Wheelchair Dancing


  • COMBI DANCE: one couple consisting of one wheelchair user and one standing person
  • Duo dance. Two wheelchair user are dancing together
  • FORMATION: four or more couples are dancing together, each couple has one standing person
  • SOLO: one wheelchair dancer on his/her own
  • STANDARD dances: slow waltz, tango, slow fox, Viennes waltz, Quickstep
  • LATIN: Samba, ChaCha, Rumba, Pasodoble, Jive
  • OTHERS: Disco fox, Freestyle, Jazz and Modern Dance, Rock’n Roll, …


Depending on the physical ability oft he wheelchair dancer there are two different classes: "Level Wheelchair Dance": LWD 1 and LWD 2. Whereas LWD1 includes people with a lower level of mobility and the music might be adapted (reduced speed).


Dance classes ‚DUO‘ and ‚COMBI‘ are known in Amateur classes as well as within High level classes. Within Amateur you can find ‚Beginners‘ and ‚Advanced‘ classes. They show different kind of dances. While in Amateur class people of same sex can dance together this is not allowed within High level class.


The dance assessment is following the rules of standing dancing (DTV rules) taking into account of course the rhythmic transformation of the dance through the wheelchair user. If people are dancing within High level classes the assessment follows the rules implemented by Para Dance Sport committee https://www.paralympic.org/dance-sport


When dancing in Beginner or Amateur classes you can still use your „normal/daily“ wheelchair. If dancing on higher levels it is recommend to buy a dedicated wheelchair for dancing which is more flexible.