JUST BERGER CHAIRMAN IDO DANCERS COMMISSION- PRESS RELEASE 44/2021
The International Dance Organization recently set up an IDO Dancers Commission. The Commission will act as the voice for IDO active licensed dancers around the world and to protect their rights and interests. The Dancers Commission will act as a direct link from the voices of dancers to the IDO Presidium. It is the Commissioners duty to provide updated information to dancers and to the IDO Presidium.
Just Berger from Germany has been elected as Chairperson of the IDO Dance Commission for 2021. The IDO Communications Department has caught up with Just to tell us a bit about himself and what are his expectations in the next year:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your history in the IDO?
I was born in 1990 in Eastern Germany and started dancing at the age of 10 with Rock'n'Roll. I then moved on to Hip-Hop, Jazz, Latin & Ballroom and Ballet and completed a 3-year dance-teacher education in Latin & Ballroom. I then completed a BA (Hons) degree in Dance furthering in Ballet and Contemporary.
My first IDO competition was in 2011 when I was 21 years old. In 2014, we became first time IDO World Disco Champions with our adult formation D.Q. Dance-Squad. I have also competed in showdance formation in IDO with "Ragazzi" from Limburg. We became World Champions in Riesa in 2013.
Tell us an anecdote or hilarious moment whilst attending an IDO event?
It was in Riesa 2014 at the World Show Dance Championships. We performed in Productions, and we had several costume changes.
I played the wolf and the frog King. I only had seconds to change from one character to another in a small well. I managed to get the short pants and the crown, but I couldn’t handle the top. So, I jumped out of the well with a crown and short green hot pants and I had to perform ‘Single Ladies’ half naked.
Why have you agreed to form part of the IDO Commission? How important is it to have a voice in the IDO?
I want to build the future of IDO. I aim to have an influence that will create positive change and at the same time give a voice for all the hard-working dancers. I personally believe it’s very important to have a voice and speak out loud what you think and discuss it.
How do you see the IDO Commission developing in the future?
Speaking about the future it all depends on the dancers. The commission is the voice of the dancers. If they have nothing to say it will be quiet. So, it is important that we get even more connected to be able to share our thoughts and feelings.
How do you see the IDO Commission supporting IDO in making it bigger and better?
The IDO Commission will allow IDO to be seen in a different light as it will prove IDO’s point of view with a different perspective. It's the direct feelings of the dancers who participate at the international championships. It will build bridges between both sides, the dancers and the Organization, and will help to understand what everyone needs and wants are.
What is IDO to you?
IDO is a big family and a great opportunity to share the best hobby with the whole world.
What is the first thing you think about when you think about IDO?
Big events, meeting friends and exchanging new ideas.
Stay tuned as we meet other members of the IDO Dancers Commission in the next coming weeks!