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iDDP (International Dance Development Program)

Welcome to iDDP (International Dance Development Program) where the aim is to offer a structured program, guiding students and coaches alike through the minefield of the Ballroom and Latin American dance industry.

Covering topics from techniques to choreography, musicality to artistry, fitness to well-being as well as guidance on pathways to success as a competitor, teacher or even an adjudicator. There really is a wealth of essential knowledge needed to be shared to help up and coming talented dancers and coaches of the future. To find out more or to register please email: karen@karenhardy.com

iDDP Boot Camp

iDDP’s Boot Camp PART2 is coming to Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland this July & August 2022 and we can’t wait to keep you up to date and inspired with our new ‘Let’s Get Loud with Latin’ tour.

Focusing on key fundamentals of Latin American dance and brining you insights including; artistry, skills, choreograph and more.

Quite simply you will have heaps to take away no matter your age, experience or level.

And with Karen Hardy, a world leading dance expert and award winner for her services to dance at the helm, she will be bringing you the latest knowledge and knowhow to get you moving up the development curve of dance.

Tour Dates & Venue – For Your Diary

Christchurch – Sunday 10th July 2022 – SAVE THE DATE

Venue: Queens Park School

222 Queens Park Drive

Christchurch, 8083

Time: 10am- 6pm

Total Cost: NZ$150/person

To Register Simply Click the Following Link:


Wellington – Sunday 24th July 2022 – SAVE THE DATE

Venue: Kapiti College

Kapiti College, Margaret Road

Raumati Beach,

Paraparaumu, Wellington

Time: 10am- 6pm

Total Cost: NZ$150/person

To Register Simply Click the Following Link:


Auckland – Sunday 14th August 2022 – SAVE THE DATE

Venue – University of Auckland Epsom Campus

(Entry from Saint Andrews Road)

G Block,


Auckland 1023

(**Please note Google maps will take you to the correct end of Saint Andrews Road, others phone maps are guiding people to the wrong end. Try using the Block G in your search if you are lost on the day)

Time: 10am- 6pm

Total Cost: NZ$150/person

To Register Simply Click the Following Link:


***Registration and waiver forms MUST be completed before any participation can be allowed for students enrolling on the dance training program. The waiver form is included in the registration link on signing up***.

More Training Camps & Seminars Coming Soon…

All Ages, All Levels…All are welcome.


New Zealand Touring and What’s Coming in 2022

Following on from her huge success, touring back in 2020 and 2021 (when Covid allowed), Karen Hardy took iDDP-NZ to the cities of Christchurch, Auckland & Wellington and we’re excited to say 2022 is well on it’s way with great support and success Karen will openly admit, “sharing my knowledge of dance is my first love but having the opportunity to travel and experience this incredible country of New Zealand at the same time is an absolute selfish indulgence.

The development programs are designed by way of dance training pods covering a variety of topics and opportunities from online masterclasses, to in person training, one day boot camps to weekend long lecture days and all with the aim of developing the talent of New Zealand to look to greater horizons as their talents grow.

To date it was the 5 Latin dances that were covered in great depth; Cha Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble & Jive and in 2022 iDDP is delighted to announce it’s new Ballroom branch will too be added to the training pods via online learning from leading International experts from a multitude of countries. However, they do all have one thing in common and that is that they have been there and achieved the most incredible accolades to their names and they will be inspired to bring their knowledge to the on looking New Zealanders very soon.

2021 also saw the introduction of invitations to New Zealand’s very own professional dancing stars. Hearing their own personal thoughts and experiences and allowing them the rare opportunity to share and connect with the up and coming talent offered an opportunity for coaches, adjudicators and students to feel a greater connection with the dance community as well as pride to be learning from New Zealand’s very best.

iDDP – Dance Training Folder & Worksheets 

For students, coaches and adjudicators alike, listening to expert knowledge is one thing, having documented information to revert back to time after time – is an even greater benefit continued to be enjoyed from the training camps.  Designed to grow with the students or coaches as they develop ‘add-in’ worksheets and fact pages, will be that ‘go to’ training manual for many years to come. (A small $15 fee payable at the start).

And most importantly these training camps have been designed for; ALL ages, ALL levels and ALL welcome .


To find out more or to register please email: karen@karenhardy.com


I hope that the studios and dancers realise what an amazing opportunity this is and grab it with both hands”

Dance Enthusiasts

If you have another up here I will definitely be there. I think judges and teachers can learn a lot from these sessions.”

Doug Pouwhare, NZFDT Fellow & Examiner

The iDDPNZ in Christchurch in 2020 was a great success. As Studio Principals we found the opportunity to work with Karen over two days to be educational, motivational, and a platform to enhance our coaching. The focus on the essential fundamentals of Latin American dance provided a framework for anyone to take their Latin Dancing to the next level. The weekend was simply a master class for all those that attended. We cannot wait to attend the next edition of this world class programme.

Sharan & Michael Phillips

Former NZ Professional Latin American Champions
Principals – Ballare Dance Studios – Christchurch, NZ

Executive Member of NZFDT & NZFDT Competition Organiser

Any dancer that has not been fortunate enough yet to experience Karen’s teaching is missing out on something amazing! Karen has the remarkable ability to be able to communicate to all dancers regardless of their skill level. When teaching she is entirely focused and puts all her energy into delivering her best every time.”

Phillip Porter & Keri Porter – Wellington Secretary, NZFATD