Northwestern Dancesport Classic

It is our pleasure to announce the return of Northwestern Dancesport Classic for the first time since 2010! We welcome all dancers: students, alumni, faculty, family, and friends. Infinite gratitude especially to the UChicago Ballroom and Latin Dance Association for lending us hands and wisdom on this exciting endeavor.

Competition Day

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019
9am - 6pm (Doors open at 8:15am)
1999 Campus Dr, Louis Room

Welcome Dance

Friday, February 1st, 2019
7 - 10pm
2122 Sheridan Rd, Performance Hall

Registration Link:

Current entries:


Pricing and Deadlines:

These rates apply to both collegiate and non-collegiate dancers. Payments should be made by day-of-competition, cash or check. Checks should be made to Northwestern University. We also accept Venmo!

Before January 27th, 2019, 11:59 pm CST:

$45 per dancer

Registration changes will be accepted via email after January 27th.

Spectator Fee: $5


  • Matt Rivers, Chairman of Judges

  • Molly Diemer

  • Allen Desterhaft

  • Rachel Mercedes

  • Andrew Belbin

  • Erin Scully


Rick Popp


Diane Samuelson


Chris Sayotovich

Schedule of Events: TBD

Order of sections: Smooth, Standard, Rhythm, Latin


Rules and Eligibility

Newcomer dancers must have begun competing no earlier than August 2018.
(We will make exceptions on a case-by-case basis, but please be considerate. If you have never competed but have been dancing socially for two years, you are probably too advanced for Newcomer.)
Bronze dancers must have begun competing no earlier than August 2017.
There are no time restrictions for Silver, Gold or Open levels.

Dancing down is actively discouraged. If you have placed 1st or 2nd in recent competitions in the Advanced or Gold level, please consider dancing Open.

This competition is restricted to amateurs only. No professional dancers or dance teachers are permitted to compete at a university-organized competition. If you are a professional dancer or teacher and would like to perform a showcase, please contact us separately.

Other registration rules are as follows: 

  • Multi-level couples must dance at the level of the more advanced partner. 

  • You may register for a dance at a higher level that is not offered in your level.

  • Double-registering is permitted only for adjacent levels. For example, you may dance both Gold Smooth and Novice Smooth, but not Gold Latin and Pre-Champ Latin.

All eligibility rules apply regardless of leading or following.

All dancers wearing heels must be wearing heel taps or equivalent. Costumes are permitted at every level.

(Special thanks to Natasha Nguyen and the Brown Ballroom Dance Team for allowing us to expressly plagiarize their competition rules.)

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