Frequently asked questions
What is Dancesport?
Simply put dancesport is another name for a ballroom dance competition. In contrast to dancing ballroom dances for social or performance, Dancesport is an athletic and artistic endeavor where dancers are compared to other dancers in their same proficiency level with a winner being awarded a prize at the culmination of the event. The International Olympic Committee has recognized ballroom dancing competitions as a sport (though not an Olympic held sport as of this writing). There are over 100+ dancesport competitions held in the United States alone each year, varying in size from one day competitions to week long events. There are over 10,000 dancers competing in various dancesport events in the United States.
How good do I have to be to dance in a competition?
You may have seen ballroom dance competitions on television, just started taking dance classes, or you have been taking dance classes for years. First understand that anyone can take part in dancesport competition. Dancing is for everyone, so everyone can participate in ballroom dance competitions. Having some knowledge about the sport is a good start though. With a good ballroom dance instructor at your side, and a few basics in your favorite ballroom dance you are well on your way to participating in your first competition.
Why do people dance in competitions?
Here is a list of some the most popular reasons students taking ballroom dance lessons and professionals have stated for competing in dancesport competitions.