Official USA Dance Inc. DanceSport Rules
The Royal Palm DanceSport Competition is a local competition now in its 14th year, sponsored by the Royal Palm Chapter of USA Dance, which serves Boca Raton, Florida and the surrounding area. This Competition is not a National Qualifying Event of USA Dance, nor is it an officially “Sanctioned Event” of USA Dance, Inc. No USA Dance “Proficiency Points” are earned by participating in this Competition. However, although not required, we do choose to govern the Competition by the official DanceSport rules and regulations of USA Dance, Inc. The applicable rules and regulations are found in the Official USA Dance Inc. DanceSport Rulebook. The most recent version of the Rulebook is found on the USA Dance, Inc. website – also linked from the DanceSport Rulebook icon at right.
In addition, USA Dance, Inc. from time to time announces Interpretations, Policies, or other Official Actions taken by USA Dance official governing bodies with respect to its DanceSport Rules, which we post on this website, as we become aware of them. See: Other Rules, Regulations & Official Actions of USA Dance, Inc.
Amateur Status & Membership Requirements for Competitors
To compete in the Royal Palm DanceSport Competition, both you and your partner must be amateur dancers (no professionals).
This Competition welcomes amateur couples from All Countries of the World!
We invite you to participate in the Competition if you and your partner are Adult or Student Athlete DanceSport Members in good standing of USA Dance, Inc. or any affiliated organization or organization for amateur dancers in another country.
Those who are new to dance and dance only in “Newcomer Events,” may be Social Adult Dancer, Social Youth Dancer, or Ballroom Dancer members of USA Dance, or members in equivalent membership categories in or any affiliated organization in another country.
Your membership must be current (not expired) as of the date you register and as of January 28, 2017, the date of the Competition. If your membership is current at the time you register, but will require renewal to be current as of January 28, 2017, you must present proof of such renewal to Patti MacDonald, by e-mailing a copy of your renewed membership card (showing an expiration date after January 28, 2017) to her at Organizer@RoyalPalmDanceSport.org at the time you renew your membership, which must be no later than January 18, 2017.
If you reside in the U.S., you can easily join, upgrade, or renew your membership in USA Dance online, at www.usadance.org/membership, where members can also print or download copies of their membership cards.
Registration Package/ Competition Information and Guidelines
To receive your Registration Package by e-mail please contact Patti MacDonald, Competition Chair, at: Organizer@RoyalPalmDanceSport.org.
The Registration Package includes all of the official Competition Information and Guidelines governing the Competition, plus Entry & Order Forms that you can print out and complete, along with instructions where to mail them with your check (or e-mail them and pay online), if you choose to apply on paper.
However, easy online registration is also now available right here on this website, as referenced below.
Please download and read the Competition Information and Guidelines carefully. The Competition Information and Guidelines, along with the USA Dance Inc. DanceSport Rulebook, state the official rules, regulations and policies governing this Competition. In the event of any conflict between anything stated on this website or elsewhere and the Competition Information and Guidelines or the USA Dance Inc. DanceSport Rulebook, the USA Dance Inc. DanceSport Rulebook, first, and then the Competition Information and Guidelines will govern.
Now you can easily Register Online here on our website! Just fill out the Online Competitor Registration Form, Click “Send,” and pay your Competitor Fees by PayPal or Credit Card simply by using the Online Payment Form on our website. It’s very quick and easy, and you will immediately receive an e-mail confirming what you submitted.
Competitor Entry Fees & Registration Deadlines
Your Competitor Entry Fee – one flat fee – covers all of your competition entries (as many as you want), your ballroom admission for the day, and the Competition Program. (Competitors do not need to pay Spectator Fees for themselves.)
Competitor Entry Fees for the 2017 Competition and the Applicable Registration Deadlines for each to apply are shown in the following Chart:
Registration Closes January 18, 2017 (Midnight)
Final Deadline (to get in the Program): January 18, 2017 (Midnight)
(Both your Registration Form and Fees must be Received by Organizer by January 18, 2017)
For your convenience, you can now pay your Competitor Entry Fees (as well as purchase Spectator Tickets for your family & friends) online by Credit Card or PayPal, using our Online Payment Form.
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Competitors and spectators cancelling by January 5, 2017 will receive a 90% refund; between January 6 and January 14, a 75% refund; after January 14, 2017, no refund. Please allow 30 days following the Competition for us to process and mail any refunds. Cancellations due to Competitor medical emergencies or other Force Majeure emergencies that prevent you from dancing, may qualify for full refund or credit against next year’s Entry Fees, in the Organizer’s discretion, if proved by evidence satisfactory to the Organizer.
How Many Events & Proficiency Levels Can You Enter?
You can enter as many events as you choose, provided that you comply with the USA Dance Inc. DanceSport Rulebook. In each Style of Dance – American Smooth, American Rhythm, International Standard, and International Latin – you can enter events in up to two consecutive Proficiency Levels for which you are eligible under the USA Dance Dancesport Rules, and up to two consecutive Age Classifications for which you qualify under USA Dance Dancesport Rules.
The USA Dance DanceSport Rulebook can be found on the USA Dance National website. All Competitors are responsible to comply with the requirements of the USA Dance Rules.
Under the Proficiency Point Rules, when in effect, normally an Athlete member of USA Dance earns Proficiency Points at each NQE or Sanctioned Competition in which they participate, for each Proficiency Level in which they participate, depending on their results. After earning a certain level of Proficiency Points at a particular Proficiency Level, the Athlete is no longer eligible to participate in events at that Level and must move up to a more difficult Level. However, during the suspension of the Proficiency Point System, each Athlete will not earn Proficiency Points, and is to determine the two consecutive Proficiency Levels for which he or she is eligible based on a good faith determination of the Levels appropriate for his or her experience and level of dancing.
UPDATE: The latest 2016 USA Dance DanceSport Rulebook, issued on May 13, 2016, provides in Rule 184.108.40.206 that “Proficiency points will not be used to determine proficiency level eligibility until after the 2017 National Championships.” Thus, the USA Dance Proficiency Point Rules remain suspended until further notice after April 2, 2017.
This means that at the January 28, 2017 Royal Palm DanceSport Competition, within each Style of Dance (American Smooth, American Rhythm, International Standard, and International Latin), you may register for events in any two consecutive Proficiency Levels listed below which you in good faith believe are appropriate for your level of dancing. And, within that same Style of Dance, you can enter events in up to two consecutive Age Classifications (listed further below) for which you qualify per the USA Dance DanceSport Rules.
Following is a diagram found in the USA Dance Inc. DanceSport Rulebook, illustrating the different Proficiency Levels (the different Age Classifications are defined further below):
Couples, neither member of which has ever danced as an amateur couple in a ballroom competition are eligible to dance in Newcomer events (in which only the first 5 steps in a bronze syllabus are allowed). Competitors who qualify for Newcomer events may choose to dance in ONLY Newcomer events or in both Newcomer AND Bronze syllabus events.
Note: Competitors who register for Newcomer events only, can be registered USA DANCE members in good standing of any type (Social member, Ballroom Dancer, or Adult). Competitors who sign up for Bronze or above events must be registered as “Athlete” members.
The Age Classifications and rules defined and set forth in the official USA Dance, Inc. DanceSport Rulebook will govern our Competition. The Age Classifications are found, in Section 4.7.4 of the current Official USA Dance Inc. DanceSport Rulebook.
Within any particular Style of Dance, at a particular competition, a couple may enter events in up to two consecutive Age Classifications for which the couple qualifies per USA Dance DanceSport Rules.
Following is a summary of the Age Classifications under the USA Dance DanceSport Rules, which apply for our January 28, 2017 Competition:
- PRE-TEEN I – Both partners will reach 9th birthday or less during 2017
- PRE-TEEN II – Both partners will reach no older than 10th or 11th birthday during 2017
- JUNIOR I – Both partners will reach no older than 12th or 13th birthday during 2017
- JUNIOR II – Both partners will reach no older than 14th or 15th birthday during 2017
- YOUTH – Both partners will reach no older than 16th, 17th, or 18th birthday during 2017
- ADULT - At least one partner will reach 19 years or older during 2017
(Note: for the Pre-Teen, Junior, Youth & Adult Age Groups, one partner can be no more than two age classifications younger)
- SENIOR 1 – One partner must reach 35 years or older and the other 30 years or older during 2017
- SENIOR 2 – One partner must reach 45 years or older and the other 40 years or older during 2017
- SENIOR 3 – One partner must reach 55 years or older and the other 50 years or older during 2017
- SENIOR 4 – One partner must reach 65 years or older and the other 60 years or older during 2017
Again, within any particular style of dance, at a particular competition, the couple may enter events in up to two consecutive Age Classifications for which the couple qualifies per USA Dance DanceSport Rules. Adult and Senior couples may not dance in older Age Classifications than the oldest one for which they qualify, but Seniors may dance down in lower Age Classifications than the oldest one for which they qualify, if they wish.
See Competition Dress Code on this site. If you have further questions regarding dress/ costumes for the Royal Palm DanceSport Competition, contact Patti MacDonald, Competition Chair, at 561-200-9410 or Organizer@RoyalPalmDancesport.org.. For general questions about interpreting the USA Dance Dress Regulations found in the USA Dance Inc. DanceSport Rulebook, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spectator Tickets are required for admission to the Ballroom by those not competing. The Competitor Fees cover and include admission to the Ballroom for Competitors.
If you have family or friends who will come as Spectators, you can also purchase Spectator Tickets for them at the same time as you register as a Competitor. Spectator Tickets, giving admission to the Ballroom for the entire day, are only $10.00 per person for adults or $5.00 per person for Students (Youth & Collegiate). It is also possible to reserve a Table for 10 people (of any age(s)) by pre-paying $100.00.
If you wish to purchase Spectator Tickets or reserve a Table, go to Spectator Tickets.
For more information, see the Competition Information and Guidelines (part of the Registration Package), downloadable above, and see the USA Dance Inc. DanceSport Rulebook, and any related Official Actions issued by the national office of USA Dance (which can be found on the USA Dance Inc. DanceSport Rules & Regulations page of this website).
If you have questions, please contact Patti MacDonald, Competition Chair, at Telephone: 561-200-9410 or E-mail: Organizer@RoyalPalmDancesport.org.
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