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Dates

Dates

25 May 2017 - Country Western Evening Event

26 through 28 May 2017 - Country Western Events

29 May 2017 - Country Western Farewell Dance, Ballroom open for DanceSport Ballroom practice

30 May through 2 June 2017 - DanceSport Ballroom Events

2 June 2017- DanceSport Ballroom Gala Night

Location

Location

Doubletree by Hilton and Miami Airport Convention Center

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Schedule

World OutGames Miami will post specific times in 2017 once registration has been finalized.

Competition

competition divisions

International Style Division

 
  WOMEN MEN
  Standard Latin Standard Latin
Adult (18+) A A A A
Adult (18+) B B B B
Adult (18+) C C C C
Adult (18+) D D D D
  Standard Latin Standard Latin
Senior (45+) A A A A
Senior (45+) B B B B
Senior (45+) C C C C
Senior (45+) D D D D
Adult (18+) 10-Dance   10-Dance  
         

American Style Division

 
  WOMEN MEN
  Smooth Rhythm Smooth Rhythm
Adult (18+) A A A A
Adult (18+) B B B B
Adult (18+) C C C C
         
  Smooth Rhythm Smooth Rhythm
Senior (45+) A A A A
Senior (45+) B B B B
Senior (45+) C C C C
Adult (18+) 9-Dance   9-Dance  
         

Country Western Style Divisions

Couples may enter up to 7 dances in one level only.  To qualify for the overall novice or advanced awards, the following dances must be entered.

Novice 2-Step Waltz, Choice of Swing Dance*
Advanced 2-Step Waltz, Choice of Swing Dance*, Choice of Rhythm Dance**

*Swing Dances

  • East Coast Swing (135-150 bpm)
  • West Coast Swing (100-115 bpm)

**Rhythm Dances include the following:

  • Polka (108-122 bpm)
  • Cha Cha (100-120 bpm)
  • Night Club (56-68 bpm)

 

Country Western Team Categories

• Line Dance Routine – Any routine that is performed as individuals dancing essentially repetitive patterns in any nonjoined configuration. Multiline configurations, straight line configurations, straight line geometric patterns, circles or arcs are allowed. Hands or bodies may touch momentarily. However, movements exhibiting partnership or partnership intent are not allowed.

• Couple Dance Routine – Any routine that is performed as couples dancing together in any joined configuration throughout the routine except for: entrance, exit, transition, separation where partner changes are made, or a movement is executed where the perception of partnership is maintained.

• Open Dance Routine – This category is to be considered ""Open"" for teams desiring to perform routines primarily for entertainment with significant dance content. There are no restrictions on music selection, attire, or dance style other than the use of violent or vulgar movements.

 

Line Dance Division

Competitiors may enter up to 4 line dances.  To qualify for the overall awards, competitors must enter at least 3 line dances.

• Lover Lover – Lover Lover – Jerrod Niemann
• Something in the Water – Something in the Water – Brooke Fraser
• Counting Stars – Counting Stars – One Republic
• The Queen – Tilted - Christine and the Queens
• Bittersweet Memory – Clouds – David Nail
• The Other Side (Wow Hawaii) – The Other Side – Jason Derulo

 

Argentine Tango Division

 
  WOMEN MEN
Adult (18+) A A
  B B
  C C

Open Style Division

Showdance: (Show category for individual couples) One couple dancing a solo performance and may dance any single or multiple styles (any partner dance style). Routine will be no longer than four (4) minutes in length and may include changes in rhythm and dance styles. May include lifts.

 

Formation Teams (Open Dance Routine): Teams desiring to perform routines primarily for entertainment with significant dance content.

  • Couple Dance Routine: Any routine that is performed as couples (same gender or mixed gender) dancing together in a joined configuration throughout. Routine will be between three and six (3-6) minutes in length including entering and exiting the dance floor. Must have a minimum of three (3) couples or six (6) individuals. May include lifts.
  • Open Dance Routine: Teams desiring to perform routines primarily for entertainment with significant dance content.

 

Participation

Participation &
Awards

Medals will be awarded to the top three couples/teams in each division's category and class level.

Schedule

Schedule

World OutGames Miami will post specific times in 2017 once registration has been finalized.

Skill Level

Each dancer is expected to enter the division and category that most closely fits his or her actual skill level. To achieve a fair contest, equally leveled couples must compete together in the same division, category and level. There are no pre-determined classes in same-sex competitions. Grading rounds are required for the International style, American style, and Argentine Tango divisions before the competition rounds of multi-dance graded categories. The purpose of grading rounds, also called "separation round" or "classification rounds" is to group all couples of the same average level/quality in the same class. A participant's age is determined by that persons' age as of the first day of World OutGames Miami, 26 May 2017.

Note: if one category has more than 8 couples or teams entered/registered, elimination rounds will be held

Required dances per category:

International Style Division

  • Class "A" (Top Level)
    • Standard: Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Slow Foxtrot, Quickstep
    • Latin: Cha-Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive
  • Class "B" (Advanced Level)
    • Standard: Waltz, Tango, Slow Foxtrot, Quickstep
    • Latin: Cha-Cha, Samba, Rumba, Jive
  • Class "C" (Intermediate Level)
    • Standard: Waltz, Tango, Quickstep
    • Latin: Cha-Cha, Rumba, Jive
  • Class "D" (Beginner Level)
    • Standard: Waltz, Tango, Quickstep
    • Latin: Cha-Cha, Rumba, Jive

American Style Division

  • Class "A" (Top/Advanced Level)
    • Smooth: Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot
    • Rhythm: Cha-Cha, Rumba, Bolero, Swing, Mambo
  • Class "B" (Intermediate Level)
    • Smooth: Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot
    • Rhythm: Cha-Cha, Rumba, Swing, Mambo
  • Class "C" (Beginner Level)
    • Smooth: Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot
    • Rhythm: Cha-Cha, Rumba, Swing

Country Western Style Division

  • Novice (Have not previously placed first in the novice overall championship division)
    • 2-Step, Waltz, choice of Swing Dance
  • Advanced (Highest level of competition)
    • 2-Step, Waltz, choice of Swing Dance and choice of Rhythm Dance

Line Dance Division

  • 6 line dances will be offered
  • Participants may dance up to 4 line dances
  • To win overall, individuals must dance any 3 line dances

Argentine Tango Division

  • Class "A" (Top/Advanced Level)
    • Tango, Vals, Milong
  • Class "B" (Intermediate Level)
    • Tango, Vals
  • Class "C" (Beginner Level)
    • Tango

 

Mixed Gender Division:

Participation is open to couples consisting of one man and one woman. Either partner can lead or follow for the entire dance or the couple can switch lead and follow either between dances or mid-dance. The events will not be graded, so there will be no grading rounds scheduled for this Dance Sport Schedule event. The events will not be age restricted, and couples of any level can enter. Otherwise all other NASSPDA competition rules are applicable. Participating couples are expected to dance all 3 dances in each category as follows (these dances correspond to the dances in the "C" level of each dance style):

  • International Standard: Waltz, Tango, Quickstep
  • International Latin: Cha-cha, Rumba, Jive
  • American Smooth: Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot
  • American Rhythm: Cha-cha, Rumba, Swing

 

Rules

International and American Style Division Rules

The competition rules of the North American Same-Sex Partner Dance Association (NASSPDA), the sanctioning organization, will govern the International and American Style divisions. Highlights of these rules are:

  • Different categories may be danced with different partners. However, all dances in a particular multi-dance category must be danced with the same partner regardless of grade classification. (Example: if Dancers 1 and 2 compete as partners in women's graded International Standard and are graded Into the "B" level, then neither of these dancers can compete in women's graded International Standard with another dancer even if they would be graded into another level other than "B".)
  • For the senior category, both partners in a couple shall be 45 or above at the time of the competition. A couple may always dance in a lower category, if offered, in addition to its own age category.
  • Couples will consist of two women or two men dancing together (regardless of sexual orientation). A transgender person should dance in the category appropriate to the gender with which he or she identifies and should dancewith a partner of the appropriate gender for the chosen category.
  • NASSPDA does not recognize mainstream definitions of professionals and amateurs, and supports the categorization of dancers by their proficiency level. NASSPDA further prohibits couples from entering any category if either the couple self-identifies as a Pro/Am couple, as defined in the mainstream, or it is known that one dancer of the couple is paying the other to dance with them (for more see NASSPDA's competition rules).
  • No syllabus restrictions apply.
  • Dancers must wear functional and festive attire (for more see NASSPDA's competition rules).

Country Western Style and Line Dance Division Rules

The Country Western and Line Dance Divisions will be governed by the rules of the International Association of Gay/Lesbian Country Western Dance Clubs (IAGLCWDC). Highlights of these rules are:

  • Competitors may choose to enter any of the divisions of the competition. An Individual may compete in the line dance competition in only one division. If one partner has competed in a higher division, the couple may compete one level below the division of the more experienced partner, with the exception of the novice division.
  • The music played in the Country Western Style Division will be the songs chosen by IAGLCWDC for 2017. One song has been selected for each dance style within each level.
  • Footwear will be western style boots.
  • Competitors will compete in western style fashion.
  • Leads are encouraged to wear a hat in the 2-step, Waltz, and Polka, but may be omitted for costume consistency.
    • Note: Wearing a hat increases the level of difficulty and will be a criteria considered by the judges.
  • Props are not allowed

Argentine Tango Division Rules

Highlights of these rules are:

  • The couple may exchange lead and follow roles during a song but must not fully break the embrace during the exchange.
  • For the position to be considered correct, partners must constantly hold each other by means of the embrace. It is understood that in certain figures, this may be flexible, but not throughout the entire piece of music.
  • Within these guidelines, participants may perform any figure commonly used on the social dance floor, including Barridas (sweeps), Sacadas, Enrosques (twists), Ganchos and Boleos (with respect to awareness of the nearness of other couples), etc. At no time may any figure be performed which endangers other couples.
  • Saltos (jumps), Trepadas (climbs), Drops, Drags, Lifts, and any other typically "Stage Tango" moves are prohibited.
  • Judges will give special relevance to the couples musicality, technique, elegance, and risk-taking.
  • Each song will not be longer than 3 minutes, and the dancers will dance the full length of the song.

Open Style Division Rules                                                              

The competition rules of both organizations, IAGLCWDC and NASSPDA, for this division will be jointly applicable.

 

World OutGames Miami reserves the right to merge or cancel any categories that have less than three couples entered.

 

Competition

competition divisions

International Style Division

 
  WOMEN MEN
  Standard Latin Standard Latin
Adult (18+) A A A A
Adult (18+) B B B B
Adult (18+) C C C C
Adult (18+) D D D D
  Standard Latin Standard Latin
Senior (45+) A A A A
Senior (45+) B B B B
Senior (45+) C C C C
Senior (45+) D D D D
Adult (18+) 10-Dance   10-Dance  
         

American Style Division

 
  WOMEN MEN
  Smooth Rhythm Smooth Rhythm
Adult (18+) A A A A
Adult (18+) B B B B
Adult (18+) C C C C
         
  Smooth Rhythm Smooth Rhythm
Senior (45+) A A A A
Senior (45+) B B B B
Senior (45+) C C C C
Adult (18+) 9-Dance   9-Dance  
         

Country Western Style Divisions

Couples may enter up to 7 dances in one level only.  To qualify for the overall novice or advanced awards, the following dances must be entered.

Novice 2-Step Waltz, Choice of Swing Dance*
Advanced 2-Step Waltz, Choice of Swing Dance*, Choice of Rhythm Dance**

*Swing Dances

  • East Coast Swing (135-150 bpm)
  • West Coast Swing (100-115 bpm)

**Rhythm Dances include the following:

  • Polka (108-122 bpm)
  • Cha Cha (100-120 bpm)
  • Night Club (56-68 bpm)

 

Country Western Team Categories

• Line Dance Routine – Any routine that is performed as individuals dancing essentially repetitive patterns in any nonjoined configuration. Multiline configurations, straight line configurations, straight line geometric patterns, circles or arcs are allowed. Hands or bodies may touch momentarily. However, movements exhibiting partnership or partnership intent are not allowed.

• Couple Dance Routine – Any routine that is performed as couples dancing together in any joined configuration throughout the routine except for: entrance, exit, transition, separation where partner changes are made, or a movement is executed where the perception of partnership is maintained.

• Open Dance Routine – This category is to be considered ""Open"" for teams desiring to perform routines primarily for entertainment with significant dance content. There are no restrictions on music selection, attire, or dance style other than the use of violent or vulgar movements.

 

Line Dance Division

Competitiors may enter up to 4 line dances.  To qualify for the overall awards, competitors must enter at least 3 line dances.

• Lover Lover – Lover Lover – Jerrod Niemann
• Something in the Water – Something in the Water – Brooke Fraser
• Counting Stars – Counting Stars – One Republic
• The Queen – Tilted - Christine and the Queens
• Bittersweet Memory – Clouds – David Nail
• The Other Side (Wow Hawaii) – The Other Side – Jason Derulo

 

Argentine Tango Division

 
  WOMEN MEN
Adult (18+) A A
  B B
  C C

Open Style Division

Showdance: (Show category for individual couples) One couple dancing a solo performance and may dance any single or multiple styles (any partner dance style). Routine will be no longer than four (4) minutes in length and may include changes in rhythm and dance styles. May include lifts.

 

Formation Teams (Open Dance Routine): Teams desiring to perform routines primarily for entertainment with significant dance content.

  • Couple Dance Routine: Any routine that is performed as couples (same gender or mixed gender) dancing together in a joined configuration throughout. Routine will be between three and six (3-6) minutes in length including entering and exiting the dance floor. Must have a minimum of three (3) couples or six (6) individuals. May include lifts.
  • Open Dance Routine: Teams desiring to perform routines primarily for entertainment with significant dance content.