A Proposal to restart the EADA Coaching Scheme was submitted to the British Dance Council in October 2017 & March 2018
We believe that the EADA Coaching Scheme will enable Amateurs to teach in accordance with British Dance Council Rules and enable any abuses of the Rules to be addressed.
A quick guide to the EADA Coaching scheme is available here
British Dance Council Rules 2018 to 2020
18. Loss of Amateur Status
(a) A competitor’s amateur status will be deemed lost if:
i. accepts remuneration in cash for the use of their name as a dancer in an advertisement;
ii. declares themselves to be a professional;
iii. passes a teaching entrance examination of any of the ballroom branches of an examining teacher organisation;
iv. acts as a teacher of dancing, with or without a fee, unless under the supervision of a qualified professional;
v. organises dances for personal profit;
vi. participates in a competition or match limited to professionals;
vii. acts as an MC for the purpose of leading dances or calling sets.
viii. adjudicates at a dancing competition.
21. Conditions that do not Affect Amateur Status
(a) An amateur couple is permitted to participate in competitions for which money prizes are given.
(b) Occasional assistance given to a teacher in matters not directly connected with the technique of dance, such as serving teas, supervising recorded music or taking cash at the doors does not constitute a breach of amateur status. The acceptance of free admission to a class or dance, provided no conditions of some service in return for such free admission are attached, does not constitute a breach of amateur status.
(c) An amateur who acts in a secretarial capacity to a ballroom manager does not thereby lose their amateur status.
(d) An amateur who takes charge of the proceedings at an occasional private club or subscription dance shall not be regarded as an MC unless they call the sets or is in any way gainfully employed. (The expression ‘leading a dance’ within the meaning of these Rules is an announced demonstration of at least one sequence of a classical or sequence dance before the rest of the company takes the floor.)
(e) All cases of dancers who finance dancing enterprises will be judged on their merits. When the holding of shares in a company which among its activities organises dances gives that holder no advantage over the other dancers, there is no breach of amateur status. If, however, the holding of shares (generally in small companies) does give the holder facilities and advantages unobtainable by the ordinary amateur, the matter must be referred to the Council before such holder takes part in amateur competitions or medal tests.
(f) An amateur who takes work in film, television or stage as defined in Rule 14(a) does not lose their amateur status.
(g) No amateur may advertise themselves and, if any advertising is undertaken by an organiser, the word ‘Amateur’ must be made clear to the public.
(h) The participation in a stage show given by an amateur dramatic or operatic society of which the dancer is a member does not constitute a breach of amateur status.
(i) An amateur dancer who votes in a competition judged by ballot or popular vote does not infringe their amateur status.
(j) Students who pass a professional qualification in any genre not governed by the British Dance Council and are not teaching any genres governed by the British Dance Council, shall not be deemed to have infringed their amateur status in any events run under British Dance Council rules