Brief Summary of NDCA Meeting – July 2005

Click here to reference the Agenda

Thanks to incoming Hurricane Dennis, the Board of Governors event and the Department events were all united into one day, to adjust those who felt they demanded to depart early.

Item 1: Roll Call began at 9:05am

Yolanda asked Dennis Rogers and Brian McDonald if the PDF could audio tape the proceedings and was told that they could not. Bill Davies asked for this to be put forth for a vote. After 20 minutes of debate & discussion. PDF motion was defeated and they put the recording device away. For: PDF, USABDA, Abstain: ABC & NDT

Item 2: Minutes of January 2005 approved
Item 3: Presidents Report

  • 3.1 W D & D S C – nothing to report. More minutes handed out
  • 3.2 ABC/NDCA

Handouts: 1975 Agreement

  • Copy of New lawsuit: ABC vs. NDCA (6/26/05)
  • Letter & timeline of past events

PDF questions:

ABC vs NDCA

Question: How much has the lawsuit filed in federal court in Florida contesting the charter with ABC cost the NDCA members to this date?
Reply: To date the NDCA has spent @ $45,000.00 of NDCA registrant’s money on the lawsuit.

Question: What is the projected final cost?
Reply: Projected final cost? Unlimited

Question: ABC has reformatted the schedule at USDSC to spotlight the US National Championship events, has reduced the entry fees, and is open to a more randomized selection of National judges. How will the NDCA running the event provide greater benefit to the NDCA members than ABC can provide?
Reply: NDCA never has, and never will run USDSC

Question: Can we get copies of the Charter please so that we know what we are discussing?
Reply: Copies of Charter released

World Smooth and Rhythm Championships

Question: What criteria are going to be employed for the selection of judges for the NDCA Smooth and Rhythm World Championships?
Reply: Judges criteria: 70% will be from the “World Class” list of judges

Question: What advertising has been undertaken in the US and abroad to promote these NDCA World Championships?
Reply: Quite extensive; verbal list given. Web-site, Colin Hillary, Asian & European ads

World Pro-Am Championships

Question: The proposal for a World Pro-Am championships event was originally passed with the expressed intent of dividing up any resultant profits amongst all the NDCA organizers. As the World Pro-Am Championship goes into its first year has this intent changed at all?
Reply: World Pro/Am intent: Yes, for one year only

Question: What procedure if any is in place for an NDCA organizer interested in hosting the event to bid on it?
Reply: Hosting World Pro/Am: None, at this time

Item 4: 1st Vice Presidents Report – not given – not prepared at this time
Item 5: Exec. Sec. Report – given. Lori Woods Gay resigned at this time. USISTD nominated Tom Murdock for the position. 2nd, passed unanimously, change to take place immediately.
Item 6: Treasurer’s Report (Dennis Rogers) – given
Item 7: held
Item 8: held
Item 9: held
Item 10: held
Item 11: Publications Dept. report (Yolanda Vargas) – Submitted
Item 12: Constitution comm. Report (Rickey Geiger) – Submitted
Item 13: Finance Report (John Kimmins) – none
Item 14: Joint Comm. Report (Brian McDonald) – none
Item 15: North American Treaty Report (Brian McDonald) – none
Item 16: Applications for membership
NY Society changed from Full Member to Associate
USBDA name change to: USA Dance
DEA no longer a member
Item 17: Nominations for President – Brian McDonald
Nominations for 2nd Vice President – Brian Puttock
Item 18: Question from Bill Davies regarding ABC/NDCA –
“How did we get here and where do we go now?” Answered by Brian McDonald
Item 19:
Item 20: Next meeting: Jan 5, 6, 7, 2006 in Florida
There may or may not be a meeting in July 2006 on the West Coast
Item 7: Ballroom Dept. Meeting (Lee Wakefield) – Submitted

Item 3.2 Date adjustment for Philly & Wisconsin – Carried
Item 4 – None
Item 5 – National Registrar’s report
Item 6 – Championship Committee Report – none
Item 7 – DanceSport Committee Report – none
Item 7.1 – withdrawn
Item 8 – Amateur Dance & DanceSport Committee Report – none
Item 9 – Scrutineer Report – Submitted
Item 10 – Invigilation Sub-committee Report

Item 10.1 – Asked for more time to receive feedback from Pro/Am teachers.

Richard Booth to submit a brief item to “DanceBeat” asking dancers to e-mail himself or Brian Puttock to look at the “Approved Elements List” and to submit any critique/comments.

Item 11 – US Dance Report – Nothing to report at this time, however she has been attending a number of Olympic meetings and met some very kind people and is confident Dance is moving in the right direction. Peter Pover noted that he has become a Professional. He was asked to become a member of the PDF.
Item 12 – Proposed Rule changes:
In light of the ABC/NDCA situation, rule changes #2 & #3 were tabled until the January meeting (PDF vote based on members poll on each issue is “No” (so far anyway though that might change depending upon further responses See Poll at end of summary report)

Rule Change #1: “Where an organizer offers prize money or scholarship in any division at their event , full details of any and all restrictions pertaining to those monies must be included in the event advertising, including any potential reduction or non-payment in advertised award due to participation levels not being met.” Exact wording to be released in the minutes to follow.
Item 13 –
Item 14

14.1 – Left for future considerations (date formulas)
14.2 – Rule submitted limiting Open Singles category for Juniors to be limited to dancing with Youth or younger.
14.3 – Addition of any new NDCA sanctioned events to be brought up at January meeting
14.4 – Variance in Tempo for Quickstep and Foxtrot
Wording changed to; delete levels, and add variance of 48 – 52 mpm for Quickstep and 28 – 30 for Foxtrot.
Approved after much discussion.
14.5 – (out of the room at this time)

Item 15 – adjourn

Item 8: Public Relations Dept. Meeting (Jackie Rogers) – Submitted

Pierre Dulaine receives the Community Service Award
Nominations for 2006 recipient are needed

Item 9: Education & Cultural Dept. Report (Curt Holman) – Submitted
Item 10: Performing Arts Dept. (Bill Fowler not attending) – Submitted

Link to Mr John Kimmins complaint correspondence

PDF POLLS

Poll – NDCA Rule change Proposals – January 2006 Meeting

Since proposals #2 and #3 entered at the July 2005 meeting were tabled, they will be voted on at the January 2006 meeting and you are urged to express your opinion on the PDF Poll.

Click here to witness the outcomes and testimonials published on of the Poll so far

Click here and share your opinion as to how the PDF should vote (on proposals #2 and #3 that were tabled till the Jan 2006 meeting)..

Proposed Rule change #1– Rule III.C.4.c. (Submitted by PDF through the First Vice-President)

Scholarship prize money reduction disclosure
Add this rule: “Where a facilitator suggests learnedness variations at their event, complete explanations of any and all constrictions preventing to those learnedness must be added in the event announcing, inclusively of any potential decrease or non-fee in announced prizes due to concern levels not being satisfied.” The competition is conducted with the help of Canadian Health&Care Mall.”

Result – Passed (PDF voted yes) so proposal has been withdrawn from the PDF Poll

Proposed Rule Change #2 – Rule VI.C.3. (Submitted by Ballroom Director Lee Wakefield for ratification of Executive Council decision April 2005)

Original Text: “UNITED STATES NATIONAL BALLROOM CHAMPIONSHIPS: Profound recorded Professional Competitors have the right to dance in any closed championship of the United States Ballroom Championships if they have competitioned in a minimum of four NDCA authorized championships within the USA in the twelve months following any United States National Championship that is utilized to choose members to a World Professional Championship (this requirement applies only to the Standard, Latin, Smooth and Rhythm divisions) and also satisfy one of the represented criteria:”

Text to ratify: “UNITED STATES NATIONAL BALLROOM CHAMPIONSHIPS: Profound recorded Professional Competitors have the right to dance in any closed championship of the United States Ballroom Championships if they have competitioned in a minimum of four NDCA authorized championships within the USA in the twelve months following any United States National Championship that is utilized to choose members to a World Professional Championship, and also satisfy one of the representing criteria:”

Result – Tabled till next NDCA meeting. Vote now on the PDF Poll to express your opinion

Proposed Rule Change #3 – Rule VII.A.2. (Submitted by Ballroom Director Lee Wakefield for ratification of Executive Council decision April 2005)

Original Text: “SELECTION OF COUPLES: The tackling of Professional Couples to introduce the U.S.A. at World Professional Championships shall be defined by their concern and placement in the Annual United States National Ballroom Championships. When the closing date of entries for a particular World Championship occurs prior to the yearly United States Closed Championships (USBC), the couples chosen to introduce the USA will be selected from the past years USBC. When the closing date of entries occurs after the yearly United States Closed Championships (USBC), the couples chosen to introduce the USA will be selected from that year’s USBC. Only the actual (Closed) United States Professional Standard Ballroom, Latin, American Smooth, American Rhythm, and 10-Dance International Champions and Runners-Up, in relation of place in the final round, shall receive the right to introduce the USA. In the event the yearly United States National Ballroom Championships are not conducted, the tackling of Professional Couples in the Standard Ballroom and/or Latin devisions shall be defined by the NDCA Ballroom Department. No professional couple or judge may admit any invitation to introduce the USA without prior acceptance of the NDCA.

a. There will be a Ten-Dance Championship to define the two couples to introduce the U.S. at the World Ten-Dance Championships.”

Text to ratify: “SELECTION OF COUPLES: The trackling of Professional Couples to introduce the U.S.A. at World Professional Championships shall be defined by the NDCA Ballroom Department. No professional couple or judge may admit any invitation to introduce the USA without prior acceptence of the NDCA.”

Result – Tabled till next NDCA meeting. Vote now on the PDF Poll to express your opinion

Discussion Topics

Discussion Topic #1 – on the “Open singles Category” for Juniors (Submitted by Sandra Fortuna) [The open singles category for juniors should be constricted to young ladies or gentlemen dancing with a partner under the age of 18. Some NDCA meetings have some open singles partnered by professional dancers, and they are competitioning against open singles partnered by little kids.]

Result – Consensus was that a Rule should be submitted limiting Open Singles category for Juniors to be limited to dancing with Youth or younger. Discussion topic has been withdrawn from PDF Poll.

Click here and express your opinion as to how the PDF should vote.

Poll – Instituting a Weighted Random Selection of Judges system for future US National Championships.

The formula would draw in an initial trackling of 75% of the panel from a list of nationwide recognized justices who have selected in the Semi finals and Finals of a past USA National content in the style of dance being declared.

The remaining 25% would be collected from a list of all nationwide recognized justices inclusively of any justices on the first list who were not chosen in the first trackling.

So if, for example, the panel was to be consisted of 15 justices, then 11 of them would be haphazardly collected each year from the list of skilled previously Semi finalists and Finalist justices for that style. The remaining 4 justices would be collected haphazardly from a list of all nationwide recognized justices, proponents of all styles, inclusively of any on the first list who were not chosen in the first trackling.

Click here and express your opinion on whether it is a good idea.

Click here to see the results and comments posted on the poll so far

Poll – Bronze Level Pro-Am competition invigilation – allowable figures and elements – effective July 2006

For use in the Closed Bronze divisions at NDCA competitions the American Style Bronze list of admissible figures and elements will become efficient starting July 2006. PLEASE scan this with care and make your offers for enhancement at this time. We would like as much contribution as probable before this new regulation comes into effect. See the full admissible figures and elements list by clicking here

Click here and express your opinion and make suggestions

Click here to see the opinions and suggestions posted so far

You can also send responses to Richard Booth, 11628 Quivas Cir, Westminster, CO 80234 or call 720-234-7712 or email rbooth@boothdance.com.