La Fuerza’s Anniversary Championships was created to allow dancers to showcase their talents and compete amongst some of the best in the Tri-State area. Competitions consist of several divisions including Amateur and Pro Am Showcase, Team Divisions, Heats, Solo and more. Register now and enter for your chance to win $1000 and become a La Fuerza Champion!

Amateur & Pro Am Salsa, Bachata, Cha Cha, Latin Hustle Heats

Open Solo, Couple and Team Showcase Division 

... and more!

Competition Category’s:

Pro Am salsa heat novice

Pro am salsa heat intermediate  

Pro am salsa heat advance

Pro am bachata heat over 40

Pro am bachata heat novice 

Pro am bachata heat intermediate 

Pro am bachata heat advance

Pro am bachata heat over 40

Pro am hustle heat open

Pro am merengue heat open

Pro am cha cha heat open

Pro-am Salsa Showcase

Pro-am Bachata showcase

Pro-Am ChaCha Showcase

Pro-Am Same Gender

Pro Salsa Heat  

Pro Bachata Heat

Pro Chacha Heat

Pro Latin Hustle Heat

Junior Solo Division

Junior Couples Division

Junior Team Division

Junior Same Gender Division

Open Solo Division

Open Couples Division

Open Teams Division

Open Same Gender Division

Competition Rules

Definitions, Rules & Judging Criteria

    We have implemented very important requirements for you to follow when providing YOUR music to our DJ when you submit your music CD for "showcase" competitions.


1.    Amateur: Defined as a student or person who does not make a living as a Dance Instructor, Performer, Dance Competitor or Dance Adjudicator and who never receives financial compensation for these activities.

2.    Rising Star/Semi-Pro: Defined as a person who receives financial compensation as a Dance Instructor, Performer, Dance Competitor or Dance Adjudicator, but who does these activities on a part time basis and makes the majority of their income in another profession.

3.    Professional: Defined as a person who receives financial compensation as a Dance Instructor, Performer, Dance Competitor or Dance Adjudicator, and who makes the majority or entirety of their income from these activities.

4.    Pro-Am Division: Defined as one Professional Dancer (Instructor) dancing with one Amateur Dancer (Student) to form a partnership, or a group of Amateur and Professional dancers performing together to form a team.

5.    Amateur Division: Defined as two Amateur dancers or students dancing together to form a partnership, or a group of Amateur dancers performing together to form a team.

6.    Professional Division: Defined as two Professional dancers performing together to form a partnership, or a group of Professional dancers performing together to form a team.

7.    Same Sex Divisions: Defined as an all Male or all Female Partnership or Team.

8.    Teen Division: Defined as a couple whose partners are under 13-17 years of age.

9.    Pre-Teen Division: Defined as a couple whose partners are under 12 years of age and under.

10. 40+ Division: Defined as an Amateur couple whose partners are both over 40 years of age, or a Pro-Am Couple whose Amateur partner is over 40 years of age.

11. Heated Divisions: Defined as a category where all partners or couples dance together on the stage or floor to music that is selected by the organization or deejay. Heats generally last 1.5 minutes and are Just Dance divisions. All Heated Divisions for this competition are Just Dance divisions (see below).

12. Showcase Divisions: Defined as a category whereby the partnership or team showcases choreography, and dances to the music of their choice. Showcase divisions mean the competing couple or team will do a solo performance.

13. Just Dance: Defined as dance only. No lifts, tricks, flares or drops permitted whatsoever. This is a lead/follow division, rather than choreographed, designed to show the ability to connect with one's partner and display timing, musicality and creativity to whatever music is played.

14. Tricks, Dips, Drops, Leverage Moves and Flares: A trick is defined as any movement that requires the support of the other partner to maintain. This is regardless of whether the feet remain on the floor or not.

15. Open Division: Meaning anything goes. 


A. Partnerships in all Showcase Divisions will be designated as one male and one female partner unless specifically designated as a same gender division.

B. Time for Showcases:  All Showcase Routines (ProAm, Amateur or Professional) should be no less than 1.5 minutes and no more than 2.5 minutes long. This includes optional entrance and/or exit music.  These Time Limits apply for all Showcase routines in all Styles of Dance.  Couples will have no more than 20 seconds to get into place for performance.  Any choreography prior to the beginning of the music will be counted toward the overall timing of the performance.  Likewise, dancers will have a maximum of 20 seconds at the conclusion of the performance to exit the floor.

C. Props are NOT allowed.

D. Cabaret Division: This is an Open Division, meaning all styles (Salsa, Bachata, Hustle, ChaCha, etc…) are accepted. Tricks are allowed. Couples can choose to dance either On1 or On2, but must maintain consistent to that timing for the duration of the routine. Recognized timing for this competition is 1-2-3, 5-6-7. Routines must be 50% recognizable salsa. The remaining 50% can be made up of tricks, flares, dips and side by sides (shines).

E. "On1" & "On2"  and Classic Showcase Divisions: One foot must remain on the floor at all times even during tricks. If both feet of either partner leave the floor via the assistance of the other partner, it will be considered a lift and there will be a 10% deduction from the final score. A maximum of 3 tricks/dips or flares are permitted for the routine. A maximum of 4 bars/16 Beats/2 counts of 8 are allowed for continuous turns. More than this will result in a penalty of 10% off off the final score.  All Music for Classic style divisions must be a minimum of 80% recognizable music for that style of dance.

F Team Divisions: May utilize actual lifts and overheads. The same rules apply to this division as the Cabaret Division. Routines must be 50% Salsa Dancing.

G. Music Format:  Music for all Showcase Performances to be supplied in CD format.  Music will be submitted and competition line up order to be drawn at the competitors meeting.  Please see our Information page regarding music by clicking on Music CD Guidelines as written above.

H. Tricks, Dips, Drops, Leverage Moves and Flares: A trick is defined as any movement that requires the support of the other partner to maintain. This is regardless of whether the feet remain on the floor or not. 

I. Continuous/Multiple Turns:  Contestants are allowed a maximum of 8 Bars/32 Beats/4 Counts of 8 are allowed for continuous turns.  More than this will result in a penalty of 10% off the final score.

J. Costumes: Costumes are not required, but are highly recommended. All costumes should be in good taste with all private parts covered by non-transparent material.


Scoring of the Showcase Routines will be based upon the following criteria, and will be weighted in the scoring room in the following manner:

I. 20% Timing: Recognized Salsa Timing is designated for this competition as 1-2-3, 5-6-7. Competitors can choose to break ON 1 or ON 2, but must maintain consistency for the duration of the routine. The direction of the break step can be either to the front or the back, as long as the timing of the break is consistently maintained (either 1 and 5, or 2 and 6). The majority of the routine should show recognizable Salsa Timing.

II. 15% Musicality: Couples will demonstrate their ability to creatively work with the timing of their individual music. This can be done in a variety of ways, including patterns, footwork, “hits”, tricks, etc.

III. 15% Technique: Technique is reflected through balance, placement and line. This refers also to general techinique for partner dance, where the movement is “grounded”, and there is clarity of proper weight changes from foot to foot. Technique and/or body styling that is specific to Salsa Dance. Movement should appear to be both clear and effortless.

IV. 15% Difficulty: Reflected by difficulty of patterns, turns, intricacy of shine movements, and level of tricks, dips, drops and flares.

Examples: The amount of turns done on both double and single foot. How intricate were the shines? In the cabaret division, what was the difficulty of the lift-work? Was it properly executed? How about jumps, kicks, extensions? Any movements requiring exceptional balance, flexibility or strength? In order to get credit for any of these things, the movement must be successfully executed.

V. 15% Partnering/Connection: This is reflected in the lead/follow aspect of the dance. Are partners truly connected, or are they merely executing choreography while holding hands? Synchronicity during side by sides or shines will also help determine the score in this category.

VI. 10% Choreography: The couple’s interpretation of the music. Good choreography should contain clever turn patterns and shines. All choreography should be musical, and couples should show a good usage of the space itself. Originality is a factor here.


VII. 10% Overall Presentation: You Will Be Judged By Your Overall Presentation. This includes costuming, showmanship, and also good sportsmanship.

All competitors must purchase a competitors pass in order to participate. Click the link below to purchase your pass. Please register for each division you wish to participate in.

Music CD Requirements

1. Thank You:  We thank you for participating in the Latin Dance Championships and we appreciate your dedication and cooperation in organizing your music CDs so we can provide you with a flawless and smooth flow of competitions without any delays so you can relax and enjoy your competition experience with us to the fullest possible.


2. CD Rejection: Your music CD will be rejected if you do not strictly follow this requirements.

3. CD Label: Your CD must be white ONLY. If it is of silver or any other color please apply a clean white CD label on it. You can not provide a CD with your dance company logo on it or any other design or anything that is not ABSOLUTELY clean white.

4. Writing on CD: Please use a fine black marker when writing on your CD. Do not use a non-fine marker. Do not use a pen or pencil, we accept fine marker only. Do not use blue, red color or any other marker color.

5. One-Song Only: You can not have more than one song per CD. If we find more than one song in the CD we will not ask you or check ourselves if track #1 is supposed to be played. We will automatically disregard any other music track except #1. If it is not the correct song you risk missing on your competition because you might not have enough time to provide us the correct music and the competition will not be stopped or postponed; once your category has ended your chances of competiting in such category will have ended.

6. Repeating Song: If you are using the exact same song for more than one category you MUST supply one CD for each category EVEN if that song is used the same day. You can not ask us to use the same song for more than one category nor can you ask for your CD to be returned so you can use it for the next day competition.

7. No Returns: Your CD will not be returned to you. Please do not ask to have it back.


8. What To Write: The CD writing should contain the following and nothing else:

I - Competition Category: Please write the competition category EXACTLY as it appears on LDC's paperwork in English language. Do not use shortcuts, abbreviations and please do not translate the category name from English to your native language.

II - Competitor Number: Your competitor number must be on all your music CDs. No exceptions. This competitor number will be given to you once you arrive at the event in person and it is the same number that you will attach to your costume and the same number the judges will use to mark your scores.

III - Competitor Name: Please write the First and Last name. If you are competiting in a solo category then it should be just one First and Last Name. If you are competing as a couple then we need the First and Last name of BOTH individuals. If you are entering a group category please DO NOT include any individual's name; you should only use the Team's name. Lastly, please disregard your middle names.

IV - CD Burning Format: We GREATLY appreciate if you write the CD burning format used for your CD. The 2 options are "Music CD" or "MP3 CD". We require "Music CD" format but we understand that many people really do not know how to choose between each option. If you know, please use the required format and write it on your CD. Thank you very much!.

9. CD Burning Format:  Use Music CD Format. One of the most common confusions when burning a CD nowadays is whether you should burn a "music CD" or a "MP3 CD".


*** Please try really hard to understand this and submit a "Music CD" format.

It doesn't matter whether you use a Windows, Macintosh or Linux Computer ***

10. Triple-check: Please, triple-check all your CDs and do not use a computer, DVD player, Blue-ray player, Xbox, Nintendo or any device that is not a regular CD player to check them. Kindly use a regular CD player only, use a device that will ONLY play a regular Music CD and play your song entirely from beginning to end.

11. Avoid Scratched CDs: CDs made to be burned at home get scratched very easily. Burn a set of CDs that will be used explicitly for the LDC only and insert them into a secure case or sleeve that has a clear window so we can read the CD label without having to remove your CD from its original case.

All competitors must purchase a competitors pass in order to participate. Click the link below to purchase your pass. Please register for each division you wish to participate in.