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Rocky Mountain Five Dance

 Policies and Rules





RM5 Pro/Amateur Guidelines


  • No Professionals competing as amateurs. 


  • Professionals:  must currently be competing as a Pro or have competed as a Pro in Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Hustle and Country.


  • Amateur:  has never competed as a Pro, and is not competing as a Pro in any dance category or competition; you are allowed to be teaching and receiving monetary compensation.


  • Novice Dancer :  0-24 months dancing; no more than 10 competitions. (Bronze)


  • Intermediate Dancer :  24-48 months dancing; no more than 20 competitions. (Silver)


  • Advanced Dancer:  48+ months dancing; 20 competitions or more. (Gold)


  • All Star Dancer: an accomplished competitor; multiple 1st, 2nd or 3rd placements in Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced levels of competition.  

  • Pro-Am Competitors:  all placement of level danced in, is at teacher’s and dancer's honest discretion according to RM5 Dance Rules and Policies.





  • All Competitors: Will be judged on timing, technique, teamwork, lead and follow, footwork, synchronized movement, musicality, personality.     


  • Salsa:  Breaking on one or two is permitted.  Proper Salsa/Mambo rhythm must be maintained.


  • Night Club Two:  You may start on the slow or the quick; which is the one or the three.  The proper NC2 rhythm must be maintained; which is slow-quick-quick or quick-quick-slow.


  • Cha Cha:  You may start on the one or the two; one to the side, two breaking forward.  Always maintaining proper Cha Cha rhythm which is; one, two, three, four & one, two,three.

  • West Coast Swing:  Swing is defined as an American Rhythm dance based on a foundation of 6-beat and 8-beat patterns that incorporate a wide variety built on 2-beat single, delayed doubles, triple and blank rhythm units.  Although they are not part of the foundation of the dance as stated above, 2-beat and 4-beat extension rhythm breaks may be incorporated to extend a pattern, to phrase the music, and/or to accent breaks.

  • Hustle:  A dance form using and combining the creative elements of circular rotation, slotted movement, elliptical rotation, traveling movement, visual lead and follow within the rhythm and timing of the dance which is:  one, two & three or,  & one, two, three.  Basic will be defined as a ball change movement followed by two even steps.  Proper Hustle rhythm must be maintained.  

  • Pro-Am Competition:  Professional competing with an amateur. (Strictly) All competitors will be judged on their ability to lead and follow material, based on the RM5 All Dance Competition Rules as stated above.

  • Pro-Am Jack & Jill: A random pick for a Pro partner.




*Policies and Rules are subject to change.




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