What is DanceSport?

DanceSport is a term used for what was once known as competitive ballroom dancing. The name was invented to more accurately describe this form of dance and help competitive ballroom dancing gain Olympic recognition. It describes competitive ballroom dancing as contrasted to social or exhibition dancing. In the case of wheelchair DanceSport at least one of the dancers is in a wheelchair. DanceSport is a partnered activity with one leading and one following. Over the years competitive ballroom dancing evolved so much in it’s choreography and athleticism that DanceSport was a far better descriptive name.


A Skill for Life

Dance is an endeavour which improves the quality of life. In its simplest form, it can provide pleasurable aerobic and weight bearing exercise, at the highest levels it can transcend language barriers as music and movement stir the emotions of audiences.

DanceSport is the unique activity that combines both sport and the art of dance. It allows participants to improve their physical fitness, coordination, balance and helps address many other difficulties faced these days. Obesity is one of the world’s greatest problems in this modern age and DanceSport is one of the most effective and entertaining ways to help improve levels of exercise.

DanceSport promotes family participation, develops social interaction, and builds community relationships. In fact, the advantages of DanceSport encompass almost every aspect of life and therefore impacts every person around the world who is capable of moving to music.

Unique amongst the various forms of dance, DanceSport requires no special skills or equipment, except the wish to learn. People of all ages, gender and culture can enjoy the challenges that range from social dancing to competitive action.


Registered Teaching Facility

DanceSport Australia recognises those who teach DanceSport through its Registered Teaching Facility (RTF) program. An RTF is an Australian business that abides by a code of conduct so that DanceSport is presented uniformly across the nation and students are protected by DanceSport Australia's Member Protection Policy.


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