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Notre Dame affiliated Competitors:

  • Early registration (Open until March 25th): $45
  • Late registration (Closes at 7:15 am Saturday, April 1st): $55 paid at the door.

Non-Notre Dame affiliated Competitors:

  • Early registration (Open until March 25th): $55
  • Late registration (Closes at 7:15 am Saturday, April 1st): $65 paid at door.

Competitors entered ONLY in Open-Level Events:

  • FREE

Spectator Fees

  • Under 3: free
  • Ages 4 – 11: $5
  • Ages 12 and up: $10
  • Students and staff: show ND/SMC/HC I.D. for a $5 discount

Payment for regular registration should be made through the ND Student shop. If paying for large groups of people we recommend paying for ten people at a time.

Late registration can only be done through email and late registration payments can be cash, card, or business/official check paid at the door. No personal checks, please.

ATTN: ND-SMC Ballroom
315 LaFortune Student Center
Notre Dame, IN 46556

***Dancers with tall heels will be required to wear heel guards to protect the floor.


The ND Team is unable to offer crash space for competitors this year. Any questions can be emailed to

Registration Notes

Please pick up your registration at the Welcome Dance on Friday, March 31st. Check-in starts at 7 pm, and the Welcome Dance is at 8-11 p.m. If you are unable to attend Friday’s Welcome Dance, doors will be open to Saint Joseph High School at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 1st. Line-up for the opening events will begin at 7:10 a.m., and the competition will begin at 7:30 a.m.

Judges will be enforcing syllabus restrictions at this competition. If any judge sees illegal moves for the specific round, they have the right to offer a warning or disqualify the couple.

Competitors may only dance two consecutive levels per style. The levels in consecutive order are Newcomer, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Novice, Pre-Championship, and Championship.

Newcomer Definition: For the Irish Dancesport Gala, a newcomer competitor will be defined as two competitors who have been dancing no more than 12 months OR a female lead dancing at a level no higher than Silver paired with a follow who has not been dancing more than 12 months. We ask competitors to police themselves on this rule, but we also reserve the right to check registrations to ensure they are in compliance. If you believe a competitor is in violation of this rule, please email with evidence of why you believe that competitor is in violation.

Female Leads: In the special case of a female dancer who switches roles between leading and following, the two consecutive levels rule is slightly altered. A female lead is still limited to dancing no more than two levels total in each style, but she may lead at a level up to two levels lower than the level at which she is following. For example, a follow at the Silver level is eligible to lead Newcomer or Bronze, and a follow at the Gold level is eligible to lead Bronze or Silver.

Costumes are not recommended for dancers competing at levels lower than Gold.

Level Eligibility Guidelines:

Please consult the YCN Point Calculator to determine the proper level for your proficiency.

Registration is on the honor system; however, we reserve the right to move couples up a level if it is brought to our attention that a couple is dancing at a level they no longer qualify for based on the YCN Proficiency Points.

YCN Proficiency Points

The YCN system recognizes five consecutive levels, in increasing order of proficiency: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Pre-Champ, and Champ. Placing in the final of a level earns you points simultaneously in that level and the ones below it. Once you earn 7 (seven) points in a level, you can no longer dance at that level. Events qualify only if there was at least a semi-final danced. Points are earned as follows:

At the level you danced:

  • 3 points for 1st place
  • 2 points for 2nd place
  • 1 point for 3rd place
  • If there was a quarter-final danced, 1 point for 4th-6th place

At the level below the one you danced:

  • 6 points for 1st place
  • 4 points for 2nd place
  • 2 points for 3rd place
  • If there was a quarter-final danced, 2 points for 4th-6th place

At all levels below that:

  • 7 points for 1st-6th place