1. All persons attending the Maryland DanceSport Championships, whether as spectators, competitors, officials, or guests of the organizer, shall be bound by the National Dance Council of American, Inc. (NDCA) rules, and by participating in this event, automatically become obliged to adhere to them.
  2. No responsibility for loss or theft of articles left in Changing Rooms, Ballrooms, or Hotel Rooms can be accepted by the Organizers, Maryland Dance Sport LLC or by the National Dance Council of America, Inc. and neither can they be held liable for injury sustained by persons attending this event. Everyone attending does so at his or her own risk.
  3. This event may be photographed by video, photography, or other method. All persons attending this event may be photographed and, by their presence, waive any claim related to the use of that photography and the rights of any copyright, privacy or publicity associated with said photography. The Maryland DanceSport Championships and its organizers reserve all print, electronic and broadcast rights and reserve the right to use any and all photography taken at the Maryland DanceSport Championships for future promotional purposes.
  4. Private videotaping is not allowed at any time during the Maryland DanceSport Championships without express permission from the organizers. Violators may be asked to leave the ballroom or have their cameras confiscated until after the competition. Professional videographers and photographers will be available.
  5. Professionals competing in any capacity and amateur couples must be currently registered with the NDCA and supply the organizers with an official registration number on entry forms and upon request.Registration Forms are available from www.NDCA.org or Eleanor Wiblin
    P.O. Box 22018Provo, Utah 84602
    (801) 422-8124
  6. Entry waivers for minors must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.
  7. Entries consist of completed entry form, signed waiver, accounting form (if applicable), and payment in full. Incomplete entries will not be processed. Entries received after January 15th, 2017 will be accepted at the discretion of the organizers if space and time permits.
  8. Registration Deadline: January 15th, 2017 – Please send all completed forms and payment in full made payable to “MARYLAND DANCESPORT”. Personal and studio checks as well as credit cards will NOT be accepted at the competition. Payment must accompany all completed forms no later than January 15th, 2017. Any payments received after the deadline must be made in the form of a money order or cashier’s check.
  9. Cancellation/Refund Policy: Cancellation must be made in writing. Cancellations received prior to January 15th, 2017 will receive a refund by mail no later than 30 days after completion of the event minus a $50 service charge. No refunds will be issued for package and/or entry and/or room reservation cancellations received after January 15th, 2017. Credit or partial credit toward entry fees for the following year, may be considered at the sole discretion of the organizers in cases of emergency only when notified prior to the start of the competition and when accompanied by a physician’s certificate. Canceled entries taken at the event cannot be substituted by another entry and no refund will be made on such a cancellation.
  10. There are no refunds or exchanges on general admission tickets.
  11. Changes or additions to entries after January 15th, 2017 will be accepted at the sole discretion of the organizers.
  12. There will be no substituting of a student with another student during the event.
  13. All entries must be complete and all fees paid before competitor numbers are issued and before competitors are allowed to dance.
  14. The organizers reserve the right to modify the final schedule if necessary. In accordance with NDCA rules, events may commence up to 30 minutes prior to their scheduled time.
  15. Competitors must be in the ballroom 30 minutes before their scheduled heat and in the “on deck” area a minimum of 3 heats before their scheduled heat. Events will not be delayed for latecomers.
  16. Events with less than 3 entries may be canceled or combined across age and/or gender divisions. Prize monies may be reduced in events with less than 3 entries.
  17. The judges’ decisions will be final. No competitor shall question or harass a judge about his or her personal marks.
  18. Marks will be posted at the registration desk and online. Anyone removing posted marks or master scrutineer sheets without permission may be subject to disciplinary action.
  19. All closed events will be invigilated as per the NDCA rule book.
  20. Competitors shall conduct themselves in a civil, sportsmanlike manner at all times while on the competition premises.
  21. The organizers reserve the right to reject entries from competitors who have previously violated rules of conduct at NDCA events.
  22. Additional rules for Pro-Am competitors include:
    • Pre-teens, Juniors, and Youth Pro-Am competitors may dance true age and dance up one age higher.
    • Adult Pro-Am Competitors may enter, in addition to their regular age, two age categories younger than his/her regular age. (i.e. Ladies B can dance in Ladies A3 and Ladies A2 as well as Ladies B). May not dance down to Youth.
    • Pro-Am Competitors may only dance two divisions (i.e. Bronze and Silver levels or Silver and above levels).
    • For each Scholarship event entered, Pro-Am competitors must dance an equal number of single dances in the same style.
    • Ladies and gentleman will be combined for all multi-dance Pro-Am events.
    • Figures used in American style Bronze and Silver competitions are restricted to NDCA-approved figures, elements, and restrictions.
    • Figures used in American style Gold syllabus competitions are restricted to the approved syllabi of member organizations of the NDCA and the official NDCA American-style syllabi.
    • Figures used in International style Bronze, Silver and Gold competitions are restricted to NDCA-approved figures, elements and restrictions.
    • Syllabus figure restrictions do not apply to Adv. Gold or Open events.
    • The Newcomer division is restricted to bronze syllabus.
    • Pre-Teen Pro-Am competitors are restricted to Bronze, Silver and Gold NDCA-approved figures, elements, and restrictions.
    • No continuity style will be permitted in the American Bronze levels.
    • Open divisions are not material restricted.
    • Lifts are not permitted at any time.
    • Maximum of two Solo Exhibitions per student will be accepted. Solo Exhibition must be completed within 3 minutes, music will be faded out. Solo exhibitions critique sheets and scores will be available to studio personnel at the registration desk.
    • Costumes are permitted at any level for Junior, Youth, Adult, and Senior Pro-Am competitors. Pre-Teen competitors must adhere to NDCA Pre-Teen costume requirements.
  23. Additional rules for Amateur competitors include:
    • Amateur competitors must be registered with the NDCA and must provide valid proof of their 2017 registration at the event.
    • An amateur couple’s age classification is determined by: 1) the age of the older partner for Pre-Teen, Junior, Youth, and Adult classifications or 2) the age of the younger partner for Senior classification.
    • Pre-Teen, Junior, and Youth amateur couples may dance up one age category.
    • Senior amateur couples may dance down one age category.
    • Amateur competitors may dance in two consecutive levels per style (ex – Bronze & Silver, not Pre-Bronze & Silver).
    • Mixed Amateur (Singles) events are open to individual amateur Pre-Teen, Junior, or Youth competitors. The single competitor must be partnered by another amateur competitor. The age of the Single competitor shall determine the age level entered and only the Single will be judged.
    • Figures used in American style Bronze and Silver competitions are restricted to NDCA-approved figures, elements, and restrictions.
    • Figures used in American style Gold syllabus competitions are restricted to the approved syllabi of member organizations of the NDCA and the official NDCA American-style syllabi.
    • Figures used in International style Bronze, Silver and Gold competitions are restricted to NDCA-approved figures, elements and restrictions.
    • Pre-Teen competitors are restricted to Bronze, Silver and Gold NDCA-approved figures, elements, and restrictions.
    • No continuity style will be allowed in the American Bronze levels.
    • Lifts are not permitted at any time.
    • Costume requirements are as follows:
      1. All Pre-Teen competitors must adhere to NDCA Pre-Teen costume guidelines
      2. Syllabus dress for Pre-Bronze through Gold
      3. Either “Syllabus” dress or “Open Amateur dress for Novice
      4. “Open Amateur” dress for Pre-Champ and above.
  24. Additional rules for Professional competitors include:
    • Professional competitors must be registered with the NDCA and must provide valid proof of their 2017 registration at the event.
    • Professional Showdance – Due to time limits only 12 solos will be accepted. First come, first serve. Couples will be judged performing a solo routine of their own choice, not to exceed three minutes duration, including walk-on and walk-off music. Therefore, all competitors entering this event must come prepared with their own special music. Lifts are allowed.
    • Novice Division: Professional competitors are eligible to enter the “Novice” division if they have not place in the top 3 of a Rising Star event danced from a semi-final.
  25. The dress code for spectators is as follows: Casual for daytime and dressy for evening.
  26. Smoking is not permitted in the ballroom, foyer, or changing rooms at any time
  27. Top Teacher Requirements:
      • There is no entry fee for Top Teacher.
      • This is a unisex competition.
      • Teachers must have a minimum of 50 Pro-Am entries in order to be eligible for top teacher awards.
      • Point accumulation:

      Pro-Am Adult – 1 or 2 Dance Entries

      1st Place 8 points
      2nd Place 7 points
      3rd Place 6 points
      4th Place 5 points
      5th Place 4 points
      6th Place 3 points
      7th Place 2 points
      8th Place 1 point
      Recall 4 points
      Uncontested 4 points

       

       

       

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      Pro-Am Adult – 3 4 or 5 Dance Entries

      1st Place 20 points
      2nd Place 15 points
      3rd Place 10 points
      4th Place 8 points
      5th Place 6 points
      6th Place 4 points
      7th Place 2 points
      8th Place 2 points
      Recall 5 points
      Uncontested 10 points

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