DSA Rule Amendments – June, 2018

 We’ve had feedback on our earlier decision to restrict participation in the recreational division to recreational registrants only, designed to prevent unfairness where recreational competitors were allowed to partner with unregistered individuals and with accredited DSA members. This has led to reported unintended consequences in recreational participation and in some studios’ operations. DSA Rule amendments - effective 1st June, 2018 - will alleviate the principal participation issue and clarify some related areas that were previously not well defined.

These changes better define rules which permit non-accredited people to partner competitors in Recreational Division events. The principal still holds that all participants in registered Dancesport events must be registered with DSA, with exceptions for novelty and other specifically exempted events. Additionally, it was found that the current rules make no provision for “Individual” events in the Recreational Division – i.e. Best Boy / Girl / Male/ Female and similarly titled events. As a consequence, these events have been seen as being in the Teacher / Student category, and, whilst the Teacher/ Student category of events has gained acceptance since its introduction, the initial rules (Rule 24) did not match the intended outcomes.

Thus, changes to DSA’s ‘Rules of DanceSport’ have been introduced with effect from 1st June, 2018. The details can be accessed by clicking here 

Please note also that DSA Policy No CR 017.1 – ‘Pro / Am and Teacher / Student Guidelines’ is withdrawn, where the foregoing (and earlier) rule changes make this ‘guideline’ redundant.

Steve Edwards - CEO - DanceSport Australia