Rules, Regulations & World Rankings

Revised as of January 19, 2021 • Rules are subject to changes without notice. • Prize money may vary this year due to COVID-19 virus. • Prize money to be announced later

1. Participation

1.1 Participation at any one of the World Pro-Am DanceSport Series events will earn you points to determine your Regional & World Ranking.

1.2 Teachers competing in the series must have their NDCA dues up to date and posted on NDCA website. If not, they will forfeit all winnings for themselves and their students.

1.3 Competitors winning awards must be present at the awards presentation at Ohio Star Ball, or they will forfeit their awards. (Exception – Medical reasons or Death in the Family in writing)

1.3.1 To receive the Top Combined Teacher and Rising Star Teacher prize money. The teacher must compete at the Ohio Star Ball with 25 entries or more and be on the package with the Ohio Star Ball.

1.4 There is only one official list of events, that is one on the website, events by regions. If events cancel or does not sent in their scores, World Pro-Am DanceSport Series is not responsible.

2. Leaderboard

2.1 A leader board will be used to keep the up to date status of your world ranking. This will be viewed on our website: www.dancesportseries.com

3. Honors | Prizes

3.1 Individual honors will be based on accumulation of your entries, callbacks, placement and bonus points earned throughout the 2021 Series Events. • Prize money may vary this year due to COVID-19 virus.

3.2 Top honors will be given at the 2021 Ohio Star Ball to:

3.2.1 Top 10 Combined Teachers

3.2.2 Top 6 Rising Star Teachers

3.2.3 Top 6 over all Pro-Am Male Students

3.2.4 Top 6 over all Pro-Am Female Students

3.2.5 Top Pro-Am Male Students Bronze, Silver, Gold

3.2.6 Top Pro-Am Female Students Bronze, Silver, Gold

3.2.7 op Pro-Am Mutli-Dance Student Latin, Rythm, Smooth, Standard

3.2.8 Top 3 over all Student-Student

3.2.9 Top Studio

3.3 Top Teacher Prizes (May vary, due to COVID-19 virus.)

1st. TBA
2nd. TBA
3rd. TBA
4th. TBA
5th. TBA
6th. TBA
7th. TBA
8th. TBA
9th. TBA
10th. TBA

To receive the Top Combined Teacher prize money. The teacher must compete at the Ohio Star Ball with 25 entries or more and be on the package with the Ohio Star Ball.

3.4 Top Rising Star Teacher Prizes

1st. TBA
2nd. TBA
3rd. TBA
4th. TBA
5th. TBA
6th. TBA

3.5 Top 6 over all Pro-Am Male Students; Top 6 over all Pro-Am Female Students.

1st. $1,000.
2nd. $800.
3rd. $600.
4th. $400.
5th. $300.
6th. $200.

3.5.1 Top 3 over all Student-Student, will receive vouchers worth.

1st. $600.
2nd. $500.
3rd. $400.

3.6 Team Match - All students of teams will receive vouchers worth.

1st. $600.
2nd. $500.
3rd. $400.
4th. $300.
5th. $200.
6th. $200.
7th. $200.
To receive the Top Rising Star Teacher prize money. The teacher must compete at the Ohio Star Ball with 25 entries or more and be on the package with the Ohio Star Ball

4. Vouchers

4.1 Accumulation of points earned from callbacks and placements will determine the top 20 students at a World Pro-Am DanceSport Series Events.

4.2 Top 20 students will each receive a $100 voucher.

4.3 A maximum of $300. in total can be used at one event.

4.4 Vouchers can be used only towards Pro/Am entries.

4.5 A student must spend twice the value of the voucher in order to receive credit.

4.6 Vouchers can be used only out of your region. (Regional status is based on the state you live in).

4.7 Voucher(s) must be redeemed at the time of registration for the event.

4.8 Voucher(s) expire(s) from 1 year of issue.

4.9 Vouchers are non-transferable.

4.10 Vouchers cannot be replaced if lost.

4.11 Multi-day event voucher can only be used at multi-day events.

4.12 One day Events

4.12.1 One day event Top 10 students will each receive a $50. voucher.

4.12.2 One day event voucher can only be used at one day events.

4.12.3 A maximum of $150. in total can be used at one event.

5. To Qualify for Rising Star Teacher

5.1 If you ever placed in top ten WDSS Top Teacher category since the beginning of the Series and received money you're not eligible.

5.2Due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic, for the 2021 season only, Teachers can be eligible for Rising Star and Top Teacher category.

5.3 Scoring will be based upon the current series year scores.

5.4 You must notify Gary Spencer before Nov. 2021 at DanceSportSeries@gmail.com that you will be present at the Ohio Star Ball 2021 to receive the award. A return confirmation email number will be given.

6. World ProAm DanceSport Series Best of the Best Qualification

6.1 North America is divided into 7 regions. Refer to the DanceSportSeries website for your region.

6.2 Each regional team will consist of 4 couple, in each of the four styles: Smooth-1 couple, Rhythm-1 couple, Standard-1 couple, Latin-1 couple.

6.3 Points will be based on accumulation of callbacks and placements earned throughout the 2021 Series Events starting with the 2020 Kings Ball and ending with Sept. 2021 events.

6.4 Students may participate in any age group at Series Events. However a student may only represent one age, one style in the DanceSport Series Finale.

6.5 Teacher can be represented more than once.

6.6 Should there be a tie between two students for the team match eligibility, we will review the placements of the tied students for the entire World Pro-Am DanceSport Series season. The Student with the majority of "wins" will break the tie and become the official member of the Regional Team.

7. Point Accumulation System

7.1 Pro/Am Teacher:

7.1.2 Will have an accumulating ranking system, based on points, from the following paragraph's 2,3,4,5,& 6.

7.2 Pro Am Showcase or solos exhibitions will receive 1pt. per enter. (Effective Atlanta Open 2013. Showcase or solos exhibitions will no longer receive 1pt. per entey.)

7.3 Pro Am Single or 2 Dance Competitive Entries: (Effective Atlanta Open 2013)

1st. 8 pts.
2nd. 7 pts.
3rd. 6 pts.
4th. 5 pts.
5th. 4 pts.
6th. 3 pts.
7th. 2 pts.
8th. 1pt.

Each and every recall from preliminary rounds 4 pts.
Uncontested will be 1/2 point

7.4 Pro/Am Adult 3, 4 or 5 Dance Competitive Entries: (Effective Atlanta Open 2013)

1st. 20 pts.
2nd. 15 pts.
3rd. 10 pts.
4th. 8 pts.
5th. 6 pts.
6th. 4 pts.
7th. 2 pts.
8th. 2 pts.

Each and every recall from preliminary rounds 5 pts.
Uncontested will be 1/2 point

7.5 Qualifying World Pro Am DanceSport Series Best of the Best Points.

1st. 30 pts.
2nd. 20 pts
3rd. 15 pts.
4th. 10 pts
5th. 8 pts.
6th. 6 pts.
7th. 4 pts.

Each and every recall from preliminary rounds 6 pts.
Uncontested will be 1/2 point

7.6 For every Student that competes at a World Pro-Am DanceSport Series Event and does:

10 Entries Teacher and Student receive 100 Bonus Points*
20 Entries Teacher and Student receives 200 Bonus Points*
30 Entries Teacher and Student receives 300 Bonus Points*
40 Entries Teacher and Student receives 400 Bonus Points*
50 Entries Teacher and Student receives 500 Bonus Points*

7.7 Revise 1/14/2018 The Teacher will receive 50 Bonus Points* for every student that dances in a Open World Pro/Am Dancesport Series Qualifying Event throughout the year. Starting at California Star 11/2017

7.7.1 Revise 1/14/2018 The Student will receive 50 Bonus Points* for every danced style in a Open World Pro/Am Dancesport Series Qualifying Event throughout the year. Starting at California Star 11/2017

7.8 The teacher will receive 200 Bonus Points* for every student he/she competes with on the Regional Team for the World Pro/Am Dancesport Series Event in November at the Ohio Star Ball.

7.9 **Please Note: in fairness to our participating Professionals, these bonus points will only be awarded to those Teachers who are competing with their own students at World Pro/Am Dancesport Series events. Professionals who dance with other Professional’s students are not eligible to receive bonus points.

7.10 Pre-Teens, Juniors & Youth:

7.10.1 Students entered in special categories will receive half points.

7.11 Will have an accumulating ranking system, based on points, from one World Pro/Am Dancesport Series event to another.

7.12 The Top Students & Student/Student:

7.12.1 Will accumulate points based upon the same system as Top Teachers. These points will accumulate from one World Pro/Am Dancesport Series event to another towards Top Awards for the year.

7.13 Revise 1/15/2018 Top Studio Award:

7.13.1 To qualify, you must have a minimum of two students competing in Pro/Am.

7.13.1.1 Top Studio Bonus Points To qualify: you must have at lease two students competing to get bonus points. As of California Star Ball 11/2018.

2 students 200 bonus points
3 students 300 bonus points
4 students 400 bonus points
5 students 500 bonus points
6 students 600 bonus points
7 students 700 bonus points
8 students 800 bonus points
9 students 900 bonus points
10 students 1,000 bonus points

 

7.13.2 There will be six placements.

7.13.3 Multi owned studios with different locations, can not combine scores.

7.13.4 The points will be awarded as follows:
Points based upon the same system as Top Teachers.

7.14 All entries must be danced at World Pro/Am Dancesport Series events to receive points.

7.15 Revise 3/13/2016 A student and teacher who competes in all seven regions will receive 1,000 bonus points at the end of the series.

If they compete twice in all seven regions they will receive 2,000 bonus points.

If they compete three times in all seven regions they will receive 3,000 bonus points..

Points based upon the same system as Top Teachers.

7.16

Landmark Anniversary Bonus Points for the 2021 Series

Double Bonus Points at these Events

tr> tr>
Platinum DanceSport Classic
Michigan Dance Challenge
The Ball @ SF Open
Philadelphia Dancesport Championships
Miami Vibe Dacesport
Peoples Choice Dancesport
Yankee Classic Championships
Virginia State Championships
Boca Balllroom Dancesport
Embassy Dancesport Championships
Southwestern Invitational
Constitution State Challenge Dancesport Championships
Tulip Classic
Caribbean Dancesport Classic
North American Dancesport Championships

8. Fordney Foundation Junior & Youth DanceSport Series


8.1Age groups that qualify are based on the National Dance Council of America (NDCA) age groups :

Pre-Teen I: 9th birthday or less
Pre-Teen II: 10th or 11th birthday
Junior I: 12th or 13th birthday
Junior II: 14th or 15th birthday
Youth: 16th, 17, or 18th birthday

It is the responsibility of the couples competing in the Fordney Foundation Junior & Youth DanceSport Series to notify World ProAm DanceSports Series of their age and when they change age groups. By using the Discrepancy Report Form on the website.

8.2 Fordney Foundation Junior & Youth DanceSport Series Point Accumulation System

Revised 12/1/2016 - Starting with Holiday Dance Classic 2016, points will be based only on the following:
Pre-Teen 1 & Pre-Teen 2 - only Closed 5-Dance multi-dance categories
Junior 1, Junior 2 & Youth - only Open 5-Dance multi-dance categories
Any age level - special 5-Dance multi-dance Grand Slam or Scholarship Categories
Only the true age of the competitors will count. Pre-Teen 1 & Pre-Teen 2 - only Closed 5-Dance multi-dance categories (The following events we will could the 4-Dance multi-dance category since there is no 5-Dance event: Maryland DanceSport Championships, California Open Championships, Emerald Ball DanceSport Championships and International Grand Ball)

Every 1st Place 20 points
Every 2nd Place 15 points
Every 3rd Place 10 points
Every 4th Place 8 points
Every 5th Place 6 points
Every 6th Place 4 points
Every 7th Place 2 points
Every 8th Place 2 points
Each Call Back 5 points

8.3 Only one age group will count at any one event. The real age group will be posted.

Tabulation in scoring will begin at the Ohio Star Ball November 2020 and at designated World Pro Am Dancesport Series Events and at end at the last designated event before the Ohio Star Ball 2021 calendar. Designated Events.


8.4 Fordney Foundation Junior & Youth DanceSport Series Top 10 Awards in the Latin and Standard. Prize money may vary this year due to COVID-19 virus.

1st. TBA
2nd. TBA
3rd. TBA
4th. TBA
5th. TBA
6th. TBA
7th. TBA
8th. TBA
9th. TBA
10th. TBA

Couples must be present and compete at the Ohio Star Ball to recieve the awards.

8.5 Fordney Foundation Junior & Youth DanceSport Series Team Match East Coast vs West Coast

Team Match composed of 10 couples on each team.
1st. Placed Team TBA (TBA per couple)
2nd. Placed Team TBA (TBA per couple)

9. Discrepancies • Grievance • Penalties

9.1 Any discrepancies in scoring or point accumulation must be reported in writing by using the Discrepancy Report Form on the website.

9.2 Discrepancies must be filed no later than 30 days after the event posted date on the Leader Board. If not, points will not count.

9.3 We will not accept telephone calls, email, word of mouth, third party, FaceBook, Twitter, or any social media. It must be in writing using the Discrepancy Report Form on the website.

9.4 Please do not contact Mr. Sodano or Ms. Fordney at Fordney Foundation, regarding any type of discrepancies or grievance regarding World Pro/Am Dancesport Series and Fordney Youth Series. Please use the Discrepancy Report Form on the website.

9.5 Teachers and students are subject to forfeiture of all points and awards for unsportsman like conduct, for each infraction.

9.6 All discrepancies must be filed before Ohio Star Ball week. No discrepancies will be taken at Ohio Star Ball.