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Dance Competition Summit Dance Challenge

Competition  Rules

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Entry Type & Time Limits

Solo (1 performer) - 3:00 minutes

  • Duo / Trio (2 to 3 dancers) - 3:00 minutes
  • Small Group (4 to 9 dancers) - 4:00 minutes
  • Large Group (10 to 19 dancers) - 5:00 minutes
  • Productions & Line Groups (20+ dancers) - 10:00 minutes
**A 15 second leeway is awarded without penalty. **Extended time may be purchased for entries where choreo exeeds time limits. **Entries who break time limit rules, will received will be deducted one point for every 10 seconds over time limit. Please check time limits carefully.

Style Catagories

  • Acro
  • Ballet (Classical or Contemporary)
  • Character Ballet
  • Contemporary
  • Hip Hop (all styles including street jazz)
  • Jazz
  • Lyrical
  • Modern
  • Musical Theater (no vocals)
  • Open (other styles or combo of styles)
  • Pointe (all styles)
  • Showcase (entries performing for critique only, not scored)
  • Song & Dance (vocals)
  • Tap
**We DO NOT count tricks. **Soloists can place only once in the overalls with their highest scoring solo enty. However the average of a solosists top three solo scores are used for special title winner awards.

Age divisions

  • Petite - Ages 8 & Under
  • Junior - Ages 9 to 11
  • Teen - Ages 12 to 14
  • Senior - Ages 15 to 19
  • Adult - Ages 20 & Over
**All ages are as of January 1. For groups, drop the deciamal.


  • NOVICE LEVEL (Beginner)
    • Recommended for: Dancers training less than 4 hrs weekly OR Newly competitive dancers OR dancers training near the recreational level
    • Typical scoring level: High Silver, Gold, Elite Gold
  • COMPETITIVE LEVEL (Intermediate)
    • Recommended for: All dancers who fit between the Novice & Elite Levels OR Dancers training more than 4hrs weekly. Most dancers fit into this category.
    • Typical scoring level: Gold, Elite Gold, Diamond
  • ELITE LEVEL (Advanced)
    • The highest level of competition. Recommended for: Dancers with an advanced level of technical and performance skills usually training upwards of 11hrs weekly.
    • Typical scoring level: Diamond, Platinum, SDC Platinum
**Please note when selecting levels for your dancers you want to choose a level that will be both attainable and still present a challenge. Please note that some special awards are reserved for the Elite division only. SDC acknowledges that dance teachers are always the best judges of what level will present the best growth experience for their dancers. Please note, SDC reserves the right to "bump up" any dancer's placement level at the discretion of the judges. The right to issue level advancements not only allows SDC to ensure that categories are not "stacked" by studios, but should also be considered a honour to the dancers for an exceptional performance deemed worthy of advancement. **In placing duets, trios, and groups, the experience should be averaged. If you have an equal number of dancers from the Competitive and Elite levels in a group, the studio owner may place this group at their discretion. Example: In a small group, you have 4 dancers of Elite level and 2 dancers of Competitive level. This group should be placed at the Elite level.


  • All music must be submitted by digital upload as is due two weeks before event. Admin fee will apply to studio account if music is sent late.
  • Technical issues are rare. Should a music technical issue arrise, performers would be given the option to perform again.
  • All studios should have backup music on hand during events. Music on backup devices should be downloaded directly on the device and not rely on internet connection.
  • SDC is a family-friendly competition. Any performance that includes music with explicit language, or offensive content as determined by SDC and/or judges will be deducted points and not eligable for special awards. Please make sure your music is clean.


  • If props are to be used, they must be stated in the registration system
  • Props must be free standing
  • Props should be essential to the performance
  • Balloons MUST be weighted security and be checked prior to going on stage. Charges will apply to balloons released inside the facility.
  • Dancers may have help with the placement of props by assigned studio prop assistants. Assistants should be trained to place props safely and quickly. SDC staff cannot assist with prop placement.
  • No performers may stand, lay, or be ABOVE 6ft from the stage at any time during the performance.
  • No loose debris may be thrown from the stage. If the stage is littered (feathers, leaves, flowers etc.) at any point during the performance, dancers must be prepared to clean it up IMMEDIATELY following the performance and under 30 seconds.
  • All props must have protective bottom surfaces to ensure no damage to flooring.
  • Props must be placed and removed within 2 minutes. **If props require more time, the studio must contact us prior to scheduling and may be subject to additional time charge.**
  • Please take care when placing props. If the props damage SDC’s or theater property (Marley, backdrop, legs, etc.), the studio will be financially responsible for the damage.
  • Prohibited props:
    • Real fire, swords, knives, or other weapons
    • Anything that alters the stage such as confetti, glitter, sand, liquids, and powders
    • Smoke or fog machines
    • SDC has the right to reserve the use of specific props according to each venue’s guidelines and restrictions.
**All props used are at the assumption of risk to their studio. SDC cannot be held accountable for damage or injury from use of props. In addition, the studio assumes all responsibility for any damages caused by props to venue, stage, or equipment.


Summit Dance Challenge wants every dancer to feel accomplished. We know how much work these dancers and teachers put into preparing for these competitions and encourage everyone to congratulate the one another on a job well done. All competitors, teachers, family and audience members should treat the dancers and one another with respect and courtesy, and the hard work of the performers, and directors, and choreographers, judges, and event staff should be acknowledged. Any and all persons exhibiting unsportsmanlike behavior or not following the rules will be required to leave the premises. SDC also reserves the right to impose additional penalties to the affiliated studio such as point deductions, disqualifications, and banning from attending future events. Summit events are about celebrating each dancer's successes, promoting personal growth, inspiring kindness within our dance communities.

Conflict Of Interest

At SDC, transparency, fairness, and high quality are the standard of our company and the expectations of our judges. More frequently, dance adjudicators are accepting invitations as guest instructors at dance schools across the country. Even though SDC works hard to ensure a fair competition experience for all participants in choosing our adjudicator panels, it is not impossible that a situation may arise that could be considered a potential conflict of interest. Even the perception of potential conflicts of interest can pose negative outcomes for dancers, studios, adjudicators, and dance competitions alike. To ensure that all parties know that their competition results are not influenced by any outside factors, SDC has the following conflict of interest policy in place: #1 - Adjudicators are not informed of studio names for any performances. Adjudicators are only provided a studio code. #2 - Adjudicators and studio directors are entitled to bring any potential conflicts of interest to the attention of the competition director, prior or during a competition. #3 - When it is determined that there could be a perception of potential conflict of interest between a dancer/studio and an adjudicator on a panel, this particular adjudicators score will be dropped, and the average of the other two adjudicators will be used to determine the dancers score. The dancer will still receive their critique from all 3 adjudicators, however the third judges score will not impact final placement.

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