Our welcome letter for competitors is now available! If you didn’t get it by e-mail, you can read it here. You can also find the results so far here.


The National Collegiate DanceSport Championships runs during the month of March. The ‘filming’ portions occurs over a two week period – March 18th – March 31st. The judging portions follow in late March through early April once all videos have been submitted. Once results are posted for an event, competitors have the option to get post-event critiques from judges of their choice on videos of their choice. These critiques will be 3-5 sentences. A detailed breakdown:

  • End of Registration: March 16th. Registration can be found here!
  • Beginning of Video Submission: March 18th 
  • End of Video Submission (Standard/Latin): March 24th
  • Beginning of Judging Period (Standard/Latin): March 26th
  • Posting of Results: (Standard/Latin): March 31st
  • End of Video Submission (Smooth/Rhythm): March 31st
  • Beginning of Judging Period (Smooth/Rhythm): April 2nd
  • Posting of Results (Smooth/Rhythm): April 7th
  • Selection of Post-Event Critiques: March 31st – April 14th
  • Completion of Post-Event Critiques: April 7th, April 21st

Event Types

  • Solo-proficiency or Am/Am
  • Newcomer, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Novice, Pre-Champ, Champ 
    • Pick up to 2 consecutive levels per style
  • Latin, Rhythm, Smooth, Standard
  • Age Groups: Only college students will be eligible for national collegiate titles. A college dancer is anyone who attended a degree-granting program in the last 6 months or was eligible for NCDC 2020.
  • 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 powerful and 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.

Competitor Registration Fees

  • The registration fee for college students who are USA Dance members is $40
  • The registration fee for college students who are not USA Dance members is $50.
  • Each Post-Event Critique by a judge will cost $5. [Update: Thanks to an anonymous donor, the first critique for each competitor is free!]. The competitor can select both the judge and the video. Critiques will be 3-5 sentences in length.
  • If you want the discount, you can join USA Dance as a college student athlete for $25 here. Membership basically pays for itself if you plan to attend the National Collegiate DanceSport Championships in the spring and the Digital Collegiate DanceSport Challenge in the fall. It also lets you compete in a ton of other events!

Video Submissions

How to Shoot Your Video:

  • Videos should be in landscape mode.
    • Tripod or stable location recommended.
  • All videos should record you dancing for the duration of a round – 75 to 90 seconds.
  • Whole body must be visible for the duration of the video. We’ll accept your footage if there is a column or very brief obstruction, but we need to be able to see your movement to judge your movement.
    • While it’s OK if your body is visible only by a mirror for part of your filiming, do try to keep this to a minimum!
  • Panning from side to side and zooming is allowed. Try to keep movement as smooth as possible!
  • No video editing is allowed.
    • Because we’re not allowing you to edit, please start dancing within the first 15-20 seconds of the video.

How to Submit Your Video:

  • Upload your video to YouTube
    • Please use the following format for title: NCDC – [Event Level] [Event Style] [Event Dance] – [Your Name] [& Your Partner’s Name]
    • Example: “NCDC – Silver Standard Foxtrot – John Doe & Jane Doe”
  • We will send competitors google forms by e-mail to submit entries to us by the deadline.


Permitted attire: Clothing. Practice wear, athletic wear, and costumes recommended, but t-shirt and shorts is fine.  Try to wear clothing that allows judges to properly evaluate your movement (avoid baggy shirts & pants, etc.).  If a judge can’t evaluate your movement, it will hinder their ability to judge you. Dance shoes are optional, but they’re recommended if you have them.

Syllabus Rules

Syllabus definitions can be found here. 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. This will result in a penalty of -1 points to your average score for that dance.

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.


  • Scoring is done from 0-10 and is relative to the level and style selected. The higher your score, the more the judge views your dancing to be reflective of what a dancer of that level and style should demonstrate. Check out the judging breakdown for an idea of what different scores mean!
  • The scores will be averaged to determine overall scores and placements.
  • Though rare, ties are permitted.

Results will be posted on our website in the results section each weekend. We’ll link to that page on Facebook and Instagram (be sure to like us!).

Team Rankings

Throughout the event, we will be compiling aggregate team scores. We will award rankings based on ‘most points accrued to a team’ and ‘highest average score for members of a team’. These scores will be used to determine the national rankings of each team in attendance. We’ll post these rankings with the rest of the results at the end of the event.

Entries Table

  • Waltz/Foxtrot
  • Cha Cha/Rumba
  • Waltz / Foxtrot / Tango
  • Cha Cha / Rumba / Swing
  • Waltz / Foxtrot / Tango
  • Cha Cha / Rumba / Swing
  • Waltz / Tango / Foxtrot / Viennese Waltz
  • Cha Cha / Rumba / Swing / Bolero
  • Waltz / Tango / Foxtrot
  • Cha Cha / Rumba / Swing
  • Waltz / Tango / Foxtrot / Viennese Waltz
  • Cha Cha / Rumba / Swing / Bolero
  • Waltz / Tango / Foxtrot / Viennese Waltz
  • Cha Cha / Rumba / Swing / Bolero / Mambo
  • Waltz / Quickstep
  • Cha Cha/Rumba
  • Waltz/Foxtrot/Quickstep
  • Samba / Cha Cha / Rumba
  • Waltz/Foxtrot/Quickstep
    Samba / Cha Cha / Rumba
  • Waltz / Quickstep / Foxtrot / Tango
  • Samba /Cha Cha /Rumba / Jive
  • Waltz / Foxtrot / Quickstep
  • Samba / Cha Cha / Rumba
  • Waltz / Tango / Foxtrot / Quickstep
  • Samba / Cha Cha / Rumba / Jive
  • Waltz / Tango / Viennese / Foxtrot / Quickstep
  • Samba / Cha Cha / Rumba / Paso Doble / Jive


I don’t have access to a studio. How can I compete?

One of the nice things about judges having an uninterrupted period of time to look at you is unusual practice spaces work just fine.  If you have access to a soccer field and enjoy dancing barefoot, consider frolicking in the fields. Living room rugs and hardwood floors in your dorm room can work great for stationary dances.  If you have dance sneakers then perhaps parking lots, tennis courts and pavement is your jam.  If you have access to a basketball court, a gym yoga studio, a concrete slab in a garage, it all works. 

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!

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