LESOTHO DANCESPORT ASSOCIATION - LEDASA

BACKGROUND HISTORY

Lesotho Dance Sport Association (LEDASA) is a sporting Association established on the 27th April,2002. The Association is the one and only organisation recognised by the Lesotho Government to administer Dance Sport in Lesotho. Under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso, the Association seeks to promote , popularise and develop Dance Sport as a new sporting discipline in the country.

LEDASA is registered with Lesotho Sports and Recreation Commission (LSRC), and is also a member of the Lesotho Nation Olympic Committee(LNOC). The organisation is the founding member of the Southern Africa Dance Sport in Africa (SCSA) Zone VI. The Association holds the full membership of the International Dace Sport Federation (IDSF), the only body recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to govern Dance Sport world wide.

 

ABOUT DANCESPORT

Dance Sport has 100% Gender parity. It is a sport in which both male and female athletes compete against each other, at the same time , on the same turf. It is a remarkable Telesport with  large and enthusiastic audience. It is a sport that draws a lot of media attention and high profile guest attendance. It caters for a substantially diversified age domain relative to other sporting codes.

 

CURRENT DISCIPLINES

LEDASA to date, recruit and undertakes events in 2 disciplines (standard and Latin America dances), which are the 5 standards and 5 standard and 5 Latin American dances; namely (Viennesse Walts, Slow Walts, Foxtrot, Quickstep, and Tango) and (cha cha cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble  and Jive), respectively.

 

CAPACITY AND LEVEL OF PARTICIPATION

The Association has registered twenty-five (25) member clubs in 5 districts, with about 500 active athletes. Almost all athletes compete from the medals sections to championships level, and we do not as yet have professional athletes. Competitions attended are mostly held in the neighbouring South Africa and SADC countries, and numerous athletes have been able to win medals and trophies over  the years.

 

SOCIAL IMPACT OF LEDASA

LEDASA targets to attract children, adolescents, the youth and young adults to DanceSport with a view to offer them a meaningful form of recreation, and to keep them away from being idle. It also endeavours to reduce all forms of abuse and to promote good health. One of its social responsibilities is to work with orphanage homes  and to use Dance Sport as a tool to conduct training in HIV/AIDS prevention.  As a competitive sport, it undertakes to develop Lesotho’s young generation in to future stars who can compete successfully and creditably at the world stage.

 

CORPORATE RELATIONS

LEDASA enjoys fruitful and cordial relations with the many companies and organisation in the country. The Association has participated in the Annual International Volunteer Day (IVD) LVF is an organisation that was initiated by UNV L esotho in early 2008. The Forum advocates for the promotion of volunteerism and volunteer placement in Lesotho. LEDASA has also joined forces with peace corps Lesotho in the life skills workshop aimed at vulnerable children.

 

ASPIRATIONS

Our goal is to:

·         Produce athletes that will compete successfully and creditably at IDSF world championships and world cups.

·         Expand Dance Sport in all the 10 districts by 2012

·         Conduct a biannual market research and development to sustain Dance Sport in the country.

·         Acquire a site by 2012 to build a Dance Sport centre.

 

CONCLUSION

During the first year of its existence, LEDASA produced a strategic plan that spelled out key  priority areas to be addressed and a holistic plan of action to achieve its objectives. By and large , the Association has made a sizeable impact in the sporting fraternity at home, within the region and at international level in a very short time. We have managed to earn recognition  of the government of Lesotho, through the Lesotho Sport and Recreation Commission, and are recognised by the Lesotho National Olympic Committee. Membership to the IDSF has also confirmed our intentions that we want to be a force to be reckoned with in the sun-region and most probably in Africa as a whole.

We have a very clear vision and direction of where we want to be in the future, and all we solicit is support and encouragement from our partners and friends. We are proud to share our achievements with all our partners, particularly the formation of Southern Africa Dancesport Federation (SADSF), which has managed to unite Southern Africa countries involved in dancesport under the guidance of LEDASA. Our plans have elaborately spelt out in our Dancesport Centre Proposal and Strategic Plan, which are meant to guide our program of action. For more information about us contact us at JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING .