Dancesport or The Verve Ballroom
6344 NE 74th St OR 19820 40th Ave W,
Seattle or Lynnwood, WA 98115
United States

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ALL ABOUT DanceSport For Kids

Date Published:
April 5, 2004

Dancesport International is offering a NEW child, teen, and youth dance program geared towards developing excellent athletes, lifetime social skills and responsible citizens.
Students will progress through Medalist levels of dance, Bronze, Silver, & Gold with opportunities to receive certification, perform in showcases and competitions. A points system will record progress and reward students for exemplary behavior.

What is Dancesport?
Competitive Ballroom and Latin dancing has been renamed throughout the world by international organizations as "Dancesport" (the sport of competition dancing). Dancesport has a highly organized international competition structure and is conducted at the highest competitive athletic level. Rankings are recorded for National and World Titles in different age divisions.

Youth in Dancesport
Children from all over the world enjoy Dancesport.
For the past 50 years Europe, Australia, England, Norway, Scotland, Russia, China, Japan and many other countries have in participated in International competitions. Children are started in competitive dance programs when they are very young. To them, partnership dancing is as popular as many sports like soccer and as other forms of dance like ballet.

Europeans, Asians and Latinos consider it a cultural imperative to a learn partner dancing. It is included in most social and family gatherings. It not only affords children the opportunity to develop artistically but to develop social values based on self respect and courtesy

Since the inclusion of Dancesport into the Olympics in 2000 the United States has registered over 100 new Collegiate Dancesport teams. In 2003 there were over 400 American Colleges offering Dancesport activities. The number of elementary and high-school teams continues to grow as studies show that alternative methods of physical education need to be taught. Dancesport is being recommended by the National School Board and integrated as a beneficial PE activity that requires balance, coordination and stimulates the cardiovascular system.

About Our Dancesport Youth program

One of the founding beliefs of our program is that partner dance teaches important social values. All of our classes are coed. Our students learn not only how to be graceful, coordinated and poised, but also how to be self disciplined, self-confident and cooperative. Good sportsmanship is an integral part of dance competition. Along with attaining more refined manners and better posture our students also leave the studio with an education in different cultures. At Dancesport, students gain insight into other cultures through their study of dances and their history, dances like Cha Cha, Samba Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango and Rumba--to name but a few. This cultural education is further supplemented by our own multicultural staff and student body.
Previous members of our youth program have competed for local, regional and national titles and championships. The experienced they gained and the friendships made while being on a the team are treasured as much as the trophies and medals.

For all these reasons (and many more) we believe involvement in partner dance is one of the greatest ways to boost a child's self-esteem and help them feel comfortable in nearly any social and cultural setting.