rules and details

Ages Categories - Adults

A1

18-35

A2

35-50

B1

51-60

B2

61-70

C1

71-80

C2

81+

Ages Category – Kids

Mini

Under 7

Pre-teen

8-12

Teen

13-15

Junior

16-18

Solo Dance Rules

solo competition rules

Solos must be entered in age division based on the current age of dancer at time of submission.

  • You may enter multiple solos up to 10 – You must specify the level for each solo (for example, Beginner bronze latin, Leader or follower)

  • Solo entries must not exceed 1 minute in duration.

  • Additional feedback critique is included in entry.

  • Solo Virtual Event will only run with a minimum of 100 entries. If minimum number of required entries is not met by current deadline, VDSS will extend registration 1-2 additional weeks.

Competition Format

This event will run as close to a live ballroom dance event with Mc, Dj (video), Judges, scrutineer, Each dancer will have one minute to impress the judges. However, in championships, couples will each have a 15 second introduction or Dance-on, followed by group dance. We will be using the first 15 second of your video for the intro. 

Video Requirements

Submit a video from your studio, recital, living room, or any past competition. Videos must be in MP4 format and labeled for each dance (name, style, level, age. For example: John Doe, Beginner Bronze Latin, A2). Your iPhone, or any other type of recording device is fine. Video resolution should be at least 720p and should be recorded in landscape, not vertical orientation.

American Style Smooth Restrictions for all Smooth Dances.

The following is a list of the allowable figures, elements and or restrictions for the Closed Syllabus events.
This list of allowable figures, elements, and restrictions was Developed to ensure a fair and even playing field for anyone entering closed syllabus competitions.

Bronze Smooth Restrictions

Bronze Restrictions for All Smooth Dances

  • ALL Couples must start in the Traditional Ballroom hold in any allowable Position (Closed, Promenade, R and L Outside Partner) or Proximity (Contact or Close) including the lady’s Left hand being placed on the man’s Right upper arm or shoulder, and the first four bars they dance must be in this
    hold. Double Hand Hold and other Alternative Hand Holds do not count towards this requirement. For all Closed Syllabus Bronze and Silver levels an additional 8 bars must be danced in the Traditional Ballroom hold (as defined) at any time during the first minute of music. Viennese Waltz allows the traditional single curtsey before taking hold. No other entrances are allowed.

  • Posing or Poses prior to taking hold will be considered an entrance.

  • Couples must remain in a standing position at all times.

  • Partners must maintain an allowable hold at all times and may not completely separate.

  • Spirals are not permitted in the Bronze level.

  • Feet must close. The feet may pass on allowed elements but must be followed with a closed finish.

  • Partners are on opposite feet with the exception of the Tango Right Shadow Rocks.

  • Elements and figures unique to one dance or Style may not be used in another dance, unless specified.

  • No embellishments of standard figures. No change of levels, head rolls, foot flicks, syncopations or delayed timings unless specifically approved under

    timings of each dance.

Silver Smooth Restrictions

Silver Restrictions for All Smooth Dances*

  • ALL Couples must start in the Traditional Ballroom hold in any allowable Position (Closed, Promenade, R and L Outside Partner) or Proximity (Contact or Close) including the lady’s Left hand being placed on the man’s Right upper arm or shoulder, and the first four bars they dance must be in this hold. Double Hand Hold and other Alternative Hand Holds do not count towards this requirement. For all Closed Syllabus Bronze and Silver levels an additional 8 bars must be danced in the Traditional Ballroom hold (as defined) at any time during the first minute of music. Viennese Waltz allows the traditional single curtsey before taking hold. No other entrances are allowed.

  • Posing or Poses prior to taking hold will be considered an entrance.

  • Elements and figures unique to one dance or Style may not be used in another dance, unless specified.

  • “Hand(s) to Body Hold” as defined is allowed in Gold only.

  • Partners may not completely separate for more than 1 Bar bar.

  • Same Foot Right Shadow Position (Lady in Front) is restricted to a maximum of 8 consecutive bars.

  • Picture Lines may be danced up to 2 bars only.

  • Kicks, Rondes, Developes no more than waist high.

  • No dips or drops below the waist level. No knee drops, sit drops, or floor slashes, Sitting Hens, Horse & Cart, Pot Stirrers, Hinges, Left Whisks, X-

    Lines, Attitudes, Eros Lines, Throwaway Oversways, Tandem Position.

  • Partners are on opposite feet except for the Same Foot Lunge and Right Shadow work as noted in the individual dances.

  • The Grapevine in Left Side Position on the Same Foot is allowed in Fox Trot (4Qs only)

  • *When in doubt dancers should read the Gold Closed Figures and Elements to ensure all Closed Silver Level routines do not incorporate figures or elements now in Closed Gold.

Gold Smooth restrictions

Gold American Style Smooth Restrictions for all Gold Smooth Dances.

  • Partners must start on opposite feet, with an allowable hold that requires a minimum of a single hand hold for the first four bars. No entrances are allowed in Closed American Smooth A single curtsey facing partner in Viennese Waltz is allowed.

  • Traditional Ballroom Holds must comprise 6 complete bars within the first minute of dancing.

  • Partners may not completely separate for more than 4 bars in a row then must regain a connection (allowable hold) for at least 2 bars before releasing hold

    again. In Viennese Waltz partners may separate for a maximum of 8 consecutive bars, then must regain a connection (allowable hold) for at least 4 bars

    before releasing hold again.

  • Standing spins may be danced in any allowable Hold or Position for up to 4 bars. Both feet must remain on the floor. The partners’ timings do not have to

    match in Gold Standing Spins/Runarounds

  • Continuous partnership Pivots for up to 3 bars. Syncopations are allowed in Waltz only and may use 1 syncopation per bar.

  • All supported picture lines are allowed (above standing waist level) up to a maximum of 4 bars per picture line.

  • No lifts are allowed.

  • The Following movements are considered Open and are not allowed in Bronze, Silver and Gold Syllabus events: Entrances, Dips and Drops below waist

    level, Knee Drops, Sit Drops, Floor Slashes, Sitting Hens, Horse and Cart with Arabesque or any elevated position(s) of the free leg, Drags.

  • Kicks, Rondes, Developes no more than waist high.

  • Jumping, skipping and hopping are not permitted.

Bronze Rhythm Restrictions

Bronze American Rhythm Rules and Restrictions

No entrances are allowed. Partners must start in a closed or open facing hold. Posing or Poses prior to taking hold will be considered an entrance. Couples must remain in a standing position at all times.
Only the timings listed will be permitted. No Syncopations or delayed timings unless specifically approved.
Only the positions listed will be permitted. No Side by Side work will be accepted in Bronze

Spirals are not permitted in the Bronze level.
Elements and figures unique to one dance or style may not be used in another dance, unless specified.
No West Coast Swing elements are allowed or permitted in the Bronze or Silver level.
No embellishments of standard figures. No, head rolls, foot flicks, extreme change of levels (with the exception of Bolero), or freezes/holds or picture lines Both feet must remain close to the floor at all times. No aerial rondes, developes, etc.
Partners may not completely separate for more than one measure unless specifically approved (ie: Chase Turns)
One underarm turn or solo turn at a time is the maximum allowed in the Bronze level
No Foot Changes or Same Foot Figures are allowed with the exception of the Sweetheart in it’s permissible dances

Silver Rhythm Restrictions

Silver American Rhythm Rules and Restrictions

No entrances are allowed. Partners must start in a closed or open facing hold. Posing or Poses prior to taking hold will be considered an entrance. Couples must remain in a standing position at all times.
Only the timings listed in Bronze or Silver will be permitted.
Only the positions listed in Bronze or Silver will be permitted.

No dips or drops below waist level. No knee drops, sit drops, floor slashes, sitting hens, horse and carts, pot stirrers, or standing spins for man or lady are allowed. Continuous partnership pivots are allowed for up to 2 measures but may include only 1 syncopation
***Side by Side or Apart Figures can be done for 16 consecutive counts. Hold then must be regained.***
***Shadow, Side by Side and Apart Figures may be danced for a maximum total of 32 counts within the first minute of the routine.***

Gold Rhythm restrictions

Gold American Rhythm Rules and Restrictions

No entrances are allowed. Partners must start in a closed or open facing hold. Posing or Poses prior to taking hold will be considered an entrance.
Couples must remain in a standing position at all times.
Figures, Timings and Positions used in Bronze and Silver are allowable in Gold
***Side by Side or Apart Figures with no hold can be done for 4 bars (16 counts) in a row. Connection or hold must then be regained for at least 2 measures (8 counts) before releasing hold again.***

***Closed Dance Holds must comprise 25% of the routines (Closed Position, Fallaway, Counter Fallaway, L and R Outside Partner, Promenade Position, Counter Promenade)***
Allowable Picture/Body Lines and Supported Lines can be held for a maximum of 2 bars and must stay above waist level. NO LIFTS ALLOWED

International Latin Style Restrictions

General International Latin Notes and Restrictions

  1. **Partners must start in a Closed Position or Open Facing Position with Normal, or Hand Hold. No entrances are allowed. For example, starting the Gold International Style Cha Cha with an allowed side by side amalgamation would constitute an “entrance. NOTE: Normal Hold in the International Latin allows for a more extended Proximity and Hold with the leaders right and follower’s Left arm.

  2. Posing or Poses prior to taking hold will be considered an entrance.

  3. Couples remain in a standing position at all times.

  4. Couples dance only figures for the level entered. i.e. Bronze, Silver, Gold but Figures from lower levels can also be used.

  5. Make special note that some lower level figures have developments at a higher level. For example, in the Rumba and Cha Cha, the Fan is Bronze, but the

    Fan Development is Silver. This is noted with an asterisk * beside the figure.

  6. Couples must use the dance position hold allowed for the figure and level being danced as noted in the charts below.

  7. Positions given in the charts below are with hold unless noted as “no hold” or “ release hold”. When noted as No Hold partners may only release hold for

    a maximum of two bars before regaining an allowable hold. Figures that are standardized with out hold do not apply of course. Some examples: The

    Chase, Follow my leader etc.

  8. At no time in any of the allowable positions are the couples further away from each other than a comfortable arms length. The only exception is the

    There and Back in Cha Cha.

  9. Couples must use only the acceptable timing listed for the figure and level being danced

  10. When a timing in a figure has no weight change that is noted by putting that count in parenthesis. For example, Rumba timing 2,3,4(1)

International Standard General Restrictions

General International Ballroom Restrictions

1. Couples must Start and stay in Closed Dance Position Traditional Hold at all times while dancing.
2. Couples may dance figures/elements for the level entered (Bronze, Silver, Gold) and figures/elements from lower levels.
3. No embellishments of the figures are allowed unless noted. No head flicks/fans, foot flicks, syncopations or delayed timings unless noted.
4. When a timing in a figure has no weight transfer, that is noted by putting that count in parentheses. If the lady’s timing is different from the man’s timing, that will be noted.
5. No entrances. Partners must take dance position and commence dancing in closed dance position. No open or running starts. A single curtsey facing the partner is allowed in Viennese Waltz.
6. The timings noted in the charts are per element, and not per figure as noted in various technique books. This allows for amalgamations.
7. Elements must be danced in their entirety unless specifically noted or included in a named amalgamation.
8. Steps may not be borrowed from other dances unless specifically noted.page55image581613248

 

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