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Rules: (updated 5/3)

Unless otherwise stated, all contests will have a tempo range between 190-240 bpm


Amateur: An amateur dancer has not placed in the top 3 placements in any national level competition. 

Examples of national level competitions: CalBal, Camp Hollywood, ILHC, ABW, Asia Balboa Classic, ESDC, etc. 

Regional Competitions: please use discretion about placing high in a regional competition and consider entering the Open category instead of Amateur. 

Switch Contest: Both partners must demonstrate dancing in the lead and follow role.

Open Strictly: Open to any *couple* except:

Couples that have placed in the top 3 placements at a national competition and teaching partners are NOT allowed to dance TOGETHER AS PARTNERS in this competition. They are encouraged to dance wtith a different partner and even consider dancing with an amateur level partner. This will not be monitored, so please be careful and honest when you register.



Open/Amateur Crossover Mix & Match

Prelims: Open & Amateur individuals will dance in separate prelims. Amateurs will dance with amateurs and advanced will dance with advanced. The top 3 leads & top 3 follows will be selected in each category. Prelims will have a minimum of 3 songs in each heat.

Finals: Finalists from the Advanced Mix & Match prelims will randomly draw a finalist from the Amateur Mix & Match prelims to dance with. The paired advanced dancer and amateur dancer will be judged as a couple in the final crossover round. 


Switch Contest

Prelims: This is a couple contest, sign up with a partner. Each couple will dance no less than 3 songs in each heat.

1st song: Partner "A" leads, and partner "B" follows

2nd song: Partner "B" leads, and partner "A" follows

3rd song: Partners are encouraged to switch roles throughout the song.

Finals: Couples will dance a warm-up all-skate where each partner leads for one song and follows for one song. Each couple will dance a 90-second spotlight (or dual spotlight) while switching roles. Couples must switch roles at least two times within their spotlight.


Open Balboa Strictly

*Please read the rules*

Prelims: Couples will dance to no less than 3 songs in heats.

Finals: Couples will dance in 90-second spotlights (medium/fast tempo) without a warm-up song, then dance a fast (~260 bpm) all-skate at the end.


Invitational Mix & Match

Finals: Invited dancers will randomly draw a partner and be judged as a couple. Each couple will go straight to a dual spotlight (no warm-up) where they dance with one other couple in a phrase battle. They will dance one chorus together with both couples "A" & "B", one chorus with just couple "A", one chorus with just couple "B", and one more chorus with bother couple "A" & "B".  All couples will dance a final all skate that is not judged. 

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