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Dress regulations

Authority and Applicability


These Dress Regulations apply to all IDSF named events and according to the decision of the IDSF Annual General Meeting, form part of the national competition rules for all IDSF national members, except that IDSF national members may impose additional dress restrictions at their own discretion for national non-IDSF-named events.

The IDSF Presidium retains the authority to impose specific additional or general dress restrictions or otherwise amend or allow exemptions, for specific events.


  1. Dresses have to create Characteristic shape for each discipline (ST and LA) (shape area).
  2. Dresses have to cover the intimate parts of the dancers bodies (intimacy area).
  3. Dresses and make-up have to respect age and level of dancers.
  4. Using of religious symbols as decoration or decoration jewellery is not allowed (this does not apply to personal jewellery).
  5. The chairman can ask the competitor to remove an item of jewellery or dress if it presents danger to the dancer or to other competitors.
  6. It is allowed to dance in dresses for lower categories.

Good Taste Rule
Any use of material or colour or construction or other contrivance that gives the appearance of non compliance with these dress rules, even though there is no breach of the literal wording of these rules, will be a breach of these rules if so determined by the Chairman of Adjudicators. 


If a couple is not dressed in accordance with this Dress Regulation and receives a warning from the Chairman of adjudicators, they have to comply with the regulation or face disqualification IMMEDIATELY BY THE CHAIRMAN of the IDSF Sports Director, if present. The presidium can impose additional sanctions including suspension from competitions for repeat offenders.


No restriction (NR) – there are no restrictions in this matter

Not allowed (NA),
Only allowed (OA),

Intimacy area (IA) – body zones, which have to be covered by non transparent materials or transparent materials lined with non transparent materials. If skin colour is used, it has to be SwD.

For Female partner:

  1. tangas are NA.
  2. skin colours panties are NA.
  3. Breasts have to be covered
  4. the distance between bra cups has to be less than 5 cm.

Shape area (SA) – minimum area which has to be covered. Transparent materials are allowed in these areas, any colour is allowed.
Basic material – creates shape of the dress

  1. with light effects (metallic, glitter, sequined, …)
  2. without light effects

Decoration – anything fixed on the basic material, hair, skin:

  1. with light effects (rhinestones, sequins, beads, pearls, …)
  2. without light effects (feathers, flowers, bows, fringe, lace applications, ribbons, …)

Tie clips, studs, cufflinks, buckles are not thought of as decorations.

Hip Line (HL) – panties top line (how low) 

Panty Line (PL) – panties bottom line (how high) 

The distance between HL and PL on the side has to be more than 5 cm

Man’s Top Opening Point (TOP) – point, to which top or shirt can be opened 


- black only ( Bo ) - black (B) – means black and midnight blue
- white (W)
- skin colour (S) –equal to the colour of the dancer’s skin during the competition (with tan)
- skin colour with decoration (SwD)
- any colour (C) – any colour inc. mixed colours
- any colour except skin colour (CnS)
- one colour except skin colour (C1nS)

Long Sleeves/ed (LS) – length to the wrist, rolled up sleeves are NA

Make-up – includes face make-up, artificial tan, artificial nails, artificial eye lashes.

Decoration jewellery – a jewellery designed to be a part of a dance dress


Appendix 1: Juveniles Male Dress


Appendix 2: Juveniles Female Dress

2.Sleeves – allowed cuts, others - NA:



  • back side – whole buttocks are covered
    • in the front – follows line between flexed leg and body
      1. centre of the belt buckle or centre of the trousers top line
      1. plain, white long sleeved, ready to wear shirt – OA
      2. shiny or patterned materials – NA, cotton or polycotton preferred
      3. wing collar - NA
      4. rolled up sleeves - NA.
      5. has to be tucked in.

      1. Necklines – allowed cuts, others - NA:
      1. plain or pleated, made of minimum 1 to maximum 3 half circles - OA, one simple circular underskirt allowed, bigger underskirt - NA.
      2. frills on the skirt or the underskirt, boning, soft boning or fishing line used in the hem of the skirt – NA
      3. length must not be more then 10 cm above the knee and not longer than just below the knee cap.
      4. allowed cuts, others - NA: