The Irish DanceSport Federation, the Governing Body for DanceSport in Ireland, was initially founded in 1937 with the title 'The Irish Society of Amateur Dancers'. The Hon. Chairman at its founding was Mr George Begley recently deceased. George and his wife Madge later became well known as Exhibition dancers on the International circuit and reached the pinnacle of their careers in 1953 by winning both British Exhibition Championships at Blackpool.The pictures on the right show George and Madge competing in Blackpool in 1953.
In 1958 the Society was re-inaugurated and restyled, as a limited company by guarantee, under the title 'The Society of Amateur Ballroom Dancing Ltd'.