Individual events are offered in American style, International style, and Nightclub dances. All events are open to leaders and followers of either gender. Two or more dances separated by a slash constitute a multi-dance event. Contestants in multi-dance events must dance all dances. Contestants in International style categories must dance International style, and contestants in American style categories must dance American style.
Events are open to all amateur competitors. Although the event is collegiate in nature, competitors do not have to be students and there are no age restrictions for any events.
Competitors should be ready to dance at least 30 minutes before their scheduled event.
The decisions of the Invigilator and Head Judge shall be final.
Online registration is available now.
When registering, to sign up for Nightclub Style events, select Newcomer/Beginner or Intermediate/Advanced as the Skill Level.
Entry fees may be paid by mail. Make your check payable to Cal Poly Ballroom Club and mail your payment to:
Cal Poly Ballroom Club PO Box 15313 San Luis Obispo, CA 93406-5313
Do not mail payments after February 12, as we may not receive them before the competition. You must either pay online or at the event after February 12.
Payment must be submitted online or postmarked by February 8 to avoid a late fee. The following table summarizes the fees and deadlines:
|Deadline||February 8, 2016||February 20, 2016|
|Student Unlimited Entries||$30.00||$45.00|
|Non-student Unlimited Entries||$35.00||$50.00|
|Formation Team Only||$7.00||$14.00|
|Student Single Nightclub Entry||$5.00||$10.00|
|Non-Student Single Nightclub Entry||$10.00||$15.00|
Each individual competitor must pay an entry fee to compete. An unlimited entry payment allows a competitor to enter as many events as they are qualified for (as determined by the level rules) with as many paid partners as they wish. A single nightclub payment allows a competitor to enter a single nightclub event with another paid partner.
Spectator admission to the competition is $7.00 in advance or $10.00 at the door for general admission. VIP Seating is available for $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Spectator admission is free for students with a valid Cal Poly ID.
Cancellations made before February 8 will receive a full refund. No refunds are available after February 8.
The formation team competition is open to teams of four to ten couples. Please bring music on a CD. Formation team competitors who are not dancing in any of the individual events can pay a formation team only entry fee of $8.00 (or a late entry fee of $16.00).
The Cal Poly DanceSport Team shoe policy requires that all dancers wear shoes that will not mark or damage the floor. Suede-soled dance shoes are strongly encouraged. Heel protectors are required for high-heeled shoes. Competitors may not apply powder or oil to the floor or to the soles of their shoes.
American and International style events are offered in Newcomer through Open levels. Please read and understand the eligibility guidelines below and choose your level accordingly. Eligibility, costume, and syllabus restrictions will be enforced strictly in all levels; couples found breaking these rules may be disqualified without advance notice.
Both dancers in a couple must individually be eligible to dance at any given level. In the Standard, Smooth, Rhythm and Latin categories, couples may enter the lowest level for which both dancers are eligible, and the next higher level. (For example, a Bronze level dancer may also enter Silver level events.) In the Nightclub category, couples may only enter one level (Newcomer/Beginner OR Intermediate/Advanced) for each dance.
Costume restrictions apply to custom-made or custom-enhanced garments specifically for ballroom dance competitions. Unaltered off-the-rack costumes are permitted in all categories, as are ballroom dance shoes.
As mentioned below, Newcomer, Bronze, Silver and Gold levels are closed syllabus events. For International style events, syllabus restrictions refer to the ISTD Specified Figures, at the Associate level for the Bronze, through the Fellow level for Gold. For American style events, any published syllabus (Fred Astaire, Arthur Murray, DVIDA, ISTD) may be used. ISTD step lists for International and American styles are available from http://www.usistd.org/. The chairman of judges will strictly invigilate syllabus events.
No lifts, drops, or aerials are allowed in any event at this competition.
The Mustang Ball is a CDA Fair Level competition and will use fair level points to determine when couples are entered in a level that is too low for their calculated proficiency. Dancers who do not have fair level points should refer to the guidelines below to determine their appropriate level.
Newcomer events are open to couples where both partners started Ballroom Dancing less than a year ago (after February 20, 2015.) Costumes are not permitted, and only Bronze syllabus choreography may be danced.
Bronze events are for beginning dancers relatively inexperienced with ballroom dance competitions. Costumes are not permitted, and only Bronze syllabus choreography may be danced.
Silver events are for dancers with competitive experience. Those taking intermediate level classes and dancing regularly should find this category appropriate. Bronze and Silver syllabus figures can be used and costumes are optional.
Gold events are for more experienced competitors. Costumes are permitted, and any syllabus choreography (Bronze, Silver, or Gold) may be used.
Advanced events are for serious competitors at the level of USADance/NDCA Novice level. Competitors who have placed out of Pre-novice level in USADance/NDCA events are only eligible for the Advanced and/or Open level. Costumes are encouraged, and there are no restrictions on choreography.
Open events are for competitors dancing at the highest levels of amateur competition. Competitors who have placed out of Novice level in USADance/NDCA events may only dance in the open level. Costumes are strongly encouraged, and there are no restrictions on choreography.
Think of this level (also called Mixed Proficiency) as being similar to a Pro/Am event, but with an experienced Amateur instead of a Pro. The rules:
The Rookie/Veteran dances will be:
Nightclub events are open to all competitors and carry no restrictions on costumes or choreography. However, lifts, drops, and aerials are not permitted in any event. The nightclub events have been separated into two level categories: Newcomer/Beginner, for couples with little to no competitive experience; and Intermediate/Advanced, for couples with more competitive experience. You may only sign up for one level for each nightclub dance.
|Level||Allowed Choreography||Allowed Attire||USADance/NDCA Equivalent Level|
|Newcomer||Bronze||No Costumes||Newcomer, Pre-Bronze|
|Silver||Bronze, Silver||Costumes Optional||Silver|
|Gold||Bronze, Silver, and Gold||Costumes Optional||Gold|
|Advanced||Open – No Restrictions||Costumes Recommended||Novice|
|Open||Open – No Restrictions||Costumes Recommended||Pre-Championship, Championship|
|Rookie/Veteran||Bronze||Costumes Optional||Bronze Mixed Proficiency|
The Cal Poly DanceSport Team & Cal Poly Ballroom Dance Club (including officers, members, assistants, and helpers), Cal Poly Associated Students Inc., the California Polytechnic State University and all associated entities are not liable for any injuries that may occur during the course of this event, nor for any property that is lost, stolen, or damaged. All persons at this event compete and attend at their own risk and are responsible for their own belongings.
The Cal Poly DanceSport Team reserves the right to cancel any events and/or change the schedule at any time.
Competitors and spectators should be aware that during the course of competition, anyone in the ballroom may be photographed or videotaped by any variety of people for private or public viewing. Everyone attending this competition hereby consents by their attendance at the competition to be photographed or videotaped.