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Dance Competitions

Competition categories are based on dance division, age, and levels. Competition organizers may combine age groups, etc.

Dance Divisions

  • Amateur dance couples
  • Pro/Am: profession teacher dancing with their amateur student
  • Professional dance couples

Age Categories

  • Pre-Teen I: ~9 years old (in the calendar year)
  • Pre-Teen II: 10~11 years old
  • Junior I: 12~13 years old
  • Junior II: 14~15 years old
  • Youth: 16~18 years old
  • Under 21:
  • Adult: >= 19 years old
  • Adult A
    • Adult A1
    • Adult A2
  • Adult B: >=35 years old
    • Adult B1
    • Adult B2
  • Adult C1
  • Adult C2
  • Senior I: >= 35
  • Senior II: >= 45 (both members of the couple must meet age requirements, except in mixed proficiency event)
  • Senior III: >= 55 (both members of the couple must meet age requirements, except in mixed proficiency event)

Competition Levels

Competition levels include Newcomer, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Championship. A lot of competitions offer specific series that include Pre-Novice, Novice, Pre-Championship, and Championship.
  • Syllabus Events at different skill levels: Newcomer, Bronze, Silver, Gold.
  • Pre-Novice usually consists of 2 dances. No sequins are allowed on costumes at this level and choreography is basic in nature.
  • Novice consists of two or three dances. Novice is open to any costumes and choreography contains both basic dance moves and fancy and expressive movements as well.
  • Pre-Championship usually consists of 4 dances.
  • Championships all 10 dances.
Some competitions offer many more subcategories. Some examples:
  1. Newcomer (single dance event)
  2. Bronze (2 dance event: Waltz, Quickstep; Cha Cha and Jive)
  3. Pre-Bronze (single dance event)
  4. Intermediate Bronze (single dance event)
  5. Full Bronze (single dance event)
  6. Open Bronze (single dance event)
  7. Silver (3 dance event: Cha Cha, Rumba, Jive, Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep)
  8. Pre-Silver (single dance event)
  9. Intermediate Silver (single dance event)
  10. Full Silver (single dance event)
  11. Open Silver (single dance event)
  12. Gold (4 dance event: Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep; Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Jive)
  13. Pre-Gold (single dance event)
  14. Intermediate Gold (single dance event)
  15. Full Gold (single dance event)
  16. Open Gold (single dance event)
  17. Pre-Novice (2 dance event: Cha Cha and Rumba; Waltz and Quickstep)
  18. Novice (3 dance event: Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep; Cha Cha, Rumba and Samba)
  19. Open Novice (3 dance event: Waltz, Foxtrot, and Quickstep; Cha Cha, Rumba and Jive)
  20. Pre-Championship (4 dance event: Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep; Cha Cha, Samba, Rumb, Jive)
  21. Rising Star (for American Style only; ChaCha, Rumba, Swing, Bolero, Mambo;  Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, V. Waltz)
  22. Championship (single dance event)
  23. Open (4 or 5 dance event)
Level (increasing proficiency)
Standard Latin Smooth Rhythm
Bronze WQ CR WF CR
Silver WTQ SCR WF CRS
Gold WTFQ SCRJ WTF CRSM
Novice WFQ SCR WTF CRS
Pre-Champ WTFQ SCRJ WFTV CRSB
Championship WTVFQ SCRPJ WFTV CRSBM

More info: USA Dance, Dancesport Rulebook