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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 and fitness to well-being, 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 is Back ‘Online’…Part 2

With current training camps being suspended during Covid times, the aim is for Karen to bring a wealth of great knowledge through the advancement of technology today. Covering the 5 Latin American dances over 5 weeks with a specialised topic each session, the ONE HOUR online training camp sessions allow you to sit back comfortably and enjoy absorbing the knowledge right from the comfort of your lounge or additionally by popping on your dancing shoes and finding a small area you feel comfortable to move around in at home.


With total focus on how to build on choreography, each week for 5 weeks, Karen will take you through a simple group of choreography, then add essential technical principals, plus an all-important skill to increase the magic

Online Training Camp Weekend Dates Are:

Sunday 14th November 2021

Sunday 21st November 2021

Sunday 28th November 2021

Sunday 5th December 2021

Sunday 12th December 2021

Time: 7.30pm-8.30pm (New Zealand Time)

All Ages, All Levels…All are welcome.

To join Karen Hardy at any of her 5 up and coming iDDP ‘Online’ courses simply click the following link to register.


Total Cost: NZ$30/session/person or NZ$100 for all 5 sessions/person

**Current Tour Dates Are All Suspended Until Further Notice Due to Covid19*

New Zealand Tour 2021

Following on from the huge success, touring back in 2020, Karen Hardy will be once again taking iDDP-NZ to the cities of Christchurch, Auckland & Wellington throughout 2021. 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.(To see the full touring dates, scroll down below).

The development programs are currently designed over two days and include 5 work-shops per day and supervised training sessions (with the compulsory breaks and lunch time included).

At the current time it is the 5 Latin dances that will be being covered; Cha Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble & Jive each day. And most importantly these training camps are designed for ALL ages, ALL levels and ALL are welcome .

Running from 10am-6pm the doors will be open early for students and coaches to arrive, warm up and prepare for their training program before Karen Hardy opens the session.

Cost: NZ$150 per person/per day

**New for 2021**  – 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 you can enjoy from the training camps.  Designed to grow as you gain more dance knowledge on your journey with ‘add-in’ worksheets and fact pages, this will be your ‘go to’ training manual for many years to come. (A small $15 fee payable at the start).

**New in 2021** is also the introduction of invitations to New Zealand’s very own professional dancing stars. Hearing their own personal thoughts and experiences offers an opportunity for coaches, adjudicators and students further dance development.  And, I’m excited to be welcoming an array of stars; from current competing NZ professionals, to leading coaches and adjudicators all keen to share what they feel is essential to them on the competition dance floor.


Tour Dates & Venue – For Your Diary


New Dates TBC


New Dates TBC


New Dates TBC

Registration & Waiver Forms for Downloading

***Registration and waiver forms MUST be completed before any participation can be allowed for students enrolling on the dance training program***.

Please download, sign and return a copy to: karen@karenhardy.com

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