Ballroom Dancers have enjoyed
the Freedom to Dance since 1924 - in any competition, anywhere
in the World without fear or threat.
Subsequently, Ballroom Dancing flourished in many nations
of the World, due to the co-operation, diplomacy and perspicacity
of our pioneers. International pioneers such as P.J.S. Richardson
OBE, Alex Moore MBE, George Fujimura from Japan, Gerd Hadrich,
Detlef Haegeman from Germany and Mickey Powell from Australia
amongst others, ensured, the peaceful development and success
of Ballroom Dancing World-wide. This peaceful co-operation
has brought immense joy and pleasure to thousands of people
through the art of Ballroom Dancing. Our International pioneers
established our right to the Freedom to Dance of both the
Professional and Amateur Dancer.
The Freedom to Dance concept was born in January 2010 in
response to the banning of couples dancing in the UK Championships
a Championship that has a history going back to 1959!
We believe that the Freedom to Dance, Judge, Organise or
Teach cannot be granted by only one organisation. Freedom
to Dance is based on fairness, integrity and human principle.
We believe that Freedom isn't a personal accomplishment,
but a gift belonging to everybody as a human right. Therefore
we hope that competitors and spectators alike, will enjoy
the Inaugural Freedom to Dance Competitions.
We are extremely pleased with the International development
of Freedom to Dance. Approximately 10- 12 countries have
expressed interest in organising a Freedom to Dance competition.
Singapore and South Africa will be running their inaugural
events this year!
We have received a huge amount of support from our colleagues
and we would like to express our sincere gratitude to them
It would not be possible to run an event such as this without
the support of the competitors, and we thank you for dancing
today. We hope that you will all rise to the challenge to
cherish, protect and support your future Freedom, and Right
Richard and Anne Gleave
Competition dancing has until
recently enjoyed decades of tradition and freedom to dance
which in turn has developed into a global activity bringing
countries together and creating much pleasure to participants
and spectators alike. The ambitions of thousands of couples
Worldwide to engage in friendly competition to win National
and International open to the World events, was, during this
time available to all who had the desire, ambition and devotion
to the art of Ballroom and Latin American Dancing.
The title of Freedom to Dance speaks for itself, it has been
a necessary formation to show the powers to be that dancers
can and will unite to overcome the dictatorial actions, rules
and demands that are currently preventing the rights and
development of an individual.
I congratulate Richard and Anne on their foresight and endeavours
through Freedom to Dance to bring about a return of unity
and respect that has in the past been the success of our
dancing World, surely this has to be the way forward.
I wish today's inaugural competition every success and thank
the generous sponsors for their belief in supporting and
promoting FREEDOM TO DANCE.
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