Competitive dance

Competitive dance

Ballroom dancing (competitive dance) is a competitive sport with specific rules, structures, and judging criteria. A typical ballroom competition consists of events in various dance styles, age groups, and skill levels.

Dance Styles
The following dance styles are featured at most USA Dance DanceSport Competitions:

American Rhythm
Cha Cha
Rumba
Swing
Bolero
Mambo

American Smooth
Waltz
Tango
Foxtrot
Viennese Waltz

International Latin
Cha Cha
Samba
Rumba
Paso Doble
Jive

International Standard
Waltz
Tango
Viennese Waltz
Foxtrot
Quickstep

International standard and American smooth share many technical principles, and many couples compete in both styles. In standard, the couple remains in closed dance position throughout each dance. In smooth, they dance in open positions (side by side, shadow, etc.) as well as in closed position.

Although international Latin and American rhythm both include cha cha and rumba, each dance style uses different technique and music tempos.