World dance program

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Presentation of the musical styles that form the basis for the new world dance program

The World Dance Program (WTP) was founded in the early 1960s by the World Dance Council (WDC). The dances of the world dance program should be based on the music that has worldwide significance, supplemented by regional music styles.


The world dance program was launched in 1961 on the initiative of the Hamburg dance teacher Gerd Hädrich and the English dance teacher Alex Moore and was established in London in 1963 . In 2012 an extensive reform took place under the leadership of the General German Dance Teachers Association . In particular, the ADTV dance schools, rather the relaxed, authentic ballroom dancing are dedicated, is the new World Dance Program as the basis for the selection of course content for newcomers, as well as preparation for future profession of ADTV dance teachers.

Lesson goals of the world dance program

  • The style of music played should be recognized and a suitable dance should be selected.
  • The aim is to gain the security of being able to move in the respective beat and rhythm.
  • A style should be learned that looks natural and elegant and that suits every social occasion.
  • The basic steps should be the same worldwide.
  • Every gentleman should learn to lead and every lady to learn to accept leadership in order to be able to apply the figures in practice. These principles form the basis for the selection of movements and figures in the world dance program.
  • Posture, step size and variations of figures should be able to be adapted to the circumstances of the practice in order to avoid the hindrance of other couples.
  • Technique (footwork, lifting and lowering, etc.) as well as posture should enable natural and elegant movement and should not be exaggerated.


The ADTV Dance Teacher Academy ( TLA ) makes a recommendation for its members: the first course should contain the musical styles of the core world dance program ( waltz , disco and swing ). These styles of music are currently played around the world wherever ballroom dancing takes place. Only in the second course should dances from the extended musical styles (Latino and Tango) be included, because these styles tend to be regional around the world.

Waltz music

Disco music

Swing music

Latino music

Tango music

World dance badge

Pin for wearers of the world dance badge

After completing a basic and advanced course in ballroom dancing, in which the world dance program was learned, the world dance badge is awarded in some dance schools. The world dance badge includes a certificate and the world dance needle. In Germany, the badge is awarded by the General German Dance Teachers Association. Building on this, the examination for the German dance badge can be taken after further courses .

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