Previously, DanceSport was referred to as competitive ballroom dancing. Its characteristics consist of physical strength, agility, coordination, stamina, discipline, teamwork, grace, style and musical interpretation. Dancers must combine athletic ability with artistry to produce a truly captivating performance on the dance floor.
Five Latin and five Standard dances are the origins of DanceSport. Each of these dances is performed by a couple to the prescribed music and tempo. They must demonstrate not only proper technique but also poise, power, floor craft (movement on the floor) and other criteria that reflect the quality of their dancing.
The music always follows a strict tempo and, for a couples’ competition, will have a duration between 1:30 seconds and two minutes.
In the finals, couples are judged on timing, footwork, rise and fall, alignment, direction and floor craft.
Dance turned into a “genuine sport” at the beginning of the twentieth century when a group of French entrepreneurs converted ballrooms into the venue for their contests. The first unofficial world championship took place in 1909.
DanceSport was featured in the Closing Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The first World DanceSport Games were held in Kaohsiung, Taipei, in 2013.
At Ashgabat 2017
At the Ashgabat 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, there will be 11 medal events contested over two days at the Taekwondo DanceSport Arena on 25 and 26 September. There will be five categories for Standard and Latin and one Salsa.
Cha Cha Cha
The competition begins in an elimination phase. Depending on the number of couples, initial heats may be required with each heat having up to eight couples. In the quarter and semi-finals couples will perform in groups.
In the final, couples will perform solo.
- 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