Competition Categories

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Pro/Am & Student/Student

One-Dance Events

Age Divisions Junior: 15 & under, Youth: 16–18, “A”: 19–30, “A1”: 31–40, “A2”: 41–50, “B1”: 51–60, “B2”: 61–70, “C1”: 71–80, “C2”: 81 & over.

Dance Selections (Closed & Open)
American Smooth

Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz

American Rhythm

Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Bolero, Mambo, Merengue, Samba, Hustle, West Coast Swing, Salsa

International Ballroom

Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Viennese Waltz

International Latin

Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive

Available Levels
Closed Events

Restricted Syllabus. Competitors may dance in three consecutive levels and in two age groups (adults may dance down one age level, juniors may dance up one age level). A standard judge will observe all restricted closed one-dance and three-dance events. Competitors committing Infractions may be penalized or disqualified.

  • Newcomers Bronze
  • Pre Bronze
  • Intermediate Bronze
  • Full Bronze
  • Pre Silver
  • Intermediate Silver
  • Full Silver
  • Pre Gold
  • Intermediate Gold
  • Full Gold
  • Gold Advanced
Open Events

Unrestricted Syllabus Competitions. Syllabus figure restrictions do not apply in the Open events. Competitors may dance in two consecutive levels and two age divisions.

  • Open Pre Bronze
  • Open Bronze
  • Open Pre Silver
  • Open Silver
  • Open Gold
  • Open Gold Advanced

Solo Exhibitions

Age divisions are the same as for single dances. Maximum time allowed: 2.5 minutes. Music will fade out after allotted time. Syllabus step restrictions do not apply to Solo Exhibitions. One routine in any one division. Maximum of 2 routines total per student. For all solo exhibitions music must be supplied on CD.

Showcase

Students dancing with 2 or more professionals

Cabaret – Theatre Arts:

Any dance, can include lifts and interpretive choreography

American Style  -  Any and All Dances (indicate if Medley)
International Style  -  Any and All Dances (indicate if Medley)
*Open Pro/Am Show-Routine Championship

This is a one age Unisex event. See CDF rules and guidelines.

Pro/Am Scholarship Championships

A student may enter 2 age divisions in the “Closed” and “Open” Scholarship Championships and may dance up one level (example, Bronze and Silver or Silver and Open). NOTE: Previous winners of a Can-Am Closed Bronze 3-Dance event are not eligible to compete again in the same event in any age level. In order to enter a Scholarship, a student must dance single dances in that same category.

Closed Three-Dance Championships (Restricted syllabus)

Closed Scholarship Awards: 1st — $250, 2nd — $150, 3rd — $100, 4th–6th – $50 Can-Am Vouchers
Age Divisions: (Ladies & Gents combined) “A” – 16–35, “B” – 36–50, “C” – 51–64, “SR” – 65 and up

American Rhythm

Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing
Bronze — Silver Syllabus

American Smooth

Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot
Bronze — Silver Syllabus

International Latin

ChaCha, Rumba, Samba
Bronze — Silver Syllabus

International Ballroom

Waltz, Tango, Quickstep
Bronze — Silver Syllabus

Open Scholarship Championships (No syllabus restrictions)

Open Scholarship Awards: 1st — $500, 2nd — $300, 3rd — $200, 4th–6th – $100 Can-Am Vouchers
Age Divisions: (Ladies & Gents combined) “A” – 16–35, “B” – 36–50, “C” – 51–64, “SR” — 65 and up

Open American Rhythm

5 Dance
Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Bolero, Mambo

Open American Smooth

4 Dance
Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz

Open International Latin

5 Dance
ChaCha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive

Open International Ballroom

5 Dance
Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Slow Foxtrot, Quickstep

World Pro/Am DanceSport Series Championships

Age Divisions: (Ladies & Gents combined) “A” – 16–35, “B” – 36–50, “C” – 51 and up (only one age level permitted)

Open American Rhythm

5 Dance
Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Bolero, Mambo

Open American Smooth

4 Dance
Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz

Closed Bronze/Silver Am. Rhythm

3 Dance
Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing

Closed Bronze/Silver Am. Smooth

3 Dance
Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot

Open International Latin

5 Dance
ChaCha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive

Open International Ballroom

5 Dance
Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Slow Foxtrot, Quickstep

Closed Bronze/Silver Int’l Latin

3 Dance
ChaCha, Rumba, Samba

Closed Bronze/Silver Int’l Ballroom

3 Dance
Waltz, Tango, Quickstep

Can-Am DanceSport Gala is proud to be a World Pro/Am DanceSport Series event. Participation at the Can-Am will earn you points to determine your Regional and National Ranking and will score towards the selections for the Team Match at the Ohio Star Ball. The Can-Am is located in Region 7. We invite competitors who reside in any other region to use your accumulated $100 vouchers for up to 50% of your entry fees (maximum 3 vouchers per student) at the Can-Am DanceSport Gala Championships. The top twenty students at the Can-Am will receive a DanceSport Series gold pin and a $100 voucher that can be used towards competition entry fees at any other Series event during the year, located in a region other than your own. Anyone can enter these events whether accumulating Series points or not. Please go to www.dancesportseries.com for more information about the point system and rules.

Amateur Couples

Multi-Dance Competitions

Youth and Senior Competitors may also enter Adult event. All Amateurs may dance up one level.

American Smooth

Novice 2-Dance: Waltz, Tango
Novice 2-Dance: Foxtrot, V. Waltz
Can-Am Open Championship 4-Dance**
Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz

American Rhythm

Novice 2-Dance: Cha Cha, Rumba
Novice 2-Dance: Swing, Mambo
Can-Am Open Championship 5-Dance**
Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Bolero, Mambo

Int’l Ballroom

Bronze 3-Dance* (Adult, Senior I)
Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep
Silver 3-Dance* (Adult, Senior I)
Waltz, Tango, Quickstep
Gold 4-Dance* (Adult, Senior I)
Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep
Pre-Championship 4-Dance (Adult, Senior I, Senior II)
Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep

Championship

Championship 5-Dance (Youth, Under 21, Senior I, II & III)
Waltz, Tango, V. Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep
Can-Am Open Championship 5-Dance**
Waltz, Tango, V. Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep

Int’l Latin

Bronze 3-Dance* (Adult, Senior I)
Cha Cha, Rumba, Jive
Silver 3-Dance* (Adult, Senior I)
Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba
Gold 4-Dance* (Adult, Senior I)
Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Jive
Pre-Championship 4-Dance (Adult, Senior I)
Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Jive

Championship

Championship 5-Dance (Youth, Under 21, Senior I)     Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive
Can-Am Open Championship 5-Dance**
Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive

*Syllabus only. Infractions will be penalized.

**Scholarship Prize Money — 1st.- $800, 2nd.- $600, 3rd.- $400, 4th.- $300, 5th.- $200, 6th.- $200. Scholarship awards given and amateur cheques will be distributed according to the rules of the country of origin of the couple. The top three (3) ranking couples in each division are awarded the “Can-Am DanceSport” Gold, Silver & Bronze Medallions.

Junior Amateur Couples

Junior Age Divisions: Juvenile – under 12, Junior – 12–15

Multi-Dance Competitions

International Ballroom

International Latin

Pre-Bronze 2-Dance*
Waltz, Quickstep
Bronze 3-Dance*
Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep
Silver 3-Dance*
Waltz, Tango, Quickstep
Gold 4-Dance*
Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep
Pre-Championship
4-Dance
Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep
Championship
5-Dance
Waltz, Tango, V. Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep
Pre-Bronze 2-Dance*
Cha Cha, Jive
Bronze 3-Dance*
Cha Cha, Rumba, Jive
Silver 3-Dance*
Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba
Gold 4-Dance*
Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Jive
Pre-Championship
4-Dance
Cha-Cha, Samba, Rumba, Jive
Championship
5-Dance
Cha-Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive

Professional Events

Theatre Arts/Cabaret Championship

Individual routines only

  • 1st – $1,200
  • 2nd – $800
  • 3rd – $500
  • 4th – $300
  • 5th – $200
  • 6th – $200

Show-Routine Championships

Individual routines only

  • 1st – $1,200
  • 2nd – $800
  • 3rd – $500
  • 4th – $300
  • 5th – $200
  • 6th – $200

Rising Star Championships

  • 1st – $800
  • 2nd – $600
  • 3rd – $500
  • 4th – $300
  • 5th – $200
  • 6th – $200

International Ballroom
Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep
International Latin
Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive
American Smooth
Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz
American Rhythm
Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Bolero, Mambo

Open Professional Events

Can-Am Open Professional Championships

  • 1st – $2,200
  • 2nd – $1,600
  • 3rd – $1,250
  • 4th – $1,000
  • 5th – $750
  • 6th – $500

The organizers will award $200 per couple reaching the semi-final but not advancing to the final in the Can-Am Open Championships provided a quarter final is required.
International Ballroom
Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep
International Latin
Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive
American Smooth
Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz
American Rhythm
Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Bolero, Mambo

Professional Competitions note: Finalists in the Professional Open Events will be introduced separately and enter the floor from the stage to dance a 45 sec. solo. (Within your division).

All prize money in Canadian Funds. Recognized by Canadian DanceSport Federation (CDF).Sanctioned by NDCC, member od WDC.