Im guessing you are an aussie neighbour? I dont mean Aus and NZ are the same, they are not, just 'somewhat similar'. We do not have Bronze, silver, gold comps etc. Only for medal tests. Yes from level 2 you no longer have to dance a 'restricted' syllabus here. I am not sure exactly what level dancer would dance in 'bronze' in the states so It was just a guess that this is similar to level 1. Here dance teachers would not be allowed to compete in level 1 purely for the reason that amatuer competitors are not allowed to teach. Our open events are open to all competitors level 1 through level 5 (amatuer only) however I think at some 'A' class comps it is level 3,4 & 5 only. Competition here is tough in level 1 & 2 also, by far the most couples are in these levels. Its quite common to have 3 heats in the level 2 in our city so I can imagine how many couples there would be in Australian comps! At some comps there are only 1 or 2 couples dancing level 5, sometimes none. And we hardly ever get to see any professional events I have seen professional standard at our Nationals once with a straight final, no latin. Would love to come and watch a comp in Australia if I ever get the chance!