Danish DanceSport | Pursuing Excellence 17/02/2012

TEAM DANMARKDanceSport lives through one of its sweetest moments ever in Denmark. Top-ranked couples in Latin and Standard, World Champions in Standard and Ten Dance, bronze medallists in Latin ... What makes the difference, what causes Denmark to keep up with the far bigger powerhouses in DanceSport? With countries like Russia, Germany and Italy?

For one, it is the Danish commitment to foster sporting excellence in general. Sports are omnipresent in society. Their practice is highly encouraged in schools. And it is not all football: a broad range of sports - badminton, handball, gymnastics and, yes, DanceSport - are being taught to pupils from the youngest ages.

After school, it is a network of associations and clubs - most of them volunteer-run organisations - that takes over and provides lifelong opportunities to carry on in one's sport of choice. 2.5 million, that is nearly half of Denmark's adult population, practise their sport in one of the 14,000 associations and clubs.

The umbrella organisations - the Danish Olympic Committee and the Sports Confederation - receive substantial government funding and are able to establish itheir policies and programmes for the support of elite-level sports with considerable autonomy. If talents and prospects for good results are detected - even in some of the non-Olympic sports - TEAM DANMARK is able to call on the resources to enhance them even further.

The current generation of champions and medallists in Danish DanceSport certainly benefitted from such systematic support throughout their careers. But by now, they have also contributed greatly to making 2011 "ET FLOT SPORTSAR" ... A good year in sports for TEAM DANMARK.

Bjoern Bitsch - Ashli Williamson, DENEmanuel Valeri - Tania Kehlet, DEN


Latest NewsSubscribe to news RSS

  • The Beginnings

    The World DanceSport Federation soft launched its YouTube channel in May of 2009 with coverage on a GrandSlam and Wheelchair DanceSport in Spain.

    06/05/2015 read more ...
  • 50,000,000

    Viewing at the WDSF YouTube channel DanceSport Total reached another milestone as it went past the magic mark of 50,000,000 videos reproduced.

    05/05/2015 read more ...
  • Two Happy Pros

    Prior to the second leg of the 2015 GrandSlam Series Pavel Pasechnik and Marta Arndt announced that they would continue their careers as pros ...

    04/05/2015 read more ...
  • Magic Dance 2015

    The organisers of the Magic Dance 2015 International DanceSport Festival make a live stream available from Riga, LAT, on 2 and 3 May. Access here!

    02/05/2015 read more ...
  • VOD

    The video-on-demand programme that was produced on the 2015 GrandSlam Latin in Wuhan, CHN, is available. At US$ 2.95 for a 30-day streaming period!

    01/05/2015 read more ...
  • Back For More GrandSlam Action

    The 2015 GrandSlam Wuhan is coming up. It starts on Saturday 25 April with Latin. 82 couples have entered. 77 couples will dance the Standard on Sunday. 

    24/04/2015 read more ...
Archives