The Chicagoland Chapter #2001 of USA Dance looks forward to hosting you at the USA Dance
National Qualifying Event at the 2013 Chicago DanceSport Challenge on Friday
to Sunday, November 1–3, at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, 9300 Bryn Mawr Ave.,
Rosemont, Illinois 60018. The Hyatt Regency O'Hare Rosemont Ballroom offers a large 44'
x 72' competition dance floor and a separate 30' x 70' practice dance floor. We invite DanceSport
athletes from all over the USA to compete; and all those who love
ballroom dancing to come watch the competition and enjoy the Friday and Saturday evening
social dancing between events. This is a recognized and sanctioned USA Dance competition; competitors
will be eligible to earn proficiency points. DISCOUNTED ENTRY DEADLINE: Entry forms AND fees must be postmarked by
October 4, 2013.
FINAL ENTRY DEADLINE:
Entry forms AND fees must be received no later than October 25, 2013.
Our Registrar will not be able to consider entries "received" until payment
is received in full. Online registration is available with a credit card at
www.O2CM.com. Please register early and
use a separate entry form for each partnership. REGISTER FOR ALL EVENTS IN WHICH YOU MAY WANT TO DANCE. ADDING EVENTS AT
THE COMPETITION WILL BE LIMITED. After the final registration deadline of October 26, 2012, we will not allow competitors to add any event
that would necessitate adding a round (Ex. a semi to become a quarter-final). Competitors
desiring to add an event at the competition must make their request on a Competition Event
Change Request Form (at registration table for forms) and give it to the Registrar no later
than two  hours prior to the scheduled start time for the event.
Competitors: Please notify the registrar of any errors or cancellations/scratches as soon
as possible; submit scratches on the form mentioned above.
Each competitor must list his/her USA Dance membership number and expiration date on the
Please attach a photocopy of each partner's membership card and, if applicable,
a copy of your student ID. (Note: You may apply for, renew, or upgrade [to Athlete] your
membership online at www.USADance.org/membership or by sending a USA Dance
membership application and fee payment with your entry form.
You can download the form at
CDC 2013 Registration Packet
or call our registrar to have one mailed to you.
Be sure to note the name of your local USA Dance chapter on the application.)
When you arrive, before you compete, one or preferably both members of each partnership must
check in with the registrar.
New $1000 TOP STUDIO AWARD AND $500 TOP TEACHER AWARD will be given
to the Studio and the instructor with the most points for competitor entries,
spectator tickets purchased, workshop tickets purchased, competition program
ads purchased and perimeter floor signs purchased. Register and purchase
tickets under either under your instructor’s name or your studio’s name.
Each competitor must show his/her USA Dance membership card (and
his/her partner's card if necessary) to the Registrar for package pickup.
This competition is run according to the USA Dance 2013 DanceSport Rulebook edition 15.
All competitors should refer to the rulebook prior
to completing the entry form and competing. You may obtain a rulebook at
USA Dance Rulebook.
Every competitor must be an amateur. Every adult competitor, with the exception
of Newcomers*, must be a currently registered DanceSport Athlete member of USA Dance or other
member organization of the IDSF in good standing. Every preteen, junior, and youth competitor
must be a registered Student Athlete member of USA Dance in good standing.
*Couples of which neither member has ever danced as an amateur couple in a ballroom competition
are eligible to dance in Newcomer events [in which only the first 5 steps in a bronze syllabus
are allowed]. Competitors who qualify for Newcomer events may choose to dance in ONLY Newcomer
events or in both Newcomer AND Bronze syllabus events. *Competitors who register for only
Newcomer events must be registered USA Dance members in good standing of any type [Social member,
Ballroom Dancer, or Athlete]. Competitors who sign up for Bronze events must be registered as
Both partners must be eligible for each event they enter and shall not compete in any
classification below the minimum proficiency level for which they are eligible [see Rulebook,
Rule 4.6]. Competitors are responsible for verifying their proficiency points, so please check
your accumulated proficiency points before registering.
Pre-Teen II, Junior I, Junior II and Youth
may dance their age division and one division higher.
Seniors may dance their age division and one division lower.
Per USA DanceSport rules, rest time will be allowed between rounds of any
one event. In the interim, we will run other events, such as the same event
for different age categories. Competitors that register for events in more
than one age category should consider that the events would probably be run
EVENT FORMAT AND ENTRY DIVISIONS
Each event will consist of one, two, three, four, or five dances danced in succession
without leaving the floor. The best-combined score for all dances will determine places
in that event. Awards will be presented to the top six couples in each event. We may
cancel/combine events with fewer than three  entries.
The competition is organized into Syllabus and Open events. Syllabus events are offered
in the following proficiency levels: Newcomer [1st five steps of Bronze], Bronze, Silver
syllabus events will be invigulated using the current USA Dance syllabus list of
elements and restrictions. Penalties may be given without warning for any syllabus
Open events are offered in proficiency levels of Novice, Pre-Championship and
Competitors may enter up to two consecutive proficiency levels in each style or discipline
with the same partner at the minimum level for which they are qualified and one higher,
[Ex. Newcomer and Bronze, Bronze and Silver, Silver and Gold, Gold and Novice, Novice and
Pre-Champ, Pre-Champ and Champ.]
Mixed Proficiency amateur events are offered at all Syllabus levels. Both partners of
this team must be current Athlete members of USA Dance. A Mixed Proficiency couple is defined
as a couple whereby the partners are either (1) different age levels and/or (2) different
proficiency levels. Only the designated partner is judged in Mixed Proficiency partnerships.
Formation Team Events.
[Fun, non-sanctioned event]
Formation Teams consist of a minimum of four couples of any age level, dance style, and
proficiency level. Routines are limited to three minutes plus one minute to enter and leave
the floor. Music must be in CD format labeled with team name and dance style. This is a
non-sanctioned event. No props are allowed and costumes are optional. Music must be given
to DJ two heats before your event. All Adult teams will compete against each other for the $300
Scholarship Championship. All youth teams will compete against each other for the
$300 Schalarship Championship.
Competitors, please be in the ballroom, ready to dance, at least thirty  minutes prior
to the scheduled time for your event(s). You must report to the Deck Captain in the "on-deck
area" two heats before each of your event(s). If you do not take the floor when the MC calls
an event, you may be disqualified.
No lifts are permitted in any division except Freestyle–Showdance.
No props are allowed in any division except Cabaret.
In American Smooth and Rhythm Syllabus events, steps from any recognized published
syllabus are acceptable, including NDCA, ISTD, North Am. Dance Society, Arthur Murray,
Fred Astaire, and Pan-Am. See USA Dance website for a sample syllabus. In Smooth
Newcomer and Bronze events, competitors must use closed footwork; continuity styling
will be penalized.
In International Standard and Latin Syllabus events, only ISTD figures are allowed.
Open-event competitors are not restricted to syllabus; any syllabus steps and above
may be danced.
Costumes are not permitted for the following events: Please refer to the Rulebook for
specific costume regulations.
Newcomer men should wear dark dress pants, white long sleeved shirt
and black tie. Newcomer ladies should wear party dresses or leotard and
skirt without adornment or jewelry.
All proficiency levels. Boys should wear black pants, white long
sleeved shirt, and black tie. Girls should wear leotards and skirts
or party dresses-no rhinestones, adornment or jewelry.
JR, Youth, Adult
Syllabus events. Boys should wear black pants, white
long sleeved shirts and tie (tie optional in Latin) with black vest
optional. Girls should wear party dresses or, for Latin, leotards and
Dresses have to create the Characteristic shape for each discipline and
dresses and make-up have to respect the age and level of dancers.
Costumes are permitted but not required for the following events
[costumes are not a factor in judging]
Novice, Pre-Champ and Championship
Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Novice events
Costumes are recommended: Youth, Adult & Senior, Novice, Pre-Championship, and Championship
Dress for spectators at all competition sessions is dressy casual during the day.
Dressy or semi-formal in the evening sessions.
Competitors and spectators cancelling by October 11 will receive a 75% refund; between
October 11 and October 19 a 25% refund; and after October 21 no refund. Please
allow thirty  days following the competition for us to process and mail any refunds.
The Hyatt is a non-smoking establishment. Do not bring alcoholic beverages into
the ballroom. We have arranged commercial videotaping; however, you may bring your
own video equipment. All video and still cameras must be battery operated; no tripods
or lights are permitted. The ballroom is cool; please dress warmly as no outer-wear
jackets or coats and no large bags or backpacks are permitted in ballroom.
All persons attend this event at their own risk and agree to hold harmless the organizers,
USA Dance and the Hyatt Regency O'Hare from any injury sustained at the event.
Each person is solely responsible for his/her own belongings; the organizers, USA Dance
and the Hyatt Regency O'Hare Chicago Northwest Hotel cannot be held liable for any loss or theft of articles
left in changing rooms, ballroom, hotel rooms, and other event facilities. All persons
agree, unless they notify the organizers otherwise, that USA Dance may use any film, video,
or photograph containing their images as well as their identifying names.