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 two proficiency or age categories in a particular dance style. For example, a Youth competitor may only compete in two of the following for the Open Ballroom style: Youth Pre-Championship, Youth Championship, Adult Novice, Adult Pre-Championship, or 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

Skirt and top must be worn


  • Skirt must be black and at least knee length.

  • Plain or pleated with minimum 1 to maximum 3 half circles. One simple underskirt allowed which is no larger or longer than top layer.

  • No uneven hem lines, no use of boning, frills, splits, openings, fishing line 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.



  • Must be black

  • Necklines - Boat/scoop, high neck, v-neck, sweetheart, ‘peter pan’ collar, and regular collar are allowed.

  • Edging or trim of any kind including ribbon, satin, lace, sequins etc. is not allowed.

  • Sleeves (required) - Long, short, elbow length, cap, or puff are allowed. Cannot be replaced by trimmings, frills, or edging on the shoulder line. No “finger loops” allowed.



  • No glitter, metallic thread, or fabric creating ‘light or pattern effects’.

  • No use of feathers, fringes, bows, belts, frills or sequins.


Socks - White ankle socks or flesh colored pantyhose or fishnets must be worn.


  • No use of arm bands, chokers or headbands.

  • No decoration is allowed on skirt, top or in hair.

  • Small earrings allowed.

  • Basic makeup allowed.

  • Gathering or sheering on the bodice is not allowed.



  • Black or dark blue color only.

  • High waist optional.

  • Underfoot strap optional.

  • Satin stripes allowed.



  • Plain white long sleeved collared shirt only.

  • No pleats or ribbing.

  • Sleeves to be worn at wrist length.



  • Fabrics must be plain, i.e.: cotton, polyester, cotton/polyester blend, wool blend.

  • No satin or shiny fabrics.

  • No rhinestones, glitter, metallic thread, patterns or sequins allowed.


Decorations – not allowed.
Tie - Black color only, may be either straight or bow.
Socks - Black or dark blue color only.
Shoes - No restrictions.
Makeup - Not allowed.
Hairstyle - Long hair must be worn in a ponytail.



  • Sweaters and vest not allowed.

  • No earrings 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

Gentlemen: Costumes appropriate to the style.

  • Latin shirts may be open to a point eight inches down from the Supra Sternal Notch (Jugular Notch) Junior and Pre-teen Latin shirts may be open down to the sternum.

  • Sheer fabric may only be worn on the arm. No sleeveless shirts.

  • No earrings.


Ladies: Costumes appropriate to the style.

  • Regular cut dance trunks and fishnet hose must be worn.

  • Straps over both shoulders of at least one inch in width are required. If multiple straps go over a shoulder at least one strap must be the required one inch from front to back. Halter tops or designs that resemble them are not permitted.

  • Lower backs must be covered from a point five (5) inches above the waist line.

  • Sheer fabric on the bodice may be used from the top of the bust-line up, in front, and in the back, from five inches above the waist up, in this case straps are not required.

  • Skirts may be broken or slitted from the trunk line down, but must cover the legs to mid-thigh when not in motion.

  • Cutouts or nude fabrics are not allowed.

  • Skin from the front to a point several inches behind the sides must be covered.

  • Except for block-style heels, heel guards or protectors MUST be worn by all ladies at all times.

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.