Summit Dance Challenge


Do you charge an ADMISSION FEE?

No!  Friends and Family are always FREE at SDC  (If additional door staff are required to implement Covid screening, a small fee may be required to cover the cost of the additional staff in order to get dancers and spectators info the venues in a timely manner.  We apologize in advance should this be necessary.)

Do I need to CHECK-IN with the competition?

Nope.  Your studio director or representative will check-in for your entire studio at the merchandise table. (Expect that due to the pandemic, all persons entering will likely have to go through a check-in process) 


How is VIDEO ADJUDICATION delivered?

Video adjudication is delivered online through a sign-in link sent to studios.  These are usually available within a couple of days after the last day of the competition.


How do we get a PROGRAM

Preliminary schedules of studio entries are sent to studio representatives a couple of months prior to the event date.  These are used by studios to double-check their entries and fix any errors that may be needed. Final schedules for each studio are released to representatives 1 month prior to the event.  Each studio will receive a digital copy of its performance and awards times. Full printed copies will be available for purchase at the merchandise table (limited copies).   Our FREE DANCE BUG APP will include our full program and will be uploaded on the day of the competition.  THE APP VERSION OF THE SCHEDULE BECOMES AVAILABLE ON COMPETITION DAY.

What does your competition SCHEDULE look like? 

Competition schedules will vary depending on the number and types of entries we receive.  Our competitions are typically three-day events.  Here is an example of a three-day event:

  • FRIDAYS - Solo / Duo / Trio Categories, Production Groups in the evening

  • SATURDAYS - All Petite & Junior Groups, Junior Encore Challenge Dance Off, plus any remaining Teen / Senior / Adult solo, duo, or trio categories

  • SUNDAYS  - All Teen & Senior Groups, Senior Encore Challenge Dance Off, plus any remaining Petite / Junior solo, duo, or trio categories, Grand Award Session

  • COMPLEMENTARY MASTER WORKSHOPS are provided for dancers and teachers when time permits.  Workshops are held in the evening on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday.

**We aim to provide 5 or more numbers in between dances for costume changes.  The minimum number for costume changes is 5.

**We reserve the right to make adjustments to schedules based on studio requests, or the number/type of entries.

(Adaptions to our typical schedule may be necessary during the pandemic)

Do you ever run ahead of SCHEDULE?

Yes, we do! Schedules are ESTIMATED, so be sure to arrive ahead of schedule to make sure you do not miss your dancer's performance. There are hundreds of costume changes to coordinate, we reserve the right to run up to 30 minutes ahead of schedule.  As necessary, breaks may be added to ensure we do not exceed the 30-minute leeway.  You can follow along with our schedule in REAL-TIME, by using our DANCE BUG APP.

(Disclaimer: Due to unpredictable wifi in some locations, the APP may experience issues or delays)

Do you ever run behind SCHEDULE?

We are known for running on time, however, sometimes things come up and yes we can run behind schedule. We have never run more than 30 minutes behind schedule and are usually able to catch up by the end of the evening.



Sorry, no.  Please register with your host studio. 


How do your CASH AWARDS work?

Cash awards vary from location to location depending on the number of entries in the category.  Cash awards are given in the form of scholarships for next season's entry fees. All cash awards are awarded to the dance studio and not issued to dancers.  Each dance studio will have its own policy for cash award proceeds.  Cash awards are non-transferable to another school, or another season.  Please visit our AWARDS page for more info.


Will there be PHOTOS & VIDEOS of performances? 

Yes!  Our photo and video services are provided by VIDEO JUDGE and DANCE SNAPS.  You will be able to view your images during events at our merchandise table.  Videos and Photos can be purchased online.


Do you sell APPAREL

Yes!  We have a selection of trendy SUMMIT gear available at our merchandise table on a first-come basis.  CASH and CREDIT CARDS accepted.


Do you SCORE differently for Novice level vs. Elite? 

No.  All dancers are scored on the same scale.  Levels are created so that dancers will compete against other dancers at a similar level for placement awards.  These are the typical scoring ranges you could expect:

NOVICE LEVEL: High Silver, Gold

COMPETITIVE LEVEL: Gold, Elite Gold, Diamond

ELITE LEVEL: Diamond, Platinum, SDC High Platinum

**Disclaimer… these are guidelines only.  Judges are not bound to these criteria.

**Note… judges may move any entry to a higher level as they deem appropriate.


When do the DOORS OPEN

Venue doors open 1 hour prior to the first session of the day.


How do you qualify for the ENCORE CHALLENGE showdown?

Judges will select 3-5 group routines based on their “Entertainment” value only.  There are two showdowns… JUNIOR ENCORE CHALLENGE (Petite, Junior entries) and SENIOR ENCORE CHALLENGE (Teen, Senior Adult entries).  For small studio competitions, solos/duos/trios are also eligible. The selected routines will get a chance to do an ENCORE performance, for a chance to be the ENCORE TITLE WINNER!!!  Encore Challenge Showdown will be in the style of “World Of Dance” & “America’s Got Talent” where the performers will receive live feedback on stage with the judges and MC directly after their performance.  Note: Due to time restrictions, each studio is not guaranteed a spot in the showdown.


What are your registration FEES?

Studio representatives may email us at, for information on Registration Fees. We respect the studio's request to keep this information private. We cannot respond unless the request is received from an official studio email, please contact our office for assistance if needed. 

What is the GRAND AWARD session? 

The grand award session is where the judges and competition director give out the top awards from the entire weekend.  Grand Awards total over $10,000 in prizes and scholarships. We strongly encourage you to attend!


I am a parent,  am I allowed BACKSTAGE

Sorry, no.  Only staff, teachers, and dancers are allowed backstage.  In some cases, we can make an exception when a studio needs the assistance of assigned parent chaperones or prop assistants.  All adults backstage must have a pass.


Do you assign DRESSING ROOMS

Yes.  We have found, that assigning dressing rooms helps eliminate some of the morning stress of competitions.  Dressing rooms are shared by multiple studios and are assigned based on the number of female dancers and the space available at the venue.  Boys will have a separate dressing room assigned. Rehearsal space is gender-neutral, so if your studio has both males and females, we suggest they spend their “bonding” time in the rehearsal spaces and only use the dressing rooms purely to change.


  • NO FOOD or BEVERAGES other than bottled water!!!

  • NO PHOTOS or VIDEOS of any kind.  Security and privacy are our highest priority.

  • Be respectful of others' personal property.  Don’t touch other's belonging, keep your belongings organized, and leave space for others.



Am I allowed to take PHOTOS or VIDEOS?

Sorry, no.  Cameras of ANY kind are NOT allowed inside the auditorium. If anyone is caught videotaping or taking photos, studio entries are subject to disqualification. This rule is in place to protect the choreography of the teachers and the privacy of the performers.  Photography is permitted during awards sessions.

Why is SPORTSMANSHIP so important at SDC?

Sportsmanship is taken in the highest regard at SDC!  We encourage a fun and uplifting atmosphere for all!  Awards are great, but more important is how the dancers feel about their performances and their overall experiences at the competition.  Our SDC team will be watching dancers, teachers, studio owners, and parents alike throughout the entire event and present a special award at the end of the competition to the studio that demonstrates good sportsmanship towards others.  We welcome dancers, teachers, and parents to nominate any studio for their positive act of good sportsmanship by notifying our backstage team.   

SDC does not discriminate; however, we do reserve the right to refuse entry into the competition as a competitor or spectator, to any group or individual who has been deemed unsportsmanlike by our staff. Anyone displaying unsportsmanlike behaviour during the event may be asked to rectify the situation or immediately be asked to leave the facility and no refunds will be issued. 


How can my studio win the STUDIO SPIRIT AWARD?

It starts will keeping in mind our SPORTSMANSHIP values.  But if you really want to go for this title, encourage your teammates and parents to show as much spirit as possible!  You can make posters and organize cheers within the audience, hallway, dressing room and on stage during awards!!!  Our SDC staff will be watching throughout the weekend for general sportsmanship, encouragement, and kindness to others.  Remember, just as one person’s kind deed can win it for your studio, one person from your studio can take it away just as quickly!!!  This competition isn’t just for the dancers and teachers, it’s for the parents too!  The STUDIO SPIRIT COMPETITION is a lot of fun and helps create an environment where everyone has a great time.

Disclaimer:  If you are putting up posters, only painter's tape is permitted.


Lost & FOUND

Summit collects a lost and found throughout the event; however, the lost and found remains at the local theatre after the event. Because the theatre is typically closer for participants than our office, all items will be left with the theatre lost and found system. Contact the theatre/venue directly for items missing in action.


Are there any RULES that I should be aware of?

The stage floors are as precious as GOLD to us and to the venues we use.  Studios have signed a disclaimer that they are responsible for any damages to floors or other property of the venue.  Here are some stick rules that all participants should know. Anyone not adhering to these rules risks disqualification, or being financially responsible for damages.

  • NO GLITTER.  Check all your props and costumes, for glitter that may fall off during performances.  Glitter does not come off of dance floors. (There are some solutions to glitter issues such as modge podge.  Speak with your teacher if you feel this may be a concern.)

  • NON-MARKING FOOTWEAR.  If your routine has footwear other than dance shoes, they need to have non-marking soles.  This is particularly concerning for hip-hop shoes. Tappers… be sure to check that your screws are in properly.

  • PROPS must have bases that will not damage the flooring.  Studios take full responsibility for the safety of their dancers using props.  NO GLASS | NO WATER | NO PROPS THAT CHANGE THE CONDITION OF THE STAGE ARE PERMITTED.

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