Rules & Regulations

 

Competition Divisions

Solos, Duets-Trios, Small Groups 4-9 dancers, Large Groups 10-19, Lines 20 or more, Production 5 or more dancers, Pro-Am Division: for dancers with a full time teacher or instructor performing.

Competition Levels

  • Novice/Recreational

  • Competitive


Age Categories

Mini: 4-6
Junior: 10-12
Senior: 16-19
Petite: 7-9
Teen: 13-15
Novice:20 & over


For Duet-Trios, Groups and Lines, add all the ages then divide by the number of contestants. Dancers only move up an age division when the number is whole. Dancers who are point five (.5) do not move to the next age level!! All ages are as of the first day of competition. Contestants will compete in the same age category at the Dance USA Finals. Regional ages lock you in for finals!

Dance Category Guidelines

All dance categories may contain no more than two acro-gymnastic tricks. One point deduction per judge will be made for routines that do not follow this rule.

Acrobatic: A routine using controlled movements and flexibility, I.E.: walkovers, limbers, chest stands, can contain tumbling skills.

Acro Dance: A routine containing 50% Acro and 50% Dance.

Ballet: Must contain ballet technique, proper footwear required.

Baton: Routine using batons or hoops. No fire or knives permitted.

Character Acro-Gym: Routine portraying a character, i.e.: farmer, nurse, cat, incorporating 75% acro-gymnastics.

Character Dance: A routine portraying a character, i.e.: scarecrow, sailor, or gypsy, incorporating 75% dance.

Cheerleading: includes jumps, precision, tumbling and vocal cheering.

Clogging: Must incorporate clogging technique and style.

Ethnic: A routine portraying cultural style with an ethnic costume.

Formal Modeling: Party dress, evening gown, must provide own music.

Gymnastics: A routine using aerials, back handsprings, etc. and must contain some dance connection. Recommended for stronger tumblers.

Hip Hop: A routine using hip hop or street style dance.

Jazz: Routine containing jazz technique splits and floor rolls allowed.

Lyrical: Routine demonstrating control, balance and extension. Routine should tell the story throughout the choreography. Must contain lyrics.

Modern: Modern and contemporary dance styles.

Musical Theater: Routine portraying a Broadway or theatrical theme.

Novelty: A routine that does not fit in any other category, no acro tricks.

Open: A routine that does not fit in any other category, acro trick allowed.

Pantomime: Impersonations through facial and body movement.

Pointe: Routine containing ballet technique, must where pointe shoes.

Pom Pom: Must use poms for 75% of dance routine, acro allowed.

Productions: Any group of 5 or more, must include a theme throughout.

Song and Dance: Must contain singing and any other form of dance.

Sportswear Modeling: Can contain pivot turns and dance in choreography. Models must provide their own music.

Star Performer: This is an open category may contain dance or gym.

Student Improv: Dancers choice of jazz, tap, lyrical or open.

Tap: A routine using tap technique and style.

Variety Arts: An open division with props as a background.

Vocal: Vocal presentation, No words on tape selection.

Time Limits

All contestants must furnish their own music on compact disk. All disks must contain 1 dance song only. The time limits are 3:00 minutes for all solos and duet-trios, and 5:00 minutes for all groups and lines. Production time limit is 10:00 minutes. A five second grace period will be added to all performers, and then a one point per judge deduction will apply for overtime entries.

Adjudication

Adjudicated placement for all entries, 100 points per judge. 300 possible points. All dancers are against a point system.

282.3-300 Platinum Award
276-282.2 High Gold Award
270-275.9 Gold Award
260-269.9 Silver Award


Performing Arts Awards

Trophies awarded to all entries, Ribbons will be awarded to all duet-trio and group members with a trophy awarded to the duet-trio, or group. Top 5 placements will be announced and awarded a trophy. There must be 5 in the division in order to be awarded an overall trophy.

*NEW*
Dance USA Studio Challenge

During the regional competitions each participating studios top 5 non-solo acts will be added together to make their Studio Challenge score! The top 5 studios will be awarded cash and certificates to use toward their National entry fees.

Title Categories and Awards

All Title winners will receive a large trophy and crown for the girls or hat for the boys. Dancers must compete a separate solo for the title division. Dance Scholarships are awarded to Title Winners at regionals and Nationals.

Mini Miss & Mr. Dance 4-6
Petite Miss & Mr. Dance 7-9
Junior Miss & Mr. Dance 10-12
Teen Miss & Mr. Dance 13-15
Miss & Mr. Dance 16-21


National Finals - Showdown of the Stars

National Finals - Showdown of the Stars At the Dance USA ® National Finals the top 5 acts in each competitive age division will re-compete in the Showdown of the Stars on the final day of the Nationals. The age division winners are called Grand Champions and will be awarded 7 foot trophies. Placements of 2nd through 5th will also be awarded for each age division. Each studio may only have 2 acts per age division. A maximum of 2 solos per age division will be allowed in the showdown.

The Super Grand Champions at Nationals are the Dance USA® Studio Cup Challenge Winners! The Studio will be awarded the coveted Crystal Cup! Cash and credit towards the next Dance USA® competition season will also be awarded.

Overall Photogenic Winners

At regionals the overall Photogenic winner will receive a special trophy and a head-shot session with world renown Photographer Kevyn Major Howard.

At Nationals the overall photogenic winner will receive a special trophy, crown and a head-shot session with world renown Photographer Kevyn Major Howard.

*A minimum of 5 photogenic entries is required to award an overall photogenic winner.

Dance USA ® Dance Jamm and Awards

TAKE PART IN OUR DANCE USA® DANCE JAMM DANCE-OFF!

THE DANCE OFF IS OPEN TO ALL PARTICIPATING DANCE USA ® DANCERS, AND COSTS JUST $10 TO ENTER! DANCERS WILL BE TAUGHT A SHORT 32 COUNT JAZZ COMBINATION AND WILL PERFORM IT FOR OUR JUDGES. JUDGES WILL THEN MAKE ELIMINATIONS UNTIL THEY HAVE CHOSEN A WINNER WHO WILL RECEIVE A TROPHY, A DANCE USA® WARM UP SUIT AND A Dance Scholarship! GET THE FEEL OF WHAT IT’S LIKE TO GO ON A PROFESSIONAL AUDITION AND SEE WHO WILL BE NAMED DANCE-OFF CHAMPION!

Dance USA ® Policies

  • Entry Fees are non- refundable and non-creditable. All entry deadlines are 30 days prior to the event.
  • A $10 late fee per entry will be charged to the studio for entries received after the deadline.
  • A time schedule, preliminary schedule and competition location confirmation will be sent to the studio five days prior to the competition.
  • Dancers may not cross over levels. No Novice / Recreational dancers can compete in the title competition.
  • Score sheets and/or judge's critiques will be available after the competition. Only teachers may pick up score sheets.
  • Some regional competitions will host workshops. If workshops are held, they will be on the evening before the competition or after a competition for a class rate of $20.00 per dancer per class. You will be notified if workshops are available with your confirmation packet!