Is DanceSport a Sport?
One frequently-asked question is whether DanceSport is "really a sport".
The IOC considered this question when DanceSport applied to it in the early 1990s and reviewed its definitions of "sport".
The IOC believes that it should analyze modern activities by deciding how they fit into certain activity continuums, one from Art (i.e. ballet) to Sport (i.e. figure skating), another from Mechanical (i.e. motor racing) to Biomechanical (i.e. bobsledding), and a third from Education (i.e. gymnastics) to Entertainment (i.e. circus performances) (examples are mine, not CADA's or the IOC's).
The IOC holds that if an activity has more Sport than Art content, is more related to Biomechanical than to Mechanical advantage, and is intended as more Educational than Entertainment-oriented, it should be seriously considered for inclusion in the Olympic family.
In a now-famous 1984 study at the University of Freiburg in Germany, identical physiological tests were administered to successful track stars and successful amateur DanceSport competitors. Results showed that a DanceSport competition required all the same kinds and degrees of exertion and physical demands as running the 800-metre race.
The only exception is that at major international championships, DanceSport competitors may be required to perform the same competition four to six times in a day, sometimes for days in a row!
DanceSport rivals the ice-skating sports for telegenic appeal. In addition, it has the powerful advantage that it is one of the few sports that has 100% gender parity and offers women exactly the same sport opportunities as men, right down to competing with men in the same events and on the same playing surface.
- Canada DanceSport Officers
- Regional Associations
- International DanceSport Organizations
- DanceSport in the Olympics
- Is DanceSport a Sport?
- About the IDSF
- About the Canadian Olympic Committee
- Anti-Doping Information
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Visit the websites of CADA's Regional Associations:
- Dance Sport Quebec
- DanceSport Alberta
- DanceSport BC
- Ontario Amateur DanceSport Association
- DanceSport Atlantic Association
International DanceSport Federation
The Canadian Amateur DanceSport Association is the recognized Canadian Member of the IDSF. Visit the IDSF web site at http://www.idsf.net