What is Dancesport?

dancesportDancesport is the term used to describe high level American style and international style ballroom dancing. It is done on a competitive level rather than exhibition or social dancing, and features various categories such as International Latin-American, International Ballroom, American Rhythm and American Smooth.

As this advanced degree of dancing is classed as a sport, events are regulated at both international and national levels via various official dancesport organisations including the famous World Dance Sport Federation. The first world championship was held over a hundred years ago, although it was not an official event at the time, and in 1969, dancesport was first shown on television to an excited audience. This was due to the popularity of couples’ dancing together at this time, as well as the colourful glamorous attire and the dancers’ athletic and flamboyant moves. Ultimately, this led to the long running BBC series ‘Come Dancing,’ and the current series, ‘Strictly Ballroom,’ which involves celebrities from all different genres including film, TV, radio, politics and sport.

There is a broad spectrum of dance competitions which dancers can compete in, and dance fans can watch. These include the world famous, highly esteemed Blackpool Dance Festival which was initiated in 1920. This is the most popular event of the dance calendar for many dancers and fans, and during this time people from different countries head up to Blackpool for eight days of fun filled dance. The competitions are open to everyone, both professionals and amateurs.

In order to prove that this form of dancing is on par with other sports, various research studies have been undertaken. When the researchers compared exponents of sports and ballroom dancing by monitoring their average gross energy expenditure, the results indicated that dancesport is just as demanding as a number of mainstream sports including basketball.