WDC Social Dance News Letter, August 2019
Dear valued WDC Members! Dear Presidents! Dear Dance Teachers and Dance School owners!
The holiday season is slowly coming to an end now and I hope that you have all returned well from your vacation so that we can now all start into the new dance school year energized and with full élan.
The Social Dance Congress in Blackpool, which I already reported on in my last Newsletter, took place successfully. In about 2 or 3 weeks time it will be possible to have a look at the content of the congress again on the
WDC website. As soon as everything is online you can download and see everything that you are interested in.
With great joy, I can now also report about the first Social Dance Congress in Denmark, that took place on the 4th of August this year.
For the first time, we could hold the so called Nordic Social Dance Congress at invitation of the Danish Dance Teacher’s Association. Under the motto “learning from each other” Evelyn Hörmann Hädrich presented the Social Dance situation in Germany, where the Social Dance Branch is very successful. Furthermore, there was the Danish presenter, Benita Lovgren, who reported on the Danish situation. Moreover, Marc Christensen from Chicago, USA, was present at the congress and told us about Social Dancing there. In addition to these very interesting and informative presentations, I got the chance to talk about Social Dancing in Austria, which has a very old tradition and interesting history.
The Danish Dance Teacher’ Association managed to create a great and varying program for their eight-day congress. Therefore, I want to congratulate the organizers on this great congress and I want to thank the Danish Association
for welcoming us lecturers so warmly and friendly in Denmark.
Furthermore, I may proudly inform you that Evelyn Hörmann Hädrich and myself, Ferry Polai, have been honored with the DDD Award, by the Danish Association.
Another important day that is coming up is the 22nd of September, which has been decided in Blackpool to be the World Social Dance Day from this year onwards. Regarding this day, I would like to refer to the Newsletter in December 2018, in which I have already informed you about this decision. We chose the 22nd of September as this is the foundation date of the World Dance Council in 1950 in Edinburgh. I know that such a World Dance Day already exists and is organized by the CID and of course, I am aware that some of our member states are also members in the CID. Our colleague Dimitri Karavas also informed us about the organization of this day. As the CID is not acting in the interest of the WDC, we decided to organize our own Social Dance Day.
As it is difficult for me, as chairman situated in Austria, to inform the public about all events that are planned in other countries to honor and celebrate the Social Dance Day, I would like to ask you to promote your events in your countries via all forms of media, like print media, online media and television and to use your own network to spread the idea of Social Dancing. To provide some input for you I would like to show you what we did last year in Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria – just as an example.
On this day this year we are also celebrating the day of the Waltz – our national dance – Viennese Waltz – Waltz. With this day we manage to encourage the public for Social Dancing and to take part in our activities. This year, the Social Dance Day is going to be a Sunday and there will be indoor and outdoor activities provided in the city of Innsbruck. I am only telling you this for the purpose of information and to motivate you to organize events to celebrate the World Social Dance Day yourself in your countries.
It is only possible to propagate the Social Dance Day if we all participate and work together!
I may also kindly ask you to send me information about all your planned activities and events so that we can publish them on the WDC website.
Finally, allow me to emphasize the importance of working together in this matter again, as it is only possible to publish the Social Dance Day if we all cooperate.
As a last point in this Newsletter, I would like to kindly ask all of you if you could announce the dates of your congresses for 2020 and also to declare whether foreign countries are able to take part in your congresses. Thank you for your cooperation!
I wish you all a good start into the new Social Dance season!
Chairman Social Dance Committee
Innrain 7, 6020 Innsbruck
Tel: +43 676 4186993
Email: [email protected]