General Rules



The Extreme DanceSport Invitational will abide by rules and regulations governing competitions and championships recognized by the National Dance Council of America, Inc. Some of the NDCA rules that directly apply to amateur competitors, along with additional rules are as follows:

  1. ALL COMPETITOR AND SPECTATORS must have an admission ticket for the day.

  2. A couple is defined in the traditional Ballroom Genre and in all dance genres included in championships, competitions, and events sanctioned by the National Dance Council of America, Inc. as a leader and follower without regard to the sex or gender of the dancer. This rule applies to all classifications of dancers.

  3. No couple is exempt from competing in any round. Any couple who fails to appear at the scheduled time for the first round of any event will be disqualified from the event.

  4. No entry may be accepted that does not include any required entry fee. 

  5. No person may compete in an age classification lower than their own. A couple’s age classification eligibility is defined as the age of the older partner. However, this definition does not allow the younger member of the partnership to dance up two age levels. Specifics are listed below:



Age Category Classifications


Age classifications will become effective on the individual’s actual birthday. On a year where a competitor is going to move from one classification to the next they may make this change anytime during a 60-day period that begins 30 days prior to their birthday and ends 30 days following their birthday.

  • Pre-Teen: 11th birthday or less

  • Junior: 12th through 15th birthday

  • Youth: 16th, 17th or 18th birthday

  • Adult: 19th birthday or greater


The following designations will be used for the syllabus categories. The following categories will be used for competitors who are in the following grades this school year:

  • Elementary School: Grades K – 6

  • Junior High School: Grades 7 – 9

  • High School: Grades 10 – 12

  • Adult: Graduated high school


Youth competitors turning 19 years of age during the school year may still dance in the Youth or High School age categories until they have graduated from high school.

Elementary school competitors may not dance in the High School category even if partnered by a Junior High or High School competitor.

Junior High competitors may dance up one designation to the High School category, but only as defined in entry restrictions below.




Entry Restrictions

  1. Competitors who dance in a syllabus event may not dance in any open event of the same style, and vice versa.

  2. Competitors dancing in a Newcomer event may not dance in any open event in any style, and vice versa.

  3. Competitors may dance up one age classification only in each competition style.

  4. All competitors may dance in a maximum of three events in a particular dance style, but only two in a given age category.. For example, a Youth competitor may compete in Youth Pre-Championship, Youth Championship, and one Adult category, but an Adult woud not be able to do Adult Novice, Adult Pre-Championship, and Adult Championship.

  5. A competitor is eligible to dance in the “Syllabus”, “Novice” or “Pre-Championship” classifications until they accumulate three proficiency points. Please refer to the NDCA rulebook for point accumulation information.

  6. All international style syllabus competitions are restricted to the ISTD Bronze, Silver & Gold syllabus. Newcomer and American style syllabus events may use any syllabus from member organizations of the NDCA as well as BYU. A competitor is eligible to dance in the “Newcomer” event (Elementary, Junior High, High School) until they have placed in a final of any event at an NDCA recognized competition, provided a semi-final was danced.

  7. Any competitor who wears a costume deemed by the organizers to be unsuitable will be requested to change. If such request is not followed, the competitor will not be allowed to dance and their entry will be cancelled without a refund of fees. See below for specific costume rules.

  8. Competitors in the Latin American divisions must not be overly suggestive in their movements at all times while on the floor. Couples who are viewed as inappropriate will be warned once, and then will be subject to disqualification.

Costume and Competition Attire


Syllabus Events - Elementary, Junior High, and High School

Girls entered in all School Syllabus events must dress as listed below.

1. A black skirt and a black top must be worn

2. Skirts
(a) Plain or pleated with minimum 1 to maximum 3 half circles. One plain simple underskirt allowed which is no larger or longer than top layer, and is the same or similar color as the outer skirt
(b) No uneven hem lines, use of boning, frills, splits, openings, fishing line, horsehair, or edging (including "lettuce edging"). Edging or trim of any kind, including ribbon, satin, lace, sequins, etc, is not allowed. A simple hem is required.
(c) Length of skirt must be at least knee length.

3. Bodice
(a) Necklines: Boat, high neck, v-neck, sweetheart, 'peter pan' collar, and regular collar are allowed. No lowcut necklines.  Edging or trim of any kind, including ribbon, satin, lace, sequins, etc, is not allowed on the neckline
(b) Gathering or shirring on the bodice in parallel rows is not allowed
(c) Edging or trim on the bodice is not allowed

4. Sleeves
(a) Long, short, elbow length, cap, puff. or sleeveless styles are allowed
(b) Cannot be replaced by trimmings, frills, or edging on the shoulder line
(c) No "finger loops" allowed

5. Materials
(a) No glitter, metallic thread, or fabric creating pattern effects
(c) No use of feathers, fringes, bows, belts, frills or sequins
(d) Any use of color coordinated 'see through' fabric must be lined from waist to shoulder; for use on arms no lining is needed
(e) Lace (or similar fabric) is not allowed. Lycra, spandex, polyester, velvet, satin or jersey is encouraged.

6. Shoes and Socks
(a) Shoes - Elementary School girls must wear shoes with heels that are no higher than 1.5 inches, including if they dance up a level. Junior High School and High School girls are not restricted by any heel height.
(b) Socks: White ankle socks (lace allowed), natural colored pantyhose, or fishnet tights.

7. Trunks
(a) Trunks are required if the movement of the skirt would reveal this area.

8. Accessories, jewelry, and makeup
(a) No use of arm bands, chokers or headbands
(b) No decoration is allowed on dress or in hair
(c) No jewelry is allowed, other than one simple earring in each ear (no dangling earrings allowed)
(d) Neutral or lightly shaded lipstick is allowed for Elementary School girls, as well as mascara and blush. Elementary School girls are not allowed to wear eye liner, eye shadow, false eyelashes, lip liner, and severe or extreme colors of lipstick (including, but not limited to, hot pink, red, black, brown, etc). Competition makeup is allowed for Junior High School and High School girls.


Boys entered in all School Syllabus events must dress as listed below.

1. Trousers
(a) Must be black
(b) High waist optional
(c) Underfoot strap optional
(d) Satin stripes are allowed.

2. Shirts
(a) Plain white long sleeved collared shirt only (no wing collars)
(b) No pleats or ribbing
(c) Sleeves to be worn at wrist length

3. Sweaters and vests are not allowed.

4. Tie - Black color only, may be either straight or bow

5. Socks - Black only

6. Shoes- no restrictions

7. Materials - Fabrics must be plain, ie: cotton, polyester, cotton/polyester blend, wool blend
(a) No satin or shiny fabrics
(b) No rhinestones, glitter, metallic thread, patterns or sequins allowed
(c) Decorations - not allowed

Open Events - Pre-Teen 1 and 2

Gentlemen: Same as Syllabus costume restrictions above, however, gentlemen may substitute a black shirt or dark blue pants or dark blue socks.

Ladies: Same as Syllabus costume restrictions above, however, Ladies’ dresses must be made of fabric only one color throughout. Must have block heel style not to exceed 1.5 inches in height. NO FISHNETS! NO MAKE UP!

*Pre-Teen 2 competitors who dance up to Junior categories must remain in the approved Pre-Teen costumes.*

Open Events - Junior & Youth


Junior and Youth Championship Couples may wear the attire specified for Syllabus events or attire specified for Adult open events (below).

Open Events - Adult


1. Each shoulder must use one of the following options
    a. cover the shoulder with fabric or decoration
    b. a minimum of a 1/2 inch strap over the shoulder
2. Flesh-tone fabrics require rhinestones or similar decorations that do not reveal the skin or create a similar effect

1. Bust must be fully covered with no plunging necklines
2. Front and sides of the bodice must be covered with a fabric or decoration that does not reveal the skin or create a similar effect
3. Fabric for the bodice must lay no more than 3 inches below the crease of the armpit
4. Open backs must taper "inward" at a minimum from a point no lower than the back of the armpit crease to no lower than three inches above the waistline
5. Halter tops are not acceptable without shoulder straps or sleeves

1. No shorter than mid-thigh
2. No transparent fabric above mid-thigh for the Latin and Rhythm styles
3. May be broken or slitted from the trunk line down, but must cover the legs when not in motion
4. Fringe must lay no higher than mid-thigh in the front, back, and sides of the skirt when standing still

1. Regular cut dance trunks (no flesh tone fabric)
2. Fishnets must be worn for the Latin, Rhythm and Smooth divisions

1. Front of shirts must be of a non-transparent fabric
2. Latin shirts may be open to bottom of the sternum

Team Events

All usual NDCA rules and regulations for Formation events apply.

***By registering myself or others, or by choosing to attend I release Extreme from all liability in case of injury, illness, or loss or damage to property while participating in the Extreme Dancesport Invitational.