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Notice From USA Dance Regarding New USA Dance Syllabus Guidebook, Revised and Adopted in 2015

On June 22, 2015, USA Dance, Inc.’s Certification Committee and Invigilation Committee issued the following Notice to all Amateur Competitors and Professional Members of USA Dance:

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Summary of the new USA Dance Syllabus Guidebook Used to Invigilate USA Dance Competitions

“In a continuing effort to give every athlete the same advantages and opportunities in competition, USA Dance has taken a special interest in invigilating sanctioned, closed, syllabus events. To invigilate is to be observant of athletes performing figures out of category, dancing original choreography, or using timing, picture lines or dance holds that are not found in the syllabus for the level of dance, thereby gaining an advantage over the competitors in their field. With the understanding that invigilation begins with the instructor or coach providing choreography for a specific level of competition, such as Bronze, Silver, or Gold, the responsibility remains with the athlete; therefore, this document is being sent to all amateur competitors and professional members of USA Dance.

The Invigilation committee, consisting of Dan Calloway, Wayne Crowder, and Lori Woods Gay, reviewed the Invigilation Appendix 8 in the USA DanceSport Rulebook and with the understanding that as Dancesport has evolved so have the dancers, and therefore suggested changes that would be more in line with what the competitors were dancing today. These changes were edited and approved by the USA Dance Invigilators and submitted to the DanceSport Council for their approval. When the current DanceSport Rulebook was introduced after the 2015 Nationals, the new “Syllabus Guidebook” was adopted by USA Dance.
The Syllabus Guidebook and DanceSport Rulebook are available on our website at

Wayne Crowder, Chair Certification Committee
USA Dance, Inc.


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