Rules & Regulations


This event is sanctioned by and conducted under the rules and regulations of the National Dance Council of America, Inc. The NDCA Rule Book is available on line at


  1. All competitors must purchase an admission ticket. Entry fees are additional.
  2. No entry may be accepted that does not include any required entry fee. Requests for refunds will only be honored up to the closing date.
  3. Registration with the National Dance Council of America (NDCA) will be required for all amateur competitors – Pre-Teen, Junior, Youth, and Adult (register on line at
  4. All competitors are required to check in with the competition registrar at least one hour in advance of their scheduled time to dance.
  5. All competitors are required to be in the on-deck area at least 30 minutes in advance of their scheduled time to dance.
  6. NDCA rule X.C.8. will always apply, which does not allow any competitor to dance in three consecutive skill levels in the same age category, specifically Novice, Pre-Championship, and Championship.
  7. The „School Syllabus” competitions are considered „student /student” events. Competitors dancing only in these events are not required to register with the NDCA.
  8. All Pre-Teen I, Pre-Teen II, and School Syllabus competitions are restricted to the syllabi listed in Appendix I of the NDCA rule book. American style events are limited to the bronze and silver American Style figures, elements and restrictions. International style events are limited to the bronze, silver, and gold International Style figures.
  9. „Newcomer” competitors remain eligible for this category until they have placed in a final of any event in their age classification, provided a semi-final was danced. Competitors who lose their eligibility will become eligible once again when they move up to the next age level.
  10. „Newcomer” competitors may not also enter any „open” events in any style.
  11. Competitors entered in „School Syllabus” events may not enter „open” events in the same style.
  12. Elementary School competitors may dance up into the Junior High School category. Junior High School competitors may dance up into the High School category.
  13. Pre-Teen, Junior, and Youth competitors may not compete in any „School Syllabus” event in the same style.
  14. Age classifications appear in the NDCA rule book.
  15. Competitors in the Latin-American divisions must not be overly suggestive in their movements at all times while on the floor. Couples who are viewed as inappropriate will be warned once, and then will be subject to disqualification.
  16. Any competitor who wears a costume deemed by the organizers to be unsuitable will be requested to change. If such request is not followed, the competitor will not be allowed to dance and their entry will be canceled. Specific costume rules are listed separately.
  17. Formation team music must be submitted in advance via „Music Drop” download.
  18.  Any competitor who wears a costume deemed by the organizers to be unsuitable will be requested to change. If such request is not followed, the competitor will not be allowed to dance and their entry will be canceled. Specific costume rules are listed separately
  19.  Eligibility for all Novice and Pre-Championship events will be as listed in NDCA rule X.C. However, eligibility points will also be counted and accrued from the following formerly sanctioned NDCA events that are now authorized as „All-Amateur Events”:
    BYU DanceSport Festival – commencing with the 2020 event
    Utah DanceSport Challenge – commencing with the 2020 event
    U.S. National Amateur DanceSport Championships – commencing with the 2020 event
  20.  Invigilation rules: competitors whose figures are determined by the Invigilator (or Chairman of Adjudicators) not to be within the prescribed level shall be warned and penalized as follows:
    (1) Early round violation – A warning from the Chairman of Adjudicators or the Invigilator.
    (2) Subsequent round repeated violation – All recalls or marks for that dance erased (at the discretion of the Chairman of Adjudicators).
    (3) Final round violation:
    (a) Where no previous infraction has been made, marked down one place in that dance.
    (b) When a competitor has already been warned and repeats the same infraction in a final round they will be marked down one or more places in the dance(es) where the repeated infraction occurred at the discretion of the Chairman of Adjudicators.
  21.  Once a final round commences, if it becomes necessary for a couple to withdraw from the competition (due to injury or illness) then that couple will be awarded last place for any dances in which they did not dance.
  22. If a couple withdraws from a competition after any round and before the commencement of the next round, then the chairman may at his discretion replace this couple with the next eligible couple.
  23.  Officials may not post comments on any interactive social media website regarding any competitor’s performance or conduct until after the conclusion of the entire weekends competitions.  Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action.

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