Rules and regulations

of the International Dance Festival

Name of event “AMAZING VIENNA”
Organizers ESM Event Management GmbH & Hannes Emrich
Date: 13-15 December 2019
Venue: Grand Hotel Wien
Hofburg Imperial Palace

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

The organizers and all the festival participants undertake the responsibility to act in accordance with the present 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)
  • С1  (> 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)
  • С1  (> 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 C1 could also additionally dance in Single Dance at one age group younger.

Participants at Scholarship in age groups ВС and C1 could also additionally dance in Scholarship at one age group younger.


Competitions will be held in following categories and levels:






Intermediate* (in some styles only)














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 in the evening session. Participants can present their VIP Showcases in the Evening session on 14.12.2019. 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.

Every participant can get the printed version of the results at the registration desk following their announcement.

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 20 November 2019.

Entries after 20 November 2019 will be a reason for additional Entry fee penalty 100,- euro. 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 and level as a Scholarship they wish to participate.

All the participants (Teachers and Students) have to purchase the Entry Tickets in order to enter the ballroom for the Day session and Evening session of the festival.


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 are given in case not less than 80 Entries are registered.


  1. Dances

In Ballroom Show Dance events the dances must be selected from one up to all of the five regular Ballroom dances. Dancers must perform the same show and choreography throughout the rehearsal and the competition.

  1. Time

The time of the show must be up to a maximum of 4 minutes. The time limit must not be exceeded under any circumstances. The time limit is to include walk on and exit from the floor. Exceeding the time limit leads to direct disqualification. The time limit is to include walk on and final exit from the floor and audience applause whilst the couple is on the floor.

  1. Lifts

Three lifts are permitted for the whole performance. These can be performed anywhere in the show.

  1. Music

Send the music files at your earliest convenience to, however not later than December 6, 2019.

  1. The Competition

Conditions including lighting are the same for all couples throughout the show including entrance and exit. Prior to the competition there is an official rehearsal, where all the couples have a reasonable time to test their show. To attend the rehearsal is an obligation for all couples.

  1. Props.

No props are permitted during entrance, performance and exit. Please note that for the purposes of this rule a ‘prop’ is defined as any item that is not part of the couple’s costume. Therefore, no item may be discarded by the couple at any time.

  1. Order of Dancing

Order of dancing shall be drawn by ballot, at which all the competitors or chosen representatives have a right to be present.

  1. Time between Rounds

There will be a minimum of 30 minutes between each round of a Show Dance.

  1. Marking system

The normal system of marking will be applied. (i.e. In the Final the adjudicators will place the couples in order of merit).

  1. Financial Conditions

The organizers cover the accommodation and food (2 nights, double room), registration fee and Entry Ticket (Walker Ticket) to the ballroom for the nominated couples. The registration fee for the non-nominated couples is € 100,- per couple. Non-nominated couples must obtain an Entry Ticket to the ballroom. The Entry Tickets can be purchased from out Ticket Shop.

  1. Chairman of Adjudicators

In all cases the decision of the Chairman of Adjudicators is final.


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

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

On the day of the competition, the Organizer provides participants with Hit Lists for free.

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 to the next stage. The judges will select 6 couples to the final within each group.


THURSDAY - December 12, 2019

20.00-22.00 — Welcome dinner

FRIDAY - December 13, 2019 - GRAND HOTEL WIEN

9.00-16.00 — Day Session

16.00-18.00 — Lunch

18.00-21.00 — Evening Session

22.00-00.00 — Afterparty

SATURDAY - December 14, 2019 - GRAND HOTEL WIEN

9.00-15.00 — Day Session

15.00-17.00 — Lunch

18.00-21.00 — Evening Session

22.00-00.00 — Afterparty



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 licensed by WDC.

Judges in categories International Standard, International Latin, American Smooth, American Rhythm, as well as the festivals’ Chairman are chosen out of judges who have a license of any official dancing organization. Judges in other categories are invited by the Organizer from a number of heavyweight specialists in those categories.

Festival’s Chairman defines the number of couples proceeding to the next rounds, gives preliminary warnings and disqualifies the participants, takes care of the competition schedule and introduces changes aimed at following the established schedule together with the Organizer.

The decisions of the Chairman concerning the questions of judging, holding of the competition and its schedule are final and not subjected to any further discussion.


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 end. Those claims and complaints will be regarded in accordance with those Rules and Regulations and the Austrian law, and corresponding conclusions will be made.