Event Details

ETDS – European Tournament for Dancing Students

ETDS – European Tournament for Dancing Students
Fri, 26. May - Mon, 29. May
Entry fee
75€ students / 95€ non-students and PhD students.

In May the biggest student dance tournament in Europe will take place again, the ETDS! With the theme The Black Light District.

The ETDS is a weekend full of dancing, four tournaments, dance parties, socializing, shows and much more! It is suitable for dance beginners (basics of waltz, rumba, etc) up to absolute dance experts and offers a unique opportunity for hundreds of students from all over Europe to come together. You do not need a dance partner to participate and can find one during the "blind dating" evenings at the event.

The whole thing will take place on the weekend of May 26-29, 2023 in Amsterdam (Netherlands). As it was a lot of fun last year in Delft, we want to go again as Team Zürich.

To participate you have to register with our team first and the spots at the ETDS will then be given out through a lottery because the number of participants is limited. Please register by March 23 to get into the first lottery round (on March 25). Everything you need to know is explained in the registration form.

The registration is finally open: https://forms.gle/e7p7oTBAfV9wAYg88.

Official webpage of this year: https://etdsamsterdam.nl/

What is the ETDS?!

The European Tournament for Dancing Students (ETDS) is a (usually) twice a year recurring event, where about 650 (ex-)students from all over Europe get together to dance the whole weekend, socialize with other dancers and just have fun. At its peak a couple of years ago, teams from 37 cities and 11 countries were represented!

The event will take place from Friday May 26, 2023 to Monday May 29, 2023. Teams generally arrive together on Fridays and everyone sleeps in large sleeping halls. Friday night it all kicks off in 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, just have fun and watch other people dancing.
During the weekend there is a big (fun) tournament. Contrary to common national tournaments, this tournament is made for amateur dancers, from a few months to a few years of dancing experience (there is also a more 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. The event is really for everyone, even with just a couple of months dancing experience you can already make it far.

Here are a couple of videos from the Open class a few years ago (the Open couples are randomly selected):
Standard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofKSMzmh_Qg
Latin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBsYtbsbvGw