Why dance should be an Olympic sport
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It’s likely that most of you have not heard of a little thing called DanceSport. In fact, it’s not a little thing at all - the World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) has been going since 1935 and was granted full recognition by the International Olympic Committee in 1997. DanceSport is basically competitive ballroom dancing, including classical ballroom such as the foxtrot and the waltz, and Latin and modern styles like salsa, rock ‘n’ roll and swing. WDSF has not, as of yet, made its way into the Olympics. The problem is that DanceSport and dancing are still fighting to be recognised as a sport in the eyes of the general public. Many people find it difficult to class dancing as a sport. Why? Because - they argue - it’s not competitive, there’s no teamwork, it’s just learning a routine, there’s no rules, it’s not physically demanding like football or rugby or basketball… Let me stop you there. First of all, dancing of any kind can be competitive. This is proven by the very presence of the WDSF and of shows like Strictly Come Dancing and So You Think You Can Dance - and don’t tell me nobody gets excited at the mention of a dance-off. The dance industry itself is also very competitive; in a professional ballet company competition is intense and dancers are pitted against each other for lead roles just as tennis players compete to be no.1 seed.
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