The Opening Ceremony of The World Games 2017 is only hours away. And with seven days to go until the DanceSport athletes and officials go into action next Thursday, WDSF circulates a second Bulletin with in-depth information.20/07/2017 read more ...
WDSF is reaching out to the National Member Bodies to involve them in rallying last-minute submissions to "Breaking for Gold," the Stage One qualifying process for the YOG that will remain open for another twelve days.19/07/2017 read more ...
The entries as of yesterday: very close to 200 breakers have uploaded their videos to breakingforgold.com, another 120 have made #IAmBreakingForGold submissions through Instagram predominantly. But only very few b-girls so far!18/07/2017 read more ...
The deadline for "Breaking for Gold" Stage One qualifying is rapidly approaching. Videos which are submitted after 31 July 2017 (end of the UTC) cannot be considered. Don't wait for the last moment, upload now! NOW!17/07/2017 read more ...
As punctual as always and again right on time for the weekend: the Vimeo on Demand programme on the 2017 GrandSlam Latin Hong Kong is released. US$ 3.75 will let you watch well over two hours of top-level dancing for 3 months.14/07/2017 read more ...
The "All Russian Federation of DanceSport and Acrobatic Rock 'n' Roll" is the new Member Body of the World DanceSport Federation - provsionally and for the term of one year - 13 months after the expulsion of its predecessor RDSU.14/07/2017 read more ...
A Memorandum of Understanding between IPC and WDSF has been entered into by the two organisations in October 2008. In it, they pledge to develop and promote Wheelchair DanceSport jointly, and to work towards establishing a single international governing governing body for DanceSport, including Wheelchair.
In his report to the 15th IPC General Assembly in Beijing, CHN, on 10 December, IPC President Sir Philip Craven outlined the requirements for the nine sports currently administered directly by IPC to be released to independence.
President's Biennial Report
As the International Federation for nine sports, the IPC has witnessed the number of athletes and countries competing in all its sports increase over the last two years, a period which has seen all sports stage successful world or regional championships.
It still remains the clear desire of the IPC, relevant stakeholders and IPC sports representatives to transition the remaining nine IPC sports to independence.
The IPC’s responsibility is to actively plan to create the opportunity for this transition to occur, a process made easier, and more attractive to potential partners, as a result of the continued growth of each sport.
The aim for sports independence is the end of 2016, however it must be stressed that this will only happen if the sport is self-sustainable, and its independence will not be detrimental to the sport’s continued growth.
The signs though are promising however, if you consider how well some sports such as Para-Archery, Para-Cycling, Para-Equestrian and Para Table Tennis have blossomed following their independence from IPC.
The move towards independence of all these sports has increased their reach into previously unknown territory. It has expanded the choice for athletes, increased the awareness of the Paralympic Movement due to international federations including athletes in their competitions and calendars, led to better development programmes and training of coaches and officials.
The challenge for us now is two-fold – we need to assist the remaining sports to achieve their independence, and secondly we must help integrate the technical expertise and know-how of National Paralympic Committees, national Paralympic sports organisations and national association members of IFs.
Sir Philip Craven
IPC President | 10 December 2011
As the IPC is calling for bids for the 2013 European Wheelchair DanceSport Championship, this is as good a time as any to demonstrate that WDSF National Member Bodies have the motivation and the means to integrate such an event into one staged for the able-bodied athletes.
Bid application documentation below!