Amateur Event Rules

Eligibility

Open to All USA Dance DanceSport Amateur Athletes – no Qualification Required.

Adult/Senior competitors:  Must be DanceSport Athlete members in good standing of USA Dance.

Pre-Teen/Junior/Youth competitors:  Must be Minor or Student DanceSport Athlete members in good standing of USA Dance.

Collegiate competitors: Must be Amateur DanceSport Student or DanceSport Athlete members of USA Dance in good standing. Must be currently enrolled in a collegiate program leading to a degree or have graduated from a collegiate degree program within the past 6 months.

Solo Proficiency competitors:  Must be a DanceSport Athlete Minor member in good standing of USA Dance. Solo Proficiency competitors may not compete with another amateur as an amateur couple or with a Professional as a Pro-Am couple at this competition. Solo Proficiency events offered will include Syllabus events Bronze through Gold.

Teacher/Student competitors:  Teacher/student competitors must be DanceSport Athlete or DanceSport Athlete Minor members in good standing of USA Dance. The Teacher/Student couple may not compete together as an amateur couple at this competition. The student competitor may not compete with another amateur as an amateur couple or with a Professional as a Pro-Am couple at this competition. Teacher/Student events will include all Amateur events offered except Nine Dance, Ten Dance, and Showdance.

Competitors shall not compete in any classification below the minimum proficiency level for which they are eligible. 

All events at this competition are gender neutral. This means that regardless of a dancer’s gender, s/he is welcome to compete in the role that best suits him/her and all amateur couples of any configuration will compete on the floor together.

For USA Dance membership registration, visit www.usadance.org/membership.

Amateur Dance Events

American
Smooth

Closed Syllabus

  • Pre-Bronze (WF) – T/S only
  • Pre-Bronze (T) – T/S only
  • Bronze (WF)
  • Bronze (T)
  • Bronze (V)
  • Pre-Silver (WFT) – T/S only
  • Silver (WTF)
  • Silver (V)
  • Pre-Gold (WFTV) – T/S only
  • Gold (WTFV)

 Open

  • Novice (WTF)
    (NA for Pre-Teen & Collegiate, and Solo Proficiency)
  • Novice (V)
  • Pre-Championship (WTFV)
    (NA for Pre-Teen & Solo Proficiency)
  • Championship (WTFV)
    (NA for Pre-Teen & Solo Proficiency)
  • Adult Nine Dance (WTFV/CRSwBM)
    (NA for Solo Proficiency & Teacher/Student)
  • Adult Showdance**
    (NA for Solo Proficiency & Teacher/Student)

American
Rhythm

Closed Syllabus

  • Pre-Bronze (CR) – T/S only
  • Pre-Bronze (Sw) – T/S only
  • Bronze (CR)
  • Bronze (Sw)
  • Bronze (B)
  • Bronze (M)
  • Pre-Silver (CRSw)  – T/S only
  • Silver (CRSw)
  • Silver (B)
  • Silver (M)
  • Pre-Gold (CRSwB) – T/S only
  • Gold (CRSwB)
  • Gold (M)

Open

  • Novice (CRSw)
    (NA for Pre-Teen, Collegiate & Solo Proficiency)
  • Novice (B)
  • Novice (M)
  • Pre-Championship (CRSwB)
    (NA for Pre-Teen & Solo Proficiency)
  • Pre-Championship (M)
  • Championship (CRSwBM)
    (NA for Pre-Teen & Solo Proficiency)
  • Adult Showdance**
    (NA for Solo Proficiency & Teacher/Student)
  • T/S Open Hustle (Adults and Seniors)

Collegiate Team Matches

  • Collegiate American Team Match (FTRM)

  • Open Cabaret Championship

International Standard

Closed Syllabus

  • Pre-Bronze (WQ) – T/S only
  • Pre-Bronze (F) – T/S only
  • Pre-Bronze (T) – T/S only
  • Pre-Bronze (V) – T/S only
  • Bronze (WQ)
  • Bronze (F)
  • Bronze (T) 
  • Bronze (V)
  • Pre-Silver (WFQ) – T/S only
  • Pre-Silver (T) – T/S only
  • Pre-Silver (V) – T/S only
  • Silver (WFQ)
  • Silver (T) 
  • Silver (V) 
  • Pre-Gold (WTFQ) – T/S only
  • Pre-Gold (V) – T/S only
  • Gold (WTFQ)
  • Gold (V) 

Open

  • Novice (WFQ)
    (NA for Pre-Teen, Collegiate & Solo Proficiency)
  • Novice (T)
  • Novice (V)
  • Pre-Championship (WTFQ)
    (NA for Pre-Teen & Solo Proficiency)
  • Pre-Championship (V)
  • Championship (WTVFQ)
    (NA for Pre-Teen & Solo Proficiency)
  • Junior 2 Ten Dance (WTVFQ/SCRPJ)
    (NA for Solo Proficiency & Teacher/Student)
  • Youth Ten Dance (WTVFQ/SCRPJ)
    (NA for Solo Proficiency & Teacher/Student)
  • Adult Ten Dance (WTVFQ/SCRPJ)
    (NA for Solo Proficiency & Teacher/Student)
  • Senior Ten Dance* 
    (WTVFQ/SCRPJ)
    (NA for Solo Proficiency & Teacher/Student)
  • Adult Showdance**
    (NA for Solo Proficiency & Teacher/Student)
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International
Latin

Closed Syllabus

  • Pre-Bronze (CR) – T/S only
  • Pre-Bronze (S) – T/S only
  • Pre-Bronze (J) – T/S only
  • Pre-Bronze (P) – T/S only
  • Bronze (CR)
  • Bronze (S)
  • Bronze (J) 
  • Bronze (P) 
  • Pre-Silver (SCR) – T/S only
  • Pre-Silver (J) – T/S only
  • Pre-Silver (P) – T/S only
  • Silver (SCR)
  • Silver (J)
  • Silver (P)
  • Gold (SCRJ)
  • Gold (P)

Open

 
  • Novice (SCR)
    (NA for Pre-Teen, Collegiate & Solo Proficiency )
  • Novice (J) 
  • Novice (P) 
  • Pre-Championship (SCRJ)
    (NA for Pre-Teen & Solo Proficiency)
  • Pre-Championship (P) 
  • Championship (SCRPJ)
    (NA for Pre-Teen & Solo Proficiency)
  • Adult Showdance**
    (NA for Solo Proficiency & Teacher/Student)

Collegiate Team Matches

  • Collegiate International Team Match (WQSJ)
  • Open Cabaret Championship

*Combined Open Senior Age, not used to determine representation at World Events; open to anyone.

**All Showdance couples must submit a video of their Showdance entry by March 1, 2022, to the Professional Dance VP USA Dance.

ALL CLOSED SYLLABUS EVENTS WILL BE INVIGILATED USING THE CURRENT USA DANCE SYLLABUS LIST OF ELEMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS. PENALTIES MAY BE GIVEN WITHOUT WARNING FOR ANY SYLLABUS INFRACTIONS.

Awards and Scholarships

Finalists in Bronze through Gold events will receive ribbons.

In Novice through Championship events medals will be awarded through the first three places. Ribbons will be awarded to finalists.

Scholarships will be awarded in designated events.

Over $60,000 in travel stipends will be awarded to represent Team USA at WDSF World Championship and World Cups.

Dance Vision has sponsored $2500 for top two qualified American Smooth Couples to attend the WDSF Smooth World Championship.

Award ceremonies will be held throughout the competition.

Age Classifications (As of December 31, 2022)

Classifications Age
Pre-Teen I 9 or less
Pre-Teen II 10 or 11
Junior I 12 or 13
Junior I 14 or 15
Youth 16, 17, or 18
Under 21* 16 - 20
Adult 19 or greater
Senior I 35 or greater (one partner 35, other partner must be 30)
Senior II 45 or greater (one partner 45, other partner must be 40)
Senior III 55 or greater (one partner 55, other partner must be 50)
Senior IV 65 or greater (one partner 65, other partner must be 60)
Senior V 75 or greater (one partner 75, other partner must be 70)

*Offered in Amateur Standard and Latin Championships and in Teacher/Student events for all Styles and Proficiency Levels.

Approval Required of Parent or Guardian for Minors

Written approval of a parent or legal guardian is required for all athletes under the age of 18. This must be presented at time of package pick up.

Age and Proficiency Requirements

Age classifications:  An athlete may compete as an amateur in only two consecutive age classifications in a particular dance style at a given competition.

Proficiency levels:  An athlete may enter as an amateur up to two consecutive proficiency levels in each style or discipline at the minimum level for which the athlete is qualified and one higher.

Rest time will be allowed between rounds of any one event.  In the interim, other events will be run.  Competitors who register for more than one age group or proficiency level may find some of their events run back-to-back.

Format and Entry Divisions

Events consist of one, two, three, four or five dances in succession without leaving the dance floor.

Nine dance events are divided between Smooth and Rhythm and are not danced consecutively.

Ten dance events are divided between Standard and Latin and are not danced consecutively.

Collegiate Team Matches

There will be four dances in each team match. The American Team Match will be Foxtrot, Tango, Rumba, and Mambo. The International Team Match will be Waltz, Quickstep, Samba, and Jive.

Each team will include 4 couples/8 dancers. A dancer can only dance on one team.

Competitors may enter in both team matches. 

Two dances in each Team Match are RESTRICTED to bronze dancers only. In the American Style, this will be the Foxtrot and Rumba. In the International Team Match, this will be the Waltz and Samba. The dancers in the Bronze Team Match events must enter at least one Bronze heat in the style he/she is dancing in the team match.

For purposes of determining syllabus, the team matches are considered open.  Invigilation is suspended for the team matches. Lifts are not allowed at any level.

There are no limitations on the number of entries from a given college. 

To enter a Collegiate Team Match, only one member of the Team will register for the Team match entry. That person will be the Team Captain. This competitor will then submit the names of the 8 team members including the partnerships, which dance each couple is dancing, and which dancers are the Bronze dancers to  nationals-registrar@usadance.org.

Competitor Fees

Competitor fees for Nationals participants include a per person non-refundable administrative fee and a per couple entry fee for each event entered; entrance to the ballroom for the sessions the athlete is dancing; admission to the Friday afternoon Social Dance to be held between the Friday Day and Evening Sessions; and a program for each couple. Packages paid for by March 1, 2022, will have the administrative fee waived.  Packages paid for after March 1, 2022, will pay the administrative fee. Workshops on various ballroom topics will be offered throughout the weekend. Prices will be posted when workshop plans are finalized. 

Collegiate competitors will pay a per person non-refundable administrative fee of $40 per person which includes entrance into all events at one Collegiate level (for example, Bronze) and all events at the same Adult level. Any additional events entered will be charged at the regular Adult per event entry fee.

Early Pricing Standard Pricing
Adult & Senior Base Fee $0 $50
PreTeen, Junior, & Youth Base Fee $0 $50
Collegiate Base Fee $40 $40

Event Fees

Pre-Teen, Junior, Youth, Adult, Senior, & Collegiate*
1 dance events $20
2 dance events $40
3 dance events $60
4 dance events $80
5 dance events $100
9-10 dance events $150
Showdance $125

*Applies to events danced in addition to the one Collegiate level and same Adult level included in the base fee.

Competitors may buy tickets to enter the ballroom for the sessions in which they are not dancing at the spectator ticket prices.

Refund Policy

Competitors who cancel by Friday, March 4, 2022, will receive a 75% refund of their entry fees; those cancelling between March 4, 2022, and March 18, 2022, will receive a 50% refund. Those cancelling after March 18, 2022, will not receive refunds.

Scoring

The scoring system used is the skating system.  The best combined score for all dances determines placement in the event.

Competition Efficiency

Depending upon the number of couples entered, some groups or proficiency levels may dance at the same time as others, even though each group is judged separately.

The organizer reserves the right to cancel events for which there are an insufficient number of entries.