According to Wikipedia DanceSport means "competitive ballroom dancing",as contrasted to social or exhibition dancing. Dancesport events are sanctioned and regulated by dancesport organizations at the national and international level, such as the World Dance Council. The physical demand of dancesport is equally as high in comparison to other sporting activities such as basketball or cross-country running. Ballroom dancing requires a cardiovascular system to be able to work at a high energy level in order to match the given physiological strain.
There are a wide variety of dance competitions. They range from the well known Blackpool Dance Festival, an event open to all, to competitions conducted exclusively for university students.
The World Dance Council (WDC) rules for international competitions are lengthy and detailed.[16The music for competitions is kept confidential until the event. The music always follows a strict tempo and, for a couples competition, it will have a duration of no less than 90 seconds, and no more than two minutes.
Some elementary competitions are restricted to "basic" steps, but international competitions are open as to choreography, within the limits of the traditional style of the individual dances. Only the Viennese waltz has defined choreography: it is limited to seven well-specified figures. Lifts are not permitted, except for Show Dance titles. The tempo for each dance is defined. In the finals, couples are marked under the skating system and judged by timing, footwork, rise and fall, alignment, direction and floor craft. Competitors must meet World Anti-Doping Agency rules.
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