Entertainment Performing Arts What Is Competitive Ballroom Dancing? Share PINTEREST Email Print lazyevaluator/Flickr Performing Arts Ballet Favorite Ballets Gear Singing Acting Musical Theater Dance Stand Up Comedy By Treva Bedinghaus Treva L. Bedinghaus is a former competitive dancer who has studied ballet, tap, and jazz. She writes about dance styles and practices and the history of dance. our editorial process Treva Bedinghaus Updated May 12, 2018 Competitive dancing is a style of dance in which dance competition is the main focus. Couples perform several different dances in front of judges who evaluate and score each routine. In recent years, this style of dance has come to be viewed as a sport, demanding high levels of strength, stamina, and flexibility. DanceSport DanceSport is the official name for competitive ballroom dancing. DanceSport is a stylized form of ballroom dancing in which the main emphasis is on performance and appearance. In a DanceSport competition, couples dance together on the same floor while being judged on their speed, elegance, body action, and dramatic movements. Skill Levels In a dance competition, dancers show off and compare their skills with other dancers of the same level. The competitors are required to perform at least one dance from a particular division. As competitors move up in skill level, they are required to perform more dances in the category level.The United States recognizes the following amateur skill levels for competition: Championship Pre-Championship Novice Age Levels United States DanceSport competitions are divided into the following age levels: Pre-Teen I: 9 years and under Pre-Teen II: 10 and 11 years Junior I: 12 and 13 years Junior II: 14 and 15 years Youth: 16-18 years Adult A: 19-34 years Adult B: 35-49 years Senior: 50 and older Judges Judges of competitive dancing are usually former professional dancers. They sit at the front of the dance floor and watch all competitors at once. The judges have scorecards for each couple and award points based on skills, presentation, and showmanship. The couple with the most points is declared the winner. Events The following is a list of events offered at a dance competition: International Style Standard Waltz Tango Viennese Waltz Foxtrot Quickstep Latin American Cha Cha Samba Rumba Paso Doble Jive American Style Smooth Waltz Tango Foxtrot Viennese Waltz American Rhythm Cha Cha Rumba East Coast Swing Bolero Mambo Miscellaneous Theater Arts Cabaret Night Club West Coast Swing Salsa Hustle Night Club Two Step Source: USA Dance, DanceSport Division. Guide to Competitive Dancing. 25 Sept. 2007.