MAC 2020 Rules & Regulations
ALL ATTENDEES & PARTICIPANTS
All persons attending this competition as spectators, competitors, officials, or guests shall be bound by USA Dance rules and by their participation become obliged to adhere to them. The organizers of this event shall have no responsibility for loss or theft of personal articles. USA Dance or the event facilities cannot be held liable for any injury sustained while in attendance at this event. Persons attending do so at their own risk. All Athletes may be subject to drug testing by the WDSF or USA Dance.
COACHES. Please see our Coaching Pass Policy page for passes.
COMPETITION OPEN ONLY TO USA Dance, WDSF Members & WDSF Affiliate member organizations. A current valid USA Dance / WDSF / Affiliate number is required to register. Remember, all USA Dance Athlete memberships expire on Dec. 31, 2019. You will need to renew your membership at least 2 weeks prior to the MAC. Please go to USA Dance website and click on membership to renew or to register.
Membership in USA Dance is a requirement for participation in the MAC except for dancing in pro-am events, but the amateur student must be a USA Dance member.
An event is considered a set of dances grouped by style (Standard, Latin, Smooth and Rhythm), level (e.g.., Pre-Bronze, Bronze, Silver) and age category (Adult, Senior I, Senior II). For example, all three dances of Standard Silver, Adult age category, constitute ONE event. The four dances of Pre-Championship Latin, Adult age category, constitute ONE event. The two dances of Pre-Bronze American Smooth, Adult age category, constitute ONE event.
Competitors may enter the level they are qualified to dance or higher levels but never below their proficiency level. In other words, for example, competitors may dance in Bronze and Silver, Adult age category, but not Bronze, Silver and Gold. The MAC is a National Qualifying Event, and as such, participating Athletes are eligible to earn proficiency points in accordance with section 4.7.2 of the USA Dance Rulebook. USA Dance Rulebook, section 4.7.4, regarding Age Classifications shall apply. The age classification rules, however, shall not apply to Master of Syllabus (MoS) and Same-Sex events, as there will only be one age category for these events. Couples dancing in MoS and Syllabus Same-Sex events must dance approved syllabus figures.
FOR COLLEGE COMPETITORS: If you have never danced in a USA Dance competition or if you have never gained sufficient proficiency points from dancing in a USA Dance competition, you may enter MAC at any level, consistent with applicable provisions of the USA Dance Rulebook and the rules and regulations on this page. Please note, though, that Pre-Bronze is a newcomer category and open only to dancers (i) who began dancing no earlier than August 2018 and (ii) who have not placed first (after dancing more than a final round) at more than two previous competitions. Newcomers, we trust that you will follow the honors system when registering for Pre-Bronze, according to the foregoing conditions. For all others, we encourage you to dance at your appropriate level. This means that if you are a Silver or Gold level dancer at collegiate competitions and you have consistently placed in the top three, you should not dance Bronze at MAC. We count on all collegiate dancers to do the right thing at the MAC.
COMPETITOR DRESS CODE
A USA Dance official will be at the event to address all questions or issues that may arise with regard to dress code violations.
All competitors are required to adhere to the dress code set forth in the USA Dance Rulebook. Violations of the dress code may lead to a mark down of placement, expulsion or disqualification.
You cannot be the judged partner in a S/T couple, and also be entered as part of a regular Amateur couple with that same person.
Same-Sex events will be held at the MAC. These events will be held in two proficiency levels - Syllabus and Open, and will be Open Adult events.
The syllabus events are open to all Pre-Bronze, Bronze, Silver & Gold couples competing against each other and will be single dance events in all 4 styles.
The open events are open to all open level dancers - Novice, Pre-Champ and Champ and will be judged against each other.
All ages will be judged against each other.
All same-sex participants must be USA Dance or WDSF members.
There is NO differentiation between professional and amateur competitors in the same-sex events.
MASTERS OF SYLLABUS & SAME-SEX COMPETITORS
Competitors in Masters of Syllabus and Syllabus Same-Sex events must adhere to syllabus figures, and as with all syllabus events, they will be strictly invigilated. Masters of Syllabus is open to competitors who compete at J2 or older in all proficiency levels. All 5 dances in Standard, Latin & Rhythm will be danced. Smooth will consist of all 4 dances.
ALL SYLLABUS EVENTS WILL BE STRICTLY INVIGILATED.
Only approved syllabus (ISTD & WDSF) figures will be permitted in syllabus events for International and American styles. The Invigilator shall be responsible for all decisions, determinations, rulings and judgments concerning syllabus infractions. The Invigilator's decision shall be final.
The Chair of Judges shall be responsible for decisions made with reference to problems in marking, ties or adjudication decisions. The Chairperson's decision shall be final.
Flagrant disregard of any rules and regulations will result in a mark down of placement or disqualification, where necessary or appropriate in accordance with section 4.9.4.
REGISTRATION & FEES
All categories and events are subject to registration and time availability and the organizers reserve the right to combine or cancel them where necessary.
College Students shall be defined as full-time Community College, 4-yr College or University students between the ages of 18 & 35. All College students paying the college student price must show a valid college ID at the time of picking up their competition package.
The Early Bird Deadline is January 7, 2020. Early bird rates end at 11:59 pm that day, and the regular registration period will run from January 7 through 11, with rates increasing across-the-board at $10 per person. Late registration occurs from January 12, and registrations will be accepted only if the schedule permits, with rates increasing by another $10 per person above the regular registration rates.
REFUND POLICY. Competitors will not be allowed a refund of their registration fees unless a refund request is received in writing by no later than January 12, 2020. Requests received after that date will be considered solely at the discretion of the organizers. If these criteria are met refunds will be honored less a 10% processing fee.
COMPETITOR TICKET POLICY
Competitor Entries include General Admission access only for sessions danced. For events taking place across multiple sessions, entry will be provided for all sessions in which the event is danced.
All competitor tickets will be issued at check-in. Lost tickets will be charged at the full spectator rate for the respective session.
QUALIFYING FOR 2020 USA DANCE NATIONALS. To be eligible for Nationals you must:
Have competed in a minimum of one USA Dance National Qualifying Event (NQE) competition since the end of the last USA Dance National DanceSport Championships.
Have competed in the same partnership and in the same event (style/age/proficiency level) in the aforementioned NQE that you intend to enter in the USA Dance National DanceSport Championships and placed in the top 75% of Eligible Athlete Couples in that event. (This means: Pre-Bronze, Masters of Syllabus, Student/Teacher, Pro/Am, Same-Sex, and Team Match events do NOT qualify for Nationals.), OR
Couples participating in more than one NQE, will automatically be qualified in any event (same proficiency level, same age category) that they have danced in more than one NQE, regardless of placement.
The USA Dance Rulebook can be found online here.
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