Dancesport is mainly about dancing artistry turned into sport in many different countries. The World Dance Sport Federation (WDSF) is the governing body that establishes rules and regulations for dancesport, which are needed to appropriately create a standard for this sport.
The rules and regulations are very lengthy and detailed. According to the rules, dancesport is played by a male and female couple. There are also age restrictions. Age groups vary from juvenile to senior, depending on the competition. In all rounds of competitions, music should be played with a minimum duration of one-and-a-half minutes and a maximum duration of two minutes. As for the type of music, in all WDSF competitions, music must always have the character of the dance being performed.
Types of dances may consist of standard and Latin American dances such as waltz, tango, slow foxtrot, quickstep, samba, cha-cha, rumba, paso doble, and jive. The choreography in all ten dances is open choreography. Elements from other dances may be used to enrich and improve choreography. Lifting is not permitted to any of the given dance categories. Violation of this rule may result to disqualification.
All WDSF world championships, tournaments, and world cups shall comprise at least first, semi-final, and final rounds. In each round, open marking shall be used to assess couples – 1, 1 1/2, 2, 2 1/2, and 3, number “1” being the best mark. The marks shall be added together to produce a result. There is a break of at least 20 minutes between the rounds to ensure the health and welfare of the athletes.
As to the dress or costume, the WDSF Dress Regulations has set standards that competitors should adhere to. The Chairman may disqualify any participant or both participants at a competition if dress regulations are not followed.
In all formation competitions, teams shall consist of six, seven, or eight couples. During rehearsals, a Chairman shall be present and shall warn any team that breaches the rules. In formation competitions with different dance directions within the same event, at least 20 minutes shall be allocated to each team to dance to an appropriate music.
For the judging criteria, music is composed of 40% (comprising of timing (20%) and musicality (20%)), technique is 20%, difficulty 10%, partnering skills 10%, originality 10%, and appearance 10%.