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February 3, 2024

Talley Student Union

NC State University

Raleigh, NC

Competition   9a-11p

Spectator Tickets sold at the door

$10 Adults / $5 Students

This page updated as of:  Dec 15, 2023


Carolina Open is an all amateur ballroom dance competition & evening social dance that is open to dancers of all ages and skill levels.  This event is organized by Jonathan Medlin and Malin Allert and hosted by the NC State University Ballroom Dance Team & UNC Chapel Hill Ballroom Dance Team.  The event is held at the NC State Talley Student Union Main Ballroom.  It is a championship size venue with a hardwood floor, beautiful amenities, & free parking.  The evening social dance will start after the competition is finished.  The competition and social dance is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. 


We offer all ages and skill levels of collegiate/adult, senior, youth, junior, and pre-teen competitors to participate at the competition.  If you are interested in adding Pro-Am and Teacher-Student events please email the organizers.   Also, if you would like to dance in separate age categories or any events that are not offered on our registration page, please reach out to the organizer. See below for more detailed information.  

Organizer Contact:  

Jonathan Medlin & Malin Allert




NC State University Talley Student Union

2610 Cates Ave, Raleigh, NC 27606

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Schedule, Registration, & Tickets


Schedule & Registration here:

Ballroom Comp Express


Schedule Notes

  • The competition will be run during the daytime and early evening followed by a social dance in the evening.  

  • The final schedule will be developed after entries have been received (see schedule link above).  

  • Standard & Smooth will be first followed by Latin & Rhythm.

  • Open events will be danced along with the syllabus events during each style session.

  • Registration Desk and warm-up practice will be available before the first session.

  • Please be in the ballroom 30 minutes ahead of your scheduled event time.

  • Please check in at the registration desk 1-hour prior to your session start time.

  • A lunch break and dinner break will be provided.



Competitor Passes

Each competitor must buy a competitor pass.  Passes include unlimited entries & admission tickets to the ballroom for all events.  Competitors must register and pay the fees by the registration deadline.  (A 3% online payment credit card processing fee will be charged by Ballroom Comp Express).

Registration & Payment Deadlines:

Early Registration:  Through December 25, 2023

Regular Registration: Dec 25 - Jan18, 2024

Late Registration: Jan 19 - Jan 25, 2024

Last day for online payment:  Jan 25, 2024

** All registrations must be complete and paid by Jan 25, 2024  **  

College Student / Youth / Junior / Pre-Teen Competitor Pass:

$43 Early Registration

$50 Regular Registration

$60 Late Registration

All registrations must be complete and paid by Jan 25, 2024


Adult / Senior Competitor Pass:

$55 Early Registration

$65 Regular Registration

$75 Late Registration

All registrations must be complete and paid by Jan 25, 2024



Tickets to watch

(Available at the door)


College Students / Children $5

Adults $10

Children under 10 years old free

Skill Levels



  • You have been dancing less than one year

  • Only Bronze Steps can be danced


  • Only Bronze steps can be danced


  • Bronze & Silver steps can be danced


  • Bronze, Silver, & Gold steps can be danced


Novice & Open Level Events

  • Open Choreography allowed

  • No lifts are allowed


Fun Dance Events

  • No restrictions… find a partner and enjoy!

  • No pre-registration required, Line up at the event.




Events List:



  • Newcomer Waltz

  • Newcomer Tango

  • Newcomer Foxtrot

  • Newcomer Quickstep

  • Bronze Waltz/Quickstep

  • Bronze Tango

  • Bronze Foxtrot

  • Silver Waltz/Quickstep

  • Silver Tango/Foxtrot

  • Silver Viennese Waltz

  • Gold Waltz/Tango/Foxtrot/Quickstep

  • Gold Viennese Waltz

  • Novice Waltz/Foxtrot/Quickstep

  • Open Waltz/Tango/Foxtrot/Quickstep

  • Open Viennese Waltz

  • Awards



  • Newcomer Waltz

  • Newcomer Tango

  • Newcomer Foxtrot

  • Bronze Waltz/Foxtrot

  • Bronze Tango

  • Bronze Viennese Waltz

  • Silver Waltz/Tango/Foxtrot

  • Silver Viennese Waltz

  • Gold Waltz/Tango/Foxtrot/Viennese

  • Novice Waltz/Tango/Foxtrot

  • Open Waltz/Tango/Foxtrot/Viennese

  • Awards



  • Newcomer ChaCha

  • Newcomer Rumba

  • Newcomer Swing

  • Bronze ChaCha/Rumba

  • Bronze Swing

  • Silver ChaCha/Rumba/Swing

  • Silver Mambo

  • Gold ChaCha/Rumba/Swing/Mambo

  • Gold Bolero

  • Novice ChaCha/Rumba/Swing

  • Open ChaCha/Rumba/Swing/Mambo

  • Open Bolero

  • Awards


  • Newcomer ChaCha

  • Newcomer Rumba

  • Newcomer Jive

  • Bronze ChaCha/Rumba

  • Bronze Samba

  • Bronze Jive

  • Silver ChaCha/Rumba

  • Silver Samba/Jive

  • Gold Samba/ChaCha/Rumba/Jive

  • Gold Paso Doble

  • Novice Samba/ChaCha/Rumba

  • Open Samba/ChaCha/Rumba/Jive

  • Open Paso Doble

  • Awards

Fun Dances

  • See published schedule

  • No pre-registration required, same day sign up


Age Groups for Competitors:



  • Up to 11 years old



  • 12-15 years old



  • 16-18 years old


Note:  Parent and / or guardian must be present to supervise minors under the age of 18 years old.  See detailed notice at bottom of this webpage.

Adult & College Students

  • This category is open to any dancer 17 years of age and older.


  • One partner must be a minimum of 30 years old and the second partner must be a minimum of 35 years old.



How many levels and events am I eligible dance?

  • You can dance up to two skill levels inside each style (Standard, Smooth, Latin, Rhythm).  For example, you can dance Bronze Standard and Silver Standard, or you can Dance Newcomer Rhythm and Bronze Rhythm.  You could not dance Newcomer, Bronze, and Silver in one style as this would be an example of three skill levels.

  • You may have a different skill level within different styles of dance.  For example, you may be a silver and gold standard dancer, but only a bronze and silver latin dancer.

  • You can dance different skill levels with different partners, but each individual person may only compete in two consecutive skill levels inside a particular style.  For example, you cannot dance bronze and silver with partner A and then dance Gold with partner B, this would be three skill levels danced by that individual. 

  • The skill level of the couple is determined by the most experienced partner.  Whatever level the most experienced partner has, then that is where the couple must dance.  For example, if a silver level man is dancing with a bronze level lady, the couple is a silver level couple.




No restrictions. Costumes will be allowed in all levels and all events.



Invigilation & Syllabus Requirements

The competition will not be strictly invigilated, but we reserve the right to give warnings or disqualify couples that are blatantly in violation of syllabus figures.  Judges will be given direction to not mark or place last any couple in blatant violation of syllabus level figures.

Any ISTD, WDSF, or USADance published Syllabus figures will be acceptable.

The chairman of judges has the final word on all matters of invigilation at this competition.



Sponsorships & Scholarship Donors

Thank you to our generous sponsors to make this event possible! 

Please contact the organizers if you would like to become a sponsor for prize money & event scholarships

Food Options at the Competition

The Talley Student Center has a food court with various restaurants and coffee shops.  There are additional food options available just off campus on Hillsborough St. and Western Blvd.

Venue Directions & Parking

Talley Student Union Parking is free in the Coliseum parking deck on the weekends.  It is located to the East side of the student center.

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Hotel Options

There are several hotel options close to campus.  We do not have a room rate/block reserved this year.

Walking Distance (beside campus):

Aloft Hotel

2100 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607

Driving Distance:

The Casso, Raleigh, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel

603 W Morgan St, Raleigh, NC 27603

Best Western Plus Cary Inn - NC State

1722 Walnut St, Cary, NC 27511

2024 Event Donors 


  • Jonathan Medlin & Malin Allert

  • Kerpu Soong

  • Daniel Bowman & Carolina Fall Classic Dance Competition

  • Triangle Open Dancesport Competition

  • Linden's Dancewear of Chapel Hill

  • Duncan Donuts



Organizers:  Jonathan Medlin & Malin Allert

Host:  NC State Ballroom Dance Team

MC:  Jonathan Medlin

Scrutineer:  Kerpu Soong

Music DJ:  Ian McAreavy


COVID 19 Restrictions

Our event will abide by NC State University COVID 19 requirements.  Please see NC State website for those restrictions.


Cancellation Policy

  1. Contact the organizer to discuss the refund policy. 

  2. Competitors canceling within 2 weeks of the comp date will receive no refund.

  3. The organizer and NC State Ballroom Dance Team will not provide refunds for the following reasons:  Weather related facility closures, COVID and pandemic related issues, and any other 'act of God' events that prevent the competition from being held.  We will do our best to provide partial refunds if any of these things occur.



Notices to all attendees and competitors:

1.  Your attendance at the event is an agreement to everything written on this page.

2.  The organizers of this event have the right to combine or cancel events and age groups as they deem necessary.

3.  All decisions of the organizer are final.

4.  The organizers, the NCSU Ballroom Dance Team, and NC State University are not responsible or liable for:  any lost or stolen items, any injuries from spectators or dancers, and not responsible for any illnesses incurred by your attendance at the event.  Your attendance at this event is at your sole risk. 

5.  The organizer has the right to film and take pictures of anyone in the ballroom in attendance at the event. And further, the organizer has the rights to use these pictures or videos for the promotion of future events and / or in connection with NCSU Ballroom dance team marketing.

6.  Children under the age of 18 years old ("minors") must be accompanied and continuously supervised by their parent and / or guardian for their entire time while in attendance at the event.  Private, lockable family assisted toilet rooms are available outside the ballroom entrance for use as needed by minors and families.

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