Dance is a performing art form of purposefully selected sequences of human movement. This movement has aesthetic and symbolic value, and is acknowledged
as dance by performers and observes within a particular culture. Dance can be
categorised and described by its choreography, by its repertoire of movements,
or by its historical period or place of origin.
StreetDance is great exercise: It knows no gender or size; it improves mental abilities;
It is a stress reliever; It is a great form of self-discipline; It provides a creative outlet;
It is excellent for building confidence. For learners who may not feature in more traditional school sports, choosing dance as a sport will help them to shine and build their self-esteem and in this way we are doing our communities and country
a great service.
It is with this in mind that the Street Dance Association was formed. The SDA is a
non-profit company (NPC) with Executive Directors: - Craig Bullock, Nicki Wiggett,
Wayne Jaggard, Dave Wiggett and Mandy Bullock at the helm.
SDA has the endorsement of DanceSport SA, World Dance Sport Federation and SASCOC. SDA launched the DanceSport School League to address the need for
a formal recognised platform in school sport.
Owing to the fact that dance takes a lot of skill and athleticism, it is considered a sport around the world. We, however, need to create a larger platform within the schools and the media so we can start to motivate for this to be recognised as an Olympic sport.
In SA, schools drive our sports growth. Thus, for dance to compete, we need to align
it within the SA context, thereby bringing it into the school system.
We launched DSSL-International in 2017 to educate and promote
the DSSL system to the world.
South Africa has taken the lead here by creating this platform in the form of the Dance Sport School League - SA. We have already paved the way and created a sport
in which more learners may participate.
The DSSL structured the league by drawing on the experience and success of the hockey, rugby, netball and cricket school formats, whereby students compete at school,
district, regional and provincial events to ultimately achieve the highest honour
of representing one's country.
In 2015 SDA started with two schools in Gauteng and now we have
over 60 schools around the country who participate.
The wonderful thing about street dance is that schools do not need a vast amount
of space to participate and learners don't need any equipment. Street Dance can be done in a quad, on the field or in a classroom, anywhere you can find space.
All you need is a pair of sneakers.
Most importantly, this sport is only for the wealthy and the fit - but for all shapes and sizes male and female - because dance cuts across class and race
- it is uniting and bonding.