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We sure have had a great summer! My sister and brother-in-law, from the Netherlands, have experienced the most brilliant 3 months here in Aotearoa, returning to Europe with fabulous memories of what New Zealand has to offer. We are very fortunate to have this every day and as the days get shorter again dancers are preparing for the dance year ahead of us. 

 

As NZBDC Chairman I would like to bring to your attention the great lengths organisers of our dance competitions go to making sure our sport/art form have enough moments in the year that competitors can dance against one another.  Due to the large distances within Aotearoa, it is not always possible for dancers to attend all events, therefore there are numerous local competitions being superbly organised.

 

The organisers of these competitions put in an enormous amount of time and money to make this happen:

1. A hall must be hired.

2. A dancefloor, if not present, needs to be laid

3. Judges need to be invited, scrutineering and marshalling needs to be organised.

4. Catering for all the above people.

5. Oh, and let’s not forget music and a sound system.

 

There is no doubt more we could add to this list, with a greater financial risk to the organisers, so you will understand that they are concerned when the entries for their competitions are not enough to cover the cost.  Why would you take that financial risk and put in all that time and effort?  Because of the love for dance!  And for you- the dancers.

 

To all competitors, please do not wait until the last moment to enter a competition.  It may result in it being cancelled, as we have seen on some occasions last year and at the start of this dancing year.

 

Without competitors there is no competition day but without those brave enough to run these competitions (our organisers) there will be no competitions for the dancers to attend.  Let us support one another … and …In a timely fashion!


The KIWI CLASSIC in Auckland, run under the NZBDC, is one of the first competitions that will start off the dance season this year. There will be a great number of participants across all grades and styles in the beautiful ballroom of the Grand Millennium hotel in Auckland city.  Therefore is also a great number of international Adjudicators.



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For those attending the Outside Change and Freedom to Dance Ball in Melbourne in June, NZBDC is pleased to announce that the Organisers are offering to NZBDC Registered members, Half price entry to the workshops / master classes to be held on 9 June.  This is a great opportunity for you to learn from International Superstars.  Make sure you book your attendance by email to info@outsidechange.com.   

 

 

Wishing you a brilliant dance season ahead.

 

Peter van der Veek

Chairman

NZBDC

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By Peter van der Veek.

 

Investigations

The dancing year in Aotearoa New Zealand has nearly come to an end and <me for me to evaluate my first year as chairperson of the NZBDC.

As a novice in an administrative function my first task was to observe and investigate the market of the NZ dance industry. I did that by talking to studio owners, trainers, dancers and parents. I also judged several competitions to get an idea of how these are different to overseas events and visited some dance studios to get a perception of how newcomers to the dance industry are made to feel welcome.

Because Aotearoa has several professional organisations, I talked to each one to see what their game plan was and if they were different from, or indeed similar to, each other.

The thought behind this research was to find out how I can help the New Zealand dance business.


From my start as NZBDC Chairperson, it was clear for me that working together was the big issue to promote.

Being king of your own castle might feel good but can be very lonely. Talking to other ‘kings’ is the way to enlighten yourself and get out of the “same old same old” routine which is inoperative because of our changing global environment.

A sustainable future is built on working together, listening to each other and respecting the differences that may be present.

Although freely and genuinely tendered, nobody likes to hear how they could improve certain aspects of their teaching, business or personal interaction with customers. I knew I had to be careful in offering a helping hand because it could be seen as interfering in matters that were not my concern. The interesting thing however, is that we will pay a lot of money to people we don’t know well, and who are not aware of the ins and outs of our business, just because they are of no threat. This is considered an “independent view” which is more appreciated than a view from within organisations, and I find this quite remarkable.

 

What can we do?

I have formed a clear vision over these last few months, one that I am happy to discuss with a wider group of interested people. Some suggestions will be obvious while others might be more challenging. Certainly, without change there will be no progression. As in dance, to improve dancers you first must unbalance the state they are in to make the necessary progress.

 

At the time of writing this summary, we are blessed with at least 3 professional organisations and one amateur organisation in Aotearoa. They all provide a need, and each organisation has their own “king or government” they follow. Perfectly fine because in general people want to belong to an organisation that is close at hand, and they have an affinity with.

In 1965 the idea was raised that the different organisations NZFDT, NZFATD, SATD should work together and thus the NZBDC was formed as a governing body to service all those involved in our beautiful form of dance. This functioned extremely well until 2010 when the first cracks appeared in the concept. Trust is the cornerstone of any partnership, as is loyalty and allowing others to do well. Greed and egos are the worst enemies of that partnership.


At this moment there is little cooperation between the organisations particularly in and around Auckland. For the sake of dancing this must change, and leaders of our industry should lead by example in how we can work together.

 

My suggestions for the future:

The following diagram is how I see the unification of all societies in Aotearoa:

 

This governing board of trustees could, and should, venture into different categories, but all overseen by the governing body. Once such a subcategory is established it can report to the board on a regular basis to communicate progress thereafter the board can determine if action is needed. The examples I make below is a first step and in no way an end result.


As with the progress of a dancer there will be step by step progress, with a vision of where we want to go in the future. That future is the first step we need to discuss and I suggest we do this as follows:


 

 


 

What else can we improve?

If we look at a board of directors of most corporate businesses, we can see that their job is to create return for their stakeholders. The board of directors do not necessarily know a lot about the product, but they know what makes money and what does not.

I want to make a statement that our dance business is NOT a corporate business and should not be run like one. We are generally handling people on a one-to-one basis which makes our business fragile and exciting, what we do and how we present ourselves matters to our customers. Our clients will then create a bond with us as teachers and entrepreneurs and for that reason our volume in pupils will increase by word of mouth. We, the teachers are our business!!!!

 

What we see now is that many of the people that are on a board of a dance organisation are part time dance teachers. Their income is not reliant on their dance business alone it is merely extra pocket money. For that reason, they seem happy to just teach in a school hall with little atmosphere and pay a floor fee. Although this can work for competitors it is not an ideal situation for newcomers to our beautiful industry.

These administrative functions should predominately be occupied by people who make their main income out of dancing! I am pretty sure that there would be other choices made when the money you earn is created from beginners who want to be welcomed in a warm modern environment rather than a sports or school hall.

 

To conclude.

I do understand that my summary of the year is long and yet in some respects not detailed enough. It is also direct and outspoken which I believe to be a necessary evil.

I am pleased that the dialogue between organisations, dancers and professionals is opening again, and I see a way forward. Ultimately, it is about our common interest- promo<ng our fantastic and unique form of dance at all levels.

 

The ques<on remains, how can I help?

I implore you to pick up the phone and let me know where you believe our future lies. Wishing you are Merry Christmas and a wonderful New dancing Year.


Ngā mihi,

Peter van der Veek

Tel: 021 991579

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Greetings to the vibrant dance community of Aotearoa!


We are thrilled to extend an invitation to all dance professionals, studio owners, and competition organizers to join hands with the New Zealand Ballroom Dance Council (NZBDC) in promoting the art of dance across the beautiful landscapes of New Zealand.

 

At NZBDC, our mission is to create a harmonious and unified platform that celebrates the diversity and excellence of dance studios, teachers, and competitions throughout the country. We believe in fostering connections and providing a stage for every dance enthusiast to shine.

 

Dance Studio/Dance Teacher Directory

To kickstart this journey, we are excited to introduce a Dance Directory on our website. This calendar aims to be a comprehensive resource, featuring all dance studios and teachers, regardless of their affiliations. We want to make it easier for individuals to find information about ballroom dancing in their local communities.

If you are a dance studio owner or a teacher, we invite you to be part of this initiative. Visit this special page on our website and fill in the details (see below), we aim to publish this by early January 2024.

 



Universal Calendar of Events

In addition to the Dance Directory, we are committed to actively promoting competitions, studio socials, and practice nights on our website and social media platforms. If you are organising any of the following, get in touch with us via the special page (see below) on our website and fill in the details. The list of events get updated on a monthly basis.

 

A Gift to the Dance Community

We are excited to share that all these promotional services are offered entirely free of charge. Our goal is to contribute to the growth and appreciation of dance in Aotearoa, making it accessible to all who share a passion for movement and expression.

 

How to Join the Movement

Ready to step onto the dance floor with us? Please provide the requested information at your earliest convenience, and let's embark on this exciting journey together! Here’s the link to the form: https://www.nzdancesportcouncil.com/advertise-your-buisiness

 

We look forward to celebrating the dance community in New Zealand.

NZBDC

 

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