Event/ Venue Info for Competitors

About our Competition Venue – Goldcoast Ballroom

Goldcoast Ballroom - Magnificent 45' X 65' Floating Oak Dance Floor

Goldcoast Ballroom – Magnificent 42′ X 68′ Full Competition-Size Floating Oak Dance Floor

Our beautiful Competition venue is Goldcoast Ballroom in Coconut Creek, Florida. Goldcoast Ballroom is one of the premier ballrooms in the United States. It has a beautiful 42′ X 68′ solid floating oak dance floor (larger than full competition size).

For more information about Goldcoast Ballroom, including its address, and links to a map and driving directions, see Event Venue – Goldcoast Ballroom.

Time to Practice/ Try Out the Floor

During the Two Days Before the Competition

See Tentative Schedule for the 2019 Competition, regarding times when you can practice and try out the floor during the two days before the Competition. A modest floor fee of $17.00 (including FL Sales Tax) per couple per hour applies for private practice time at Goldcoast on any day other than the day of the Competition.

On the Day Before the Competition

See our Tentative Competition Schedule, regarding times and events when you can try out the Goldcoast Ballroom floor on the Day Before the Competition.

On the Day of the Competition

On the day of the Competition, you may practice and warm up on the floor in the morning during the 45 minutes from 8:00 AM to 8:45 AM, before the Opening Ceremony of the Competition begins at 8:45 AM. The Ballroom opens at 8:00 AM for registration, registration package pick-up, and practice. The Opening Ceremony begins at 8:45 AM, and the Competition begins at 9:00 AM.

For all Championship Events, immediately prior to the commencement of each elimination round, a one-minute warm-up period on the actual competition floor will be provided to (and restricted to) all entrants in that round, with correct tempo music for the first dance in such round, in accordance with USA Dance DanceSport Rule 5.9.2.

There may also be some breaks for general dancing between Divisions. And, there may be a short lunch break between the Morning Session and the Afternoon Session of the Competition. Competitors may use the floor to warm up during general dancing breaks and the lunch break.

There is no charge for your practice and warm up on the floor on the day of the Competition. This is included in your Competitor Fee.

The Day of the Competition

Please arrive at the Ballroom in time to be on deck and ready to dance at least 30 minutes before your first Heat. When you arrive, you will need to stop at the Front Desk of Goldcoast to pick up your registration package (which will include your Competition Program, Number (with pins) to pin on the gentleman’s back, and other general instructions and forms).

In order to pick up your Registration Package:

  • Each competitor must show his/ her picture ID;
  • Each competitor (other than Pros dancing only in Pro/Am Events) must also show his or her USA Dance membership card or WDSF Membership Card;
  • All adult Competitors (and a parent or guardian for each minor Competitor) must sign the required Release Form, and
  • Any Competitors who have a remaining Balance Due for Competitor Fees or Entry Fees must pay in full before package pickup.

Spectator Tickets for your friends and family can be purchased in advance on the Spectator Tickets page of this website, and will also be sold at the door on the day of the Competition.

Private tented dressing areas will be set up on the side dance floors. The ladies’ and men’s restrooms can also be used to dress.

No smoking in the Ballroom, dressing rooms, or registration area. Do not bring alcoholic beverages into the Ballroom.

Please report to the On Deck Captain at least 30 minutes before each Heat in which you will dance.

See further information on checking Heat Times found on our Heat List page.

Lunch on the Day of the Competition

Lunch is available for pre-purchase on the Lunch Purchase page of our website. Lunch will not otherwise be offered in the Ballroom. Lunch is on your own – not included in the Competitor Entry Fees or Spectator Fees.

Bottles of water will be provided for Competitors in the Ballroom.

If your heat schedule permits lunch at a restaurant near the Ballroom, see the Food page on this website for a list of restaurants in the vicinity of our Venue, Goldcoast Ballroom. Restaurants in the area of our Host Hotel, the Fort Lauderdale Marriott North are also listed on the Food page of this website.

If our Schedule permits (which seems unlikely, at this point), a short Lunch Break may be provided between the Morning and Afternoon Sessions of the Competition. If a Lunch Break is possible, the Ballroom floor will be available for practice and warm-up during the break.

For more information on some suggested fine restaurants at a greater distance from the Ballroom, for days other than the Competition Day, when you will have more time, see: the Food page on this website.


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USA Dance National Qualifying Event (NQE)

World DanceSport Federation (WDSF)

The Royal Palm DanceSport Championships NQE
in Sunny South Florida!!
USA Dance National Qualifying Event (NQE) & WDSF Open
Open to the World!   WDSF Open Events Included!

The Annual USA Dance Royal Palm DanceSport Competition,
sponsored & organized by USA Dance, Royal Palm Chapter # 6016,                                      
now in it's 18th year, is one of the most highly regarded
dancesport competitions in Florida and in the United States.
We welcome Amateur, Pro/Am, and Professional competitor couples
from around the United States, Canada, and the World!

Competition Sponsors & Principal Donors:

Dancing Videos
Order your Videos in advance
or at the Competition
Purple Tiger
Hair & Makeup - Text 941-266-1515
for Appointment (at our Host Hotel)
Stephen Marino Photography
Competition Photographer
Stop by our Table for Event Specials
MK Style - Tail Suits, Tuxedos, Accessories
World-Class Tail Suits,
Tuxedos, Accessories
The Ballroom Shop - Dancesear, Shoes, Costumes, Jewelry
Dancewear, Dance Shoes,
Costumes, Jewelry
Sun Island Tours & Transportation
Our Shuttle Provider - See Shuttle Schedule
Call for private tours or transport