Queer Dance Camp 2020 – Cancellation

In September we had hoped that Corona would allow us to carry out this year’s Queer Dance Camp. In the meantime, infection numbers have soared. Not only Berlin, but actually all of Germany is a single “risk area” – not to mention other countries in Europe. Unfortunately, we cannot expect miracles from the current so called “lockdown light” in Germany. We no longer believe that in mid-December it will be possible to carry out the QDC in a format that deserves its name – or that any such camp would be responsible under the current circumstances if it was allowed by German and Berlin authorities.

With a heavy heart, we are therefore cancelling the Queer Dance Camp 2020. We would like to thank the trainers who agreed to give workshops, the registered dancers for your encouragement, and the dancers who had not yet registered for your quiet anticipation.

We’ll meet again! Until then, stay healthy and careful!

Pinkballroom Berlin

The Pink Jukebox Trophy goes Virtual for 2021

The Pink Jukebox Trophy is going virtual in 2021.

To get us all dancing again and using all the gorgeous dance studios we have at our disposal, we would like to invite Same Sex Dance Couples from all over the world to submit video entries for the competition. There are also Solo Categories for those who cannot perform with a partner.


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CANCELLED: Queer Dance Camp 2020

Queer Dance Camp 2020 will take place 11. – 13.12.2020
With a heavy heart pinkballroom had to cancel the Berlin Open, but at the Queer Dance Camp 2020 the pinkies won’t give in so easily. They thought about how they could implement the camp responsibly and created a specific hygiene concept. And they have chosen a suitable topic: “Distance”. Hint: You may also dance with contact (in a set partnership).
The trainers this year are: Pascal Herrbach, Guido Bouwman, Gergely Darabos, Margaryta Vyshetravska, Christian Wenzel, Corentin Normand und Caroline Privou & Petra Zimmermann (under the Corona-proviso).
The 7th Camp for Equality dancing couples will take place on the penultimate weekend before Christmas in Berlin (11.-13.12.2020) Intensive training, lots of fun, new insights and afterwards tired bones looking forward to Christmas are waiting for you. The training camp is aimed at Equality dance couples from Berlin, Germany as well as internationally, no matter if you are tournament couples (all classes) or amateur athletes. The training is usually held bilingually (German/English) or supplemented in the other language. You can find more information here. You may register as of now.

AGM Update

Firstly, we would like to thank all of our members who joined our online AGM on Saturday 29th August 2020, your participation was much appreciated.

Following the AGM, we would like to update our membership with the following:

Both Piia Korpi and PJ McLeod stood down from the Board at the AGM and we would like to say a huge thank you to both Piia and PJ for their support and dedication to ESSDA over last few years, we look forward to seeing them on the dance floor for many years to come. Unfortunately we did not receive any formal nominations to replace their positions in this years election. With this in mind, the board have decided to co-opt Marion Chambon (FR) to join the Board for 2020/21, with a view to her standing for election for one further year at the next available AGM in 2021. Marion was present at this years AGM when the Board’s intentions to Co-opt her were shared with the members present. The Board is currently looking for another female or non-binary ESSDA member who might be interested in being co-opted onto the Board to ensure our community remains diversely represented. If you are interested, then please write to us expressing your interest.

There were two other candidates standing for other positions and we are pleased to announce that Pete Meager was re-elected to the Board along with Mark Hebell who was elected for the very first time (following a short period of having been co-opted onto the Board). Both Pete and Mark will now serve for two years as newly elected members of the Board.

The remaining Board members were not due for election in 2020, a full list of the newly formed Board can be found:


We had new sub-committees agreed at the AGM and if any other member is interested in joining one of our new or existing sub-committees then we invite you to contact the relevant Board members below to express your interest. We will be uploading a full sub-committee members list shortly but below is a list of the current sub-committee focus areas as well as the assigned Board leads:

  • Show Dance & Formation Competition Rules (Pat Sharkey) – including Senior age categories
  • Public Relations & Communications (Pete Meager)
  • Competitions (Pete Meager & Davy Brocatus)
  • Inclusivity & Wider Community Engagement (Marion Chambon)
  • Rebrand & Refocus towards ‘Equality Dancing’ (Pete Meager)
  • Outreach (Michal Vanicek)

Board contacts can be found:


The membership present approved the new ESSDA Showdance & Formation Competition Rules 29.08.20 and these can be found:


The newly approved IFSSDA Competition Rules were presented and can also be viewed on our website. These are due to be used for the first time at the ‘World Pride Cup’ in Orlando in 2021 with a view to be used for the World Championships at the 11th Gay Games in Hong Kong in 2022.


If you have any questions, then please feel free to contact us – we are keen to hear from the membership throughout the year to help us move forward together in collaboration.

Best Wishes

Your ESSDA Board for 2020/21

ESSDA AGM Documents

We have now uploaded all the documents you need for the upcoming AGM on Saturday 29th August 14:00 (GMT). Members have been sent the zoom login details to join on the day. If you are a PAID member for 2020 and have not received the login details, please contact membership@essda.eu 

The documents for this years AGM can be found here

We look forward to seeing you at the AGM. Remember election voting closes at Midnight (GMT) on Friday 28th August. Voting after this time will not be accepted. Voting is open to all PAID 2020 members.

Newly Established IFSSDA Competition Rules

We are pleased to announce that the IFSSDA Competition Rules have been approved by its member organizations (ESSDA, IAGLCWDC, and NASSPDA).  These rules are the collaborative result from the fusion of the three organizations’ competition rules and will be applicable to the 2021 World Dancesport Pride Cup held in Orlando and the 2022 World Championships held at the Gay Games 11 in Hong Kong.


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