Gary and Paula – aka @StrictlyWheels are now the UK’s first and only top class Latin Wheelchair Dancesport couple and are IPC registered to compete for GB at IPC Approved Competitions for ranking.
Paula and Gary appeared on Britain’s Got Talent in 2012 where they wowed the judges in their audition dancing to Alicia Keys “Empire State of Mind” and went on to dance in the Live Semi Finals.
In 1998, Wheelchair Dance Sport became an International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Championship Sport and the International Dance Sport Federation (IDSF) has entered into formal cooperation agreements with the IPC.
The format of wheelchair dance sport competitions is very similar to those for non-wheelchair dancers, with Beginners competitions, Intermediate and Championship level and the same five dances for Ballroom and Latin contested.
There are two types of competitions: Duo-dance where the two dancers are both in wheelchairs and Combi where one is in a wheelchair and one is a non-disabled partner, which currently seems to be more popular.
Age categories are not currently well established, but some Junior and Senior events are developing as popularity of the sport has grown. The IDSF rules for wheelchair dance sport are as much the same as those for non-wheelchair dance sport.
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
Gary and Paula are currently seeking sponsors to make sure they can continue to compete internationally for Team GB and maintain IPC world rankings.
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Gary and Paula aka Strictly Wheels are available for showcase demonstrations. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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