Professional Event Rules


Professional competitors:  Must be Professional Ballroom Athlete members in good standing of USA Dance.

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

Dress code: Professional Events and Adult Pro-Am Events dress code is Good Taste Rule only and dresses are allowed to have skin tone, non-stoned opaque dance pants.

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Professional Dance Events

American Smooth

  • Championship (WTFV)
  • Professional Showdance*
  • Professional Nine Dance

American Rhythm

  • Championship (CRSwBM)
  • Professional Showdance*

International Standard

  • Championship (WTVFQ)
  • Professional Showdance*
  • Professional Ten Dance

International Latin

  • Championship (SCRPJ)
  • Professional Showdance*

All professional events are open age category.
*All Showdance couples must submit a video of their Showdance entry by February 15, 2023, to the Ballroom Advisory Council VP USA Dance.

Awards and Scholarships

Up to $19,800 in cash prizes will be awarded to first through sixth places.

Award ceremonies will be held throughout the competition.

Competitor Fees

Competitor fees for Professional Ballroom Athlete Nationals participants include a per person nonrefundable administrative fee and a per couple entry fee for each event entered; entrance to the ballroom all weekend; VIP seating in the ballroom; admission to the Friday afternoon Social Dance to be held on Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM; and a program for each couple. 

Early Pricing Standard Pricing
Professional Base Fee $0 $50

Event Fees

Events Fee
Championship $100 until 2/15/2023 then $105
Showdance $125 until 2/15/2023 then $130
Nine Dance or Ten Dance $150 until 2/15/2023 then $155

Refund Policy

Competitors who cancel by Wednesday, February 15, 2023, will receive a 75% refund of their entry fees; those cancelling between February 15, 2023, and March 2, 2023, will receive a 50% refund. Those cancelling after March 2, 2023, will not receive refunds.


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

Competition Efficiency

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