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  • Go And Get It!

    What was, without any doubt, the tightest DanceSport competition ever, the 2017 GrandSlam Standard Wuhan, is now available as a Vimeo on Demand programme at a rate of only US$ 3.25 for three-months streaming. Why?

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  • Open Minds At CDS

    WDSF 1st Vice-President  Jim Fraser was invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of Canada DanceSport. Reporting about the work done by WDSF over the last year, he held a state-of-the-federation address on Breaking and YOG!

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  • Becoming Topical

    One of the conclusions that can be drawn from the recent survey conducted among the WDSF National Member Bodies is that two thirds have, or are keen to have, a section dedicated to street dances such as Breaking. Good news!

    19/04/2017 read more ...
  • Coming Soon

    There is quite a backlog of Vimeo on Demand programmes awaiting release. Firday of this week, you will be able to watch the tightest final ever danced, the 2017 GrandSlam Standard Wuhan, and next week the European Latin.

    19/04/2017 read more ...
  • Calling on Australian Breakers

    The Australian Olympic Committee calls on the b-boys/b-girls from downunder to throw in their hat and submit their videos to take the first step on the "Road to Buenos Aires 2018." The only requirement to participate: age 15 -17 in 2017!

    14/04/2017 read more ...
  • 2017 GrandSlam Wuhan 

    What an amazing event it was, the GrandSlam Wuhan, bringing all the top couples to Central China and having them fight it out over the victory and the purse. The Vimeo on Demand programmes will become available soon!

    13/04/2017 read more ...
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Olympic Programme Review 06/05/2011

2010 Asian Games

It was a week ago when IDSF returned the questionnaire REVIEW OF THE PROGRAMME OF THE GAMES OF THE XXXII OLYMPIAD IN 2020 to the Sports Department of the International Olympic Committee. By doing so, DanceSport submitted its newest bid for inclusion into the Olympic Sports Programme and applied for revalidation of its status as an IOC recognised International Sports Federation.

 31 other world governing bodies of recognised sports embarked on their quests towards the same goal jointly with IDSF. In the case of DanceSport, however, this could well bring the cynics to the floor once more. Within our own community we could soon listen to someone quote the Australian sportswriter one more time.

"I refuse to believe that anything performed in a dinner suit is an actual sport. Not until there is a ball in the room!" 

To duck the potshots and to focus the internal discussion, IDSF briefly outlines what information the IOC had solicited from the 32 candidates.

  • Quantitative evolution since 2007: from the number of National Member Bodies recognised by their National Olympic Committees to the list of countries that won medals in World Championships; spectator attendance at the premier IDSF events; worldwide television coverage and sales
  • Athletes: athletes’ commission; initiatives to monitor the athletes’ entourage (coaches, agents); athlete health programmes
  • Youth: programmes aimed at young people from the age of five
  • Digital media: website, facebook, twitter, YouTube
  • Sport development
  • Improvements to sport presentation

With a synopsis on everything required under these headings and a strict limit of 300 words imposed, IDSF was hard pressed to fit it all onto four pages. Many, many things have happened in DanceSport since 2007, and inventorying them all as part of this review process only confirms that IDSF continues to move in the right direction.