Rules and Regulations

April 29, 2017


Registration Information

The DanceSport Challenge accepts online registration and entries sent in by as long as they postmarked by April 15.  Entries may be hand delivered to the Whistle Stop, 1518 18th Street, Lake Charles, LA but will not be accepted after April 19, 2017.  Online registration is available with a credit card at If for some reason you are unable to register on line, contact Nancy Vallee at 337.515.7577 for assistance. Final entry deadline:  Entry fees must be received no later than April 19, 2017. Our registrar, Nancy Vallee, will not be able to consider entries “received” until full payment is made.

Register for all events in which you may want to dance. Adding events after final registration will be limited, as requests that necessitate adding a round (Example: A final becoming a semi-final) will not be allowed. All changes made at the competition must be made on a change request form which will be provided in your competition package at the site.

Each competitor must have a valid USA Dance membership at the time of registration, as his/her membership number is required as part of the registration process.  For those who are not members in good standing, you can go on line at and make any necessary membership transaction.  All membership entries are to be completed no later than one week prior to the competition in order to be processed and valid. You must bring proof of current membership with you to the competition.

If paying your registration fees by check, make the check payable to  and send to:

            DanceSport Challenge

            C/O Nancy Vallee, Registrar

            1518 18th Street

            Lake Charles, LA70601

Upon arriving at the competition site and before competing both members of each partnership must check in at the package pick up desk.  Each athlete is required to present his/her valid USA Dance “Athlete” registration card and a photo ID (Student ID if applicable) to package pick up.  The only exceptions may be for PreTeen and Junior dancers who do not have student IDs.  If you applied for USA Dance membership or your membership has been renewed since registering, you must present proof of current membership or renewal in order to pick up your package. Dress/costumes will be checked prior to package pickup for all Preteen through Youth syllabus competitors.


This competition is run according to the current USA Dance DanceSport Rulebook. All competitors should refer to the rulebook prior to completing the entry form and competing. You may access and download the rulebook at  WDSF guidelines are adhered to for those events.



All adult competitors must be registered DanceSport Athlete members of USA Dance or other member organization of the WDSF in good standing.  Preteens, Juniors and Youth competitors must be Minor or Student Athlete members of USA Dance in good standing. Competitors entering only open single dance events need only be USA Dance/Social Ballroom members.


Both partners (judged and not judged) in Teacher/Student events must be athlete members in good standing with USA Dance.

Dancers must be eligible for each event they enter and shall not compete in any classification below the minimum proficiency level for which they are eligible. 

Age Classifications (Age as of December 31, 2017)

Preteen                       up to 11

Junior I                       12 or 13

Junior II                      14 or 15

Youth                          16, 17 or 18

Junior                         12-15

Adult                           19 or greater


Prior written approval of a parent or legal guardian is required for all athletes under the age of 18.  This must be presented at the time of package pickup.


Eligible athletes may only compete in two consecutive age classifications in a particular style at a given competition. Athletes may enter up to two consecutive proficiency levels in each style or discipline at the minimum level for which they are qualified and one higher. 


According to USA DanceSport rules, rest time will be allowed between rounds of any one event.  In the interim, other events will be run. Competitors who register for more than one age group or skill level may find some of their events run back-to-back.


Open Single Dance Events

To be eligible for these dance events, one need only be a Social/Ballroom member of USA Dance. 


Event Format and Entry Divisions

Events consist of one, two, three, four or five dances in succession without leaving the dance floor. 


The best combined score for all dances in each event will determine places in that event. The scoring system used is the skating system.  Events may be separated into two or more heats at the discretion of the Chairman of Judges.  Depending upon the number of couples entered, some age groups or proficiency levels may dance at the same time as others, even though each group is being judged as a separate event. The competition organizer reserves the right to combine or cancel events for which there is an insufficient number of entries.           


The competition is organized into syllabus and open events.  Syllabus events are offered in the following proficiency levels:  PreBronze, Bronze, Silver and Gold. Open events are offered in proficiency levels of  Bronze, Silver and Gold. Open single dance events are also offered at this competition.  Please check the competitor worksheet to determine eligibility for single dance events. 



 No lifts are permitted in any division.  No props are allowed in any division.


Recognized syllabus steps can be found in the USA Dance Syllabus Guidebook on the website at 


The on-deck system will be used for all events.  Competitors must be in the ballroom and ready to dance 30 minutes prior to the scheduled time for the event in which they are competing.  They must report to the Deck Captain two heats prior to their event.  Any competitor who does not take to the floor by the time the music begins will be disqualified from that event.


Should a conflict arise between the guidelines of the USA Dance Rulebook and information in this package, the USA Dance Rulebook is the final authority, even though the conflict has to do with a non-sanctioned event.



Check the current USA DanceSport Rulebook for updates regarding dress, jewelry and shoes. It is the competitor’s responsibility to comply with dress regulations, and those found to be out of compliance may be disqualified by the Chairman of Judges.  You may access the rulebook at


A USA Dance Official will be available on site so that competitors can ask questions and verify dress compliance. Dress/costumes will be checked prior to package pickup for all Preteen through Youth syllabus competitors. If you have questions regarding dress/costumes, contact:


Registration Fees Per Person:

PreTeen, Junior, Youth & College Student                                     $35.00

(Includes entrance to all sessions)


Event entries – price per couple:

PreTeen, Junior & Youth, College Student  Included in the Registration Fee

Fun Dances                                                                                $2.00

Smooth & Rhythm Challenge                                                        $5.00


 Spectator Tickets

Adult per session                                                                        $10.00

Child per session                                                                      $  5.00

 Adult All Day Pass                                                                      $15.00


Cancellation Policy

Competitors cancelling by March 15, 2017 will receive a 75% refund; those cancelling between March 16 and April 15 will receive a 50% refund. Those cancelling after April 15, 2017 will not receive refunds. Please allow 30 days for processing.



All persons attend this event at their own risk and agree to hold harmless the organizers, USA Dance and the WT Burton Coliseum from any injury sustained at the event.  Each person is solely responsible for his/her own belongings; the organizers, USA Dance and the WT Burton Coliseum cannot be held liable for any loss or theft of articles left in changing rooms, ballroom or other event facilities. All persons agree, unless they notify the organizers otherwise, that USA Dance may use any film, video or photograph containing their images as well as their identifying names. 


Private photography and videography are allowed; however, unless you are an officially registered photographer, you may take photographs only while sitting in your seat or in a designated area in the ballroom. Please do not obstruct anyone else’s view of the dancing. In addition, camera/video lenses that extend 6 inches beyond the base of the camera are not to be used.  There will be no photographing or videotaping from the floor, the aisles or walkways.  No flash photography is allowed unless you are an official photographer.  All pictures/videos are for one’s personal use and are not for commercial use or sales.  Tripods are allowed only in the designated area at the end of the ballroom.  Monopods are allowed as long as no one’s view is obstructed, but one must be seated when using a monopod.