In October this year the biggest student dance tournament in Europe will finally take place again, the ETDS! (https://fotf3030.nl) The ETDS is a weekend full of dancing, four tournaments, dance parties, socializing, shows and much more! It is suitable for dance beginners (basics waltz, rumba, etc) up to absolute dance experts and offers a unique opportunity for 650 students from all over Europe to come together. You can either come directly with your partner, or find a partner that suits you on the spot at the "blind dating" evenings.
The whole thing will take place on the weekend of October 8-11, 2021 at TU Delft (Netherlands) and the registration is open until June 16. We hope to travel to Delft together as a Zürich team this year, and we hope you can join us.
Click here to register (by June 16): https://forms.gle/iVCmH8aynPMerFht6
The European Tournament for Dancing Students (ETDS) is a (usually) 2x/year recurring event, where (ex-)students from Europe come together to dance a whole weekend together, socialize with other dancers and have fun. At its peak (about 6 years ago), teams from 37 cities and 11 countries were represented!
Unfortunately, the last ETDS events could not take place because of Corona. However, thanks to the current vaccination situation, there is hope that it can take place again in October, following current law restrictions of course! More information on Corona planning is below.
The event will take place from Friday October 8, 2021 to Monday October 11, 2021. Teams generally travel together on Fridays and everyone sleeps in large sleeping halls. Friday night it all kicks off with a big dancing hall, lots of music, and lots more dancing! Basically, from Friday to Monday you have the opportunity to dance as much as you want with people from all over Europe and also watch other people dancing at a very high level.
During the weekend there is a big (fun) tournament. But instead of a normal tournament, this tournament is made for amateur dancers, from a few months to a few years of dancing experience (there is also a professional/"open" tournament running in parallel).
Importantly, you don't need a dance partner for the tournament. Instead, there will be a "blind dating" event where you can find a dance partner that suits you the night before. But alternatively, you can also come directly with your dance partner. I myself have only been dancing for two months at my first ETDS and still managed to make it to the finals in the beginner class (one of four amateur classes)! So it really is made for everyone.
Here are a couple of videos from the Open class a few years ago (the Open couples are randomly selected):
In conclusion, I can only say that for me the ETDS is one of the best events of the year and I hope that it can take place this year and that we get a cool Zurich team together!