Rules and Policies

CU Ballroom believes strongly in healthy competition that treats our competitors fairly and empowers dancers of all levels. It is critical for competitors to understand our rules and policies in order for us to achieve our goals, so we encourage everyone to read the following rules thoroughly. Feel free to contact the board if you have any questions!

Registration Rules

Entry Limit

  • Each competitor can register for a maximum of 8 entries.

  • An entry is defined as one event (ex. Bronze Smooth W/T or Gold Standard W/T/F/Q). For example, you can register for all Bronze events (W/Q and T in Standard, W/T and F in Smooth, C/R and S in Latin, and C/R and S in Rhythm) and use up your 8 entries.

Double Registration

  • Double registration is only permitted in consecutive levels.

  • Double registration is not allowed in syllabus. Specifically, you cannot register for both Newcomer and Bronze, Bronze and Silver, or Silver and Gold in the same style.

  • You may double register starting with Gold. Specifically, you may register for both Gold and Novice, Novice and Pre-Championship, or Pre-Championship and Championship in the same style.

    • The only exception to this rule is the 1-dance events. You may double register for both syllabus and Pre-Championship Viennese Waltz, Paso Doble, and Bolero.

  • Those who are double-registered in scholarship events and make both finals will only be eligible for the higher-level scholarship.


  • We will only be offering Novice events in the International styles this year.

Same-Sex Partnerships

  • All same-sex partnerships will be allowed.

  • Such partnerships must adhere to the same restrictions on registration stated above.

  • Accumulated YCN (Youth and College Network) points will apply regardless of role. For example, if you have pointed out of Silver Standard as a follow, you will not be allowed to lead Silver Standard; you must lead Gold Standard if you want to switch roles.

Other Rules

  • There are no restrictions on age or affiliation. Youth, adult, and non-collegiate competitors are welcome.

Eligibility Rules

YCN Point System

  • BADC uses the YCN point system to determine eligibility for events.

  • A competitor is considered ineligible for a given event if either of the following is true:

    • The competitor has timed out of a particular level. A competitor may only compete in newcomer if less than 6 months has elapsed since the first competition in which they competed newcomer. Similarly, a competitor may only compete in bronze if less than 1 year has elapsed since the first competition in which they competed bronze. No other levels have time-out rules.

    • The competitor has accumulated 7+ YCN points in the majority of dances in an event at a particular level. For example, if Sam has 7 points in Gold Samba, Cha-cha, and Rumba, Sam cannot dance Gold Latin at BADC (S/C/R/J). If Sam only had 7 points in Gold Samba and Rumba, but less in the other two dances, Sam will be permitted to dance Gold Latin.

  • All couples must compete at the level of the more experienced dancer.

    • Ex. If John has 8 points in Silver Standard, and Jane has 2 points, they will not be allowed to dance Silver Standard together as John has placed out.

  • There will be no exceptions made to these eligibility rules. Organizers will proactively notify and remove competitors who have pointed out of a level. If a dancer competes in a level they should not have, they will be disqualified retroactively and their results voided.

If you notice any registered entries that should be ineligible for the level entered, please email us at by 12:00 pm on Sunday, December 1st, 2019, and include a list of relevant published results in your email. We will respond after our registrars have investigated your claims. Any invigilation emails sent after the deadline will be discarded.

TBA Policy

TBA (to-be-assigned) partnerships are allowed. We will do our best day-of to match up all dancers who have not registered with a partner.


Newcomer and Bronze: ISTD Bronze syllabus for International style, USISTD Bronze syllabus for American style. No continuity footwork.

Silver and Gold: ISTD Silver or Gold syllabus respectively for International style, and USISTD, DVIDA, FADS, AMDS Silver or Gold syllabus respectively or any other major syllabus for American style.

Syllabus Viennese Waltz, Paso Doble and Bolero: ISTD Gold syllabus and below for International style, and USISTD, DVIDA, FADS, AMDS Gold syllabus and below or any other major syllabus for American style.

Open: Not restricted to syllabus, but no lifts permitted.

Note on invigilation: Couples who commit an infraction will get a warning in the preliminary rounds. If they still commit the infraction in the final, they will be disqualified.

Costume Policy

Costumes are prohibited in Newcomer and Bronze but are allowed in other levels.

Costumes are defined as:

  • Anything tailored with rhinestones, sequins or feathers.

  • Tail suits, smooth suits and Latin/Rhythm shirts with a slitted front or other such styling.


The organizers reserve the right to remove anyone from the premises for unruly conduct or for violation of any of the rules or guidelines. Flagrant disregard of any of the rules or regulations will result in disqualification and ejection from the competition where necessary.

Refund Policy and Drop Deadline

Should you change your plans for competing after registering, please notify us by Saturday November 9th, 2019. In case of extenuating circumstances, please reach out to us at for an exception. Refunds will not be made if we are notified later than the stipulated deadline.