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Charlotte Dancesport Challenge 2018
28th - 29th April, 2018 at UNC Charlotte
SATURDAY NIGHT SOCIAL DANCE WITH LESSON AND SHOWS
Where Ballroom and Latin Dancing Meet
We are excited to announce that Charlotte Dancesport Challenge 2018 will take place on the third weekend of April at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte campus. CDC is a dance extravaganza that provides competition on all styles of Ballroom and Latin dancing and open to all age levels. Most of our events are designed for amateurs however professionals are encouraged to dance with their students at our “teacher/student” events. We have categories for International Latin & Standard and American Rhythm &; Smooth as well as open dances such as West Coast Swing, etc.. We also offer competition for age categories for Pre-teen (I & II), Junior (I & II), Adult and Senior level dances. Scholarships will be offered by our sponsors and “angel” donors to certain events and dances. Every year we hand out more than $2000 of cash as scholarship in support of competitors. We are excited to offer discounted registration to all who register by early registration deadline of April 15th. Online registration closes on April 22nd, however, it is possible to register on-site during the event based on availability. On April 28th Saturday night, evening session will start with a International Standard lesson with Andrea Zaramella. It will continue with the open level events taking place mixed in with social dancing and professional dance shows by top level professional couples. (Show dance details can be found under "show dances" section) It is a big party open to all so please come by and enjoy.
We offer competition in all styles of ballroom(Standard, Smooth, Rythm, Latin and fun dances like WCS) on all age categories.
1 - Adult Dancer: 19 years old and over
2 - Senior Dancer: 35 years old and over (according to recent USA Dance rule change we will accept one of the dancers over 35 and one over 30 years old to qualify for this category
3 - Pre-teen I Dancer (4-9yo), Pre-teen II Dancer (10-11yo), Junior Dancer (12-15yo) and Youth Dancer (16-18yo)
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This year we decided to compress the Saturday afternoon schedule and throw a big social dance with professional shows to bring together the competitors and Charlotte dancing community. Please see revised general schedule below. Saturday night lesson and social dance will start at 7:30.
Competitors are required to be on-deck ready to dance 30 minutes prior to their posted dance times. PLEASE SCROLL BELOW TO DOWNLOAD THE FULL EVENT PROGRAM
Organizers reserve to right to change event line-up order or times without advance notice.
Welcome & Registration
Team leaders and individual competitors can arrive early to pick up their competitor's packages. Team leaders will receive the package for their whole team. Dancers who registered with a team will coordinate with their team leader to receive their competitor's package. It is important for dancers who are signed up for first event get their numbers before the event starts and be ready on deck 30 minutes prior to the start of the event.
11:30 am- 2:00 pm
Front Breezeway - Lucas Ballroom
Syllabus International Standard
This session will include all syllabus International standard events at all age levels and teacher/student events. Please make sure to pick up your competitor's packages and request any changes before the event starts. Download the detailed schedule for this session by clicking on the "DETAILS". Scroll below for a link to "FULL PROGRAM".
2:00 - 3:30 pm
Syllabus American Smooth (Amateur and Teacher/Student)
This session will include all syllabus International stmooth events at all age levels and teacher/student events. Please make sure to request any changes before the session starts. Download the detailed schedule for this session by clicking on the "DETAILS". Scroll below for a link to "FULL PROGRAM". There will be a 30 minute break after this.
3:30 - 4:45 pm
All Open Events (Amateur and Teacher/Student)
This session will include all open events at all age levels and teacher/student events. Please make sure to request any changes before the session starts. Download the detailed schedule for this session by clicking on the "DETAILS". Scroll below for a link to "FULL PROGRAM".
5:15 - 6:40 pm
6:40 - 7:40pm
Lucas Room - Cone University Center
7:30 - 10:30pm
Lucas Room - Cone University Center
Festivities will end by 10:30pm and we will vacate the room to return next morning.
End of festivities and cleanup
10:30 - 11:00
Lucas Room - Cone University Center
Welcome Back & Registration
Doors will open at 8:00am and competitors will be able to make last minute changes for the first session until 9:00am. Please pick up your registration packages if you have not picked up yet and request last minute changes.
9:00 - 10:00 am
Breezeway - Lucas Ballroom
This session will include all syllabus American Rhythm events at all age levels and teacher/student events. Please make sure to be on deck 30 minutes before your heat and request any changes before the event starts. Detailed schedule will be available a week before the event
10:00 - 12:00 pm
Lucas Ballroom - Cone Center
This will be a short break to accommodate competitors and officials to rest and eat lunch. It also will allow competitors change their costumes if necessary.
12:00 - 1:00 pm
This session will include all syllabus International Latin events at all age levels and teacher/student events. Please make sure to be on deck 30 minutes before your heat and request any changes before the session starts. Detailed schedule will be available a week before the event
Lucas Ballroom - Cone Center
Apr 28, 2018
(Syll. Std. Smth. & Open)
Apr 28, 2018
Apr 29, 2018
(Syll. Rhythm & Latin)
Download FULL Program
Every year we put together a high quality judging board to adjudicate the event. We will add to the list below as we confirm members of our "Panel of Judges" for the 2018 competition
& Malin Alert
Maria St. John
Okan Pala &
(Master of Ceremonies)
Master of Music
Master of Systems, Scrutineer,
To compete at this event, you register through O2CM comp management system, at O2CM.com
If you do not have and O2CM account already, you will have to register on the website to create a new account. Once you have an account you can find Charlotte Dancesport Challenge on the list of competitions and follow instructions. Alternatively you can Click the "Register" link for this website.
In the registration system, there are two pages you have to go through to complete your registration. On the first page you pick the categories, levels and dances you will compete in. Second page allows you to select a package and pay for it.
If you are registering multiple people from your team or studio, you can register them under your profile once you create your profile.
Paper registration is not available for this competition.
Advance ticket purchase is not required. Admission fee for Saturday night event with shows and social dancing is $10 for USA Dance members, $15 for Guests and $5 for students. Admittance fee can be paid at the door in cash or check. Admission for the Saturday afternoon session and Sunday sessions are $8 for non-students and $5 for full time students which also can be paid at the door.
We do not offer free housing for students at the moment. We recommend getting a house to share with your friends through AIRBNB or making a early reservation at a nearby hotel. In the past we have used Drury Inn University location and have received good feedback because it offers updated rooms and free breakfast.
We have several solutions for you. You can post on the Facebook group stating that you are looking for a partner. Please make sure to include the style and level you want to dance in. Alternatively, we also keep a "parter search" paper at the front desk during the competition. You can put in your details on this list for others to find you and also look for others information for a good match for you.
In addition, as long as dancers with TBA partners register for the events that they want to dance in (with TBA partner), they can meet on the side of the stage before each event and match up. Dancers who are not able to find a partner at all will have a chance to dance with a higher level dancer and not get
During the week you can email us to request changes. Also you can go to the front desk before your session starts and fill out a change request form. These are not guaranteed to be honored as if your requested addition might create a new round and add time to the competition schedule. Drop requests are always honored.
If you want to register for the event after the online registration is closed, please email us or come to the front desk during competition.
Yes. Besides regular events we offer "teacher/Student" category. You can register with a higher level dancer or your teacher to compete in. Adjudicators will only judge you on your dancing compared to others in this category.
Frequently Asked Questions?
Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions. If you have a general question about the event, please check this section before contacting the organizer.
Please see below for competitor pricing. You have to go through the registration system and add each pass to your account before you purchase them. Admission fees for spectators are as follows:
Saturday and Sunday day time admission: $8 for non-students and $5 students
Saturday night event with professional shows and social dancing: $12 for non-students and $8 students
“Charlotte Dancesport Challenge has been a part of the collegiate calendar of "must do" events each year. Fun, exciting, competitive ... everything a competition needs to be!”
National Championship Adjudicator
“Lake Norman Chapter of USA Dance has wholeheartedly supported this competition for many years! Whether you are a member of a collegiate ballroom dance team, or dance in the Pro-Am category, or dance as a competitive couple, this competition is a great weekend of dance on the campus of UNCC! And if you don't compete, you can volunteer or just watch and cheer on the competitors! ”
President, USA DANCE Lake Norman Chapter
“Our team has always found welcoming and challenging competition here. We look forward to the event every year! The hosting team is friendly and helpful, and everyone has a blast. It’s a great way to end the semester..”
University of Tennessee at Knoxville
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Every Year we invite top professional couples in the region to teach lessons and perform for us during the Saturday night party. This year (2018), the Saturday night party will start with lessons by Andrea Zaramella (7:30 pm) and We will have social dancing exclusively from 8:30 to 10:30pm. Show dances will be performed by Dmitriy Solomakha & Gabriella Sevillano during the social dance.
28 April 2018 @9pm
28 April 2018 @7pm
Saturday Night Shows by:
Dmitriy Solomakha & Gabriela Sevillano
Saturday Night Lesson:
By: Andrea Zaramella
Dmitry and Gabriela were amateur national finalists and ten dance champions. Now they are successfully representing the United States in professional division. You can read more about this amazing couple here.
Andrea Zaramella is a highly accomplished dancer and teacher. His achievements placed him as one of the worlds top 10 pro ballroom dancers. He is the organizer of upcoming competition Charlotte Star Ball.
Saturday Night Social Dance with Lesson & Shows
CDC date is April 28th and 29th at UNC Charlotte.
29 March 2017
Charlotte Dancesport Challenge is going to be a lot of fun this year. We confirmed shows on Saturday night with Dima and Gabrialla of USA Dance Charlotte
29 March 2017
Photo Gallery: We will upload more pictures here soon.
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1. Dancers may compete in two consecutive levels for a particular dance/style (Newcomer, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Novice, Pre-champ, Champ). All dancers, above the newcomer level, may also dance in the Open Novice International Viennese Waltz and Open Novice International Paso Doble Categories. WCS, Hustle, Salsa as well as the fun dances can be danced by any registered competitor.
2. Same-sex couples are allowed ONLY in newcomer and bronze events and any offered open dances like WCS, Salsa and Hustle
3. Youth-Junior level competitors are allowed to dance in the adult age category instead if they choose to do so. However they are not allowed to dance in both Youth-Junior and Adult categories at the same time for each dance style
Note: We will strive to abide by the most current USADance rules, but the event is not a USADance sanctioned event and all decisions and interpretations made by the organizer are final
FEES for CDC:
EARLY REGISTRATION: Ends on April 15th (midnight)
REGULAR REGISTRATION: Ends on April 21th (midnight)
COMPETITOR FEE: See "Pricing" section of this page for detailed information on this.
FULL TIME STUDENT COMPETITOR FEE: See "Pricing" section of this page for detailed information on this.
1. Adult: 19 years old and over
2. Senior: 35 years old and over (according to recent USA Dance rule change we will accept one of the dancers over 35 and one over 30 years old to qualify for this category
3. Pre-teen I (0-9yo), Pre-teen II (10-11yo), Junior (12-15yo) and Youth (16-18yo)
Levels (Amateurs only)
Level eligibility during this competition is in accordance with the USA Dance proficiency points system, with the additional restriction that individual bronze events are open only to dancers with 2 years or less of dance experience. This competition is open to Amateurs and Professionals. However professionals permitted to dance only in Teacher/Student categories as the “Teacher”.
1. Newcomer Started dancing no earlier than August 2017.
2. Bronze Only Bronze steps may be danced. Started dancing no earlier than April 2016.
3. Silver Only Bronze and Silver steps may be danced.
4. Gold Only Bronze, Silver, and Gold steps may be danced.
5. Open Novice, Pre-Champ and Championships Open figures permitted and encouraged.
6. Fun Dances All levels allowed.
1. The CDC will strive to abide by the most current USADance rules in general, however the organizer reserves the right to call back less than 50-percent of the couples in any one round, to proceed into the next round. This would only take place in the situation that the judges recall marks have created a series of ties and an additional round of dancing would be necessary. Current USADance Rulebook can be found at USADance.org
2. In order for a couple to be eligible to dance at a level, BOTH the dancers in the couple must meet the requirements. For instance, if Jack can do bronze standard, but Jill is placed out of bronze standard, they CANNOT dance at bronze standard.
3. Your points earned at any other competitions (USA Dance or collegiate) do constitute toward your YCN points.
4. You earn points as a dancer, and not as a leader or follower. If Jill placed out of silver latin while dancing as a follower, she cannot dance silver latin even as a leader, unless the competition rules say so explicitly.
5. If you took a break from dancing, you can simply take out that much of time while looking at eligibility by time, but you should not start over.
6. Placing out using points is per-dance basis. It may be possible that you placed out of silver waltz, but not silver tango. In that case, you can dance silver tango, but not silver waltz. If you are placed out of more than half of the dances in a level for a style, consider dancing up for all the dances of that style.
1. We will be using the ISTD USISTD syllabi. In addition this year per the change implemented by USA Dance we will also allow dancers to use WDSF syllabi.
2. We comply with latest version of USA Dance Rulebook
The Charlotte DanceSport Challenge is not a sanctioned USA Dance, ISTD or WDSF event. However, in the spirit of Amateur dancing, and leveling the playing field, we have decided to adopt the USA Dance Rulebook and posted Syllabus so that we might develop more towards other mainstream amateur competitions. It is not the intent of the CDC organizers to overwhelmingly enforce the subtle differences between the various posted syllabi. As long as the intent of a Bronze, Silver, or Gold syllabus choreography is up held, we are willing to accept (but do not promote or encourage) the use of alternate syllabi. Final decisions and dispute resolutions will be at the sole discretion of the CDC organizers, without exception.
1. Syllabus events: Dress code must be adhered to. Even though costumes at syllabus levels are allowed we recommend syllabus dancers to focus on their dancing and complement their level of dancing with appropriate clothing.
2. Open events: Costumes allowed & encouraged. It is the intent of the CDC to uphold the newest USA Dance dress code. There should be adequate time to prepare for these updated costume rules, and again we are attempting to develop this event to parallel typical USA Dance events. Exceptions to the posted USA Dance costuming rules will be at the sole discretion of the CDC organizers and will NOT be granted except in very rare instances or emergency costume situations.
Dress Code Recommendations:
1. Men should wear dress pants (preferably black), a long-sleeved, button-down, dress shirt (preferably white or black), & tie. Vests are encouraged; Coats restrict movement.
2. Women will preferably wear a dress or skirt & leotard which allow full movement. Distracting bows/decorations are not advised. Simple colors and clean lines make a better presentation.
1Men should wear dress pants (pref. black), and a dressy shirt. Short sleeves are permitted.
2Women will preferably wear a dress or skirt & leotard which allow full movement. Tasteful body-wear which shows body movement is advised. Shorter skirts are acceptable. Full coverage under-clothing is strongly advised! Pants are not encouraged.
Hair should be pulled back & neat for all styles.
Issues not clarified above is detailed in USA Dance rules for costumes and dance levels.
See the full details on the rules and dress code guidelines here:
Invigilation rules are listed here: http://www.usadance.org/dancesport/forms-and-resources/xsiyjdoaul/