Universal Dancesport Rulebook

1 DEFINITIONS

1.1 DanceSport:

Describes any and all forms of partnership dance commonly referred to as Ballroom Dancing in the United States (e.g.: American Rhythm, American Smooth, International Latin, International Standard, Theatrical Arts, West Coast Swing)

1.2 Official:

Includes Organizer, Adjudicator, Chair of Adjudicators, Scrutineer, Master of Ceremony, Music Director, Registrar and Deck Captain.

1.3 Adjudicator:  

A Dance Professional who has received the classification of Adjudicator based on the level and type of credentials attained that meet the requirements of a Dance Organization that can certify that the Dance Professional as an Adjudicator.

1.4 Athlete

An Athlete is an individual who participates in competition with another athlete. The competitive goals are typically higher than those of a student. Activities may still include those of a Teacher.

1.5 Pro:

A pro is an individual who teaches dance for income. They may compete in Pro/Am or Teacher/Student events as the teacher, or may compete in athlete events with another athlete.  A teacher may not participate in Pro/Am events as the student.

1.6 Amateur/Student:

An Amateur is an individual who competes in Ballroom dance purely as an avocation, and may not participate in ballroom competition as a teacher under any circumstances.

1.7 Couple:

A couple is defined as two unique individuals defined as a Lead and a Follow. A couple may be comprised of a male lead partnered with a female follow as per traditional ballroom events.
An organizer may choose to offer same sex events for athlete and student/student categories. In those designated events, a couple may be comprised of a female partnered with a female, or a male partnered with a male.

1.8 Athlete Events:

Open to any couple consisting of two Athlete competitors.

1.9 Student/Student Events:

Open to any couple consisting of two Student competitors.

1.10 Pro/Am or Teacher/Student Events:

Open to any couple consisting of a Professional or Teacher dancing with an Amateur. Pro/Am OR Teacher/Student labeling can be used interchangeably.

2 TECHNICAL RULES OF COMPETITION

2.1 Coordination and Uniformity

UDS recognizes that it is highly desirable to have uniform Technical Rules of Competition governing the sport of DanceSport. It is recommended that all Pro/Am competition organizers adopt this rulebook in order to establish uniformity. All UDS recognized events make the following rules of competition a promise to competitors for uniformity and quality of competition experience.

2.2 Competitive Events

2.2.1 Judging System

In all competitive events, the Skating System shall be utilized. Non-Competitive events may be judged using a numerical point system, with the final score being an average of the judge’s scores.

2.2.2 Conduct of Competition

2.2.3 Lifts

2.2.4 Formation Teams

2.2.5 Solos

Solo Competitive Events are defined as competitive events in which only one couple dances at a time, with a routine choreographed to music, which they supply.

 Couples are judged on an individual basis using a numerical point system and compared to the ability expected for the proficiency level at which they are competing


2.2.6 Uncontested Events

If a competitive event has only one entered couple, it may be judged with an assessment scoring from 1-9. Judges evaluate dancer's performance using a scale from 1 to 9. Evaluation is based on subjective expectation for age and proficiency level.

Values        1-3: Dancer's performance is        below the expectations

Values        4-6: Dancer's performance is        within the expectations        

Values        7-9: Dancer's performance exceeds the expectations


2.3 Music

2.3.1 Music Length

2.3.1.1 Athlete Multi-Dance Events

For each dance, music shall be no less than 90 seconds and no more than 120 seconds in length

2.3.1.2 Teacher/Student Events and Student/Student Events

For each dance, music shall be no less than 60 seconds and no more than 90 seconds in length

2.3.1.3 Formation Team Events

Each routine is allowed up to 30 seconds of Entry and Exit music with 4 minutes of judged routine, for a total of 5 minutes.

2.3.1.4 Solo Competition

Each Solo is limited to a minimum of 1.5 minutes to a maximum of 2.5 minutes of music

2.3.2 Music Tempi

Dances

MPM

 

Dances

MPM

International Waltz

28-30

 

American Waltz

28-30

International Tango

31-33

 

American Tango

30

International Viennese Waltz

58-60

 

American Foxtrot

30-32

International Slow Foxtrot

28-30

 

American Viennese Waltz

53-54

International Quickstep

50-52

 

 

 

International Samba

50-52

 

American Samba

48

International Cha Cha

30-32

 

American Cha Cha

30

International Rumba

25-27

 

American Rumba

30-34

International Paso Doble

60-62

 

American Swing

34-36

International Jive

42-44

 

American Bolero

24-26

 

 

 

American Mambo

47-51

 

 

 

 

 

American Peabody

60-62

 

American West Coast Swing

28-32

American Merengue

29-32

 

American Paso Doble

58-60

American Polka

60-62

 

American Hustle

28-30


2.4 Officials

No Individual, Official, Competition Organizer, or Organization shall:

The adjudicating panel for each category, level, and style shall consist of an odd number of qualified adjudicators. They should have passed examinations to at least an associate level in the style being judge. If they are to judge open and championship levels, they must be at the Member/Licentiate level in the style being judged.

 

Standard

Latin

Smooth

Rhythm

Theater Arts

Associate

A-

B-

C-

D-

E-

Member/Licentiate

A+

B+

C+

D+

E+

Fellow

A++

B++

C++

D++

E++

Judges may have taken their exams from any of the following organizations

2.5 Dress Regulations

2.5.1 Rule of Good Taste

The goal here is to keep costumes presentable for general public viewing – Especially at an age appropriate level. There will be no decoration limitations on the costumes.

2.5.1.1 Pre-Teen and Junior Girls:

2.5.1.2 Pre-Teen and Junior Boys:

2.5.1.3 Youth and Older Ladies

2.5.1.4       Youth and Older Gentlemen

2.6 Syllabus

It is required that all recognized events follow a standard set of syllabus categories. This allows for a commonality between UDS events that competitors can rely upon.

2.6.1 Common Definitions

Teacher/Student competitions

Newcomer

Student is in first year of competition. Restricted to bronze syllabus.

Pre Bronze

Restricted to bronze syllabus. The Pre/Intermediate and Full indicate level of experience in bronze proficiency.

Intermediate Bronze

Full Bronze

Open Bronze

Bronze level dancer, no syllabus restriction

Advanced Bronze

Advanced bronze level dancer, no syllabus restriction

Pre Silver

Restricted to silver syllabus. The Pre/Intermediate and Full indicate level of experience in silver proficiency.

Intermediate Silver

Full Silver

Open Silver

Silver level dancer, no syllabus restriction

Advanced Silver

Advanced silver level dancer, no syllabus restriction

Pre Gold

Restricted to gold syllabus. The Pre/Intermediate and Full indicate level of experience in gold proficiency.

Intermediate Gold

Full Gold

Open Gold

Gold level dancer, no syllabus restriction

Advanced Gold

Advanced gold level dancer, no syllabus restriction

Gold Star, Open, etc.

Open material allowed

 

Athlete and Student/Student competitions

Newcomer

Competitors are in first year of competition. Restricted to bronze steps.

Bronze

Restricted to bronze syllabus steps

Silver

Restricted to Silver syllabus steps

Gold

Restricted to gold syllabus steps.

Novice

Entry level competition with open figures.

Pre-Champ

Intermediate level competition with open figures.

Championship

Open figures

 2.6.2        Acceptable Syllabi

There is a varied collection of Syllabi available to competitors. For the purpose of UDS events, UDS will allow the syllabi published by USISTD and DVIDA,


2.7        Multi-Dance Events

The following dances shall be used for group competitive events for the following proficiency levels, in the order given. Novice, Pre-Championship and Championship proficiency levels have no syllabus restrictions

STANDARD

Waltz

Tango

V. Waltz

Foxtrot

Quickstep

Championship

 X

 X

X

X

X

Pre-Championship

 X

X

 

X

X

Novice

X

 

X

X

Syllabus

Two or more dances selected from all options

LATIN

Samba

Cha Cha

Rumba

Paso Doble

Jive

Championship

 X

X

X

X

X

Pre-Championship

X

X

X

 

X

Novice

X

X

X

Syllabus

Two or more dances selected from all options

SMOOTH

Waltz

Tango

Foxtrot

V. Waltz

Championship

X

X

X

X

Pre-Championship

X

X

X

X

Novice

X

X

X

Syllabus

Two or more dances selected from all options

RHYTHM

Cha Cha

Rumba

Swing

Bolero

Mambo

Championship

X

X

X

X

X

Pre-Championship

X

X

X

X

Novice

 X

X

X

Syllabus

Two or more dances selected from all options


2.8       Age Categories

2.8.1        General

2.8.2        Pro/AM, Teacher/Student and Student/Student

Category

Age

 

Alternate Combination

Age

Pre-Teen 1

9 or Younger

Pre-Teen

11 or Younger

Pre-Teen 2

10,11

Junior I

12,13

Junior

12-16

Junior 2

14,15

Youth

16-18

Adult A1

16+

Adult A

16+

Adult A2

26+

Adult B1

36+

Adult B

36+

Adult B2

41+

Adult B3

46+

Adult C

51+

Adult C1

51+

Adult C2

56+

Adult C3

61+

Adult D1

66+

Adult D2

71+

2.8.3        Athlete

Category

Age

 

Alternate Combination

Age

Pre-Teen 1

9 or Younger

Pre-Teen

11 or Younger

Pre-Teen 2

10,11

Junior I

12,13

Junior

12-16

Junior 2

14,15

Youth

16-18

Under 21

16-20

Adult

19+

Senior I

35+

The organizer may choose to eliminate Senior ages from a given point up. Example: No Senior III or older – in which case Senior II serves anyone over 45.

Senior II

45+

Senior III

55+

Senior IV

65+

Seniors within a Senior age category may have a a younger partner no more than 5 years younger than age category permits (Ex: Sr 1 -> 30+)

Senior V

75+

 


2.9       Event Operations/Facilities

2.9.1 Floor

Competition dance floors for recognized competitions must be no shorter than 60 feet long and at least 36 feet wide

2.9.2 Changing Rooms

The organizer shall provide adequate and separate changing facilities for male and female competitors.

2.9.3 Schedule

2.9.4   Scoresheets

3 MEMBERSHIP

3.1 Organizer

An organizer may apply to have his event recognized by UDS.

3.2 Competitor

No Membership:

All competitors will register through O2CM, thus ensuring an accurate Leaderboard and proficiency tracking. All that will be required at registration is an email address and name. Your O2CM membership number (RIN) will be used to help keep track of your participation in UDS events.

3.4 Official

        Fees: At this time, there will be no fees for anyone. As UDS builds, we may need to generate income to         support scholarships and championship events