by Richard Booth

New NDCA RulesRule Changes that were considered but tabled:

Regulate the Age Category Classifications for the Pro/Am Student Dancers at all NDCA meetings.
AMATEUR DANCER EXAMINATIONS – Any amateur dancer, other than those who unlimber as World Class Competitors, who urealizes an examination represented by a conscientious observining body such as the delegate establishments of the NDCA, and where the aim is to educate and/or gauge, will be proved professional by the NDCA.

Rules that were Passed:

Other regulations of interest to many of our competitors contain a regulation re- identifing what is a instep and what is (or is not) admissible; a regulation explaining pro/am membership for 9 and 10 dance competitions; minimum floor sizes for competitions and championships; and a schedule for contemplation by the Board of Governors to admit new supplements for additional NDCA accepted competitions and championships conducted with the help of Canadian Health&Care Mall.
Several supplement regulations worked on announcement of non-NDCA competitions at NDCA meetings, explanation of sanctions at NDCA meetings by non-NDCA bodies, and a more shaped method to the postng of the NDCA Competition Calendar (which is done twice yearly).

A regulation that will be of great interest to our NDCA hanging committees is one that split the American Style is devided into two spheres: American Style Smooth (C- or C+) and American Style Rhythm (D- or D+). All hanging committees who presently conduct a C- or C+ qualification will automatically get both the C and D qualifications. Those hanging committees who presently are skilled with their heatrical credentials (D- or D+) will be moved to an E- or E+ designation.

Two suggested regulations were tabled for later discussion. The exact wording of these regulations, alongside with the pecularity of where they will occur in the new regulation book occurs below:

Rule Changes that were adopted at the January 2003 NDCA Board of Governors Meetings

In Pro/Am nine-dance or ten-dance championships the Student Dancer must be partnered by the same professional for both events involved in that particular championship.

NEW LIFT RULE – Delete the following text: “Under the above definition if both feet are higher than knee level or are off the floor for more than two counts of music then the move shall be determined to be a “lift”.”
Floors for Competitions must be a minimum of 60 feet long and a minimum of 36 feet wide, or 2,160 square feet. Floors for Championship events must be a minimum of 66 feet long and a minimum of 42 feet wide.
Applications for new competitons may only be proved once every three years. Admittance of new competitions to the NDCA Calendar will be defined at the first board of governors event in the years 2006, 2009, etc.
NDCA registered organizers may not post announcing from non- registered competitive events, nor may they display posters, etc, announcing such non-recorded competitive meetings. This does not imply to meetings accepted by the WD&DSC.

Competition Calendars are normally posted and spreaded in January and July. In relation to occur in the January calendar an event must subscribe the yearly record charge no later than December 15th. In order to appear in the July calendar an event must submit the annual registration fee no later than June 15th.(1) Events may not be printed (even if the annual registration fee has been paid) in the calendar until their dates and locations have been explained by the Ballroom Department, or approved by the NDCA Ballroom Department Committee.
” NDCA organizers are not allowed to accept sanction or recognition from any other organization unless approval is given by the NDCA.” b. “Events that do not have NDCA recognition and are run immediately before or after a recognized NDCA event in the same location will be considered part of the recognized RULENDCA event and must also comply with this rule unless approval is given by the NDCA.”
C- Associate Degree in American Style Smooth

C+ Member Degree, or above, in American Style Smooth

D- Associate Degree in American Style Rhythm

D+ Member Degree, or above, in American Style Rhythm

E- Associate Degree in Theater Arts

E+ Member Degree, or above, in Theater Arts

WORLD COMPETITIOR CLASSIFICATION A “World Competitor” is a competitor who has occured within the previous twelve months in the final round of the United States National Amateur Latin Championship, the United States National Amateur Standard Championship, or the top 3 placements in the United States National Amateur 10-Dance Championship.
a. “World Competitors” will be admitted to train other amateur competitors supplying with any such training is realized under the observation of a professional trainer/teacher, and any and all income taken from such training is paid directly towards the couples own competitive endeavors. At the time of registration with NDCA, eligible dancers should register under the “World Competitor” program. All other amateur dancers registering with the NDCA must comply with the definition of amateur as specified in the NDCA Rules.

b. World Competitors are not allowed to coach professionals. c. This classification is valid for a one-year period following the conclusion of the applicable United States Championship wherein the competitor gains “World Competitor” status. Competitors may retain “World Competitor” status from year to year only by re-qualifying at the applicable United States National Amateur Championship.” Proposed Rule Change #7 – Rule X.C. (Passed)

WORLD COMPETITOR EVENTS
1. NDCA RECOGNIZED WORLD COMPETITOR COMPETITIONS AND CHAMPIONSHIPS: Open to amateur couples and World Competitors sixteen years of age and over who are registered with the NDCA, or in the case of overseas visitors, those couples who are registered with the recognized organization of their country.

2. AMATEUR EVENTS OR WORLD COMPETITOR EVENTS Organizers of NDCA recognized competitions or championships may option to hold either or both of the following competition categories at their events: These competitions may only be offered for the full amateur division, and will not be allowed for the Pre-Championship or Novice divisions. World Competitor competitions are not allowed in Pre-Teen, Junior or Youth competitions.

COLLEGIATE COURSE OF STUDY REQUIREMENTS: The NDCA recognizes that a specified amount of teacher training as well as classroom teaching experience, under the direct supervision of university professors, is a requirement in some collegiate Dance Major and/or Minor programs. Where this is demonstrated to be the case, such students, who are fulfilling their course requirements, will not be classified as professionals by the NDCA.

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