Cancellation of Diamond Jubilee Championship 2020

Hi everyone,

It is with great sadness that we find it necessary to cancel the 2o20 CIDA Diamond Jubilee Dancesport/Pro-Am Championship which was to be conducted Sunday 4th October in the Crown Promenade Hotel.

With government restrictions in multiple areas, as well as the lack of time for teachers and competitors to prepare after returning to their dance schools, this makes it almost impossible to conduct a major dance event the way we always have.

We hope to see you soon at any of our events that we are able to hold.

We’ll announce any events as soon as possible

As soon as things get better and we are more normal in our activities, we will look to announce the date of a CIDA event! So do keep in touch with us in various ways:

Should you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Stay safe, take care and be kind!

Best regards,

Don McRobert and the CIDA Team

Cancellation of Crown 2020

It is with great and sincere reluctance that we are placed in the unenviable position where we must now cancel the 2020 Crown International Dance Championship.

With the Commonwealth government directive on Friday, 13 March, for gatherings of 500 people to be cancelled, and the uncertainty with theVictorian state government’s, all due to the Covid 19 virus, this has left us no option but to cancel the event. The government announcement has also resulted in multiple cancellations of entries from schools and competitors over the past week.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this will cause, especially for all of you who have booked your flights and accommodation. We’ve put our hearts into planning this event as we do every year, and we thank sincerely everyone for their continued support. We look forward to seeing you and welcoming you at Crown 2021.

The 2020 Diamond Jubilee Dancesport/Pro-Am competition will run as scheduled on 4th October. The Diamond Jubilee Theatrical competition will also run as scheduled but this year to be extended to a full day event with a program including solos, duos, etc.

Should you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Accommodation - Crown 2020

Special Accommodation Rates for Crown 2020

Get special accommodation rates at all three Crown Hotels in Melbourne, Australia!

Want to beat the traffic and stay right where all the dance action is happening? We’ve helped you to arrange special accommodation rates with Crown Melbourne!

Crown Melbourne is offering an accommodation discount of 10% for all competitors, guests and friends of the Crown International Dance & Dancesport Championship 2020. The accommodation discount valid for all three hotels:

  • Crown Towers Melbourne
  • Crown Metropol Melbourne
  • Crown Promenade Melbourne

Here’s how to book online and get your discount

You will have to go to the Crown Hotels website and quote “event10” in the promotional code eld to receive 10% discount off the Rate of the Day.

  1. Go to
  2. Select “Check Rates” located top right corner
  3. Choose destination
  4. Choose hotel
  5. Enter check in and check out dates, number of rooms and number of adults
  6. Click “Check Rates”
  7. Click “Add Code”
  8. Select “Rate Access/Corporate Code” from the drop down options
  9. Type “event10” in the blank eld below and select “Add”
  10. Select “Book” on your preferred room type and complete your booking details

Click here to download the full details on how to book

Don signs CIDA & YDC Agreement

Don McRobert, president of the Crown International Dance Association (CIDA) recently visited China. While he was there, he signed an agreement on behalf of CIDA with Yuang Dong China (YDC).

Don and Mr Zhang signing the agreement.

YDC is an association in China with very large numbers of dancers of all styles.

The agreement features the formation of a close strategic partnership that involves reciprocal agreements, equal co-operation and assistance and resource sharing. It also recognises competition participation, sharing of adjudicators, examination qualifications of both parties and training facilities for students and teachers.

We look forward to a great relationship and partnership with YDC.

Photos by Kathy Watson

Crown 2019 Professional Photos

Kathy Watson, one of our photography partners, has taken amazing professional photos of everyone at Crown 2019. They are now available online for viewing and purchase!

To view and purchase the professional photos taken at the CIDA Championships held at Crown on 14-15 April 2019, please copy and paste into your browser >


Sunday’s Event – 14 April 2019

Gallery Date & Album: 14/04/19

Username: 14.04.19

Password: CIDA1404


Monday’s Event – 15 April 2019

Gallery Date & Album: 15/04/19

Username: 15.04.19

Password: CIDA1504

These discounted prices will apply until  Tuesday 23 April all photograph orders placed by this time will be sent by Tuesday 07 May 2019.

If you have any questions please feel free to email Kathy or call her on 0409 138 437 .

Diamond Jubilee 2018 Update

By request, we are expanding the Diamond Jubilee program. There are new syllabus additions for those attending the Diamond Jubilee Dance and Dancesport Championship 2018. We have also booked a 2nd venue in the Crown Promenade Hotel.

The Promenade Room – Level 1

Dance Styles: Dancesport – Standard Ballroom, Latin and New Vogue
Doors open at 10.00am
Start Time: 11.00am

  • Featuring events for Recreation/Medallist, Dancesport Grades and Pro-Am Teacher Student

The Conference Hall – Level  2

Dance Styles:Theatre Dance and Street Dance
Doors open at 7.30am
Start Time: 8.00am

  • Featuring events for Solos and Troupes

Syllabus Additions to Date

Dancesport Styles

Recreational – Sub Juvenile

  • Boy/Girl – Waltz, Cha Cha Cha, Evening 3 Step
  • Couple – Waltz/Quickstep, Samba/Cha Cha Cha, Evening 3 Step/Merrilyn

Recreational – Juvenile

  • Boy/Girl -Quickstep, Jive, Gypsy Tap
  • Couple – Waltz/Quickstep, Cha Cha Cha/Jive, Merrilyn/Gypsy Tap

Recreational – Junior

  • Boy/Girl -Waltz, Cha Cha Cha, Merrilyn
  • Couple -Waltz/Quickstep, Samba/Cha Cha Cha, Merrilyn/Tangoette

Theatre Dance and Street Dance Styles

Solos in all age groups

  • Jazz
  • Tap Dance
  • Hip Hop
  • Classical
  • Modern Expressive



New WDC Competitors Commission to be wholly funded by WDC

Press Release – Foundation of the All – New World Dance Council Competitors Commission to be wholly funded by WDC!

Dear valued members,
Dear Competitors,

As you might be aware, also in part from the WDC Press Release in February 2018, the WDC Board of Directors has dissolved the WDC Competitors Commission in its former format, due to various ongoing issues at that time.

The WDC Board of Directors feels, that the WDC Competitors and WDC AL Competitors cannot be left any longer without proper representation and are therefore excited and delighted in announcing the launch of the NEW WDC Competitors Commission with immediate effect.

Whilst undertaking this hugely important task, the Board of Directors decided to start with a blank sheet of paper and design and structure an entirely new “fit for purpose” system to benefit the 2018-2025 developments in the dance world. As many of you may know, the original Competitors Commission was developed for a system which was extant in the 1980’s!

This all-new Commission will therefore include Competitor representatives from all WDC competitive styles of current interests and activity, such as Ballroom, Latin – American, Smooth, Rhythm, and WDC AL Amateurs as well as Pro-Am representatives, and will for the very first time, be wholly funded by the World Dance Council from the Licensing monies received.

It seems only right!

The WDC is excited to announce that the Commission will be funded by the WDC with 2 British Pounds out of every Competitors Registration received, in order to have a budget for their good work. Also they will be represented on the Competitive Dance Executive Board with 2 appointed representatives, holding one vote on the CDEB.

The WDC is therefore thrilled and delighted to also announce that the Top Professional Competitors appointed to head the NEW WDC Competitors Commission are Riccardo Cocchi (Professional Latin), Victor Fung (Professional Ballroom), Klemen Prasnikar (Amateur Latin), amongst many other top competitors, that have joined the Executive Committee of the new Commission.

Future appointments for all other styles will be advised very soon.

Two of the immediate tasks upon which the new body will deliberate will be plans for a WDC Competitors Commission and WDC World Dance Awards Dinner and Dance held in the Spanish Halls in Blackpool on Thursday, 23rd May 2019. More details on this exciting evening will be published in due course.

The first however… the bone of contention.. WADA and drug-testing requirements and the way ahead.

We truly look forward to updating you on their progress as we embark on this new and exciting era which is truly reflective of Competitors’ concerns in the new arena of diverse dance activities and fit for the pathways ahead.

The WDC Board of Directors

Should you need any information or details about WDC, its happenings and/or how it affects you in Australia, please do contact us so that we can help you!

Photos by Kathy Watson

Get Your Crown 2018 Professional Photos

Kathy Watson, one of our photography partners, has taken amazing professional photos of everyone at Crown 2018. They are now available online for viewing and purchase!

To view and purchase the professional photos taken at the CIDA Championships held at Crown on 14-16 April, please copy and paste into your browser >


Gallery Date and Album: 14/04/18

Username: 14.04.18

Password: CC1404


Gallery Date and Album: 15/04/18

Username: 15.04.18

Password: CC1504


Gallery Date and Album: 16/04/18

Username: 16.04.18

Password: CC1604


These discounted prices will apply until Sunday 29 April, all photograph orders placed by this time will be sent by Sunday 06 May.

If you have any questions please feel free to email Kathy or call her on 0409 138 437 .

Crown 2018 Updates – Entries, Recreational Events & Parking

Crown 2018 is shaping up! Thank you to everyone who has entered; you’re helping us to ensure another wonderful experience in Australia’s magnificent “Crown”. So far, we have entries from all over Australia, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, India, and New Zealand.

We hope that you plan to soak in and enjoy the wonderful ambience of Crown Hotel Centre and Casino and all it has to offer, in addition to the amazing dancing that you will be seeing across the 3 days of Crown 2018.

We have just a couple of updates for you so please do take note:

  1. Send your entries as soon as possible
    • Your entry helps us to create a running order in an easier manner and enables us to give it to you faster
  2. If you are keen on front row seats, please book soon as they do run out
  3. Some further clarification regarding recreational events in regard to partnering recreational dancers
    • After a discussion with DSA regarding current rules, and as a result of questions raised by some studios in regard to partnering, it was agreed that as Crown information was distributed prior to the new rules, we should still allow partners of recreational competitors dancing in recreational “individual” events to be partnered  by any registered amateur competitor, providing they have never coached or taught the person concerned.

    • If there is any difficulty entering through p 5000 then do so by sending an email entry to
  4. Parking at Crown
    • Locals need to check out car parking now  as there are some that you can book in advance. Some are quite economical, others can be a bit expensive. Here are some options for you:

If there is anything else we can do to help make your Crown experience easier, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Crown 2018 – Updates

Are you ready for Crown 2018? Once again, this three-day dance extravaganza (also one of Australia’s biggest dance competitions) will be held over three consecutive days from 14 to 16 April 2018 at the Crown Palladium in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

The Crown International Dance Festival is organised by Don McRobert JP and Lorraine Perkins together with their amazing team of helpers and volunteers. Bringing hundreds of dancers, participants, adjudicators and audience members from all around the world, Crown 2018 is definitely where you want to be to watch the best of dancing in one of the best venues in Australia.

  • If you are a dancer, troupe, teacher and/or professional and wish to compete at Crown, all details are located in our Competitor Information section.
  • If you would like to watch and be a part of this amazing event, all details are available in our Tickets section.
  • If you would like to amplify the reach of your brand/service to a fun-loving, enthusiastic dance audience, please have a look at the options in our Advertising section.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us so that we can help you! Media accreditation is available as well so do let us know if you require that.