2020 SEASON RULES
Solo, Duet/Trio, Small Group (4-9 performers), Large Group (10-19 performers),
Line (20 or more performers, regular time limit) and Production (20 or more
performers with extended time, props, etc).
Solo and Duet/Trio – 3 minutes
Small and Large Groups and Lines - 3 minutes
Production - 6 minutes
Any routine that exceeds the time limit can be entered with EXTENDED TIME. Additional time up to one minute will be charged a fee of $25 for the routine regardless of the number of dancers. Additional time over 2 minutes will be charged $50 for the routine regardless of the number of dancers.
Recreational: Routine which includes only dancers who take 3 hours or less of dance class per week during the last 3 years.
Competitive: Routine which includes only dancers who take more than 3 hours of dance class per week during the last 3 years.
The following Performance Categories can contain NO MORE THAN 15% acrobatic tricks or passes: Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Tap, Character and Pantomime. A trick or pass would consist of cartweels, round offs, back handsprings, walkovers, aerials, tucks, etc.
Ballet: Routine must consist of ballet technique, classical steps and movements.
Pointe: Routine must consist of pointe technique.
Lyrical: Routine encompassing the use of balance, flexibility and control utilizing the lyrics and feeling of the music.
Contemporary: Interpretive routine using a contemporary/modern style. Should incorporate balance, control, and extension moves.
Jazz: Routine using primarily jazz technique.
Hip-Hop: Routine using primarily hip-hop technique and moves.
Tap: Routine utilizing tap technique. No taps on music track or a 2 point deduction will result.
Acro: Routine using controlled moves such as walkovers, limbers, handstands, chest rolls, etc. May contain gymnastic passes, flexibility moves, and/or contortionist moves. Must contain dance moves, steps and choreography.
Character/Musical Theater: Routine must portray a character throughout. Can be from a play, movie, television, Broadway, or a stereotype such as a policeman, cowboy, doctor, animal, etc.
Open: Routine which does not fit into one of our performance categories or a routine which is a combination of two or more of our performance categories.
EMAIL TRUE DANCE CHALLENGE FOR 2020 RATES
ENTRIES AND PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN:
BETHLEHEM, PA - FEBRUARY 3, 2020 (EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT BY JANUARY 3, 2020)
NEW CASTLE, PA - FEBRUARY 17, 2020 (EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT BY JANUARY 17, 2020)
WILLOW GROVE, PA - MARCH 2, 2020 (EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT BY FEBRUARY 2, 2020)
NEW JERSEY - MARCH 16 , 2020 (EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT BY FEBRUARY 16, 2020)
No entries will be accepted and no cash refunds will be given after entry deadline.
All entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Entries are not
considered received without full studio payment. A $35 service fee will automatically
be assessed for any and all checks returned to TDC from the bank.
MUSIC MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN 3 WEEKS PRIOR TO EVENT!
TDC is all digital and is asking that all music be submitted prior to each event. We will be importing and playing all music at the competition electronically. Submission of music can be uploaded directly into your DanceBug account.
All music must be cut to the appropriate length allowed and free of inappropriate content. A master back-up for the day of the event is still strongly recommended.
ALL AGES ARE AS OF THE FIRST OF THE YEAR, INCLUDING SOLOS, AND ALL DECIMAL POINTS ARE DROPPED TO DETERMINE THE CORRECT AGE CATEGORY. PROOF OF AGE MAY BE REQUIRED IF DANCER'S AGE IS QUESTIONED BY A STUDIO DIRECTOR.
Petite — Ages 8 & Under; Junior — Ages 9-11; Teen — Ages 12-14; Senior — Ages 15-19; Adult — Ages 20+
All entries will compete in the following age ranges: 5 & Under, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, and 50 & Over. Performance categories with a limited number of competitors in a specific age range may be combined to the following: 5 & Under, 6-8, 9-11, 12-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, and 40 & Over. Combined age categories are at the sole discretion of TDC.
top scores and titles
Soloists are automatically considered for titles and do not need to enter separately or pay additional fees.
The top scoring soloist in each age class will be announced as the title winner.
Recreational entries are not eligible for titles or cash prizes.
All soloists are eligible to win the title even if he/she was a winner in a previous year and/or age class.
The titles will break down as follows:
Petite Miss / Petite Mr : Ages 8 & Under
Junior Miss / Junior Mr : Ages 9-11
Teen Miss / Teen Mr : Ages 12-14
Senior Miss / Senior Mr : Ages 15-19
JUDGING & AWARDS
All participants will be judged by a panel of well-qualified, competent judges. All participants, teachers, and parents agree that the method of judging shall be solely within the discretion of the selected judges and that all decisions of the judges are final. Dancers will be adjudicated against a point system. With this scoring system, multiple High Platinum, Platinum, High Gold, Gold and High Silver adjudication awards may be presented within each age division for each category of competition. TRUE Dance Challenge will provide critiques and scores from 3 judges for each routine. Studio Directors may pick up scores following their last awards session. Scores can also be emailed upon request.
SPECIAL AWARDS & STUDIO AWARDS
A fourth judge is a part of the TDC panel dedicated solely to selecting special awards and scholarships. All entries are eligible for special awards at no additional cost. Various specials will be given based on performances. These awards will be presented in recognition of costume, choreography, entertainment value, energy, technique and other items that stand out. Special awards are presented at each awards session. Additionally, studio awards will be given during the last group awards session and will include Most Entertaining, Best Sportsmanship, Best Technique & Best Choreography and Stand Out Studio. Studios must have at least 10 entries to be considered for a studio award. Finally, there are special TRUE awards given to recognize groups for teamwork, storytelling, commitment, entertainment and style.
The same participant(s) cannot compete more than once in the same category and age range in Solos or Duet/Trios to prevent performers from competing against themselves. No more than 50% of any group may compete more than once in the same category and age range.
Dangerous props such as fire, swords and knives are prohibited. General props are allowed; however, if stage is littered after your performance you will be responsible for an immediate and expeditious removal of any debris.
Good sportsmanship is expected from all participants, participant family and friends, and teachers. Failure to display such conduct may result in disqualification from high scores and special awards.
Professional videographers and photographers are working the event so all photography and videotaping are strictly prohibited.
Any choreography, music or costume considered inappropriate for family viewing will have points deducted and will not be eligible for Top Score and Special Awards. Please ensure all music is edited for content.
Email TDC with questions, more information or to reserve your studio's spot!