The Historical Committee

The Historical Committee within The Department of Education of the World Dance Council (WDC) was formed to preserve, archive and remember our heritage, the history and the pioneers of Ballroom Dancing. It is important to know our past in order to change and develop the future.

Ballroom dancing will evolve like any other art, due to socio-cultural circumstances and other currents. Therefore, it is important to strengthen it’s roots and to nurture the dialogue of generations.

The Historical committee intend to continuously fill the archive with content; i.e. viewing, scanning and digitizing documents, pictures and old film-materials as well as corresponding with a team of senior advisers regarding accuracy of content/timelines etc. and then file it. Senior advisers, who have committed to the Historical Committee so far, are Peter Eggleton, Bryan Allen and Anthony Hurley with many more of their contemporaries to be suggested and recruited in different locations.

The pioneers have passed away and sadly we are losing more of the ones, who still remember the origins of the dances. As in any other field, the thinkers and artists should be acknowledged and have a platform from which to speak. We need to preserve the knowledge and the stories of the great masters of Ballroom Dancing, give them the recognition they deserve, and provide a forum for them to speak to the generations to come, so that this art form can stay genuine and authentic in order to develop into something bigger with even greater skills.

Today’s World Dance Council was formed 1950 under the name International Council of Ballroom Dancing (ICBD). As an international body of dance teachers, with P.J. Richardson as chairman, and Arthur Franks as honorary secretary, this new international body assumed the responsibility of approving World Championships. Its founding members were Australia, Austria, Belgium, Ceylon, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Norway, South Africa and Switzerland. Today the responsibilities of the oldest international ballroom dance association go way beyond that first task and the Historical Committee within the Department of Education of the World Dance Council is committed to assist the Department of Education in becoming a strong, leading international entity within the vast amount of educational dance institutions worldwide.

Please visit the web-archive Dance Archives for information on people, dances and places.