Event Information

The Championships

With the national popularity of the current “dance shows” on television there is no doubt that the 2009 National Capital DanceSport Championships, to be held at the AIS Arena on Saturday 27 June and Sunday 28 June, will be extremely popular.pic1

The event provides the public an opportunity to enjoy DanceSport at its best – it is much more exciting, athletic and glamorous than on TV! You will also see a number of familiar faces from television at the Championships.

Spectators will enjoy competitors performing the seductive Rumba, often referred to as the dance of love as well as the contrasting Paso Doble’ which is a representation of the Spanish bull fight. The popular Cha Cha Cha from Cuba and the boogie woogie beat of the jive will most certainly be crowd favourites. For those who appreciate the elegance and style of Ballroom, the Waltz and Foxtrot will impress you with the skill and beauty portrayed by these dances. Spectators will be dazzled by the stunning Latin American costumes and the elegance and style associated with the flamboyant Ballroom gowns. Music for the Championships will feature the latest dance releases plus many of the old favourites.

The National Capital DanceSport Championships is jointly organised and promoted by the Federal Association of Teachers of Dancing (Australia) Ltd. (FATD) and the Penny De Kauwe School of Dancing Canberra.

The National Capital DanceSport Championships (NCDC) is one of three National Championship events registered with the governing body of DanceSport in Australia. The NCDC, inaugurated in 1993, is now firmly established as the second largest event of its kind held annually in Australia. The event is renowned for its excellent organisation, meticulous attention to detail and most importantly it makes every effort to satisfy the needs of competitors, officials and spectators. The event has gained a reputation as one of the best organised DanceSport Championships in Australia.

The event is held annually over the last complete weekend in June at the prestigious Australian Institute of Sport Arena in Canberra (the capital city of Australia). The Arena has a large sprung dance floor with an excellent surface for competitive dancing. The tiered seating along the two long sides of the dance floor provides an excellent view of the dance floor from every seat. The AIS Arena is arguably one of the best venues in Australia to stage a major DanceSport Championships.

The NCDC consists of events for professionals and amateurs in Latin American, Ballroom (Standard) and New Vogue dance styles. The events for amateurs consist of events for all age groups (under 11 years, under 13 years, under 16 years, under 19 years, Adults, over 35 years and over 50 years) and each age group is sub-divided into different levels of competency.

Over the last few years the event has attracted around 400 competitive couples from around Australia and overseas.

The Saturday program consists of events for those under 11 years, under 13 years, under 16 years, under 19 years and over 50 years as well as an Adult 10 dance event (5 Latin American & 5 Ballroom dances).

The Sunday program will consist of events for professionals, Adults and for those over 35 years as well as a 6 dance event for under 13 years and an 8 dance event for those under 16 years.

For detailed information on events on each day, please refer to the “Syllabus of Events”.

The exciting NCDC Dance Spectacular will be held on both evenings.


The Saturday Programme is scheduled to commence at 9am. The Sunday Programme is scheduled to commence at 9am. The evening finals programme on both days will commence at 7pm and conclude at aprox 11pm. The Evening Programmes will include all major finals plus the exciting NCDC Dance Spectactular.


Tickets will be available through Ticketek outlets (http://www.ticketek.com.au/) from mid-March 2009 or at the AIS Arena Box Office (located at the left hand side when entering the Arena) during the event.

Tickets will also be on sale using the standard “Ticket Order Form” through the Organisers from 15 December 2008 or on-line. Please note that these tickets will only be posted at the beginning of June. The “Ticket Order Form” may only be used until the end of May, after that day tickets will only be available through Ticketek.

Please note that when tickets are ordered using the “Ticket Order Form”, the Organisers decide all seat allocations.

General Seating

Tiered seating is located along the two long sides of the dance floor with an excellent view of the dance floor from all seats. All seating is reserved for the full duration of the event on both days.

Tickets (General Seating)

A Reserve (rows 1 to 9)

B Reserve (rows 10 to 17)

Row 1 is the row closest to the dance floor.

Refer to the “Ticket Order Form” for price of tickets per day.

An additional booking fee of $5 per Ticket Order (not per ticket) will apply to tickets ordered through the Organisers using the “Ticket Order Form” or on-line faciliy.

Tickets for each day are valid from start of events in the morning to the conclusion of events in the evening.

Premium Box Seating

A limited number of Premium Box Seats will be on sale through the Organisers only, using the “Ticket Order Form” or on-line faciliy.

Boxes will be located at the end of the floor opposite the stage and will be elevated and tiered. Light refreshments will be served during the evening programme as well as waiter service to purchase additional drinks.

Box seats may be purchased on an individual basis or per Box of 10 seats. Each sea cos $105 per person per day.

Video Licences

Video cameras and digital cameras with a video feature will not be permitted to be taken inside the Arena without the purchase of a Video Camera Licence. The Licence must be attached to the video camera at all times.

Video Camera Licences will be on sale at the entrance door into the Arena. The licence permits the user to use the video camera until 7pm. Cameras may only be used from the reserved seating or from the upper concourse area.

Video Licences ordered using the “Ticket Order Form” or on-line will be $5 cheaper per day than those purchased at the door.

Under no circumstances will the use of tripod or other “fixed” camera equipment be permitted.

Subject to there being no contractual arrangements for video/televising these Championships, camera licence use may be extended to cover events held after 7pm excluding the NCDC Dance Spectacular on both evenings.

Exit Passes

Exit passes will be issued to those wishing to re-enter the Arena.

Catering Facilities

A full catering service will be available at the venue.

Souvenir Programme

A Souvenir Programme covering the events for both days will be on sale on the days of Championships at the AIS Arena main entrance and at the NCDC Practice Evening.

The programme will contain a detailed list of events for both days with times, list of competitors with their numbers, list of Adjudicators (Judges) with an identifying number, Past Champions, a 7 page Spectators Guide and much more.

The purchase of a programme is considered essential to fully understand and appreciate the event.

Commercial Stalls

A number of Commercials Stalls from businesses from around Australia selling dance music, dance DVDs, dance shoes, dance costumes, dance accessories etc. will be located at the upper concourse level inside the Arena. The stalls will provide spectators an opportunity to purchase items from an extremely wide selection at very competitive prices.

Directions to the AIS Arena

The AIS Arena is located in the Belconnen area of North Canberra in the suburb of Bruce. Travel time to the AIS Arena from the city centre by car is approximately 10 minutes. Allow another 5 minutes for parking.


  • Travel along Belconnen Way or Ginninderra Drive
  • Turn into Haydon Drive
  • Turn into Battye Street (signposted AIS Arena)
  • Turn left into Leverrier Street

Entrance to the Arena is through the Sports Visitor Centre.


Ample parking is available opposite the Arena. A small fee may apply.

Entrance to the AIS Arena

Entrance to the complex is through the Sports Visitor Centre and up the main stairs. Entry to the Arena will be through a single door at the top of the main stairs – disregard any door numbers printed on tickets.

Disabled access is available – inquire at the Box Office on the left at the entrance.