Rules & Policies

Important Rules and Policies

Pro/Am Rules & Regulations

Pro/Am Policies

1. All students may enter in two age categories. Adults may enter their true age division and one lower while Pre-Teen-Youth students may enter their true age division and one higher. See entry forms for age categories.

2. Dance Level Categories: Material used should be based on an NDCA approved syllabus such as DVIDA, ISTD, etc.

Closed One Dance Division - Restricted To Syllabus
Newcomer - Less than 50 private lessons
Pre-Bronze - Beginning Bronze material
Intermediate Bronze - Intermediate up to Final Bronze.
Full Bronze - Final or completion of Bronze.
Pre-Silver - Beginning Silver material.
Intermediate Silver - Intermediate up to Final Silver.
Full Silver - Final or completion of Silver.
Pre-Gold - Beginning gold material.
Intermediate Gold - Intermediate up to Final Gold.
Full Gold - Final or completion of Gold.
Open One Dance Division - Not Restricted To Syllabus Open Bronze Open Silver Open Gold Open Gold Star Open divisions may incorporate figures from the next higher level (e.g. Open Bronze may have Silver figures).

3. Students may enter at any level of dance and only THREE higher in any one style of dance (American/International)in the closed single dance categories. Students may enter in completely different dance levels in the American Style between Smooth and Rhythm and in the International Style between Standard and Latin-American.

A Pro/Am student may dance the Open Bronze, Open Silver and Open Gold levels (all 3 levels) if the student is in fact a true Bronze level dancer. The students level will be determined by the single dances entered (A Bronze level student is one who dances the majority of their single dances in the Bronze Level). A student may only dance up in level, never down.

4. No teacher will be permitted to compete with one of his/her students against another of his/her students - it is not possible to compete in the same heat with two people!

5. There is no limit on student entries in Open or Closed Freestyle Divisions.

6. In any category with three entries or less, the organizer reserves the right to eliminate the age and sex divisions and merge competitors into one category.

7. Pro/Am Scholarships: To qualify for all scholarship events, a student must enter a minimum of 4 (Smooth) and 5 (Rhythm, Ballroom, Latin) Pro/Am single dances per scholarship event entered. All scholarships are unisex competitions for adults. Closed scholarships are restricted to Bronze & Silver students. Please remember that the closed scholarships are restricted to closed syllabus figures (Bronze restricted to Bronze Syllabus and Silver restricted to Bronze & Silver Syllabus). Open scholarships are not restricted to any figures. In any scholarship event with fewer than three entries, the organizer reserves the right to eliminate the age and sex divisions and merge competitors into one division.

  • All Scholarship competitors will receive 50% of the prize money offered if the event is held with three or fewer couples.
  • Students may NOT enter both Bronze & Silver scholarship levels in the same style.
  • Students MAY enter both the Silver & the Open scholarships in the same style.
  • Students MUST enter the scholarship level of the highest single dance entry level in a style.
  • For example: If a student enters single dance entries in Full Bronze and Pre Silver they would be eligible for the Silver Scholarship NOT the Bronze Scholarship in that style.
  • A student may dance two age levels. Their true age and one below.

8. Solo Exhibitions No Solo Exhibition is to exceed two minutes and forty-five seconds (2:45). Music must be on: a. Compact Disc, b. mp3 Player/ iPod/ iPad, c. USB Audio media.

9. Formations For additional rules please refer to the current N.D.C.A. Rules & Regulations. Maximum time - limited to three minutes (3:00) for a single dance and four minutes (4:00) for a medley. Timing of routine shall begin and end with the accompaniment. Pro/Am and Amateurs will be judged against one another.

10. Dress Code Evening wear is suggested for Newcomers. Beginning and above levels are open for ball gowns, Latin dresses or matching costumes, but are not mandatory.

11. Restricted Categories/Closed Division Freestyle A panel of invigilators may be used for all restricted categories/closed divisions. The categories will be strictly supervised and competitors committing infractions may be disqualified.

12. Critique/Score Sheets Critique/Score sheets will be given on Solo Exhibitions only.

13. Registration All competing Professionals must be currently registered with the N.D.C.A. Registration forms will be available at the competition, or go online at or may be requested by mail from the following address:

NDCA - Professionals

Lee Wakefield 263 Richards Building
Brigham Young University Provo, Utah 84604

All persons attending this event, whether as spectators, officials, competitors or guests of the Organizers shall be bound by the N.D.C.A. rules and by participating in this competition automatically become obliged to adhere to them.

The organizers of this competition and the N.D.C.A. are not responsible for the loss or theft of articles left in the changing rooms, ballroom(s) or hotel rooms. The Organizer(s) and the N.D.C.A. will not be held liable for injuries sustained by persons attending this event, whether as spectators, officials, competitors, or guests of the Organizer(s). Everyone attending does so at his/her own risk.

Because of N.D.C.A. rules no video taping or filming will be allowed. However, a professional video production company will be on hand to video your dancing. Tapes will be made available for purchase.


1. PROFESSIONAL: A Professional Dancer is one who is any or all of the following (anyone studying

for or taking a theory exam will not be deemed a professional unless they declare themselves such as

defined below):

a. Registered as a Professional with the NDCA.

b. One who partners a Pro/Am Student Dancer or Registered Amateur in Pro/Am Competitions.

c. Any person who declares himself or herself a Professional by word or deed (Examples: serving as

a hired Partner, or participating in Professional Competitions or Team Matches).


a. AMATEUR: An amateur competitor competes with an amateur partner. An amateur dancer may

become a professional in the following manner:

(1) By the declaration of such

(2) By competing against other professionals in an NDCA sanctioned Open Professional or

Rising Star event

(3) By acting as a professional partner in an NDCA sanctioned Pro/Amateur competition event

b. Pre-Teen, Junior, Youth and Adult Amateur dancers must be registered with the NDCA, unless

they are participating only in pro/am events.

(1) NOTE: With the exception of honor dances and formation teams, amateurs are not permitted

to demonstrate at NDCA events.


a. The term "Pro/Am" refers to a professional dancer/teacher dancing with their student. In this case

the student will be known as a "Pro/Am Student Dancer". A Pro/Am Student Dancer competes

with a professional partner.

b. A Pro/Am Student Dancer competes in Ballroom dance purely as an avocation.

c. A Pro/Am Student Dancer does not teach Ballroom dance under any circumstances. Ballroom

dance is any dance that is included in any NDCA sanctioned Pro/Am competition or

championship event, and is not limited to the traditional championship dances.

d. A Pro/Am Student Dancer may neither demonstrate nor give shows for compensation in any style

of Ballroom dance.

e. A Pro/Am Student Dancer is permitted to enter Ballroom dance "Pro/Am Scholarship Events"

which offer monetary prizes. In this case, any prize money awarded belongs to the Pro./Am

Student Dancer, not to the professional, and the Pro/Am Student Dancer may decide how it is to

be used.

f. Pro/Am Student Dancers who are found to be in violation of any of the above definitions, will not

be permitted to continue to compete in NDCA sanctioned competitions or championships, and the

organizers of all NDCA sanctioned competitions and championships will be so notified. Should

the Pro/Am Student Dancer cease the activity that violated the above definitions, his or her right

to compete as a Pro/Am Student Dancer in NDCA sanctioned competitions and championships

may be restored upon application to the NDCA. A waiting period may or may not be required

when such reinstatements are made.

*It is within the province of the Ballroom department to discipline by way of suspension and/or

fines the professional partner of an amateur competing in pro/am competitions who is found

to be teaching ballroom dance lessons.