2021 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).
EMAIL TRUE DANCE CHALLENGE FOR 2021 RATES
ENTRIES AND PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN:
NEW CASTLE, PA - FEBRUARY 1, 2021 (EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT BY JANUARY 1, 2021)
BETHLEHEM, PA - FEBRUARY 15, 2021 (EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT BY JANUARY 15, 2021)
FORT WASHINGTON, PA - MARCH 1, 2021 (EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT BY FEBRUARY 1, 2021)
EWING, NJ - MARCH 1, 2021 (EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT BY FEBRUARY 1, 2021)
No entries will be accepted after entry deadline
No refunds are given unless event is canceled due to unforeseen circumstance
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
Solo and Duet/Trio - 3 minutes
Small and Large Groups (4-19 dancers) - 3 minutes
Lines (20+ dancers) - 4 minutes
Production (20+ dancers) - 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.
*Please note recreational routines are eligible for high scores but are not eligible for cash prizes or solo titles.
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.
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
Senior — Ages 15-19
Adult — Ages 20+
Performance categories with a limited number of competitors in a specific age range
may be combined. Combined age categories are at the sole discretion of TDC.
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.
USB with appropriately labeled files is preferred for back up music.
top scores and titles
Soloists are automatically considered for titles and do not need to enter separately or pay additional fees.
The top scoring competitive soloist in each age class will be announced as the title winner.
All competitive soloists are eligible to win title even if he/she was a winner in a previous year and/or age class.
Recreational entries are not eligible for titles or cash prizes.
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 outstanding qualities such as teamwork, storytelling, commitment, entertainment and style.
General props are allowed, however, studios are responsible for an immediate and expeditious removal of props and/or any debris.
Props that need assembly must be completed assembled offstage prior to the performance. Performances that have props that take more than 2 minutes to set up or break down onstage will result in a 2 point deduction. Dangerous props such as fire, swords and knives are prohibited.
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.
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!