2 Consecutive Levels Rule

An individual may only dance in up to 2 consecutive levels in each style. Levels: Newcomer, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Novice, Pre-Champ, Champ. Styles: American Smooth, International Standard, American Rhythm, and International Latin.

Syllabus Paso Doble and Bolero

Paso Doble and Bolero are offered as “Syllabus” dances. Any ability level is welcome, as long as only syllabus steps are used.

Gold/Open 10-Dance

10-dance is all 10 International Standard and Latin dances, judged as one event. The events are run in marathon fashion, with a costume change.

This event is intended for dancers competing in gold and open levels (novice, pre-champ, champ). THIS IS NOT A SYLLABUS EVENT. We love all of our competitors, but want to limit this event to gold and up only – please join us for our other syllabus dances (paso, bolero), team match, fun dances, and more!

Separate gold and open events will still be run as usual. You do not have to do the regular events if you dance 10-dance or visa versa.

Newcomer Policy

A newcomer competitor will be defined as two competitors who have been dancing no more than 12 months OR a dancer dancing the opposite of their usual role at a level no higher than silver paired with a dancer who has been dancing less than 12 months. We ask competitors to police themselves on this rule, but we also reserve the right to check registrations to ensure they are in compliance.

Role Switching Policy

In the special case of a dancer who switches roles between leading and following, the two consecutive levels rule is altered. A dancer is limited to dancing no more than two levels in their usual role in each style, but he or she may lead or follow (whichever is not their usual role) at a third level up to two levels lower than the highest level at which he or she is leading or following (whichever is their usual role). For example, a follow at the gold level is eligible to also lead bronze, and a lead at the gold level is eligible to follow bronze.

The exception to this rule is that a dancer may only lead or follow (whichever is not their usual role) at the newcomer level if they have been doing so for less than 12 months.

Costume Policy

We suggest following the USA Dance dress code. While we will not be enforcing dress code at our competition, please do not dress in a manner which gives you an unfair advantage for your level. We will do our best to give a costume change break between Gold and Novice, for those of you competing in both of those 2 consecutive levels.


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