November 16, 2007

National Collegiate DanceSport Championships

Posted in ballroom dance tagged , , , at 2:20 pm by anythingthatglitters

Most ballroom dancers will agree, there is a frustrating lack of seriousness surrounding our sport.  (And yes, it is most definitely a sport.)  No matter Latin or Standard, each style of ballroom is a workout in-and-of itself.  Competitions require unbelievable stamina, great health, performance, style, glamour and (most importantly) technique.  That said, it’s extremely frustrating when other athletes, publics and even the media portrays our sport in a frivolous and superficial manner. 

Dating all the way back to the 1930′s, ballroom dancers have petitioned the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to recognize our sport among the rest.  Finally in 2001, ballroom dance — more appropriately titled DanceSport — was recognized by the International DanceSport Federation (IDSF), and the United States Olympic Committee.  Rising hopes that medals would be awarded to the champions at the 2008 Olympics were lost since IOC postponed their decision to a later date.  But the USA Dance committee pushed forward and began holding nation-wide competitions awarding the most distinguished titles (next to Blackpool).  U.S. National titles and the opportunity to represent the U.S. at the IDSF World Championships are awarded at the annual USA Dance National DanceSport Championships administered by USA Dance.  

Why am I telling you all this??  Because… the collegiate championship is this weekend :) My old coach will be dancing pro-am with my former partner, and several other couples from my studio will be competing.  I can’t even begin to imagine how excited/nervous they must be right now. 

Best of luck to everyone competing in Ohio this weekend at the USA Dance 2007 National Collegiate DanceSport Championships!

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1 Comment »

  1. Maria said,

    Hey Vanessa,
    Great blog! As you know, I am a ballroom enthusiast and it is great to hear your take on it all.
    I completley agree with you about Ballroom not being taken seriously. This goes hand-in-hand with your previous post about DWTS. While shows such as that one have increased the visibility of the sport, but has done nothing to elevate it. Having a reality show that features hasbeen celebrities would never be able to bring authority and respect to the sport, even if the judges did critique them correctly.
    I think that for Ballroom to gain the recognition it deserves, the true story needs to be told of the blood, sweat, and time that goes into it. Olympic recognition would also do wonders.
    I look forward to many more posts!
    Maria


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