Ballroom Dance (Standard dances) are, except for the Argentinian tango, the tradition and heritage of the European culture.
It is also a sport competition – 5 ballroom dances comprise the International Dance Programme presented at dancesport competitions, shows, and are performed as social dances during elegant balls or other exclusive events. Ballroom dance is a set of partner dances, which are enjoyed both socially and competitively around the world. Because of its performance and entertainment aspects, ballroom dance is also widely enjoyed on stage, film, and television.
Ballroom dance may refer, at its widest definition, to almost any type of partner dancing as recreation. However, with the emergence of dancesport in modern times, the term has become narrower in scope, and traditionally refers to the five International Standard dances:
– English Waltz – is a slow, romantic dance full of grace and elegance, which amazes with its beauty, and naturalness of movement as well as sophistication.
– Tango – full of energy and passion; enables to express extreme emotions – the sweetness of passion, the fire of jealousy, and the bitterness of abandonment.
– Viennese Waltz – called the “king of dances” is an exceptionally distinguished and spectacular rotary dance, which is an obligatory element of every ball.
– Foxtrot – is a dance based on natural movements, it introduces a calm and light atmosphere. It relaxes and calms the whole body.
– Quickstep – s a fast, vigorous subtype of foxtrot, full of joy of life and dancing play, which make the dancing pair seem float above the dance floor.
The only official world governing body representative of Dance Sport and Wheelchair Dance Sport in the world is World Dance Sport Federation (WDSF).
The Sport Federation which unites national sports federations operating in the Dance Sport discipline and GDSF cooperates with.
Dance Sport is a discipline recognised as a sport by International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Paralympic Committee (IPC), SPORT ACORD, World Games Association (IWGA) and International Masters Games Association (IMGA).