Utah Valley University is excited to once again host its 2022 UVU DanceSport Festival at its Orem Campus, in the Rebecca Lockhart Arena.

The UVU Dancesport Festival is a regional Ballroom Dance competition. Dancers in each level will have an opportunity to compete with dancers at their same level. We offer preteen, junior, youth syllabus events for dancers to improve their technique. The competitions features elementary, junior high, and high school syllabus events. For Latin, Ballroom, and Smooth, we offer novice, pre-championship and amateur events.

The competitive categories offered in the UVU Dancesport Festival competition will allow beginning, intermediate, and advanced dancers an opportunity to compete among some of the best amateur ballroom dancers in America.

The events also hold formation team competition in preteen, junior, and youth in the Latin, and Ballroom.


-Chris Witt



The Festival will be located at Utah Valley University’s Orem Campus, 800 W. University Pkwy. We are excited to be in the newly renovated Rebecca Lockhart Arena (RL Building).

    • Date: Saturday, February 12, 2022
    • Time: 8:00 AM
    • Location: Rebecca Lockhart Arena, 800 W University Pkwy. in Orem

Parking is available in lots L3, L4, L5, L6, L8, & L14 on the northwest side of the campus.

Admission tickets will be $10 for general admission available at the door.

Registration fee will be $5 per event for syllabus events and $15 per event for open categories.

  • Entry Deadline without late fee: February 6
  • Late Registration: $15 late fee on all registration forms received February 7-8
  • Registration closed: February 9

The 2022 Festival schedule will be up soon.

Festival Events


Elementary Newcomer Swing
Elementary Syllabus American Foxtrot
Elementary Syllabus Ballroom Quickstep
Elementary Syllabus Latin Paso Doble

Junior High

Junior High Newcomer Swing
Junior High Syllabus American Foxtrot
Junior High Syllabus Ballroom
Junior High Syllabus Latin

High School

High School Newcomer Swing
High School Syllabus American Foxtrot
High School Syllabus Ballroom Waltz
High School Syllabus Latin Samba

Open Pre-Teen

Open Pre-Teen American (W/CC/F/SW)
Open Pre-Teen Ballroom (W/T/VW/F/Q)
Open Pre-Teen Latin (CC/S/R/PD/J)

Open Junior

Open Junior 1 Latin (CC/S/R/PD/J)
Open Junior 2 Latin (CC/S/R/PD/J)
Open Junior Ballroom (W/T/VW/F/Q)
Open Junior Rhythm (C/R/SW/B/M)
Open Junior Smooth (W/T/F/VW)

Open Youth Pre-Champ

Open Youth Pre-Champ Ballroom (W/T/Q)
Open Youth Pre-Champ Latin (CC/S/R)
Open Youth Pre-Champ Smooth (W/T/F)

Open Youth

Open Youth Ballroom (W/T/VW/F/Q)
Open Youth Latin (CC/S/R/PD/J)
Open Youth Smooth (W/T/F/VW)
Open Youth Rhythm (C/R/SW/B/M)

Open Adult Novice

Open Adult Novice Ballroom (W/Q)
Open Adult Novice Latin (S/R)
Open Adult Novice Smooth (W/F)

Open Adult Pre-Champ

Open Adult Pre-Champ Ballroom (W/T/Q)
Open Adult Pre-Champ Latin (CC/S/R)
Open Adult Pre-Champ Smooth (W/T/F)
Open Adult Pre-Champ Rhythm (C/B/M)

Open Adult Amateur

Open Adult Amateur Ballroom (W/T/VW/F/Q)
Open Adult Amateur Latin (CC/S/R/PD/J)
Open Adult Amateur Rhythm (C/R/SW/B/M)
Open Adult Amateur Smooth (W/T/F/VW)

College Bronze

College Bronze American Swing
College Bronze Latin Samba
College Bronze Ballroom Quickstep

College Silver

College Silver American Swing
College Silver Latin Paso Doble
College Silver Ballroom Waltz

College Gold

College Gold Latin Jive
College Gold Ballroom Tango
College Gold Bar Latin Cha Cha
College Gold Bar Ballroom Foxtrot

Pre-Teen Group

Pre-Teen Latin Medley
Pre-Teen Ballroom Medley
Pre-Teen Ballroom/Smooth Showcase
Pre-Teen Latin/Rhythm Showcase
Pre-Teen Swing Showcase
Pre-Teen Large Group Showcase
Pre-Teen Novelty Showcase

Junior Group

Junior Latin Medley
Junior Ballroom Medley
Junior Ballroom/Smooth Showcase
Junior Latin/Rhythm Showcase
Junior Swing Showcase
Junior Large Group Showcase
Junior Novelty Showcase

Youth Group

Youth Latin Medley
Youth Ballroom Medley
Youth Ballroom/Smooth Showcase
Youth Latin/Rhythm Showcase
Youth Swing Showcase
Youth Large Group Showcase
Youth Novelty Showcase
Youth Cabaret Showdance

Terms & Conditions

Rules & Regulations

The UVU DanceSport Festival 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, professional, amateur, pro/am student competitors, student/student, and mixed amateur.
  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. Requests for refunds will only be honored up to the closing date.
  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 the BYU or UBEA syllabus. Couples must dance within the framework of the accepted syllabi, including precedes and follows, and without embellishment. For ISTD syllabus events, all figures must be danced as defined in the ISTD technique book. Partial figures may not be utilized unless so specified in the “precedes and follows” sections. Couples dancing out of syllabus will be penalized per the specifications in NDCA rule III. D3a.8. 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 the BYU or UBEA syllabus. Couples must dance within the framework of the accepted syllabi, including precedes and follows, and without embellishment. For ISTD syllabus events, all figures must be danced as defined in the ISTD technique book. Partial figures may not be utilized unless so specified in the “precedes and follows” sections. Couples dancing out of syllabus will be penalized per the specifications in NDCA rule III. D3a.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10.  Competitors must wear costuming that corresponds with their gender. Girls may NOT dress up as boys or vice versa.


Costume and Competition Attire

Syllabus Events - Elementary, Junior High, and High School Ladies 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.

Syllabus Events – Adult/College

Gentlemen: Dress shirt, tie, slacks (optional bow tie and/or vest or sweater, suspenders or cummerbund). Plain black Latin pants or tails pants may be worn. No color restrictions.

Ladies: Nice dress or skirt and top with no sequins, rhinestones, feathers, glitter, fringe or similar decorations. No color restrictions. No accessories. Hose or fishnets are required.

Competition organizers may determine syllabus attire constitutes a costume and ask couples to change. Couples who continue to wear attire determined to be a costume in a syllabus event will be subject to disqualification.

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 (axilla-line) must be covered.
  • Except for block-style heels, heel guards or protectors MUST be worn by all ladies at all times.

Rules for Formation Team Showdance Events

  1. All routines must be ONE style or song only. This can consist of one song that has multiple style characteristics in it (maximum 3 dances) OR it can be a mix of songs in the same style. For example, a song that is mostly Foxtrot but has a section of the same song that could be Swing. Or 2 songs mixed together that are both Cha Cha.
  2. At least 50% of each routine must consist of a recognizable competitive NDCA style.
  3. Props that do not require additional set up time are allowed.
  4. Routines must not exceed 3:00 minutes.
  5. Routines may only have 3 lifts of any kind. On the fourth lift, the routine will be considered in the cabaret category. Tricks, drops, and stunts that are within 2 beats of music are NOT considered lifts. A lift is any movement when a dancer assists another and both feet leave the floor for more than 2 beats.
  6. Show dances will be divided into the following categories/genres for competition:
    • Smooth/Ballroom: Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep
    • Latin/Rhythm: Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, Bolero, Mambo
    • Swing: Jive, Swing, Lindy, West Coast Swing
    • Large Group
  7. Teams of three, four, five, six, seven, or eight couples may compete in each formation style. A couple is one boy and one girl. Girls may NOT dress up as boys or vice versa.
  8. A routine with more than 8 couples (or 16 people) is considered for the Large Group category.
  9. The Large Group category is always one category at competition. It is not divided into any categories based on the style or genre.
  10.  A team may only compete once in each category. Teams cannot compete against themselves.

Rules for Formation Team Medley Events

Formation teams competing in the medley categories must follow the rules and guidelines established by the NDCA.

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