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Who Are We?

We are the Ballroom Teachers Committee of the British Dance Council.  A group made up of representatives of all the major British dance teaching organisations.


The British Dance Council was formed in 1929 as the Official Board of Ballroom Dancing (OBBD). The name was subsequently changed in 1985 to the British Council of Ballroom Dancing and, again in 1996, the name was changed to British Dance Council.

The aim of the founders of the Council was to establish a co-ordinating organisation to enable teachers to work together on uniform lines.

This has been achieved and today the Council is accepted as the governing body for all matters pertaining to all forms of ballroom, latin american, and disco freestyle dancing throughout England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Channel Islands.

Together we represent the following organisations, all of which are happy to help, advise and support dancers, teachers and all individuals who have an active interest in Ballroom, Latin American and Sequence dancing in Great Britain.

Links to our individual organisations

Allied Dancing Association (ADA)

Associate Board of Dance (ABD)

British Association of Teachers of Dancing (BATD)

International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA)

Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD)

National Association of Teachers of Dancing (NAYD)

Northern Counties Dance Teachers Association (NCDTA)

Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance (SCDTA)

United Kingdom Alliance (UKA)

Welsh Alliance of Professional Teachers of Dancing (WAPTD)