1st May 2020

Coronavirus 2020 - Useful Information

As we continue to be all affected by the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic, below are several links that may be of use 
Please remember to refer to our guidance regarding online classes and safeguarding 
General Information for COVID-19 - 
The Governments Furlong scheme is now open for applications - please follow the link below  
Who can apply-
Application - 
Claim a grant for self employment due to COVID-19 through the Self Employment Income Support Scheme 
Apply for a Business Interruption Loan for Businesses 
Useful links - Coronavirus (COVID-19) 
The views of any of these sites are not necessary the views of the British Dance Council. 
Further similar sites may be found on web searches





British Dance Council Championships 2020

Due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) this may have caused the postponement or cancellations of some Championships during 2020.

In order for the BDC to process this, if you have had your Championship postponed/cancelled since the government restrictions were put in place, please inform us by email with confirmation from the venue so we can help you migrate these Championship titles .

As the office is at present closed, please address any concerns or details to -

Thank you and keep safe


If you have any information that may be useful during this crisis, please send it to the email address -

Mr Reg Challinor has sent information in and we have compiled this report from it -

OnLine Classes

We cannot advise you either way on the running of virtual classes. However, there are several points that we feel you should be aware of.

Insurance - Please check your public liability insurance to see if you are covered and your pupils are covered for virtual classes. Gain the verbal or written consent (by text) before any class or lesson is commenced each time.

PPL and PRS - This will need to be checked on an individual basis. It seems if the lesson/class is carried out from the studio that is covered then this is OK. Be sure you are covered by this if you run from your living room or conservatory. PPL and PRS are not transferable without informing the companies concerned. Some teachers may not be aware of these requirements as its usually the school principle that has to deal with this. There are at present many on line sessions which we can see and so that means others can too.

Further information on self employment will be made once we obtain it. In the mean time, stay safe, keep in contact with people as there are a lot on their own at present

British Summer Time begins this weekend, there is hope.

British Dance Council Update - 25th March 2020

If anyone has an current scrutineering examination due to take place, the three month rule to return these papers will not apply.

Please remember to use the following with immediate effect -


Due to the world wide Coronavirus (COVID-19) many events are postponed until hopefully later in the year. The following emergency ruling will stand for any events affected by the government closure enabling the events to be migrated if the organiser wishes.

Age Groupings -

In effect from March 20th 2020 until UK Government restrictions are lifted

With the compulsory closure of venues within the United Kingdom the following will apply to any postponed events which are run under British Dance Council Rules, if requested by the organiser. ( This ruling applies only to Ballroom/Latin American/Classical Sequence events - Information regarding Freestyle events to follow)

Any event that is migrated to a new date within 2020 only, competitors may, if applicable dance in the age grouping of either the original date of the event in question or their new age grouping on the rescheduled date. In order for this to be permitted they must have entered the event as the same couple at the time of postponement, the organisers must request this ruling by letter, thus enabling this to be sanctioned by the British Dance Council. Competitors may only dance one age group on any day.

With the current worldwide situation regarding the Coronavirus (COVID - 19) and change in personal at the BDC, please use the following contact information with immediate effect -

Postal Address -
British Dance Council
Terpsichore House
240, Merton Road
South Wimbledon
SW19 1EQ

Land Line - 0208 545 0085
Mobile for emergency contact - 07733262387
Email address with immediate effect - NEW

Website -
Facebook - British Dance Council (@BritishDC) - This is a new page
Instagram - @britishdancecouncil - New

Please note it is recommended through this current situation that you use the NEW email address, Facebook or the mobile number for contact

Stay healthy and please keep us informed.

Kind regards,
BDC Office

The situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to cause great concern here in the United Kingdom. We at the British Dance Council will continue to monitor the situation and follow governments policy. The situation of “social distancing” is of concern and one we can only advise on. The government has issued guidelines and therefore that is what we must continue to advise. This  grave situation will, of course, affect many day to day issues within our industry, with each business making their own decisions. However, the British Dance Council has today written two letters to the government to voice our concerns regarding the financial implications to our members, both those running businesses and those self employed. These are below for your information. Further information regarding postponed Championships will follow later in the week. To everyone, members, students, dancers, stay healthy -

Rt Hon Matt Hancock letter-Secretary of State for Health and Social care - 17-03-2020

Rt Hon Rishi Sunak-  letter-Chancellor of the Exchequer - 17-03-2020

CORONAVIRUS - Information passed via the British Dance Council - Thursday 19th March 2020 
Thanks to Reg Challinor for help complying this information 
Information for teachers - 
If you run a business or are self-employed and are concerned about paying your tax due to coronavirus, you can call HMRC’s helpline for help and advice: 0800 0159 559.
If people contact this number they may get directed to help them with cash awards. They may have to be patient as lines may be engaged. 
DANGER - there is an 0300 number circulating on social media. This could be a scam, so important to inform people. 
Visit for up to date information 
On line teaching - On line Competitions
We strongly advise teachers that are using online methods in order to  provide a service to their pupils please check their public liability insurance to make sure you are covered. Risk assess and supervise  both audibly and visually your student/s. For online events a disclaimer should be signed by the student/competitior giving authorisation, especially for video submission events. Promoters of  events should make sure they comply with GDPR and carry out the necessary risk assessments.
Competition Details - 
With major festivals and championships having to be postponed new dates now being advertised. Please see individual websites and social media sites for updated information.

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