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A Ballroom, Latin, Swing, & Country Western Dance Event​

March 31 - April 3  2022


RULES & REGULATIONS

All persons attending the Rio Grande Dance Classic, whether as spectators, competitors, officials, or guests of the Organizer, by participating in this event agree to adhere to the following rules. No responsibility for loss or theft in changing rooms, ballrooms, hotel property, or hotel rooms shall be accepted by the Organizer, Nicolas Rael, or by employees, affiliates, associates, assigns, agents, and contractors, nor shall they be held liable for injury OR illness sustained by persons attending this event. Everyone attending does so at his/her own risk. All persons acknowledge that by participating in the Rio Grande Dance Classic they are also consenting to photography, videotaping and/or filming of the event. Everyone must sign a General Release Form.


COVID PROTOCOL

THE RIO GRANDE DANCE CLASSIC IS COMMITTED TO THE HEALTH & SAFETY OF THE DANCE COMMUNITY. ALL VACCINATED ATTENDEES MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF VACCINATION & BOOSTERS (WHEN APPLICABLE) ON SITE AT THE EVENT FROM THEIR STATE OF ORIGIN'S DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WEBSITE BY LOGGING ON TO THAT WEBSITE AND ENTERING THE REQUIRED INFORMATION MATCHING THEIR LOCAL/STATE ID. IF THIS CANNOT BE PROVIDED, A PRINTED VACCINATION RECORD WILL BE EXAMINED AND VERIFIED BY A STAFF MEMBER ON SITE. IF UNVACCINATED, RAPID TESTING WILL BE AVAILABLE ON SITE. POSITIVE TESTS WILL BE DENIED ENTRY. MASKS WILL BE AVAILABLE. ANYONE NOT ADHERING TO THE TESTING POLICY WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE EVENT AND NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN. PLEASE CHECK COVID PROTOCOL UPDATES FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION.


RESERVED SEATING will be available to studios & individuals purchasing tickets in advance by March 25, 2022. Seating Plan for the Ballroom and tables assigned to studios will be available at the event.


CHANGES MUST BE MADE AT LEAST 1 HOUR BEFORE YOU HAVE TO DANCE.

Please make sure to check your confirmations when you receive them. PLEASE KEEP A DIGITAL/PHOTO COPY OF ALL FORMS! HEAT LISTS WILL BE AVAILABLE THE MONDAY PRIOR TO THE EVENT.


NO CANCELLATIONS (PRO/AM & AMATEUR COUPLES MAY CHANGE DANCES, NO PARTNER SUBSTITUTIONS)


ALL EVENTS ARE UNISEX. In all categories and events, the Organizer reserves the right to combine, merge or cancel any events with less than 3 entries.


A teacher will not be permitted to compete with one of their students against another of their students in the same combined: style, dance, level, and age category.


The On Deck System will be used in all events. Competitors need to be in the ballroom at least ½ hour before their event.


Competitors (Adults, Juniors, & Youth) dancing in syllabus events may only dance the Bronze, Silver, or Gold Syllabus from the approved Syllabus of a national dance organization.


All Closed Syllabus Events will be invigilated. Penalties may be given without warning for any syllabus infractions.


ALL BALLROOM COMPETITORS CAN DANCE IN THEIR OWN AGE CATEGORY & ONE AGE CATEGORY DOWN (i.e., A student dancing in age category B1 may also dance in age category A2.) ALL COMPETITORS CAN DANCE IN THEIR OWN DANCE LEVEL AND DANCE TWO ADJACENT DANCE LEVELS UP (i.e., A student dancing in Newcomer may also dance in Pre-Bronze & Intermediate Bronze).


Country Western Pro/Am, Pro/Pro, & Couples dances will be danced in the Classic Masters order in two SEPARATE categories (Country Western Smooth & Country Western Rhythm) to provide an overall simplified transition between events. Country competitors can enter in their PRIMARY dance level. Country Competitors can enter in their own age category as well as any lower age categories for which they qualify.


ARGENTINE TANGO (AT) SINGLE DANCE ENTRIES CAN BE FOUND IN THE SMOOTH SECTION OF THE ENTRY FORMS AND WILL

BE DANCED DURING THE AMERICAN SMOOTH DIVISION OF SESSION 2.


WEST COAST SWING PRO/AM SINGLE DANCE ENTRIES CAN BE FOUND IN THE RHYTHM & COUNTRY RHYTHM SECTION OF

THE ENTRY FORMS AND WILL BE DANCED DURING THE COUNTRY RHYTHM & AMERICAN RHYTHM SECTION OF SESSION 2

BASED ON WHICH ENTRY FORM IS USED TO ENTER.


SALSA (SAL) & HUSTLE (H) SINGLE DANCE ENTRIES CAN BE FOUND IN THE AMERICAN RHYTHM SECTION OF THE ENTRY FORMS AND WILL BE DANCED DURING THE AMERICAN RHYTHM SECTION OF SESSION 2.


COMPETING PROFESSIONALS AND PRO/AM TEACHERS QUALIFY FOR AN ALL ACCESS PASS AT NO EXTRA CHARGE.


SAME SEX & REVERSE ROLE COMPETITORS: Please clarify on the entry forms who is the LEADER and who is the FOLLOWER by selecting the box beneath the professional's name. Leader/follower switching is permitted (provided only one number is worn per couple.)


Scholarships & Professional Events

For each Scholarship a student enters, he/she must dance the same dances in single dance events. The Organizer reserves the right to cancel Scholarship & Professional events if there are less than 3 couples. In events with less than 3 couples, ½ of the prize money will be paid.


OVERALL SCORING SYSTEM (BALLROOM SINGLE DANCE EVENTS ONLY)

All couples will receive two placements if Multiple Events are occurring during the same heat: One Placement for the event in which they are dancing (i.e. Pre-Bronze A1 American Cha Cha) and one placement for the heat they are dancing in (i.e. Heat #1 American Cha Cha).


COUNTRY WESTERN OVERALL SCORING

Country western traditional overall scoring rules apply.


Dress Code–Costumes may be worn but are not required.


Cancellation/Refund Policy

Only WRITTEN requests for refunds will be honored until March 25, 2022. A 20% processing charge per person will be applied to all refunds. No refunds will be given after this date. All refunds will be made in full or in part thirty (30) days after the competition.


No REFUNDS or EXCHANGES on ADMISSION TICKETS. Acts of God, war, strikes, government regulations, disasters, civil unrest, labor disputes, transportation availability, shortage of materials or any other emergency making it inadvisable or impossible to provide the facility and/or services associated with the production of a ballroom dance event do not pose a refund situation.


All payments must be made by Venmo, Zelle, Credit/Debit Card, PayPal, or Apple Pay. Credit/Debit Card payments are subject to a 4% Registration Fee. Cash will be accepted at the door for J&J contests, Spectator Passes, & Workshop Passes.


J&J (formerly Jack & Jill) Competitors: J&J is a format of competition in partner dancing, where the competing couples are the result of random matching of leaders and followers. Competitors for J&J events must enter at least 1 hour prior to “Round 1” of all J&J events. The competitor can select only ONE role in the dance partnership per style & level, and the competitor must remain in that role for the remainder of the J&J Rounds in that style. (For example, a competitor entering as a Newcomer/Novice Leader in J&J West Coast Swing must remain a Newcomer/Novice Leader in all following J&J West Coast Swing rounds, but the same competitor can switch to an Intermediate/advanced Follower in J&J West Coast Swing rounds, but must remain an Intermediate/Advanced Follower in all following J&J West Coast Swing rounds.)