World Canine Freestyle Organization

The WCFO Marcia Polimer Abrams Memorial Award for Most Exceptionally Bonded Team was donated by Darlene's Chosen Sisters from Around the U.S. and Around the World. The Award will be given Annually at the WCFO National. See photos from the First Annual Award Presentation here.
  • The World Canine Freestyle Association (WCFO) defines canine freestyle as follows:

JP and her Mom show how it is done
photo Peggy Singletary

"Musical Freestyle is a choreographed musical program performed by handlers and their dogs. The object of musical freestyle is to display the dog and handler in a creative, innovative and original dance, using music and intricate movements to showcase teamwork, artistry, costuming, athleticism and style in interpreting the theme of the music. Heelwork-to-Music incorporates traditional dog obedience and the art of dressage with the inclusion of musical interpretation, dance elements, and costuming with an emphasis on non-standard obedience movements.
Both Musical Freestyle and Heelwork-To-Music routines should create a visually exciting display which is enjoyable to watch and which is equally enjoyable to dogs and handlers executing the programs. Canine freestyle is a showcase that truly demonstrates the joys and fun of bonding with your pet." - Patie Ventre, Founder


Mark Criste and Golden Retriever &
Diane Kowalski with Border Collie, photo Steve Surfman


 


Gaby & Allez dancing to "I Could Have Danced All Night," with Allez impersonating the "Canine Fair Lady," at the WCFO competition in South Africa.
Photo credit: Patie Ventre

Gaby Grohovaz and her canine dancing partner, Allez, won Darlene's new book at the first WCFO competition in South Africa.
Photo credit: Patie Ventre


Darlene is an official judge and referee for the WCFO, as well as an advisory board member, and travels to various events for judging and teaching workshops. For more information on this innovative style of performance, check out the World Canine Freestyle Organization.

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