Show recent news

Latest News

  • U.S. A Success!

    The first figures are in for the six-part World DanceSport GrandSlam Series airing on public broadcast stations all across the United States. Six hours of Latin and Standard dancing in the GrandSlams were broadcast 2,000 times!

    16/01/2017 read more ...
  • Firsts Around The Corner

    The first "Live from blog ..." to get rolled out in 2017 is the one of the Helsinki leg of this year's GrandSlam Series. On 17 March 2017, two month from now, it all starts back up! Wouldn't it be nice to welcome our first "IWGA Athletes of the Year" to the floor on this occasion too?

    13/01/2017 read more ...
  • Positive Perspective

    Since early December 2016, a task force made up of experts from WDSF as well as several other organisations is hard at work, preparing for the breakin' events at the Buenos Aires 2018 YOG. Others signal their approval of the approach taken.

    12/01/2017 read more ...
  • DS in WDSF

    With WDSF too often cast as a "ballroom" organisation by people without proper insights and grasp, it is appropriate to look back at the World DanceSport Games in Kaohsiung, TPE, as they visualise best what the DS in our acronym stands for. 

    11/01/2017 read more ...
  • Dance As Sport

    Ever since the December 2016 announcement of breakin' making its première in the Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games, much has been said about dance as sport. In the general media as well as in the specialist publications! Here is one view that counts ...

    10/01/2017 read more ...
  • Did You Vote Today?

    Gabriele Goffredo and Anna Matus will need your all-out support if they are to stand a chance to be voted as the "Athletes of the Year" in the polling by the International World Games Association. 

    09/01/2017 read more ...
Archives

DanceSport in the Olympic Capital 19/06/2009

Avatar DanceSport was presented at The Olympic Museum Lausanne, SUI, as part of a promotional event for The World Games 2009 Kaohsiung held there on 18 June. The International World Games Association (IWGA) and the Kaohsiung Organizing Committee (KOC) were invited by the International  Olympic Committee (IOC) to showcase the upcoming edition of the games with a 5-week exhibition and demonstrations of some of the featured sports.

Exactly one month prior the Opening Ceremony, five athletes who compete in 2009 Kaohsiung traveled to Lausanne. The world #1s in Freeflying (Air Sports) and Rock ‘n’ Roll (DanceSport) launched the final countdown to the games by demonstrating their high-flying disciplines on the premises of The Olympic Museum.

Maurizio and Jade Mandorino (SUI) – 2007 World Champions in Acrobatic Rock ‘n’ Roll – and three other couples of different age grades dazzled everyone with their breathtaking shows of nearly one hour each. Visitors of all ages were clapping along as they performed in front of the museum's entrance.

The spectacular demonstrations were the highlight of the official inauguration for the exhibition “Top Sports – High Spirits.” Interactive information terminals and life-sized photography familiarize the museum visitors with the sports as well as the spirit of games which unite athletes in the pursuit of excellence and in a celebration of friendship.

IWGA President Ron Froehlich and KOC Managing Director Shyh-fang Liu presided over the inauguration. They both thanked the IOC for its long-standing support to The World Games and expressed confidence that the 2009 edition will live up to the highest expectations in one month’s time.