The 2019 DanceSport Grand Prix Canada is bringing the world stage to our city with a host of international athletes on hand.

It was announced at the official kick Wednesday, August 28, at the Pan Am Centre that athletes, dancers, officials and spectators would be travelling across the world to attend the event.

Sanctioned by Canada DanceSport, the event is taking place October 5 – 6 and hosting the Senior 2 (45+ age category) in the World Standard Championship.

“Dancesport Grand Prix Canada World Championship will bring athletes from more than 19 countries and from all over Canada. We hope that this event will bring excitement to the local area and growth to Canadian DanceSport and showcase the best of Canada to the world,” says Larissa Kerbel, event organizer for Dancesport Grand Prix.

Also referred to as ballroom dancing, DanceSport made it’s Olympic Games debut in 1997 and was recently chosen to compete in the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

“Dancesport is an impressive and beautiful sport,” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti (pictured above). “This October, you will have a chance to witness some of the best athletes in action, as we welcome dancers from around the world. DanceSport Grand Prix will help promote the growth of Dancesport, while reinforcing Markham’s position as a global sports destination. The Markham Pan Am Centre is a world-class sports facility and we are proud to be home to many gifted aspiring and accomplished athletes.”

The city also provided a grant through their municipal program funding to non-profit groups for sporting, festival, and cultural occasions.

Proceeds from the 2019 Dance Sport Grand Prix are going towards the Smiles in Action charity program by Smiles Foundation, promoting healthy lifestyles through DanceSport for kids in schools.

Click here to grab tickets to the event taking place October 5-6.

(Image taken from Mayor Frank Scarpitti’s Twitter Page)