Small Competition. Lots of Heart.

In relation to some of the mega competitions, Delta Cup is relatively small with only about 1,000 total entries. What sets us apart is not the size of the event, but the passion and the hearts of its competitors, volunteers and audience. It’s a huge amount of fun designed to inspire everyone involved. Those who take part have raved about the warm, welcoming community-like atmosphere that makes it a joy to be part of. We hope to see you at Delta Cup this year.

Recognized by the Canadian DanceSport Federation (CDF) and the National Dance Council of Canada (NDCC).

Amateur couples entering amateur events must be registered with the NDCC or NDCA. Amateurs competing ONLY in Pro/Am events do not need to register with one of these organizations.

Visit NDCC registration page

Upon arrival at the venue, competitors or a studio representative should come to the Registration Desk and pick up tickets/heat lists. Any outstanding balances must be paid and release form signed before competitor numbers can be released.

Competitors are required to register with the Registrar and confirm entries/heat lists. At this time, male competitors’ numbers will be issued. Proof of current registration for Professional competitors and Amateur couples must be established in order to be issued their competitor’s number. Each competitor must be present in the ballroom at least 30 minutes prior to ones scheduled dance time.

No responsibility for the loss or theft of articles left in changing rooms, ballrooms or hotel rooms can be accepted by Delta Cup DanceSport Gala, George or Wendy Pytlik, KinVillage Community Centre, NDCC or CDF, nor can they be held liable for injury sustained by persons participating in or attending this event, however caused. Everyone attending does so at his/her own risk.

All persons attending as spectators, competitors, guests or officials, shall be bound by CDF and NDCC rules, and by participating in the event, become automatically obliged to adhere to them.

The organizers have engaged highly qualified adjudicators and scrutineers. The decision of the Chairman of Judges will be final. No judge shall be harassed or questioned about the reasons for marking.

Competitor Attire

Pro/Am Events

Ladies Gentlemen
Newcomer level: Cocktail dresses.
All other levels: Traditional costumes or cocktail dresses are recommended.
Newcomer level: Jacket, Tuxedos and vests.
All other levels: Traditional costumes, Tails etc.

International/Multi-Dance Events

Ladies Gentlemen
Adult/Senior Bronze: Afternoon Dress
Adult/Senior Silver: Optional
Adult/Senior Gold: Traditional Costume
Juvenile up to Junior Bronze: Leotard with sleeves and skirt or simple dress, no trimming
Junior Silver & Gold: Optional
Above Gold: Traditional Costume
Adult/Senior Bronze: Shirt & Tie w/Dark Jacket, Cardigan or Vest
Adult/Senior Silver: Optional
Adult Gold: Traditional Costume
Juvenile up to Junior Bronze: Black Trousers & tie, White shirt
Junior Silver & Gold: Optional
Above Gold: Traditional Costume

For more information see the Dress Code (PDF file) on the NDCC web site

Competition Guidelines

In Closed Pro-Am Bronze American Ballroom dances, only “closed” footwork will be permitted – no “continuity” styling.

Lifts are not permitted in closed and open Pro-Am or Amateur events.

In American Style categories, competitors may dance steps from Arthur Murray, Fred Astaire or any syllabus recognized by CDF or the NDCA.

An Invigilator will observe all restricted closed events. Competitors committing infractions will be penalized.

In Single-Dance Events competitors may dance in 3 consecutive levels in the Closed, and in two consecutive levels in Open events.

The organizers reserve the right to merge any categories.

There will be separate divisions for ladies and gentlemen in all Pro-Am Single-Dance  and syllabus 3-dance events.

Delta Cup DanceSport Gala reserves the right to cancel any competition with less than 3 entries.

In Scholarship events with fewer than 3 entries, the prize purse is reduced to the next lower amount.

Category Guide

Delta Cup offers Intermediate, Full and Open categories for each syllabus level in Pro/Am one-dance and three-dance events. Please check your DVIDA or other syllabus guide for definitions of allowable step patterns.

Full is a closed syllabus category requiring all steps to be within the selected syllabus. DVIDA guidelines allow the entire spectrum of steps within the level to be used in this category.

Open category requires at least 50% of the steps to be within syllabus for that level, while the other half may be outside syllabus, such as using some Gold steps within a Bronze or Silver routine.

Scholarship and 4 or 5-dance Pro/Am events are open category. Because Scholarship events involve prize money, competitors must dance an equivalent number of Single-Dance events for each Scholarship event entered.

Newcomer events may only be entered by those meeting the following criteria:

Amateur Newcomer limits: no more than 1 competition previously entered by either partner, and the result for that event was not first.

Pro/Am Newcomer limits: no more than 30 hours of instruction in ballroom dancing.

Formation Team Guidelines

There are no restrictions for the formation team events other than meeting general dress code requirements. Routines longer than 3 minutes are required to pay an additional entry fee. Because Formation Teams are not currently governed under NDCC rules, there is no requirement to be an NDCC member if you are dancing in the Formation Team competition.