Even if the ultimate goal of inclusion into the Olympic Games has not yet been attained by WDSF, DanceSport features in several other international multi-sport games already.
WDSF became a member of the International World Games Association (IWGA) in 1995. DanceSport premiered in The World Games 1997 Lahti, FIN, and it has been on the Official Sports Programme of every subsequent edition held at intervals of four years under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). WDSF First Vice-President, Mr Lukas Hinder, serves on the IWGA executive since 1997.
DanceSport looks back at truly stellar moments in its five World Games participations. During The World Games 2009 Kaohsiung, TPE, a spectacular 13,000-capacity venue assigned to WDSF was packed to the last seat on the two days of competition. Revenue from
ticket sales was second only to that of the Opening Ceremony and by far the highest of the 37 featured sports.
Four years later, during The World Games 2013 Cali, COL, DanceSport established yet another record in terms of success at the gate and sales figures. The assigned venue, the bullfighting ring Cañaveralejo, sold out on both competition days, with crowds of 18,000 each.
Two IOC Members - one for Chinese Tapei, the other for Colombia - praised DanceSport's record draw in Kaohsiung and Cali respectively.
“DanceSport has very impressively demonstrated how popular it is here. We have seen people of all generations attending – young, old, entire families – and I congratulate WDSF on this outstanding achievement."
C. K. Wu, TPE, IOC Member
It was something spectacular, something never seen in Colombia or South America: watching the best dancers in the world compete in the Waltzes, the Tango, ... the Salsa! Beautiful! And that we were able to fill the Cali bullring with DanceSport to the very last seat - something that had not happened in the last 17 years! That was the most spectacular event for me ...
Andrés Botero, COL, IOC Member
DanceSport premiered on the programme of the Asian Games, held under the auspices of the Olympic Council of Asia, in November 2010, when the 16th edition took place in Guangzhou, CHN. Even prior to that, DanceSport was included into the Asian Indoor Games and several regional multi-sport games staged on the continent.
After becoming a member of the International World Masters Games Association in 2010, WDSF made its first appearance in the 2011 European Masters Games with its athletes aged 34 or older.