Pro-Am Event Rules

A large range of events is available to Pro-Am couples. A Pro-Am couple consists of a judged USA Dance Athlete and a Professional partner. Lead and Follow Pro-Am Student competitors will be judged together in their respective age groups and skill levels. Pro-Am couples may not compete in non-Pro-Am events. 

Eligibility

Adult/Senior competitors: Must be Pro-Am Amateur Athlete or Adult DanceSport Athlete members in good standing of USA Dance. Pro-Am Amateur Athlete members cannot dance in Amateur  events with an Amateur partner.

Pre-Teen/Junior/Youth/Collegiate competitors: Must be Pro-Am Amateur Athlete, Minor or Student DanceSport Athlete members in good standing of USA Dance. Pro-Am Amateur Athlete members cannot dance in Amateur  events with an Amateur partner.

Professional competitors:  Must be Professional DanceSport members of USA Dance.

Pro-Am Student competitors are eligible to enter the Newcomer division for a period of one year commencing with their first USA Dance sanctioned event regardless of style. The Newcomer Division is restricted to Closed Syllabus only.

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

Pro-Am Dance Events

American
Smooth

Single Dance Events*

  • Newcomer (W,T,F,V)
  • Pre-Bronze (W,T,F,V)
  • Intermediate Bronze (W,T,F,V)
  • Full Bronze (W,T,F,V)
  • Pre-Silver (W,T,F,V)
  • Intermediate Silver (W,T,F,V)
  • Full Silver (W,T,F,V)
  • Pre-Gold (W,T,F,V)
  • Intermediate Gold (W,T,F,V)
  • Full Gold (W,T,F,V)
  • Gold Star (W,T,F,V)


Championships

  • Youth Open Bronze (WTFV)
  • Youth Open Silver (WTFV)
  • Youth Open Gold (WTFV)


Scholarships Adult

  • Closed Bronze (WTFV)
  • Closed Silver (WTFV)
  • Closed Gold (WTFV)
  • Open Bronze (WTFV)
  • Open Silver (WTFV)
  • Open Gold (WTFV)

American
Rhythm

Single Dance Events*

  • Newcomer (C,R,Sw,B,M)
  • Pre-Bronze (C,R,Sw,B,M)
  • Intermediate Bronze (C,R,Sw,B,M)
  • Full Bronze (C,R,Sw,B,M)
  • Pre-Silver (C,R,Sw,B,M)
  • Intermediate Silver (C,R,Sw,B,M)
  • Full Silver (C,R,Sw,B,M)
  • Pre-Gold (C,R,Sw,B,M)
  • Intermediate Gold (C,R,Sw,B,M)
  • Full Gold (C,R,Sw,B,M)
  • Gold Star (C,R,Sw,B,M)


Championships

  • Youth Open Bronze (CRSwBM)
  • Youth Open Silver (CRSwBM)
  • Youth Open Gold (CRSwBM)


Scholarships Adult

  • Closed Bronze (CRSwBM)
  • Closed Silver (CRSwBM)
  • Closed Gold (CRSwBM)
  • Open Bronze (CRSwBM)
  • Open Silver (CRSwBM)
  • Open Gold (CRSwBM)

International Standard

Single Dance Events*

  • Newcomer (W,T,V,F,Q)
  • Pre-Bronze (W,T,V,F,Q)
  • Intermediate Bronze (W,T,V,F,Q)
  • Full Bronze (W,T,V,F,Q)
  • Pre-Silver (W,T,V,F,Q)
  • Intermediate Silver (W,T,V,F,Q)
  • Full Silver (W,T,V,F,Q)
  • Pre-Gold (W,T,V,F,Q)
  • Intermediate Gold (W,T,V,F,Q)
  • Full Gold (W,T,V,F,Q)
  • Gold Star (W,T,V,F,Q)


Championships

  • Youth Open Bronze (WTVFQ)
  • Youth Open Silver (WTVFQ)
  • Youth Open Gold (WTVFQ)


Scholarships Adult

  • Closed Bronze (WTVFQ)
  • Closed Silver (WTVFQ)
  • Closed Gold (WTVFQ)
  • Open Bronze (WTVFQ)
  • Open Silver (WTVFQ)
  • Open Gold (WTVFQ)

International
Latin

Single Dance Events*

  • Newcomer (C,S,R,P,J)
  • Pre-Bronze (C,S,R,P,J)
  • Intermediate Bronze (C,S,R,P,J)
  • Full Bronze (C,S,R,P,J)
  • Pre-Silver (C,S,R,P,J)
  • Intermediate Silver (C,S,R,P,J)
  • Full Silver (C,S,R,P,J)
  • Pre-Gold (C,S,R,P,J)
  • Intermediate Gold (C,S,R,P,J)
  • Full Gold (C,S,R,P,J)
  • Gold Star (C,S,R,P,J)


Championships

  • Youth Open Bronze (CSRPJ)
  • Youth Open Silver (CSRPJ)
  • Youth Open Gold (CSRPJ)


Scholarships Adult

  • Closed Bronze (CSRPJ)
  • Closed Silver (CSRPJ)
  • Closed Gold (CSRPJ)
  • Open Bronze (CSRPJ)
  • Open Silver (CSRPJ)
  • Open Gold (CSRPJ)

Nightclub (Adult Only)

Single Dance Events*

  • Newcomer (Me, WCS, Hus, Sal)
  • Pre-Bronze (Me, WCS, Hus, Sal)
  • Intermediate Bronze (Me, WCS, Hus, Sal)
  • Full Bronze (Me, WCS, Hus, Sal)
  • Pre-Silver (Me, WCS, Hus, Sal)
  • Intermediate Silver (Me, WCS, Hus, Sal)
  • Full Silver (Me, WCS, Hus, Sal)
  • Pre-Gold (Me, WCS, Hus, Sal)
  • Intermediate Gold (Me, WCS, Hus, Sal)
  • Full Gold (Me, WCS, Hus, Sal)
  • Gold Star (Me, WCS, Hus, Sal)


Scholarship Adult

  • Open (Me/WCS/Hus/Sal)

*Pro-Am Events are not invigilated for syllabus infractions.

Pro/Am Age Categories

Classifications Age
Youth Single Dances 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
Youth Championships Pre-Teen 9 - 11
Junior 12 - 15
Youth 16 - 18
Adult A1 19 - 30
A2 31 - 40
B1 41 - 50
B2 51 - 60
C1 61 - 70
C2 71+

Parental or Guardian Approval Required 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:  A Pro-Am Student may compete in only two consecutive age classifications in a particular dance style at a given competition.

Proficiency levels:  A Pro-Am Student may enter up to two consecutive proficiency levels in each style at the minimum level for which the athlete is qualified and one higher.

Pro/Am events: Proficiency levels are considered to be Newcomer, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Open Scholarship or Youth Championship. Pre-Bronze, Bronze, and Full Bronze are considered to be one proficiency level.

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.

Single Dance Events must be danced in order to enter the Championship or Scholarship multi-dance events.

Registration and Pricing

Studio or Professional Partner please email Sterling Sightler at nationals-registrar@usadance.org for registration forms and pricing information.

Entry fees include entry into the ballroom with Preferred seating throughout the weekend for Amateur Pro-Am Athletes.

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. Should there be any uncontested events, the judges will be using the O2CM Single Evaluation System. This allows the judges to evaluate the student’s performance by using a 1-10 score that provides valuable feedback to motivate students to the next level.

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.

Pro-Am Awards and Scholarships

Finalists in Bronze through Gold events will receive ribbons.

In Adult Scholarship and Youth Championships events medals will be awarded through the first three places. Ribbons will be awarded to finalists.

Scholarships will be awarded in the Youth Championship and Adult Scholarship events.

Award ceremonies will be held throughout the competition.

Thank you gifts and Preferred seating throughout the weekend are provided to Amateur Pro-Am Athletes.