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World DanceSport Federation


World DanceSport Federation

World DanceSport Federation
Formation 12 May 1957
Type International sport federation
Headquarters Sant Cugat del Vallès, Spain
90 national member bodies[1]
Carlos Freitag
Website .org.worlddancesportwww

The World DanceSport Federation (WDSF), formerly the International DanceSport Federation (IDSF), is the international governing body of dancesport and Wheelchair DanceSport, as recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

Originally founded in 1957 as the International Council of Amateur Dancers (ICAD), it took up the name IDSF in 1990. In 2011, it was renamed to WDSF to emphasise the global character of the organization.


  • History 1
  • Members 2
    • Full members 2.1
    • Provisional members 2.2
    • Associate members 2.3
  • Membership in other organisations 3
  • Relationship with the World Dance Council 4
  • Publications 5
  • Presidents 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8


  • 1909 First unofficial ballroom championships in Paris
  • 1957 ICAD founded in Wiesbaden on 12 May 1957
  • 1960 First television broadcast of Dancesport
  • 1990 Name changed to IDSF
  • 1992 Becomes a member of the General Association of International Sports Federations (GASIF) (now SportAccord)
  • 1995 World Rock & Roll Confederation (WRRC) joins IDSF as an Associate Member
  • 1997 Recognised by the IOC
  • 2001 Subscribes to World Anti-Doping Code
  • 2004 International Dance Organisation (IDO) joins IDSF as an Associate Member
  • 2007 Presentation of the VISION 2012 project to the IDSF General Meeting[2]
  • 2008 IDSF and the International Paralympic Committee "enter into a collaboration agreement to promote Wheelchair DanceSport jointly"
  • 2008 United Country and Western Dance Council (UCWDC) joins IDSF as an Associate Member
  • 2008 IDSF General Meeting delegates the Praesidium to pursue a restructure of the federation under VISION 2012[3]
  • 2010 Launches the IDSF Professional Division
  • 2011 Changes name to WDSF on 19 June


The WDSF has 90 national member associations, 66 of which are recognised by their National Olympic Committee.[1] Eighty of them are full members while 10 are provisional members.

Full members

Country Member Name NOC recognized
Albania Albanian Dance Sport Federation Yes
Andorra Federació Andorrana de Ball Esportiu No
Argentina Asociación Argentina de Baile Deportivo No
Armenia Armenian Dance Sport Federation Yes
Australia Dancesport Australia Ltd. Yes
Austria Austrian DanceSport Federation No
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Dance Sport Federation Yes
Belarus Belarusian Dance Sport Federation Yes
Belgium Belgian Dancesport Federation Yes
Bosnia and Herzegovina Dance Sport Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina No
Bulgaria Bulgarian Dance Sport Federation Yes
Canada Canada DanceSport Yes
Chile Federación Chilena de Baile Deportivo y Competición Yes
People's Republic of China Chinese DanceSport Federation Yes
Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei DanceSport Federation Yes
Croatia Croatian Dance Sport Federation Yes
Cyprus Cyprus Federation of Social and Sport Dance Yes
Czech Republic Czech Dance Sport Federation Yes
Denmark Danmarks Sportdanserforbund Yes
Ecuador Federación Ecuatoriana de Baile Deportivo Yes
England DanceSport England No
Estonia Estonian Dance Sport Association Yes
Finland Finnish Dance Sport Association Yes
France Fédération Française de Danse Yes
Georgia Georgian National DanceSport Federation Yes
Germany Deutscher Tanzsportverband e.V., No
Greece National DanceSport Federation of Greece No
Hong Kong Hong Kong DanceSport Association Limited Yes
Hungary Hungarian Dancesport Association No
Iceland Icelandic Dance Sport Federation, DSI Yes
India All India Dance Sport Federation No
Indonesia Indonesian Dancesport Association Yes
Ireland DanceSport Ireland, LTD No
Israel The Israel Dance Sport Association Yes
Italy Federazione Italiana Danza Sportiva Yes
Japan Japan DanceSport Federation Yes
Kazakhstan DanceSport Federation of Kazakhstan Yes
Kyrgyzstan Dance Sport Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic Yes
Latvia Latvian Dance Sport Federation Yes
Lebanon Lebanese Dance Sport Federation Yes
Lesotho Lesotho Dance Sport Association Yes
Liechtenstein Liechtensteiner Tanzsportverband Yes
Lithuania Lithuanian Dance Sport Federation Yes
Luxembourg DanceSport Federation Luxembourg Yes
Macao Macau DanceSport Federation Yes
Macedonia Macedonian Dance Sport Federation No
Malaysia Malaysia DanceSport Federation No
Malta Malta Dancesport Association Yes
Mexico Federation Mexicana De Baile A.C. No
Moldova Moldova Dance Sport Federation Yes
Monaco The Monaco DanceSport Association Stade Louis II No
Mongolia The Mongolia DanceSport Federation Yes
Montenegro Montenegro Dance Sport Federation Yes
Netherlands Nederlandse Algemene Danssport Bond Yes
New Zealand New Zealand Dancesport Association Yes
Northern Ireland DanceSport Northern Ireland Ltd No
Norway Norges Danseforbund Yes
Philippines DanceSport Council of the Philippines, Inc Yes
Poland Dance Sport Federation Poland Yes
Portugal Federacao Portuguesa de Danca Desportiva Yes
Romania Romanian DanceSport Federation Yes
Russia Russian DanceSport Union Yes
San Marino San Marino DanceSport Federation No
Scotland DanceSport Scotland No
Serbia DanceSport Federation of Serbia Yes
Singapore Singapore DanceSport Federation Yes
Slovakia Slovak Dance Sport Federation Yes
Slovenia Slovene Dancesport Federation Yes
South Africa Federation of Dance Sport South Africa Yes
Korea Korean Federation of DanceSport Yes
Spain Spanish DanceSport Federation No
Sweden Svenska Danssportförbundet Yes
Switzerland Schweizer Tanzsport Verband Yes
Thailand Thailand DanceSport Association Yes
Trinidad and Tobago National Ballroom Dance Association of Trinidad and Tobago Yes
Turkey Turkish DanceSport Federation No
United Kingdom All Ukrainian DanceSport Federation Yes
United States USA Dance Yes
Uzbekistan Uzbekistan Dance Sport Federation Yes
Vietnam Vietnam DanceSport Association Yes
Wales DanceSport Wales No

Provisional members

Country Member Name NOC recognized
Botswana Botswana DanceSport Association Yes
Brazil Conselho Nacional de Dança Desportiva e de Salão Yes
Cameroon Fédération Camerounaise Des Danses Sportives et Assimilé No
Colombia Federación Colombiana de Baile Deportivo No
Dominican Republic Federacion Dominicana Baile de Salón Deportivo Yes
Madagascar Comité de Mise en place de la Fédération Malgache de Danse Sportive No
Mongolia Mongolian Dancesport Federation Yes
Namibia Namibia Amateur Dance Sport Association Yes
Syria Syrian Federation of Sport- DanceSport Committee Yes
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Amateur Dance Sport Association No

Associate members

Country Member Name
International federation, legal seat Switzerland World Rock'n'Roll Confederation
United States United Country Western Dance Council
World Baton Twirling Federation

Membership in other organisations

Relationship with the World Dance Council

The WDSF is not the only international organisation in the field of competitive dance: the World Dance Council (WDC) is another prominent international dance organisation.

In the past, the WDC focus was on administering professional dancers and competitions. However, the launch of the WDC Amateur League in 2007[4] put the two organisations in direct conflict. The launch of the IDSF Professional Division in 2010 has since become an additional point of conflict.

The WDSF prohibits[5] its members from participating in any competition that is not listed and registered by either WDSF or a WDSF National Member Body. WDC competitions fall into this prohibited category. This policy was revoked in 2012 at the Annual Meeting by vote of the members. The WDSF now supports an athletes "right to dance".

Like the WDC, WDSF bans Same Sex couples from entering competitions, under rule D2.1.1, which states a couple must consist of a man and a woman.


The International News (Tanzsportmagazin), which served as WDSF's official publication since 1998, was replaced in 2004 by DanceSport Today, and in 2009 by World DanceSport magazine.[6]


Name Country Presidency
Otto Teipel Germany 12 May 1957 – 13 May 1962
Heinrich Bronner Germany 13 May 1962 – 23 June 1963
Rolf Finke Germany 23 June 1963 – 27 June 1965
Detlef Hegemann Germany 27 June 1965–1998
Rudolf Baumann Switzerland 1998 – 11 June 2006
retired as Honorary Life President
Carlos Freitag Spain 06/11/2006–present

See also


  1. ^ a b "IDSF Members". 
  2. ^ "The Restructure of IDSF". 
  3. ^ "Vision 2012". 
  4. ^ "Press Release: WDC Amateur League". Retrieved 4 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "Unregistered Events". Retrieved 4 September 2010. 
  6. ^
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