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

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

Double registration:

  • Double registration for two levels in the same style is not allowed for Silver and below. You cannot register for both Newcomer and Bronze or Bronze and Silver in the same style.

  • You are allowed to register for both Silver and Gold, Gold and Pre-Championship, or Pre-Championship and Championship in the same style.

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


  • Due to time constraints, we will only be offering Novice events in the International styles this year.

  • If you have ever registered for Championship, or if you have 4+ in Pre-Championship, you are ineligible to register for Novice at BADC.

  • Because the purpose of this event is to serve as a transitional level for couples who have recently pointed out of Gold and are competing with Open choreography for the first time, we will not be making any exceptions to this policy.

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.

  • If you register as a lead in one style, you cannot double-register in the same style as a follow infor another level. In other words, you cannot register to lead Silver Latin and follow Gold Latin; you must lead or follow in both levels.

Other registration rules:

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

  • We strongly encourage competitors to dance at a higher level if they have placed out of three dances in any style at a given level. Please be considerate of your fellow dancers. We will contact anyone whom we deem unfit for the level they are registered for.

Eligibility Rules

The accumulation of 7+ points in an event at a particular level according to the Youth and College Network point system makes a competitor ineligible to compete in that event or level. All couples must compete at the level of the more experienced dancer.

If you notice any registered entries that should be ineligible for the level entered, please email us at by 12:00 pm NOON on Wednesday, November 28th, 2018, and include relevant published results list in your email. We will respond by email 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 and Paso Doble: 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 dropped one place.

Costume Policy

Costumes are prohibited in Newcomer but are allowed in all other levels.

Costumes are defined as:

  • Anything tailored with rhinestones, sequins or feathers

  • Tailsuits and Latin shirts with a slitted front or other such styling


The organizers have the right to eject 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 a mark down of placement or in a disqualification where necessary.

Refund Policy and Drop Deadline

Should you change your plans for competing after registering, please notify us by November 18th, 2018. 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.