Rules and Regulations


1. This event is approved by the National Dance Council of America, Inc. as an “All-Amateur Event”, and is authorized to use NDCA officials.  NDCA rules and regulations will be followed for this event with the following exception: (1) competitors are not required to be registered/licensed with the NDCA since this event is authorized, but not sanctioned. 

2.. Age categories offered are as follows:  

Elementary K-6th Grade/Pre-teen up to 11 years old

Junior High 7-9th Grade/ Junior 1, 12-13 years old, Junior 2, 14-15 year old

High School 10-12th Grade/ Youth 16-18 years old

Adult 19 years old and older

3. All competitors must purchase an admission ticket. Entry fees are additional.

4. No entry may be accepted that does not include any required entry fee. Admission ticket fees are additional. Requests for entry fee refunds will only be honored up to the closing date.

5. All competitors are required to be in the event area at least 30 minutes in advance of their scheduled time to dance.

6. Any category with less than 3 entries may be cancelled or combined with a similar event.

7. Heel Guards/covers are mandatory. No exceptions.

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 at the BYU competitions in November and March, 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. Pre-Teen, Junior, and Youth open competitors may not compete in any “School Syllabus” event in the same style.

13. Age classifications that appear in the NDCA rule book will be followed for this event.

14.  Proof of age may be required by the organizers in the event of a question regarding the age of a Pre-Teen, Junior, or Youth competitor.

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.

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