WDSA stands for Wheelchair Dance Sports Association.
The Wheelchair Dance Sport Association (UK) was established in 2006 by Sue Cummings and Ruth Boyne and offers opportunities, for those who would otherwise be excluded from dancing. The aim of the WDSA is to promote and develop wheelchair dancing as a sport and leisure activity across the country and to raise the standard of coaching and competition in the UK and internationally at all levels. Wheelchair Dance Sport is accessible to anyone with no boundaries in term of age limit or level of ability.
The sport allows wheelchair dancers to perform together (duo-dances) or with able-bodied performers (combi-dances), if necessary being assisted by a pusher or with any aids. Dances include Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot and Quickstep and Latin dances such as the Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble and Jive, and Group dances.
There is also a structured approach to training, with regular training courses for those interested in becoming Instructors of Wheelchair Dance, and training for those interested in competing.
All Isca Wheelchair Dance members have the opportunity to become a member of the WDSA and enter National or International competitions organised by the Wheelchair Dance Sports Association (WDSA).
- There are entry fees payable for dancers and anyone accompanying them.
- Dancers are classed as debutantes until they reach a particular standard.
- Dancers are grouped into appropriate classes according to their level of ability/upper arm strength. These would be either class 1 or class 2.
- Those in powered chairs are normally in class 1.
- Duo Dances can be a combination of class 1 and class 2. Combi dance must be either one class or the other.
- Dancers are either grouped as combi couples, where one standing partner dances with a wheelchair user; or as duo couple, where two wheelchair users dance together.
- As a debutante you would perform an English Waltz, Samba and Quickstep with a partner.
- Group dances may be performed. This can be all duo, all combi or a mixed ability team. The majority of the team must be wheelchair users. The music can be chosen by the group and must be a minimum of 3 minutes with maximum of 5 minutes.
For further information visit the WDSA’s website at http://wdsauk.co.uk