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Rules & Regulations

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Please click the pages below and read through all rules carefully. Failure to comply with the rules & regulations listed below could result in disqualification. It is the studio's responsibility to adhere to all rules.

GENERAL RULES

Registered teachers cannot perform in the competition unless the routine is entered in the Professional/Advanced division.

Each dancer may only enter one routine in the STUDENT CHOREOGRAPHY COMPETITION as the sole choreographer, however, said dancer may enter other numbers as choreographer if they are a collaboration with one or more other student choreographer(s). Said dancer may also be a dancer in any number of other student choreographer’s pieces.

All numbers must appear according to their scheduled sequence unless an Elite Staff Member grants permission otherwise. Numbers failing to perform within their category (or within 10 routines of their scheduled time if it is a stand- alone routine) will be disqualified.

Judges may stop a number in progress and request that it be repeated. If the music equipment fails, the studio may choose to continue or re-do the number.

Routines containing more than three gymnastic passes MUST be entered in either the Acro, Open, or Combo category.

Competing dancers should be ready 1 hour prior to their scheduled competition time. The competition may run up to a maximum of 1 hour early and each dancer will be expected to perform at the earlier time.

Routines competing in any 2023 Fall Event are eligible to re-compete in any 2024 Spring Event.

Routines that have received an award of gold or higher, or any special/showdown award may not be competed in future seasons, regardless of how much time has passed. Therefore, if a routine was competed in 2018 and won a gold medal, the same routine may not be competed again in 2019.

All competition/workshop attendees authorize the use of their images in photos and videos for any and all Elite Dance Productions' purposes.

No dangerous props may be used during the competition. Other props are allowed, but must be taken on and off stage within two minutes total. It is the studio's responsibility to ensure that its props are taken on and off stage, as well as making sure the stage is completely clean and clear after the routine is finished. For safety reasons, dancers cannot stand above 6 feet on a prop. Please inform us of any prop usage via our online registration on the specific routine's entry form.

The competition stage will be covered in a marley dance floor surface.

 

COMPETITION FEES

Please contact us for pricing info at: [email protected].

Entries are NON-REFUNDABLE. After each respective deadline*, prices will go up. 

*Deadlines are found on the city page.

Please send one cheque, made payable to ELITE DANCE PRODUCTIONS, for all fees. You may also pay by PayPal or credit card. No post-dated cheques. Payment will only be applied once it clears. There will be a $35 fee charged to any cheques that do not clear.

LEVELS

Novice Division - any dancer(s) who has not competed prior to this competitive season.

Competitive Division - any dancer(s) who trains less than 6 hours per week.

Elite Division - any dancer(s) who trains 6 hours or more per week.

Professional/Teacher - anyone who is currently enrolled in/has completed a post-secondary professional training program and/or anyone who earns more than $2,500 per year from teaching/performing dance.

Judges reserve the right to change the level of a number if they feel it is incorrectly placed. 

PROPS

No dangerous props may be used during the competition. Other props are allowed, but must be taken on and off-stage within two minutes total. It is the studio's responsibility to ensure that its props are taken on and off-stage, as well as make sure the stage is completely clean and clear after the routine is finished. For safety reasons, dancers cannot stand above 6 feet on a prop. Please inform us of any prop usage via our online registration on the specific routine's entry form.

STAGE

The competition stage will be covered in a Marley dance floor surface.

ADMISSION & ELITE SHOWDOWN TICKETS

Admission to the regular competition is free. Tickets to the Elite Showdown can be purchased for $10. Teachers may watch the Elite Showdown for free. Dancers performing in the showdown will be allowed to view the showcase free of charge. However, spectators who have purchased tickets will have priority seating.

VIDEO & PHOTOGRAPHY

Videotaping and photography during the competition and workshop are strictly prohibited, and those found breaking this rule will be asked to leave the building. Still, photos may be taken in between workshop classes. Professional Videos and photos will be given to studios/dancers for free after the event.

THEATRE ETIQUETTE

Food and beverages are not allowed in the theatre unless otherwise stated.

All cell phones must be placed on silent.

Audience members are to only enter/leave the theatre between routines. All audience members should be seated before the next number begins.

Talking during routines is prohibited. This is extremely disrespectful to the dancers on stage, and those found breaking this rule will be asked to leave the building.

​Dancers & studios, please keep your dressing rooms tidy!

ELITE SHOWDOWN

Entries admitted to the Elite Showdown are chosen by the Top 6 marks from solos/duets/trios and the Top 6 marks from groups/lines/productions in both 12 & under and 13 & over. Judges may also choose to enter 1 other routine in each age division from the weekend if they see fit. Studios who are not represented by a high mark routine in the Showdown, but have registered 15+ group entries will have their highest scoring group entered as a wildcard. Studios may only have two routines in each division entered through high marks, not including Golden Buzzer routines (i.e. Studio A can have a max of two 13 & Over groups/lines/productions entered by high mark, unless they also had a 13 & Over group/line/production win the Golden Buzzer, in which case they'd have three). All of these routines are eligible to place in the Top 3.

*Any routines from the competition not re-competing in the Elite Showdown are still eligible for the “Best” awards (choreography, technique, & costume).
**Routines in the Advanced/Professional divisions are not eligible for awards in the Elite Showdown.
***At the Elite Showdown, all final results are based on judges’ choice.

Prizes awarded at the Showcase Awards Ceremony will be as follows:

  1st 2nd 3rd
Mini/Junior $250 $150 $100
Teen/Senior $250 $150 $100

*Prizes may vary depending on the number of entries.

OTHER ELITE SHOWDOWN AWARDS

Best Choreography (Junior & Senior) - $50 Voucher
Best Costume - $100 Voucher
Best Technique - $100 Voucher
Top Mark Overall - $250 Voucher
Studio Spirit Award - $250 Voucher

*The judges will deliberate to choose the winners.

**Routines do not need to be entered in the Elite Showdown to win the awards listed above.

***Advanced/Professional entries are not eligible to win any Elite Showdown awards.

Highest Mark Awards

  • Novice
  • Intermediate
  • Jazz
  • Tap
  • Ballet/Pointe
  • Lyrical
  • Contemporary
  • Modern
  • Improv
  • Musical Theatre/Song & Dance
  • Hip Hop/Street Jazz
  • Combo/Open
  • Acro/Specialty

Top Studio Award
Top Studio is awarded to a studio that displays versatility in styles and excellence across all ages. Each studio vying for Top Studio must enter a group routine in each of the 10 categories below to be eligible. If a studio has more than 1 routine in each category, the highest mark will be chosen. The highest combined score in the following 10 categories will be awarded Top Studio:

Petite, Mini, or Junior
1. Ballet, Pointe, or Lyrical
2. Tap, Musical Theatre, Song & Dance, or Specialty
3. Modern, Contemporary, or Open
4. Jazz or Acro
5. Hip-Hop or Street Jazz

Pre-Teen, Teen, or Senior
1. Ballet, Pointe, or Lyrical
2. Tap, Musical Theatre, Song & Dance, or Specialty
3. Modern, Contemporary, or Open
4. Jazz or Acro
5. Hip-Hop or Street Jazz

*Solos, Duets, Trios, and routines entered in Student Choreography, Combo, and Improv are not eligible. Routines must be entered in the Elite division to be eligible.

**Each routine may feature different dancers, but must fall in the age categories listed above. Routines containing teachers/professionals are not eligible.
Submitted routines must be entered under the correct style.

***Top Studio will only be awarded when there are 5 or more studios eligible for the award at said event. Participating studios must have a minimum of 30 entries to be eligible (including solos, duets, and trios).

"Moves with Purpose" Award
Awarded to a dancer who empowers and inspires their fellow dancers through their kindness, passion for dance, and sportsmanship. Awarded an Elite Record and a $50 Voucher.

 

SHOWDOWN TICKETS
Tickets to the Elite Showdown can be purchased for $10.

AGE CATEGORIES

Future Star: 6 & Under
Petite: 7 - 8
Mini: 9-10
Junior: 11-12
Pre-Teen: 13-14
​Teen: 15-16
Senior: 17-18
Advanced: 19+

The age category for all routines is determined by using the average age of the performers as of January 1, 2024. When averaging ages, drop the decimal point.

Any routine with an average age of 19+ must compete in the Professional/Advanced division.

STYLES

Acro - a combination of dance and acrobatic/gymnastic tricks. Primarily acro technique.

Ballet - primarily ballet technique. Maybe en pointe or soft-shoe.

Combo - a combination of 2 or more styles.

Contemporary - a routine incorporating jazz or ballet techniques fused with modern movement.

Hip Hop - primarily hip hop technique.

Improv - dancers entered in this category will not be aware of the song being played ahead of time. The song will be no longer than 2.5  minutes. The song list will be sent to participating studios 1 week prior to the event.

Jazz - primarily jazz technique.

Lyrical - a combination of jazz and ballet techniques that uses story-telling elements to interpret the lyrics and emotion of a song.

Modern - primarily modern technique.

Musical Theatre - any routine interpreting music from a Broadway or Movie Musical.

Open - any style of dance not listed.

Pointe - classical or contemporary pointe technique performed in pointe shoes.

Song & Dance - routines which include live singing.

Specialty - consists of ethnic styles such as step, highland, clogging, Bollywood, African, etc.

Street Jazz - a combination of jazz and hip-hop techniques.

Tap - primarily tap technique. Routines including clogging, double-tap tap shoes, and/or tap sounds in the music will not be allowed.

Student Choreography - any number choreographed by a student who is also a dancer in the number (all student choreography numbers will compete separately).

Advanced/Professional - any number with an average age of 19+ or containing professional dancer(s), teacher(s), etc. (all of these numbers will compete separately from regular competitive routines). These numbers are not eligible for Elite Showdown awards.

Judges reserve the right to change the style of a number if they feel it is incorrectly placed.

CATEGORIES & TIME LIMITS

Solo 1 Dancer 2.5 min.
Duo 2 Dancers 2.5 min.
Trio 3 Dancers 2.5 min.
Small Group 4-7 Dancers 3 min.
Large Group 8-11 Dancers 3 min.
Line 12-15 Dancers 4 min.
Extended Line 16-24 Dancers 5 min.
Production 25+ Dancers 10 min.

 

MUSIC

All music must be uploaded to DanceBUG 2 weeks prior to the start date of the event.

Please also bring a backup of some kind to the event in case a technical issue arises.

JUDGE'S CRITERIA & AWARDS

All entries will be adjudicated by 2-3 judges. Each entry will receive its respective award. An unbreakable tie can exist if the scores are equal. In this case, there will be 2 winners.

Technique: 50%
Performance: 20%
Choreography/Musicality: 20%
Costume/Music: 10%

Scores and video critiques will be available online via DanceBUG after the event. Scores and video critiques will be sent out ASAP.

97 & Up: Elite Gold
92 - 96.99: High Gold
87 - 91.99: Gold
82 - 86.99: High Silver
77 - 81.99: Silver
72 - 76.99: Bronze

*Special awards will be given out during each awards ceremony at the discretion of the faculty.

In addition to the adjudicated awards, there will also be overall awards given to the highest-scoring Solo, Duo/Trio, Small/Large Group, and Lines/Production in each of the Mini, Junior, Teen, and Senior age categories.

​*Prizes may vary depending on the number of entries.

*Overalls 1st 2nd 3rd
  $50 $30 $20

Overalls are awarded to each Elite-level age group containing at least 10 entries. Only 1st will be awarded if there are fewer than 10 entries in a category. If there are fewer than 3 entries in a category, no overall will be awarded. If there are enough entries in each category, the top 10 will be announced. Intermediates and Petites will receive only an Elite record for overalls.

Top Mark of the Day
Awarded to the highest mark of the day at the last awards session everyday of regular competition.
*Advanced/Professional entries are not eligible for this award.

TOP STUDIO AWARD

Top Studio is awarded to a studio that displays excellence in group routines. Each studio's Top 10 Elite-level scoring group routines in the following categories and age divisions will be averaged, and the highest average score will determine the winner:Eligible Categories:Small Group, Large Group, Line, Extended Line, & Production
Elibigle Age Divisions:Petite, Mini, Junior, Pre-Teen, Teen, & Senior 

  • Studios must have 30 or more registered routines in order to be eligible for the Top Studio award (including solos, duets, and trios).
  • Routines entered in Student Choreography, Improv, and Combo are not eligible.
  • Routines containing Adults, Professionals, and/or Teachers are not eligible.
  • Routines must be entered in the Elite level to qualify.
  • Top Studio will only be awarded when there are 3 or more eligible studios at an event.
  • Top Studio Runner-Up will only be awarded when there are 5 or more eligible studios at an event.

Top Studio PrizesTop Studio will be awarded after the Showdown.Top Studio Winner$500 Travel Voucher + Studio Banner
Top Studio Runner-UpStudio Banner

GENERAL RULES

  • Elite Dance Productions reserves the right to add an additional day to any event if necessary.
  • Elite Dance Productions reserves the right to cancel any event.
  • All dancers must pay a registration fee if they are competing.
  • Please send one cheque, made payable to ELITE DANCE PRODUCTIONS, for all fees. You may also pay by PayPal or credit card. No post-dated cheques. Payment will only be applied once it clears. There will be a $35 fee charged to any cheques that do not clear.
  • The deadline for competition changes is 2 weeks prior to the event. No changes will be accepted afterwards.
  • Entry fees are NON-REFUNDABLE. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • All awards in cheque form not cashed within 6 months from the date of the Elite Showdown will not be honoured.
  • All competition fees are per person, per entry.
  • Each dancer/teacher must sign and submit the appropriate waiver to be eligible to participate in an Elite Dance Productions event.
  • Each dancer may enter a total of 4 solos and a combined total of 4 duos/trios.
  • Professional dancers and dancers 19+ are welcome for the workshops and can participate in the Professional/Advanced division. Elite considers a professional to be anyone who is currently in/has completed a post-secondary professional training program, or certification and/or anyone who earns more than $2,500 per year from teaching/performing dance.
  • Registered teachers cannot perform in the competition unless the routine is entered in the Professional/Advanced division.
  • Each dancer may only enter one routine in the STUDENT CHOREOGRAPHY COMPETITION as the sole choreographer; however, said dancer may enter other numbers as a choreographer if they are a collaboration with one or more student choreographer(s). The said dancer may also be a dancer in any number of other student choreographer's pieces.
  • All numbers must appear according to their scheduled sequence unless an Elite Staff Member grants permission otherwise. Numbers failing to perform within 10 routines of their scheduled time will be disqualified.
  • Judges may stop a number in progress and request that it be repeated. If the music equipment fails, the studio may choose to continue or re-do the number.
  • Routines containing more than three gymnastic passes MUST be entered in either the Acro, Open, or Combo categories.
  • Competing dancers should be ready 1 hour prior to their scheduled competition time. The competition may run up to a maximum of 1 hour early, and each dancer will be expected to perform at the earlier time.
  • Routines that have received an award of gold or higher or any special/showdown award may not be competed in future seasons, regardless of how much time has passed. Therefore, if a routine was competed in 2018 and won a gold medal, the same routine may not compete again in 2019.
  • All competition/workshop attendees authorize the use of their images in photos and videos for any and all Elite Dance Productions' purposes.

COMPETITION FEES

Please contact us for pricing info at: [email protected].

Entries are NON-REFUNDABLE. After each respective deadline*, prices will go up. All dancers must also pay a registration fee in order to compete.

*Deadlines are found on the city page.

Please send one cheque, made payable to ELITE DANCE PRODUCTIONS, for all fees. You may also pay by PayPal or credit card. No post-dated cheques. Payment will only be applied once it clears. There will be a $35 fee charged to any cheques that do not clear.

LEVELS

*NEW* Novice Division - any dancer(s) who has not competed prior to this competitive season.

Intermediate Division - any dancer(s) with less than or equal to 3 years of dance training.

Elite Division - any dancer(s) with more than 3 years of dance training.

Professional/Teacher - anyone who is currently in/has completed a post-secondary professional training program, or certification and/or anyone who earns more than $2,500 per year from teaching/performing dance.

Judges reserve the right to change the level of a number if they feel it is incorrectly placed. There will only be one level for dancers in the Petite category.

PROPS

No dangerous props may be used during the competition. Other props are allowed, but must be taken on and off-stage within two minutes total. It is the studio's responsibility to ensure that its props are taken on and off-stage, as well as make sure the stage is completely clean and clear after the routine is finished. For safety reasons, dancers cannot stand above 6 feet on a prop. Please inform us of any prop usage via our online registration on the specific routine's entry form.

STAGE

The competition stage will be covered in a Marley dance floor surface.

ADMISSION & ELITE SHOWDOWN TICKETS

Admission to the regular competition is free. Tickets to the Elite Showdown can be purchased for $10. Teachers may watch the Elite Showdown for free. Dancers performing in the showdown will be allowed to view the showcase free of charge. However, spectators who have purchased tickets will have priority seating.

VIDEO & PHOTOGRAPHY

Videotaping and photography during the competition and workshop are strictly prohibited, and those found breaking this rule will be asked to leave the building. Still, photos may be taken in between workshop classes. Professional Videos will be given to studios/dancers for free after the event.

THEATRE ETIQUETTE

Food and beverages are not allowed in the theatre unless otherwise stated.

All cell phones must be placed on silent.

Audience members are to only enter/leave the theatre between routines. All audience members should be seated before the next number begins.

Talking during routines is prohibited. This is extremely disrespectful to the dancers on stage, and those found breaking this rule will be asked to leave the building.

​Dancers & studios, please keep your dressing rooms tidy!

ELITE SHOWDOWN

The best solo/duo/trio and group numbers in each of the Mini/Junior and Teen/Senior divisions chosen by high scores and judge's choice will be invited to re-perform. If a studio that has entered a minimum of 15 numbers is not represented by any of the above, the top group number from that studio will be entered. The judges also reserve the right to request 1 Wildcard routine each (these may or may not be used). The judges will deliberate to choose the winners.

*Prizes awarded at the Showcase Awards Ceremony will be as follows:

1st 2nd 3rd
Mini/Junior $250 $150 $100
Teen/Senior $250 $150 $100

*Prizes may vary depending on the number of entries.

OTHER ELITE SHOWDOWN AWARDS

Best Choreography - $100 Voucher
Best Costume - $100 Voucher
Best Technique - $100 Voucher
Top Mark Overall - $250 Voucher
Studio Spirit Award - $250 Voucher

*The judges will deliberate to choose the winners.

**Routines do not need to be entered in the Elite Showdown to win the awards listed above.

***After Dark entries are not eligible to win any Elite Showdown awards.

Highest Mark Awards

  • Novice
  • Intermediate
  • Jazz
  • Tap
  • Ballet
  • Lyrical
  • Contemporary
  • Modern
  • Improv
  • Musical Theatre
  • Hip Hop/Street Jazz
  • Combo/Open
  • Acro/Specialty

SHOWDOWN TICKETS

Tickets to the Elite Showdown can be purchased for $10.

AGE CATEGORIES

Petite: 6 & Under
Mini: 7 - 9
Junior: 10-12
Teen: 13-15
Senior: 16-18
​Advanced: 19+

The age category for all routines is determined by using the average age of the performers as of January 1, 2022. When averaging ages, drop the decimal point.

Any routine with an average age of 19+ must compete in the Professional/Advanced division.

STYLES

Acro - a combination of dance and acrobatic/gymnastic tricks. Primarily acro technique.

Ballet - primarily ballet technique. Maybe en pointe or soft-shoe.

Combo - a combination of 2 or more styles.

Contemporary - a routine incorporating jazz or ballet techniques fused with modern movement.

Hip Hop - primarily hip hop technique.

Improv - dancers entered in this category will not be aware of the song being played ahead of time. The song will be no longer than 2.5  minutes. The song list will be sent to participating studios 1 week prior to the event.

Jazz - primarily jazz technique.

Lyrical - a combination of jazz and ballet techniques that uses story-telling elements to interpret the lyrics and emotion of a song.

Modern - primarily modern technique.

Musical Theatre - any routine interpreting music from a Broadway or Movie Musical.

Open - any style of dance not listed.

Specialty - consists of ethnic styles such as step, highland, clogging, Bollywood, African, etc.

Street Jazz - a combination of jazz and hip-hop techniques.

Tap - primarily tap technique. Routines including clogging, double-tap tap shoes, and/or tap sounds in the music will not be allowed.

Student Choreography - any number choreographed by a student who is also a dancer in the number (all student choreography numbers will compete separately).

After Dark - any number with an average age of 19+ or containing professional dancer(s), teacher(s), etc. (all of these numbers will compete separately from regular competitive routines). These numbers are not eligible for Elite Showdown awards.

Judges reserve the right to change the style of a number if they feel it is incorrectly placed.

CATEGORIES & TIME LIMITS

Solo 1 Dancer 2.5 min.
Duo 2 Dancers 2.5 min.
Trio 3 Dancers 2.5 min.
Small Group 4-7 Dancers 3 min.
Large Group 8-11 Dancers 3 min.
Line 12-15 Dancers 4 min.
Extended Line 16-24 Dancers 5 min.
Production 25+ Dancers 10 min.

MUSIC

All music must be uploaded to DanceBUG 2 weeks prior to the start date of the event.

Please also bring a backup of some kind to the event in case a technical issue arises.

JUDGE'S CRITERIA & AWARDS

All entries will be adjudicated by 2-3 judges. Each entry will receive its respective award. An unbreakable tie can exist if the scores are equal. In this case, there will be 2 winners.

Technique: 50%
Performance: 20%
Choreography/Musicality: 20%
Costume/Music: 10%

Scores and video critiques will be available online via DanceBUG after the event. Scores and video critiques will be sent out ASAP.

97 & Up: Elite Gold
92 - 96.99: High Gold
87 - 91.99: Gold
82 - 86.99: High Silver
77 - 81.99: Silver
72 - 76.99: Bronze

*Special awards will be given out during each awards ceremony at the discretion of the faculty.

In addition to the adjudicated awards, there will also be overall awards given to the highest-scoring Solo, Duo/Trio, Small/Large Group, and Lines/Production in each of the Mini, Junior, Teen, and Senior age categories.

​*Prizes may vary depending on the number of entries.

*Overalls 1st 2nd 3rd
$50 $30 $20

Overalls are awarded to each Elite-level age group containing at least 10 entries. Only 1st will be awarded if there are fewer than 10 entries in a category. If there are fewer than 3 entries in a category, no overall will be awarded. If there are enough entries in each category, the top 10 will be announced. Intermediates and Petites will receive only an Elite record for overalls.