Eastern United States Dancesport Championships
February 21-23, 2020 • Boston Marriott Long Wharf
Rules and Regulations
The Eastern United States Dancesport Championships (EUSDC) is conducted under the Rules and Regulations Governing Competitions and Championships recognized by the National Dance Council of America, Inc. (NDCA). The following rules shall also apply:
1. No entry will be accepted without payment in full. For studio entries, include only one payment with the entry forms. Payment at the competition must be made by cash, one certified check, money order. Payments in advance may be paid with studio checks. Entry payments may be paid with a credit card but will be charged a 4% processing fee. Entries received after the final deadline of Friday, January 24th, 2020 may be charged a $50 late fee.
2. Dancers who submit cancellations due to injury or illness in writing by Friday, February 7th, 2020 shall receive a full refund no later than 30 days after the event. Dancers who submit cancellations in writing by Thursday, February 13th, 2020 shall receive a full credit towards the 2021 Eastern United States Dancesport Championships. Entries canceled on or after Friday, February 14th, 2020 are non-refundable and may not be substituted for other entries. All general admission and reserved tickets are non-refundable.
3. The Eastern United States Dancesport Championships; EUSBC LLC; the organizers; their employees, personal representatives, affiliates, associates, assigns, heirs, and next of kin; the National Dance Council of America Inc. (NDCA); and the World Dance Council (WDC) will accept no responsibility for loss or theft of articles left in changing rooms, performance areas or seating areas. They will also not be held liable for injury, including death, sustained by persons attending this event. Everyone attending does so at their own risk.
4. All persons attending this event, whether as spectators, competitors, officials or guests of the organizers, shall be bound by the National Dance Council of America’s Rules and Regulations, and by participating in this event, they automatically become obliged to adhere to them. The Organizers reserve the right to refuse admittance into the ballroom and/or entry in a competitive event to those who do not comply.
5. The video taping of any event at the Eastern United States Dancesport Championships is prohibited except for the official video company as designated by the Organizers except for Sunday’s Youth Session.
6. Entrants consent to the use and release of their names and likenesses to be used in photographs, video streaming, television filming, and recording of the event for television broadcast or promotion of the event in any manner and by any means, now or in the future.
7. All competitors must be registered with the NDCA or their country’s WDC affiliated national organization.
8. The Organizers reserve the right to combine or cancel any Professional, Amateur, or Pro/Am event with 3 couples or less. In the event of a cancellation, competitors will be duly notified in advance of such cancellation. The Organizers also reserve the right to halve the prize money awarded for Professional, Amateur, or Pro/Am events with 3 couples or less.
9. Registration into Pro/Am Scholarships requires registration into a minimum of 1 round of Single Dances equivalent to the number of dances in each Scholarship event. For example, registration into two 5 Dance Scholarships requires registration into a minimum of 10 Single Dances.
10. Pro/Am and Mixed Amateur Single Dances are divided into Gentlemen’s and Ladies’ events. All Pro/Am Multi-Dances, Championships, Scholarship Championships, and World Dancesport Series events are combined male and female events with the exception of the additional Gentlemen’s Only Championships in all styles and 9 and 10 Dance.
11. Student/Student competitors are Pro/Am competitors who dance as a couple during the Pro/Am Single Dance sessions. Student/Student competitors are not required to register with NDCA.
12. Mixed Amateur events are open to amateur competitors who do not have a regular partner. The competitor is referred to as the Single Partner. Only the Single Partner will be judged during the event.
13. Pro/Am dancers registered in Proficiency events shall receive a composite judges’ score. They will not be judged against other couples.
14. No couple is exempt from competing in any round of any event. Any couple that fails to appear for the first round of an event will be disqualified.
15. Solo Exhibitions are limited to 3 minutes in length. Dancers must submit their music in advance via email, download, or USB flash drive.
16. Competitors dancing in Syllabus events may only dance Bronze, Silver or Gold syllabus figures from the official NDCA syllabus or the approved syllabi of NDCA member organizations.
17. Should any point arise which is not covered in the Rules and Regulations Governing Competitions and Championships recognized by the NDCA or in these additional rules, the Dance Rules Committee and/or the Organizers shall have the final say.
18. Entry into the Eastern United States Professional Rising Star Championships is limited to professionals who are eligible to compete Rising Star at the British, UK, International, and United States Closed and Open Championships. Entry is limited to couples who have never won the Eastern United States Open Professional Championship out of a 6 or more-couple final or made the final of the United States Closed or Open Professional Championships. Entry is also limited to professionals who have never won the Eastern United States Professional Rising Star Championship in previous years. The result of one style does not affect the eligibility for any other Rising Star Championship. Rising Star competitors are also eligible to enter the Open Professional Championships at the Eastern United States Dancesport Championships.
All professionals must be registered with the NDCA. Overseas professional dancers must be registered with their country’s WDC affiliated professional organization. Please contact the NDCA directly for more information regarding professional registration.
1. Youth Amateur Age Divisions:
Pre-Teen: Competitors who are 11 years old and younger. Pre-Teen competitors may dance up one age classification to the “Junior” category.
Junior: Competitors who are 12, 13, 14 or 15 years old. Junior competitors may dance up one age classification to the “Youth” category.
Youth: Competitors who are 16, 17 or 18 years old. Youth competitors may concurrently dance up one age classification to the Adult category, or in the case of a Championship level Latin or Ballroom event, the Under 21 category.
Under 21: Competitors who are between 16 and 21 years old. The only Under 21 events offered are Championship Level Latin and Ballroom.
2. Amateur Adult Age Divisions:
Senior – over 45: Competitors who are 45 years and older.
Senior – over 55: Competitors who are 55 years or older.
Senior – over 65: Competitors who are 65 years or older.
3. Entry into the Eastern United States Amateur Rising Star Championships is limited to amateurs who are eligible to compete in Rising Star at the British, UK, and International Championships. Entry is also limited to couples who have never won the Eastern United States Open Amateur Championship out of a 6 or more-couple final or made the final of the United States Closed National Amateur Championships. Entry is also limited to amateurs who have never won the Eastern United States Amateur Rising Star Championship in previous years. The result of one style does not affect the eligibility for any other Rising Star Championship. Rising Star competitors are also eligible to enter the Open Amateur Championships at the Eastern United States Dancesport Championships.
4. Rules for dress and/or costuming for Pre-Teen, Junior, Youth & Adult competitors must be followed as outlined in the NDCA rulebook.