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2013 Rules and Eligibility



General Rules


  • the Northeast Collegiate DanceSport Challenge is open to amateur dancers only; professional dancers will not be permitted to compete.

  • Neither the Brandeis Ballroom Team nor Brandeis University shall be held responsible for a)the loss or theft of personal property or b)any injury sustained while in attendance at this event. Persons attending do so at their own risk.

  • Competitors and their representatives agree to abide by the results of the Adjudicators' marks and the decisions of the Chairman of Adjudicators.

  • Smoking will be strictly prohibited on the premises of the competition.

  • The organizers reserve the right to eject any individual from the premises for unruly or violent conduct, or for a violation of any of the general rules.


  • Syllabus & Level Restrictions


  • Competitors in the syllabus levels (Newcomer, Bronze, Silver, and Gold) are restricted to the ISTD syllabus for the International styles and the NDCA syllabus in the American styles. Syllabi are restricted to the appropriate level and dance.
  • International Newcomer events will allow only pre-Bronze ISTD steps.
  • American Newcomer events will allow only Bronze NDCA steps; continuity and open footwork is prohibited.

  • A couple is eligible to dance at a given level only if each partner is eligible to dance at that level.
  • Multi-level couples must dance at the level of the more advanced partner.

  • Newcomer: Competitors in this level must not have begun ballroom dance training prior to August 2012.
  • Dancers who have made final rounds in Fall 2012 competitions are asked to register for Bronze level events (or higher) for those dances.
  • As there is a discounted competitor fee for newcomers, dancers wishing to dance in newcomer and another level would need to register as regular competitors and pay the regular fee. (A regularly registered dancer would not need to pay in addition the newcomer fee to compete in a newcomer event, though all eligibility requirements must still be met.)

  • Bronze: Competitors in this level must not have begun ballroom dance training prior to August 2011.

  • Silver and Gold: No time restrictions apply to dancers in these levels: eligibility is determined by the competitor's YCN points.

  • Open: Any regularly registered dancer may compete at this level.
  • There are no syllabus or time restrictions for Open events. Lifts are expressly prohibited.

  • First place winners of Open events will be offered the opportunity to perform an honor dance (30 second dance, of their choosing) after the announcement of results.
  • N.B. This means Open competitors should stay in their style-appropriate costumes until after award announcements! Time will be afforded for competitors to change in between styles, as necessary.


  • Double Registration


  • Dancers may register for two adjacent levels in the same style, if and only if they are eligible to dance at both levels.

  • Dancers may dance different styles in different levels, with the following restrictions:
  • Dancers may span only one level in syllabus Latin and Rhythm, and only one level in syllabus Standard and Smooth. E.G.: A dancer can dance Bronze Latin and Silver Rhythm, but not Bronze Latin and Gold Rhythm. The same applies for Standard and Smooth. However, a dancer can dance Bronze Latin and Gold Smooth.

  • All dancers registered with regular registration (not as Newcomers) may dance in the Open level. I.E.: A dancer
  • eligible for and competing in Bronze Latin may also compete in Open Latin if s/he so chooses.

  • Dancers dancing at the Gold or Open levels in any style may not dance any Newcomer events.

  • There is no number limit of "blocks" for which a competitor can register, as long as all rules are followed.


  • Costumes


  • No costumes will be allowed in Newcomer Events.
  • Newcomers are restricted to off the shelf clothing only, though alterations for fitting will be permitted.
  • Newcomer leaders will not be permitted to wear dance specific (Latin) pants.

  • Costumes are permitted, though not required, in Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Open events.
  • All costumes must be appropriate, and we reserve the right to restrict dancers from competing if a costume is deemed inappropriate by the consensus of the Chairman of Adjudicators and the Brandeis Ballroom Dance Team President. Dancers are prohibited from wearing jeans or ripped clothing, as well as overly revealing attire.

  • Gentlemen dancing in smooth and standard events will be required to wear ties on the dance floor. No exceptions.

  • Heel protectors are required for any high-heeled shoes.


  • Violations


  • In the case of violations of the above stated rules, offending competitors may be disqualified at the discretion of the Chairman of Adjudicators and the Brandeis Ballroom Dance Team President.
  • We request that dancers and Team Captains ensure appropriate registration.

  • If you believe a competitor has violated these rules, please inform us by emailing Charlotte Guiney. We will investigate to the best of our ability and take appropriate action.