Part 4, To Dance or not to Dance, that is thy Sport…

Sunday, May 9, 2010, 17:01

by Jean-Claude Dimech

Dancesport despite its novelty in the Malteses islands, is increasingly becoming popular, practically it encompasses all age groups, as dancers start to learn the craft from the tender age of six years, although some tend to start at a latter age or way into mature age.

The MDA registered its first members in 1994 and since then the competitive members always participated in Malta Closed and Open Competitions, locally and abroad, with the aim of promoting this athletic discipline in the islands, serving also as a way of promoting the maltese islands to establish a different kind of tourism, since competions usually are held over a period of three days, international guests usually tend to spend a week or so in preparation and even for subsequent relaxation. Such competions attract to our Island the best ranking couples from all over Europe, namely Russia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Ukraine, Austria and others.

It is the sole organization in the Maltese islands which isofficially registered as one of the 86 associations and Federations worldwide that together form the International Dancesport Federation (IDSF) which is based in Lausanne, Switzerland.

As a full member of I.D.S.F., in 2002 the MDA organised the 1st IDSF Malta Open Championships in the Pavilion – Ta Qali and in 2003 the MDA organised the 1st IDSF INTERNATIONAL OPEN for ADULTS – Standard / Latin, and the 1st IDSF OPEN for SENIORS together with Open Competitions, which had a good number of foreign participants. Later on the venue changed to the grand sport hall of University, Msida.

As a full member of the IDSF, Malta Olympic Committee (MOC) and Kunsill Malti ghall-Isport (KMS), its members are eligible to participate abroad in the World’s, European, International and IDSF Open Championships.

The number of members increased when the MDA also introduced the 1st Ballroom and Latin courses for Beginners, at Tarxien, Maria Goretti Girls Secondary School and at Ta’Paris, St Theresa Boy’s College (formerly known as Vincenzo Borg Brared Secondary School).  An introductory course for children between 11 to 16 years known as SkolaSport Programme, was launched in October 2008 which is being held at the Cottonera Sports Complex.

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