Dance Styles for
Synchronised and Choreographed Dance Show Competitions
Music: Is of the dancers’ own choice.

Artistic Latin American: The main part of the performance must include one or several of the
following dances. Cha-Cha-Cha; Samba; Rumba; Paso Doble; Jive
and also minor parts of other dances that belong to the Latin
American family.
Artistic Ballroom (Standard):
The main part of the performance must include one or several of the
following dances. Slow Waltz, Tango, Slow Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz,
Quickstep and also minor parts of other dances that belong to the
Ballroom family.
Caribbean: The main part of the performance must include one or several of the
following dances. Salsa, Bachata, Merengue.
Swing Dances: The main part of the performance must include one or several of the
following dances. Free Swing Dance, Jitterbug, Boogie Woogie, Lindy
Hop, West Coast Swing, Bugg.
Traditional Dances: The main part of the performance must include one or several couple
dances such as Quick Waltz, Polka, Schottische, Mazurka, Rhythm
Foxtrot, Argentine Tango, Milonga, Tango Waltz, Disco-Fox, Hustle,
Mambo, Lambada/Zouk, Brazilian Samba, Cumbia, New Vogue,
Modern Sequence, Italian Liscio and other possible couple dances.
Banghra Dance, Bollywood, Oriental Belly Dance, Flamenco,
Hungarian Czardas and many more National Folklore or traditional
group dances.
Classic Film & Musical: The main part of the performance must include dances in a style
taken from Hollywood films and Broadway Musicals choreographed in
the 40’s, 50‘s and 60’s. It is possible to choreograph new dances
performed in the “old” style.
Mixed Couple Dance Styles:
The performance may include dances and figures from all the other
styles above. It could be a mix of Caribbean dances and Latin dances
or a mix of Ballroom Standard dances and Traditional dances like
Argentine Tango or any combination of different couple dances.
All WADF Dance Styles: All styles of dance can be performed. It could be dances taken from
the Stage dance or the Street dance or any of the 6 departments. It
is not allowed to participate in a competition in any of the above
special styles using the same or similar choreography and/or music
and/or clothing (or similar costumes) and also participate in the “All
WADF dance styles”.
Artistic Dance Departments, Divisions and Competition Rules
Page B-5-2 Artistic Couple Dance Department
Artistic Dance Departments, Divisions and Competition Rules
Artistic Couple Dance Department Page B-5-3
Artistic Couple Dance Department
Section B-5
Artistic Multi Dance Division
Choreographed Dance Show Competitions
Competition Styles
Competitions may be organised separately in the different styles (see General Rules) above, or in
any combination of styles, such as Latin American and Ballroom (Standard) or any other
combination. It is also possible to organise competitions in special dances that are mentioned
against each style family. With few entries it is recommended to run the competition as All Styles
only then all couples will compete under the All Style banner in the same competition.
Choreographed Dance Show Competition format
Each team performs on their own to their own music.
Judges mark teams into the next round by using two sets of marks, one for Technical Merit and
the other for Artistic Merit. Normally around 50% of the teams should be marked in each
criterion.
How to perform the Choreographed Dance Show
a. Dance Show is a choreographed performance.
b. The character of the performance must be in line with the style of dancing that is being
performed.
c. It is allowed to change clothes or remove parts of the costume.
d. Acrobatics and Lifts are allowed.
e. Props are allowed if they can be brought on to the stage or dance floor in less than 20
seconds. It must be possible to fold all scenic props and backgrounds so that they can be
easily pass through a normal size door frame.
Criterion for Judging
a. The judges will reward clever choreography, a realistic theme or a small story.
b. The use of innovative, modern figures and movements within the style of dance, that is
being performed, will be highly rewarded.
c. During the qualifying rounds the judges’ will use the 2-dimensional system by giving two
crosses, one for Artistic Merit, the other for Technical Merit.
d. In the Final the judges’ use the 2-dimensional system by giving two sets of placing. One
set for Artistic Merit, the other for Technical Merit.