Am/Am Structure Guidelines

 

As requested by our competitors we have now put together the Amateur/Amateur Guidelines for competion.

These guidelines apply to ALL Amateur Competitors (IHDA members & nonmembers).  If you are competing in an IHDA sanctioned event please be sure to read and follow the rules.


We ask all competitors who will be competing in an IHDA sanctioned event to comply to these rules.   Amateur competitors may compete in two consecutive levels of competition.


We recommend that you start to implement the following guidelines.  Please select level that best suits you.

There are only three (3) levels for the Am/Am divisions, unlike the Pro/Am divisions that have 5 levels.


 

Level 1 Novice-   (Corresponds to Pro/Am Levels 1 and 2) 

Description: 

This Novice level supports good basic dancing, is good for fast music and is designed for the beginner dancer/competitor.    This level is comprised of basic foundation elements, one-and-a-half rotations, New York Walks, and Grapevines.  Patterns must not exceed 2 hustle measures and may not contain syncopations.

Guide:

3 and 6 count patterns (one and 2 measure patterns)

Maintain Connection with slight disconnect during transitions (e.g. Sliding Doors, Right to Right Hand Hold or Left, to Left Hand Hold)

Up to 1-1/2 turns with connection

No Consecutive 1-1/2 turn patterns


Suggested Patters:

Cross Body Lead, Wheel, Hesitations, Underarm Turn Combination, New York Walk, Las Vegas, Grapevine, Shadow with Comb, Sliding Door, Cross Body Lead with Underarm Turn, Leader’s Behind the Back Pass, Open Breaks; Any pattern in the IHDA Bronze Manual. (Patters are suggestions.  You may use any pattern of you own as long as the guidelines are maintained.)


Music Tempo:

104-112 BPM

 

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Level 2 Intermediate -  (Corresponds to Pro/Am Levels 3 and 4)

Description: 

The Intermediate level adds rhythmic diversity.  In addition, double right turns, consecutive 1-1/2 turns, syncopations such as that in a Las Vegas, free spins and basic traveling are elements added to this level.  The Intermediate level is good social hustle dancing.

Guide:

3 and 6 count patterns with the ability to release hold (one and 2 measure patterns)

Syncopations

Extended Rhythms (2 beat increments only)

Blind Leading

Free Turns

4 Count Rhythms

Basic Traveling


Suggested Patters:

Swivels, Diva Walks, Wrap Turn Variations, New York Walk with Release, Progressive Circular Basic, Double Outside Turns and Variations, T-Turns and Variations, Diamond Turns, Double Syncopated Elements, Double Illusion Turn.  (Patters are suggestions.  You may use any pattern of you own as long as the guidelines are maintained.)

 


Music Tempo:

 

104-118 BPM

 

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Level 3 Advanced -   (Corresponds to Pro/Am Level 5)

Description: 

The Advanced level is for the serious competitor.  A dancer should be proficient in intermediate level material before advancing to the advanced level.  The Advanced level goes beyond good social dancing and is designed for dancers with strong technical skills, timing, musical interpretation and partnering skills. 

Guide:

All Lead and Follow Patterns

Routines are not permitted

No aerials, drops or dips are permitted

No assisted one-legged turns are permitted

Tricks, Side by Side, Horse and Cart Variations will be penalized

 

Suggested Patters:

 

Fred and Ginger Pivots, Rondes, Capes, Samba Turns, Waltz, Timing Variations, Pop, Snap (Patters are suggestions.  (You may use any pattern of you own as long as the guidelines are maintained.)

 

Music Tempo:

 

104-121 BPM

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