History of DanceSport /Styles and Organizations:

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DanceSport is the official term for ballroom dancing, which is the official dance form for dance performances.
Dance support programs are approved and regularly managed by national and international dance support organizations such as the World Dance Support Federation. The name “DanceSport” was invented to give competitive ballroom dancing Olympic recognition. The physical demand for dance support has been the subject of scientific research. In the case of wheelchair dance support, there is at least one dancer in a wheelchair.

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History of Dancesport:

The first unofficial DanceSport World Championships were held in 1909, and the first organizing team was presented by Olive Ripman in 1932 at the Astoria Ballroom in London. DanceSport was first broadcast on TV in 1960.

Dancesport styles:

The term dance support applies to the international style as well as the American style of competitive ballroom dancing. It includes the following categories:
International Style Latin
International Style Standard
American Smooth
American Rhythm
These categories apply to both individual couples and dance formations.

International Governing Organizations

World Dance Council (WDC)

DanceSport is the official term for ballroom dancing,

The World Dance Council is a registered limited company, and the legal successor to the International Council for Ballroom Dancing (ICBD), formed in 1950 in Edinburgh. The World Dance Council consists of a General Council and two committees. The World Dance Support Committee regulates professional dance support internationally. The World Social Dance Committee “deals with all aspects of the dance profession related to the activities of dance schools and dance teachers.” It does not directly control social dance – it is the business of individual organizers, dance teacher organizations, such as the Imperial Society of Dance Teachers, and chains of dance teaching schools in the United States. In 2007, the WDC Amateur League was formed. The organization organizes numerous competitions and has its own system of world rankings for amateur dancers. Each member country of the World Dance Council has its own national organization, such as the British Dance Council, which serves as a forum for many interested parties in the country. National bodies decide on their representatives in the World Dance Council.

World DanceSport Federation (WDSF)

History of DanceSport

The World Dance Support Federation, the first International Dance Support Federation (IDSF), is the international governing body of dance support, recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Originally established in 1957 as the International Council of Amateur Dancers (ICAD), it was renamed the IDSF in 1990. In the past, IDSF has focused on organizing amateur dancers and competitions. However, the WDSF Professional Division (formerly known as IPDSC) was formed in 2010, which extended this focus to professional dance support. WDSF members are not allowed to dance in competitions unless they are sponsored by WDSF, or one of its member federations. The policy was repealed in 2012 at the annual general meeting by a vote of the members. The WDSF now supports an athlete’s “right to dance”.

Dancesport Competitions:

Various dance competitions are held here. They range from the famous Black Pool Dance Festival (an event open to all) to competitions organized exclusively for university students, such as competitions organized by the Inter-University Dance Association in the UK. Amateur competitions usually include events that dance in terms of age, experience, or both. For example, events may be grouped according to the age of young dancers, such as: Juvenile (up to 12 years), Junior (12-16 years), and Youth (16-19 years) Events sometimes a wide range of ages Can cover range, such as grouping: under 21, adult, senior I (over 35), senior II (over 45), senior III (over 55), and senior IV (over) 65 years) Adult competitions are often divided into categories such as Preliminary, Noise, Intermediate, Pre-Championship, and Championship.

Dancesport Rules:

The rules of international competitions of the World Dance Council are long and detailed. Competition music is kept secret until the event. Music always follows a strict tempo and, compared to a couple, it lasts no less than 90 seconds, and no more than two minutes. Some preliminary competitions are limited to “basic” steps, but international competitions are choreographed to fit the traditional style of individual dance. Only Venus Waltz defines choreography: it is limited to seven specific personalities. Lifts are not allowed, except for dance titles. The tempo is explained for each dance. In the final, the couple is marked under the skating system and is decided by time, footwork, ups and downs, alignment, direction and floor craft. Competitors must comply with the rules of the International Anti-Doping Agency.

DanceSport as an Olympic Event:

After a long campaign, the WDSF, formerly the IDSF, was recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on September 5, 1997, as the sole representative body for dance support. On this occasion, several dance organizations changed their titles to “Sports”. This identification may have given IDSF a unique status. The WDSF website displays IOC letters and certificates certifying it as a sport eligible to include dance support under the 29th principle of the Olympic Charter. On its website, the WDSF encourages the possibility of DanceSport joining the Summer Olympics. However, since its recognition, DanceSport has been included in the Olympics as a formal event. Not done, and there are many who doubt it will ever happen. The 2008 Beijing Olympics did not include ballroom dancing, nor did the 2012 London Olympics.

Dancesport Physical Demands:

Ballroom dancing is a joint activity with a male and female counterpart. Over the years, competitive ballroom dancing has evolved into its own choreography, which requires a high level of athleticism. Many people who are spectators or dancers socially often underestimate the physical qualities and demands of ballroom dancing. To compete globally, elite competing dancers receive rigorous training to help and enhance their competitive performance. These dancers seem to perform at such a high level of energy expenditure that a deep understanding of these energy requirements creates specific training programs used to maintain consistently high dance performances on some competition tours. I can be helpful. In 1988, Australian research was performed to estimate heart rate and estimated energy during ballroom dancing.

Blanksby and Reidy, professors in the Department of Human Movement and Recreational Studies at the University of Western Australia, had ten competitive ballroom dance pairs that mimicked a dance competition competing in the international Latin or international style standard division. After administering all the required laboratory tests (to record their height, weight, percentage of body fat, fat-free mass and rest / maximum heart rate and VO2 values), the couple performed five dances. During the final, which was given 15 to 20 seconds between each dance break, their heart rate was telephoned and recorded. The purpose of this study was to estimate the energy requirements of the heart rate obtained during competitive simulation and the measures previously recorded by VO2 and HR.

The average heart rate for male dancers in the International Style Standard was 170 beats per minute and the minimum in the international style was 168 beats in Latin. Women added 179 beats min-1 and 177 beats at least 1, respectively. Astrand and Rodahl (1977) classify any exercise as extremely heavy if it results in a heart rate of 150 beats above 1. If their oxygen consumption exceeds 2.0L min-1, they consider an exercise too heavy. Except for women in the standard dance setting, all oxygen consumption levels cannot exceed 2.0L min-1. Finally, energy expenditure estimates for male athletes are 54.1 ± 8.1kJ for min-1 and in Latin dance 54.0 ± 9.6kJ min 1. For women, it was 34.7 ± 3.8 kJ min-1 and 36.1 ± 4.1 kJ min-1, respectively. Two more similar experiments were performed, showing very similar results and analyzes.

In all three experiments, there was a significant difference in energy expenditure between male and female athletes. Men usually spend more energy than their female counterparts. This is evident from the differences between humanity between the two sexes and the capacity of oxygen transport. Comparing the total energy expenditure (in KJM-1) between ballroom dancing and other sports, it is clear that other activities of competitive dance sports such as basketball (35.83 kg minutes-1) or cross country competitions. Is equal to Running (44.37kJ at least 1) and that ballroom dancing requires a cardiovascular system so that they can work at a higher energy level to meet a given physical stress.