About Us


SWD
Strictly Wheelchair Dancing is a wheelchair ballroom dance group of all ages and abilities based in Manchester. Our motto is “You can do it”!   Anyone is welcome no matter what their ability or their disability.

 

Dance possesses a magical, transcendent quality that moves us all,
without regard for language, culture, station in life or limitations.
It can add wonder to the most common event,
and excitement to an ordinary evening.
But most of all, it can touch those
who are considered unreachable.

Wheelchair Dancesport involves athletes with a physical disability that affects the lower limbs. Wheelchair dancers may participate in “combi” style dancing with an able-bodied (standing) partner or “duo” style dancing for two wheelchair users together.  Wheelchairs users can use an electric or manual wheelchair.

Ballroom dances include the Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot and Quickstep.  Latin-American dances include the Samba, Cha-cha-cha, Rumba, Paso Doble and Jive.  There is also Group Formation Dance for four, six or eight couples.

In 1998, Wheelchair Dancesport became an IPC Championship Sport, but is not yet part of the Paralympic programme today.  It is governed by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and co-ordinated by the IPC Wheelchair Dancesport Technical Committee, which incorporates the rules of the International Dance Sport Federation (IDSF).  Wheelchair Dance Sport is widely practised by athletes in 22 countries.

Strictly Wheelchair Dancing is a Registered Charity in the UK number 1148826.

Affiliated to World WheelChair Dance Federation (WWCDF)

& United Kingdom Alliance (UKA)