Pro/Am & Teacher/Student - Events & Competitor Registration Info

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2020 Royal Palm DanceSport Championships
Events & Registration Info for Pro/Am & Teacher/Student Couples:

Royal Palm Chapter, USA Dance

Special Rules for Pro/Am & Amateur Teacher/Student Events.

The following special Rules of USA Dance apply to Pro/Am and Amateur Teacher/Student:

  1.   A Pro/Am Couple consists of a Pro as Teacher dancing with an Amateur Student.
  2.   A Teacher/Student Couple consists of two Amateur partners of mixed proficiency, in which one partner is instructing the other. The Teacher may be male or female, regardless of the sex of the Student.
  3.   For both Teacher/Student and Pro/Am events, eligibility is determined by the Student’s age and proficiency level. Only the Student is judged.
  4.   Male and female Students will be judged separately in both Pro/Am & Teacher/Student Events.
  5.   A Teacher/Student or Pro/Am couple may not compete together as a couple in events for Amateur Couples at this Competition. A Teacher who is not a Pro, however, may dance with a different Amateur partner as an Amateur Couple in our Competition. Similarly, a Student dancing in either a Pro/Am or a Teacher/ Student Couple may also dance with a different partner, who is an Amateur, in Amateur Events in this Competition. In each case, such Amateur Couple dancing in Amateur Events is governed by all the rules regarding Amateur Couples.
  6.   Pros dancing only in Pro/Am Events need not be members of USA Dance. Teachers dancing in Teacher/ Student events must be Amateur Athlete Members of USA Dance. Students dancing in either Pro/Am or Teacher/ Student couples must be at least Social Dancer Members of USA Dance ($35 annual dues for Adults; $10 annual dues for Youth under age 19).
  7.   Pro/Am couples, please register for “Pro/Am Ladies” or “Pro/Am Gents” events in our O2cm Online Registration. Teacher/ Student Couples, please register for “T/S Ladies” or “T/S Gents” events in our O2cm Online Registration.
    Or, Download Paper Registration Forms

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Competition Events Offered for Pro/Am & Amateur Teacher/ Student Couples.

Following is a Chart showing All the Dance Events Offered for both Pro/Am Couples & Amateur Teacher/Student Couples at our 2019 Competition.   In order to allow us to put Pro/Am and Teacher/ Students on the Floor at the same time as corresponding Amateur Events, where appropriate, many of our Pro/Am and Teacher/Student Events are configured as Multi-Dance Events, similar to the Events offered to Amateur Couples. However, regardless of the groupings of dances, please note that all five dances (or all four dances for Smooth) are provided at all Levels in all Styles of Dance.

Spaces between letters in the Chart indicate separate Events:

Click to Download and Print (as a PDF document):
Pro-Am & Teacher-Student Events Offered - 2020 Royal Palm DanceSport Championships

We are excited to announce that Online Registration and Onsite Competition Technology will again be provided by O2cM!

Please Note:

Pro/Am couples must register for “Pro/Am Ladies” or “Pro/Am Gents” events in our O2cm Online Registration.

Teacher/ Student Couples must register for “T/S Ladies” or “T/S Gents” events in our O2cm Online Registration.

See further information about O2cm Online Registration below.


Or, if you prefer to register using paper forms:

Click HERE to Download
Pro/Am & Teacher/Student
Paper Entry Forms

  • How Many Events Can you Enter?   In each Style of Dance, a Student in a Pro/Am couple or a Teacher/ Student couple may dance in up to Two consecutive Age Categories (no older than the Adult or Senior students own Age Category, and in Four consecutive Syllabus Proficiency Levels and up to Two consecutive Open Proficiency Levels. Please see further iInformation below on how many Proficiency Levels and in which Age Categories a Student can enter, dancing in a Pro/Am Couple or a Teacher/Student Couple.
  • Pro/Am & Teacher/Student Scholarship Events:   Please Note the restrictions & rules stated in the Chart above, and explained further below.
  • Where to Find Pro/Am and Teacher/Student Events in the O2cm Registration Form?   Pro/Am couples, register for “Pro/Am Ladies” or “Pro/Am Gents” events in our O2cm Online Registration. Teacher/ Student Couples, register for “T/S Ladies” or “T/S Gents” events in our O2cm Online Registration
    See further notes below under Online Registration (via O2cm).
After reading the information on this page, if you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail Info@royalpalmdancesport.org

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Registration Deadlines & Competitor Entry Fees – for Pro/Am Couples & Teacher/Student Couples.

Registration Deadlines – For All Competitors:

  • December 15, 2019Early Registration Deadline for Discounted Registration/ Competitor Pass Fees!   All Competitors who Register by December 15, 2019 will pay a Discounted Early Registration/ Competitor Pass Fee.
  • January 31, 2020Registration Deadline for Standard Rate Registration/ Competitor Pass Fees.   After January 31, 2020, Late Fees Apply.
  • February 14, 2020Final Registration Deadline for All Competitors.   Also Cancellation Deadline. No Refunds for Cancellations after this date. See Cancellation Policy.

2020 Competitor Registration Fees – For Pro/Am & Amateur Teacher/Student Couples:

See   Cancellation & Refund Policy

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Teacher Prize Money.

2020 Top Teacher Prize Money

For more information, see the CLICK HERE to see a Chart showing: 2020 Competitor Registration Fees & Deadlines for Pro/Am Couples & Amateur Teacher/Student Couples (PDF Document)

Click HERE to Download
Pro/Am & Teacher/Student
Paper Entry Forms

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Online Registration by O2cm.

We are pleased to announce that Online Competitor Registration for our 2019 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.

Pro/Am Teachers:   Please Note: an O2cm Registrant Information Number (RIN) is now required for all O2cm Accounts. Before you register, go to https://competitor.o2cm.com/studio/, and follow the instructions found there (at the link for Click Here for a walkthrough of the Process) to set up a Studio Account (with the now required O2cm RIN Number), in which you can then add all of your students in the same account. Then:

CLICK HERE to Register Online NOW!

  • For those new to O2cm Online Registration:   You will find step by step illustrated Instructions on how to use O2cm, here: Instructions on How to Register on O2cm.
  • Where to Find the Different Categories of Pro/Am and Teacher/Student Events in the O2cm Online Registration Form:
    • Syllabus and Open Events:  All of your Syllabus and Open Events are found in our O2cm Registration form under the following drop-down menus (left to right):
      • Select Division:  Pro/Am Couples, select “Pro/Am Ladies” or “Pro/Am Gents”.  
        Teacher/Student Couples, select “T/S Ladies”
        or “T/S Gents”
      • Select Age:   Select any of the USA Dance Age Categories: Pre-Teen I, Pre-Teen II, Junior I, Junior II, Youth, Adult, Senior I, Senior II, Senior III, Senior IV, or Senior V (see definitions of Age Categories below)
        Note: Scholarship Events are found under different Age Categories – See “Scholarship Events” below
      • Select Skill: Select the Applicable Proficiency Levels (up to five consecutive Syllabus Levels & up to two consecutive Open Levels allowed – See Pro/Am & Teacher/ Student Proficiency Levels below.)
    • Scholarship Events:   Scholarship Events are found in our O2cm Registration form under the following drop-down menus (left to right):
      • Select Division:  Pro/Am Couples, select “Pro/Am Ladies” or “Pro/Am Gents”.  
        Teacher/Student Couples, select “T/S Ladies”
        or “T/S Gents”
      • Select Age:  Select Any of the following Age Levels:   Under 19;   A (19-34);   B (35-54);   and C (55+)
      • Select Skill: Syllabus Scholarship or Open Scholarship
    • Specialty/Social Dance Events:   The Specialty/ Social Dances (Argentine Tango, Hustle, Salsa, West Coast Swing – for All Levels, All Ages) are found in our O2cm Registration form under the following drop-down menus (left to right):
      • Select Division:   Pro/Am Couples, select “Pro/Am Ladies” or “Pro/Am Gents”.  
        Teacher/Student Couples, select “T/S Ladies”
        or “T/S Gents”
      • Select Age:  All Ages
      • Select Skill:  Specialty/Soc Dances

If you prefer to register using a paper form:

CLICK HERE to Download
Pro/Am & Teacher/Student
Paper Entry Forms

Please scan and e-mail your completed paper forms to: Info@RoyalPalmDanceSport.org, and we will e-mail you a link to where you can easily pay the amount due by PayPal or Credit or Debit Card.

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Membership Requirements for Pro/Am & 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 at this time.

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.

If you are a Student dancing in a Pro/Am Couple or a member of a Teacher/Student Couple, you can easily join USA Dance online, at the Join Now link on the USA Dance National Website. There, you can also print or download copies of your membership card.

In joining USA Dance, you must designate a local Chapter of the organization to join. If you live in Florida, you are welcome to designate our USA Dance, Royal Palm Chapter # 6016 – the Organizer of this Competition – as your Chapter.

If you are already a member of USA Dance, you must make sure that your membership is current at the time when you Register for the Competition, and at the date of the Competition. To renew your membership, go to the Member Login Page on the USA Dance National website, sign in, and then click the link in the Renewal Prompt that will appear in a yellow bar across the top of your Profile page, if your membership will expire in 90 days or less.

A Pro/Am or Teacher/Student couple may not compete together in events for Amateur Couples in this Competition.
An Amateur Teacher who is not a Pro or a Student in a Pro/Am or Teacher/ Student couple may compete with another Amateur partner as an Amateur Couple. In that case, such Amateur couple must, of course, comply with all of the rules governing Amateur couples and Amateur Events.

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Other Rules, Regulations & Policies.

The Royal Palm Dancesport Championships NQE is governed by the USA Dance, Inc. Dancesport Rulebook.

See Competition Rules, Regulations & Policies for more information on our Competition Rules, Regulations & Policies – including more detail on the rules regarding dress code, cancellation policy, and more – for all Couples.

More information on Proficiency Levels and Age Classifications for Pro/Am & Teacher/Student Couples is found below.

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Proficiency Levels – For Pro/Am Couples & Teacher/Student Couples.

For Pro/Am Couples and Teacher/ Student Couples, the appropriate Proficiency Levels are determined based upon the Student’s proficiency only. Only the Student will be judged.

Single Dance Events & Multi-Dance Events

For Pro/Am Couples & Teacher/Student Couples, Multi-Dance Events and certain Single Dance Events (which, together, include all dances for each Style of Dance) are offered at each of the following Skill or Proficiency Levels:

Syllabus Levels:

  • Pre-Bronze
  • Intermediate Bronze
  • Full Bronze
  • Pre-Silver
  • Intermediate Silver
  • Full Silver
  • Pre-Gold
  • Intermediate Gold
  • Full Gold

Open Levels:

  • Open Bronze
  • Open Silver
  • Open Gold
  • Open Above Gold

In each Style of Dance (Standard, Smooth, Latin, and Rhythm), a Pro/Am couple or a Amateur Teacher/Student couple may dance in as many of the offered Single Dance and Multi-Dance Events as they would like in up to FOUR consecutive Syllabus Proficiency Levels and up to TWO consecutive Open Levels of those listed above and in up to TWO consecutive USA Dance Age Categories for which the student is eligible (see Age Classifications further below).

In a Pro/Am couple or an Amateur Teacher/Student couple, the appropriate Proficiency Levels for the couple are determined in good faith by the Pro or Teacher and the Student, based on the proficiency and age of the Student only. In Pro/Am events & Teacher/Student events, only the Student will be judged.

Scholarship Events

In addition to the Events offered at the above Skill Levels, Scholarship Events are offered for Pro/Am couples & Teacher/Student couples in each Style of Dance. These include, for each style of Dance: (1) a Syllabus Scholarship Event, comprised of the multi-dance event danced at the Full Gold Level in that Style of Dance, but open to all Syllabus dancers (but not to those dancing Open Gold or above choreography), and (2) an Open Scholarship Event, comprised of the multi-dance event danced at the Championship Level for that Style of Dance, open to all those who dance at Gold or above Gold level.

The Pro/Am & Teacher/Student Scholarship Events are offered for four Age Categories only:

Youth (under 19);     A (19-34);     B (35-54);     and C (55 and older).

In addition to the Single and Multi-Dance Events offered at the Proficiency Levels listed above, a Pro/Am or Teacher/Student Couple may also participate in one** Scholarship Event per Style of Dance for which they qualify***.

** Scholarship Events are limited to one per Student per Style of Dance.

***To qualify for a 4-dance Scholarship Event, a Student must dance in other Events (either Single Dance or Multi-Dance Events) with a total of at least 8 dances of the ones included in the Scholarship Event. To qualify for a 5-dance Scholarship Event, a student must dance in other Events (either Single Dance or Multi-Dance Events) with a total of at least 10 dances of the ones included in the Scholarship Event.

Any Scholarship Event with fewer than 3 couples in it may be consolidated with others, with gender divisions merged into one Event. Prize money may be reduced in Events (or Age Categories) with fewer than 3 couples.

Open Specialty/ Social Dances

In addition to the above Single Dance and Multi-Dance Events and Scholarship Events, Pro/Am Couples & Teacher/Student Couples may also enter into as many of the Open Specialty/ Social Dance Events offered as they would like. Specialty/ Social Dance Events will be offered at the Competition in the following dances: Argentine Tango, Hustle, Salsa, and West Coast Swing. These Events are open to All Ages and All Proficiency Levels.

See Above as to where to find these Open Specialty/ Social Dances in our O2cm Online Registration.

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Age Classifications.

Multi-Dance & Single Dance Events Other than Scholarships

Multi-Dance and certain Single Dance Events at the different Proficiency Levels listed above are offered to Pro/Am & Teacher/Student Couples for all the the same USA Dance Age Categories as apply to Amateur Couples. Except in Pro/Am & Teacher/Student Scholarship Events, the same USA Dance Age Classifications as apply to Amateur Couples will also apply for all Pro/Am & Teacher/Student Events – but determined solely on the basis of the Student’s age.

Following is a copy of a chart from the USA Dance Dancesport Rulebook setting forth the Age Classifications under USA Dance Rules, which will apply for our February 28-29, 2020 Competition, both for Amateur and Pro/Am & Teacher/Student Single Dance and Multi-Dance Events at the Syllabus and Open Levels (but not for Pro/Am & Teacher/ Student Scholarship Events – see above and further below):

Based on Age of Student (in 2nd Column) Reached in Calendar Year 2019:
(Ignore Column 3 for Pro/Am and Teacher/ Student Events)

USA Dance Age Classifications - 2017a Rulebook

A Pro/Am or Teacher/Student Couple can enter Multi-Dance or Single Dance Events offered in up to two consecutive Age Classifications (listed above) for which the Student qualifies per the USA Dance DanceSport Age Classifications above – based on the ages stated in the second column of the chart above. For Pro/Am and Teacher/Student Couples, the applicable Age Classification is measured by the age that the Student will reach during the Calendar year 2020. The age of the Pro or Teacher is not considered in determining appropriate Age Classification for a Pro/Am or Teacher/Student couple (so column 3 in the chart above can be ignored for Pro/Am and Teacher/ Student events).

Adult and Senior Students 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 students may dance in their own Age Classification and one older, not younger.

Pro/Am & Teacher/Student Scholarship Events

For Pro/Am & Teacher/Student Scholarship Events, the Age Categories are different than for other Pro/Am & Teacher/Student Events.

As explained further above, the Pro/Am & Teacher/Student Scholarship Events are offered for four Age Categories:

Youth (under 19);    A (19-34);    B (35-54); and    C (55 and older).

Again, the applicable Age Category for a Pro/Am or Teacher/Student Couple is determined based solely upon the age of the Student.

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CLICK HERE to Register Online – via O2cm

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:
You must pay your applicable Competitor Pass Fees and Entry Fees online at the time you register. Your Competitor Registration will not be complete until we receive BOTH
Your Registration Form AND Your applicable Competitor Pass Fees & 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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