UK Equality Open 2019
The UK Equality Open brings Competitive Same Sex and Equality Dancing to new areas around the UK. We work with a new location each year, building social dance scenes leading up to the competition, encouraging new competitive couples in the starter categories and opening up Same Sex and Open Couple categories to a wider variety of participant groups. We are holding our very first #UKEO in Wimborne (just outside Bournemouth, which is already very well known to the dance community) with a view to encourage and attract dancers particularly from the South West, whilst also adding more opportunities to compete here in the UK for our existing couples as well as attract dancers from the European Equality Dance Circuit. The programme (may be subject to change) is as follows: Morning Session: - Single Dance Category (Waltz) for Beginners only, having not competed in any competition before (excluding UK Fun Comp). - All-Comers Ballroom Starters (Non-Graded - Waltz & Quickstep) This is also for couples who have not competed before, there is no classification round. - Men’s, Women’s & Open Couples Ballroom (Graded A-D Class with classification rounds) - Showdance Couples (performance time between 2mins 15 secs and 5mins 30 secs including entry and exit). Music must be provided to the DJ at registration. Afternoon Session: - Single Dance Category (Cha Cha Cha) for Beginners only, having not competed in any competition before (excluding UK Fun Comp). - All-Comers Latin American Starters (Non Graded - Cha Cha Cha & Jive). This is also for couples who have not competed before, there is no classification round. - Men’s, Women’s & Open Couples Latin American (Graded A-D Class with classification rounds) - Showdance Teams (minimum of 8 dancers per group, this can be formation or showdance, danced in one category. Performance time between 4mins and 7mins including entry and exit). Music must be provided to the DJ at registration. - Wheelchair Dancesport Freestyle BEGINNERS (for both Same Sex and Open, Duo/Combi Couples all in one category - performance time between 2min 15 secs and 5mins 30 secs). Wheelchair Dancesport Freestyle ADVANCED (for both Same Sex and Open, Duo/Combi Couples all in one category - performance time between 2min 15 secs and 5mins 30 secs). Senior category results will be the combined results from the graded rounds and will be combined results from A-D categories. We hope to have senior participation in 2019 and if there are enough couples going forward we will look to have separate categories in future comps. Anyone can enter and we have designed the competition for multiple participation. Beginners can enter just one single dance competition in both ballroom and Latin or compete in the non graded starter competition and dance just two dances. The starter category doesn’t require a classification round which eases the pressure for absolute beginners, BUT if they love the experience then they are more than welcome to stay in the floor and also classify themselves later in the programme for the A-D classes. We also want to have a hugely competitive and successful OPEN category and are inviting all MM and FF couples to reclassify into this category as well, almost being a best of the best competition and encouraging integration with couples of all gender make ups. We all want to dance together and offer more opportunity to compete against the very best. The competition will be run under UKSSDC rules where applicable.
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