Amateur Couples - Events & Registration Info

Pro/Am & Teacher/Student Couples See the Pro/Am & Teacher/Student – Events & Registration Info page.
Professional Couples See the Professional Couples – Events & Registration Info page.
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Events & Registration Info for Amateur Couples:

Royal Palm Chapter, USA Dance

Competition Events Offered for Amateur Couples.

Following is a Chart showing All the Dance Events Offered for Amateur Couples at our 2019 Competition: Click to Download and Print (as a PDF document):
Amateur Events Offered - February 9, 2019 Royal Palm Dancesport Competition

  • How Many Events Can you Enter?   In each Style of Dance, Amateur Couples may enter Syllabus or Open Events in up to two consecutive Proficiency Levels of those shown above (no lower than the Couple’s own Proficiency Level), in up to two consecutive Age Categories for which the couple qualifies under USA Dance DanceSport Rules.

    See further explanation below of permitted Proficiency Levels and Age Categories.


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Registration Deadlines & Competitor Fees – for Amateur Couples.

2019 Registration Deadlines – For All Competitors:

  • October 1, 2018 – “Founding Couples” Registration Deadline for Deep Discount on Competitor Package & Registration Fees! All Competitors who Register by October 1, 2018 pay a Special Extremely Discounted Early Competitor Package/ Registration Fee.
  • December 1, 2018Early Registration Deadline for Discounted Competitor Fees!   All Competitors who Register by December 1, 2018 pay a Discounted Early Competitor Package Fee. First 10 Couples to register after October 1 but on or before December 1, 2018 will receive an extra discount off the Discounted Early Competitor Package Fee! (But to get the highest discount, be a Sponsoring Couple and register by October 1, 2018!).
  • January 12, 2019Registration Deadline for Standard Rate Competitor Fees.   After January 12, 2019, Late Fees Apply.
  • January 26, 2019Final Registration Deadline for All Competitors. Also Cancellation Deadline. No Refunds for Cancellations after this date. See Cancellation Policy.

2019 Competitor Fees & Deadlines – For Amateur Couples:

The following Chart shows the Competitor Registration Fees & Deadlines for Amateur Couples (Click to see as PDF doc):

Chart to be posted soon. Please check back.

See   Cancellation & Refund Policy

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Online Registration by O2cm.

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.  

Heats Currently on the Floor, 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 Registration Opening Soon – Please Check Back

If you prefer to register using paper Registration Forms, please e-mail, and request that the Paper Registration Forms for Amateur Couples be sent to you by e-mail.

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Competition Rules & Policies.

The Royal Palm Dancesport Competition is governed by the Official USA Dance, Inc. Dancesport Rulebook.

For more information on the USA Dance Dancesport Rulebook and our Competition Rules & Policies, see Competition Rules, Regulations & Policies. There you will find a link to the Dancesport Rulebook and information on our Competition Rules & Policies – including the rules regarding USA Dance Membership requirements, age categories, dress code, cancellation policy, and more.

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USA Dance Membership Requirements.

As an Amateur Couple, you both must be Athlete Members of USA Dance or an affiliated organization for or including amateur dancers in another country. Newcomers dancing in Newcomer Events only need only be Social Dance Members of USA Dance or an affiliated organization for or including amateur dancers in another country.   For more information on Membership Requirements, Click Here.

To Join USA Dance or Renew your USA Dance Membership, Go to:

If your Membership will expire before February 9, 2019, you will need to Renew it and E-mail a copy of your new Membership Cards showing the new expiration date to before January 12, 2019.

Again, to Join USA Dance or Renew your USA Dance Membership, Go to:

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Age Classifications.

In each Style of Dance (Standard, Latin, Smooth & Rhythm), an Amateur Couple can enter into as many Syllabus or Open (Novice, Pre-Championship, or Championship) Events as they choose in up to two consecutive Age Classifications for which they qualify, and up to two consecutive Proficiency Levels (explained further below) for which they qualify under USA Dance Rules.

In addition, the couple may enter any Events offered for All Ages, including Open Challenge Events and Specialty/ Social Dance Events.

Following is a copy of the Age Classifications under the USA Dance DanceSport Rules, which apply for Amateur Couples in our February 9, 2019 Competition.

Based on Ages Reached in the Calendar Year of the Competition (2019):

USA Dance Age Classifications - 2017a Rulebook

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. They cannot, however, dance in more than two consecutive Age Classifications.

Preteen I through Youth couples may dance in their own Age Classification and one older, not younger.

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

Proficiency Levels – For Amateur Couples

Following is a diagram found in the USA Dance Inc. DanceSport Rulebook, illustrating the different “Proficiency Levels” for Amateur Couples:

Proficiency Levels - Illustration from USA Dance DanceSport Rulebook

Within each Style of Dance (Standard, Latin, Smooth, Rhythm), Amateur Couples may enter into as many Syllabus and Open Events as they wish within up to two consecutive “Proficiency Levels” of those listed above for which the couple qualifies, and within up to two consecutive Age Categories for which the Couple qualifies pursuant to the USA Dance DanceSport Rulebook, as explained further below.

In addition, the couple may enter into any Open Challenge Events and any Specialty/ Social Dance Events, which are open to all Proficiency Levels and all Age Groups, without restriction.


In addition to the Proficiency Levels pictured above, Newcomer events (preceding the Bronze Level and including only the 1st five steps of Bronze) are also offered.

Amateur 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.

Amateur Newcomer couples who dance in Bronze Events must be Athlete Members ($70.00 dues per year) of USA Dance, Inc. Newcomers who dance only in Newcomer Events need not be Athlete Members, but must be at least Social Dance Members ($35.00 dues per year) of USA Dance, Inc.

Which Proficiency Levels Do You Qualify For?

USA Dance Proficiency Point Rules

Under USA Dance Proficiency Point Rules announced in December, 2016, individual Amateur Athlete members of USA Dance earn Proficiency Points based on their results in certain events at USA Dance National Qualifying Events (NQE’s) or National Championships, starting after the 2017 USA Dance National Championships. 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 Proficiency Level.

Each couple and each individual partner is responsible for monitoring your own Proficiency Points and complying with the USA Dance Proficiency Point Rules. For more information on the new Proficiency Point Rules, Click Here.

No Entries Permitted Below a Couple’s Minimum Proficiency Level

Amateur Couples must not compete in any events below the minimum Proficiency Level which is appropriate to their level of dancing and for which EACH partner is eligible under USA Dance Rules.

USA Dance Rule provides, “A partnership is only eligible to compete in a classification if EACH member is eligible to compete in that proficiency classification and if both members are age eligible.”

Rule specifies, “A Partnership MAY NOT compete in any classification below the minimum proficiency level for which each member is eligible.”

USA Dance Rule provides that, “A Partnership may compete in any proficiency classification level higher than the minimum proficiency level for which both members are eligible except that: … “They may not compete in more than two consecutive proficiency levels,” and “they may not compete in more than two consecutive age classifications” for which they are eligible, in any one particular dance style at any given competition.

If your couple is of mixed proficiency – for example, if the Gentleman is a Pre-Championship Level Dancer (at minimum) and the Lady is Gold Syllabus Level (at minimum) – then you cannot dance as a couple in any Amateur Events below Pre-Championship Level. The Gent cannot dance below his minimum Proficiency Level (Pre-Championship), but the Lady can, if she wishes, dance above her minimum Gold Proficiency Level. In any case, in each Style of Dance, they cannot dance in more than two consecutive Proficiency Levels (e.g. Pre-Championship and Championship), or more than two consecutive Age Classifications for which they are eligible.

If the Gentleman is instructing the Lady, another option for this mixed proficiency couple may be to enter in Teacher/ Student Events, in which only the Student (the Lady) would be judged. See Teacher/ Student – Registration Info.


At the February 9, 2019 Royal Palm DanceSport Competition, within each Style of Dance (American Smooth, American Rhythm, International Standard, and International Latin), Amateur Couples may register for as many Syllabus Events (Proficiency Levels: Newcomer, Bronze, Silver, or Gold) or Open Events (Proficiency Levels: Novice, Pre-Championship, or Championship) as they wish:

  1. Within up to two consecutive Proficiency Levels listed above in which both of you are eligible to compete under the USA Dance Proficiency Point Rules. You may not dance at a Proficiency Level lower than the lowest Proficiency Level in which you both are permitted to dance under the Proficiency Point Rules; and
  2. Within up to two consecutive Age Classifications for which the Amateur Couple qualifies per the USA Dance DanceSport Rules. The Age Classifications for Amateur Couples are found Above.

In addition, the Amateur Couple may enter into as many Open Challenge Events and as many Specialty/ Social Dance Events as they wish. These Events are open to all Proficiency Levels and all Age Groups, without restriction.

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Online Competitor Registration – via O2cm – Opening Soon
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You will be able to scratch events at the Competition, by using the forms that will be provided.

Competitors must pay their applicable Competitor Fees online at the time they register.

Your Competitor Registration will not be complete until we receive BOTH
Your Registration Form AND Your applicable Competitor Entry Fees.


If you have any questions about Online Registration, please feel free to e-mail

To purchase Spectator Tickets for any of your friends or family who will come to watch, go to Spectator Tickets Order Form, where you can purchase Spectator Tickets online, and pay by PayPal or Credit or Debit Card.

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Count Down to Our Next Competition - February 9, 2019


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, Professional, Pro/Am, and Teacher/ Student competitor couples from around
the United States, Canada, and the World!

Competition Sponsors & Principal Donors: