Dancing is about to start in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan, where the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games are currently in full swing. The eleven (!) medal events in DanceSport will be held on 25 and 26 September.21/09/2017 read more ...
On the occasion of the 2017 PD World Standard in Prague, CZE, the community took a look back at the first ten years of WDSF PD and its predecessor organisation, celebrating together with some of the biggest names in dance.17/09/2017 read more ...
Benedetto Ferruggia and Claudia Koehler, GER, won their second world title as professionals. First and second runners-up were Donatas Vezelis - Lina Chatkeviciute, LTU, and Bjorn Bisch - Ashli Williamson, DEN, respectively.17/09/2017 read more ...
History was made at the 2017 World Standard in Chengdu, CHN. Russians Dmitry Zharkov and Olga Kulikova equalled the three titles of four legendary couples. Germans Simone Segatori and Annette Sudol moved on to the PD.15/09/2017 read more ...
Four years ago, Vice-President James "Jim" Fraser was awarded the "Caring Canadian" in recognition of his services to non-profit organisations tied to DanceSport. Now he is honoured with the "Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers."15/09/2017 read more ...
Eva Bartunkova and Petr Bartunek report on another visit to Lesotho which served to promote DanceSport on the "Dark Continent." Couples from Estonia, Lesotho, South Africa and Swaziland danced in the first WDSF Lesotho Open.08/09/2017 read more ...
55 Member Bodies of IDSF sent their delegates to the AGM in Vienna on 12 and 13 June. With a good reason: important issues had to be discussed.
The expectations of all the delegates were high and they have been fulfilled. It was a historic moment and a large step moving forward together when all the important motions had been approved unanimously or by a great majority.
By amending the statutes the delegates voted by a great majority for having the IPDSC as the New Professional Devision inside the IDSF . It was already initiated and decided in 2006 at the AGM in Wels, but now the legal basis was prepared for this coming together.
The next step forward was made on Monday, 14th June, at the AGM of IPDSC when the delegates of IPDSC approved to support unanimously the establishment of the IDSF Professional Devision (“IDSF PD”) within IDSF according to the Joint Statements published by authority of the IPDSC and IDSF Presidents in 2009 and 2010 and that IPDSC incorporates into the IDSF as the new IDSF Professional Division.
At the AGM 2009 in Macao a working group was established consisting of representatives of IDSF and delegates from the various affiliated Members of IDSF. This time the results were presented to the AGM delegates. Progresses had been made, contracts and agreements prepared, but there are still negotiations necessary .
The representative of all the athletes, Timo Kulczak from Germany, was present at the AGM of IDSF for the first time.. He reported about the all the work of the athlete`s commission which has been done so far. All IDSF Member Bodies had been invited to nominate a national representative for their couples. A meeting of the athlete`s commission is scheduled during the GOC in Stuttgart coming August.
It was also very interesting to hear the opinion and comments of the athlete`s commission to all the other issues discussed in the AGM .
On the New IDSF website there will be a section for the athlete`s commission for publishing news and having information ready for the couples.
The concept of the new system was presented to the delegates. Meanwhile it was used on two events (Grand Slam and Grand Slam Final ). After feedback from couples as well as adjudicators a few modifications had been made. It is supposed to be applied on Grand Slams and World Championships.
As the media landscape changes rapidly IDSF Communication is totally orientated on this development. The new IDSF website was presented to the delegates, explaining the structure and navigation, as well as all the new media tools. A total overhaul of the IDSF website is in progress. It`s new URL – worlddancesport.org- was selected with a view on the Vision 2012, and to IDSF evolving into a World DanceSport Federation.
The “Live from ….” Blogs are a very successful tool and will cover all the World DanceSport Championships as well as other big and main events during the year.
The IDSF YouTube channel was tied in with the blogs and IDSF flickr, twitter as well as Facebook accounts were gradually integrated.
Live streaming video are scheduled over the next months.
The World DanceSport Magazine is to be published in an magazine style on the website.
Report: Heidi Goetz