Rookie / Veteran (Mixed proficiency)


Deadline: Monday, April 15, 2024, 11:59PM PDT

This level is for schools that do not have enough leaders or followers to partner with new dancers. It is also called the “Mixed proficiency” and is similar to a Pro/Am event, but with an experienced Amateur instead of a Pro. To enter this category, the two dancers cannot be regular partners.

The rules:

  1. One partner (the Rookie) must dance for less than one year, and the other partner (the Veteran) must dance for more than one year.
  2. Both partners must be amateur dancers and have not been in a partnership.
  3. The dance patterns are strictly restricted to Bronze syllabus only.
  4. There are no costume restrictions.
  5. The events will be all single dance events (no multi-dance).

Note: Same-sex partners are allowed in the syllabus events. The Open Events are open to everyone, regardless of your dance level. The organizers reserve the right to cancel events with fewer than four (4) couples entered.

Please read the competition instructions before registering below. When registering for a “Dancer” account, please enter your school name under “Studio/Team” field.

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2023 Desert Challenge


Multiple entries are allowed without extra charge.

Collegiate competitor (18+): $50 (includes admission)
Youth competitor (under 18): $25 (includes admission)

* A collegiate competitor is considered 18 years old and over. Also, the student must take at least one course this semester at a college, university, or trade school.

Deadline and postmark date:
Monday, April 15, 2024, 11:59PM PDT

Payable name: Desert Challenge
Note: Add “School name – Rookie/Veteran” and payment breakdown (if multiple entries)

Zelle/PayPal payment:

Check/money order payment:
2024 Desert Challenge
c/o Gail Michel-Parsons
6524 Roy Rogers Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89108