Showdance Rules – Members Consultation

Following work undertaken by an appointed “Showdance Rules Sub-Committee” (which included interested parties from both European Showdance Teams and International Dancing Organisations), we have complied a “DRAFT” version of new rules ready to be accepted by the membership at the next AGM.

If you wish comment on the proposed rules, the consultation will run until 31st May 2020. After which, the draft will be finalised and signed-off at the 2020 summer AGM. These will then be valid for competitions from 1st September 2020 onwards.

If you are a member and wish to comment on the consultation then please email with your specific suggestions for review by the ESSDA board.

Vienna Dance Contest 2020 – CANCELLATION

The Vienna Dance Contest, International equality same-sex dance competition and Pink Dance Night in Vienna, Austria 17th October 2020 is cancelled! Next Vienna Dance Contest mid October 2021.

Due to the uncertainty of how the situation due to the Covid19 crisis will develop in all respects for us and for all of you in the long term, we decided with a heavy heart to cancel this year’s tournament. On the one hand, many of our team work in the teaching or social area and are currently facing huge challenges, on the other hand, we cannot secure the financing of our tournament in such an exceptional time, because all sponsors currently have other concerns. We also want to prevent more dancers from booking flights and hotels and then probably having to cancel them. We ask for your understanding and apologize to those who have already booked. Please put the next Vienna Dance Contest in your calendar with mid-October 2021.

Keep safe, positive and active, protect the heath services and safe lifes!

DVET Announcement: German Open 2020 CANCELLATION


On March 19th, 2020 the board of DVET decided to cancel the German Open Championships in May 2020 due to the corona pandemic. 

We feel very sorry and we hope none of you have any inconvenience because of this. 

Maybe the German Open Championships can take place at a later time in 2020. We will look for the best solution in the next few weeks. We will inform you on the website of DVET ( and on facebook.

Please stay healthy!

Dörte Lange, President DVET 

Keep Safe…Keep Dancing!

The ESSDA Board would encourage you all to STAY HOME and STAY SAFE during the coming days and weeks. The welfare of our wonderful community is of course of utmost importance during this time.

We would also encourage you to stay fit and healthy and there are a wide range of online class you can take part in, from beginner to more advanced with many of these sessions being completely FREE!

Pete Meager is trying to capture all of these and post them on so please keep checking, quite often past classes are saved online for you to do at any time – even repeat them if you have the energy!

Keep safe, and keep dancing!

World Dancesport Pride Cup Postponed

Unfortunately we bring you the following statement from the President of NASSPDA:

‘The World Dancesport Pride Cup sanctioned by IFSSDA and to be held in Orlando in June 2020 has been postponed either to October 2020 (to be determined) or until next year’

We hope to see the competition rescheduled in the not too distant future.

POSTPONED: Pride Cup 2020

June 5, 6, 7 2020 The Marriott World Centre, Orlando, FL

Welcome to the World Pride Cup – Dancesport hosted by the KindRED Pride Foundation. We are looking forward to Ballroom and Country/Western Dancers from all over the world competing in the World Pride Cup during Gay Disney. Please check for Registration Info, Schedules, and Sponsored events near Walt Disney World by Girls in Wonderland, Tidal Wave Bears, and One Magical Weekend. Hosted by

Eurogames 2020 Press Release: 01/02/2020

Joint press release by EuroGames 2020, ESSDA and DVET Feb 1,2020

Stronger together:
EuroGames 2020, ESSDA und DVET align for Dancing in 2020 Equality Dance Sport has been an integral part of EuroGames and Gay Games for many years. The competitions are always characterized by a high quality and attractiveness for the spectators. To guarantee this for the participants, a high level of experience in the organisation of such competitions is required. The EuroGames 2020 in Düsseldorf stand in this tradition and are determined to organize a fantastic dance competition for all participants. TSC conTAKT is contributing its many years of experience in organising competitions, including the German Championships 2015. In addition, a fantastic and proven dance location has been found in the Boston Club.
In order to incorporate the entire experience of the European equality scene, contacts were sought with DVET (German Association for Equality Dance Sports) and ESSDA (European Same‐ Sex Dancing Association). From the beginning it was clear that there was a will to work together to ensure that dancing at the EuroGames 2020 would be superb. In close consultation, a joint agreement has now been reached. This is to be a trend‐setter for the future and bring the various associations closer together again. In the end, everyone is only interested in one thing: dancing.
Therefore, we are happy and proud to announce the following details for the EuroGames 2020:

– The host of the dance sport competitions at the EuroGames 2020 will be TSC conTAKT Düsseldorf e.V.
– ESSDA and DVET will be official partners of the EuroGames 2020
– the venue for the competitions will be the Boston Club in Düsseldorf
– the competitions will take place from Wednesday (5.8.) to Friday (7.8.).
– the actual competition program can be found on the homepage
– the EuroGames 2020 will also be the 7th European Championship of the ESSDA
– you can also get more details on the website

Regarding the above, we are looking forward to bringing together this broad expertise and thus certainly to an outstanding dance competition at the EuroGames 2020 in Düsseldorf.

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