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COMPETITION RULES

COMPETITIVE DIVISIONS

ID Dance Competition has FOUR different competitive divisions: Novice, Intermediate, Iconic and Pro-Am. The Novice division is for dancers who train a maximum of three hours per week with little to no competition experience. Intermediate division is for dancers who study 4-7 hours per week and have limited competition experience.  The Iconic division is for dancers who train more than 8 hours per week and have signification competition experience. There is no possible way for the competition to know how many hours a week dancers train. The placement of dancer level is left to the discretion and trust of the teachers when entering them into the competition. The Pro-am is our adult division for ages 19&up. Dancers are not permitted to perform in more than two competitive divisions. The Title division is available in the INTERMEDIATE AND ICONIC LEVELS. This is a great opportunity for intermediate and advanced levels of dancers to be able to participate in a Title Competition. Soloists who go up for Title are also included in the Overall Awards.  Every competitor who takes the stage must be registered, regardless the amount of time the dancer is present on stage.

ENTRY DIVISIONS

Category

Solo

Duet/Trio

Small Group

Large Group

Line/Production

# of Dancers

1

2-3

4-9

10-18

19 or more

Time Limit

3 minutes

3 minutes

3 minutes

4 minutes

8 minutes

*IF your routine goes over the time guidelines by 30 seconds or more, you will pay a fee for the extended time.

AGE LEVELS

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The age divisions for all routines are determined by the average age of performers as of January 1st. Ages are averaged from all dancers in a routine and that average age will determine the level. 

ADJUDICATION AWARDS

All solos, duet/trios, and groups in each Competitive Division (Novice, Intermediate, Iconic, Pro-Am) will be adjudicated on a point system. Performance is 35 points, Technique is 35 points, Choreography/Dynamics is 20 points, and Overall Impression is 10 points.  Based upon the total score of three judges, a ranking of Ultra Iconic, Iconic Platinum, Platinum, and High Gold will be given to each entry based on their score.

 

Scoring Scale:

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IMPROV DANCE OFF CHALLENGE

Want to win even more scholarships? Participate in our IMPROV DANCE OFF for your opportunity to receive incredible scholarships! Dancers will improv to songs chosen by ID Dance in jazz and/or contemporary. Dancers must sign up at the registration desk before the challenge begins. The challenge has a $25 participation fee. Dancers can pre-register for the Improv Dance Challenge on Dancebug.

TITLE DIVISION

Soloists who go up for Ms/Mr ID Dance Title can enter as many solos as they would like and the Title Competition is in addition to the Overall Awards. Title recipients will receive a crown, Title banner, and a Ms/Mr ID Dance Title jacket. Title recipients hold the Ms/Mr ID Dance Title for one full season. If there are 3 or more soloists running for title in the same division a runner-up Title recipient will be awarded. The Title Competition is available for intermediate and iconic(advanced) level soloists. Title is judged based on showmanship, costuming, performance quality and technique. 

ENTRY FEES

Please click HERE to contact us for entry fees. All fees must be paid by Venmo (@iddancecomp), credit card or certified check. You can locate the registration and entry fee deadline on the Tour page.  Payments made within one month of the event must be paid by Venmo, credit card or certified check only. Any payments made after the registration deadline will only be accepted by Venmo or credit card. Any payments or entries added after the registration deadline has passed will be subject to a late fee. There is a $35.00 fee for returned checks.

ENTRY RULES

Entries are registered through DanceBug, our online registration system.

  1. Log in or create your free DanceBug account HERE

  2. Choose your desired event and enter dancers/routine information.

  3. Pay with no service fee through Venmo, mail in a certified check at least 30 days before scheduled event or pay 3% processing fee with credit card.

  4. Log in to your account at any time to review your entries or make any changes before registration deadline. 

*Please register at least 30 days prior to the event. Once an event sells out, registration will close. Registrations that are in progress without complete payment submission are not qualified as entered.

 

PLEASE NOTE: In order to register for an event, payment must be received. You are not entered into the event until full payment is submitted.

Please be sure to review your entries when the preliminary schedule is released. Changes must be made before the final schedule is released. Changes will not be reflected in the program if made after the deadline. 

AWARDS

ID Dance is proud to provide the industry's best awards! From huge trophies to big banners, we have it all to commemorate you and your dancers! 

Adjudication Awards - All routines will be provided a trophy for the adjudication award.

Overall Awards - All placements will receive a banner for the Overall. 

Top Overall Award - First Place will receive a huge banner for the First Place Overall and ID Cash. 

ID ICON Award - Soloist ID ICONS will receive a huge trophy. Duet/Trio, Group, Line Production ID ICONS will receive a large banner with a scholarship to Nationals. 

TRNDSTTR Award - Presented to routines that stand out in technique, costuming, choreography and entertainment.

Artistic Execution Award - Presented to routines that exhibit artistic execution. 

Ultimate Entertainment Award - Presented to routines that stand out in entertainment quality.

Studio Spirit - ID Dance presents this award to a studio at each Regionals and Nationals the ID staff and judges will be on the lookout to see who has the most studio spirit throughout the event.

Apex Award - ID Dance presents this award to the highest scoring routine in each entry division. 

Technique Award - Presented to routines that exhibit an excellence in technique. 

Improv Dance Off Award: Awarded for Improv Dance Off Winners. 

Photogenic: Photogenic winners receive banner. 

ID Cash Awards 

Nationals Invitation - Dancers who receive this award are invited to our Nationals and receive a coveted spot in our Nationals Opening Number.  

Choreography Award - Routines chosen with outstanding choreography will receive a medal.

Special Awards - Special awards are presented with a certificate by the Judges.

Scholarships - ID Dance offers $100,000 in scholarships throughout the season. They include Broadway Dance Center New York, Trill Dance Convention, Nationals, Hollywood Dance Experience & more

In all competitive divisions, ID Dance Competition will award the highest scoring soloist in each age division in all categories. In all competitive divisions, ID Dance Competition will award the highest scoring overall group in each division in all categories.

Nationals: ID Cash Awards awarded to large groups and the top line/production at the Iconic Dance Challenge. For large groups, recipients receive $600 in ID Cash and line/production $1000 in ID Cash to be used for the following season Regionals or Nationals event. 

Nationals: Ultimate Choreography awarded. 

MUSIC

Please upload your music to your DanceBug account before the event. 

CATEGORIES

  • Acro: Routine demonstrating gymnastic/tumble technique.

  • Ballet: Routine that exhibits ballet or pointe technique. 

  • Contemporary: A routine that demonstrates contemporary dance style.

  • Folk: Routine exhibiting cultural style.

  • Hip Hop: Routine exhibiting hip hop technique and style. 

  • Open: A routine that exhibits a fusion of dance styles.

  • Jazz: Routine that exhibits jazz technique and style.

  • Jazz Funk: Routine combining jazz and hip-hop techniques. 

  • Lyrical: Routine demonstrating the combination of ballet and jazz styles. 

  • Modern: A routine that demonstrates ballet and contemporary styles. 

  • Musical Theatre: A style deriving inspiration from national or folk dances, or interpreting and representing a particular profession, mode of living, or personality. Dancers have the option to lip sync.

  • Line/Production: A routine showing any or a mix of dance styles. Time limit of 8:00 minutes in the production category. 

  • Pom/Cheer: Routine demonstrating clear and sharp movement with tumbling/acro/gymnastics. 

  • Song & Dance: A routine that will be adjudicated on both singing and any style of dance. 

  • Tap: Routine using tap technique.

PHOTO AND VIDEO

Photo and video can be preordered or ordered anytime during the event through the DanceBug website or mobile app that can be downloaded from the App Store. Make a dancer account and choose your desired pictures/videos. Please regard that photos and videos will be available approximately 1 week after your event. Persons at the event are not authorized to take photos or videos during the entire event of any routine. Dancebug offers an "All Access Pass" to dancers who are interested. 

FAQs - RULES

  • Unlimited amount of entries per dance company.

  • Top Overall award placements will vary by event. 

  • Participants can compete in multiple cities.

  • All performances must be appropriate for a family audience.

  • Instruction from teachers in the audience is not permitted.

  • Dangerous props are not permitted.

  • General props are allowed.

  • Dancers are permitted up to 5 tricks over the head before a routine should be considered "Open". 

  • Only one routine is permitted to place in Overall per soloist. 

  • One scholarship is accepted per dancer per ID Convention event. 

  • Independent registration is not available for ID Competitions. Each dancer must be affiliated with a studio. Independent registration is allowed for ID Conventions. Please create an account as an independent for convention registration. 

PHOTOGENIC

ID's photogenic contest includes two age groups: 11 & under and 12 & over. Photogenic entries are submitted/registered for/paid for before the event or at the event at the merchandise booth. Photos will not be returned. Photogenic winners are automatically eligible to become ID Ambassadors. Learn more about ID Ambassadors HERE. 

TIES

Ties will be broken by the technical score of each routine.

TOUR AND RELEASE

ID Dance Competition has the right to adjust the tour at any time for any reason, including dates, times and venues. Stage and venue sizes will vary by location, professional equipment is used. 

By entering ID Dance Competition, it is understood that ID Dance Competition and all of its employees, staff members and staff contractors are not and will not be held liable for any injury, accident or financial responsibility. The own insurance policy of the competitor will be the only source of reimbursement. This is the same for audience participants, guests, family, friends, spectators, studio owners and teachers. ID may use photos and videos from events, competitions, conventions and nationals for promotional use indefinitely. Official studio representative agrees he/she has informed all parents/guardians and spectators of these policies.

RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK

This Release of Liability and Assumption of Risk (“Release”) is entered into by and between ID Dance Competition (“Company”) and  (“Parent”) on behalf of (“Child”) and is effective on the date of the event.  In consideration of Child being permitted by Company to participate in dance competitions (the “Activity”), Parent agrees to the following terms and conditions in this Release: 

Parent represents and warrants to Company that: (a) Parent is the legal guardian of Child; (b) Parent has legal authority to execute this Release on behalf of Child; (c) Parent has read, understands, and agrees to be bound by the terms and conditions of this Release; and (d) Parent will promptly notify Company if Child suffers from epilepsy or any other medical condition prior to Child being entered into any Activity.  

I, Parent, on behalf of myself and my Child, do hereby grant to Company a royalty free, irrevocable, worldwide, sublicensable and transferrable license to Company to take and use photographs and video captured of my Child to promote Company, the Activity, dance, or dance competition.  I, Parent, acknowledge and agree that such pictures and videos may be posted or otherwise made available, on or through Company's or its licensees social media platforms and websites.  

I, PARENT, ON BEHALF OF MYSELF AND MY CHILD, AM AWARE AND UNDERSTAND THAT THE ACTIVITY THAT I AM AUTHORIZING CHILD TO PARTICIPATE IN IS A POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS ACTIVITY AND INVOLVES THE RISK OF SERIOUS INJURY, DISABILITY, DEATH, AND/OR PROPERTY DAMAGE. I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT ANY INJURIES THAT MY CHILD SUSTAINS MAY RESULT FROM OR BE COMPOUNDED BY THE ACTIONS, OMISSIONS, OR NEGLIGENCE OF THE COMPANY, INCLUDING NEGLIGENT EMERGENCY RESPONSE OR RESCUE OPERATIONS OF THE COMPANY. NOTWITHSTANDING THE RISK, I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I AM VOLUNTARILY PERMITTING CHILD TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ACTIVITY WITH KNOWLEDGE OF THE DANGER INVOLVED AND HEREBY AGREE TO ACCEPT AND ASSUME ANY AND ALL RISKS OF INJURY, DISABILITY, DEATH, AND/OR PROPERTY DAMAGE ARISING FROM MY CHILD'S PARTICIPATION IN THE ACTIVITY, WHETHER CAUSED BY THE ORDINARY NEGLIGENCE OF THE COMPANY OR OTHERWISE.

I, Parent, on behalf of myself and my Child, acknowledge and agree: (a) that participation in the Activity may include possible exposure to illness and infectious disease, including, without limitation, influenza, COVID, and MRSA, which may result in serious illness or death despite following rules and protocols instituted at the Activity; (b) to comply with all rules, protocols, and requirements instituted for the safety of the Activity and the participants; and (c) if I observe any unusual or significant hazard during my presence or participation, I will remove myself from participation and bring such to the attention of the nearest official immediately.  

I, Parent, on behalf of myself and my Child, hereby expressly waive and release any and all claims, now known or hereafter known, on behalf of myself and my Child against the Company, any host venue, owner, licensee, sponsor, advertiser, or promoter and their respective officers, directors, managers, employees, agents, affiliates, heirs, successors, and assigns (collectively, "Releasees"), on account of injury, disability, death, or property damage arising out of or attributable to my Child's participation in the Activity, whether arising out of the ordinary negligence of the Company or any Releasees or otherwise. I covenant not to make or bring any such claim against the Company or any other Releasee, and forever release and discharge the Company and all other Releasees from liability under such claims. This waiver and release does not extend to claims for gross negligence, willful misconduct, or any other liabilities that Michigan law does not permit to be released by agreement.

I, Parent, on behalf of myself and my Child, shall defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the Company and all other Releasees against any and all losses, damages, liabilities, deficiencies, claims, actions, judgments, settlements, interest, awards, penalties, fines, costs, or expenses of whatever kind, including attorney fees, fees, the costs of enforcing any right to indemnification under this Release, and the cost of pursuing any insurance providers, incurred by or awarded against the Company or any other Releasees, arising out or resulting from any claim of a third party related to my Child's participation in the Activity, including any claim related to my own negligence or the ordinary negligence of the Company.

I hereby consent to my Child receiving medical treatment deemed necessary if my Child is injured or requires medical attention during my Child's participation in the Activity. I understand and agree that I am solely responsible for all costs related to such medical treatment and any related medical transportation and/or evacuation. I, on behalf of myself and my Child, hereby release, forever discharge, and hold harmless the Company from any claim based on such treatment or other medical services.

This Release constitutes the sole and entire agreement of the Company and me with respect to the subject matter contained herein and supersedes all prior and contemporaneous understandings, agreements, representations, and warranties, both written and oral, with respect to such subject matter. If any term or provision of this Release is invalid, illegal, or unenforceable in any jurisdiction, such invalidity, illegality, or unenforceability shall not affect any other term or provision of this Release or invalidate or render unenforceable such term or provision in any other jurisdiction. This Release is binding on and shall inure to the benefit of the Company and me and their respective successors and assigns. All matters arising out of or relating to this Release shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the internal laws of the State of Michigan without giving effect to any choice or conflict of law provision or rule (whether of the State of Michigan or any other jurisdiction). Parent agrees on its own behalf and on behalf of Parent's Child to submit any dispute, controversy, matter of interpretation or other proceeding arising out of or in connection with this Release to binding arbitration in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association's Commercial Rules.  Any such arbitration shall be conducted before a single arbitrator in Monroe County, Michigan.  The arbitrator shall issue a written opinion stating its essentially findings and conclusions on which the arbitrator's award is based.  The judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court have jurisdiction thereof.  By entering into this agreement on arbitration, the parties acknowledge and agree they are waiving all rights to have their disputes covered by this Release heard or decided by a jury or in a court trial.