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Press Release: Kai Widdrington, new BDSA board member and ambassador!




The British DanceSport Association is delighted to announce and welcome Kai Widdrington as a member, ambassador, and board member. As Director of Engagement and Education, Kai will lead on future work with schools and community groups to engage a new generation in DanceSport. 


Kai started dancing aged seven and became World Junior Latin-American Champion at the age of just 15. He was one of the original Professionals on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ (Irish series) during a four-year period from 2017 before making his debut on the BBC’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ advancing to the 2021 Final in his first year. 


Speaking on his appointment to the BDSA board, Kai said:


“I am excited to join this new and ambitious organisation and play my part in contributing to a positive change in the dance community. DanceSport already makes such a great impact on so many people’s lives, encouraging them to try our fantastic sport. Dance is a passion for me, it gives me so much enjoyment and I want to help others experience that same feeling from it. That is why I want it to be more widely available to younger people and I have always had a burning ambition for dance to be included in the national curriculum, for all children across the country to be given the opportunity to participate, just like they do with subjects such as maths and science. This will be a big driver for me in my role with the BDSA.”   


The appointment of Kai follows the launch of the BDSA earlier in 2023. The organisation is the Governing Body for Ballroom and Latin American dancing, in all its forms, in the United Kingdom. The BDSA’s mission is to unify the industry, bring democracy to DanceSport, and create a sporting regulatory regime that supports everyone, giving dancers the help they need to succeed at the elite level. As a membership body, the BDSA supports and promotes those involved in DanceSport from the grassroots to the elite level.


Marcus Hilton MBE, BDSA President, welcomes Kai saying:


“We are delighted to have Kai join us, not just as a member of the BDSA but representing a professional dancer’s perspective on the board.  His public profile will undoubtedly further encourage engagement in BDSA competitions, activities and general participation in DanceSport, something we are all passionate about.”


You can read more on the story and the press’s reaction to Kai’s news by following the links below:..


 

 

 

 

 

 

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