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History of DanceSport

DanceSport is an event that was once referred to as competitive ballroom dancing. Its characteristics consist of physical strength, agility, coordination, stamina, a high level of fitness, discipline, teamwork, grace, style and musical interpretation. There are three disciplines of DanceSport offered in The World Games: Latin, Rock‘n’Roll and Standard. Each of these dances is performed to the prescribed music and tempo by couples demonstrating not only proper technique, but also poise, power, floor craft and other criteria that reflect the quality of their dancing.


In Latin, there are five dances: Samba, Cha-Cha-Cha, Rumba, Paso Doble and Jive. With their heritage in Latin American (Samba, Cha-Cha-Cha, Rumba), Hispanic (Paso Doble) and American (Jive) cultures, they each have their distinguishing traits but are similar in expressiveness, intensity and energy.


In Standard, there are five dances: Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Slow Foxtrot and Quickstep. They are generally danced in a closed position of the partners.


Rock’n’Roll is a very athletic, competitive form of dance that originated from the Lindy Hop. This is a very fast and physically demanding dance. The main feature of Rock’n’Roll dance are its kicks and acrobatic elements such as lifts, jumps, throws and flips.


A popular contemporary dance style, Breaking is often improvisational, sometimes even anarchic, and social to an extent that it thrives on interaction between the dancers or with those looking on.

Country of Origin

  • England

Popular Countries

  • England, Germany, France, Italy, Russia

2017 World Games Champion (country)

  • Latin – Moldova
  • Rock’n’Roll – Poland
  • Standard – Germany

Editions Participated in The World Games

  • 6

DanceSport Schedule

The schedule will be posted in 2019.

DanceSport Results

The results will be posted in 2021.

DanceSport Photos

DanceSport News