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DSA has recently responded to a growing need for the restructuring of ‘beginner’ competitions. Within the ‘Rules of DanceSport’ there were quite separate provisions / clauses for unrestricted, studio and other unregistered events and competitions. Further, the present ‘2 studio’ limitation on unregistered studio competition had become effectively unworkable in today’s environment. And, the recent innovation of promoters wishing to conduct largely informal events catering for ‘pure’ beginners suggested a change in approach was timely.

Accordingly, DSA has brought together and amended the existing rules, and re-branded and re-defined the present ‘Unrestricted Competition’ rules, and has created a new model for ‘Development Competitions’.

In summary, the new arrangements are -

  1. Studio events are removed from the Present Rule 19.10 (which provided for unregistered events), and are included in a new rule 19.10 creating Development Competitions; the restriction of ‘no more than two studios / teaching facilities’ is removed.

2.    The definition and consequent rules relating to ‘Unrestricted Competitions’ are changed to refer to Development Competitions (Rules 7, 14, 19.10, and 23)

3.    Development competitions become a form of DSA Registered Event that –

  • Are required to be registered with DSA on the prescribed form and carry a DSA fee;
  • Are conducted by DSA approved promoters (or approved promoter groups), including DSA Registered Teaching Facilities.
  • Are restricted to the participation of unregistered individuals and / or DSA Recreational competitors (with or without partners).
  • Exclude participation by DSA amateur or professional division members, except that DSA members may partner participating individuals.
  • May contain events as designated by the promoter, but must contain a schedule of formal Recreational events within the competition program.
  • May allow DSA Recreational Division competitors to participate in events other than Recreational events at the discretion of the promoter.
  • Are subject to DSA’s rules and policies, and acceptance of the jurisdiction of DSA.

with the foregoing description included as DSA Rule 19.10, and the present Rule 19.10 (amended as per item 1 above) re-numbered 19.11 ‘Unregistered Competitions’, with the changes introduced into the 2016 ‘Rules of DanceSport’.

Steve Edwards, Chief Executive Officer, DanceSport Australia

21st December, 2015

We recently announced changes to Rules of DanceSport 11.2 for the Masters Age Groups in which one partner may now be up to 5 years younger. Members and competitors should note that these changes apply to both Amateur and Recreational Divisions. Essentially, Rule 11.2 now says that a  couple competing in Masters I, II or III may consist of one partner being five years younger than the published age division bracket, provided that the other partner is within the age division bracket. For example: A masters 1 couple could consist of one partner being 38, whilst the other could now be 32. 

Feedback from coaches and members, together with some further statistical modelling, has caused a slight re-think in the awarding of ‘participation’ points within the new elevation system. Accordingly, National Council has decided that the term ‘participation points’ should be changed to that of ‘Bonus Points’. For 2015 and until experience with the new process is gained - ‘bonus points’ will apply to Juvenile and Junior competitors only.

The rationale behind this change relates to the limited time that these competitors are in these Age Groups. A Juvenile competitor has, on average, two years to move from C Grade to A Grade and when they move into the Junior Age Group their Grade will reset to C Grade again. It is important that elevation be achievable within the term of Juvenile and Junior so as to provide motivation for achievement. Within the 16 years and over age categories, the same restrictions do not apply, and there are far more event participation opportunities.

All previously announced conditions relating to this category of points remain – the points are style specific, and are allocated once per event. A full review of the ‘bonus’ points’ category will be carried out at a later date. For now, ‘bonus’ points will be allocated as follows -

Type of Event Juveniles & Juniors All Other Age Categories
Competition 5 0
Championship 10 0
National   Championship 20 0

Note: Recreational competitors are awarded ‘participation’ points on a more complex formula, which is unchanged; details can be found on the ‘Project 5000’ web site.

Upcoming DSA Events

21 Jul 2018
QLD - 2018 Just Dance Cairns Ballroom Titles - Competition (DSA Registered)
Kevin & Riana Morellini 0416703414 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
22 Jul 2018
VIC - 2018 ADS Tots to Teens Grand Prix - Competition (DSA Registered)
Lecia Putland 03 9926 1395 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
28 Jul 2018
VIC - 2018 ADS Southern Cross DanceSport Championship (DSA Registered)
Adam Blakey and Susan Porter 03 9926 1394 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
04 Aug 2018
QLD - 2018 Glass House DanceSport Classic - Competition (DSA Registered)
Bronwyn Molloy - 0418 884 005 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
05 Aug 2018
NSW - 2018 Spring Dance Festival - Competition (DSA Registered)
Sue James 02 9979 6453 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
11 Aug 2018
TAS - 2018 DSA Tasmanian Open DanceSport Championship (Proposed)
tasopen.org
18 Aug 2018
NSW - 2018 Hume Regional Festival of Dance (Proposed)
Bec Grulke 0432 031 651
19 Aug 2018
NSW - 2018 FATD Spring Festival - Competition (DSA Registered)
Annmarie Sasso 0412 629 436 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
25 Aug 2018
VIC - 2018 ADS Bendigo DanceSport Classic - Competition (DSA Registered)
Max Baker 03 9926 1395 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
26 Aug 2018
SA - 2018 Open State Title DanceSport Championship (Proposed)
Rhett English 0413 596 644
26 Aug 2018
WA - 2018 DMIA Fremantle Championship (DSA Registered)
David Birrell 0434 930 885 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
01 Sep 2018
VIC - 2018 Geelong Classic DanceSport Festival - Competition (DSA Registered)
Geoff Vine 0408 189 295 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. geelongclassicdancesportfestival.com.au
08 Sep 2018
NSW - 2018 WDC AL Luna Park Ballroom Dancing Championship (DSA Registered)
Mary Barratt-Thompson, Phone: 0412 517 464, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
08 Sep 2018
QLD - 2018 Toowoomba DanceSport Classic (Proposed). NOTE: THERE WILL BE A CHANGE OF DATE DUE TO CLASH WITH LUNA PARK (TBA)
Gayle Ward 0414 893 726, email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
09 Sep 2018
NSW - 2018 DME ArtSport by Ray Rose Champions of the Future League - Development Competition (Proposed)
Mobile: 0412 683 553
15 Sep 2018
VIC - 2018 Wodonga Spring Dance Festival - Competition (DSA Registered)
Sheree Coulthard 0418 578 510 Kylie Romeike 0418 242 058
16 Sep 2018
VIC - 2018 ADS Premiere DanceSport Championship (DSA Registered)
Kym Smith 03 9926 1395 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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16 Sep 2018
WA - 2018 AID Rising Star Championship (DSA Registered)
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Michelle Elders or Pat Taylor 0414 681 567 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
06 Oct 2018
NSW - 2018 Riverina Dance Challenge (Proposed)
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06 Oct 2018
QLD - 2018 ADS Star -Competition (DSA Registed)
James Van Elswyk 0401 034 515 jamescrhythmdanceattitude.com.au

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