It is at District level that members are able to take advantage of the system and seek higher office, beginning with District positions and then, if they so desire, Executive positions. So it must be understood that District Meetings are a very important part of the function of the B.A.T.D. Propositions for change of Rules or Bye Laws also come from District recommendation.
Different Districts hold a varying amount of meetings based on their size, the minimum being about four meetings per year. The details of these meetings are circulated by the District Secretary of the District you are enrolled in, which will be the nearest geographically to where you live, unless you request differently.
The content of meetings vary, but in the main they consist of lectures in the various branches of dance covered by the Association. These branches are, Tap, Stage, Ballet, Highland, Modern Dance, Jazz, Acro Gymnastics, Hornpipe, Jig, Traditional Step Dancing, European National Ballroom, Latin American, Classical, Disco, Rock'n'Roll, Country and Western, Scottish Country Dancing, Dance Exercise, Scottish National Dancing, Majorette, Dance and Drama, and Special Needs Awards.
Normally refreshments are available at all meetings of the Association and admission is free to members, members of other Societies can attend the lectures at a fee, (unless it is a closed lecture for members only). Non members are not allowed to attend the business meetings that follow or precede the lectures or seminars held at District meetings.
Other instructional meetings of the Association are known as Refresher
Courses that are conducted in each branch, to keep members up to date with new work or when there have been changes in the syllabi, in the various branches.
At the first District meeting following Conference, usually in September, District Officials are elected by the members. Traditionally there are five positions, Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and Marshall, an agenda is produced in advance of the meeting and circulated to the members of the District concerned.