March 20 - 22, 2020
AV College Gymnasium
Lancaster, CA
Rules & Regulations


  • This competition is open to all amateurs and professionals. Professionals may enter the Pro/Am Ballroom events as well as the Jack and Jill and Open to All events.

Code of Conduct

  • The Dance Force and High Desert Dance Classic Event is committed to providing an
    enjoyable and successful experience to all participants and to ensure a harassment-free
    environment for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual
    orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or ethnicity. As a result, and to
    ensure this for all participants (including student dancers, professional performers, volunteer
    participants and audience members), the event will not tolerate harassment of event
    participants in any form. Participants requiring service animals to accompany them to the
    event will be required to demonstrate the attending animal has been registered for such
    service to be permitted entry.
  • Event participants in acceptance of entry to the event agree to the conditions set forth and that
    the violating of these standards or conducting themselves as a disruption to the event will be
    required to vacate the event premise at the sole discretion of the director.


  • Pro-Am events are defined as a professional teacher dancing with a student.
  • Pro-Am levels available are novice, intermediate and advanced. There are no age division categories.

Open To All Competition

  • This category is open to all couples, students or adults, and all levels.
  • The syllabus is open, and can include choreography and non-syllabus figures.
  • Costumes are encouraged.

Junior Routine Showcase Division

  • The Junior Showcase Division is open to any style of dance.
  • An entry may consist of a solo performer, couple, or teams of 3 or more performers.
  • Lifts, aerials, acrobatic moves, drops, slides, breakaways, switching of partners, and reverse lead/follow are allowed but not required.
  • Age Requirements:
    • To dance in Couples or Group, dancers must be at least 6 but no older than 18.
  • Props are permitted.
  • Performance time is a minimum of 2 minutes and maximum of 4 minutes. Timing starts with movement with or without music.
  • Competitors select their own music and have choreographed routines.
  • Dance Costumes are required.

Jack & Jill Competitions

  • Dancers enter a Jack and Jill competition without a partner, and are randomly paired with different partners during the event. Try your luck... There's no pressure and lots of fun! Jack & Jill competitions are an ideal way to showcase competitors' skill in spontaneous swing and salsa dancing, especially the ability to dance well with a variety of partners.
  • All dancing in Jack & Jill competitions is to be lead and follow. Side-by-sides & breakaways are allowed. Note that the common requirements apply. Costumes are prohibited, but appropriate attire is required.
  • There is no restriction on drawing one's previous partner, regular partner, or "worst nightmare" - it's the luck of the draw.
  • West Coast Swing: No routines, lift, aerials, planned entrances or exits are allowed. Breakaways (12 count maximum) and drops are permitted.
  • Salsa: No routines, planned exits or entrances allowed. Lifts and aerials are permitted. Breakaways (12 count maximum) and drops are permitted but not required.

Judging Criteria (Swing, Ballroom, & Latin)

  • Competitions will be judged using the Relative Placement Scoring System based on the following criteria:
  • Timing: All dances are danced beginning on the downbeat. Timing extends to much finer distinctions than a single beat. It includes whether a competitor is fractionally ahead or behind the beat as well as matching the syncopations of the music.
  • Teamwork: All dances are connected, partner dances. The demonstration of this connection and the appearance of "lead/follow" or "action/reaction" between the partners is an expected part of any competition dance. One partner ignoring or "out-dancing" the other, or jeopardizing the safety of the other, indicates poor teamwork.
  • Technique: How well the competitors execute movements encompassing their dance represents technique. This includes control of balance and weight, foot placement, body lines, and spins.
  • Presentation: Creating an atmosphere of excitement by inviting and generating interest in a performance is the desired effect of good presentation. While showmanship is one aspect of presentation, it cannot substitute for good dancing. Good sporting conduct before, during, and after the dance is also an element of good presentation.

Affiliate Organization Rules


  • The organizers of this event bear no responsibility for the loss or theft of personal property. The High Desert Dance Classic and Antelope Valley College cannot be held liable for any injury sustained while in attendance at this event.


  • The Organizers reserve the right to cancel or combine events as they deem necessary.

Questions? Feel free to contact us anytime:

High Desert Dance Classic
190 Sierra Ct Ste C-10
Palmdale, CA, 93550

(661) 916-1318
Email: Please use contact form.