Throughout the history of ballroom dance competition, mainstream organizations had never specified gender requirements for participating couples. Therefore, in the late 1990’s a few same-sex dance partners started showing up to compete. As a result, in a series of abrupt and contentious meetings, the National Dance Council of America defined a couple as one male and one female and has, ever since, expressly denied same-sex couples the permission to compete in any sanctioned events. In response, the same-sex partner dance community has created it’s own events while the members fight to confront homophobia through education in the “mainstream” partner dance world.
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