The Gibraltar National Dance Organisation (GNDO) is a non-profit making organisation, founded by Michael and Deirdre Prescott on the 18th September 1981. Following Michael’s participation at the World Freestyle Championships in London, England, also coincided with the birth of the world governing body the International Dance Organisation (IDO). Gibraltar was a founder member together with Italy, Switzerland and France.
The GNDO was formed by Michael Prescott to give amateur dancers of Gibraltar, educational dancing experiences and the opportunity to participate in spectacular World, European and Continental events organised under the auspices of the IDO. Together with his wife Deirdre Prescott, they worked tirelessly for over 30 years for the benefit of Gibraltar’s local dancers. During their time, over 1,000 people represented Gibraltar internationally.
The GNDO is a non-political organisation and is affiliated to the IDO. The GNDO is responsible for selecting dancers through auditions, competitions or direct selection to represent Gibraltar at international dance events. The Organisation is officially recognised by Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar and the Ministry of Culture, with the responsibilities of the Gibraltar National Dance Team.
The GNDO will not be affiliated to any other local cultural association or group.
To work in a neutral and voluntary capacity for the benefit of dance and all performers in Gibraltar.
To promote and encourage the development of dance in Gibraltar. The main purpose is educational by providing an opportunity for good amateur dancers to participate at international competitions, to gain experiential knowledge, to benefit from seeing others taking part and to develop their confidence by demonstrating their artistic abilities.
1982 – Gibraltar competes for the first time in a World Dance Competition organised by the IDO – Michael Prescott
1989 – Gibraltar’s first international judge for the IDO – Michael Prescott
1989 – Gibraltar reaches its first ever final at a World Competition - Aaron Caballero
1993 – Gibraltar wins its first Gold Medal – Aaron Caballero in the World Disco Freestyle Championships in Dunaujuvaros, Hungary. Aaron Caballero
2002 – Michael Prescott awarded the IDO Golden Award for his pioneering efforts in making Gibraltar a strong dance nation in the IDO. He was presented with this prestigious accolade in Riesa, Germany in 2003 at the World Show Dance Championships.
2005 – Gibraltar wins its 2nd Gold Medal at the World Show Dance Championships, Children Duet Section, in Riesa, Germany – Jordan Picardo and Claire McGrail
2006 - Gibraltar wins its 3rd Gold Medal at the World Show Dance Championships, Children Solo Female Section, in Riesa, Germany – Ileana Martinez
2011 – Gibraltar organises its first ever international IDO competition, the European Show Dance Championships and World Cups in association with Stage One Productions
2011 – Gibraltar wind 3 Gold Medals at the World Cup for Show Dance organised in Gibraltar– ‘Pirate’ in the Children Group; ‘Luigi and Mario’ Children’s Formation; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in Junior Formation;
2012 – Michael Prescott awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his contribution and services to the arts and dance in Gibraltar.
The Dancers who have performed in most finals at World and European IDO events:
Aaron Caballero - 12 Finals
Steven Pardo - 9 Finals
Chantal Santos - 8 Finals