Blind dating is mandatory for all Open dancers in Salsa and Polka, which means you are not allowed to start at the ETDS with your regular tournament partner.

For Standard and Latin, there will be new and random partner selected for every dance – just like in Kiel 2018.

All Dutch B-class ballroom or A-/ hoofd- class, German dancers with a B-/ A-/ S­-class, dancers of the Norwegian Eliteklass, dancers of the Czech B-/A-/M- class are obliged to participate in the Open competition.

German formation dancers in the 1. or 2. Bundesliga are obliged to participate in the Open class. If formation dancers have a current individual competition license, this class is crucial for the classification.

Dancers who were inactive for at least 3 years in one discipline will be allowed to have one class below their highest achieved class in that discipline. This would make a Open dancer eligible for the CloseD competition under some circumstances. Note that this means shift down in the class system in your country – e.g. if I had A class in Germany, and I was 3 years inactive, I would be assigned B class which means I have to dance Open class anyway. It does not mean that if my highest achieved class would mean dancing Open, that I could automatically dance CloseD.

Open class dancers in one discipline have to participate in the CloseD or Open competition in the other discipline, even if they don’t have a tournament license there or they haven’t competed for more than 3 years. No one can be Open class dancer competing on Breitensport.

Open class will have a random dance partner selected during the tournament for each dance, just as it was in Kiel 2018.

Required dances for ballroom (standard) and latin

SW= Slow Waltz, TG=Tango, VW= Viennese Waltz, SF=Slow Foxtrot, QS=Quickstep
SA= Samba, CC= Cha-Cha, RU=Rumba, PD=Paso-Doble, JI=Jive

 all rounds
BallroomSW, TG, VW, SF, QS
LatinSA, CC, RU, PD, JI