English Amateur Dancesport Association
|Type||Limited Company (as of 2008)|
|Headquarters||Winchfield, United Kingdom|
The English Amateur Dancesport Association (EADA) Ltd is a volunteer-led organisation which represents the interests of Amateur Dancers (including Ballroom, Latin American, Sequence dancing and Freestyle) within England. EADA provides support and training for Amateur dancers and acts as the voice of English Amateur dancers amongst other dance organisations both in the UK and overseas. EADA also aims to increase the profile of dancesport.
EADA was formed in 1985 when the British Amateur Dancesport Association split into its constituent countries for representation on the International Dancesport Federation (IDSF). On May 29, 2008 EADA was registered as a company limited by guarantee (EADA Ltd). They are also able to trade as Dancesport England.
EADA Ltd is run by volunteers: between 5 and 8 Directors and a Council of up to 16. The current President is David Corfield.
The membership of EADA includes Amateur dancers of all ages and standards – from beginner through to international competitor. Typically EADA has 4000 members each year. Members have to pay an annual registration fee which allows them to compete in competitions run by the British Dance Council, the largest national competitions being the British closed championships (Ballroom and Latin) and the British Sequence Championships (sequence dance). Joining also entitles members to various benefits. Regional Amateur dance clubs, such as Midlands Amateur Dancers, Avon Amateurs and Norwest, are all affiliated to EADA.
Responsibilities of EADA include maintaining charts for Ballroom and Latin couples within England and using the charts to select couples to represent England in World and European Championships. The EADA Council also work with competition promoters to devise a calendar of National Ranking Events and represent English Amateurs at meetings of other dance organisations such as the BDC and IDSF. EADA is also responsible for providing training days for their members, administering the Amateur coaching scheme, supporting and advising members on issues such as child protection, and keeping the membership informed about issues in the dance world through their website and publications (InMotion, E-Motion and a column in Dancenews).
Membership in other organisations
EADA is the only UK Dancesport Association, to be recognised by Sport England, UK Sport, the National Olympic Committee and WADA (the World Anti Doping Agency). EADA also has a child protection policy approved by the NSPCC and an equity policy approved by Sport England.
As of November 2010, EADA is no longer a member of IDSF, with this responsibility passing to Dancesport England.
- "Press Release October 2010: Statement from the EADA President". EADA. November 11, 2010. Retrieved April 14, 2011.