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FEDANSA

Federation 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.

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

FEDANSA 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.

DanceSport

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.

Dances

Standard (Ballroom)

Waltz
Waltz 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
The 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.
Viennese Waltz
Viennese 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
Foxtrot
Foxtrot 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.
Quickstep
Quickstep 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 dance today.

Latin American

Cha Cha
Cha 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. .
Samba
Samba 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.
Rumba
Rumba 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.
Paso Doble
Paso 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.
Jive
Jive 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 leg rhythm.