Rules and regulations

of the International Dance Festival

Name of event “AMAZING VIENNA”
Organizers ESM Event Management & Hannes Emrich
Date: 19-20 November 2021
Venue: Hotel Intercontinental

The festival is held in strict accordance with the following RULES & REGULATIONS.

The Pro-Am festival is open for dancing couples that consist of a Teacher (Pro) and a Student (Am).


The length of music at the competition is to meet the following standards:

  • For International Latin and International Standard as well as for American Smooth and American Rhythm music should play from 1:10 up to 1:30  minutes long with exception for:
  • International Style Viennese Waltz, Quickstep and Jive competitions  – from 1:00 up to 1:30 minutes long.
  • Pasodoble competition – up to second highlight.
  • For Argentine Tango competitions – from 1:20 up to 2:00 minutes long.
  • For Caribbean Mix competitions – from 1:20 up to 2:00 minutes long.
  • Depending on the number of couples on the dance floor, the chief judge may reduce or prolong the music. The music can be reduced up to 1 minute in case there is just one couple on the dance floor or all the couples take part in different categories and stages.
  • Showcase should not be longer than 3 minutes in total from entering the dance floor up to exiting it by dancers (including «falsch ending»). After 3 minutes of time music will be faded.


The age is defined by the age of a Student (Am).

Single Dance and Multi Dances competitions will be held in following age groups:

  • J  (< 16)
  • А  (16 – 35 years)                                
  • B  (36 – 50 years)
  • С  (51 - 60 years)
  • D  (> 61 years)

Scholarship International Standard and International Latin competitions will be held in following age groups:

  • J  (< 16)
  • А  (16 – 35 years)                                
  • B  (36 – 50 years)
  • С  (51 - 60 years)
  • D  (> 61 years)

In American Smooth, American Rhythm, Caribbean Mix & Argentine Tango Scholarships all age groups will compete together.

In 9 dances and 10 dances Championships all age groups will compete together.

Participants at Single Dance in age groups ВС and D could also additionally dance in Single Dance at one age group younger.

Participants at Scholarship in age groups ВС and D could also additionally dance in Scholarship at one age group younger.


Competitions will be held in following categories and levels:

  Category: Level
  Bronze Beginner*
  Bronze Intermediate* (in some styles only)
  Bronze Full*
  Bronze Open**
  Silver Full*
  Silver Open**
  Gold Full*
  Gold Open**
  Gold Star Open**

* – «Closed» level.  Dancing figures are used in strict accordance with the Restricted Syllabus list.
** – «Open» level. No restrictions on use of dancing figures.

Any participant can take part in the “Closed” (Beginner, Full) level, where dancing figures are to be used in strict accordance with the Restricted Syllabus list, as well as in the “Open” level with no restrictions as regards the use of the dancing figures.

If any of the dancing styles lack the list of dancing figures, the registration in categories is recommended by the Teacher.

Argentine Tango competitions will be run in two sub styles: Salon и Free Style.

Caribbean Mix competitions will be run in two sub styles: Cuban Style and Line Style.

Showcase competitions will be run in following styles:

  • International Standard
  • International Latin
  • American Smooth
  • American Rhythm
  • Argentine Tango
  • Caribbean mix
  • Contemporary

In Showcase competitions all age groups will compete together. Any student can perform in not more than two Showcases with the same Teacher in one session. Duration of the Showcase should not exceed 3 minutes. It is allowed to use props. The Participants are provided the same light opportunities for their shows.

VIP Showcases will be presented in «no contest» system at the Afterparty on Saturday, 20th November. A VIP Showcase participants' photo will be printed in a festival booklet as a bonus, when provided.


The results of competitions in separate dances (Single Dance) will be summed separately among Gentlemen and Ladies.

Only the Chairman, Scrutineer and Organizer have access to the participants’ marks before the end of the competition.

Scholarship participants as well as 9 dances and 10 dances Championships participants must perform with the same Teacher in all the dances.

The participants have to fill in the Entry Form and pay the Entry Fee within the time frames set by the Organizer.

Deadline is 1 November 2021. The organizer holds it for possible to deny the late registration in case many applications have already been received.

Online registration is available at:

In order to enter for Scholarship, participants need to enter minimum in same amount of Single dances competitions in the same style as a Scholarship they wish to participate in.


Participants are to be present in the event hall and prepared to appear 30 minutes before the scheduled beginning time of their heat. Organizer reserves the right not to postpone the program in order to wait for the belated participants. In case of the missed heat, money for it shall not be refunded to the participants.

In Multiple dance competitions (Multi dance and Scholarship), Student (AM) is to appear with one Teacher (PRO) in all dances.

In Showcase category no more than three lifts are allowed per composition. The duration of Showcase is not to exceed the established limit of 03:00 minutes.

The participants are to remain on the floor until the music ends or otherwise may be disqualified.

Penalties for violations (program violations, lifts etc.):

  • violation in first rounds: Warning from the Chairman
  • violation in following rounds: Annulment of all received points
  • violation in the final: Last place for the dance that contained the violation.

If after the beginning of the final event the participants have to pull out from the competition due to an illness or injury, they are automatically placed last in those dances they haven’t performed.

In case of the Entry cancellation by the participant, the Entry Fee can not be refunded and the organizer is not obliged to transfer this participant’s Entry Fee as a payment for the next festival.

Judges’ marks and final results are accepted by participants as final and cannot be challenged except for the cases when the fault in these marks can be proven.

The contestants aren’t allowed to give interview to mass media during their performance on the floor. Any such interviews can be made between rounds and sessions as well as before the beginning and after the ending of the festival.


The winner is defined separately in each group.

The counting of the results is conducted using the Skating system. The judging is closed.

Judges can give from 1 to 100 points when assessing the participants’ Showcases.

Those participants who get:

from 90 to 100  points – get the 1st place,

from 80 to 89,9 points – get the 2nd place,

from 60 to 79,9 points – get the 3rd place.

Following the end of the competition, the judges’ lists with points and comments will be given to the participants or the representatives of the club / school / dance studio.


The prize winners of the Scholarship competitions who took 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in one of the programmes (excluding the programme total) will receive the following certificates:

1st place: 150.- euro
2nd place: 100.- euro
3rd place: 50.- euro

Money award vouchers are given in case not less than 4 couples took part in the competition.

All the award vouchers received at the festival can be used for the payment of the Entry fees at the International Dance Festival “AMAZING VIENNA” in 2020.

The total amount of money certificates at the festival is defined by the organizer.

The Organizer undertakes responsibility to hand in the certificates on the day of the competition.


In Single Dance competitions every participant receives a diploma.

In Multi Dance competitions every participant receives a diploma. The 1-3 places winners receive medals.

In Scholarship competitions the 1-3 places winners are awarded with medals, diplomas and cups as well as with money vouchers from the Organizer (see the PRIZE FUND section above).

Top Student Awards for Lady / Gentleman – diploma & voucher

Top Teacher Awards for Lady / Gentleman – diploma & cash prize money (the cash prize money is given in case not less than 80 Entries are registered and performed by Teacher)

Top Studio Awards – diploma & cup

The points count and final results that will define the Prize Holders are to be calculated by the following scheme:

Points are given Number of points
for every appearance on the dance floor 1 point
Additional points are given for:
every 1st place in Single Dance 3 points
every 2nd place in Single Dance 2 points
every 3rd place in Single Dance 1 point
every  1st place in Multi Dance (except Scholarship) 5 points
every 2nd place in Multi Dance (except Scholarship) 3 points
every 3rd place in Multi Dance (except Scholarship) 1 point
every 1st place in Scholarship 7 points
every 2nd place in Scholarship 6 points
every 3rd place in Scholarship 5 points
every 4th place in Scholarship 4 points
every 5th place in Scholarship 3 points
every 6th place in Scholarship 2 points
every 7th place in Scholarship 1 point
Note: Additional points are not given (Single, Multi Dance) in case less than 2 (Two) couples took place in the competition. Additional points are not given (Scholarship) in case less than 3 (Three) couples took places in the competition.

The best Teachers are chosen by the number of their appearances of the dance floor and the number of prize points they earned.

The use of the present Rules & Regulations without Organizer’s consent is illegal and is to be punished according to the acting law of Austria.

The cash prize money is given in case not less than 80 Entries are registered.


The preliminary information covering the competition program will be published on the official website of the festival

The Organizer has the right to introduce changes to the program. The competition participants will follow the news and possible program changes by themselves.

On the day of the competition, the Organizer provides participants with Heat Lists. The heat list may be subject of change.

Depending on the number of received applications, there will be several competition rounds in each group. The judges will select not less that the half of each round participants for the next round. The judges will select 6 couples to the final within each group, but up to 8 couples can be selected for a final if couples obtain the same marks. The skating system will be applied for the calculation of results.


Competitions will be run in the following dance styles and dances:

  • International Standard              (Slow Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Slow Foxtrot, Quickstep)
  • International Latin                      (Cha-Cha, Samba, Rumba, Pasodoble, Jive)
  • American Smooth                         (Walts, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz)
  • American Rhythm                        (Cha-Cha, Rumba, Swing, Bolero, Mambo)
  • Argentine Tango Salon              (Tango, Vals, Milonga)
  • Argentine Tango Free Style     (Tango, Vals, Milonga)
  • Caribbean mix Cuban Style     (Merengue, Cha-cha-cha, Bachata, Salsa)
  • Caribbean mix Line Style         (Merengue, Cha-cha-cha, Bachata, Salsa)
  • Showcase
  • VIP Showcase (no contest)


Information regarding additional services provided by the Organizer is available on the official website of the festival


Being present on the location of the festival, the participants shall behave with regard to generally accepted norms of behavior, respecting other contestants, spectators and organizers of the festival.

Organizers shall not be liable for belongings, lost or left in the dressing rooms, in the hall, in hotel rooms as well as for any possible injuries suffered by contestants. We strongly advice the participants to arrange insurance cover, otherwise they will have to cover all possible medical expenses by themselves.


The panel of judges assesses the participants’ performances. All adjudicators are licensed by WDC.

The Festival Chairman is responsible for the number of couples proceeding to the next respective round, gives preliminary warnings and disqualifies the participants. The Chairman and Organisers are responsible for the the competition schedule and introduce changes aimed at maintaining the established schedule. Any changes made by the Chairman and/or Organiser are final.

The decisions of the Organiser concerning the organisation of the competition and its schedule are final and not subjected to any further discussion. The decision of the Chairman regarding any competitive issue is final.


Any participant of the festival can send a letter to the Organizer with detailed explanation of claims and complaints not later than 14 days following the festival’s completion. Those claims and complaints will be handled in accordance with those Rules and Regulations and applicable  Austrian law with Vienna as the place of jurisdiction