The 10th Gay Games
Malcolm Hill talks to the ISTD about the 10th Gay Games hosted by Paris in August 2018
This event included many sports and saw thousands of competitors from around the world coming together to celebrate their love for their sport, their friends, their country and for equality. From 6th to 10th August the Gymnase Japy was transformed into a glamorous (and extremely hot, we hit 38 degrees one day) ballroom for the dancesport events. The events ranged from Modern Ballroom, Latin American, Argentine Tango and Showdance to Handi-Danse, with the emphasis on equality. Equality in my mind is simply this: “the dancer gets to choose with whom they wish to dance and in whatever role they so choose without sticking to traditional boundaries”.
"The atmosphere from competitors and spectators from all over the world was truly electric"
I was honoured to have been asked to adjudicate this prestigious and very well attended competition, and with IFSSDA World Championship titles on the line, it was no simple task as the standard was simply wonderful. I was very proud to be there, not only representing the UK but also as I looked on and saw ISTD pupils and teachers competing in this event. I was even prouder as an ISTD committee member and examiner when I saw ISTD members returning with such excellent results. The UK produced many superb results, but what must be mentioned, I feel, are
- Men’s Modern Ballroom World Title Runners-Up. Both ISTD Teachers
- Men’s 10 Dance World Champions. One is an ISTD Teacher
- Men’s Latin American World Champions. One is an ISTD Teacher
- Ladies’ 10 Dance World Champions. Both are ISTD medallists (whom I train in Germany)
The atmosphere from competitors and spectators from all over the world was truly electric and no photo can really portray what happened during those few days during the hottest part of August in Paris, but for those that were there, the memories made will last a lifetime.
Malcolm Hill, Modern Ballroom Faculty Committee