Competitions & Categories


In addition to weekly classes, the Club also offers the chance to participate in a number of competitions all over the country.  Competitions run throughout the year, allowing flexibility around your busy schedules.


Competitions allow Leeds to show other universities how well we can dance as well as our amazing team spirit. We attend both varsity competitions (featuring the best universities on the competitive University circuit) and friendly competitions (much smaller, more relaxed and friendly, allowing time for fun dances and giving you the opportunity to dance 10+ dances if desired).


However, there is never any pressure to compete (though it is highly enjoyable)! If you would like to come and watch and support the team without competing, we would love to have you! Please speak to the Team Captains for more information.


Competition Categories


Beginners – those who have had less than 1 year of ballroom and latin experience (steps and dresses restricted). Basic competitions are Beginner Waltz, Beginner Quickstep, Beginner Cha and Beginner Jive

Novice – those who have been dancing for over a year and who have started to build up some experience (steps and dresses restricted). Basic competitions are: Novice Waltz and Quickstep, Novice Cha Cha and Jive.

Intermediate – for dancers who have been dancing for several years. Steps and dresses are not restricted.

Intermediate Ballroom - Waltz, Viennese Waltz and Quickstep. 

Intermediate Latin - Cha Cha, Paso Doble and Jive.

Advanced – for the advanced dancers.

Advanced Ballroom - Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot and Quickstep

Advanced Latin - Cha cha, Samba, Paso Doble, Jive

Open events – these are open to anyone and vary depending on the competition. They could include Rock n Roll, Salsa and any other of the other 10 dances


For any new members of the team who are not beginners, please speak to the Team Captains for advice on the appropriate category to enter.





Offbeat is a team competition performed at the two major competitions of the year (NUDC and IVDC).  It is a mixture of other dance styles (strictly no Ballroom and Latin) and is great fun to participate in. Please speak to the Offbeat Captain who would love for you to get involved.

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