Of the Association in Kalamata, Municipality of Kalamata under the name “CULTURAL & DANCE ASSOCIATION OF KALAMATA “DANCE CHALLENGE ”
The Dance Challenge Association is a cultural & Dance Association that began in October 2017 in Kalamata, Messinia in Greece and has evolved into a collaboration of an organization of different dance events including dance competitions, dance festivals, dance camps, dance seminars-workshops-lectures, dance parties- shows of all kinds of dances with an emphasis on International Latin & Ballroom Dance.
‘Dance Challenge’ Association is recommended by C.I.D. – UNESCO (Conseil International de la Danse), W.A.D.F (World Artistic Dance Federation) and can cooperate with all dance federations as I.D.O. HELLAS (International Dance Organization), National Dance Council of Greece (Ε.Σ.Χ.Ε.), Greek DanceSport Federation (Ε.Ο.Α.Χ.), World Dance Council (WDC), IDTA (International Dance Teachers Association) & more.
Until today, the Dance Challenge Association has successfully organized various events and festivals with the cooperation of famous national and international dance teachers, distinguished guest coaches, champions, and judges and all of this with the collaboration of most Dance Schools of our country.
Dance seminars/workshops (individual and group) were held during these events with the aim of training dance teachers, developing and improving the dancing level of the city’s dancers, promoting competitive dance (DanceSport), as well as preparing dancers in all dance disciplines and categories (solo, couples, group) for their future participation in various Dance competitions-festivals held in Athens and abroad.
In 2018, Dance Challenge Association has also made successful collaborations with the Kalamata Carnival Committee, through group dance shows of dance animations, the International Golf Championship Messinina Pro-Am, in Costa Navarino during the “Dance Charity Night”, the Athens Dance Festival which is successfully organized annually in Athens, the ‘Showcase Festival’ in Kalamata, as well as other music & dance events.
These and other successful past events of the Dance Challenge Association, have proven that the city of Kalamata has outstanding dance teachers with a lot of love and passion for their work, which they can in turn transfer to their students. Kalamata is also home to many talented dancers in various disciplines and categories of dance which has been acknowledged through their numerous cups and medals in national dance competitions. Thus, Kalamata has established a successful dance force that makes a strong presence on the dance floor. Also, it is a very beautiful city, closed to Athens, that attracts the dance community from all regions of Greece.
Kalamata is also internationally recognized as the City of Dance, which makes it the ideal city for conducting Dance Competitions. The annual International Dance Competition & Training Camp ‘KALAMATA DANCE CUP’, further strengthens the cultural and athletic prestige of the City of Dance. The Kalamata Dance Cup and the Annual Kalamata Dance Festival which is ever-increasing in success every year, can only culturally upgrade the area in the field of dancing. Furthermore, Kalamata is only a 2 hour drive from Athens the Capital of Greece and offers its own International Airport. The natural beauty, climate and local delicacies of Kalamata and the surrounding areas, also offer a unique opportunity for guests to combine their participation to the Dance Cup Competition & Gala with unforgettable relaxation and holidays.
Through its responsible organizer Ms. Nina Drakou with a 20-year experience in dancing in international Latin, Greek Champion, a successful organizer of various dance events in Peloponnese that has collaborated with many international coaches, judges and organizers of Competitions and Festivals both within Greece and abroad.