Total Cash Prize Purse – $100,000

Emerald Ball Pro/Am Top Teacher Prizes

Proficiency entries do not count towards top teacher points. Student/Student entries do not count toward top teacher placements.

Uncontested entries count at 1/2 point value.

Top Pro/Am Teacher Cash Prize Money – $25,000

  • 1st Place – $7,000
  • 2nd Place – $6,000
  • 3rd Place – $4,500
  • 4th Place – $3,000
  • 5th Place – $2,500
  • 6th Place – $2,000

Top Teacher Points & Qualification Chart

The Top Female Teacher | Value $5,000

The top female teacher will also receive a stunning Emerald Ring & a Gold Necklace from Dee Berkley Jewelry.
You must have a minimum of 100 entries to qualify.

Emerald Ball Top Studio Awards

Trophies will be awarded to the Top Studios in the following categories (points are calculated from all entries and placements):

  • Small Studio | 1-3 competing students
  • Medium Studio | 4-6 competing students
  • Large Studio | 7 or more competing students

* Student/Student entries count toward Top Studio. Uncontested entries count at 1/2 point value.

Emerald Ball Top Youth Studio Award

A trophy will be awarded to the top studio.

Emerald Ball Pro/Am Scholarship Cash Prize Money – $36,000

*Pro/Am Scholarships are per event
**In addition to prize money, a trophy will be awarded to all first places

Closed Bronze, Silver & Gold Scholarship Prize Money per event for American Rhythm, Smooth, International Standard and Latin in divisions for:
(18-35), B (36-50), C (51-60), S1 (61+).
Prizes: 
1st – $200, 2nd – $150, 3rd – $100

Open Scholarship Championships Prize Money per event for American Rhythm, Smooth, International Standard and Latin in divisions for:
(18-35), B (36-50), C (51-60), S1 (61-70)S2 (71-75) & S3 (76+).
Prizes: 
1st – $400, 2nd – $300, 3rd – $200

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 & Gold 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, etc). 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.

  • 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.


Global “Men in Black” Tour Scholarships – $7,150 

The “Men in Black” (MIB) Tour is designed to bring more gentlemen amateur competitors together in one place! This means bigger heats and gentlemen only scholarships for our gentlemen competitors as well as social events and fun just for them and their lady pros to enjoy!

Closed Bronze & Closed Silver:

  • 1st Place – $200
  • 2nd – $150
  • 3rd – $100
  • 4th – $75
  • 5th – $50
  • 6th – $50

Open & All-in Open 

  • 1st Place – $300
  • 2nd – $200
  • 3rd – $150
  • 4th – $75
  • 5th – $75
  • 6th – $50

Emerald Ball Top Pro/Am Awards

Trophies will be presented to the following:

Top Male and Female Students in each of the Newcomer, Bronze, Silver and Gold levels for American style and International Style Single Dances & Top Overall Student in all Styles.

Emerald Ball Professional Cash Prize Money – $27,000

Open Events
Standard & Latin, American Smooth & Rhythm
Prizes: 1st -$1,200, 2nd -$1000, 3rd -$700, 4th -$600, 5th -$400, 6th -$300

Rising Star Events
Standard & Latin, American Smooth & Rhythm
Prizes: 1st -$600, 2nd – $500, 3rd -$400, 4th -$300, 5th -$200, 6th -$100

Emerald Ball Show Dance
Prizes: 1st -$500, 2nd -$400, 3rd -$300, 4th -$200, 5th -$200, 6th – $200

Emerald Ball Kids Day Awards

Single Dances – Placement ribbons will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

All Multidance Events – A 1st Place Trophy and medallion will be awarded to the winner. Finalists will be recognized with medallions for 2nd – 6th place.

Solos – Medallions and critique sheets will be awarded. (Due to our tight schedule, we will only accept 5 Solos at 2 minutes max. per Solo.)

Formations – Medallions will be awarded. (Due to our tight schedule, we will only accept 5 Formations at 3 minutes max. per Formation.)

Fordney Foundation Scholarship Cash Prize Money – $5,000

For select Amateur International Junior & Youth Multidance Scholarship events. See entry form for FF events.

JUNIOR Scholarship Prizes:

  • 1st Place – $300
  • 2nd Place – $200
  • 3rd Place – $100

YOUTH Scholarship Prizes:

  • 1st Place – $400
  • 2nd Place – $300
  • 3rd Place – $200
  • 4th – 6th – $100 each
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California Gold Rush Dancesport SERIES FINALE

The Emerald Ball is the Series Finale event of the California Gold Rush DanceSport Series. Accumulation of points earned from callbacks and placement at the Emerald Ball, in addition to points accumulated from all other circuit events, will determine the winners in each category.

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Dance Vision Circuit SERIES FINALE

The Emerald Ball is the beginning and end of the Dance Vision Circuit, the epic dancesport circuit offering over $110,000 cash prize money to top pro/am students, teachers and studios!

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Global Dancesport Series

Emerald Ball is a member of the Global Dancesport Series. Global year end recognition for teachers and students!

  • Teachers and Students collect points at every Global Event
  • Cash, vouchers and trophies awarded at the end of the year.
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World Pro/Am Dancesport Series Event Vouchers

Emerald Ball is a member of the World Pro/Am Dancesport Series event. The top 20 students at the Emerald Ball will receive $100 voucher. Accumulation of points earned from callbacks and placement at the Emerald Ball will determine the top 20 students who will each receive a $100 voucher that can be used towards Pro/Am entries at Series events outside.

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United States Championships Circuit

Winning a United States Dancesport title is the fulfillment of a dream backed by talent, training, drive, and dedication. If you strive to realize your potential by becoming a United States Champion, The United States Championship Circuit Events are for you!

Challenge yourself on the circuit that culminates in America’s most prestigious event – The United States Dance Championships (USDC), where U.S. Champions are crowned and dance legends begin.

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Best of the Best Competitions

The Emerald Ball is the host of the American & International Style Closed Bronze & Silver competitions. The winners of these competitions will be eligible to compete at the Grand Finale competition held each year at the Ohio Star Ball.

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Junior 1 & 2 and Youth Cash Prize Scholarships

Friday Eve | These events sponsored by Dance Vision and presented by Wayne & Donna Eng
Youth International Ballroom (W, T, VW, F, Q) 1st – $500 , 2nd – $300, 3rd – $200
Youth International Latin (CC, S, R, PD, J) 1st – $500 , 2nd – $300, 3rd – $200

Sunday | These events sponsored by Dance Vision and presented by Wayne & Donna Eng
Junior 1 International Ballroom 5 Dance (W, T, VW, F, Q) 1st – $300, 2nd – $250, 3rd – $150
Junior 2 International Ballroom 5 Dance (W, T, VW, F, Q) 1st – $300, 2nd – $250, 3rd – $150
Junior 1 International Latin 5 Dance (CC, S, R, PD, J) 1st – $300, 2nd – $250, 3rd – $150
Junior 2 International Latin 5 Dance (CC, S, R, PD, J) 1st – $300, 2nd – $250, 3rd – $150