DanceSport is the term used to refer to the activity combining dance with sport. Also, this term refers to competitive dance rather than social or performance/exhibition dancing. Generally, it is used for competitive ballroom dancing but can be used in other contexts like wheel chair dance sport. Furthermore, this term was developed to help ballroom dancing gain recognition with the Olympic committee.
Finally, in 1997, the Olympic Committee in Lausanne, Switzerland grants full recognition to the International DanceSport Federation (IDSF). Meanwhile, in 2011, the IDSF changed it name to World DanceSport Federation (WDSF).
Ballroom Competition Dance
International Style dancing was developed in Europe and is still popular there today. In addition, other parts of the world have adopted this style including Japan. Also, it can be considered the style of choice for competition dancers and organizers. International Ballroom (standard) includes the dance genres of waltz, tango, Viennese waltz, slow foxtrot and quickstep. Moreover, in 2015, the world champions in International ballroom were Cameron Jennings & Katusha Demidova.
Arunas Bizokas & Kathusha Demidova, USA, Final Tango 2013
Also, International Latin includes the dance genres of cha cha cha, samba, rumba, paso doble and jive. Accordingly, in 2015, the world Latin champions were Riccardo Cocchi & Yulia Zagoruychenko. Additionally, Ten Dance is another catergory included in the International style of dancing. Generally, it includes the five Latin and five Ballroom (previously title Standard) International style dances. Subsequently, the 2016 champions for ten dance were Alexandru Shindils & Jade Main from England.
Riccardo Cocchi & Yulia Zagoruychenko 2017 WDC Taipei Open
American Style dancing developed in the United States. In addition, it is the best style for social dancing. In addition, it is a competition category. Also, there are two sub-categories. For example, American Smooth dancing includeds the waltz, tango, foxtrot and Viennese waltz. So then, in 2016, the American professional smooth champions were Nick Cheremukhin & Viktorija. Finally, the American rhythm includes the cha-cha-cha, rumba, East Coast swing, bolero and mambo. Furthermore, the 2016 world professional champions were Nazar Norov & Irina Kudryashova.
Club Latin Competitions
West Coast Swing Competitions
Pro Classic 1st Place Winners 2016
Ben Morris & Victoria Henk
Country Western Competitions
Ballroom Dance Organizations
- USA Dance
- World Dance Council (WDC)
- UKA Dance
- Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing
- British Dance Council
- Blackpool Dance Festival
- International Olympic Committee
- CCanadian Dance Sport
- International Dance Teachers Association
- Swedish Dance sport Federation
- Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance
Additional Dance Organizations
- Country And Western Organization United Country Western Dance Council
- Rock and Roll World Rock’n’Roll Confederation
- Round Dance International Association of Round Dancer Teachers
- Square Dance International Association of Square Dance Callers
- Swing Dance World Swing Dance Council
Additional Competition Dance Articles
- DanceTime’s Dance Competitions Article
- Ballroom Beach Bash Article
- World Latin Dance Cup Article
- SwingDiego Article