Rules & Policies

Rules & Policies

A Quick Summary

Here's a quick summary of the key rules that most people will be interested. For more details, check out the other sections below!

  • A college dancer is anyone who attended a degree-granting program in the last 6 months and is under the age of 35. Only college dancers are eligible for titles or to participate in the team matches.
  • You can dance up to two consecutive levels in any given style.
  • There is no restriction on the number of entries a couple can enter, though no individual can enter the same event twice.
  • Costumes are not allowed below silver. This will be enforced. Costumes are defined as any outfit that includes stones, feathers, or floats and are built with the purpose of competitive dancing.
  • A newcomer dancer is anyone who has not danced prior to the last year in any style. This will be enforced by the honor system. Please remember that true newcomers are the newest members of our community. We all want their experiences to be powerfully positive so that they continuing dancing. The organizers reserve the right to change or invalidate the registration of anyone who is demonstratively not a newcomer yet is dancing in newcomer.
  • We will follow USA Dance syllabus rules. This will be largely by honor system, but organizers reserve the right to invigilate blatant abuses (shadow in bronze, etc.)
  • Same-sex partnerships are allowed. Same-sex couples will compete against other opposite-sex couples dancing at their level and style.
  • Alumni may enter in the open events only. Alumni should be in some way actively affiliated with a team (as a volunteer, coach, or member). 100% of alumni entry fees will go towards scholarship for the syllabus level finalists. Alumni are not eligible to win any national collegiate tiles, and the collegiate placements will be determined in conjunction with the overall open level placements.
  • The team matches have been significantly revised. You should check out the details below.

Registration Fees

The standard price is normally the same as previous National Collegiate DanceSport Championships - $80 per person for members of USA Dance. However, unlike previous years, we have added numerous ways to compete at a discounted rate. We have also added options for those who are not members of USA Dance, as well as Alumni.

  • This year only: To commemorate the re-introduction of the National Collegiate DanceSport Championships, registration will be discounted by $15 for all college dancers. The registration fee for those who are USA Dance members is $65. The registration fee for those who are not USA Dance members is $75.
  • Alumni may enter for $65 per person if they are a USA Dance member. Alumni may enter for $75 if they are not a USA Dance member. 100% of your registration will go towards scholarship for syllabus levels. Thank you for supporting the future of dance!
  • Those travelling over 500 miles may be eligible for need-based travel assistance.
  • For schools that need financial assistance: please contact us! We're here to get you dancing, and if we can find a way to make that work, we'd love to do so.

Other Registration Fees:

  • Formation Team Members: $30 per person (for team members who are NOT participating in any other event. All others MUST pay the regular competitor price). Includes admission to all events.
  • College Coach / Club Sponsor: Spectator admission for two coaches/sponsors is FREE for each team. Additional coaches/sponsors should pay regular spectator rates.
  • Spectator Day Pass: Only $10/session or $25/weekend pass

The Nitty-Gritty

Entries

SmoothRhythm
Newcomer
  • Waltz
  • Tango
  • Foxtrot
  • Cha Cha
  • Rumba
  • Swing
Bronze
  • Waltz
  • Tango
  • Foxtrot
  • Cha Cha
  • Rumba
  • Swing
Silver
  • Waltz/Tango
  • Foxtrot/Viennese Waltz
  • Cha Cha/Rumba
  • Swing/Mambo
Gold
  • Waltz/Tango/Foxtrot/Viennese Waltz
  • Cha Cha/Rumba/Swing/Mambo
Novice
  • Waltz/Tango/Foxtrot
  • Cha Cha/Rumba/Swing
Pre-Championship
  • Waltz/Tango/Foxtrot/Viennese Waltz
  • Cha Cha/Rumba/Swing/Bolero
Championship
  • Waltz/Tango/Foxtrot/Viennese Waltz
  • Cha Cha/Rumba/Swing/Bolero/Mambo


StandardLatin
Newcomer
  • Waltz
  • Foxtrot
  • Quickstep
  • Samba
  • Cha Cha
  • Rumba
Bronze
  • Waltz
  • Foxtrot
  • Quickstep
  • Samba
  • Cha Cha
  • Rumba
Silver
  • Waltz/Quickstep
  • Foxtrot/Tango
  • Samba/Jive
  • Cha Cha/Rumba
Gold
  • Waltz/Quickstep
  • Foxtrot/Tango
  • Samba/Cha Cha/Rumba/Jive
Novice
  • Waltz/Foxtrot/Quickstep
  • Samba/Cha Cha/Rumba
Pre-Championship
  • Waltz/Tango/Foxtrot/Quickstep
  • Samba/Cha Cha/Rumba/Jive
Championship
  • Waltz/Tango/Viennese/Foxtrot/Quickstep
  • Samba/Cha Cha/Rumba/Paso Doble/Jive

The Syllabus

Syllabus definitions can be found at http://www.usadance.org/dancesport/form-and-resources/rules-policies-and-bylaws/jpgnqy3puy. The syllabus will be enforced predominantly by honor code. However, the organizers have no tolerance for blatant abuses that infringe on the fairness and fun for other dancers - particularly in the lower syllabus levels. The organizers reserve the right to invigilate any couples not following the syllabus.

As a friendly reminder, the organizers cannot recall a single competition they personally have attended where more complicated movements - often done badly - ever beat out bronze/silver syllabus moves with proper technique.

Costuming

No costumes are allowed in newcomer and bronze. Costumes are discouraged in silver, and are encouraged in open. Costumes are defined as any outfit that includes stones, feathers, or floats and are built with the purpose of competitive dancing. Off the rack clothing is not considered a costume even if minor light effects are present. Costumes must conform to the "good taste" rule. The organizers may request a change of costume for any competitor found breaking these rules. Please remember that costumes can be extremely discouraging to new dancers. This rule is in place because we wish to be welcoming to those who are still learning how great the ballroom community can be.

Team Matches

There will be two team matches, an International Team Match and an American Team Match. There are several wrinkles which are major departures from historical norms, which we hope will achieve our goal of maximizing inclusion, providing parity, and testing college's abilities to train the future generations of dance. Please read the rules in full.

  • 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.
  • Only those who meet the definition of a college dancer are allowed to participate in the team match. We are grateful for what alumni do for their teams, but this is a matter of parity for teams that may not have alumni present at the event.
  • There are no limitations on the number of entries from a given college. Yes, you read that correctly. We want people to dance, to be proud to represent their team, and to have the opportunity at the end of the year to dance in the night show.
  • Competitors may enter in both team matches. See above. You're here to dance!
  • Two dances in each Team Match are RESTRICTED to newcomer and 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 the Samba. The best teams in a style must be able to demonstrate not only their ceiling, but their ability to train future generations of dance.
  • For purposes of determining syllabus and costumes, the team matches are considered open. Lifts are not allowed. Newcomers and bronze dancers are welcome to go crazy and cut loose.
  • Team match scholarship will be rewarded broadly, rather than to the top team. Make the top 12? You're in the money. We want as many college as possible to win scholarship, you all deserve it!

Alumni, Open Level Heats, and Open College National Titles

Though this is a college competition, many schools have requested we find a way to allow for the incorporation of alumni dancers. As a result, we have opened up the open levels to both alumni and college dancers. We believe this will provide a win-win: more competition and more rounds for college dancers, as well as more inclusion for the full population of college teams.

To award open college national titles, we will simultaneously compile the top results for college dancers as we run the adult open rounds. For purposes of national titles, a mixed alumni-college student couple is not eligible for titles. The top six college couples will be considered National Collegiate finalists in their given category, with the top college couple becoming the new National Collegiate Champions. Participation permitting, the organizers reserve the right to call back the top 6 college couple finalists for a special showcase round, so that national finalists receive the experience of dancing in their own final.

Team Rankings

Throughout the event, we will be compiling aggregate team scores using the point system outlined below. These results will be published throughout the event, similar to a gymnastics meet. Points will be rewarded as follows:

  • Callback - 1 Point
  • 6th place - 1 Point
  • 5th place -2 Point
  • 4th place - 3 Points
  • 3rd place - 4 Points
  • 2nd place -5 Points
  • 1st place - 6 Points
  • All points are quadrupled for the team match and formation teams

These points will be used to determine the national ranking of each team in attendance.

Further Questions:

If there's something we missed, please don't hesitate to contact us. We're happy to answer any questions you may have!