Youth Division of DanceSport
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OverviewMany competition organizations handle ages in different ways to the keep the competition fun and fair for all ages and levels of experience. Below is only one set of classifications as an example.
USA Dance competitions offer nine (9) age classifications. These divisions allow all ages of dancers to compete fairly by dancing against couples in their own age group as well as skill level.
Your age classification is based upon your birth-year not the month or day of your birthday. For example, if you are turning 12 this year, you are eligible to dance at the Junior I classification, even if your birthday has not actually occurred yet, and are also ineligible to dance in the Pre-Teen II classification or younger. Pre-Teen I through Youth may dance up one age category and only one age category. So if a couple is eligible for Junior I they can also dance Junior II, however, they may not dance Youth or Adult.
- Junior I: Reach 12th or 13th birthday in the calendar year
- Junior II: Reach 14th or 15th birthday in the calendar year
- Youth: Reach 16th or 18th birthday in the calendar year
- Youth II (also known as Under 21): Reach 19th or 20th birthday in the calendar year
WDSF RulesPutting two age groups together, such as Juvenile I and II as well as Junior I and II to one joint age group, is an option under Rule E-2. Juvenile II couples are allowed to compete in Junior I. Junior I couples are allowed to compete in Junior II, Junior II couples are allowed to compete in Youth, Youth couples are allowed to compete in Under 21, Youth, Under 21 couples and Senior couples are allowed to compete in competitions of the Adult age group if they want. In all age groups one partner of a couple can be younger, except in the Senior age groups.