Meanwhile, ballroom dancing
was enjoying a revival in Singapore. The formation of ABDA was timely and
gave impetus and direction to the flourishing activity. Since the registration
of ABDA in October 1987, it has introduced guidelines for amateur status,
the chart-rating system to rank couples and the visual marking system in
Singapore. Membership of ABDA has grown over the years mainly due to its
many diverse activities attracting the dancing public. ABDA members are
also given a chance to represent Singapore in overseas championships and
meetings. To date, ABDA has sent couples to Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chinese
Taipei, England, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Latvia, New Zealand, Norway,
Philippines, Scotland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Thailand
In November 1990, the ICAD changed
its name to the International Dance Sport Federation (IDSF) and amateur
competitive ballroom dancing was renamed dancesport. Subsequently,
the Association also changed its name to The Amateur
Dance Sport Association (Singapore), ADSA in short.
In 1992, the IDSF granted
ADSA the rights to host the 1992 World Amateur Standard Dancesport Championship
in Singapore, making it the first country in Asia to be given this honour.
The IDSF also held its Annual General Meeting in Singapore that year.
Then in 1995, ADSA won the rights to organise the 2nd IDSF Asia Pacific
Following the IDSF's provisional
recognition by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in April 1995,
the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) accepted ADSA as an Associate
Member on 1 April 1996. Then in 1997 when the IOC granted full recognition
to the IDSF, the Singapore Sports Council (SSC) recognised ADSA as the
national sports association governing dancesport in Singapore.
In its effort to promote
dancesport in Singapore, ADSA will be embarking on a programme to reach
out to schools, colleges and other educational institutions to encourage
students and young people to take up this healthy sport. The ADSA will
also work together with the Photographic Society of Singapore (PSS) to
promote and improve the standard of dancesport photography in Singapore.
With the implementation of
these plans, ADSA aims to turn Singapore into the No. 1 Dancesport Centre
in this region.
The year 2000
saw the ADSA organising their very first Singapore Open, where world
ranking points were awarded to competitors.
2002, the ADSA was renamed as the Singapore DanceSport Federation (SGDF),
keeping in line with the other world bodies as a Federation.
The SGDF also began accepting club memberships into it's
2003 saw the IDSF re-affirming their support of the SGDF when they awarded
Singapore the rights to co-host the 2003 IDSF World Youth Latin, 2003 Grand Slam
Series (International Open Latin) and 2003 International Open Standard. It
was the first time that the World Youth Latin Championships were being held
outside Europe for the first time in 50 years. This event was a major
milestone for the SGDF - a Training Scholarship was launched for the
representatives of the World Youth Event.