Inter Varsity Dance Association
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The Inter Varsity Dance Association (IVDA) is a non profit student, administrative organisation, which promotes dancing amongst UK university students. Its main concern is dancesport (competitive Ballroom & Latin American dancing), but it is increasingly assisting those who compete in other dance styles, with plans to host the inaugural British Universities Dance Competition (BUDC) for dancers who compete in other dance styles.
IVDA was established in 1962 and has been steadily expanded ever since. IVDA co-ordinates university dance competitions as well as implementing initiatives to help develop university clubs, improve access to training and encourage more involvement in dancing, both on the university and open circuits.
The Association also hosts the annual national student dance competition, the Inter Varsity Dance Competition (IVDC), and enforces the regulations for the competition.
The "Northern" and "Southern" Universities have their own associations - NUDA and SUDA that host preliminary competitions to IVDC - NUDC and SUDC. These are usually hosted a couple of weeks before IVDC in the same weekend. No university may compete in both SUDC and NUDC. These associations have their own constitutions but these are largely similar to that of the IVDA.
Other member organisations host their own competitions during the "season" (November–March) with their own rules, but again these are similar to the rules of IVDA
IVDA has a well-developed organisational structure due to its 40-year existence and the large number of students it affects. Control is split between three committees, broadly representative of the three arms of many governments (executive, legislative and judicial).
The legislative arm is the General Committee. This consists of one member from each member university club (usually the president or team captain of that club). The GC's role is to vote on amendments to the IVDA constitution. It holds (slightly misnamed) AGMs twice a year and optionally EGMs more frequently to decide such matters.
The judicial arm is the Standing Committee. This consists of either three or five members elected by the General Committee at the October AGM (at the beginning of the academic year). The SC's role is to make rulings regarding the interpretation of the constitution. The most common decisions are those relating to eligibility to compete.
The executive arm is the aptly titled Executive Committee. They are elected as a group by the General Committee at the July AGM (at the end of the academic year) and are responsible for organising the IVDC the following year.
The Association is constantly examining its structure and the constitution which is often discussed on the forum as well as at meetings.
Extraordinary General Meetings
Extraordinary General Meetings of the General Committee may be held for a number of reasons. These are usually held at other student dance competitions for simplicity - many of the members will already be attending.
One reason for an EGM is an appeal. Any member who believes the Standing Committee ruled unfairly can have the matter put before the entire General Committee.
- Ballroom dance
- Inter Varsity Dance Competition
- Strictly Come Dancing
- Competitive dance
- Dance basic topics
University Dancing Societies
- Cambridge Dancers' Club
- Imperial College Union Dance Club
- Oxford University Dancesport Club
- Bristol University Latin American & Ballroom Dancing Society
- Nottingham Latin Ballroom and Salsa Society
- Warwick University Dancesport
- Sheffield Universities Dancesport
- Leeds University Dancesport Club
- Edinburgh University Ballroom Dancing Society
- Southampton University Ballroom and Latin Dance Society
- Exeter University DanceSport Society