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Recreational Rule Clarification for 2018

Recreational events are designed to be fun, inexpensive and safe; essentially this is the ‘grassroots’ area for ‘entry level’ participants.

There has been a growing trend for teachers and/or amateur competitors to partner students in Recreational Individual (i.e. Best Girl and Boy) events, with some taking payment for their services. The rule, however, is for both partners to be from the Recreational Division, and this has been misinterpreted.

DSA has had complaints that the events are not fair. Parents have objected, stating they will not enter their children if the playing field is not level. In some instances, the only competitors who make it through to the finals are those Recreational dancers partnered by their teacher or Amateur Division competitor.



The Directors of DSA have published a brief Recreational Policy document that clarifies who may participate in Recreational Division events. This Policy will take affect from 1 January 2018. Click here if you want to see the full document, however to summarise:

Participation in a Recreational Division event is restricted to people registered in the Recreational Division.


Amateurs Partnering Recreational

Amateurs who want to partner Recreational students must do so in Teacher/Student events. DSA understands that there are some Amateurs who do not have Accreditation, and for that reason the following will also be introduced:

For the purposes of Teacher/Student events, and for the calendar year 2018 only, DSA will recognise registered Amateur Division members as the ‘Teacher’ member of competing partnerships.

This means that those Registered Amateurs who partnered in the Teacher/Student section in 2017 can continue to do so for 2018 whilst obtaining their ADI certification. The online entry system will be amended to accommodate this change.


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Participation in a Recreational Division event is restricted to people registered in the Recreational Division

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