Dear Athletes:

The past year has been very difficult for all of us. Because of the disruption caused by COVID-19 and the interruption of the competition calendar the DanceSport Council has modified the requirements to qualify for USA Dance’s 2021 and 2022 National Championships.

Qualification for the 2021 National Championships

  1. Any COUPLE that qualified for Nationals 2020 (which was canceled) is considered qualified for Nationals 2021. Further NQE participation is encouraged but nor required. Couples that have changed age categories (for example, Junior 1 to Junior 2 or
    Senior 1 to Senior 2) are considered qualified in their new age category.
  2. Partnerships that did not previously qualify for 2020 Nationals, may qualify for the 2021 Nationals by attending any of the NQEs leading up to the Nationals 2021 in which you will compete:
  • Charlotte Star Ball in April;
  • Gumbo DanceSport Championships (date TBA);
  • Texas Open in June;
  • OKC Dreamcatcher in July;
  • Kansas City Dance Classic in September;
  • Carolina Fall Classic in early October; and/or
  • American DanceSport Festival in mid-October.

(See the Dancesport Calendar for more details)

EXCEPTION: Junior 2 and Youth couples dancing in the Pre-Champ or Championship National Title Events at OKC Dreamcatcher will not need to pre-qualify.

  1. Because of the lack of training opportunities available during the past year and the limited number of NQEs available leading to the National Championships, couples do not need to finish in the top 75% at an NQE to qualify for Nationals 2021. Simply
    competing in a particular style at an NQE will qualify the couple in that style.

Qualification for the 2022 National Championships

  1. The 2022 National Championships are expected to occur early in 2022. Because this may result in only a few NQEs available between the 2021 Nationals and the 2022 Nationals, Syllabus through Pre-Champ level dancers may qualify for the 2022 Nationals
    by attending any NQE in 2021 or 2022 leading up to the 2022 Nationals. Thus, you can qualify for two National Championships by attending one NQE in 2021!
  2. Championship level are expected to maintain or return to a high level of skill and quality. To qualify for the 2022 National Championships, Champion level couples must compete at 2021 Nationals at the Championship level. If a Championship level couple
    does not compete at the 2021 Nationals then you will have to qualify for that level at an NQE between the 2021 Nationals and the 2022 Nationals.