New Professionals

ADVICE FOR NEW PROFESSIONALS

Section 1

Required Actions in order to take part in competitions/championships:
– Register with the British Dance Council (BDC) as a Professional Competitor
– Register with the World Dance Council (WDC) as a Professional Competitor (in order to take part in WDC events)

Required Actions in order to act as an adjudicator:
– Become a member of one of the Teaching Organisations that is a corporate member of the BDC by taking its examination (see list below).  This allows a qualified member to:
– Apply for a BDC Adjudicating Licence *
– Apply for a WDC Adjudicating Licence (in order to officiate at WDC events)
– * Additional qualifications will be required in order to adjudicate championships

Section 2

Recommended Actions:
– Become a member of one of the Teaching Organisations that is a corporate member of the BDC (see list below) by taking its examination in order to be a qualified Teacher
– Become a member of one of the associations that is a corporate member of the BDC that represents the interests of British Professionals such as the Ballroom Dancers’ Federation (BDF) and/or the British Competitors’ Dancesport Corporation (BCDC)
– Become a member of one of the associations that represents the interests of Professionals internationally such as the Ballroom Dancers’ Federation International (BDFI) and/or the Competitors’ Commission, both of which have representation on the WDC
– Consider various forms of publicity such as advertising in the dancing press, competition programmes etc. as well as electronic forms of media
– Consider obtaining a Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) check (in connection with teaching children or vulnerable adults)
– Consider obtaining PPL and/or PRS Licences (required for public performances of music)
– Consider obtaining Public Liability Insurance (for cover against claims by students)
– Make contact with HMRC regarding tax affairs

List of Teaching Organisations that are corporate members of the BDC:
Allied Dancing Association
Associated Board of Dance
British Association of Teachers of Dancing
Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing
International Dance Teachers Association
National Association of Teachers of Dancing
Northern Counties Dance Teachers Association
Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance
United Kingdom Alliance Ltd.