Dancing has over last decade taken a prolific rise in popularity all thanks to the various social media platforms available to us. Over the last fifty to sixty years, we have seen a steady rise in dance classes for so many genres. These have always been well attended either after a workday, or over weekends, to the point where available spaces are often too difficult to find. The internet has further added to the wide range of opportunities where online classes can now be taken from anywhere in the world. Dancing features in so many sports at every Olympic Games. Examples include Aesthetic Group Gymnastics, Ice Skating, Artistic Swimming, and Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics. It was no surprise then for DanceSport to become competitive and emerge as one of the fastest growing sports in the world.
One of the main reasons for the name DanceSport to be created, it to gain recognition by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It is effectively competitive ballroom dancing, in contrast to social or exhibition dancing. With wheelchair DanceSport, at least one of the dancers is confined to a wheelchair. DanceSport is a team sport with an emphasis on gender equality. This involves mostly a couple but is often also a team of couples in formation. The earliest recorded unofficial world championship was held in 1909, while the first television broadcast of DanceSport was done in 1960. Today there are several organizations who manage the development of the dancing worldwide. Some of these include the World DanceSport Federation, the World Dance Council, and the World Swing Dance Council.
The World Lion Dance Federation (WLDF) was founded in December 2019 with the purpose of representing the international community and acting as the world governing body for the sport of Lion Dancing. The federation currently has over twenty affiliated members.