RULES: This championship will be run in accordance with the USA Dance DanceSport Rulebook, 2016 that took effect December , 2016. You can download the rulebook, which contains several revisions, at USA DanceSport Rulebook. The Rulebook includes the revised Dress Code Regulations.



**All athletes who competed at the 2016 California State DanceSport Championships have qualified to compete at 2017 Nationals in the same partnership and in the same event(s) in which they participated at this NQE. The 65% rule is not applicable to the NorCal NQE. The list above includes this qualification.

**All athletes who compete in the Senior IV National Championships at the 2017 Mid-Atlantic NQE have qualified to compete in the Senior III event in the same style and proficiency level at 2017 Nationals. The list above includes this qualification.


  • If your name is not on this list, you have either not qualified in any events or you registered without a valid USA Dance Membership.
  • This list is current as of Mid-Atlantic Championships (Feb 19, 2017).
  • If you qualified with a second partner in a particular event, that will not appear on this list.
  • This list only shows exact events (age, skill) danced. It does not show if you qualify to age-up due to rule

For any of the above issues, you need to contact registrar@usadancenationals.com to have this list updated.

Please read the newest version of the rulebook carefully and comply with the rules when registering (e.g., determining which proficiency level and age level events you are eligible to dance), preparing for the comp (e.g., conforming with the updated dress code), competing (e.g., allowed or disallowed steps), and afterwards (e.g., interpreting your scores; tracking any proficiency points you earn).


To be eligible to compete at the USA Dance 2017 National DanceSport Championship, competitors must meet the following requirements:

A. Membership
B. National Qualifying Events
C. 65%*
D. Year of Birth/Age of Category
E. Residency

A. MEMBERSHIP: Each competitor must be a current DanceSport Athlete member in good standing of USA Dance. Please note: in 2013 we went to an annual membership format. Memberships will be renewed in January and will be good for the entire year until December 31. Please make sure that you have updated/renewed your membership prior to your arrival at the event. You can renew your membership at: www.usadance.org.  You will not be able to renew your membership at Nationals. Bring your membership card or renewal receipt showing the expiration date to the event. Your membership card will no longer be mailed to you but may be printed from the membership website.

B. NATIONAL QUALIFYING EVENTS: Each couple must have competed in any one of the following USA Dance National Qualifying Events held between April 2016 and March 2017.

  • *New England DanceSport Championships, May 13 - ned
  • *Summer Sizzler - NJ Dancesport Classic, Jun 11 -  wsz

  • *Gumbo DanceSport Championship, Jun 24 - scr

  • *Carolina Fall Classic, Sep 30 - hpc

  • *Chicago DanceSport Challenge, Oct 28 - chi

  • *California State Dancesport Championships, Dec 3 - csc

  • *Manhattan Amateur Classic, Jan 13 - mac

  • *Southeastern DanceSport Championhips, Feb 3 - sed
  • *Mid Atlantic Championships, Feb 18 - ser

C. 65%: You must have finished in the top 65% of dancers in the event(s) you entered in an NQE and that you plan on entering at Nationals.** In addition, you must have competed in the same partnership and in the same event (style/age/proficiency level) in an NQE that you, the Athlete Couple, intends to enter in the USA Dance National DanceSport Championships. Should you age out of a Pre-Teen - Youth category, or age into one of the Senior age categories, you will be allowed to dance up into your new age grouping. However, you will still only be qualified to dance in the proficiency levels in which you competed and achieved the 65% cut off.  



Classification of Ages Based on Year of Birth Year of the Competition: 2017
Year of Birth
Pre-Teen I (9 or less) 2008 or later
Pre-Teen II (10 or 11) 2006 or 2007
Junior I (12 or 13) 2004 or 2005
Junior II (14 or 15) 2002 or 2003
Youth (16, 17 or 18) 1999 - 2001
Under 21 (16 - 20) 1997 - 2001
Adult (19+) 1998 or before
Senior I (one member must be 35+ and the other may be 30+) 1982 or before & 1987 & before
Senior II (one member must be 45+ and the other may be 40+) 1972 or before & 1977 & before
Senior III (one member must be 55+ and the other may be 50+) 1962 or before & 1967 & before

NOTE: If either member of any competitive couple is found to be dancing in an age category for which s/he is not eligible, the couple will be disqualified for all out-of-age-category events entered.

E. RESIDENCY: A couple is eligible to enter the USA Dance National Championships if:

Both athletes are U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents


One athlete is a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident or Non-Resident Alien, with 6 months minimum residency, and the other athlete has appropriate legal documents allowing him/her to travel out of and back into the United States


One athlete is a U.S. citizen with family residency in the United States but is outside of the country for an extended period in a university or dance training program and the other athlete has appropriate legal documents allowing him/her to travel out of and back into the United States


Both athletes have been legally residing in the United States for a period of not less than six (6) months immediately preceding the date of the USA Dance National DanceSport Championships and have appropriate legal documents allowing them to travel out of and back into the United States


Neither athlete shall have represented another country or competed in another country's national championship within the last eight (8) months, OR a letter of release is received from the original WDSF member body allowing him/her to dance for the USA.


For Championship Standard, Latin, and 10-Dance competitors, both members of each couple must demonstrate proof of citizenship prior to registration check-in.

Documents we WILL accept to meet this requirement include any one of the following:

  • United States birth certificate
  • United States passport
  • A Foreign Passport with supporting US Issued Immigration documents

Documents we WILL NOT accept to meet this requirement:

  • Driver’s license
  • Social Security card
  • Military identification
  • Utility bill
  • A non-U.S. birth certificate.

If both members of a couple have foreign passports, the couple will have to provide:

  • Copies of both foreign passports with supporting US Immigration documents AND
  • Proof of legal residence in the United States for a period of not less than 6 months immediately preceeding the date of the USA Dance National DanceSport Championships

Any competitors who wish to submit this documentation prior to the event may do so by either scanning and emailing or mailing/overnighting copies of the required documents to the following address:

Sterling Sightler
872 Nelson Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Phone: 225-205-8573
Email: registrar@usadancenationals.org