General Information


The National Collegiate DanceSport Championship is a fun-filled, team-based DanceSport competition where:

  • Participants and spectators alike enjoy an atmosphere of friendliness, comradery, and fun!
  • College teams and competitors vie for both national rankings and titles
  • Alumni can support their alma-maters and demonstrate that one's passion for ballroom doesn't have to end with college
  • Participants and spectators of all levels of experience learn and grow from special seminars held throughout the weekend by top level instructors.
National Collegiate DanceSport Championships
1033 N Villa Ave
Villa Park, IL 60181

About the Event

The USA Dance National Collegiate Championships revolve around both partnership events and overarching team scores. Couples compete in groups of dances in varying styles and at various levels of proficiency. The performance of couples from each team will be aggregated throughout the event and displayed as national team rankings.

The event is most proud of its inclusive, fun-filled, and team-oriented atmosphere. The volunteers are friendly, the emcees are upbeat, the music is lively, and the cheer team with its cheer team captains will be excited to greet competitors as they leave the floor with beaming smiles, high fives, and bear hugs.

The 2018 championships will be held on March 31st and April 1st in Chicago, IL.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why April? Why Chicago?

The USA Dance National Collegiate DanceSport Championships are intended to be a capstone for the academic year. With a reasonable driving distance for most of NCDC's original competitors and access to both O'Hare and Midway, Chicago is an excellent central location to allow competitors from all regions to participate. We realize that due to the sheer size of the United States it is impossible to choose a location that is perfect for everyone. If your team will travel more than 500 miles to the competition, you may be eligible for need based financial assistance. Just let us know by contacting us.

Do I have to be a member of USA Dance to participate?

Nope! USA Dance members will receive a discount, though. As a reminder, USA Dance membership actually saves the average college dancer money, so you should check out the benefits and consider signing up.

This sounds awesome! But its too expensive for my partner/team. How can we attend?

Our goal is to provide a competition experience that is affordable and valuable for everyone. Below are some ways you can save:

First Year Discount: As part of our re-introduction of the National Collegiate DanceSport Championships, we are giving every competitor a discount to this year's NCDC.

Vouchers: In future years, keep an eye out for NCDC vouchers to be distributed at collegiate and USA Dance competitions near you. You can apply up to $20 towards your registration at the NCDC, and can even transfer vouchers to your friends if you have too many or can't use the ones you have acquired.

Travel Assistance: If you're travelling from far away (500+ miles), contact us for possible need based travel assistance.

Membership: You might take a look at the membership benefits for being a member of USA Dance. This typically knocks a good chunk off of competition travel expenses due to hotel and rental car discounts, among many others. Plus, you will save $10 off your registration at NCDC.

Need-Based Assistance: Lastly, if none of this will be enough, please feel free to contact us! We have set aside a pool of funding for financial assistance, and will be providing it to various teams on a need-basis. Depending on your situation, we may be able to provide scholarship to cover part or all of your lodging and travel expenses. Since the event is designed to break-even, we can't provide assistance to everyone, but we'll do what we can to help!

This event is only one week away from USA Dance Amateur Nationals this year. What are the differences, and which should I attend?

The USA Dance National Amateur Championships are held in Baltimore, MD on April 6-8, 2018 and are for all dancers of all ages. The USA Dance National Collegiate DanceSport Championships are for college students and those alumni still actively present in the college teams/circuit. There is no qualifying requirement for the USA Dance National Collegiate DanceSport Championships, but there is a requirement to qualify at a USA Dance National Regional Qualifying Event (NQE) for the USA Dance National Amateur Championships.

We're a little biased, but if you have a choice, you should do both. They're both great events. Being a United States Collegiate Champion for a given style and division is pretty snazzy and looks great on a resume. However, the USA Dance National Amateur Championships features the best competition on the brightest stage. If you can do both, the National Collegiate DanceSport Championships can serve as a great final competitive waypoint and warm-up for the Amateur Nationals. We know a significant number of couples who already have committed to do both, so you'll certainly have company.

Regardless of what you choose, you can't go wrong.