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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 to dances at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels.

Couples may compete in two-step, waltz, East Coast swing, West Coast swing, polka, cha cha, and nightclub.

Teams may compete as a single category using their line dance routines, couple dance routines, medley dance routines, and open dance routines.

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 May 2017 at the Annual Convention in Miami, Florida, USA:

Major rule changes for 2018 include:
  • The Open Category has been replaced with a Showdance Category, which is a single dance category with no levels of proficiency.
    • Couples select their own music.
    • May use any of the 7 dances offered or as a medley of more than one dance.
    • There will be awards for the top 3 couples in each dance, but no overall award.
    • There will be awards for the top 3 couples in the Showdance Category.
  • There will be no critique sessions, however single dance placement sheets will be available at the awards ceremony.
  • There will be a Just Dance Category and a Pat & Chris Category.
  • The Competition Director may select competent judges from the roster of instructors of the convention.
  • Click the link on the left for additional important details and rule changes.
Line Dance Rules As adopted in May 2017 at the Annual Convention in Miami, Florida, USA

These rules, adopted at the 2015 Montreal Convention and used at the 2016 Columbus and 2017 Miami competitions, will be continued:
  • 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.
Major rule changes for 2018 include:
  • There will be no critique sessions, however single dance and overall placement sheets will be available at the awards ceremony.
  • The Competition Director may select competent judges from the roster of instructors of the convention.
Also for 2018:
  • Three of the six line dances were replaced.
  • Click the link on the left for additional important details and rule changes.
Teams Dance Rules As adopted in May 2017 at the Annual Convention in Miami, Florida, USA:

Major rule changes for 2018 include:
  • All teams shall compete against one another as one category.
  • Each routine may be one of four types:
    • Line Dance Routine, Couple Dance Routine, Medley Dance Routine, and Open Dance Routine
  • There will be awards for the top 3 teams, but no overall award.
  • There will be no critique sessions, however comment and placement sheets will be available at the awards ceremony.
  • The Competition Director may select competent judges from the roster of instructors of the convention.
  • Click the link on the left for additional important details and rule changes.
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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

2018 couples select their own

    2017 (to be archived)
    2016 (to be archived)
    2014 (to be archived)

Couples Music Archive
Updated August 20, 2017
  • Couples dancing in the Showdance Category will select their own music.
  • Music for the Just Dance and Pat & Chris competitions will be selected by the Competition Director and the Music Director just prior to the competition and will be played within the BPM range listed in the rules.

Line Dances, Music, and Step Sheets

2018

    2017 (to be archived)
    2016 (to be archived)
    2014-2015 (to be archived)
    2012-2013 (to be archived)

Line Dance Archive

Updated August 15, 2017
  • Line dances and music are now reviewed annually and 3 of the 6 lines dances are replaced each time.




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

2018

The 21st Annual IAGLCWDC Championship Dance Competition

during the Louisville Hoedown
the 25th Anniversary Convention of the IAGLCWDC
Louisville, Kentucky, USA