10th European Square Dance Convention

 

Amsterdam 2018

Beyond Mainstream

 

20th - 22nd of July 2018

amsterdam

Thank you

 

 

A small part of the official opening…

 

Welcome to the Netherlands; a Country of 41,5 thousand square kilometers and more than 17 million inhabitants. With king Willem-Alexander and queen Maxima. And we have the 'Caribbean' Netherlands with 6 islands in the Caribbean.

 

With the highest mountain that measures 322,5 meters above sea-level, called the Vaalserberg, at the place where the 3 countries Belgium, German and the Netherlands meet. With the lowest spot of 6,7 meters below sea-level which is to be found in Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel.

 

With 22,8 million “normal” bicycles and more than 2 million Electric bikes. Each household has an average of 3 bicycles.

 

Welcome to Amsterdam, the largest municipality of the Netherlands with 850 thousand inhabitants from 177 different nationalities and more than 900 thousand bicycles. This means that Amsterdam has more bicycles than inhabitants.

 

With the Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank house, the Van Gogh museum, the Red-light district and the several Coffee shops where they sell more weed than coffee. With famous painters like Rembrandt, Johannes Vermeer and Frans Hals.

 

Welcome to the country of windmills, and Stroopwafels, to the country of Poffertjes, Herring, Wooden shoes, Tulips, Cheese, Sinterklaas, Delfts Blue chinaware, Bitterballen, Max Verstappen, Andre Rieu and Jantje Smit.

 

Welcome to the country where we have the NVSD, the Dutch Association of Square Dancers with 11 Square- and Round dance clubs and with just a little over 130 dancers.

 

Welcome to the Netherlands…    Welcome to Amsterdam…

 

 

Number of Dancers attending the EC 2018:

 

GERMANY   -   1294

SWEDEN   -   156

GREAT BRITAIN   -   112

DENMARK   -   105

THE NETHERLANDS   -   96

RUSSIA    -   70

AUSTRIA   -   47

CZECH REPUBLIC   -   45

BELGIUM   -   33

SWITZERLAND   -   32

FRANCE   -   29

TAIWAN   -   23

AUSTRALIA   -   21

CHINA   -   19

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA   -   13

NORWAY   -   9

JAPAN   -   4

FINLAND   -   4

ÅLAND    -   4

SERBIA    -   2

LUXEMBOURG   -   2

CANADA   -   1

SLOVAKIA   -   1

SIERRA LEONE   -   1

ESTONIA   -   1

 

Total number of participants   -   2124

Total number of countries   -   25

 

Number of participants per country is including the Callers and Cuers and the EC organizational team.

 

 

Many thanks to the Callers and Cuers on the program who have worked very hard to entertain us during the weekend:

 

UNITED STATED of AMERICA

MICHAEL KELLOGG

 

THE NETHERLANDS

TRUUS DE JONG

LOET POLAK

WIL STANS

MAARTEN WEIJERS

 

CZECH REPUBLIC

FRANTISJEK CHERMAK

TOMAS MACHALIK

 

SWEDEN

THOMAS BERNHED

JACK BORGSTROM

INGVAR PETTERSSON

 

DENMARK

BJØRN ANDERSSON

CARSTEN NIELSEN

SØREN LINDERGAARD

 

GERMANY

JÖRG BIEWALD

DAVE PRESKITT

NILS TROTTMANN

CHRISTIAN SCHIDLER

JOACHIM RUHENBECK

TOMMY SCHNEEBERGER

ULLI HANTKE

 

UNITED KINGDOM

PAUL BRISTOW

TERESA & PAUL HART

NEIL WHISTON

MATT BALDRY

 

FINLAND

KAJ WIKHOLM

 

 

The European Convention 2018 Organization Team!!

This team has been busy for two and a half years with the preparation of this European Convention and who invested a lot of time, commitment and their hearts and souls in order to present to you this amazing weekend.

 

EAASDC representative for the Netherlands, secretary of the Dutch Association of Square Dancers NVSD and within the European Convention Team responsible for legal affairs:

BARBARA REINHARTZ

 

President of the Rainbow Strollers and within the European Convention Team responsible for the catering:

JOKE VOS

 

Sheriff of the Tulip Twirlers and responsible within the European Convention Team for your general wellbeing:

PAULA STANS

 

Member of the Rainbow Strollers and within the European Convention Team active as registration officer:

FRANCIS VAN DER LINDEN

 

Webmaster for the European Convention 2018, for the NVSD, for the Paradise Dancers in Belgium and for Grand Square – the Netherlands:

MIRANDA HOGENDOORN

 

Financial officer for Grand Square – the Netherlands and for the European Convention 2018:

JOHN VISSER

 

Responsible for the day-2-day business within the European Convention Team, Hotel arrangements, communications, questions and answers:

WIL WEIJERS

 

Caller for the Tulip Twirlers and Rainbow Strollers, responsible for the program and decorations in the halls during the European Convention:

WIL STANS

 

Caller for the Motiveters Advanced Square Dancing, President of the Dutch Association of Square Dancers NVSD, President of the Tulip Twirlers, Country representative for Grand Square – The Netherlands and Chairman of the European Convention 2018 Organization team:

MAARTEN WEIJERS