Competition Categories

Closed Syllabus Single Dance (Contested) – Proficiency (Non-Contested/Percentile Scored)

All Closed Syllabus events will be invigilated. Any competitor dancing out of category will be penalized or disqualified.

Syllabus figures as posted at are accepted.

Competitors may dance in up to 5 consecutive levels and in 2 age categories.

Adults may “dance down” one age category and Youth may dance Adult A categories.

Open Single Dance Events

There are no syllabus restrictions imposed in Open categories. Competitors may dance in 3 consecutive levels & 2 age divisions

Rising Star Single Dance Events

Competitors may enter a Rising Star Division if they have never won that level in that dance at the Grand Nationals. (Newcomer, Bronze & Silver)

Single Dance Events

Closed, Rising Star & Proficiency Events

Newcomer (Students with less than 1-year NDCA competition experience)

Preliminary, Intermediate & Full Bronze

Preliminary, Intermediate & Full Silver

Preliminary, Intermediate, Full Gold & Gold Advanced

Open Events

Pre-Bronze & Bronze               Gold

Pre-Silver & Silver                     Gold Advanced

Single Dance Age Divisions

Adult Age Divisions          Junior and Pre-Teen

A            19 – 30                  PT – I     9 or less

A-1         31 – 40                  PT – II     10 – 11   

A-2         41 – 50                  JR – I      12 – 13

B-1         51 – 60                  JR – II     14 -15

B-2         61 – 70                  YTH        16 – 18

C-1         71 – 80                 

C-2         81 – 90

D            91 +

Dances Offered

American Smooth: Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Peabody      

International Ballroom: Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep

International Latin: Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive

American Rhythm: Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Bolero, Mambo

Nightclub: Merengue, Samba, Paso Doble, Hustle, WC Swing, Salsa, Arg.Tango Bachata

Solo Showdance & Formations

Exhibitions may be performed in any of the above listed categories including any Novelty or Cabaret routines.

The maximum time allowed is 3 minutes.  There are no restrictions in this category.

Scholarship Events TOTAL VALUE - $52,000

Open Scholarship Events – Cash Prizes

Closed Scholarship – Dance America Merchandise Vouchers

Dance America Scholarship Voucher Awards

Adult Pro-Am Closed Scholarships & Senior Open             1st – $250     2nd – $150     3rd – $100


Cash Scholarship Awards

(must enter a minimum of the same number of single dances per scholarship entered.)

Adult Pro-Am Open Scholarships,10-Dance & 9-Dance      1st – $350     2nd – $200     3rd – $100

See Entry Forms For all available categories