Wheelchair dancing continues to increase in popularity around the globe and is now recognized as an official international paralympic sport.
With a growing number of dance centers and organizations that cater to those who are physically challenged, wheelchair users can learn to dance socially or competitively – and actively participate in their favorite dance styles. These include square dancing, line dancing, ballet, jazz, Latin American, and traditional ballroom dancing.
In addition to dancing centers that exclusively cater to individuals who use wheelchairs, an ever-growing number of organizations, such as takelessons.com, specialize in teaching the art and sport of dance to able-bodied individuals, as well as people with physical challenges.
In more than 40 countries, people of all ages and physical abilities participate in dance activities with their manual or power mobility chairs.
There are four ways in which to dance:
In addition to the enjoyment derived from dance lessons, participation and competition, wheel chair dancing – like other forms of dancing – can provide benefits both physically and mentally.
Wheelchair users have said they feel more inspired and confident from regular dance involvement. Some people suggest that dancing has enabled them to require less physical therapy because of the exercise they get during practice and performances.
The sport is governed by International Dance Sport Federation rules, as modified by the International Paralympic Committee.
These rules outline the floor size, dance forms, music tempo and duration, number of couples who may compete, and costumes. Several rounds of competition are conducted, based on the particular event, and dance performances are evaluated by five to seven expert judges.
Axis Dance Company
Full Radius Dance
Icelandic Dance Sport Federation
International Dance Sports Federation
International Paralympic Committee
Malta Wheelchair Danceport Association
U.S. Wheel Chair Dancing
Wheelchair Dance Sport Association (UK)
Wheel Chair Dance Sport Australia
Wheel Chair Dance Club of Holland
Wheel Chair Dance Sport Committee
Wheel Chair Dance Sport Russia
Wheel Chair Dance Sport USA
Wheel Chair Dancers
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