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Junior & Youth DanceSport Series


Please use the following Discrepancy Form if results have not been posted for the dance competition(s) you have competed in. Thank you.


Age groups that qualify are based on the National Dance Council of America (NDCA) age groups and they are:

  • Pre-Teen I: 9th birthday or less

  • Pre-Teen II: 10th or 11th birthday

  • Junior I: 12th or 13th birthday

  • Junior II: 14th or 15th birthday

  • Youth: 16th, 17th, or 18th birthday

Junior and youth dancesport competitors will accumulate points at the competitions listed below for ranking beginning at the Ohio Star Ball each November. Tabulation of scoring will begin at the Ohio Star Ball in November and end at the last event before the next Ohio Star Ball.

2022-2023 Series Events

*Please check the NDCA Calendar or each link below for up to date information regarding each event.

Yuletide Ball

Dec 28-Jan 01, 2023

Rockville, MD

The Snow Ball

Jan 27-Jan 29, 2023

Bloomington, MN

Texas Challenge

May 11-May 13, 2023

Houston, TX

California Open DanceSport Championships

Feb 15-Feb 19, 2023

Costa Mesa, CA

Winter Open Dancesport

Feb 24-Feb 26, 2023

Chicago, IL

Gateway DanceSport Championships

Mar 09-Mar 12, 2023

St Louis, MO

Michigan Dance Challenge

Mar 22-Mar 25, 2023

Dearborn, MI

The Ball at the San Francisco Open Dancesport Championships

Mar 30-Apr 02, 2023

Burlingame, CA

Philadelphia Dancesport Championships

Apr 13-Apr 16, 2023

Philadelphia, PA

Emerald Ball Dancesport Championships

May 02-May 07, 2023

Los Angeles, CA

The Crown Jewel of Dancesport Competition

May 18 - May 21, 2023

Naples, FL

Atlantic Dancesport Challenge

Jun 10, 2023

Baltimore, MD

Manhattan Dance Championships

Jun 29-Jul 03, 2023

New York, NY

Virgnia State Dancesport Chamionships

Jul 13-Jul 16, 2023

Reston, VA

Florida State DanceSport Championships

Aug 02-Aug 06, 2023

Sarasota, FL

The NV Ball DanceSport Championships

Aug 16-Aug 19, 2023

Las Vegas, NV

Embassy Dance Championships

Aug 30-Sep 03, 2023

Costa Mesa, CA

Summit DanceSport

Sep 28-Oct 01, 2023

Renton, WA

Can-Am Gala

Oct 06-Oct 08, 2023

Toronto, ON, Canada

San Francisco Autumn Dance Classic

Oct 20-Oct 22, 2023

San Francisco, CA

Houston Dancesport Classic

Nov 03-Nov 05, 2023

Houston, TX

Kings Ball

Dec 01-Dec 03, 2023

Whippany, NJ

Riverfront Dancesport Festival

Jan 14, 2023

Cincinnati, OH

City Lights Open

Jan 26-Jan 23, 2023

San Jose, CA

Utah DanceSport Challenge

Feb 04, 2023

Provo, UT

Florida Star Ball

Feb 16-Feb 19, 2023

Tampa, FL

Heritage Classic Ballroom Championships

Mar 01-Mar 05, 2023

Charlotte, NC

The Royal Ball

Mar 18, 2023

Los Angeles, CA

Windy City Open Dancesport Competition

Mar 23-Mar 26, 2023

Chicago, IL

San Diego Ballroom Beach Bash

Apr 04-Apr 08, 2023

San Diego, CA

Miami Vibe Dancesport Competition

Apr 19-Apr 23, 2023

Miami Beach, FL

Atlanta Open Dancesport Spectacular

May 05-May 07, 2023

Atlanta, GA

Go Wild Minneapolis Dancesport

May 20, 2023

Minneapolis, MN

Yankee Classic & New England Dancesport Championships

Jun 16-Jun 19, 2023

Boston, MA

Desert Classic Dancesport Championships

Jul 06-Jul 09, 2023

Palm Springs, CA

International Grand Ball Dancesport Championships

Jul 20-Jul 23, 2023

San Francisco, CA

Empire Dance Championship

Aug 02-Aug 06, 2023

Jersey City, NJ

Boca Ballroom DanceSport Competition

Aug 17-Aug 19, 2023

Palm Beach, FL

Galaxy Dance Festival

Sep 14-Sep 16, 2023

Phoenix, AZ

Southwestern Invitational

Sep 29-Oct 01, 2023

Dallas, TX

Chicago Harvest Moon Ball DanceSport Championships

Oct 12-Oct 15, 2023

Chicago, IL

Grand National Championships

Oct 26-Oct 29, 2023

Doral, FL

Excellence Dance Festival

Nov 04, 2023

Charlotte, NC

South Open Dancesport Championships

Dec 06-Dec 10 2023

Orlando, FL

Nashville Starz Dance Spectacular

Jan 19-Jan 22, 2023

Nashville, TN

Maryland Dancesport

Feb 02-Feb 04, 2023

Baltimore, MD

La Classique du Quebec

Feb 09-Feb 12, 2023

Montreal, Quebec

Eastern United States Dancesport Championships

Feb 16-Feb 19, 2023

Boston, MA

Arnold Sports Festival

Mar 05-Mar 06, 2023

Columbus, OH

Tri-State Challenge Dancesport Championships

Mar 16-Mar 19, 2023

Stamford, CT

Liberty Ball

Mar 27, 2023

Philadelphia, PA

Toronto Open

Apr 7-Apr 10, 2023

Toronto, ON, Canada

Wisconsin State Dance Championships

Apr 26-Apr 30, 2023

Milwaukee, WI

Portland Open Dancesport Competition

May 12-May 13, 2023

Portland, OR

Three Diamond Dancesport

Jun 04, 2023

Pittsburgh, PA

Millennium Dancesport Championships

Jun 20-Jun 26, 2023

Dallas, TX

DanseSport Montreal

Jul 07-Jul 09, 2023

Montreal, QC, Canada

North Carolina Open

Jul 22, 2023

Charlotte, NC

Heart of America Championships

Aug 09-Aug 12, 2023

Kansas City, MO

CBC DanceSport

Aug 17-Aug 20, 2023

Columbus, OH

Cleveland Dancesport Challenge

Sep 21-Sep 23, 2023

Cleveland, OH

Pennsylvania DanceSport Challenge

Oct 01, 2023

Lancaster, PA

Elite Dancesport

Oct 12-Oct 15, 2023

Newport Beach, CA

Paragon Open DanceSport Championships

Oct 26-Oct 29, 2023

Stamford, CT

North American Imperial Star Ball

Nov 09-Nov 12, 2023

Oak Brook, IL

Holiday Dance Classic Championships

Dec 06-Dec 10, 2023

Las Vegas, NV

California Chic Classic

Jan 21, 2023

Garden Grove, CA

Chicago All-Star DanceSport

Feb 04, 2023

Chicago, IL

Platinum Dancesport Classic

Feb 09-Feb 11, 2023

Miami, FL

New York Dance Festival

Feb 23-Feb 26 2023

New York, NY

First Coast Classic Dancesport Championships

Mar 08-Mar 11, 2023

St Augustine, FL

Baltimore Dancesport Challenge

Mar 18, 2023

Linthicum, MD

Indianapolis Open Dancesport Competition

Mar 30-Apr 02, 2023

Indianapolis, IN

Kiwi Classic Dance Championships

Apr 08-Apr 09, 2023

Auckland, New Zealand

Dance Stars Festival

April 30, 2023

San Francisco, CA

American Star Ball Championships

May 18-May 21, 2023

Atlantic City, NJ

Chicago Crystal Ball

Jun 08-Jun 11, 2023

Chicago, IL

Northcoast Dancesport Classic

Jun 23-Jun 26, 2023

Cleveland, OH

Twin Cities Open Ballroom Championships

Jul 07-Jul 09, 2023

Minneapolis, MN

DBDC - a Legendary Celebration

Jul 27-Jul 30, 2023

Boston, MA

Fantasy Ball DanceSport Competition

Aug 12, 2023

Virginia Beach, VA

Capital Dance Championships

Aug 23-Aug 26, 2023

Alexandria, VA

Master Dance Grand Ball

Sep 24, 2023

Fremont, CA

Constitution State Dancesport Championships

Oct 06-Oct 08, 2023

Stamford, CT

Nebraska Dance Festival

Oct 15, 2023

Omaha, NE

Hollywood Dancesport Championships

Nov 01-Nov 05, 2023

Los Angeles, CA

Ohio Star Ball Championships

Nov 14-Nov 19, 2023

Columbus, OH

City's Dancesport Challenge

Dec 16, 2023

New York, NY

Ranking System

Ranking Results will appear at after each dance competition.


The Tabulation of points will be based on multi dance categories only.


Pre-Teen 1 & Pre-Teen 2 competitors will earn points for the highest level Closed 5-Dance multi-dance category.


Junior 1, Junior 2 & Youth competitors will earn points for the highest level Open 5-Dance multi-dance category.


Special 5-Dance multi-dance cross-age level grand slam or scholarship categories will also earn points.

Points will be awarded in the following manner:

  • Each Call Back = 5 points

  • Every 1st Place = 20 points

  • Every 2nd Place = 15 points

  • Every 3rd Place = 10 points

  • Every 4th Place = 8 points

  • Every 5th Place = 6 points

  • Every 6th Place = 4 points

  • Every 7th Place = 2 points

  • Every 8th Place = 2 points


Awards will be given at the Ohio Star Ball in 2023 to the top 10 couples in Standard, to the top 10 couples in Latin, and to the participants of the Team Match. To obtain the awards, couples must enter and compete at the Ohio Star Ball.


The beginning prize monies for the Fordney Junior and Youth Dance Series totals $25,000 each year with the possibility of enhancement in subsequent years. This generous offering by the Fordney Foundation will be shared with the listed age groups and the overall Top Ten Couples in the Ballroom and Latin Divisions.

The overall Ballroom and Latin winners of the Fordney Foundation Junior & Youth Dancesport series will be invited to perform at the following year's Arnold Youth Dancesport Festival in Columbus Ohio.

Top 10 Grand Finale Awards are:

Fordney Youth Team Match Regions

Prize money will be given in vouchers and reimbursed with receipts.

Team Match:
An East coast, Central, West coast, and Canadian Team Match composed of 6 couples on each team will be offered:
First place award $3,000, 2nd place award $2,000 and 3rd place award $1,000 making a total of $6,000.

Team Match Colors:

West = Red

Central = Green

East = Blue

Canada = Gold


Click on the button below to register at one or more of the following dance competitions.

On that page, click the United States map next to Fordney Foundation. You may then select a region (1 through 7) and then choose a competition.

Top Studio Award

The three dance studios that have the most points in the Fordney Foundation Junior and Youth Dance Series will receive trophies.

Note that the dance couples must list the school they are from to receive the points for Top Studio award.


The Qualifying Event must consist of the following competition requirements:

  • Contain PT 1, PT 2, JR 1, JR 2, and YOUTH Age Categories.

  • Complete a dance-off between PT 1 AND PT 2 of the age groups—no automatic winners without a dance-off.

  • Complete a dance-off between JR 1 AND JR 2 of the age groups—no automatic winners without a dance-off.

  • There is no dance off for the winners of the Youth Categories. –automatic qualifier without a dance-off.)

  • Receive a letter and an Application Form for the qualifying couple.

  • The chairman or official will give the winning couple of the dance-off a letter and the Application Form.

  • The Application Form must be correctly completed and mailed to the following address:  P. O. Box 14442, Columbus, OH 43214

  • The Application Form must be mailed three weeks prior to the start of the Ohio Star Ball Championships 


  • A Dance picture must be submitted with the application.

  • No verbal entries will be accepted. ­

The Classifications include the following three Categories:

  • PT 1 – 2 —no automatic winners without a dance-off.

  • JR 1 – 2 —no automatic winners without a dance-off.

  • YOUTH –automatic qualifier without a dance-off.)

Ohio Star Ball Finale Rules:

  • Only one performance by a couple allowed at the Ohio Star Ball.

  • A couples Routine must not exceed 1 minute and 30 seconds, including set-up and entry. If music exceeds it will be faded out after three (1:30) minutes. 

  • All music must be brought to the music director in a non-protected MP3 format on a Flash drive 40 minutes prior to performing. The music director will be located in Battelle Hall directly behind the convention center in Columbus, Ohio.

  • The qualifying winners of the Best of the Best Fordney Foundation are allowed to dance any style in the Best of the Best dance off and are allowed to wear costumes of their choice.

  • No props are allowed. Unless apart of the dancer’s costume
    and not discarded.


  • Two lifts are allowed but not overhead.

  • Finale entrants must be an active competitor at the Ohio Star Ball.

  • The overall winner of the PT, JR, and YOUTH will be invited to perform an encore dance on Friday evening.

Please Remember, you must be an active competitor at the
Ohio Star Ball.

  • Dance picture must be submitted with the application.

  • You can qualify at many events, but you are limited to only one routine in the Finale.

2023 Best of the Best
Dancesport Challenge
Resources for Organizers, Teachers, Coaches
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