Competition Rules

Team-Specific Dress Code

The University of Minnesota team has some requirements in addition to those for specific events. Glasses should not be worn on the dance floor. Gentlemen should have their hair slicked back and secured to their head. Ladies should have their hair secured with hairspray.

USA Dance

USA Dance is the governing body for the National Collegiate Championships. As such, we need to comply with their rules at that competition. A full copy of the competition rules is available in the USA Dance Rulebook, found here. Other competitions may follow other rules.

Dress Code

The dress code for collegiate athletes competing at syllabus levels is found in the USA Dance Rulebook, Section 3.10.7

Gentlemen – Standard: For Standard, gentlemen are required to wear a white, long-sleeved shirt with a black, midnight blue, or white tie, and black or midnight blue pants, socks, and shoes. Long hair must be in a ponytail.

Gentlemen – Smooth: For Smooth, gentlemen may wear a black or midnight blue shirt and a one-color tie, but are still required to wear black or midnight blue pants, socks, and shoes. Long hair must be in a ponytail.

Gentlemen – Latin and Rhythm: For Latin and Rhythm, gentlemen are required to wear a white, midnight blue, or black sleeved shirt and black or midnight blue pants, socks, and shoes. They are allowed to wear a solid colored tie, and the shirt may be open to mid-chest. Long hair must be in a ponytail.

Ladies – All Styles: For all styles, ladies are required to wear a one-piece dress or a blouse and skirt combination. In all cases, the skirt must cover the lady’s dance shorts when she is standing still.

Jewelry: Neither ladies nor gentlemen are allowed to wear decorative jewelry with light reflective qualities – this includes all beads, sequins, rhinestones, etc. that are a part of the costume. Personal jewelry, defined as any body jewelry that is not part of the costume itself and would be normally worn off of the dance floor, is allowed – this includes simple necklaces, earrings, and wedding rings.

Allowed Steps

At all USA Dance Competitions, certain steps are allowed at each level in addition to those included in the choreography routines. These can be found in the USA Dance Rulebook or the USA Dance Syllabus Guidebook.