SADTA

Our History

The SADTA is the longest running professional association in South Africa!

History of the SADTA

Today the South African Dance Teachers’ Association offers many different styles of dance not limited to: Ballroom, Latin American, Freestyle, Disco Dance, Social Dance, Line Dance and Belly Dance.

The Association has, over the years, been run by some of the most experienced dance professionals in the world.

As far back as 1962, the SADTA has seen Chairmen, known to South Africa and the world, play an integral role in building the association, they have been the pillars of strength that have contributed to the ongoing success of the SADTA.

Past Presidents of the SADTA

Jack Calder

June van der Westhuizen

Oliver Styger

Gloria Fish

Toni Pinto

Mary Burman

Adelaine Rosenburg

Diana Moore

Jessie Liddle

Carol Solomon (Kidman)

Elize Cogle (Present)

1924-1925

Discussions were entered into in forming as association

1926

The South African Dance Teachers’ Association was formed.

1933

Jack Calder signed the tray presented to Alex Moore.

1937

The skating marking system was formed, which the SADTA still uses to this very day.

1952

The SADTA was one of 12 countries forming part of the ICBD (The International Council of Ballroom Dancing) known today as the WDC (World Dance Council)

1953

Mary Berman formed the Western Cape Branch of the Association.

1956

Dancing was being seen on television in the United Kingdom. 

First time that year that a team was sent from South Africa to dance against Australia and England in the first Team Match.

1970

The SADTA became part of the World Dance Council which also included Freestyle and Disco.

1992

The first SADTA Dance Championships were held, overseen by Mary Burman, and run under the auspices of the SANCBD (South African National Council of Ballroom Dancing).

1996

Planning was entered into in forming the Eastern Cape branch of the association under Miranda Botha. 

1997

The Eastern Cape Branch was Officially Formed in February 1997.

2009

The Free State Branch was formed