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HISTORY OF THE SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIAN TEACHERS OF DANCING

The Society of Australian Teachers of Dancing Ltd., (known as S.A.T.D.) was inaugurated in 1945 when a group of Stage Teachers invited the late Jack Keating to Chair a meeting with the view to forming an alternate dance association in Australia. That meeting resulted in a uniting of Ballroom and Stage Teachers and the S.A.T.D was founded. Under the guidance of Jack Keating, together with Des Etheridge (Secretary) and the late Bob Potter (Treasurer), the S.A.T.D. introduced its medal test examinations while continuing to promote Amateur and Professional competition and championship events. Following a visit to Sydney in 1949 by Jack and Val Guthrie of New Zealand, the formation of S.A.T.D. New Zealand was achieved.

Co-operation between the Australian Institute of Dance (WA) and the S.A.T.D. (NSW) resulted in teams from Perth (organized by Robert Wrightson) travelling across the Nullabor to the eastern states, culminating in Interstate Teamsí Matches - which were very successfully presented at the famous Trocadero in Sydney. 1950 saw the S.A.T.D, as a major driving force in the organisation of the Australasian Championships.

The early fifties saw the S.A.T.D. organizing championships in Queensland under the control of the late Ron Steele.

During 1964 the Australian Dancing Board was established and Jack Keating, along with Eileen Kane, Robert Wrightson and the late Mickey Powell played a major role in its formation. In 1978 S.A.T.D. was admitted as a member of the A.D.B. The same year Don Kersnovske was appointed as our Queensland Organiser for the Sunshine State Championships and Australasian Selections, and also the year that saw the passing of S.A.T.D. founder, Jack Keating.

Although the format of the Australasian Championships has changed over the years, S.A.T.D. remains the official organiser of the Australasian Championships.

S.A.T.D. is one of the major dance organisations in Australia. It has been active in its service to the Dance Fraternity for over 69 years. S.A.T.D. is well known throughout Australia, especially for its voluntary work in the sponsorship of couples to the Australasian Championships as well as to other interstate events.

In 2011 SATD sponsored a large team of dancers to Perth to compete in the Inaugural East Coast -v- West Coast Challenge Event which was conducted by Dance Masters International Association Inc. This event is now conducted annually being held in alternate years between Perth and Sydney. When held in Sydney the event is conducted in conjunction with the Australasian Championships

S.A.T.D. remains a member of the AustraIian Dancing Board. In 2014, this year the Society of Australian Teachers of Dancing became a Member of the World Dance Council NDC.
The Directors are pleased to be able to take this opportunity to extend our thanks to all those Amateurs, Professionals and members of the Public alike, who support S.A.T.D. events and so enable the Society to continue its objectives in the promotion and sponsorship of dance.

  








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(updated 30 September 2014)