HEATED DIVISIONS: Costumes recommended but not required. All partners or couples dance together on the stage or floor to music that is selected by the organization or DJ. Heats generally last 1.5 minutes. No Lifts, Dips, Drops or Flares allowed.
-Just Salsa, Just Cha Cha, Just Latin Hustle, Just Bachata, Just Merengue
SHOWCASE DIVISIONS: Tricks are allowed. Routines are a minimum of 1.5 minutes and a maximum of 2.5 minutes. One foot must remain on the floor at all times even during tricks. If both feet of either partner leave the floor via the assistance of the other partner, it will be considered a lift and there will be a 10% deduction from the final score. A maximum of 3 tricks/dips or flares are permitted for the routines. A maximum of 4 bars/16 beats/2 counts of 8 are allowed for continuous turns. More than this will result in a penalty of 10% of the final score.
-Salsa Showcase On1, Salsa Showcase On2, Bachata Showcase, Latin Hustle Showcase
CABARET DIVSIONS: Cabaret is a Showcase Division. Tricks are allowed. Routines must be 50% recognizable Salsa or Bachata, respectively. The remaining 50% can be made up of tricks, dips and side by sides (shines). Routine length minimum 1.5 to maximum 2.5 minutes including optional entrance and/or exit music.
-Salsa: All styles of Salsa are accepted. Couples can choose to dance either On 1 or On 2 but must maintain consistent to that timing for the duration of the routine. Recognized timing for this competition is 1-2-3/5-6-7.
-Open Cabaret (Anything other than Salsa or Bachata. For example, Latin Hustle, Rumba, Foxtrot).
3 age groups: -18 and up
-40 and up
-50 and up
5 skill levels (HEATED DIVISIONS ONLY. SHOWCASE DIVISIONS SEPARATED ONLY BY AGE)