BDF Benefits of Membership

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Representation

  • This takes the form of delegates who attend British Dance Council meetings to represent the interests of BDF members and generally nurture the well being of the competition side of the business.
  • This includes a seat on the influential International Professional Affairs Committee as well as the main Board of Directors.
  • In addition, BDF delegates can make proposals to be forwarded by the BDC to the World Dance Council on such matters as rule changes etc.

Education

  • Biennially the BDF organises the International Congress that takes place during the British Open Championships in May. The BDF invite Lecturers with a vast range of knowledge, who lecture to a very appreciative audience comprised of dancers from the four corners of the globe.
  • Entry has been free of charge for both days of the Congress for members of two years or more standing.
  • The BDF organisesYouth Training Camps and Amateur Training Camps, which have included young couples from the ages of 10 years upwards.
  • The BDF also organises Senior Training Days 

Organising of Events

  • TheStar Championships BDF resurrected the titles by taking on the organising of the event.  In recent years the Star Championships have taken on a new lease of life with a new venue and the addition of a Pro/Am showcase.
  • One of the most spectacular events in the dancing calendar is theNight of 100 Stars. The world’s best Professional couples dance in cabaret-style performances.
  • To organise aWorld or European Championship is a major task. The BDF stepped in and for some time now has presented either a World or European Ballroom or Latin-American Championship in Great Britain at least every second year.
  • Ballroom and Latin Showdance Championships. 

Recognition

  • The BDF Awards were introduced in order to give public recognition to people who had, in the BDF’s view, given outstanding service to dancing.  The selection of Award recipients is given great thought by the selection committee and the Awards are highly coveted by the Profession.

Assistance

  • The BDF assists its members in a variety of ways.  Members can write to the Secretary and all correspondence is given full consideration by the Executive Committee.  If necessary, members’ concerns can be brought up at BDC meetings.
  • BDF funds are used to assist couples representing Great Britain in World and European Championships with their travel expenses.

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