Competition Dress Code

2014 Competition

When Are Costumes Permitted or Required for the Competition?

  1. Costumes are not permitted for the following events:
    • Newcomer: Newcomer men should wear dark dress pants, plain shirt and tie, or tuxedo. Newcomer ladies should wear party dresses without excessive adornment.
    • Youth:  All proficiency levels. Boys should wear dark pants, white shirt, and optional tie. Girls should wear leotards and wrap-around skirts or party dresses with no rhinestones.
  2. Costumes are permitted but not required for the following events (costumes are not a factor in judging):
    • Youth: Pre-Champ and Championship
    • Adult & Senior: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Novice events
  3. Costumes are required for:
    • Adult & Senior: Pre-Champ and Championship
  4. Dress for Teacher/ Student & Same-Sex Couples

    The USA Dance Rulebook provides:

    “3.11.8.5 In Teacher Student and Mixed Proficiency events, the judged Athlete must follow dress regulation requirements for the age category and dance style in which they are competing.

    3.11.8.6 The un-judged partner in Teacher Student and Mixed Proficiency events must follow Youth or lower age syllabus dress requirements per dance style, when competing with Pre-Teen, Junior or Youth partners in syllabus events. In all other events, they may wear open proficiency level costumes. (If heats are closely spaced, so as to not permit costume changes, the Teacher may be permitted to comply with the “open proficiency” dress code at the discretion and with pre-approval of the on-site DanceSport Official.)”

    “3.4.2.4 Athletes competing in same sex events, must follow Dress Regulations per rule 3.11.” [Note: Dress Regulations for all competitors are found in Rule 3.11 of the USA Dance Dancesport Rule Book (linked below).]

  5. Dress for spectators at all competition sessions is dressy casual.

Dress Code for Competitors When Costumes are Required

When costumes are required, they must comply with the official USA Dance Dress Regulations for the category, age group, and style of dance in each event.

The official USA Dance Dress Regulations are found in the Official USA Dance Inc. DanceSport Rulebook, found on the USA Dance, Inc. website.

The Competitors Dress Regulations are found in Section 3.11 of the USA Dance Inc. DanceSport Rulebook, and include sketches and illustrations of appropriate dress for each category of dance and age of the competitor.

Following are some of the illustrations found in the USA Dance Dress Regulations. These are subject to the rules stated in the Rulebook. Please consult the Official USA Dance Inc. DanceSport Rulebook for the complete Competitors Dress Regulations.

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Adult & Senior - Open Proficiency Levels - Dress Specifications

Youth - Syllabus Proficiency Levels - Dress Specifications

Junior I & II - Syllabus Proficiency Levels - Dress Specifications Summary

Pre-Teen I & II - Syllabus Proficiency Levels - Dress Specifications

Further Information

If you have further questions regarding dress/ costumes for the Royal Palm DanceSport Competition, contact us at RPC@RoyalPalmDanceSport.org. For general questions about interpreting the USA Dance Dress Regulations found in the USA Dance DanceSport Rulebook, e-mail costumerules@usadance.org.

 

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The Annual USA Dance Royal Palm DanceSport Competition - now in it's 15th year -
is one of the most highly regarded dancesport competitions in Florida and in the United States.
We welcome amateur competitor couples from around the United States, Canada, and the world!
Starting in 2018, we will also include Teacher/ Student and Pro/Am Events!

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