November 8 - 9, 2024
BYU Wilkinson Center
Rules & Regulations


The "BYU DanceSport Championships" is sanctioned by the National Dance Council of America, Inc. (the "NDCA").  Accordingly, NDCA Rules will apply to this event.


1. All competitors must purchase an admission ticket for each day that they compete. Entry fees are additional.

2. No entry may be accepted that does not include any required entry fee.

3. All competitors are required to check in with the competition registrar at least one hour in advance of their scheduled time to dance.

4. All competitors are required to be in the on-deck area at least 30 minutes in advance of their scheduled time to dance.

5. Competitors will be allowed to dance no more than three events in any given style, including if they dance up to another age category.

6. All Pre-Teen I, Pre-Teen II, and School Syllabus competitions are restricted to the syllabi listed in Appendix I of the NDCA rule book. American style events are limited to the bronze and silver American Style figures, elements and restrictions. International style events are limited to the bronze, silver, and gold International Style figures.

7. "Newcomer" competitors remain eligible for this category until they have placed in a final of any event in their school age classification at the BYU DanceSport Championships, the Utah DanceSport Challenge, or the U.S. National Amateur DanceSport Champioonships, provided a quarter-final was danced. Competitors who lose their eligibility will become eligible once again when they move up to the next school age level.

8. "Newcomer" competitors may not also enter any "open" events in any style.

9. Competitors entered in "School Syllabus" events may not enter "open" events in the same style.

10. Elementary School competitors may dance up into the Junior High School category. Junior High School competitors may dance up into the High School category. Elementary School competitors may not dance up into the High School category.  Competitors in these categories may not dance down to a category lower than their school category.

11. Pre-Teen, Junior, and Youth competitors may not compete in any "School Syllabus" event in the same style.

12. Age classifications that appear in the NDCA rule book will be followed for the BYU DanceSport Championships.

13. Proof of age may be required by the organizers in the event of a question regarding the age of a Pre-Teen, Junior, or Youth competitor.

14. The Amateur Cabaret Championship is open to competitors 18 years of age and older, provided they are no longer in High School.

15. The music for Amateur Cabaret couples may not be longer than 4:00 (no music is allowed for the entrance and exit). An additional 0:45 total time will be allowed for the couple to enter and exit the dance floor (Example: 0:20 to get on and 0:25 to get off). The timing begins when either partner steps on to the floor, and stops when the last partner steps off the floor.

16. Cabaret couple's music must be submitted in advance on a USB Flash Drive, electronically via e-mail, or download.

17. Props are allowed in the Cabaret Championship.  A prop is defined as any item that is not part of the regular costume worn by the dancers, and that is not attached to the dancer or their costume for the full duration of the time that they are on the floor.  Any props used may only be placed, used, and removed by one of the members of the couple who is competing.

18. Competitors in the Latin-American divisions must not be overly suggestive in their movements at all times while on the floor. Couples who are viewed as inappropriate will be warned once, and then will be subject to disqualification.

19. Any competitor who wears a costume deemed by the organizers to be unsuitable will be requested to change. If such request is not followed, the competitor will not be allowed to dance and their entry will be canceled. Specific costume rules are listed separately.

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