On Thursday, May 12, 2016, Stan Andrews, Vice-President DanceSport of USA Dance Inc., issued the following Notice to all USA Dance DanceSport Members:
The 2016 DanceSport Rulebook and Syllabus Guidebook are now available on the USA Dance website under DanceSport – Rules, Policies & Bylaws at http://www.usadance.org/dancesport/forms-and-resources/rules-policies-and-bylaws/.
The following information has been shared by Invigilation Committee Chair, Dan Calloway.
The full WDSF Syllabus is now accepted in all USA Dance Syllabus Competitions!
In May 2013 the World DanceSport Federation published its ten syllabus technique books, one for each International Style dance, encompassing the most exciting and highly developed basic syllabus in the world. Three years later, USA Dance will now accept the complete ten-dance syllabus for use in all sanctioned competitions, beginning with the 2016 New England DanceSport Championships, a National Qualifying Event, held May 13-14, in Boston. New figures are now permissible in all dances, with the syllabus for Viennese Waltz expanded from seven figures to thirty-seven figures.
The WDSF figures detailed in the books are accompanied by extensive technical information found in no other dance books in the world. These books have been readily available in Europe for three years and are most easily purchased by Americans from DSI (our sponsorship new partner), for Standard at http://www.dsi-london.com/9025-world-dancesport-federation-ballroom-series.html and for Latin at http://www.dsi-london.com/9073-wdsf -latin-technique-books.html
The WDSF categorizes many of the pre-existing figures at different levels from the original bronze, silver or gold levels. These figures will now be allowed at whatever level they appear in either technique system. If a figure was originally gold but is silver in the WDSF system, that figure may be used at either level. For example, the Hover Feather in the Foxtrot is silver in the traditional syllabus, but bronze in the WDSF Foxtrot, and will therefore be accepted at both levels from now on.
The addition of these new techniques and figures removes a substantial barrier in the development of American competitive dancing relative to European training and is the most exciting single change to the vital, basic stage of our dancers’ development in our lifetimes. Non-competitive dancers will benefit equally with competitive dancers as they train for social dancing, medal tests and showcase performances. Watch for training camps and workshops under USA Dance University for your best opportunity to learn how incorporating the new WDSF techniques and figures can improve your dancing. A WDSF certification for instructors’ program in Standard & Latin is also now available.
Stan Andrews, Vice-President DanceSport
USA Dance Inc.