Competition Rules, Regulations & Policies

USA Dance National Qualifying Event (NQE)

 
 
 

Official USA Dance Inc. DanceSport Rules Govern this Competition

Click for link to : Official USA Dance Inc. DanceSport Rulebook

The Royal Palm DanceSport Championships – NQE, is governed by the official DanceSport Rules 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 and other relevant USA Dance Policies are found on the USA Dance, Inc. website – also linked from the DanceSport Rulebook icon at right.

It is the responsibility of all competitors to familiarize yourselves with the official USA Dance DanceSport Rules, and comply with them.

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 for information purposes, as we become aware of them. See: Other Rules, Regulations & Official Actions of USA Dance, Inc.

This Competition is sanctioned as a USA Dance National Qualifying Event (NQE).

Therefore, competitors can qualify for the USA Dance National DanceSport Championships at this Competition (see Section 4.3 of the Rulebook), and competitors can earn Proficiency Points (Rule 5.2.1 and Section 4.7 of the Rulebook), and USA Dance Ranking Points (Section 4.8 of the Rulebook) at this Competition.
 

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Open to the World!     We Welcome Amateur, Professional, Pro/Am, Teacher/ Student, & Same Sex Couples from All Countries!

This Competition is Open to the World!!   As last year, we welcome Amateur, Pro/Am, Teacher/ Student (which are mixed proficiency Amateur couples), and Same Sex Couples from All Countries of the World! And, this year for the first time, we will welcome Professional Couples pursuant to the Rules & Requirements of the new Professional Division of USA Dance!   Amateur competitors must be members of USA Dance, Inc. or an affiliated organization in another country. Pros dancing only in Pro/Am couples are NOT required to be members of USA Dance or similar organization. Membership requirements are set forth below.
 

Membership Requirements for Competitors

Amateur Couples

We invite Amateur Couples to participate in National Qualifying Events at this Competition only if both members of the couple are “Adult Athlete,” “Student Athlete,” or “Minor Athlete” Members in good standing of USA Dance, Inc. or hold membership in equivalent categories in WDSF or any affiliated organization for or including amateur dancers in another country. (Note: Those who are not U.S. Citizens or do not meet the residence and membership requirements of the USA Dance DanceSport Rules to qualify for the USA Dance National Championships will not be counted in determining the placements of competitors in National Qualifying Events, for purposes of determining qualification for Nationals.)

Following are the Athlete Membership categories (and cost of each) in USA Dance:
Athlete Membership Categories - USA dance

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.

Note: As explained below, Amateur Couples who participate only in “Newcomer” Events or only in Specialty/ Social Dance Events can be Social Adult Dancer ($35.00) or Social Youth Dancer ($10.00) members (depending on your age); Athlete membership is not required for these couples. Similarly, amateur students who dance only in Pro/Am events can be Social Adult or Social Youth Dancer members, and need not be Athlete members of USA Dance.

For Registration Information for Amateur Couples, see Amateur Couples – Registration Info

Amateur Newcomers

Amateur Couples in which neither member of the couple has ever danced in a dancesport competition before, and who dance only in “Newcomer Events,” may be Social Adult Dancer ($35.00 per year) or Social Youth Dancer ($10.00 per year) members of USA Dance, or members in equivalent membership categories in or any affiliated organization in another country. Athlete membership is not required, unless you also dance in Bronze events, in which case Adult Athlete or Student Athlete membership (or equivalent membership in a similar organization in another country) is required.

You can easily join 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.

Social Dance Events

Those who participate only in Social Dance Events (Argentine Tango, Hustle, Salsa, or West Coast Swing), need not be Athlete members of USA Dance, but must be Social Adult Dancer ($35.00) or Social Youth Dancer ($10.00) members, depending on your age.

College Students

College Students who participate only in “Collegiate Events” are not required to be members of USA Dance.

Professional Couples

This year, under the auspices of the Professional Division of USA Dance, Inc., for the first time, we invite Professional Couples to participate in the Royal Palm DanceSport Championships – NQE!! Membership and other requirements for Professional Couples are as determined by the Professional Division of USA Dance, Inc.

For information about Professional Events and requirements, contact Melissa Dexter, Vice President for Professional Dance of USA Dance, Inc.

Pro/Am and Teacher/ Student Couples

We invite Pro/Am Couples to participate in the Competition if the Student in your couple is or becomes a member of USA Dance or an affiliated organization in another country. In this case, membership by the Student in the Social Adult Dancer ($35.00 per year) or Social Youth Dancer ($10.00) categories, depending on your age, is sufficient. If the Student is already an Athlete member, that of course is also sufficient.

Pros dancing only in Pro/Am events do NOT need to be members of USA Dance or any affiliated organization.

Teacher/ Student couples (in which both partners are amateurs, but of different proficiency levels) may participate in the Competition if the teacher is an Athlete member of USA Dance, and the Student is at least a Social Dance Member of USA Dance. Teacher/ Student (mixed proficiency) couples may NOT dance together in Amateur Events in the Competition. Either partner may, however, dance in Amateur Events with other partners of his or her own proficiency level, subject to meeting the requirements for Amateur Events.

For Registration Information for Pro/Am and Teacher/ Student couples, see Pro/Am & Teacher/Student – Registration Info

Same Sex Couples

We invite Same Sex Couples to participate in the Competition if both members of the couple are “Adult Athlete” or “Student Athlete” Members in good standing of USA Dance, Inc. or hold membership in equivalent categories in any affiliated organization for or including amateur dancers in another country.

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.

For Registration Information for Same Sex Couples, see Same Sex Couples – Registration Info.

Membership Must be Current.

All competitors required to be members of USA Dance, Inc. or an affiliated organization in another country (including Amateur couples, Professional couples, Amateur Newcomers, Students in Pro/Am couples, both members of Teacher/Student couples, and members of Same Sex Couples), must affirm and prove that your membership is current (not expired) as of the date you register and as of February 9, 2019, the date of the Competition.

If your membership is current at the time you register, but will require renewal to be current as of February 9, 2019, you must present proof of such renewal to the Organizer, by e-mailing a copy of your renewed membership card (showing an expiration date after February 9, 2019) to Info@RoyalPalmDanceSport.org at the time you renew your membership, which must be no later than January 12, 2019.

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.
 

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Competition Events/ Info & Guidelines

For Registration Information, including Events offered, and particular rules, entry fees, and regulations applicable to you, please see the Registration Information page applicable to your Couple:

Amateur Couples – please see the Amateur Couples – Registration Info page.

Pro/Am and Teacher/Student Couples – please see the Pro/Am and Teacher/Student Registration Info page.

Professional Couples – please see the Professional Couples Registration Info page.

Same Sex Couples – please see the Same Sex Couples – Registration Info page.

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Competitor Entry Fees & Registration Deadlines

Amateur Couples – please see the Amateur Couples – Registration Info page.

Pro/Am or Teacher/ Student Couples – please see the Teacher/ Student – Registration Info page.

Professional Couples – please see the Professional Couples – Registration Info page.

Same Sex Couples – please see Same Sex Couples – Registration Info.

See Cancellation Policy Below

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Online Registration

Online Competitor Registration for our 2019 Competition will again be provided by O2cm – along with the Latest Onsite Technology at the Competition!   This is the same technology that is used at all National Qualifying Events (NQE’s) of USA Dance.  

Current Heats, those On Deck, Call-Backs, and Heats coming within the next half hour, along with exact, up-to-the-minute Heat times will be projected in real time on a large screen in the Ballroom, continuously during the entire Competition! Judges will score with hand held computer pads, so that results will be available instantaneously. Competitors will also be able to use mobile phones, from wherever they are, to see the Current Event, What’s On Deck, their own Heat List, and Posted Marks available at all times during the day of the Competition. These are just a few of the benefits of the O2cm Technology.

Online Competitor Registration via O2cm Will Open Soon! Please Check Back.

If you prefer to register by mailing in a paper form with your check, please contact Info@RoyalPalmDanceSport.org, to receive a Paper Registration Form for the 2019 Royal Palm DanceSport Championships – NQE by e-mail. Please indicate in your e-mail what division your couple will enter: Amateur, Pro/Am or Teacher/Student, Professional, or Same Sex Couples.

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Cancellation Policy

Competitors and spectators cancelling by January 12, 2019 will receive a 100% refund of their Competitor Package & Entry Fees paid (minus a 10% processing fee); cancellations between January 12 and January 26, 2019 will receive a 50% refund; cancellations after January 26, 2019, 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 of your Competitor fees, or credit against next year’s Competitor Registration Fees, in the Organizer’s discretion, if proved by evidence satisfactory to the Organizer.

The Royal Palm Dancesport Championships – NQE, its Organizers, the USA Dance, Royal Palm Chapter # 6016, and its Officers and Directors, are not responsible for any airfare, hotel, or other travel expenses, fees or penalties incurred by any Competitor or Spectator, for any reason or cause.

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Check-In Procedures at the Competition

To check-in at the Competition, Competitors will be required to:

  1. Show your current USA Dance Membership Cards (for all Amateur Competitors), which must show an expiration date after the date of the Competition, and must reflect the Category of USA Dance Membership required of you per our Rules (See Membership Requirements for Competitors).

    Couples or Students resident in another country, please show your WDSF Membership Cards.

    Exceptions to Membership Requirement: Pros dancing only in Pro/Am Events, College Students dancing only in Formation Team Showcase, and Anyone dancing only in Specialty/ Social Dances (Argentine Tango, Hustle, Salsa, West Coast Swing) Need NOT be members of USA Dance.
  2. Show a picture ID for each member of your couple;
  3. Sign a paper copy of the Competitor Information & Release Form, or, to save time at Check-In, you can download the form via the link in this paragraph, and sign and scan and e-mail it to us in advance (E-mail to: Info@RoyalPalmDanceSport.org);
  4. If you have any unpaid Balance Due on your Account, it must be paid in full before competing, either in cash (or, if permitted by the Organizer, by electronic payment by PayPal or Credit Card at Check-in).

    Note: We will notify any Competitors who have a Balance Due on your Account by e-mail in advance of the Competition, and provide you a link to where you can easily pay any such amounts due by PayPal or Credit Card in advance. If any Balance Due so notified is not timely paid in advance of the Competition, it is within the discretion of the Organizer whether or not to permit such couple to check-in at the Competition.

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How Many Events & “Proficiency Levels” Can You Enter?

You can enter as many Events as you choose, provided that you pay any applicable Entry Fees, and comply with the USA Dance Inc. DanceSport Rulebook, and the rules described below.

Click on the applicable link to find the Proficiency Level rules for your couple:

Note: For Professional Couples, only Championship Level Events will be offered in this Competition.

 

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Age Classifications

The Age Classifications and rules defined and set forth in the official USA Dance, Inc. DanceSport Rulebook will govern and apply for all Events at our Competition (except for Amateur Showdance, Cabaret, and Theatrical Ballroom Events; Professional Events; Pro/Am & Teacher/Student Scholarship Events, and Same Sex Events), as explained above under the applicable links for “Proficiency Levels”).

Following is a copy of Section 4.7.4 of the USA Dance DanceSport RuleBook, setting forth the Age Classifications that apply for all categories of Events at the Royal Palm DanceSport Championships – NQE (other than Amateur Showdance, Cabaret, and Theatrical Ballroom Events; Professional Events; Pro/Am & Teacher/Student Scholarship Events, and Same Sex Events):

Based on Ages Reached in Calendar Year 2019:

USA Dance Age Classifications - 2017a Rulebook

Amateur Couples

Within any particular Style of Dance (American Smooth, American Rhythm, International Standard, or International Latin), an Amateur Couple can enter events in up to two consecutive Age Classifications (listed above) for which the Amateur Couple qualifies. For Amateur Couples, your Age Classification is measured by the ages that you and your partner will reach during the Calendar year 2019.

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 Age Classifications lower than the oldest one for which they qualify, if they wish.

For Pre-Teen, Junior, Youth, and Adult Classifications, one partner of the couple may be no more than two age classifications younger, except in Teacher/ Student events, where only the Student must meet the age requirements.

Pre-Teen, Junior and Youth Athletes may compete in the next higher age category held at our Competition, provided that both Athletes are in the same age category, or separated by only one age classification.

Pre-Teen I and Pre-Teen II competitive events are limited to Syllabus events only. This Age Category is not permitted to dance in Novice, Pre-Championship and Championship events. Closed Gold Championship and Master of Syllabus events may be offered for this age group.

Pro/Am & Teacher/Student Couples

The above USA Dance Age Categories apply for the Student in all Pro/Am and Teacher/Student Events at our Competition, except for the Pro/Am and Teacher/Student Scholarship Events.

For more information on the Age Categories applicable to the Student in those Events, see the Pro/Am & Teacher/Student – Registration Info page.

Professional Couples

Events for Professional Couples are offered only for Adult (19-34) and Senior I (35-44) Age Categories, and only at the Championship Level.

For more information on Professional Couple Events, see the Professional Couples – Registration Info page.

Same Sex Couples

For information on Age Categories applicable to Same Sex Couples, see the Same Sex Couples – Registration Info – page.

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Dress Code

See Competition Dress Code on this site. If you have further questions regarding dress/ costumes for the Royal Palm DanceSport Championships – NQE, contact Info@RoyalPalmDancesport.org. For general questions about interpreting the USA Dance Dress Regulations found in the USA Dance Inc. DanceSport Rulebook, e-mail costumerules@usadance.org.

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Spectator Tickets

Spectators are welcome at the Royal Palm DanceSport Championships – NQE!! Come enjoy a full day of spectacular dancing, and cheer for your favorite couples!

Spectator Tickets are required for admission to the Ballroom by those not competing. Competitor Fees cover and include admission to the Ballroom for Competitors.

Spectator Tickets, giving admission to the Ballroom for the entire day, are only:

  • For Adults & Seniors:
    $10.00 per person General Admission   |   $15.00 per person Priority Seating;
  • For Students (Youth & Collegiate):
    $5.00 per person General Admission   |   $10.00 per person Priority Seating; or
  • For Reserved Table for up to 10 people (of any ages):
    $100.00 for Whole Reserved Table in General Admission Area
    $150.00 for Whole Reserved Table in Priority Seating Area.

More information on Spectator Tickets is found on the Spectator Tickets page of this website.

You can purchase Spectator Tickets or reserve a Table online in advance on the Spectator Tickets page of this website, or at the door on the day of the Competition, if space is available.

Purchase Spectator Tickets Online

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Count Down to Our Next Competition - February 9, 2019

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The Royal Palm DanceSport Championships NQE
on February 9, 2019 in Sunny South Florida will be the

First National Qualifying Event (NQE) of USA Dance in Florida!!
The Annual USA Dance Royal Palm DanceSport Competition - now in it's 16th year -
is one of the most highly regarded dancesport competitions in Florida and in the United States.
We welcome Amateur, Pro/Am, Teacher/ Student, and Professional competitor couples from around
the United States, Canada, and the World!

Competition Sponsors & Principal Donors: