Sport is, by definition, an individual or team competition (with defined rules) held according to fair play standards, which motivates the contestants for achieving the best possible results. It is also undertaken as a means of recreation and improving one’s body abilities.
It is expressed through exercises performed according to specified rules. It helps to maintain good health and develops many traits of character, e.g. persistence, strong will, discipline, a feeling of solidarity and friendliness. In competitive sports, the essential goal is to achieve the best possible results at competitions of different stages, organised locally, nationally, internationally, or as a part of the Olympic Games.
In the contemporary world, sports are undertaken by a huge number of people and are a form of public entertainment, engaging the emotions of millions of fans. Sport is also an important factor in integrating various social environments at a local, regional and international level.
Dance Sport is a discipline recognised as a sport by International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Paralympic Committee (IPC), SPORT ACORD, World Games Association (IWGA) International Masters Games Association (IMGA).
Dance Sport includes only two international dance styles:
• International Ballroom – Standard (English Waltz, International Tango, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep),
• International Latin (International Samba, Cha Cha Cha, Rumba, Pasodoble and Jive).
DanceSport is a team sport for pairs or teams of pairs (so-called dance groups). A dancesport pair consists of a man and a woman who, by using a given dancing technique, together create a passage of moves on the dance floor, accompanied by music in different rhythms, tempos and characters, resulting in a dance with high level of artistic and sport value.
The competition rules in dancesport are stipulated by the World Dance Sport Federation (WDSF) as well as the International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and National DanceSport Federations.
DanceSport competitions are organised in the following categories:
– Standard dances (International Ballroom),
– Latin American dances (International Latin),
– 10 dances (Standard + Latin).
– Amateur DanceSport categories
(national, the lowest being E, then D, C, B, A, and the S – A international )
Age DanceSport categories:
– children (below 9), (10-11)
– juniors (12-13), (14-15)
– teenagers (16-17)
– adults (18-34)
– seniors (Senior I – the younger partner is at least 30, the older is 35)
(Senior II – the younger partner is at least 40, the older is 45)
(Senior III – the younger partner is at least 50, the older is 55)
(Senior IV – the younger partner is at least 60, the older is 65)
In the categories: children, juniors, teenagers, the age of the older partner is relevant; in the case of adult and senior categories, the age of the younger partner is relevant.