GENERAL INFORMATION

Sportsmanlike Behaviour

Persons attending this DanceSport event, whether as spectators or as competitors, are bound by USA Dance rules. Participants of this event are obligated to adhere to these rules and may be asked to leave the ballroom and the competition at the discretion of the organizer if caught not obeying these rules. This includes the rules of good sportsmanship, and any competitor, coach, family member, or spectator who is asked to leave the competition because of poor behavior WILL NOT receive a refund for their tickets or entries.

  • No food or drink may be brought onto the dance floor.
  • NO DANCE AIDS such as soap flakes or dance wax may be placed on the dance floor and no water or soda may be put on the floor/carpet by the on-deck area or any other area of the ballroom.
  • There is no smoking allowed in any portion of this hotel.
  • The organizer, USA Dance, is not responsible for the loss or theft of personal property left in the changing rooms, event facilities, or hotel rooms.
  • Furthermore, the organizers cannot be held liable for injury sustained by persons attending this event.
  • All participants attending this event do so at their own risk.
  • All events will be run in accordance with USA Dance DanceSport rules.
  • Competitors must be athlete members of USA Dance and in good standing. Competitors must be prepared to show proof of their current membership upon request.
  • Competitors agree to be bound by USA Dance DanceSport rules.
PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEOGRAPHY GUIDELINES
  • Spectator photography and videotaping are allowed at this event.
 ALL filming/photographing must be done from one’s seat or from one of the USA Dance-designated camera areas in the back of the South and West areas of the ballroom.

ONLY video/camera operators with a VISIBLY-DISPAYED SPECIAL PERMIT issued by USA Dance Inc. may position cameras or be positioned on or along the dance floors or aisles, or in any location that could obstruct the audience's line of sight.

  • Unipods, bipods, and tripods may only be used in the USA Dance-designated areas for photography; they are not to be used at one's seat.
  • In order not to obstruct one's neighbor’s view, only 6" or smaller lenses will be allowed.
  • There is to be no flash of any sort used during this event.
  • All photos/videos taken must be for personal use, and USA Dance does not license anyone to take photos for resale or other means of compensation without a special permit issued by USA Dance Inc.
  • Please note: Professional photographers/videographers and approved members of the Press/News Media and Film Crews must have a special visibly-displayed permit from USA Dance Inc. to shoot from the floor and other areas in and outside of the ballroom. These permits will be issued only by USA Dance Public Relations.
Consequences

The organizer reserves the right to expel any individual from the facility for unruly or unsportsmanlike behavior. Furthermore, competitors violating USA Dance rules, or who are guilty of misconduct or unsportsmanlike like behavior, will be disqualified from the competition and subject to disciplinary action. Those coaches, family members, or spectators who exhibit unsportsmanlike behavior may be asked to leave the competition and no refund of any fees will be forthcoming.

About USA Dance
We are organized and operate exclusively for charitable and educational purposes and are approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a Section 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.  USA Dance is a Virginia Corporation and is registered with the State Division of Consumer Affairs, Commonwealth of Virginia, PO Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23209, Telephone (804) 786-2042, as a charitable organization authorized to solicit and receive donations from the public.

Our mission is to improve the quality and the quantity of ballroom dancing in the United States.

In furtherance of its educational and charitable purposes and goals, USA Dance:

  1. Serves as the National Governing Body for DanceSport, the competitive version of ballroom dancing, in the United States subject to the statutes of: a) the World DanceSport Federation (WDSF); b) the United States Olympic Committee (USOC); and c) the Amateur Sports Act of the United States Congress;
  2. Organizes and supports programs for the recreational enjoyment of ballroom dancing by all ages and creates affordable opportunities for the general public to participate in ballroom dancing and DanceSport;
  3. Promotes DanceSport as a sport both nationally and internationally and fosters its inclusion in the Olympic and Pan American Games;
  4. Organizes and supports DanceSport events internationally and nationally, including national, regional and local competitions;
  5. Selects the DanceSport Athletes to represent the United States in the WDSF World DanceSport Championships and the World Games and helps to finance their participation;
  6. Promotes and supports ballroom dance programs in colleges and secondary schools;
  7. Applies special programs to attract beginners to ballroom dancing and to both encourage and assist these dancers in meeting their goals;
  8. Emphasizes to the public the healthful aspects of ballroom dancing including its physical, mental and social benefits;
  9. Organizes and supports programs to increase the number of dancers and to assist in the elevation of dancing skills for both competitors and recreational social dancers.

 Since our inception in 1965 we have grown to 154 chapters.  There are chapters in every state of the Union and we have over 12,000 members ranging in age from 7 to 100.

 We focus on educational programs for the public about the healthful aspects of recreational and competitive ballroom dancing.  These programs emphasize the physical, mental, and social benefits of dancing and include the expansion of dancing skills among those of all ages and capabilities.

USA Dance is a nationwide nonprofit corporation of thousands of volunteers who love ballroom dancing and appreciate the excitement and romance – as well as the social and health benefits – that ballroom dancing brings into their lives.

 Demographics:

  • 154 chapters nationwide
  • 12,236 members
  • 1,128 youths (under 18)

Some Charities we work with:

  • Dancing for the Cure
  • Wounded Warriors
  • Various Food Banks across the country
  • Association of Retarded Citizens
  • American Cancer Society
  • Alzheimer’s Assoc
  • Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Various Children's Hospitals
  • Toys for Tots
  • Various Veterans Organizations

Competitions:

Each year, USA Dance sanctions over 30 national, regional, and local dance competitions.    These competitions are organized on the local level by our chapters, the regional level by experienced competition organizers, and on the National level by the Nationals Organizing Committee of USA Dance.

National champions are selected and USA Dance then helps to finance their participation in the WDSF World DanceSport Championships and World Games – which are held for Olympic-recognized sports that are not yet in the Olympic Program.

At the grass roots level in communities, colleges, and secondary schools all over the country, USA Dance provides opportunities for the public to engage in affordable competitive dancing.  Beginners are welcomed; our thousand plus volunteers will help get them started and then assist them in achieving their goals.

Objective:

USA Dance is using sponsorship as a major source of funding for the promotion of competitive ballroom dancing internationally.  Building and strengthening your organization’s brand through effective visibility is one of the key essentials to sponsoring our event.

Sponsorship will serve the interest of these constituent groups:

  • The business interest of the sponsoring company
  • The event, its participants, and the USA Dance membership
  • The sponsor’s direct consumers

 Brand Positioning:

The USA Dance Marketing Committee is committed to identifying and securing branding opportunities for sponsors to expand their business into the dance community.  Through skillful use of brand positioning, USA Dance will help to open up new markets and maximize media exposure for your products and services.

Sponsorship goals include:

  • Maximizing your company’s brand awareness
  • Increasing brand loyalty
  • Reaching new potential customers
  • Introducing new products or services

For questions or additional information about USA Dance, contact our Central Office at 800-447-9047 or by email at central-office@usadance.org.