- I do not dance. Can I still attend?
YES… The event is open to the general public to come and watch some of the best dancers in the World compete! This year we will have the couples who won World Championships in Classic Masters, Showcase Masters, Classic Crown, Showcase Crown, and Classic Crown Plus just to mention a few! There will be more glamour than “Dancing With the Stars,” but so close you can almost reach out and touch them. We have competitions in Country Dancing (traditional country dance technique and enthusiastic showmanship), Ballroom Dancing (all your favorite dances from “Dancing with the Stars) and Swing Dancing (includes West Coast Swing, Nightclub Two Step, Hustle and Salsa). There is something for everyone!
Spectator Tickets can be purchased On-Line by clicking here.
ADULT (18+) $15/Person
YOUTH (10-17) $8/Person
SENIOR (55+) $5/Person
CHILDREN under 10 and Mature Adults (75+) are admitted FREE
Additionally, we offer beginning workshops for those people who are just figuring out their left foot from their right. Finally, the Dinner Show is a great evening out.
- Do you have to have a partner to take the workshops?
NO… You DO NOT need a partner to take the workshops. Singles, couples and groups may participate in the workshops at the Colorado Country Classic. All of our instructors will ask people to rotate in the class so everyone has a chance to learn and practice. There tends to be quite a few singles in the workshops and this is a great way to meet the people you can social dance with later in the evening.
- Where can I park if I am driving to the event?
There is plenty of free parking on the hotel grounds. There is even some that is covered. First come first served.
- How do I get to the hotel from the airport?
You will take the A Line Commuter Train from the Airport to the Central Park Train Station stop. This costs nine dollars. You then call the hotel at (303) 321-3333 and take a free shuttle the last mile to the hotel. Be sure to tell the shuttle you are staying at the DoubleTree Hotel on the corner of Quebec and Martin Luther King! More detailed information is below.
First, catch the A Line Commuter Train using the following information:
When you exit the aircraft, follow signs for baggage claim or the transit center. From the B and C Concourses, you must board the airport people mover tram to get to Jeppesen Terminal where baggage claim and ground transportation is located. From the A Concourse, you may ride the tram or walk across the pedestrian bridge following the signs to the terminal.
Domestic arrivals are located in the center of the main terminal on Level 5. International arrivals is located at the north end of the terminal. Baggage claim is also located on Level 5. To get to Denver Airport Station, follow signs to the “Transit Center” and proceed to the south end of the main terminal on Level 5 (located under the large American flag). Exit the terminal through the sliding glass doors and take the escalator located in the center of the plaza down to Level 1.
Tickets for the A Line may be purchased at the ticket vending machines located on the train platform using cash or credit cards. The cost is NINE DOLLARS and trains run every 15 minutes from 5am-6:30pm, and every 30 minutes from 6:30pm to 5am (NOTE: the train does not run from 1-3am).
Second, get off at the Central Park Train Station stop and call the hotel shuttle as follows:
You should get off at the Central Park Train Station and call the Hotel at (303) 321-3333 to request a shuttle. The hotel recommends you make the call when you are at the stop before the Central Park Train Station (Peoria Train Station) so the shuttle is waiting for you. The shuttle is FREE and runs from 4:30am to 12:30am.
- How can I pick up my tickets/event passes?
Once you register (phone, fax or on-line) an email conformation will be sent to you with all your event pass information. This is also your event receipt, so please do not lose it.
All pre-event registrations are kept on-site and you may come to the DoubleTree when you arrive at the event and pick up your package at the Event Registration Desk starting Friday morning at 8am. The package will be held for you at the desk under the registrant’s name. It will include your passes, event program, dinner show tickets (if purchased) as well as other event and vendor information you’ll need to have a fantastic time! Sorry – We do not mail out event tickets/passes.
- I’m interested in competing, where do I start?
Competitive dancing is for those who love to dance and who want to take their dance to the next level. Anyone, of Any Dance Ability can compete. There are many levels of dance competition starting with brand new dancers all the way to the experienced professional. We can help you choose which level is right for you. You also have options for the age division you compete in. You can compete in the Open Divisions (against all ages), or you may choose to compete in the Age Divisions (against same age. – eg. 30 year olds, 40 year olds, etc.). You can also choose from many different dances and styles of dance. If you have a partner you may choose to dance as a Couple or if you are single you may choose to dance as a Pro-Am with your instructor.
Competitive Dancing can be done locally, or you can choose to travel throughout North America and Europe to different events. Seeing new cities, meeting new people and making new friends
- What is Pro-Am?
Pro-Am is danced by an AMateur student with his/her PROfessional dance instructor, therefore you DO NOT NEED A PARTNER. Only the amateur is judged based on how well he/she meets the standards for their division and level. Each division/level is judged by certified professionals and the awards/standings are based on a medal system (Gold, Silver, Bronze, etc.). Have you been watching “Dancing With the Stars?” This competition is a Pro-Am competition, where the Amateur is a celebrity that is teamed up with a Professional dancer/instructor.
- Do I need a costume to compete?
At the Classic, the costume rules vary for each type of contest.
For the Country Competition contestants must wear costumes that are “Country Western” and are appropriate to the dance, the arena, and the person wearing them. A visible yoke is a guide, but not a guarantee that the costume looks country. Cowboy boots must be worn except in the Syllabus, Newcomer and Division IV where they are recommended, but not required. Cowboy hats for men must be worn except in Syllabus, Newcomer and Division IV where they are recommended, but not required. Hose (nylons or tights) and dance pants for women are required, if either is exposed. Rhinestones and shiny materials are not permitted in Syllabus, Newcomer and Division IV.
There are many different options when it comes to costumes. Please check with your local Pro before investing in anything. If there is no Pro in your area, please contact the event director at email@example.com.
For the Ballroom competition the sky is the limit in all divisions.
For the Swing competition clothes are usually the good clothes that you wear to social dance. Competitors in the routine divisions usually have costumes, but they are not required.
- How much does it cost to compete?
There is a weekend pass requirement and also a fee for each dance entered.
There are two levels of weekend pass to choose from; the Mile-High Pass and the Foothills Pass. The dance fee is dependent upon which dance genre and the number of dances you are doing in each division.
Additionally, to compete in the Country divisions at the event you must be a member of the UCWDC (United Country Western Dance Council). If you are not currently a member, you will need to join before you compete. You can ask anyone at registration about this for more information.
All Event Pass and Competition fees are listed on the REGISTRATION PAGE.
- How do I enter a competition?
ALL Country Competitors must Pre-Register and purchasing either a Mile-High or Foothills pass and pay their dance fees.
ALL Swing Competitors must purchase either a Mile-High or Foothills pass. Registration for the Swing events may be done ahead of time online, or at the event when you arrive. However, please be advised that the prices are higher at the event.
Ballroom registration should be done through your local studio. For more information please contact Toby Munroe at firstname.lastname@example.org
- I want to compete in Line Dance. Where do I find the dances and music?
A complete listing of the line dances offered for competition by the UCWDC is listed on their web site http://ucwdc.org/wordpress/?cat=39/.
If you have any questions regarding Line Dance Competition at the Colorado Country Classic, please email email@example.com call Kay at (719) 310-3501.
- Do I need to join any organizations to compete?
Anyone competing in ANY UCWDC division needs to be a member in good standing in the UCWDC. You can apply on-line by CLICKING HERE.
- What are the levels of competition?
You can choose to compete in three different styles of dance: Couples, Pro-Am and Line Dance. The first level of competition in Pro-Am is called Syllabus which has a set syllabus of regulation steps. After that follows Newcomer, Novice, Intermediate and Advanced. The first level of competition for Couples is Div IV, followed by Div III, Div II, Div I and topped by the ascension divisions of Masters and Crown
These experienced levels are also divided up by age divisions so that many competitors can compete against people their own age. You can compete in Primary (-10), Youth 10-13), Teen (14-17), Open (+18), Crystal (+30), Diamond (+40), Silver (+50), Gold (+60) and Platinum (+70).
You can choose to compete in two different styles of dance: Couples and Pro-Am.
The divisions for Couples and Pro-Am are the same. The experience levels are Novice, Intermediate and Advanced, while the age divisions are Open (+18), Sophisticated (+35) and Masters (+50).
You can choose to compete in two different styles of dance: Couples and Pro-Am.
There are multiple experience and age divisions. For a complete list contact Toby Munroe at:…
- What dances do I have to compete in?
In Couples or Pro-Am there are eight different dances to choose from Triple-Two, Polka, Nightclub, Cha Cha, Waltz, Two-Step, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing. In Line Dance the dance is dependent on a specific piece of music and includes Rise & Fall, Cuban, Pulse, Smooth, Novelty and Funky.
If you compete in Newcomer Couples or Pro-Am you can start with any of the eight dances. If you compete in a higher division, you must start with Two-Step.
If you dance Newcomer in Line Dance you would dance Lilt, Smooth and Novelty. If you compete in Novice you would dance Rise & Fall, Smooth, Cuban and Novelty for age divisions and Funky for Open Divisions. For Intermediate you would dance Rise & Fall, Smooth, Pulse, Cuban and Novelty for age divisions and Funky for Open Divisions.
In Pro-Am you can chose from West Coast Swing, NightClub 2, Hustle or Salsa. In Couples you can do West Coast Swing, NightClub 2 or Hustle.
There are too many dances to list both under Standard and American styles of ballroom. Contact Toby Munroe for a complete list.
- I don't know many people who compete ... will I feel alone on the competition day?
Don’t forget that competitions are run in a very friendly atmosphere where everybody supports one another. We always have many Denver, Colorado Springs and Ft Collins competitors at competitions and spectators coming to watch. They all give great support and cheer for the all Classic competitors, and are great for answering questions if you need a bit of help. It’s a fun activity where you can socialize and have a great dancing experience.
- What is the UCWDC Couples Judge Review Hospitality Session?
Immediately following the UCWDC Couples Competition, competitors are invited to attend a reception held in the Oak Room located between the hotel bar and lounge. In addition to munching on some snacks and getting their results and awards, competitors meet with their judges to get feedback on their dancing!