Registration and Fees | Payments | Cancellations | Levels | Amateur Points System | Invigilation | Partnerships | Ages

Registration is now open.

For any registration questions, please contact our registrar.

Registration Fees

Early* Regular Late
Adult $50 $55 $60
Student $40 $45 $50
Newcomer $30 $35 $40

* Payment must be received prior to the early registration deadline in order to be eligible for early registration discount. Fees include free admission to all sessions.

Register here.

View current entries here.

Early registration ends: Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 11:59 pm
Registration closes: Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 11:59 pm

Important Note for TBA Dancers:

We’ve previously been asking Newcomer and Bronze TBA dancers to hold off registering. All TBA dancers should now register normally. Please keep an eye out for an announcement about how the new TBA system for Newcomer and Bronze levels will work. Thank you for you patience while we sort out the changes.


Fees can be paid online via PayPal or you can send a check made to ‘Ballroom at Maryland.’

All checks must be postmarked by Saturday, November 2, 2019.


Send payments with a list of all the competitors that the check is paying for to:
University of Maryland at College Park
Stamp Student Union
Ballroom at Maryland
Box #152
College Park, MD 20742

Payment Policy

  • Prepayment is required, either online or check via mail postmarked by close of registration (11/2).
  • If paying at the door, an additional $5 surcharge per competitor will apply for DCDI 2019. This includes college teams.

Cancellation Policy


Cancellation Date Refunded This Year Credited Forward
If you cancel by Saturday, October 12 (Early Registration Deadline) 100% of registration
If you cancel by Saturday, November 2 (Registration Closes) 50% of registration 50% of registration credit towards DCDI 2020 registration
If you cancel by Friday, November 8 (beginning of DCDI) 0% of registration 50% of registration credit towards DCDI 2020 registration



  • Newcomer — Started dancing no earlier than June 2019. While there is no syllabus restriction for this level, we recommend that you attempt only steps in the Bronze syllabus.
  • Bronze — Started dancing no earlier than September 2018. Only Bronze syllabus steps may be danced.
  • Silver — Only Bronze and Silver syllabus steps may be danced.
  • Gold — Only Bronze, Silver, and Gold syllabus steps may be danced. No open work.
  • Pre-Championship/Open — Open work permitted and encouraged
  • Open (to all) and Fun events — No syllabus restriction

You may only compete in one level for a particular dance/style.
This means that you cannot do both Bronze and Silver American Style Foxtrot, but you can do Bronze American Style Foxtrot and Silver International Style Foxtrot.
There is one exception: If you are dancing in Gold or Open, you may also dance in Pre-Championship. There are also a few “Open” (fun) events that are open to all and not subject to this restriction.

Amateur Points System

DC DanceSport Inferno has our own amateur points system for this year’s competition. In order to present a fair atmosphere to all competitors of all levels, DCDI has created a proficiency points system designed to encourage competitors to move to higher competitive levels based off of the competitor’s individual results. For additional information regarding the new amateur points system, please review the full details of the Amateur Points System.


DC DanceSport Inferno is pleased to announce that we will now be allowing World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) syllabus-approved figures for this year’s competition in addition to the syllabus from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD). The new WDSF syllabus categorizes many of the pre-existing figures at different levels from the original bronze, silver or gold level figures from ISTD. These figures will now be allowed at whatever level they appear in either technique system. For example, if a figure was originally a gold level figure from ISTD but is silver in the WDSF system, that figure may be used at either silver or gold level.

We understand that there may be some confusion regarding this change, but there is no requirement to incorporate WDSF approved figures in place of the original ISTD approved syllabus figures.

For more information about the WDSF syllabus and the ISTD syllabus, please visit and

If you have any questions, please contact the DCDI Organizers at


(These rules do not apply to fun events)

  • Gender-neutral partnerships are allowed. Other rules must be followed, including:
    • Non-traditional partnerships must register like a mixed-gender couple (with a leader and follower)
    • Level restrictions apply (a gold leader may not follow silver)
    • No role switching allowed
  • No person can dance the same dance in more than one level (someone leading gold standard waltz may not lead or follow silver standard waltz)
  • Leaders who are not recalled from the first round of a bronze dance may lead a TBA follower in newcomer in that dance. 

Age Categories

The competition is open to competitors of all ages, but only the Adult age category is offered. Youth, student, senior and adult competitors will all compete in the same events.

The organizers of this event have the right to cancel or combine events as deemed necessary. Please contact the organizers at

Ballroom at Maryland (BAM) Disclaimer

No responsibility for loss or theft of articles left in changing rooms, ballrooms, hotel rooms, or other event facilities can be accepted by BAM. Nor can BAM be held liable for injury sustained by persons attending the event; it being hereby stated that persons attending the event do so at their own risk.

The organizers of this event, University of Maryland College Park, and the Campus Recreation Services are not responsible or liable for any lost or stolen items or injury.