In ballroom competitions, events are listed as in the following example:

Amateur Adult Bronze International Standard Waltz/Quickstep.

I can break this down except for the first bit as:

  • [??? (Amateur)]
  • [Age Division (Adult)]
  • [Level (Bronze)]
  • [Style (International Standard)]
  • [Dances (Waltz/Quickstep)].

What would be a good term to describe the first bit of the event description?

If it helps, the options for the first block are:

  • 'Amateur'
  • 'Professional'
  • 'Pro-Am' (wherein a professional and an amateur compete together)
  • 'Teacher/Student'.
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    'Status' will probably do, though it is of course a rank hypernym. – Edwin Ashworth Aug 2 '17 at 22:07
  • Aliden I may have got slightly carried away with reformatting. If you prefer the original feel free to revert my edits ! – k1eran Aug 3 '17 at 0:59
  • 'Relation' (as in: the participant's relation to dancing) is more descriptive than 'category'. I would consider using 'pursuit' (if he/she pursues it as a hobby or otherwise) too. – user250904 Aug 3 '17 at 23:53

I would use Category. Category seems to be a little more generic occasionally, but it is the predominate word for "Amateur", "Pro-Am", "Professional", etc.

"Pro-Am competition is a category in DanceSport ..." The Ballroom Dance Company

"Pro-am is a category in dancesport competitions ..." Ball Room Boston Starry Night Dance Studio

"... the group will be moved to the PROFESSIONAL OR PRO AM category ..." Love 2 Dance Competition

"[AMATEUR] category" "PROFESSIONAL category" Fusion Dance Contest

"Pro Am: Any teacher or professional dancer may perform in this category." The Dance Out

  • This is what I came up with via some off-site discussions as well. If nothing better comes along in the next several hours, I'll mark this as the answer. – Aliden Aug 3 '17 at 4:19

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