IPC Wheelchair Dance Sport has announced the first competitions that will take place during the 2016 season.
Dancers will first travel to Astana for the Kazakhstan Open from 8-10 April for the first of three international approved competitions which will go towards world rankings.
Just a few weeks later the Suomi Open will be recognised for the first time in Lohja, Finland, between 30 April - 1 May.
A busy couple of months will conclude in Frankfurt, Germany, on 28-29 May with the Mainhatten Cup, which is also a new competition to the calendar for 2016.
The next event to follow will be on 10-11 September, as the 2016 IPC Wheelchair Dance Sport World Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia, will run for the second consecutive year after a successful debut in 2015.
IPC Wheelchair Dance Sport is also hoping to host the first Asia Championships as well as the next Europeans this season.
Whilst athletes are preparing for a busy year, Turkey has been active in building its wheelchair dance sport programme.
From 16-18 January, 22 aspiring coaches gathered in Ankara, Turkey, for a training camp in which classes were given in basic movements in Latin, standard and freestyle.
The sport is a new branch of the Turkish Sports Federation for the Physically Disabled to support their efforts, IPC Wheelchair Dance Sport sent international judge Michael Webel and the coach of German European champion Eric Machens.
For more information about the 2016 wheelchair dance calendar, visit IPC Wheelchair Dance Sport’s website.