Competition Fees & Time Limits

CategoryFeeTime Limits# Dancers
Extended Line$655:0016-24
All fees are per dancer per routine.
You may purchase up to 3 additional minutes of time for any Group, Line, Extended Line, or Production for $5 per dancer, per additional minute. Please contact home office for this adjustment. A 5 point deduction will be taken if the time limit is exceeded.

Age Divisions

Age DivisionsAge
Senior15 & Up
Teen13 - 14
Pre-Teen10 - 12
Junior7 - 9
Camp Dance3 - 6
The age of the student is their age as of Jan 1, 2024.
Age of group is determined by adding students age together and dividing by the number of dancers in the routine. Disregard decimal points.

Performance Style

BalletClassical Ballet steps using slippers or pointe shoes including Classical or Pointe
TapTap technique
JazzAny Jazz technique including up tempo music and movement
LyricalLyrical technique with emphasis on the lyrics or mood of the music
ContemporaryMix of styles with emphasis on Modern Technique or Ballet or Contemporary movement
Musical TheatreAny performance utilizing the style or interpretation of Broadway, Musical Theatre or Hollywood choreography
Hip HopHip Hop or street moves
OpenCombination of any of the above styles – A routine that includes 4 or more tricks (a trick is considered any movement when dancers feet go over their head). Or Acro-Gymnastics – Novelty – Clogging – Ethnic – Pom-Poms – Ballroom.
Adjudication OnlyEntries that wish to perform for adjudication and judges critiques only. They will not be eligible for Style High Scores, DanceAgains!, and any overall awards. These routines are eligible to qualify for Nationals.
Judges may change a style if they feel it is incorrectly placed. There is no penalty for this change.

Judging Criteria

Technique40 Points
Choreography20 Points
Stage Presence20 Points
Overall Impact20 Points

General Rules & Regulations

We are excited to announce that all competition will be available to live stream from your computer, tablet, or mobile device.

We will be requiring a non-refundable deposit for competition routines. When you begin your registration, it will prompt you to enter the amount of routines you are bringing to compete. The deposit fee is $50 per routine and is nontransferable to other events or registrations. Once the deposit is paid, it will allow you to complete your registration. This will help us have a more accurate count of routines at each of our events!

New If a studio forfeits more than 25 routines in a season, we will require that studio to pay their competition fees in full the following season. We will not be able to hold your routines until that payment is made. The DanceMakers registration department will be contacting each client that has been affected from the 2022-23 Tour.

Admission to DanceMakers competition is absolutely free! All registered attendees, as well as family and friends, are welcome to watch at no cost. Come and support your dancers!

VIP Seating will be available for teachers at competition.

All competing dancers must be registered for the full weekend of convention in order to participate in competition. Convention wristbands must be worn while competing. Please do not remove convention wristbands once they are secured on the wrist.

All competing dancers must have studio representation in order to participate in competition. DanceMakers does not accept independent competition registrations.

Dancers are only able to be registered and compete under one studio.

Teachers and/or professional dancers are not permitted to compete.

Teachers will be responsible for producing birth certificates to verify age, should challenges or questions arise.

There are no refunds or credits for competition fees.

Choreographers and all attendees automatically give permission to DanceMakers to use all photos and videos for advertising and publicity.

All entrances and exits must be done from stage left or right. No entrances or exits from front or back of stage.

Talking, lip syncing and singing are acceptable. Microphones are prohibited.

If a routine performing was choreographed by one of the judges, that judge will only critique the routine and the score will be an average of the other two judges.

Sold Out Competition

Competition and convention could sell out prior to the event’s cutoff date! The majority of our competitions will sell out and it is recommended to complete the registration process as soon as possible. DanceMakers can close competition at any point, even before the cutoff date.

Friday Competition

Friday competition start times may vary. Friday competition typically starts at 8 AM and begins with solos. After completing the solo competition it is possible, but not guaranteed we will move into other routines such as duo/trio and groups. If any routine that is scheduled on Friday is unable to perform due to school, DanceMakers is happy to provide the studio will a full refund for those routines.

DanceMakers Atmosphere

In an effort to maintain the values of the DanceMakers atmosphere and a family competition, DanceMakers expects that all routines be age, music and costume appropriate. All of these issues are subjective. We are aware that our guidelines may be too strict for some and not strict enough for others. There is a fine line that we take very seriously. Routines may receive an automatic third place if our judges feel a routine is inappropriate. This will always be addressed in the judges critiques that the studio receives

Entry Limitations

See your DanceMakers city page for any solo or group competition limitations.

For solo competition, dancers are limited to one solo routine per regional city. Dancers may compete a different solo per attended city. All qualified solos are eligible to compete at Nationals.

Dancers may compete in more than one number. Any dancer may compete against themselves in any age division, category and style.

Dancers and routines may compete in more than one regional city. However, duo/trio and group routines that won “Overall High Score” and solo routines that won “Age Division High Score” during the regional season must be registered as “Adjudication Only”. These routines are not eligible for Style High Scores, DanceAgains, and any overall awards.

Competition Music

We ask that all competition music is uploaded by the Wednesday before your event. Please log into your DanceMakers registration account to upload music by clicking "Media Manager” feature for your event. MP3 or MP4 files are accepted. Once uploaded you can preview all music! Please have a backup of your music with you on either a smartphone or USB at the event. If you need assistance, please contact our admin team prior to your event.

Competition Judging Packet

In efforts to cut down on our environmental footprint, we will be uploading all judges’ critiques and scores to your online registration portal. All critiques will be uploaded by the Tuesday following your event, at 9 am EST.

Photo & Video

Photo and video during competition are strictly prohibited. Advanced technology of video on cell phones, cameras, etc., has forced us to prohibit all camera use during competition. This includes ALL still photography, with or without flash. This is to protect the rights of the choreographer as well as your children’s safety, and to make it possible for DanceMakers to offer a professional photography and video service. We have a team of professionals capturing competition and will have all photo and video available for purchase. Please check out the media here. Any violations can result in a routine and/or studio disqualification.


DanceMakers welcomes general props to our competition! However, the use of props is the sole responsibility of the studio. Studios have a total of two minutes to place and remove their props from the stage. Violation of this rule will result in a 5 point reduction. It is also the studio’s responsibility to ensure the stage is left clean and clear following their performance. Teachers, dancers and parents are more than welcome to help with props as long as the judges cannot see any studio affiliation. Please refrain from using fire or helium balloons as well as props being thrown into the judges area and/or audience. DanceMakers cannot guarantee props over 8’h will fit on the stage.

If your prop cannot fit through a single door, please reach out to to coordinate a time to get your props into the showroom. We will only have designated times available for this.


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