Competition Costs

Twilight_Elena

Well-Known Member
#1
So. I was wondering how much a competition would cost to a pro/am, am/am and pro/pro couple, sans coaching/gowns/shoes/tails expenses. Competition fees and hotels, that is.

Twilight Elena
 

wyllo

New Member
#3
Do you mean collegiate comps caityrosey? I can't think of any adult amateur comps that are so cheap. The adult am-am ones I've been to tend to run anywhere from $75-150 per person. Collegiate comps (where adults also can enter) run from $25-50 per person. That's a flat fee for the competition that includes as many heats as you want/qualify to dance in and entry to the ballroom for the entire competition, including sessions you are not competing in.
 
#5
wyllo said:
Do you mean collegiate comps caityrosey? I can't think of any adult amateur comps that are so cheap. The adult am-am ones I've been to tend to run anywhere from $75-150 per person. Collegiate comps (where adults also can enter) run from $25-50 per person. That's a flat fee for the competition that includes as many heats as you want/qualify to dance in and entry to the ballroom for the entire competition, including sessions you are not competing in.
Well yes, I suppose I should have clarified that most of the comps I have been to have been college comps.
 

Laura

New Member
#6
Where I live, I can do an amateur collegiate comp as an adult non-student for $20 per person. I can do a USA Dance amateur comp for $15-$25 per person, depending on if it's an unrecognized (i.e., non-point-granting) small "club" competition or if it's a big Regionals. Hotel-based NDCA comps run between $60-$140 per couple, depending on how many events we enter, and how many different sessions they are in.

Back when I was doing Pro/Am, entries ranged from $25-$55 per dance for the single-dance events, and from $75-$125 for the multi-dance events (like the scholarships). We'd get halfway decent money for the scholarships, too, like first place would be $500, and the checks were made out to the students. Ticket prices (because they are pretty much never included in the entry fees out here) ranged from $15-$45, depending on the session. Obviously they put the more prestigious events, like Amateur Championship Standard, in a more prestigious (and expensive) session, like Saturday night. The syllabus and novice dancers usually get scheduled in the afternoon, when tickets are cheaper.

The big question marks in Pro/Am pricing are (1) the fee to dance with your teacher and (2) any studio mark-up over the organizer's prices. When I started with my teacher, he charged $20 or $25 per dance, I can't recall. Six years later, when I stopped, he was charging $40 per dance. Some teachers charge a flat fee. Others charge on a sliding scale (the more you enter, the less they charge per dance). The fee to dance with your teacher is a very individual thing, it varies from teacher to teacher. As for the studio mark-up, my teacher was an independent and so the studio never came into it, so there was never any mark-up. I've heard horror stories of massive studio mark-ups, and I think that those are ludicrous and give Pro/Am a bad name.
 

wyllo

New Member
#7
Katarzyna said:
A lot of NDCA and usabda comps cost less than 75 per person
Wow, I didn't realize price varied so much by region. I guess that USABDA comps in the Midwest cost more then the East Coast because we have fewer dancers to cover the organizers' costs?

We'll be going to a non-sanctioned chapter comp next month that is $70 per person. USABDA Regionals in April are $125 per person.
 

Laura

New Member
#13
wyllo said:
USABDA Regionals in April are $125 per person.
Wow. That's in the ballpark of what we'll be charging for a three-day pass to Nationals this year. The Regionals we hosted last Summer was $25 per person, as were the California State DanceSport Championships last November.

Of course, we're not in a large and glamorous facility, but still!!!

(All those people who say they just need a decent floor and some music and affordable prices will be getting their wish this time around.)
 
#15
wyllo said:
Wow, I didn't realize price varied so much by region. I guess that USABDA comps in the Midwest cost more then the East Coast because we have fewer dancers to cover the organizers' costs?

We'll be going to a non-sanctioned chapter comp next month that is $70 per person. USABDA Regionals in April are $125 per person.
wyllo are you doing star of the north by any chance?
 
#17
Twilight_Elena said:
So. I was wondering how much a competition would cost to a pro/am, am/am and pro/pro couple, sans coaching/gowns/shoes/tails expenses. Competition fees and hotels, that is.

Twilight Elena
Depends on what region you are in/who the organizer is.
 

wyllo

New Member
#19
redhead said:
sure, it's in my backyard :)
what are you dancing? standard?
Cool! I'll be dancing silver and gold standard (should be easy to spot us, there usually aren't more than three couples in syllabus standard above bronze and one of the others couples is a DFer too). How 'bout you?
 
#20
wyllo said:
Cool! I'll be dancing silver and gold standard (should be easy to spot us, there usually aren't more than three couples in syllabus standard above bronze and one of the others couples is a DFer too). How 'bout you?
I'm doing Latin the night before and then I'm done - so if you guys need a ride or something, don't know where you're staying...
 

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