Levels and Structures
As of 2014 the rules of DanceSport Competition have changed. If you are completely new to DanceSport Competition you will enter in Division R. R stands for "Recreational"
There are 3 divisions in DanceSport: Recreational, Amateur and Professional. Each division has its own grading system.
For Recreational and Amateur there are 3 grades, Bronze, Silver and Gold or A, B & C respectively.
To move from one grade to the next you must earn elevation points within your level. To earn points, you need to win competitions and the number of points earned varies from one competition to another.
The main difference between Amateur and Recreational is the costume requirements and the restricted syllabus. In the Recreational Division there is no formal costume requirement - attire is restricted to "street wear". For more info on dress requirements click here. In the Amateur Division, once you enter C grade, you are required to wear dancesport costume. This new Recreational Division makes dancesport competition much more affordable and accessible to everyone.
Age group events are restricted to couples who meet the following age restrictions.
- Juvenile - Both partners must be under 13 years
- Junior - Older partner must be over 12 years and under 16 years, the younger partner must be under 16 years of age. If you have ever competed as an Adult, you can no longer join the Junior Field. (unless permission is granted).
- Youth - Older partner must be under 21 years of age and at least 16 years of age. Younger partner must not be less than 12 years of age.
- Adult - Younger Partner must be at least 16 years of age, older partner must be 16 years and over.
- Masters I - Both partners must be at least 35 years of age.
- Masters II - Both partners must be over 50 years of age.
- Masters III - Both partners must be over 60 years of age.
Click here to view the comprehensive Rules of DanceSport in Australia