Rules for 2016 Yale Comp
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.
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
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
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
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.)
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.