Girls Juvenile Dresses – A Brief Guide to DSA Dress Restrictions

Parents are often confused by Juvenile Dress Restrictions so here is a quick outline detailing what our young lady competitors are allowed to wear in Juvenile competitions in Australia.

DSA Rules…
DanceSport Australia is the governing body for DanceSport in Australia and set the dress rules for competitors dancing in registered competitions.  These rules are in place to ensure all participants competing are treated fairly and costs of entry for children are kept to a minimum.  Grooming and dress should always enhance the artistic elements of DanceSport and be appropriate to the age and level of the dancer.  It’s also most important for our young competitors to understand the emphasis should always be on their performance and development as dancers rather than costuming. 
The rules described here refer to the DSA approved Juvenile dress guidelines for the Amateur Division. The Recreational Division have the choice of wearing either street dress or the dresses described in these guidelines.

Please note this article covers the restrictions for the actual dress worn however please be aware of the rules applying to make up, hair,footwear and jewellery. It is advisable to check the full rules on the DSA website (link below) however here is a quick outline:

No belts or sashes allowed

No trimmings, flowers, bows,  or floats allowed

Block heel shoes only allowed

Only plain gold or silver sleeper or ear studs allowed, no diamante earrings allowed

No artificial eye lashes, fingernails or tan allowed

No diamantes in hair allowed

The dress…
The most popular choice is a simple dress like these made from fabrics such as lycra, chiffon, lace or satin. It’s important to understand that only certain necklines, skirts, sleeve types, and fabrics are allowed. No other variations such as cut outs in the bodice or see through material are allowed.

Colours…
Probably the most important rule to remember is that the dress must be of one colour only so whatever fabrics you get they must all match together.

Front necklines allowed...
Sweetheart, High Round neck, Scooped, V Front, Boat neck, Stand up collar, Frill collar, Simple collar, Peter Pan Collar, or Chinese collar.

Back necklines allowed...
High Round, Scooped, V Back, Square Back, or Boat Neck. Remember the back of any neckline should be no lower than the shoulder blades.

Types of sleeves permitted...
Any length straight sleeve to the wrist. Long sleeve with v extension and finger stirrup, short puff, short cap. Sleeveless is allowed provided it’s not combined with the boat neckline.

Waistlines allowed…
The simple dress must only have a normal or V waistline and must be no lower than 5cm below waist at sides.

Skirt...
Skirts are to be no longer than 2.5ch below the knee and no higher than 10cm above knee when kneeling on the floor. Allowed are circular skirts, a frill no bigger than 7.5cm is allowed on a single layer skirt, pleated skirts, and skirts with two layers, and thin fishing line (max 50lb) rolled in the hem is allowed.
The following is not allowed.... no petticoat, no fringe, feathers, godets, strips, splits, culottes, jumpsuits, tiered skirts, dropped skirts, crinoline or boning on the skirt.

Note the Undies...
Must always be same colour as dress and cover the whole bottom.

Fabrics allowed...
Lycra, satin, jersey, chiffon, georgette, velvet or stretch lace but this must be lined with an opaque material. Combinations of different fabrics is allowed provided it’s all the same colour. 

Decorations…
Note no decorations such as diamantes, sequins, beads, bows, flowers, fringe, sashes, belts, or feathers are allowed.

So, remember...
The idea is to keep the cost to a minimum. These rules are here to keep it fair for everyone competing at competitions. Although we love our kids to look great the emphasis should always be on the development and the improvement of their dancing abilities. For further information please go to the DSA website.... www.dancesport.org.au

http://www.dancesport.org.au/images/stories/national/general/pdf/cr008.1dress_restrictions_2015.pdf

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