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#WeAreDanceSport 01/01/2019


The World DanceSport Federation coined the term DanceSport in the early 1980s. While the Sport in the composite aspires to be consistent with the generally accepted definitions, Dance is to remain the distinguishing artistic mark.

DanceSport is an all-encompassing brand for an activity that is uniquely accessible and sociable, allowing participants to improve physical fitness and mental well-being, to interact, and to obtain results at all levels. Everybody is capable of moving to music. And dance transgresses all barriers of age, gender and culture.

It is the music, and the way of moving that touch our souls. Different rhythms and different dance styles offer different ways to express oneself. To feel the music intertwined with the body and the moves creates unique artistry. There are choreographies, there is improvisation, and everything in between. There’s technique to follow and learn, and then there’s artistic freedom of expression. You don’t have to be a dancer to enjoy it, to find it beautiful, to find it spectacular.

DanceSport is a learning and sharing experience. You can always do things a bit differently. You can always learn from others, get some ideas and adapt them to your own performance. And then someone else will learn from you. Learning and sharing is included in all DanceSport disciplines. Even our four-times World Champions Standard started their careers by watching videos of their favourite dancers, imitating and copying their first moves.

And now, these same four-times World Champions are running for the World Games Athlete of the Year 2018 -title. Although these DanceSport Superstars have been performing and competing to the rhythms and tunes of Standard dancing, at the same time we can all, in every DanceSport discipline, relate to the meaning of tempo, the flow, and the range of emotions spilled on the dance floor. The feelings of accomplishment, happiness, joy, or disappointment and determination to rise above it.

It is our heartbeat. It is the emotions it brings. Because this is DanceSport. We are proud of DanceSport. Because We Are DanceSport.

DanceSport Legends – Dmitry Zharkov and Olga Kulikova. Vote here.