The origins of this form of dance can be traced to Sweden and the year 1968. An early pioneer was Els-Britt Larsson who was employed by the Swedish Handicap Federation. She was herself a wheelchair user.
This category of dance enjoyed great popularity in Sweden. In 1975 the first ever competition was held there. Thirty couples took part. Spectators were both fascinated and inspired by what they saw. Nowadays competitions are held worldwide.
The first international wheelchair dance sport competition took place in Sweden in 1977. The following year the first World Championships were held in Japan.