of DanceSport South Africa (FEDANSA) 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.
is the official controlling structure and sole custodian of DanceSport
in South Africa.
is member of the South African Confederation of Sports and Olympic Committee
(SASCOC), founding member of the South African DanceSport Federation (a
Zone Six DanceSport Structure) and International DanceSport Federation
(IDSF) 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).
FEDANSA'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.
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.
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.
originated as a folk dance in Austria and Bavaria during the 17th
Century and was introduced to British ballrooms during the 1800s.
This smooth progressive dance is characterized by long, flowing movements,
continuous turns, and substantial rise & fall.
Tango was born in the streets of Buenos Aires during the late 19th
Century, and is thought to have originally represented the combat
between two men. The dance was brought to France in the early 20th
Century, and was quickly adopted and refined by the Parisian elite.
Tango is characterized by firm and progressive movement without rise
& fall and snappy, dynamic actions switching to superb stillness.
Waltz is a fast progressive rotating dance with the accent on the
first beat. The dance originated during the 18th century from the
South German Alps Area
was introduced by Harry Fox in 1913 and was originally moderately
fast, simple and unrefined. The versatility of the dance contributed
to its popularity, and during the 1930s it gained the smoother quality
we see today. Foxtrot is characterized by numerous continuously forward
or backward moving patterns which are straight and well aligned on
the competition floor.
arose when the British mixed Charleston and slow Foxtrot in the 1920s
to create "Quicktime Foxtrot and Charleston." This faster foxtrot
was greatly influenced by swing music during the 1920s and 30s and
later incorporated the chasse figures that are characteristic of the
Cha is a sexy and flirtatious Afro-Cuban dance that developed in the
Latin dance clubs of New York City during the 1950s. It uses quick
footwork and characteristic "cha-cha-cha" timing. .
has its roots in Africa, but most of the development is done in Brazil.
The dance is characterized by zig-zag patterns, circling movements
and more prominent interaction with the spectators.
is a slower, more romantic Afro-Cuban dance that has been dubbed "the
dance of love." Like the other Latin dances, it utilizes Latin hip
action and smooth body motion, allowing partners better express the
feeling of the music.
Doble originated from Spain. The name "Paso Doble" in Spanish means
"Two Step" and refers to the marching nature of the steps. The dance
portrays a bullfight with the man as the Torero and the woman, his
cape. Paso Doble first became popular amongst the upper classes of
Paris in the 1930s, with its dramatic and theatrical poses.
is a rhythmical and swinging dance which was influenced by the Rock
& Roll, Boogie and Swing. The roots of the dance are in Harlem, New
York. Jive is characterized by flicks, kicks, and strongly emphasized