Congratulations to our new European Champions 2022

Day 1 of European Championship 2022 (granted by ESSDA) at EuroGames Nijmegen


Male Adult Latin

  1. Andy Jekel – Michael Bartsch (DE)
  2. Darren Whitby – Vishesh Mehta (UK)
  3. Grzegorz Dyrda – Rafael Chmiela (Poland)

Female Adult Standard

  1. Diane Kleingarn – Claudia Reger (DE)
  2. Angelika Thumm – Julia Janssen (DE)
  3. Réka Flk – Anita Kozma (HU)

Male Senior Standard

  1. Tom Dane – Kevin Haycock (UK)
  2. Niels Henrik Hartvigson – Filip Jensen (DK)
  3. Michael Kraus – Lars Thybo Nørgaard (DE – DK)

Female Senior Latin

  1. Eva Wortmann – Carola Käding (DE)
  2. Lisa Mense – Petra Billaudelle (DE)
  3. Marjolein van Huik – Sabrina van Huik (NL)


Day 2 : European Championship 2022 (granted by ESSDA) at EuroGames Nijmegen


Male Adult Standard :

  1. Grzegorz Dyrda – Rafael Chmiela (Poland)
  2. Niels Henrik Hartvigson – Filip Jensen (DK)
  3. Michael S. Kraus – Lars Thybo Nørgaard (DE/DK)

Male Adult 10-Dance

  1. Grzegorz Dyrda – Rafael Chmiela (Poland)
  2. Tom Dane – Kevin Haycock (UK)
  3. Jorg Faulhammer – Stefanie Pfeiffer (DE)

Male Senior Latin

  1. Michael Hall – George Tzoulas (UK)
  2. Tom Dane – Kevin Haycock (UK)
  3. Jorg Faulhammer – Tobias J. Fritsch (DE)

Male Senior 10-Dance

  1. Tom Dane – Kevin Haycock (UK)
  2. Jorg Faulhammer – Tobias J. Fritsch (DE)
  3. Bart Van Helvoort – Pieter-Theo Zuurbier (NL)


Female Adult Latin :

  1. Marina Hüls – Magdalena Friederike Bauchmuller (DE)
  2. Diana Kleingarn – Claudia Reger (DE)
  3. Angela Pikarski – Miriam Meister (DE)

Female Adult 10-Dance

  1. Diana Kleingarn – Claudia Reger (DE)
  2. Angela Pikarski – Miriam Meister (DE)
  3. Cornelia Wagner – Kerstin Kallmann (DE)

Female Senior Standard

  1. Sibylle Schug – Susanne Scheuboeck (DE)
  2. Katrin Ryborz – Andrea Wagner (DE)
  3. Manuela Schulze – Sabine Engelmann (DE)

Female Senior 10-Dance

  1. Marjolein van Huik – Sabrina van Huik-Scholman (NL)
  2. Pascale van der Put – Anke van den Nouland (NL)


Showdance Teams

  1. Revue en Rose (DE)
  2. Swinging Sisters A (DE)

Showdance Couples

  1. Tania Dimitrova – Ines Dimitrova (DE)
  2. Darren Whitby – Vishesh Mehta (UK)
  3. Anika Lautenschlager – Tatjana Safaric (DE)



ESSDA Annual General Meeting & Elections for 2022


The ESSDA board would like to announce that this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Saturday, 20 August 2022, at 10.00 h (London Time)/11.00 h (Paris Time). The board has 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 board members positions.

Mark Hebell (DE) stand for re-election and Tom Dane (UK) needs to be confirmed as co-opted boardmember.

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

Vienna Dance Contest – UPDATE

The Vienna Dance Contest 2021 has been postponed to 22nd October 2022. In the middle of the 3rd Corona wave in Europe, the 4th Lockdown in Eastern Austria and in times of different international vaccination speeds, we, the organising team, have decided on 6th April 2021, not to hold the Vienna Dance Contest weekend in October 2021. It is difficult for us to assess whether participants would be able and willing to practise, travel and to attend an international event of that scale. On the other hand, we are not sure whether we can offer sufficient Covid safety during the entire weekend program from Friday to Sunday, since our Vienna Dance Contest is also a social event, a meeting of the international equality dance family, so much more than just a sports event. Furthermore, the financing of our event requires six months in advance, therefore we have to make the decision now in spring. We are already preparing the Vienna Dance Contest 2022, for you, our Equality dance family. And we are working on a little project to keep us and you entertained and active. So watch that space!

Please stay healthy and active! With lots of love from Vienna!

Vienna Dance Contest – UPDATE

The Vienna Dance Contest 2021 has been planned for the 16th October. The most of the main pilars are secured since autumn 2020: the venue, the DJ, the chair, the scruteneers to calculate the results. But we, the organising team, haven’t made our mind up if we go ahead or not, as the future still seems to be very unsure in these Covid times. Please don’t book anything, but please please keep the date in your diary!!! This competition can only happen if enough financial funding is secured, well ahead of the time, and if we have enough dancers from abroad (who will have to be able to practice and plan their traveling ahead).

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