Dancing: Rhythmic variety

Wheelchair dancing - whether as a sport or simply for pleasure - encompasses everything that combines movement with music, from a slow waltz to freestyle dancing.

Man in wheelchair dancing with female dancer (photo: MyH)
Man in wheelchair dancing with female dancer (photo: MyH)

Wheelchair dancing, offered by well over one hundred wheelchair sports organizations, many special schools, dancing clubs and associations throughout Germany, is characterized by a wide range of forms of movement and expression. It encompasses traditional dances, for example the slow waltz or tango, to Latin dances like the samba or jive, through to jazz and modern dance, dance theatre and acrobatics, to name just a few.

Different formations

A distinction is made between combi-dances, where the dancing couple consists of one dancer with a disability and one able-bodied dancer, duo dances, where two wheelchair users dance together and solo dances where a dancer with a disability dances alone. Four or more couples dancing together, half being wheelchair users  is referred to as a formation dance.

Presentations in Germany and abroad illustrate the artistic and sporting variety of wheelchair dancing. Dancing workshops, training camps, dance festivals and dance days are attracting a growing number of dance enthusiasts who have great fun putting their energy into learning dance rhythms both in and with their wheelchairs. Sporting tournaments and competitive events also challenge enthusiasts to develop their skills until they can take part in German, European or world championships.

No limits

"Wheelchair dancing is socially acceptable!" Wheelchair dancers have taken to the floor at dance festivals, galas and sporting events, discos and weddings. Whether classical, fiery, lively, traditional, erotic, dreamy, aggressive or flirtatious: the wheels turn, stop, move forward and back and the rhythm is translated into actions of the head/shoulders and arms. There are no limits to the sporting and creative dance variations, with or without equipment.

Source: Deutscher Rollstuhlsportverband