Determining the Optimal Design of Collegiate Ballroom Competitions

Faculty Sponsor

Tiffany Kolba


Arts and Sciences



Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 5-3-2019


Collegiate ballroom competitions are a pastime that many students enjoy when they are not busy with academic work. This research seeks to evaluate collegiate ballroom competitions in a few categories: song length impact on judge agreement, investigation of round structuring, and factors that influence variation in judging. Various statistical tests are applied to evaluate these questions using data from collegiate competitions in the Midwest from 2015-2017 from O2cm.com. It is often assumed that longer song lengths in the first round would be beneficial to increasing judge agreement, but perhaps other factors such as number of heats, number of judges, and age of judges could have some influence. The results of this research could result in modifications to the structure of Valparaiso University's next home competition, ValpoComp 2020.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Jonathan Metcalfe is a Statistics and Economics double major who enjoys spending his free time competing in collegiate ballroom competitions. His experiences in ballroom have led him to wonder if competitions are designed optimally. He hopes this research contributes towards the future success of collegiate ballroom competitions in the Midwest.

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