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Dancesport championships introduce Para-dance competition


The Australian Dancing Society (ADS) has opened it's arms to a new dance category at their 73rd Australian DanceSport Championships at Hisense Arena on the 7th – 9th December 2018.

The championships are a celebration of Australian and International DanceSport, and remains one of the key events on the international circuit providing Australian athletes with the opportunity to compete against some of the world’s best on home soil.

This year, the competition features a new category, Para-dance; an initiative of DanceSport WA in a bid for the sport to become diverse and inclusive in both age and ability.

ADS intends to lead the way to include All Ability and Para-dance events across Australia and hope the performances at the Australian Championships next month will encourage participants into the sport. ADS plans to introduce Para-dance in Victoria in 2019.

Objectives and benefits of DanceSport:

- To build confidence, self-esteem and social engagement through inclusion

- To enable primary and high school students to be included and confidently and participate in school dance programs, socials and graduation dances

- To bridge the gap between para and able-bodied individuals/students by allowing them to feel comfortable dancing together at social functions

- To establish a social and competitive pathway for all ability and para-athletes

- Skill development for participants

Tickets for the Australian DanceSport Championships can be purchased here.

Watch videos below from the 2017 Para-dance competition in Perth.


Jasmine Richwol

Communications and Marketing Manager, Vicsport

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