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World DanceSport Federation
VISION for 2020



Exactly 50 years after it was founded in Germany, WDSF, which was still the International DanceSport Federation at the time, held the 2007 Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The International Olympic Committee Honorary President, the late Juan Antonio Samaranch, delivered the anniversary address.

"Yours is an organisation that has reached its maturity. This requires sometimes changes. Criteria need to be updated, and the challenges imposed by the media society must be accepted."


J.A Samaranch
1920 - 2010

After it had kept its focus exclusively on the Latin and Standard dances for five decades, WDSF took Samaranch's advice to heart and adopted a restructure and development plan for the organisation and for the sport.

Wheelchair DanceSport

 As per its VISION 2012, the World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) set out to

  • Establish WDSF as the cohesive force between different stakeholders in the sporting activities which involve dance. 
  • Improve DanceSport through synergies resulting from the combined knowledge base and expertise of the stakeholders. 
  • Promote the sport on the strengths of a greater constituency, of the broadest demographic appeal, and of benefits arising from economy of scale.
  • Make DanceSport even more global, more ageless, more accessible, and more relevant.

Rock 'n' Roll

 It was nothing short of shifting paradigms and certainly one of the most ambitious endeavours ever embarked upon by WDSF. When the inaugural edition of the WDSF World DanceSport Gameswas held in Kaohsiung, TPE, in September of 2013, it symbolically brought the VISION 2012 project to a successful conclusion.

In the autumn of 2013 WDSF followed up and started work on 2020 VISION in order to bring even more significant improvements over the status quo in a number of areas. Through 2020 VISION, WDSF defines the strategies that make for DanceSport's continued development and growth in popularity to become achievable over the years to come.


Photography on Home Page

Hero 1 - Mike & Rose-Ann Lynch - Nationals 2018 Photography by Lisa Dubinsky

Hero 2 - USA Dance Los Angeles Chapter Dance - Photography by Jerry Hernandez

Hero 3 - Nationals 2016 - Photography by Carson Zullinger

Hero 4 - Team USA - WDSF World Sr. IV Standard, Nagano, Japan Courtesy of Winston Chow

Carousel 1 - Adult Latin Nationals 2018 - Photography by Lisa Dubinksy

Carousel 2 - Nationals 2018 - Photography by Lisa Dubinsky

Carousel 3 - NCDC 2018 - Photography by Lisa Dubinsky

Carousel 4 - CFC 2018 - Photography by Calvin Long

Carousel 5 - Minnesota Chapter Flash Mob - Photography by David Chin