Department of Health & Human Services
Premiers Active April

DanceSport: Join the most exciting and glamorous of sports!

DanceSport is an exciting and glamorous sport that ignites everyone’s imagination. Many find that once they begin, they wish they had started earlier! It’s a fun and rewarding activity for people of all ages, and bound to have something for you. There are many levels of DanceSport, such as:

  • Group classes, dancing in neat and casual attire, for those looking for something casual
  • Social partner dancing in dressier outfits, when wanting something more serious
  • Private dance lessons in practice wear, when you want to improve skill and ability
  • Medalist dancing, in formal wear, for those looking to achieve mastery of grade levels
  • Competition dancing in stunning costumes for those who want to reach the stars

How then do you get into this amazing sport? We recommend that you first try dancing in a group class; get a feel for how enjoyable DanceSport can be. It’s that easy.

Try group dance classes

Participating in a group class is a great way to start out in DanceSport. As it’s a group class, you don’t have to worry about bringing a partner. It’s one of the few activities you can do together with friends, so you don’t have to worry about going in alone. You can participate as an individual, a couple or in a small group. You are taught some basic moves and then start doing some simple social dancing to music. It’s a wonderful and fun activity that can instigate great friendships that last a lifetime.

Get five free group dance classes
When you register for Active April you get access to five free group dance classes at any of the dozens of dance studios and schools that are official members of DanceSport Australia. These studios and schools abide by a professional Code of Conduct. This is a valuable offer, and a fantastic opportunity to get a feel for what starting out in DanceSport is like.

Share in dance prizes
You also get a chance to win several great DanceSport prizes including:

  • Five half-hour private lessons with a studio (RTF) of your choice
  • Five more social classes
  • One pair of dancing shoes for women OR men

These prizes are being offered on Active April’s Facebook page and on Instagram so make sure you go and follow them.

Great exercise and development
Dancing is a thorough but gentle way to exercise your body without even realising it, and helps develops good muscle tone. It increases mind and muscle coordination and improves body posture.

You will find going to group dance class increases your self-confidence and self-assurance. Dancing in a group class is a great way to improve your communication skills and social grace. It will lift your outlook on life. Further, it is one of the best and easiest ways to meet someone special.

Dancing in a group class is a rewarding way to spend your leisure time.

First timers only
Please note that this offer is for first-time users only. The purpose of this campaign is to encourage new people to try out DanceSport. If you are currently dancing or have danced at one of these participating studios, this offer does not apply. Make room for someone who hasn’t danced before to come and try.

What happens next

We recommend that you stay in the group classes for a few months at least. It takes time and effort to build the skills and ability to competently partner dance with music. Most dance studios offer casual group classes on a ‘pay as you go’ basis, while some offer a number of classes for an up-front, set fee. Decide which is best for you and choose the studio that suits your needs. Cost of tuition does vary, so find out when deciding where to take your lessons.

Many see dancing as an artistic expression of oneself, rather than just a physical sport. Whether you are interested in expanding your social life, doing medals or being challenged by serious competition, at some point in your life you should experience the joy of dancing at the next level.

Social dancing
Most people who begin in group classes eventually want to try out their skills at social dancing. Once you have been doing dance lessons for a while, try participating in studio or school social dances or competitions, which are great for practicing what you have learnt in class. This is where you get to see in action your improved self-confidence, self-assurance and communication. You get to experience social gracefulness as well as partner dancing. It’s a rewarding activity that is lots of fun and great exercise.

Medalist dancing
The easiest way to progress after experiencing some social dancing is dancing as a medallist. This is where you undertake training to achieve technical levels in a range of dance styles. You perform your dances in a medal exam in formal dancewear and get formal recognition for your achievement.

It is quite common for people to move on from medals to competitive dancing. This is because while doing medals you will learn many skills and become confident in your ability to dance. There is no better place to show off these skills and ability than in competition.

Competition dancing
Competition dancing evolved from social and medallist dancing. It attracts people who love to dance and have the urge to show their skill and talent in direct competition with other couples on the dance floor. Competitive dancers get lots of opportunities to dress up, feel elegant and look stunning. If you are ready for something a little more glamorous and exciting then this level of sport is ideal for you! There are many DanceSport competitions held in Melbourne throughout the year.

About DanceSport
The term ‘DanceSport’ has been adopted to make it clear this activity is recognised as an official sport. It originated from competitive ballroom dancing but has expanded to include many dance styles. Further, DanceSport encompasses all aspects of dancing, such as development, participation, training, competition and accreditation.

DanceSport is ideal for developing amazing athletic discipline of your body and mind. This is because it is a physical sport, coupled with artistic creativity, musical interpretation, costume design, choreography and performance. It requires a combination of physical attributes such as strength, agility, coordination, stamina and fitness. Further, it requires a blend of creative and mental attributes including grace, style, discipline and teamwork.

Last updated: April 5, 2019 at: 10:53 am

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