Dance Sport

DanceSport used to be referred to as competitive ballroom dancing. This glamorous and exciting leisure activity has been renamed to suit its modern image as a demanding sport.

Its characteristics consist of physical strength, agility, coordination, stamina, high level of fitness, discipline, teamwork, grace, style and musical interpretation.

Athletic ability must combine with artistry to produce a truly captivating performance on the parquet.

Five Latin and five Standard dances are at the origins of DanceSport. Each of these dances is performed to the prescribed music and tempo by couples demonstrating not only proper technique but also poise, power, floor craft and other criteria that reflect the quality of their dancing.

Days of competition: 2 days 
Competition dates: 25–26 September 
Medal events: 11
Competition venue: Taekwondo DanceSport Arena

Quick Facts

  • Dance turned into genuine sport at the beginning of the twentieth century when a group of French entrepreneurs converted ballrooms into the venue for their contests
  • It was featured in the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games
  • The first World DanceSport Games were held in Kaohsiung, Taipei in 2013

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