DanceSport is all about balancing the artistry of dance with the athleticism of a physically taxing sport. What needs to come across as an effortless succession of steps or moves to music is, in fact, a hard aerobic workout. And athletic prowess must combine with artistry in order to produce a truly captivating performance on the parquet.
DanceSport calls for the athletes to use a prescribed technique together with their rhythmic interpretation. However, technical competence in itself does not automatically constitute quality in DanceSport. All athletes are challenged to demonstrate a perfect synthesis between their proper technique, artistic skills and athleticism. Physical conditioning, hard work, stern discipline, mental training and, above all, imagination are the prerequisites for athletes to achieve excellence in DanceSport. The biographies of the top competitive couples tell the stories of inspired people in permanent search of perfection.
DanceSport features in The World Games 2013; check the event calendar for details about when it is scheduled.
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When dance turned sport ...
Dance turned into genuine sport at the beginning of the twentieth century, when French entrepreneur Camille de Rhynal and a group of superb dancers added the competitive to the social, and when they converted ballrooms into the venue for their contests.
The World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) coined the term "DanceSport" in the 1980s. While “Sport” in the composite aspires to be consistent with the generally accepted definitions, “Dance” is to remain the distinguishing artistic mark.
Tradition and trend ...
DanceSport takes pride in upholding some of the traditions and panache of what was previously known as competitive ballroom dancing. But it has long abandoned the latter's narrow confines. Today, the most diverse dance styles that have adopted a sports-based culture, and that have established bona fide competition structures, fall under the genus name.
In the 2005 Duisburg fistball final Austria won the first set rather convincingly, 20:11, but...
As DanceSport is constantly evolving, the judging systems employed to determine the winners of any competition are among the most important focus areas. WDS, its world governing body, is committed to continually upgrade and improve the methods and systems used for judging, to make them more transparent, and to eliminate any possible bias and subjectivity from the process.