Left - Latin American Challenge trophy Right- Standard Challenge trophy.
The search for the best Malaysian Dancesport athletes to represent the country kicked off on the 9th of June 2012 in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. THE MYDF Executive committee decided to hold 5 Malaysia Championships, and the couple that wins the most Championships out of the 5 will get to keep the trophy permanently.
MYDF is a sport body and to those who are not aware we are registered with the Sports Commissioner under the Sports Development Act. We are also affiliated to the National Sports Council and the National Sports Institute.
Dancesport or Ballroom dancing has been around the Malaysian social scene for a long time. It is not wrong to say that this started off as a social avocation when the British ruled Malaya for a short period of time. It was in the year 2000, Dancesport was introduced to the International Olympic Committee ( IOC). Juan Antonio Samaranch the Olympic boss saw the potential of Dancesport that he admitted Dancesport to join the Olympic family. Now take note, it is not an Olympic Game yet but being in the Olympic family, the sport grew to be a medal event in related family Olympic games like the East Asian Games , the Asian Indoor Games , the Asian Indoor and Martial Art Games; Asian Games and locally in South East Asia , it was a medal event at the 2005 SEA Games in Cebu Philippines and the 2007 Korat SEA Games in Thailand.
Tasked to carry out the promotion of Dancesport is the International Dancesport Federation ( IDSF) and IDSF is accepted as an international Federation governing Dancesport by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). With this impetus Dancesport grew with many countries in the world applying for member ship with their National Olympic Council.
With IDSF being the only body governing Dancesport many other dance discipline applied to join IDSF. On the advice of the IOC , in the year 2010, IDSF changed their name to the World Dancesport Federation. The purpose is to be all inclusive of other dance discipline like the Wheel Chair Dancesport, Rock & Roll. Western and Country line Dance and many more. Each of these discipline with the help of WDSF formulate their own rules under the umbrella of WDSF.
Coming back to Malaysia the National Sports Association( NSA) governing Dancesport is Malaysia Dancesport Association (MYDF). We approached Dancesport as a Sport and by that we have our set of rules regulations and protocols as laid down by WDSF. As a member of WADA, enhancing drug to boost performance is a major sin and athletes caught using banned substance will be disciplined. This has happened before and all you need is go to WDSF website at wdsf.org.
To parents who would like their children to partake in Dancesport, examine your priorities first. Ask yourself whether you would like your children to approach dancesport as a fun time , social skills activity for your child rather than a sport. If indeed that is your aim there are many dance school you can go to.
However if you are approaching it as a sport, you are well advised to send your children to MYDF accredited dance school. We do not have a certification of Dance school but speak to them of your intentions that you are interested to bring your children to participate Dance as a sport.
MYDF believe that sporting principles such as fair play , honesty, integrity are important values in inculcating the young minds to be future dancesport athletes.
You may not believe it , the coveted Challenge trophy in the previous Championship was not returned to MYDF for the next Championship. That couple love the trophy so much that they think winning a championship give them the right to keep the trophy. Now to MYDF this is dishonest and unsporting conduct. Obviously they are uneducated and does not understand the meaning of challenge trophy. These dancers are what MYDF do not want, they are a bad example to the young athletes and a poor mentor to the up and coming.
The two (2) challenge trophies you see are for the Latin American and the Standard category of Dancesport for this 2012 - 2013 season.