Sanctioned Event Rules & Regs

 

All sanctioned events with IHDA will apply these rules listed below. It is the responsibility of every competitor, instructor, and dance school to know the rules and regulations that apply. Please contact the next sanctioned event director for confirmation on the rules and regulations. See the list of  Sanctioned Events.

 

Definitions:
Hustle Dancing: A dance form using and combining the creative elements of circular rotation, slotted movement, elliptical rotation, traveling movement, visual lead and follow within the rhythm and timing of the Dance.

 

Professional: A Professional Dancer is one who is any or all of the following:

 

  1. Registered as a Professional with the IHDA.
  2. A Staff Member employed by a Dance Studio to teach.
  3. Any person who receives financial gain from teaching and demonstrating.
  4. One who partners an Amateur Student or Registered Amateur in Pro/Am Competitions.
  5. Any person who declares himself or herself a Professional by word or deed (Examples:
  6. Demonstrating, Exhibitions, Teaching, assisting a Teacher of Dancing, serving as a hired Partner, or participating in Professional Competitions.

Amateur: An Amateur is one for whom dancing is strictly an avocation, a recreational activity, or a competitive sport, and who participates in dancing without seeking or receiving financial gain as a living nor work for income at any salary level.   Contest prize money can be accepted in a dance competition only.

 

  1. Pre-Teen, Junior, Youth and Adult Amateur dancers registered with IHDA as an Amateur 
  2. Amateur competitor is one who competes in any Contemporary Dance Contest, but who is not classified as a Professional Dancer.

 

Conduct

  1. While on the competition premises, competitors shall conduct themselves at all times in a civil and sportslike manner.
  2. It is the competitor's responsibility to be in attendance at least one-half hour in advance of the advertised time scheduled for the events he is entering. Organizers are not required to delay the program for the benefit of latecomers.
  3. It is the competitor's and/or Instructors responsibility to adhere to the rules of IHDA competitions.
  4. Competitors entering an IHDA registered event shall accept as final the individual markings of the  judges, and no appeal against them may be made except when it can be shown that the actual markings have been incorrectly evaluated.
  5. If officials and competitors mutually consent to discuss markings and results after the conclusion of the event, they should do so in a civil, ethical, and professional manner.

New Change in Rules: A competing couple consists of one (1) Leader and one (1) follower dancer.
There are no gender restrictions. It is under the decretion of the event director if they wish to
apply this to their rules. Please be sure to check each sanctioned event Rules and Regulations.

 

Categories:
Pro-Am Hustle Guidelines: Follow guidelines for all levels. One competitor must qualify as an Amateur level competitor as defined in the Rules & Regs. Partnering (adapting to each partner's styles), lead and follow, dance ability, technique, floor craft and versatility are important for scoring. The music is selected by that event organizer, you pick the partner. Dancers will dance two (2) minutes. Costumes are permitted but not mandatory. NO routines, entrances or exits, lifts, aerials, drops, dips or acrobatic moves permitted. For this division Amateur will retain amateur status.

 

Jack and Jill:Partnering (adapting to each partner's styles), lead and follow, dance ability, technique, floor craft and versatility are important for scoring. No costumes, routines, entrances or exits allowed.  Dancers will either draw for their partner or have partners selected randomly. No costumes allowed. The music is selected by that event organizer.

 

Just Hustle:Partnering (adapting to each partner's styles), lead and follow, dance ability, technique, floor craft and versatility are important for  Costumes are permitted but not mandatory. Routines, entrances or exits, Lifts, drops and acrobatic moves are prohibited. The music is selected by that event organizer, you pick the partner. Dancers will dance for two (2) minutes.

 

Classic Hustle: This routine must consist of a minimum fifty percent (50%) Hustle Dancing and the balance of a combination of side-by-side, leaps, jumps and drops. NO LIFTS OR AERIALS are allowed. During a drop, one foot of both dancers must remain on the floor at all times. Leaps and jumps are allowed as long as they are not assisted by a partner. Routine shall be no longer than (3 1/2) three and one half minutes and a minimum of (2-1/2) minutes including an entrance and an exit with or without music.

 

Theater Arts Hustle: Anything goes within the framework of the definition of Hustle Dancing. Routine shall be no longer than (3 1/2) three and one half minutes and a minimum of (2-1/2) minutes including an entrance and an exit with or without music.

 

Pro/Am Showcase: We invite Professionals with Amateurs to compete in this division in any partner dance form including Hustle, Salsa or Swing. Costumes, lifts, drops and aerials are allowed. Routine shall be no longer than (3 1/2) three and one half minutes and a minimum of (2-1/2) minutes including an entrance and an exit with or without music.

 

Professional Cabaret: We invite one, two or three dancers to compete in this division in any style dance form except Hustle Dancing. Costumes, lifts, drops and aerials are allowed. Routine shall be no longer than (3 1/2) three and one half minutes and a minimum of (2-1/2) minutes including an entrance and an exit with or without music.

 

Open Team Division: A team shall consist of 4 or more dancers. This division is open to any number of dancers in any configuration of genders. Any dance style accepted including Hustle, Swing and Latin. Costumes or similar attire is required. Routine shall be no longer than (4) four minutes and a minimum of (31/2) three and one half minutes including an entrance and an exit with or without music.

 

Bookends Must be Girl/Girl or Boy/Boy couples. Bookends will be judged by a professional judging panel with a spotlight final. There will be a preliminary heat to determine the finalists who will advance to a spotlight dance.  Depending on the organizers time allotment for this category, there will be a minimum of three couples with a maximum of six couple in the FINAL spotlight dance to determine 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place. Music will be chosen by the Event which will consist of one fast and one slow song for a minimum duration of 1:30 at each speed. Competitors will be judged as couples and all lifts, dips, and side-by-sides are allowed (This means Anything Goes!!!!). This will be an open division for both professionals and amateurs.

 

 

 

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