2022 SEASON RULES

ENTRY CATEGORIES

Solo

Duet/Trio

Small Group  (4-9 performers)

Large Group  (10-19 performers)

Line  (20-24 performers with 4:00 min time limit)

Production  (25 or more performers with 6:00 min time limit)

 

FEES

EMAIL TRUE DANCE CHALLENGE FOR 2022 RATES 

ENTRIES AND PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN:

BETHLEHEM, PA - FEBRUARY 14, 2022 (EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT BY JANUARY 14, 2022)

NEW CASTLE, PA - MARCH 1, 2022 (EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT BY FEBRUARY 1, 2022)

EWING, NJ - MARCH 7, 2022 (EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT BY FEBRUARY 7, 2022)

A 5% late fee will be assessed for payments not received by entry deadline

  • 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

 

TIME LIMITS

Solo and Duet/Trio - 3:00 minutes

Small and Large Groups (4-19 dancers) - 3 :00minutes

Lines (20-24 dancers) - 4:00 minutes 

Production (25+ dancers) - 6:00 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.  Music that exceeds the time limit by more than one minute will not be accepted without additional entry fees per dancer. 

 

DIVISIOns

TRUE Believer (Novice/Beginner): 

Routine which includes dancers who are competing for the first time.

 

TRUE Colors (Intermediate): 

Routine which includes dancers who take 4 hours or less of dance class per week and are still mastering basic techniques. Can include dancers who are competing for the first time as well.

 

TRUE Power (Advanced): 

Routine which includes dancers who take more than 4 hours of dance class per week and have strong basic technique. TRUE Power soloists are automatically entered into our title competition. Cash prizes are awarded in TRUE Power division only.

 

Any group that contains more dancers in the TRUE Colors than the TRUE Believer division, should be placed in TRUE Colors.

Any group that contains more dancers in the TRUE Power than the TRUE Colors division, should be placed in TRUE Power.

 

PERFORMANCE CATEGORIES

The following Performance Categories can contain NO MORE THAN 4 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.

 

AGe classifications

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.

 

Mini — Ages 5 & Under

Petite — Ages 6-8

Junior — Ages 9-11

Teen — Ages 12-14

Senior — Ages 15-18

Adult — Ages 19+

MUSIC

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 in our TRUE Power Division 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 soloists are eligible to win title even if he/she was a winner in a previous year and/or age class.

 

Mini Miss / Mini Mr : Ages 5 & Under

Petite Miss / Petite Mr : Ages 6-8

Junior Miss  / Junior Mr : Ages 9-11

Teen Miss  / Teen Mr : Ages 12-14

Senior Miss  / Senior Mr : Ages 15-18

 

JUDGING & AWARDS

TDC judges are all certified through IDA (Impact Dance Adjudicators) and video critiques are provided by DanceBUG (Video Judge). We employ 3 adjudicator judges and 1 special awards judge.  The SA judge is solely responsible for awarding specials, scholarships, and more so our adjudicators can focus on accurate scoring! 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. 

TRUE POWER Division:

Diamond...................294 - 300

High Platinum.......286 - 293.99

Platinum.....................278 - 285.99

High Gold..................270 - 277.99

Gold...............................255 - 269.99

TRUE COLORS and TRUE BELIEVER Divisions:

Diamond...................292 - 300

High Platinum.........284 - 291.99

Platinum.................... 276 - 283.99

High Gold..................268 - 275.99

Gold..............................255 - 267.99

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.

 

PROPS

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.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • 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!

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