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DanceSport SA

Federation of DanceSport South Africa (DanceSport SA) was formed in 1994 after integration of former Black and White structures in South Africa. This was in response to political changes that were taking place in South Africa towards democracy.

DanceSport SA is the official controlling structure and sole custodian of DanceSport in South Africa.

DanceSport SA is member of the South African Sport Confederation and Olympic committee (SASCOC), founding member of the Federation of DanceSport South Africa (Southern African DanceSport Federation) and World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) which is the only International DanceSport Organisation recognized by International Olympics Committee (IOC), General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), International World Games Association (IWGA) and Association of the IOC Recognized Sports Federations (ARISF).

DanceSport SA’s main members are provinces. Different commissions take care of interests groups and experts and facilitate access and growth of DanceSport. These are DanceSport Technical Commission, Disabled DanceSport Commission, School Sport Commission and Athletes’ Commission.


DanceSport is one of the most graceful sports, where men and women compete on equal terms – a 100% gender parity. It is a team sport danced in partnership between man and woman using required technique together with floorcraft and artistic interpretation to produce highly disciplined dance performance. DanceSport developed out of the narrow confines of Ballroom dancing but today includes any dance style which has achieved internationally recognized competition structure and has adopted a sport based culture. DanceSport has grown tremendously in the past few years, particularly in townships and rural areas. This is attributed to the fact that the sport was foreign to these communities for a long time.

Following IOC recognition, the International DanceSport Federation (IDSF) continues to work for the inclusion of DanceSport as a medal sport in the Olympic Games. There is a clear correlation between DanceSport and the existing Olympic Winter sport of Ice Dancing, and there is no doubt that DanceSport will become one of the popular tele-sports.