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  • Ten Years of Professional Dancing in WDSF

    On the occasion of the 2017 PD World Standard in Prague, CZE, the community took a look back at the first ten years of WDSF PD and its predecessor organisation, celebrating together with some of the biggest names in dance.

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  • PD World Champions Standard

    Benedetto Ferruggia and Claudia Koehler, GER, won their second world title as professionals. First and second runners-up were Donatas Vezelis - Lina Chatkeviciute, LTU, and Bjorn Bisch - Ashli Williamson, DEN, respectively.

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  • Don't Miss This!

    History was made at the 2017 World Standard in Chengdu, CHN. Russians Dmitry Zharkov and Olga Kulikova equalled the three titles of four legendary couples. Germans Simone Segatori and Annette Sudol moved on to the PD.

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  • Double The Honours

    Four years ago, Vice-President James "Jim" Fraser was awarded the "Caring Canadian" in recognition of his services to non-profit organisations tied to DanceSport. Now he is honoured with the "Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers."

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  • Lesotho | Two Years Later

    Eva Bartunkova and Petr Bartunek report on another visit to Lesotho which served to promote DanceSport on the "Dark Continent." Couples from Estonia, Lesotho, South Africa and Swaziland danced in the first WDSF Lesotho Open. 

    08/09/2017 read more ...
  • Live from Bratislava, SVK

    Live streams will be available on the 2017 European Youth Standard - today, 8 September - and the 2017 World Junior II Standard - tomorrow, 9 September. Both are held in Brtaislava as part of the Slovak Open Championship. Enjoy! 

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Upward Mobility 09/10/2009

Avatar One of the sports which features alongside DanceSport on the programme of The World Games has been voted for inclusion in the 2016 and 2020 Olympics by the 121st IOC Session.

Rugby sevens, a variation of the traditional game involving only seven players, was approved with 81 votes in favour and 8 votes against to be included in the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games. Golf was also approved, but with a decidedly narrower margin of 63 to 26. In the debate lading up to the vote, some IOC members labelled golf as too elitist for the Olympic Movement.

It is worth noting that rugby sevens features already on the programme of several multi-sport games: The World Games, the Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, etc.

In July, International Rugby Board (IRB) President Bernard Lapasset commented on the sport's participation in The World Games 2009 Kaohsiung: “The sevens tournament at the World Games has always proven successful and this year we are particularly excited that the competition is being held in Asia.

"Rugby is reaching out there to new young audiences in a rapidly developing market for our sport. We are looking forward to what promises to be an exciting tournament,” added the IRB head. Read more about sevens at The World Games 2009, click here!

DanceSport is well advised to keep its Olympic ambitions alive and to focus on taking part in as many multi-sport games as possible in the years to come. It worked for rugby!

Read more about the two sports added to the Olympic Programme, go to the website of the Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations (ARISF), click here!