Students and people associated in any way to a university with respect to dancing can participate in the Breitensport tournament. (Former) trainers or (former) participants of university dance classes and dancers who participated in former ETDS´s in the Breitensport tournament can participate in the CloseD / Open tournament. Everybody is allowed to dance in either Breitensport or CloseD / Open in each discipline.

For gap closure purposes in Breitensport and CloseD we might need to make some exceptions to the rule above.

Which dances?

SF= semifinal F = final Waltz Tango Viennese Waltz Slow Foxtrott Quickstep
Amateurs. Professionals and Masters before SF  










SF and F Professionals X X X X
SF and F Masters X X X X X
CloseD X X X X X
Open X X X X X
Samba Cha-Cha Rumba Paso-Doble Jive
Amateurs. Professionals and Masters before SF  










SF and F Professionals X X X X
SF and F Masters X X X X X
CloseD X X X X X
Open X X X X X

How to find a partner

On Friday evening (and on Saturday again) we will offer a blind date program for those breitensport dancers who still need a dancing partner for a tournament. You will have the opportunity to get to know somebody and to check out how you get along with each other on the dancing level. If you have found someone you should subscribe spontaneously for the desired discipline. “Blind date” means that you are not dancing with somebody from your own team.

The partners for the CloseD / Open are drawn by lots.

Rules for CloseD or Open Dancers

Dancers who own (or have ever owned) a „C-Startbuch“ or own an international equivalent are not allowed to dance in the Breitensport tournament in their discipline. They can only participate in the CloseD tournament. Dancers with a “D-Startbuch” can choose if they want to participate in the Breitensport tournament or in the CloseD.

Dancers who own (or ever have owned) a “B-Startbuch” (or higher) or own an international equivalent are only allowed to dance in the Open tournament in their discipline.

Dancers who have to start in CloseD or Open obligatory (means from C-class on) according to the above rules in one discipline only, are allowed to start in the Breitensport in the other discipline. However, they need to participate in the blind date program.

More Information / Classification (.pdf)

Rules for the Tanzmaus

In total 6 different tournaments are offered: amateur class, profi class and master class in each discipline Ballroom and Latin, respectively. We set up the following rules:

  1. In order to gain points a university must have at least 3 persons starting in one of the tournaments above.
  2. Within each countable tournament the mean value of the rankings is calculated.
  3. Each blind date partner will contribute the full ranking number in each section.
  4. If a university has more than 4 persons in one of these tournaments the worst ranking number will not be taken into account.
  5. Finally the 6 values are summed up and yield the total result.
  6. Grouping of universities with other universities is allowed up to the total number of 18 participants.
  7. Results from the CloseD / Open tournament will be disregarded.

Example: In the profi class Ballroom the following participants of „University Tanzhausen“ competed and had the following ranking numbers:

Couple University Points
#43: Hannes Slowfox – Bärbel Taktlos Tanzhausen 60
#67: Volker Hüpf – Silvia Quick Swingburg/Tanzhausen 72
#123: Tobias Tango – Tea Pose Tanzhausen 88
#125: Bert Planlos – Gerda Tabzig Tanzhausen/Bouncing 51 (worst result, not counted)

The University Tanzhausen finally receives (60+72+88)/3 = 73,3 points from this tournament. The number 73,3 is one of 6 numbers contributing to the total result. According to rule 1 it would be sufficient that couples #43 and #67 contribute to the result with (60+72)/2=66 points. Master couples will gain points from amateur and professional couples, profi couples will gain points from amateurs couples. According to rule 1 a university with less than three persons in any tournament will receive zero points in that tournament.

ETDS special Rule

Every dancer who has reached one of the first three places twice in the highest possible class during the last three tournaments of an ETDS (champions Utrecht 2016, Aachen 2017, masters Kaiserslautern 2017) is blocked for the next two tournaments of an ETDS in this corresponding discipline in the Breitensport tournament. These dancers will be allowed to dance in the CloseD tournament.

Judging / Adjudicator

Each university will receive a contingent for the adjudicators proportional to the number of their participants.

Notify your team captain if you would like to serve as an adjudicator in a discipline. They should mention your wishes during the registration.

Team captains should take care that they are sending adjudicators with sufficient knowledge of dancing.

Judging criteria for ballroom and latin dances (valuation per couple):

  1. Music comprises dancing according to the beat and (basic) rhythm as well as the effort of each couple to show that it interprets the music with its movements.
  2. The balance views typical body positions of each single dancer individually and towards each other as well as their coordination in connection with the energy of movement.
  3. Movement comprises correlations based upon the different elements of movements.
  4. Character (of dance and music) considers the historical development of each dance plus everything that the dancer expresses additionally in his effort to interpret music through movement.

These judging criteria are numbered according to their importance, i. e. only if all the couples in one round stick to the beat and rhythm (music) the next criterion listed above is brought into play (balance) and so on.