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DSA’s National Council recently reviewed and approved the following changes to the ‘Rules of DanceSport’, effective as from 1st July, 2016.

Rule 28.1                   Music Tempi

The DSA music tempi is amended in the following dances -

Dance (Bars per Min) Present DSA Rule WDC Rule Proposed DSA Rule
Samba 50-52 48 48-52
Rumba 25-27 24 24-27
Paso Doble 60-62 56 56-62

Rule 13.2                             Elevation Points – Recreational Division

                                                The points required to elevate are now altered to 250 (from 300) for the Beginner and Intermediate levels.

Rule 13.6            Elevation Calendar – Recreational Division

Rule 13.6 is now -            In the Recreational Division the competitors ‘Level’ will be assessed at 30th June and 31st December in each calendar year according to the points system.

Rule 13.5 (b)       Bonus Points

(New Rule)

That Rule 13.5 becomes 13.5 (a), and that a new rule 13.5 (b) be added to read –

                                                13.5 (b) Bonus Points – Additional points will be awarded to DSA Amateur Division competitors attending DSA events registered at “Competition” level as follows -       

                                                                ACT, NT, Q’land & Tasmania                        20 Bonus Points

                                                                South Australia                                                 15 Bonus Points

                                                                NSW & West Aust                                            10 Bonus Points

                                                                Victoria                                                                 0 Bonus Points

Rule 12                Rule Title

The descriptive title of Rule 12 now becomes

                                                12. RECREATIONAL and AMATEUR DIVISION EVENTS and NOVELTY EVENTS

Rule 16.5 (a) (i)  Competitors Compliance with Dress Regulations

Rule 16.5 (a) (i) becomes

(i) ‘non-competitive attire’ as defined by the conditions for ‘Optional Simple Dress and Shoes’ regulations as set out on page 4 of the “DSA Restrictions on Competitor Dress”;

Rule 10.2 (b)      Adjudicator Licensees’ Return to Amateur Division

Rule 10.2 (b) is amended to become -

An application for membership in the Amateur Division of competition shall not be granted to any applicant who has been awarded or has held an adjudicators licence in the fifteen (15) years preceding such an application. In the circumstance that permits such an application being granted, then the applicant is to be reinstated at the A Grade level of competition. This rule does not apply to adjudicators who partner competitors in the events defined under rules 24.3 b), c) and d).

 

Montreal, 13 April 2016 Dear colleagues,
    • WADA issued a Notice to Stakeholders regarding meldonium
    • The Notice provides clarification regarding its inclusion on the Prohibited List; existing excretion studies and those underway; and, the results management and adjudication process
  • It reinforces the principle of strict liability for athletes under the World Anti-Doping Code; and, the assessment of fault under the Code that is the duty of the robust Results Management and Adjudication process

Yesterday, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) issued a Notice regarding meldonium to its stakeholders that are primarily signatories to the World Anti-Doping Code (Code). The Notice provides clarification regarding its inclusion on the Prohibited List; existing excretion studies and those that are underway; as well as guidance regarding the results management and adjudication process. “There is no doubt as to the status of meldonium as a prohibited substance,” said WADA President, Sir Craig Reedie. “There is equally no doubt that the principle of strict liability under the Code; as well as, the well established process for results management and adjudication prevail,” he continued. “Since meldonium was prohibited on 1 January of this year, there have been 172 positive samples for the substance, for athletes across numerous countries and sports,” Reedie said. “Concurrently, there has been a call by stakeholders for further clarification and guidance,” he continued. “WADA recognizes this need -- that meldonium is a particular substance, which has created an unprecedented situation and therefore warranted additional guidance for the anti-doping community.”

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

Upcoming DSA Events

21 Oct 2017
VIC - 2017 Wangaratta Dance Festival - Competition (DSA Registered)
Sheree Coulthard 0418 578 510 and Anthony Pepers 0418 989 474
22 Oct 2017
NSW - 2017 Spring Dance Festival - Competition (DSA Registered)
Sue James 02 9979 6453 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. http://www.danceanda.com.au
22 Oct 2017
SA - 2017 Salon Style SA Open DanceSport Championship (DSA Registered)
Sheree Holly 0419 250 660 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
28 Oct 2017
WA - 2017 Livelighter WA Open State DanceSport Championship (DSA Registered)
29 Oct 2017
SA - 2017 ADS Spring Chance 2 Dance (Proposed)
http://www.australiandancingsociety.com.au
04 Nov 2017
NSW - 2017 ADS East Coast Classic National Championship & Australian Pro Am Championship (DSA Registered)
Barry Wall 0410 572 234 or 0447 572 234 http://www.australiandancingsociety.com.au
12 Nov 2017
WA - AID November Cup - Recreational Competition (DSA Registered)
Pat Taylor 0414 681 567 or Adam Penn 0412 361 917 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. http://www.aiddance.org.au
18 Nov 2017
QLD - 2017 QADS Qld DanceSport Titles - Greek Club - Competition (DSA Registered)
Michael Bishop 07 3821 2657 or 0428 117 282, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
25 Nov 2017
QLD - 2017 Cairns Summer DanceSport Classic (Proposed)
http://www.justdancecairns.com.au
25 Nov 2017
VIC - 2017 ADS Nova DanceSport Classic - Competition (DSA Registered)
Adam Blakey or Susan Porter 0418 216 533 or 0409 002 563
26 Nov 2017
NSW - 2017 FATD Summer Dance Festival - Competition (DSA Registered)
Ann Marie Sasso 0412 629 436 http://www.fatd.com.au
26 Nov 2017
SA - 2017 DASA Summer DanceSport (Proposed)
http://www.dasa.asn.au
26 Nov 2017
WA - 2017 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.
03 Dec 2017
NSW - 2017 DME - ArtSport by Ray Rose Champions of the Future League (Proposed)
Neale Byrnes 0412 683 553 http://www.dancemoveengage.org/
03 Dec 2017
WA - 2017 DMIA WA State Medallist Competition - Recreational Competition (DSA Registered)
David Birrell 0434 930 885 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
08 Dec 2017
VIC - 2017 ADS Australian DanceSport Championship (Proposed)
Natalie Lonsdale http://www.australiandancingsociety.com.au

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