further information to follow.

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