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The International Association
of Gay/Lesbian
Country Western Dance Clubs

Dance Competitions

 
The IAGLCWDC sponsors sanctioned dance competitions
at its annual conventions. 

Member clubs may also hold these competitions throughout the year.

Individuals may compete in line dancing, in beginner, intermediate, or advanced divisions.

Couples may compete in two-step, waltz, East Coast swing, West Coast swing, polka, cha cha, nightclub and freestyle, depending on the division entered. Open divisions are novice, beginner, intermediate, advanced, and championship. Pro-Am divisions are beginner, intermediate, and advanced.

Teams may compete in single song dance routine, line dance routine, couple dance routine, medley dance routine, or open dance routine categories.

Any person interested in becoming an IAGLCWDC sanctioned judge may file an application with the IAGLCWDC Dance Competitions Committee.

Any non-IAGLCWDC member organization wishing to apply for recognition of their dance competition may do so by filing an Application for Recognition

Requirements for competition are spelled out in the IAGLCWDC Dance Competition Rules. 

 
The IAGLCWDC Dance Competition Rules
as adopted by the Dance Competitions Committee as indicated.
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Couples Dance Rules As adopted in July 2015 at the Annual Convention in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Note:  Major changes were approved on July 2, 2015 at the Montreal Convention.  The revised version of the rules including the changes are no posted here. Click the link on the left to view them.
  • The Pro-Am Category has been eliminated.
  • In the Open Category, only two levels of competition will be offered, Novice and Advanced, in all seven dances. A description of what constitutes Novice and Advanced will be included in the rules.
    • To win the overall award in the Novice level -- must dance 3 dances (two step, waltz, and choice of one swing dance are mandatory)
    • To win the overall award in the Advanced level -- must dance 4 dances (two step, waltz mandatory, choice of one swing dance, and choice of one rhythm dance are mandatory)
  • Music tempo for West Coast Swing was changed from 105-120 BPM to 100-115 BPM.
  • Attire Rules, hat: "Leads are encouraged to wear a hat in the two step, waltz, and polka but hats may be omitted for costuming consistency. Hats are optional for the follows. Wearing a hat increases the level of difficulty and will be a criteria considered by the judges. Loss of hat may negatively affect final placement."
Line Dance Rules As adopted in July 2015 at the Annual Convention in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Note:  Major changes were approved on July 2, 2015 at the Montreal Convention.  The revised version of the rules including the changes are no posted here. Click the link on the left to view them.
  • There will be no levels for the dancers, just the dances.
  • Six line dances will be offered (2 beginner levels, 2 intermediate levels, 2 advanced levels).
  • Competitors may dance up to 4 of these dances.
  • One overall line dance winner -- must dance any three of the six line dances.
  • Six new line dances were selected as per the rule changes made.
Teams Dance Rules As adopted in July 2015 at the Annual Convention in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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For further information, contact the IAGLCWDC Director of Dance, .


Approved Music Lists and Dances

Music and Dances Important Notes

Couples Dance Music

2016

    2014 (to be archived)

Couples Music Archive

Updated March 8, 2016
  • The review process for 2016 began at the 2015 Annual Convention in Montreal and was completed by the Dance Competitions Committee afterward.
  • Music for 2016 will be used during the championship competition at the 2016 Annual in Columbus, Ohio, USA.
  • The next review is scheduled for the 2016 Annual.

Line Dances, Music, and Step Sheets

2016-2017

    2014-2015 (to be archived)
    2012-2013 (to be archived)

Line Dance Archive

Updated February 14, 2016
  • Line dances and music will are to be reviewed and replaced every two years at annual conventions held in odd years.
  • Line dances and music were reviewed at the Annual Convention in Montreal, QB, Canada, on July 3, 2015.
  • All 9 line dances were replaced by 6 new line dances and major rule changes were approved.
  • Line dances and music selected in July 2015 will be used during the championship competitions at the 2016 and 2017 Annuals.
  • The next review will be at the 2017.




IAGLCWDC Teams Dance Championship Results
[PDF format, updated for 2015]
Results for Couples and Line Dance competitions are available
in the password-protected Delegates Area.

Upcoming Sanctioned/Recognized Competitions

2016

The 19th Annual IAGLCWDC Championship Dance Competition
July 2, 2016
during the Columbus Hoedown
hosted by the IAGLCWDC
accomodating the 23rd Annual Convention of the IAGLCWDC
Columbus, Ohio, USA