Notice from NDCA President
In view of the unparalleled suffering of the Ukrainian people facing destruction and displacement of their homes and families the NDCA Executive Committee are aware that many of our members have family in Ukraine and we would like to say that all of the members in the NDCA stand with you in this time of suffering.
We are also aware of the many dancers from Russia who are also part of our American dance family and I feel sure that we are all united in hope for peace and respect for human rights.
We will hope you all join us in prayer for all who support freedom.
God Bless All,
Brian Mc Donald
Notice to Licensed Officials
Please let this notice serve as a reminder that NDCA licensed officials are only permitted to officiate at NDCA Sanctioned events or events organized by an organization recognized by the NDCA.
Lee Wakefield, in behalf of the Executive and Ballroom Department Committees
Additional rule for clarification of Pre-Teen girl
An additional rule was added to the rule book that applies to Pre-Teen girls in regards to make-up, spray tan, glitter, etc. This rule is in effect as of the date of this news article. The rule states:
"No spray tan, make-up, glitter, or any similar materials, etc allowed anywhere on the body."
New figures added in Smooth
At the NDCA meetings in July of 2021 two figures were added to the approved list of figures for invigilation in the Smooth style:
1 - a single Curtsy was added in the Bronze Smooth Viennese Waltz
2 - the Quick Open Reverse Turn was added in the Silver Smooth Waltz
NDCA Representatives-2021 WDC World Championships
The NDCA Executive Committee has confirmed that if the WDC World Professional Championships are indeed held this fall then the NDCA will nominate our representative couples according to the placements from the 2019 United States Dance Championships. If for some reason the WDC does not hold world championships this fall, then the representatives for the 2022 WDC World Professional Championships will be determined by the placements at this year’s United States Dance Championships.
Adjustment to the moratorium in Florida
As of January 28, 2021 the moratorium for sanctioned competitions in the state of Florida has been adjusted by the Executive Committee to completely disallow any event to be able to move into that state, even for a one-year COVID-19 related reason. This decision will be reviewed at the Ballroom Department and Board of Governors meetings that will take place this July in Dallas. Previously there were some areas of Florida that events were allowed to move into, but that is now not possible until further review.
Responses to four recent questions
Below are responses to four questions that have been raised with the NDCA recently. The Executive Committee thought it would be helpful so send this information to all Competition Organizers, which they did on January 6, 2021. This is also posted on the NDCA News Articles page for all registrants to view.
COVID Guidelines for Sanctioned Events
Before an event can be sanctioned and placed on the NDCA calendar the organizer(s) must complete and sign an "Annual Sanction Form". In regards to guidelines for sanctioned events for COVID-19 the Executive Committee worked with the NDCA attorney in early May to address these concerns. Following the advice of the NDCA attorney, the Executive Committee added text to this annual sanction form requiring the organizer(s) to be "in full compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, statutes, ordinances, rules, regulations or orders, including, without limitation, those relating to health, sanitation, and safety." Since each state health department/governor has guidelines and restrictions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, and these guidelines/regulations change frequently, it would be pretty much impossible for the NDCA to issue blanket restrictions in regards to sanctioned events. However, the requirement that was added in May seemed to the attorney and Executive Committee to be an appropriate way to address this issue.
Additionally, last fall the Executive Committee approved seventeen recommendations for organizers of NDCA sanctioned events to consider implementing for their competitions. These recommendations are below.
1. All local government guidelines in effect at the time of the event should be enforced
2. Largest Ballroom available on property
3. Separate tables for every studio group with hand sanitizer on all tables
4. No more than 6 people to a table.
5. Tables properly separated by a minimum of 6 feet
6. Sanitization/Cleaning of ballroom between all sessions
7. Hand sanitizing stations at all entrances
8. Largest possible floor to increase social distancing possibilities of couples
9. NO On-Deck Area - Deck Captain should be center or side of floor or on stage controlling the number of couples on the floor
10. NO WATER STATIONS - Organizers/Hotel shall provide bottled water
11. Check-in limited to one studio at a time at the desk
12. Separate awards center for all single dance awards
13. Separate entrance and exit - if this is not possible use stanchions to separate entrance/exit
14. Once daily temperature checks for all who enter the ballroom
15. All attendees and spectators always wear masks while NOT ON THE FLOOR, or while eating or drinking.
16. All Officials to always wear masks while not eating or drinking (EMCEE excluded)
17. NO AFTER PARTIES, public or private
Why Registration for Pro/Am Students
For many years the NDCA legal counsel advised the NDCA that it was very important for ALL individuals who competed in NDCA sanctioned events to be licensed. After years of delay the NDCA Board of Governors ultimately decided that this move was one that would need to happen. The registration fee for Pro/Am competitors was set at $25.00, which is lower than any other category of registrant with the NDCA.
Representation of Pro/Am Student Competitors
The NDCA does have a Competitors Commission to represent concerns and issues to the Board of Governors that competitors may have. This commission has had several meetings each year for several years now where all competitors have been invited, including Pro/Am competitors. Feedback from these meetings has been presented to the Board of Governors and changes have happened as a result of this feedback from the commission.
Registration Fees for 2021
Since March of 2020 there were many competitions that were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there were sanctioned events that did take place every month since June. With this understanding, the Executive Committee determined that for 2021 individuals may renew their license (registration) with the council prior to their participation in any NDCA registered event, and that no late fee penalties would be assessed.
COVID-19 Relief for Professionals - round 2
To All NDCA Licensed Competing Professional Couples:
The NDCA Competitors Commission is pleased to announce that we have been approved by the NDCA Executive Committee to issue a second round of funding to registered professionals. Professionals who have already applied are eligible for this second round, but everyone must resubmit their application to be eligible.
This year, so many in our dance community have been affected financially by the Covid-19 pandemic, which is why the NDCA Executive Committee established the "NDCA Benevolent Fund Covid-19"
Originally designed to help with medical bills relating to Covid-19, the NDCA has decided to extend this fund to include professional dancers who may need help with current living expenses. Grants are available to licensed NDCA Professional Competitors for use towards their personal needs such as food, medical, or other essential needs. Funds are limited and will be distributed on a first come basis.
Click on this link to access the Grant Application: NDCA Benevolent Fund relief application - December 2020.pdf
The Grant Request must be completed, signed, and then returned via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We encourage donations to the "NDCA Benevolent Fund". They may be made via the Heritage Dance Foundation (HDF). The HDF has offered to administer donations to the NDCA Benevolent Fund with 100% of donations made going directly to the fund.
Donations made through the Heritage Dance Foundation are fully tax deductible. The NDCA initiated the fund with its own donation of $10,000.
The HDF is a 501(C)3 not for profit charitable organization that has been in business for more than 20 years.
HERITAGE DANCE FOUNDATION
107 SOUTH CENTER STREET
GOLDSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA 27530
PHONE (919) 736-3500
ATTENTION PATTI TROY
HDF FEDERAL TAX ID NUMBER: 58-2001459 HTTP://WWW.BALLROOM.ORG/LEGAL.HTML
Donation checks should be made out to:
HERITAGE DANCE FOUNDATION
Please note in the memo or in accompanying letter 'For NDCA Benevolent fund Covid-19'
Once again, we thank Dr. Zwerling for his most generous offer, and we sincerely thank you in advance for your donations, both large and small, to support competitors affected by the Coronavirus. Let us all stand together as a country and dance community. Stay safe and healthy during this difficult time.
NDCA Competitors Commission
Re-registration is now available for 2021
Re-registration is now available for 2021 on the NDCA website. Please note that late fees will not be assessed for 2021 for officials who re-register with NDCA after December 31st of this year.
Update for Competition Organizers
Commencing January 1 through July 31, 2021
If NDCA sanctioned events are faced with Covid-19 restrictions in their respective city/county/state, competition organizers may petition through the Ballroom Director that the NDCA Executive Committee consider a location change for one year only on a case by case basis. However, location changes may be permitted only when they comply with all moratoriums, mileage restrictions, and date requirements as noted in the NDCA rule book. Requests for date changes based upon COVID-19 issues will not considered at this time.
Updated Rule Book - August 2020
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the NDCA did not hold the regularly scheduled meetings this past July. Because of this delay in the regular meeting schedule the NDCA Ballroom Department held a virtual interim meeting to address several rule updates, changes, and additions. The Executive Committee also added several new rules in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the next scheduled meeting in January of 2021 the Board of Governors will be asked to ratify the updated rule book.
Below is a complete list of all changes to the rule book since January 2020. These changes now appear in the online August 2020 NCDA Rule Book. The purpose of this message is to acquaint all competition organizers of these changes in a timely manner.
"By submitting an application to the Council to sanction an event, the Organizers agree to indemnify and hold the Council and its officers, directors, and agents (collectively 'Indemnitees') harmless from all claims, actions, demands, losses, damages, liabilities or judgments (collectively 'Claims') arising out of or relating to the conduct of the event for which the sanction application is submitted, or any event run by the Organizers at the same location immediately before or after the event for which the sanction application is submitted, and to pay any and all legal expenses incurred by any Indemnitee, including reasonable attorney' fees, any Indemnitee incurs in defending against any Claims."
"The granting of "Sanction" by the Council obligates the Organizer to adhere to the NDCA Rules and Regulations described herein, and to conduct a NDCA-sanctioned Event and any event run the the Organizer at the same location immediately before or after the NDCA-sanctioned Event in full compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, statutes, ordinances, rules, regulations or orders, including, without limitation, those relating to health, sanitation, and safety.
"Adjudicators, other than invigilators, may not use cell phones or any other unauthorized electronic devices during the time period(s) in which they are officiating."
"For competitions in the Exhibition, Cabaret, Show Dance and Formation categories:
III.A.11.c. and III.A.11.d.
Officials (Including Adjudicators, Scrutineers, Registrars, Masters of Ceremonies, Music Directors, and Organizers) are not allowed to give coaching lessons, on or off the premises, during the entire period of time of their officiating contract for the event. Once an official begins to work for an event their contract may not be suspended so that they may give coaching lessons. This does not apply to lectures or seminars scheduled by the organizer and open to any interested parties.
NDCA Benevolent Fund - Application for Assistance
Update on NDCA Benevolent Fund Covid-19
To All NDCA Licensed Competing Professionals:
The NDCA Competitors Commission wanted to give an update on the current status of the NDCA Benevolent Fund Covid-19. First, we wanted to say thank you again to the NDCA and to the many people who have contributed to this fund. Thus far, we've been able to give aid to 110 professionals across the U.S. totaling $11,000.
The NDCA has received additional donations of $17,600, which means we can offer this aid to many more professional competitors. The past few months have been difficult for so many in our industry and we hope to continue to provide support to professional competitors.
If this is the first you are hearing about this relief aid, please review this message and the application to see if you qualify. This is a one time aid of $100 per qualified applicant and we encourage all who have not yet applied to do so.
In March of 2020 the NDCA Executive Committee established the "NDCA Benevolent Fund Covid-19". Originally designed to help with medical bills relating to Covid-19, the NDCA has decided to extend this fund to include professional dancers who may need help with current living expenses.
Grants are available to licensed NDCA Professional Competitors for use towards their personal needs such as food, medical, or other essential needs. Funds are limited and will be distributed on a first come basis.
You may find the Grant Application on the NDCA News and Events page on the website at:
Please return the Grant Application to:
NDCA Competitors Commission
Travis Tuft (Chairman)
Photos & videos of former Professional Champions
Record of NDCA Presidents: 1948 - present
Covid-19 Assistance for Professional Dancers
To All NDCA Licensed Competing Professional Couples:
So many in our dance community have been affected financially by the Covid-19 pandemic, which is why the NDCA Executive Committee established the "NDCA Benevolent Fund Covid-19". Originally designed to help with medical bills relating to Covid-19, the NDCA has decided to extend this fund to include professional dancers who may need help with current living expenses.
Grants are available to licensed NDCA Professional Competitors for use towards their personal needs such as food, medical, or other essential needs. Funds are limited and will be distributed on a first come basis. To be considered to receive a $100.00 grant please complete and submit the Grant Application via email below to email@example.com.
We also recognize the efforts of the WDC Competitors Commission and the WDC Executive Presidential Assistant Anastasia Muravyeva, in their support of dancers in need. Please note: Dancers in the USA who have received aid from the WDC GoFundMe are not eligible for assistance through the NDCA Benevolent Fund.
We encourage donations to the "NDCA Benevolent Fund". They may be made via the Heritage Dance Foundation (HDF). The HDF has offered to administer
The Heritage Foundation
It is now one month since the NDCA addressed the then burgeoning crisis of COVID-19 which ushered in an unfortunate "new normal" for the world, and we have now seen how very bad this virus can be. At that time we had no idea when things would begin to change for the better, but were hopeful that we could get back to business in the fairly near future. Sadly, we remain no closer to any kind of "normal" and many of our organizers, registrants, and self-employed dancers find themselves in exceedingly difficult circumstances with no clear end in sight.
The Federal Government has inaugurated a number of programs to assist people such as ourselves and those who find themselves unemployed due to the restrictions imposed in dealing with COVID-19. Therefore, please check with your local and state authorities, your own bank, your lawyer, your account, for assistance in determining your best course of action during this most difficult time.
Competitors who are under a hospital or doctor's care, gravely affected by the virus, and find themselves in dire need of help should make application to the ‘NDCA Benevolent Fund COVID-19' by contacting Travis Tuft, the Chairman of the Competitors Commission which will administer the Fund, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Should you wish to donate to this very worthy cause you may do so via the Heritage Dance Foundation. The HDF is a 501(c)3 not for profit charitable organization that has been in business for more than twenty years and will accept donations to the NDCA Benevolent Fund-COVID19.
Dr. Charles Zwerling, the founder and Chairman of the Board of the Heritage Dance Foundation, has very kindly offered to administer donations to the NDCA Benevolent Fund without charge, thereby ensuring that 100% of donations are made available for competitors that are under a hospital or doctor's care, gravely affected by the virus, and find themselves in dire need of help. Additionally, donations made through the Heritage Dance Foundation are fully tax deductible. NDCA initiated the Fund with its donation of $10,000.
Heritage Dance Foundation
107 South Center Street
Goldsboro, North C
SUNDAY MARCH 22, 2020 11:45 AM EST RELEASE FROM THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:
Today the NDCA Executive Committee held an emergency teleconference meeting to discuss the ongoing calendar issues caused by the emergence of the COVID-19 virus. Over the past 10 days, as the national response to the growing pandemic occurred, and during which time a National State of Emergency was declared, many NDCA events have canceled and others applied to move their dates further into the year. In the hope that the situation would resolve quickly, the EC has tried to manage the NDCA Competition Calendar under difficult circumstances, and yet still help those events that were impacted as best it could. During this time with the situation changing almost hourly, 6 events have been permitted to change their dates, and a great many have cancelled. As we have all seen, the problems for our country and our businesses are growing exponentially with the spread of the virus, and there is no end in sight. As well as the National State of Emergency, State Governors and local legislators have ruled that in order to contain the spread of the virus there is to be no gathering of more than 250 - 150 people. This was then changed to 100 people or more, and a day later went down to 10 people, and now, as it is thought that many thousands of people will die before the virus has run its course in the USA, we must all stay home. The circumstances change by the moment; we cannot know when we will be able to operate again, or when the emergency regulations will be lifted, and we must take the situation very seriously. Therefore, effective immediately, the decision has been made that no further date change requests from organizers will be permitted at this time. The EC and Ballroom Director will assess the situation as it develops and when the way forward is clearer, will reconsider its decision and you will immediately be informed of any change. Meanwhile, we hope that you and your loved ones will remain safe through the dangerous period that follows, and that we will all come out on the other side healthy and ready to get back to work.
United States National Amateur DanceSport Championships
The United States National Amateur DanceSport Championships that will be held at Brigham Young University on March 10-14, 2020 will be sanctioned by the National Dance Council of America, Inc. (the "NDCA") and will be governed by the NDCA's Rules.
Change to NDCA rule II.A.6.a.
The National Dance Council of America ("NDCA") announces that, as of September 23, 2019, a "couple" will be defined in Section II.A.6.a of the NDCA's Rules & Regulations as a leader and follower without regard to the sex or gender of the dancer. Accordingly, beginning on September 23, 2019, same-sex/gender neutral couples will be able to compete with opposite-sex couples in all dance genres included in championships, competitions, and events sanctioned by the NDCA.
Update on the progress of Smooth and Rhythm overseas via World Dance Council (WDC)
May 5, 2018.
Att: All NDCA American Style Competitors. All Judges and Trainers of American Style.
Subject: Update on the progress of Smooth and Rhythm overseas via World Dance Council (WDC)
Dear Competitors, Judges, and Coaches involved in American Style Events,
I am writing today to give you a brief update on the progress and interest in American Style via the World Dance Council member countries. The National Dance Council of America Board of Governors voted last year to provide the WDC member countries full access to the NDCA Syllabi and rules for all pro-am events held world wide. This we feel will help create a unifom set of rules throughout the world. In addition, there is great interest on the part of organizers in the WDC to develop programs to include American Style events and championships. The WDC member countries have been encouraged to establish an American Style Division within their own National Council along the same lines that we have here in America. Many countries are now beginning to create a place for our American Style.
With the Championships in Blackpool and recent events in Russia, plus two European Championships coming soon along with events in ASIA, international organizers of American Style Championships will look to our teachers, coaches, and professionals to assist in developing the Smooth and Rhythm styles abroad.
Therefore, I would recommend that those who are intrested in being part of this wonderful expansion throughout the world ensure that they are registered with the WDC. All applications for a WDC License must be made through the NDCA National registrar via the web site NDCA.ORG. In order to compete or judge WDC American Style Championships and events you will need to be licensed with the WDC.
My best wishes to all .
Brian Mc Donald
President National Dance Council of America Inc.
NDCA licenses required for all competitors
For Immediate Release
Dear Valued Licensees,
With the worldwide spread of Pro-Amateur competition, this new license will begin the development of the first 'Official United States of America Ranking' for NDCA licensed competitors.
Registration opens in October of 2018 for the 2019 calendar year. We encourage all teachers to inform their students of this license and urge them to register in order to make this transition as smooth as possible when entering any NDCA sanctioned event in 2019.
The National Dance Council of America