February 17-19, 2017

Rules and Regulations

Professional Devisions | Amateur Divisions | Top Teacher Prize Money | Top Studio Awards

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 must be made by one certified check, money order, or studio check. Entry payments made by Visa, MasterCard, or American Express will be charged a 4% processing fee. Entries received after the final deadline of January 27, 2017 may be charged a $50 late fee.

2. Cancellations must be in writing and made prior to February 1, 2017 to receive a refund 30 days after the event. Cancellations made after February 1, 2017 will NOT receive a refund. Canceled entries taken at the event cannot be substituted by another entry and no refund will be made on such a cancellation. There are no refunds or exchanges on general admission tickets.

3. No responsibility for loss or theft of articles left in changing rooms, performance or seating areas, will be accepted by the Organizers, Mark and Dawna Nocera, the Eastern United States Dancesport Championships (EUSDC, LLC.), the National Dance Council of America, Inc. (NDCA), or by the World Dance Council (WDC), and neither will they be held liable for injury sustained by persons attending this event. Everyone attending does so at his or her 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, Inc. Rules and Regulations, and by participating in this event automatically become obliged to adhere to them. Additionally, 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. Competitors from any country affiliated with the World Dance Council (WDC) may participate. Competitors from countries not affiliated with the WDC should contact the organizers for clarification.

6. 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.

7. In any Professional, Amateur, or Pro/Am division with entries of three couples or less, the Organizers reserve the right to combine or cancel the event. In case of a cancellation by the Organizers, competitors will be duly notified in advance of such cancellation.

8. In any Professional, Amateur or Pro/Am division with entries of three couples or less, the Organizers reserve the right to reduce the prize money award by half.

9. Solo Exhibitions events are limited to three minutes in length. Music must be provided on CD.

10. No couple is exempt from competing in any round of a Championship event. Any couple that fails to appear at the scheduled time for the first round of any event will be disqualified from the event.

11. 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, it will be referred to the Dance Rules Committee and/or Organizers, whose decision will be final.

12. Entrants consent to the use and release of their name and likeness to be used in photographs, video streaming, television filming, and recording of the event used in connection with television broadcast or promotion of the event in any manner and by any means, now or in the future.

13. The video taping of any event at the EUSDC is strictly prohibited except for the official video company as designated by the Organizers with the exception of Sunday’s Matinee Session.

14. Competitors (Juniors, Youth, Adults) dancing in Syllabus events may only dance Bronze, Silver or Gold Syllabus from the approved Syllabi of member organizations of the NDCA as well as the official NDCA syllabus.

Professional Divisions

Entry into the U.S. Professional Rising Star Competition is limited to professionals who have never reached the final round of the Open British, UK, International or U.S. Open Championships. The result of one style does not affect the eligibility for any other Rising Star Competition. Rising Star competitors are also eligible to enter the Open Professional Championships at the EUSDC.

Professional dancers entering Professional and/or Pro/Am events must be registered with the NDCA. Overseas professional dancers must be registered with their country's professional organization affiliated with World Dance Council (WDC). For further information regarding Professional registration with the NDCA, please contact:

Eleanor Wiblin
NDCA National Registrar
P.O. Box 22018
Provo, UT 84602

Phone: (801) 422-4623
Fax: (801) 422-3734

Amateur Divisions

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. Nineteen (19) year-olds may also dance in the Youth category until they have graduated from High School. Youth competitors may concurrently dance up one age classification to the Adult category.
  • Under 21: Competitors who are 16-20 years old.
  • Adult A: Competitors who are 19 years and older
  • Senior - Over 35: Competitors who are 35 years and older
  • Senior - Over 45: Competitors who are 45 years and older
  • Senior - Over 55: Competitors who are 55 years or older

  • Rising Star Amateur Division This category was formerly called "Pre-Champ" but due to an NDCA rule change, the word "championship" must not be used. Rising Star Amateur is the term currently used in Europe.

    Mixed Proficiency
    Mixed Proficiency events are open to any Pre-Teen, Junior, or Youth amateur competitor who does not have a regular partner. The competitor is referred to as the Single Partner and only the Single Partner (not the couple) will be judged during the event.

    Costuming Rules
    Rules for dress and/or costuming for Pre-teens, Junior, Youth & Adult should be followed as outlined in the NDCA rulebook. Viewable at:

    Top Teacher Prize Money

    Guaranteed Top Teacher Stipend:
    Awarded to all teachers who meet the Point requirements; the guaranteed portion is unlimited.

    NOTE: Point and Entry Values are NOT Equivalent

  • Each regular Adult Pro/Am Single Dance = 1 Point
  • Each Jr/Pre-Teen Pro/Am Single Dance = 1/2 Point
  • Each Pro/Am Solo Exhibition = 1 Point
  • Each Dance in a Pro/Am Scholarship or Championship Multidance = 1 Point


  • 20 Adult Pro/Am Single Dances = 20 Points.
  • 20 Five-Dance Pro/Am Scholarships or Championships = 100 Points.


    NOTE: All Nine and Ten Dance Scholarships and Championships count as 5 Points.

    Earn an additional $15 per dance for additional Points above 320!
  • 320 total Pro/Am Points: $2,500
  • 260 total Pro/Am Points: $2,000
  • 230 total Pro/Am Points: $1,500
  • 200 total Pro/Am Points: $1,000
  • 170 total Pro/Am Points: $750
  • 140 total Pro/Am Points: $500
  • 115 total Pro/Am Points: $350
  • 95 total Pro/Am Points: $200

  • Overall Top Teacher Purse:
    Placement awarded to the Top Six Teachers with the highest total of Pro/Am Points. Teacher must still meet minimum Point requirements for prize money.

  • 320 minimum Points: - 1st place: $2,500
  • 260 minimum Points: - 2nd place: $2,000
  • 230 minimum Points: - 3rd place: $1,500
  • 200 minimum Points: - 4th place: $1,000
  • 170 minimum Points:- 5th place: $750
  • 140 minimum Points:- 6th place: $500

  • Top Female Teacher Purse:
    Placement awarded to the Top Six Teachers with the highest total of Pro/Am Points. Teacher must still meet minimum Point requirements for prize money. Top Female Teachers will recieve Guaranteed Top Teacher prize money, but cannot win Overall Top Teacher prize money.

  • 140 minimum Points: - 1st place: $500
  • 115 minimum Points: - 2nd place: $350
  • 95 minimum Points: - 3rd place: $200

  • Top Studio Awards

    Top Large, Medium, and Small Studio Awards
    Include all Pro/Am Points listed above, plus 1 Point per dance in Adult & Senior Amateur, Student-Student, and Professional events. Excludes Pre-teen, Junior, and Youth Amateur events.

  • Top Large Studio: $1,000, Trophy Awarded
  • Top Medium Studio: $500, Trophy Awarded
  • Top Small Studio: $250, Trophy Awarded

    Top Youth Studio Awards
    1 Point per Jr./Pre-Teen/Youth single dance event, 1 Point per dance in each Jr./Pre-Teen/Youth Multi-Dance event. Excludes all Pro/Am Youth events.

  • 1st Place: $300, Trophy Awarded
  • 2nd Place: $200, Trophy Awarded
  • 3rd Place: $100, Trophy Awarded
  • Office

    The Eastern United States Dancesport Championships
    PO Box 587
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    Phone: (877) 883-8732
    Fax: (781) 932-6235 or (877) 883-8732


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