Competitive Dancing Vs. Social Dancing
Dance Competitions, sometimes referred to as DanceSport, range from world championships, regulated by the World Dance Council (WDC), to less advanced competitions for various proficiency levels. Most competitions are divided into Professional and Amateur, though in the USA, Pro-Am competitions typically accompany professional competitions. The International Olympic Committee now recognizes competitive ballroom dance. It has recognized another body, the International DanceSport Federation (IDSF), as the sole representative body for DanceSport in the Olympic Games.
Social dance is a major category or classification of dance forms or dance styles, where sociability and socializing are the primary focuses of the dancing. Social dances can be danced with a variety of partners in a relaxed, easy atmosphere. Most social dancing is fun partner dancing. In fact, when people speak of social dancing, they are talking about partner dancing. However, it is natural to include in this category such groups of dances as circle dances, line dances, novelty dances, or simply club dancing in solo.