Events

The Chicago DanceSport Challenge NQE is pleased to offer Newcomer though Championship events in all four competitive styles for Preteen, Junior, Youth, Adult and Senior I-V age divisions.

This year, we will also be offering WDSF Adult Standard, Senior I Standard and Senior II Standard! Please see below for more details.

We will also be offering several non-sanctioned events:

  • Freestyle–Showdance Championship
  • Formation Team Championship: Non-sanctioned event for all Adults
  • Youth Formation Team Championship: Non-sanctioned event for all youth
  • Open Hustle: Open to all competitors and spectators
  • Swing Jack 'N Jill: Open to all competitors and spectators
  • Salsa Jack 'N Jill: Open to all competitors and spectators

  • Additionally, for the first time in CDC history, we will be offering a four dance Team Match even with a cash prize! Please see the Team Match page for more details.

    WDSF Events
    We are excited to offer registrants a first-time opportunity to compete in WDSF events in Adult Standard, Senior I Standard and Senior II Standard. Anyone registering for these events must present their current WDSF card at check-in.

    Teacher-Student (T-S)
    A teacher (pro or amateur) may dance with his or her students. Both the teacher and the student must be Athlete members of USDA Dance. The teacher can be a member of both NDCA and USA Dance as far as USA Dance is concerned. The Student is the only partner judged. The Teacher must be a DanceSport Adult or DanceSport Professional Athlete. The Student will be judged against other Students in the same age, sex and proficiency level categories that are also dancing with Teacher partners. A Teacher may partner with multiple Students in multiple age divisions, levels and disciplines but not the same event with more than one Student. A T-S couple may not compete together as a couple in qualifying events for Nationals.

    The following definitions and rules apply for Teacher Student couples in the 2017 USA Dance Chicago DanceSport Challenge:

    Student:

  • The Student must be a USA Dance Athlete member in good standing and may be of any age and either sex.
  • The Student is the only partner judged.
  • Teacher:

  • The Teacher may be of any age and either sex, regardless of the age and sex of the Student.
  • The Teacher is not judged.
  • The Teacher must be either a USA Dance Athlete or Professional Athlete member in good standing.
  • A Teacher may partner with multiple Students in multiple age divisions, levels and disciplines but not the same event with more than one student, per the rules of entry and registration.
  • Eligible Events:

  • The event eligibility rules apply only to the age, sex, and proficiency level of the Student.
  • The Student will be judged against other Students in the same age, sex, and level categories that are also dancing with Teacher partners.
  • Otherwise, all the eligibility rules of the Chicago DanceSport Championship apply to entries by T/S couples.
  • A T/S couple may not compete in other events as a non-T/S couple.
  • However, the Student may enter other events with other amateur partners that are not dancing as a Teacher, and the standard rules will apply to those entries.
  • If the Teacher Partner is an amateur DanceSport Adult Athlete, then they have all the options available to them as any other amateur DanceSport Adult Athlete, with their regular partner.
  • Same-Sex Events
    A Same-Sex couple is comprised of either a male/male partnership or female/female partnership of DanceSport Athletes.

    Rules for Same-Sex Events:
    2.2.28
    Same-Sex Couple is comprised of either a male/male partnership or female/female partnership of DanceSport Athletes.
    3.4.2
    USA Dance will allow same-sex couple events at all USA Dance competitions.
    3.4.2.1
    Competition organizers will have the option of including these events.
    3.4.2.2
    Male/male events will be run separately from female/female events, except if there are fewer than 3 couples in those events, in which case the events may be combined.
    3.4.2.3
    Same sex events need not be restricted by age categories or proficiency levels.
    3.4.2.4
    Athletes competing in same sex events must follow Dress Regulations per rule 3.11.
    Rulebook references may be reviewed in Rules section.

    Formation Team Events (Fun, non-sanctioned event)
    Formation Teams consist of a minimum of four USA Dance social member 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, and all youth teams will compete against each other for the Schalarship Championship.

    Competitors, please be in the ballroom, ready to dance, at least thirty (30) 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 for that event.