Brought to you by the NZ Federation of Dance Teachers – A Freedom to Dance event – proudly sponsored by Porirua City Council


Kia ora! Nau mai, haere mai! and Welcome

We’re excited to be bringing you the 69th championship event, being held on Labour Weekend (26 – 27 October 2019) at Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua, Wellington.

Rich in history and with national titles up for grabs, this is the main event on the  New Zealand dance-sport calendar.

We are proud to run this event under the Freedom to Dance banner.   

If you’re involved in dance or just love to watch it, you’ll want to join us for two days of spectacular dancing across all three styles of dance-sport: Ballroom, New Vogue and Latin American.

We are extremely excited to present an exciting dance showcase featuring
three of Australasia’s leading professional couples.

Steven Grinbergs and Rachelle Plaass (Standard – Australia)

Stefano Olivieri and Jessica Prince (New Vogue – Australia)

Sigurdur Thor Sigurdsson and Annalisa Zoanetti (Latin American – Iceland)

This is going to be an amazing showpiece. 

In addition they will be running a workshop on Monday October 28 (Labour Day).
Click here for more information. 

This competition will run under the rules of the New Zealand Recreational Dance Inc. (NZRDI)  

Hei konā mai!

Doug Pouwhare – Event Organiser



 *Please note the syllabus has been updated with an allocated day for the Adult Open Ten Dance.

Download the Syllabus of Events for this year’s NZ Open Dance Championships.


To help studios promote the NZ Open Dance Championships to their dancers, we have developed a range of resources which you are free to download and use.

About Porirua and Wellington

What to do and where to stay.

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An exciting announcement for competitors at this years Championship! Information can be found on the website
#wdo #freedomtodance #nzfdt
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An exciting announcement for competitors at this years Championship! Information can be found on the website
#wdo #freedomtodance #nzfdt

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Yes nice initiative 😊

What a great initiative! It's my understanding from reading the WDO rules that juniors must be under 16 on the day of the WDO competition. Such a shame that a number of our top junior couples will not meet this criteria and therefore are not eligible to win the selection. Good luck to the younger junior couples, a great opportunity for them.

This would be so cool ah Kirstin Wilks

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What has this sport come to when couples are in fear of the politics behind the scenes... argh the good ol days.... The only way to prove to them is to show solidarity as one and support the comp in numbers....

Thanks Doug, Looking forward to an awesome event. Thank you for all the hard work you and your crew have done to put this event together. See you all in 18 days. And Welcome to all the overseas couples coming to the event this year. 😄

Well said Doug, we are looking forward to it 😊

Thank you Doug for your clarification. I'm sure us dancers are still very much looking forward to the championships and that it will be a fantastic event.

So very appreciative of you facing up to give us dancers a clear & honest view Doug - thank you!! 👏This championship is going to kick a#*e , we are behind you 100% and we are all going to have a ball - roll on Labour Weekend!!

Great video Doug! Thank you 🙂

The Dancers of New Zealand support you and your Crew.

Goid man ! Emailing you soon .... re my event and coming to yours in Wellington - love to ALL that matter ❤️

We will be there :). And I am sure that many people are participating to this competition because they love dancing and not only for the titles that canbe won 🙂

Thank you Doug for being honest and explaining. Looking forward to another great championship.

My wife and I are still looking forward to flying to New Zealand to compete at these championships for the first time. Supporters from Australia.

We all know there will be rights and wrongs on both sides of this debacle. NZ is too small to have a divided dance world. Please let's all sit down together with a mediator and sort this out. Dance is for everyone to enjoy, let's not spoil it with politics.

Thanks Doug Pouwhare for clarifying.

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