Events

Both dancers in a partnership must be eligible to dance at the same level. Each couple may dance in the level appropriate for their skill level and one higher level within the same dance style. The syllabus of dance steps can be found in the Appendix of the USA Dance Dancesport Rulebook.

Suede-soled dance shoes are required.

Ladies must have heel protectors.

 

NEWCOMER
This level reserved for dancers who have been dancing for one year or less and those who have never competed in a ballroom dance competition in the past. Steps will be restricted to the Bronze syllabus. Newcomer-level dancers may also compete in the Bronze level. Costumes are not allowed.

Events Available:
Smooth – Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot
Standard – Waltz, Tango, Quickstep
Rhythm – Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing
Latin – Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba

BRONZE
This level is for dancers with some competition experience. Steps will be restricted to the Bronze syllabus figures. Bronze-level dancers may also dance in the Silver level. Costumes are not allowed.

Events Available:
Smooth – Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz
Standard – Waltz, Tango, Viennese, Foxtrot, Quickstep
Rhythm – Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Bolero, Mambo
Latin – Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive

SILVER
This level is for dancers with moderate competition experience. Steps will be restricted to the Bronze and Silver syllabus figures. Silver-level dancers may also dance in the Gold level. Costumes are not allowed.

Events Available:
Smooth – Waltz/Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz
Standard – Waltz/Quickstep, Tango, Viennese, Foxtrot
Rhythm – Cha Cha/Rumba, Swing, Bolero, Mambo
Latin – Cha Cha/Rumba, Samba, Paso Doble, Jive

GOLD
This level is for dancers with more competition experience. Steps will be restricted to the Bronze, Silver, and Gold syllabus figures. Gold-level dancers may also compete in the Novice level. Costumes are optional.

Events Available:
Smooth – Waltz/Tango/Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz
Standard – Waltz/Foxtrot/Quickstep, Tango, Viennese
Rhythm – Cha Cha/Rumba/Swing, Bolero, Mambo
Latin – Cha Cha/Samba/Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive

NOVICE
This level is for dancers with considerable competition experience. There will be no syllabus restrictions, and costumes are optional. Novice level events are multi-dance events.

Events Available:
Smooth – Waltz/Tango/Foxtrot
Standard – Waltz/Foxtrot/Quickstep
Rhythm – Cha Cha/Rumba/Swing
Latin – Cha Cha/Samba/Rumba

PRE-CHAMPIONSHIP
This level is for dancers with extensive competition experience. There will be no syllabus restrictions, and costumes are optional. Pre-Championship level events are multi-dance events.

Events Available:
Smooth – Waltz/Tango/Foxtrot/Viennese Waltz
Standard – Waltz/Tango/Foxtrot/Quickstep
Rhythm – Cha Cha/Rumba/Swing/Bolero
Latin – Cha Cha/Samba/Rumba/Jive

OPEN
This level is for dancers with extensive competition experience. There will be no syllabus restrictions, and costumes are optional. Open level events are multi-dance events.

Events Available:
Smooth – Waltz/Tango/Foxtrot/Viennese Waltz
Standard – Waltz/Tango/Viennese Waltz/Foxtrot/Quickstep
Rhythm – Cha Cha/Rumba/Swing/Bolero/Mambo
Latin – Cha Cha/Samba/Rumba/Paso Doble/Jive

ROOKIE/VETERAN
These events are for Rookie dancers (Newcomer/Bronze and Bronze/Silver) to dance with Veteran dancers (Silver/Gold and above). Steps will be restricted to the Bronze syllabus. Costumes are allowed.

Events Available:
Smooth – Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot
Standard – Waltz, Tango, Quickstep
Rhythm – Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing
Latin – Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba

 

LEVELS FOR THE NIGHTCLUB CATEGORY
Both dancers in a partnership must be eligible to dance at the same level. Each couple may only dance in one level appropriate for their skill level.

BEGINNER
The level is reserved for dancers who have been dancing for 2 years or less.

Events Available:
Lindy Hop, Salsa, Merengue, West Coast Swing,
Blues, Argentine Tango, Hustle, Nightclub Two-Step

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED
The level is for dancers who have been dancing for more than 2 years.

Events Available:
Lindy Hop, Salsa, Merengue, West Coast Swing,
Blues, Argentine Tango, Hustle, Nightclub Two-Step