ABOUT WDSF and WDSF PROFESSIONAL DIVISION
World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) was established in 1957 as International Council of Amateur Dancers (ICAD) in Germany. In 1990 ICAD changed its name to International DanceSport Federation (IDSF) and confirmed it strong determination to become a recognised sport by becoming recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and entering into membership of Association of IOC Recognised International Sport Federations (ARISF) and of World Games Associations (WGA) and later on also of Sport Accord.
IDSF changed its name to World DanceSport Federation at AGM in Luxembourg on June 19, 2011. This change has been part of the process called "VISION 2012" officially started in 2010 and, besides changing the name, it brought also to the decision to extend the governance from only Standard and Latin Disciplines to different dance styles and to the establishment of its own Professional Division.
Professional Division (PD) was established at the IDSF AGM in Vienna on June 13, 2010 and began to operate on August 15, 2010, after appending the previously independent International DanceSport Council (IPDSC). Currently 45 of the total of 85 WDSF National Member Federations have already joined the WDSF Professional Division.
The mission of the PD within WDSF is to:
• give the possibility to former amateur competitors to extend their previous amateur competition careers also after they take the decision that their occupation for life will be to teach dancing;
• provide the internationally recognised system of certified education for dance teachers, trainers and adjudicators;
• provide licensing seminars for adjudicators and examiners;
• research and develop dance sport and the art of dancing in its competitive and social forms.
As per WDSF Statutes, the Professional Division has the authority to govern its own administration of professional DanceSport. For this purpose, it establishes its own managing body, departments and commissions.
The division's managing body is its Presidium. It is appointed by the PD General Meeting for a term of three years and tends to the division's business between PD General Meetings. A Managing Committee tends to the day-to-day running of the Professional Division. The PD President assumes the role of the Executive Director of the division too, with specific duties assigned in terms of reporting to the WDSF General Meeting and the WDSF Presidium. The PD President is a member of the WDSF Presidium.
The actual WDSF PD Presidium members are presented at the WDSF website at the following link: