Format Info

Event Types

  • Solo-proficiency or Couples Events
  • Amateur, Pro-Am, Professional
  • Critique & Competitive Events
  • Multiple Age Groups
  • …and more! Check out the competitions page to see which ones are coming up and what what kind of events they’re offering!

Video Submissions

How to Shoot Your Video:

  • Videos should be in landscape mode.
    • Tripod or stable location recommended.
  • All videos should record you dancing for the duration of a round – 75 to 90 seconds.
  • Whole body must be visible for the duration of the video. We’ll accept your footage if there is a column or very brief obstruction, but we need to be able to see your movement to judge your movement.
  • Panning from side to side and zooming is allowed. Try to keep movement as smooth as possible!
  • No video editing is allowed.
    • Because we’re not allowing you to edit, please start dancing within the first 15-20 seconds of the video.

How to Submit Your Video:

  • Upload your video to YouTube
    • Please use the following format for title: [Competition Name] – [Event Level] [Event Style] [Event Dance] – [Your Name] [& Your Partner’s Name]
    • Example: “DCDC – Silver Standard Foxtrot – John Doe & Jane Doe”
  • Use the google form that will be provided to you after registration to submit your videos by the requested deadline.

Costumes/Attire

Permitted attire: Varies per competition. Check out the competitions page to see which ones are coming up and if they have any special rules. The most common rule:

Clothing. Practice wear, athletic wear, and costumes recommended, but t-shirt and shorts is fine.  Try to wear clothing that allows judges to properly evaluate your movement (avoid baggy shirts & pants, etc.).  If a judge can’t evaluate your movement, it will hinder their ability to judge you. Dance shoes are optional, but they’re recommended if you have them.

Syllabus Rules

Varies per competition. Check out the competitions page to see which ones are coming up and if they have any special rules. The most common rule:

Syllabus definitions can be found here. The syllabus will be enforced predominantly by honor code. However, the organizers have no tolerance for blatant abuses that infringe on the fairness and fun for other dancers – particularly in the lower syllabus levels. The organizers reserve the right to invigilate any couples not following the syllabus. This will result in a penalty of -1 points to your average score for that dance.

As a friendly reminder, the organizers cannot recall a single competition they personally have attended where more complicated movements – often done badly – ever beat out bronze/silver syllabus moves with proper technique.

Results

Scored Events

  • Scoring is done from 0-10 and is relative to the level and style selected. The higher your score, the more the judge views your dancing to be reflective of what a dancer of that level and style should demonstrate. Check out the judging breakdown for an idea of what different scores mean!
  • Typically, scores be averaged to determine overall scores and placements. Check out the competitions page to see which competitions are coming up and if they have any special rules.
  • Though, rare, ties are permitted.

Results will be provided by the competition the week after videos are judged.

Critiqued Events

  • Critiques will be 3-5 sentences in length, and be provided by one judge per dance per event.

Critiques will be provided by the competition the week after videos are judged.


FAQ

There aren’t a lot of restrictions. Why is that?

Practically speaking, this is a time where many have restricted access to resources.  Some folks are going to be able to get into a studio and go all out, but some folks will have their bedroom and the clothes on their back.  Some will get to dance with partners, others will not.  We want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to participate and can do so on an even playing field, which is why we are making sure judges get uninterrupted viewing time to look at your dancing.

I don’t have access to a studio. How can I compete?

One of the nice things about judges having an uninterrupted period of time to look at you is unusual practice spaces work just fine.  If you have access to a soccer field and enjoy dancing barefoot, consider frolicking in the fields. Living room rugs and hardwood floors in your dorm room can work great for stationary dances.  If you have dance sneakers then perhaps parking lots, tennis courts and pavement is your jam.  If you have access to a basketball court, a gym yoga studio, a concrete slab in a garage, it all works.