Same Gender 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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2020 Royal Palm DanceSport Championships NQE & WDSF Open
Events & Registration Information for Same Gender Couples:

Royal Palm Chapter, USA Dance

All USA Dance Competition Events Offered for Traditional Couples Now Open to Same-Gender Couples on the Same Terms.

On October 11, 2019, USA Dance announced a NEW Gender Neutral Policy to all its members.   As explained by the USA Dance DanceSport Council and its Gender Neutral Policy Committee,

“USA Dance plans to make a long overdue change in the coming months – all their sanctioned competitions will be gender neutral. This means that regardless of an athlete’s gender, they are welcome to compete in the role that best suits them, and that traditional and non-traditional couples will compete on the floor together in the same categories.”

To read the USA Dance announcement of the NEW Gender Neutral Policy, in its entirety, CLICK HERE.

The February 28-29, 2020 Royal Palm DanceSport Championships NQE Competition will implement the new Gender Neutral policy as described below.

Our February 28-29, 2020 Competition includes USA Dance Events in three divisions: Amateur Events, Pro/Am & Amateur Teacher/Student Events, and Professional Events, as well as WDSF Open Events.

Pursuant to the NEW USA Dance Gender Neutral Policy, Same-Gender Couples are welcome to participate in all Events (other than WDSF Events) in any of the three divisions at our February 28-29, 2020 Competition, and to compete on the floor with traditional couples in any of those divisions, on the same terms and pursuant to the same USA Dance Rules as apply to traditional couples.

As explained in USA Dance’s announcement of its new Gender Neutral Policy (FAQ section):

“Will everyone be integrated or will gender neutral couples compete in separate events?
Gender neutral couples will compete in the same divisions alongside traditional couples and be judged on the same criteria. 1) It isn’t feasible for competition organizers to add separate gender neutral categories in each division to an already packed event schedule. 2) Gender neutral couples, like any competitor, want to measure their dance skills and abilities against the best couples at their age and experience levels, no matter the gender configuration. At a fully integrated gender neutral competition, all leaders (and/or followers) in a category will be judged by the same criteria against all other leaders (and/or followers), regardless of gender.”

This policy will be implemented at the February 28-29, 2020 Royal Palm DanceSport Championships NQE Competition. Accordingly, no separate “Same-Sex Events” will be offered at our February 28-29, 2020 Competition, and Same-Gender Couples are invited to participate in all Amateur, Pro/Am & Amateur Teacher/ Student, and Professional Events (other than amateur WDSF Open Events, as explained below), on the same terms and pursuant to the same Rules as traditional couples.

The same USA Dance Membership requirements, proficiency level requirements, age classifications, and all other rules and regulations applicable to traditional couples entering and competing in Events in any of the three divisions – Amateur, Pro/Am or Amateur Teacher/ Student, or Professional – will also apply to Same-Gender Couples entering and competing in those same Events in the same Division.

Further explanation for Same-Gender Couples and Links to the Rules applicable for each of the three divisions are provided below.

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WDSF Events not Included in the New Policy at this Time..

This Competition is Open to the World, and we offer five WDSF Open Amateur Events, under the auspices of and sanctioned by Europe’s World DanceSport Federation (WDSF), of which USA Dance, Inc. is the official United States Member body. These Events at our February 28-29 Competition will include: WDSF Senior I, II, III and IV Open Standard Events, and a WDSF Senior II Open Latin Event.

These five WDSF Open Events are only open to Amateur members of WDSF who hold and present WDSF membership ID cards at our Competition. The WDSF Open Events must be conducted in strict accordance with all applicable WDSF Rules, Regulations and Guidelines.

As noted in USA Dance’s announcement of its new Gender Neutral Policy, the WDSF is actively considering a similar policy on gender neutrality. However, WDSF has not yet adopted such a policy at this time.

Therefore, the five WDSF Open Events that will be open to Amateur WDSF members, at our February, 2020 Competition, will not at this time be offered to Same-Gender couples.

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Exchange of Lead & Follow Roles Not Yet Permitted at this Competition..

The NEW USA Dance Gender Neutral Policy announcement states in part:

Will there be a designated lead and follow?
For syllabus proficiency levels, the lead and follow are required to be consistent for the entirety of a song, and through all subsequent rounds if the couple is recalled. Partners may switch roles from one event/division to another, however. For example, one partner may lead in Bronze Rumba but follow in Bronze Swing or Silver Rumba. The designated leader will always wear a number affixed to their back.

As noted, the new policy does aspire ultimately to allow partners to switch lead and follow roles in different events or divisions at a competition.

However, as explained to us by a member of the USA Dance National Gender Neutral Policy Committee, the 2020 competitive year is intended to be a “soft rollout” of the new policy, during which not every element of the new policy is required to be implemented by each competition organizer.

As one of the first NQE’s in the 2020 competitive year, and being required to open registration for our competition within a few days after the new Gender Neutral Policy was first announced, we have determined that within this timetable, we will not have sufficient time or capacity to work out all the logistics (both technical and organizational) required to permit switching of lead and follow roles by the same couple within the same Competition.

Accordingly, at our February 28-29, 2020 Competition, neither Same-Gender nor traditional couples will be permitted to switch Lead and Follow roles in different Events during the Competition.

With that permitted exception, and with the necessary exclusion of WDSF Events at this time (see above), we will otherwise fully implement the new Gender Neutral Policy announced by USA Dance on October 11, 2019 with respect to Same-Gender Couples at the February 28-29, 2020 Royal Palm DanceSport Championships Competition.

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All Rules Applicable to Traditional Couples in each Division will Apply to Same Gender Couples Entering Events in that Division.

Subject to Guidance on Interpretation of Certain Rules for Same Gender Couples provided below, the same List of Events Offered, Entry Fees, Rules, Regulations & Policies applicable to traditional couples in each division of the Competition – Amateur, Pro/Am & Amateur Teacher/ Student, and Professional – will apply to same gender couples entering Events in that division.

To Enter Amateur Events at the February 28-29, 2020 Royal Palm DanceSport Championships, please click on the link below to see:

To Enter Pro/Am or Amateur Teacher/ Student Events at the February 28-29, 2020 Royal Palm DanceSport Championships, please click on the link below to see:

To Enter Professional Events at the February 28-29, 2020 Royal Palm DanceSport Championships, please click on the link below to see:

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Guidance on Interpretation of Certain Rules for Same Gender Couples.

Dress Regulations:

Dress Regulations for all competitors are found in Rule 3.12 of the USA Dance DanceSport Rule Book (2019A Edition). For more information on Dress Regulations, see Competition Dress Code.

As we interpret the dress regulations for our Competition, each member of a same gender couple should apply the dress regulations applicable for his or her gender (regardless of whether he or she is dancing as a leader or follower) at the Level and Age Category of Events being entered.

The leader of the couple will wear the Competitor Number on his or her back.

For Which Events Can/ Should you register?

Same Gender Couples consisting of two Amateurs may register for any Amateur Events at our Competition (other than WDSF Events), subject to the fee structure, and all of the Rules, Regulations & policies governing Amateur Events (linked above). This includes, without limitation, all of the Rules regarding permitted proficiency levels, age classifications, USA Dance membership requirements, and all other Rules applicable to Amateur couples, which are linked above.

Same Gender couples consisting of a Pro and a Student should participate in Pro/Am Events at our Competition, and all of the Rules and fee structure applicable to those Events will apply. Such couples are not permitted to participate in Amateur, Amateur Teacher/ Student, or Professional Events.

Same Gender Couples including two Amateurs of mixed proficiency, where one is instructing the other, should register for Amateur Teacher/ Student Events.

Same Gender Couples consisting of two Pros may register for Professional Events.

Special Guidance for Pro/Am and Amateur Teacher/ Student Events:

The Rules and separate Entry Fees applicable to Pro/Am or Amateur Teacher/ Student Events (including the separate Competitor Package & per-couple-per-event Entry Fees, restrictions on Scholarship Events, and other Rules for Pro/Am and Teacher/ Student Events) will apply to any Same Gender Couples who choose to enter Pro/Am or Teacher/ Student Events, the same as for traditional couples.

As noted above, same gender couples will compete in the same Events as, and will be judged against, traditional couples of the same category. There will be no separate Pro/Am or Teacher/ Student Events offered for Same Gender Couples only.

For Pro/Am and Teacher/Student Events, eligibility is determined by the Student’s age and proficiency level. Only the Student is judged.

However, with certain permitted exceptions (such as Events with fewer than three couples in them), in Pro/Am and Teacher/ Student Events, Student Athletes who are Ladies/ Followers are to be judged separately from (and not against) Student Athletes who are Gentlemen/ Leaders.

O2cm registration technology uses terminology which categorizes Pro/Am and Teacher/ Student Events as either “Pro/Am Ladies” or “Pro/Am Gents” and as either “T/S Ladies” or “T/S Gents”. Therefore:

  • Same Gender Pro/Am or Teacher/ Student Couples in which the Teacher is acting as the Leader and the Student is the Follower (regardless of gender), should enter into Teacher/ Student Events designated “T/S Ladies” – so that the partner not wearing the number on his/her back will be the one judged.

    These couples will be judged against traditional Teacher/ Student Couples in which the Student is the Lady (i.e. the Follower).

  • Same Gender Couples in which the Student is acting as the Leader and the Teacher is the Follower (regardless of gender), should enter into Teacher/ Student Events designated “T/S Gents” – so that the partner wearing the number on his/ her back will be the one judged.

    These couples will be judged against traditional Teacher/ Student Couples in which the Student is the Gentleman (i.e. the Leader).

Just as for other Pro/am or Teacher/ Student Events, those Events with 3 or fewer total couples in them, may be merged and consolidated with other Teacher/ Student Events, such that gender and/or age divisions may be eliminated.

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Registration Deadlines/ Timetable for our 2020 Competition .

  • November 15, 2019 – “Deep Discount Early Bird” Registration Deadline for Deep Discount on Competitor Package & Registration Fees for Amateur Couples! All Amateur Competitors who Register by November 15, 2019 will pay a Special Extremely Discounted Early Competitor Package/ Registration Fee, and the first 10 couples who register by November 15, 2019 will receive an receive an extra discount by refund at the Competition!
  • December 15, 2019 – Early Registration Deadline for Discounted Competitor Package/ Registration Fees! All Competitors who Register by December 15, 2019 pay a Discounted Early Competitor Package/ Registration Fee.
  • January 31, 2020 – Registration Deadline for Standard Rate Competitor Package/ Registration Fees.   After January 31, 2019, Late Fees Apply.
  • February 14, 2020 – Final Registration Deadline for All Competitors.   Also Final Cancellation Deadline. No Refunds for Cancellations after this date. See our Generous Cancellation Policy.

 

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Online Registration by O2cm.

Online Competitor Registration for our 2020 Competition will again be provided by O2cm – along with the Latest Onsite Technology at the Competition!    

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 NOW OPEN! – Register NOW!

  • To Register Online via O2cm:   Click the link above to go to our O2cm Login page. Follow the instructions there.

    For those new to O2cm, you will find further Instructions at the bottom of our O2cm Registration Form after you Login.

  • For advance step by step illustrated Instructions on how to use O2cm, see Instructions on How to Register on O2cm.

If you prefer to register using a paper form, please e-mail Info@RoyalPalmDanceSport.org, and request that the paper Registration Forms for the Division of the Competition in which you wish to enter – Amateur, Pro/Am or Teacher/Student, or Professional – be sent to you by e-mail.

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Online Competitor Registration via O2cm NOW OPEN! – REGISTER NOW!

REGISTER FOR ALL EVENTS IN WHICH YOU MAY WANT TO DANCE.
ADDING EVENTS AT THE COMPETITION WILL BE LIMITED.

You will be able to scratch events at the Competition, by using the forms that will be provided.

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

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

 

If you have any questions about Online Registration, please feel free to e-mail Info@royalpalmdancesport.org

 

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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USA Dance National Qualifying Event (NQE)

World DanceSport Federation (WDSF)

The Royal Palm DanceSport Championships NQE
February 28-29, 2020 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, and now in it's 17th 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!

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