The registration desk. We sign in and get our event tickets.
Clusters of dances (usually three to five dances) are called heats; for example, I danced in heats 191, 198 and 309. Each heat consisted of five dances in a particular age group and dance level. There are three levels of dance; bronze, silver and gold and several sub-levels within each level; newcomer, pre-bronze, beginning bronze, intermediate bronze, full bronze and open bronze. The levels are constructed the same way in the silver and gold categories. Gold is the top level, dancers with 10 years or more of experience and most teachers(but not all) are gold level. It takes a long time to get to the gold level. I dance in the full and open bronze levels and will likely move to silver next year.