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Wheelchair Dance Sport Rules Update - IPC

Synopsis: IPC Wheelchair Dance announce changes to 2014 - 17 rulebook, including athlete eligibility, general rules for freestyle, showdance and judging criteria.1

Author: International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Contact: www.paralympic.org

Published: 2015-08-04 Updated: 2016-01-05

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In order to continue to grow participation in IPC Wheelchair Dance Sport competitions, from 1 January 2016 athletes will only be eligible to enter a world or regional Championships if they have competed in at least one approved competition in the same season.

A partner dance competition and Dancesport where at least one of the dancers is in a wheelchair. The physical benefits of wheelchair dancing include the maintenance of physical balance, flexibility, range of motion, coordination and improved respiratory control. The psychological effects of ballroom dancing are social interaction and the development of relationships.

In order to continue to grow participation in IPC Wheelchair Dance Sport competitions, from 1 January 2016 athletes will only be eligible to enter a world or regional Championships if they have competed in at least one approved competition in the same season.

There have also been some updates made to the rules and judging criteria for freestyle/showdance events, which were introduced when the 2014-17 rulebook was published in August 2014.

Showdance has also been added to the definition as the recognized terminology within the sport.

Now that the events have been on the program for one year, the general rules and restrictions to freestyle/showdance have been further clarified, in addition to the judging criteria.

This includes violations and deductions of points and an explanation of the result formula, which came into force on 1 August 2015.

There are also some additions to the role of the Non-Voting Chairperson, which are effective from 1 August 2015.

The next competition on the IPC Wheelchair Dance Sport calendar takes place in St. Petersburg, Russia, where dancers will compete at the very first World Cup between 6-7 September.

The 2015 IPC Wheelchair Dance Sport World Championships will then take place on 7-8 November in Rome, Italy.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement, and also acts as the International Federation for nine sports, including wheelchair dance sport.

The sport is governed by the IPC and co-ordinated by the IPC Wheelchair Dance Sport Sport Technical Committee.

For further information, please visit www.paralympic.org/wheelchair-dance-sport www.facebook.com/IPCwheelchairdancesport or www.ParalympicSport.TV

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Cite Page: Journal: Disabled World. Language: English (U.S.). Author: International Paralympic Committee (IPC). Electronic Publication Date: 2015-08-04 - Revised: 2016-01-05. Title: Wheelchair Dance Sport Rules Update - IPC, Source: <a href=https://www.disabled-world.com/sports/paralympics/dance-rules.php>Wheelchair Dance Sport Rules Update - IPC</a>. Retrieved 2021-03-01, from https://www.disabled-world.com/sports/paralympics/dance-rules.php - Reference: DW#32-11521.