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What is DanceSport?
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USA Dance is the National Governing Body (NGB) for DanceSport in the USA as recognized by the US Olympic Committee and the Federation of International DanceSport Federation (WDSF). Competitive “ballroom” dancing, or “Dance Sport” in the USA takes place under the Rules of USA Dance, DanceSport Division and the Dance Sport Council. USA Dance is the member body of the WDSF.


What is DanceSport?

DanceSport, competitive ballroom dancing, is basically couples assembled on a dance floor being compared with other couples by qualified judges, on relative performance and execution using a defined and recognized set of standards.

USA Dance competitors are called DanceSport Athletes. Information on how to join is available on our website on our membership page. As a member you are eligible to enter any and all USA Dance Competitions as well as IDSF competitions internationally. Anyone can become a DanceSport Athlete as long as they are not a “professional” as defined in the USA Dance Rulebook. A Professional is a competitor who competes in an event open to professional couples or as the professional in a Pro-Am event where a professional is partnered with an “amateur”. A Professional membership is available in USA Dance.

USA Dance has the responsibility to regulate DanceSport in the U.S.  Here are the goals of the DanceSport Council.  For more information, please visit the DanceSport Council Committee.



  • To serve as the National Governing Body for ballroom dancing and DanceSport in the United States subject to the statutes of : the World DanceSport Federation (WDSF); and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC);
  • To organize and support programs for DanceSport for all ages and create affordable opportunities for the general public to participate in DanceSport.
  • To promote amateur DanceSport as a sport both nationally and internationally and foster its inclusion in the Olympic and Pan American Games;
  • To organize and support amateur DanceSport events internationally and nationally, including national, regional and local championships;
  • To select the top DanceSport Athletes to represent the United States in the WDSF World DanceSport Championships and the World Games and finance their participation;
  • To organize and support programs to increase the number of competitors and to assist in the elevation of dancing skills among amateurs competitors.
  • To organize and foster educational programs among the public about the health, training, equipment, performance analysis, and sporting aspects of amateur DanceSport.
  • To organize and foster programs which assist in the expansion of amateur DanceSport and assist in the elevation of dancing skills among amateurs including beginner development, intermediate development and elite level development.
  • To encourage and provide assistance to amateur athletic programs and competitions for disabled individuals in dancesport, including, where feasible, the expansion of opportunities for meaningful participation by disabled individuals in dancesport competition.
  • To provide and coordinate technical information on physical training, equipment design, coaching, and performance analysis.
  • To encourage and support research, development, and dissemination of information in the areas of sports medicine and safety.
  • To formulate standards and rules relating to the eligibility, organization, and conduct criteria for amateur DanceSport events and ensure that these rules and standards are observed and maintained.
  • To provide an equal opportunity to amateur athletes, coaches, trainers, managers, administrators, and officials to participate in amateur DanceSport competitions, without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, or national origin, and with fair notice and opportunity for a hearing to any amateur athlete, coach, trainer, manager, administrator, or official before declaring such individual ineligible to participate.
  • To keep amateur athletes informed of policy matters and reasonably reflect the views of such athletes in its policy decisions.
  • To organize and foster programs for DanceSport in colleges, high schools, middle schools, and primary schools.

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