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Rules for 2016 Yale Comp

General Restrictions

The Yale Ballroom Dance Competition is open to all amateur dancers of all ages. Professional dancers will not be permitted to compete. For this competition's purposes, a professional dancer is someone who makes a living primarily from teaching dance to others.

Heel covers are required on all ladies shoes. Lack of heel covers can result in disqualification. Suede stars will be available for sale at the registration desk. Our vendors may have heel covers for sale as well.

Double Registration

Each dancer may register in up to four category-level blocks. Each block consists of the dances in one category at one level. A couple may enter all four categories at one level each or two categories at two levels each. For example, a couple may enter Bronze Rhythm, Bronze Smooth, Bronze Standard, and Bronze Latin OR Bronze Rhythm, Silver Rhythm, Bronze Smooth, and Silver Smooth. The only limitation is that no more than two consecutive levels may be spanned within one dance style. If you have any questions about what combinations are allowable, please contact the organizers.

Level Restrictions

Newcomer level is restricted to competitors who began dancing no earlier than August of the current year. Pre-bronze and bronze syllabi are permitted. Costumes are not permitted.

Bronze level has no time restriction (see "Points" below for point restrictions). Up to bronze syllabus is permitted. Costumes are permitted.

Silver level has no time restriction (see "Points" below for point restrictions). Up to silver syllabus is permitted. Costumes are permitted.

Gold level has no time restriction (see "Points" below for point restrictions). Up to gold syllabus is permitted in International Standard and Latin. Open choreography is permitted in American Smooth and Rhythm. Costumes are permitted.

A costume is defined as an article of clothing that was produced specifically as competition dancewear. Plain practice skirts do not count as costumes, and are permitted.

Syllabi are as prescribed by USISTD and NDCA.

Pre-open amateur, open amateur, and open levels have neither time nor step restrictions (Pre-Open Amateur ONLY see "Points" below for point restrictions). Open choreography is allowed. Costumes are permitted. Lifts and aerials are not permitted.

Open Amateur and open level finalists will be introduced couple by couple and they will be allowed to perform an unjudged solo dance, as time permits.

Points are calculated according to USA Dance/YCN rules. Restrictions are implemented on a per dance basis. We will be counting points from all competitions to determine eligibility. Both competitors in each couple must meet these restrictions, and in the case of a multiple dance event, both competitors in each couple must meet these restrictions for all dances in the event. Please do not dance down below your appropriate level. If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact the organizers.

A dancer may dance different styles in different levels, with the following restrictions:

a) If a dancer is dancing newcomer, s/he may only dance newcomer.

b) If a dancer is dancing bronze, s/he may only also dance silver. Bronze and silver is allowed, but bronze and gold or bronze and open is not.

c) If a dancer is dancing silver and above only, s/he may span all three levels. Silver and gold is allowed. Silver and open is allowed.

A dancer wishing to compete in a different role may compete one level lower than the level they are currently eligible for in their previous role, provided they have not placed out of the lower level in the new role. For example, a student who typically dances as a Silver follower may dance as a Bronze leader, provided she has not placed out of Bronze as a leader. A student who typically dances as a Gold follower may not dance as a Bronze leader. These restrictions will be implemented on a per dance basis. The newcomer time restriction is still in effect with this rule, such that a Bronze follower may not compete as a newcomer leader. The level span rule above is also still in effect with this rule, such that a Silver follower may not both dance up in Gold and dance down in Bronze as a leader. (One or the other is permitted, but not both.)

Violations

Rules violations should be reported to the competition coordinators or to the judges table at the competition. Faulty couples will be disqualified. If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact the organizers in advance.