2020 Absolute Dance Competition Regional Rules and Regulations


Failure to comply with these rules could result in disqualification.

Age Divisions

Mini: 6 years of age and under

Petite: 7-9 years of age            
Junior: 10-12 years of age            
Teen: 13-15 years of age
Senior: 16-20 years of age

Adult: 21 years or older

   The age category for all routines is determined by using the average age of the performers as of January 1st.
   The average age of all performers in a Duet/Trio, Group, or Line determines the appropriate age division. To figure the average, add the ages of all the performers in a routine and then divide by the number of performers. DROP THE DECIMAL POINT. For example, if the average age is 13.9, this routine would compete in the 13 year old age division.
   If a dancer 21 years of age or older (regardless of professional or amateur status), competes in a routine, the routine must be in the Adult age division. 

 Size Division

Solo: 1 Dancer                                

Duet/Trio: 2-3 Dancers                                   

Small Group: 4-9 Dancers            

Large Group: 10-19 Dancers

Line: 20 or more Dancers

Production: 20 or more Dancers

 Entry Fees & Time Limits

                                    Time Limits                        
Solo                                   3:00                       
Duet/Trio                         3:00                     
Small Group                     3:00                       
Large Group                     3:30                          

Line                                    4:00

Production                       6:00                

   All Size Divisions except for solos are eligible to purchase extended time for an additional $3.00 per dancer.
   -Up to 1 additional minute given for Duet/Trio and Small Groups
   -Up to 1 minute 30 seconds given for Large Groups
   -Up to 4 minutes given for Line/Production
   All payments of entry fees must be received with entries.                                                                                

   No payments will be accepted at events. Regional entries must be postmarked 30 days before the competition date.
   In order for programs to be printed, this deadline must be strictly adhered to. Entries will be accepted on a first come, first served basis and will be limited to the amount of performance time available.

 Skill Levels

   Dancers who take a total of 4 hours or less of combined dance and/or acro lessons per week. This level is focused on those who have little to no competitive experience. However, if a Duet/Trio or Group has even one dancer taking over 4 hours of dance/acro per week, it must enter a higher level.

   For dancers who take between 4 to 6 hours of dance and/or acrobatic lessons per week, with limited competition experience, and not yet ready to compete at the highest level. If a dancer competes in the Intermediate Level as a soloist they must remain in the Intermediate Level for all solos. The dancer cannot move down and perform in any Performance Level routines. However, the same dancer can move up and perform in a Competitive level duet, trio and group. If a Duet/Trio or Group has one or more dancers taking over 6 hours of dance/acrobatics per week, it must enter the Competitive Level.

   The highest level of dancers. This level is reserved for dancers with a competitive background and take over 6 hours of dance/acro per week.  If a dancer competes in the Competitive Level as a solo they must remain in the Competitive Level for all Solos, Duet/Trio, and Group routines.

   Because no dance competition can know how many hours per week a student dances, teachers are left to use their own sound judgment when entering routines. Routines that are obviously under-placed may be elevated by the judges.


   All registration will be handled through our online portal link on the "Home" page. If you have any registration questions, you can email us through the "Contact Us" page of this website.

 Payment Options
   Absolute Dance Competition accepts online credit card payment, money orders, and certified checks. Checks and money orders are to be sent to the following address...

          PO Box 6302

          Concord, NC 28027
   There will be a $10.00 fee for each change made less then 14 days prior to the competition.
   No refunds will be issued after the 30 day deadline unless the competition is cancelled. Absolute Dance Competition reserves the right to reschedule the competition due to inherent weather conditions. In the event that a dancer is injured prior to scheduled competition date, a credit may be issued. Credit can only be used by that specific dancer for a future competition. A copy of a doctor's note must be sent along with the request. Credits are subject to approval and are at the sole discretion of Absolute Dance Competition Management.


Hip Hop- Routine consisting primarily of Hip Hop Technique. The music must not contain inappropriate lyrics or it will be scored lower by the judges.
Musical Theater- Routine featuring any style of dance interpreting a song from a Broadway show or movie musical.
Jazz- Routine must consist of primarily jazz technique. Three gymnastic/acrobatic tricks allowed.
Tap- Routine must contain tap technique and primarily tap work. It No prerecorded tap sounds are allowed. Three gymnastic/acrobatic tricks allowed.
Ballet- Routine must consist of ballet technique. Must include classical steps and movements. No pointe shoes allowed. No gymnastic/acrobatic tricks allowed.
Pointe- Routine must consist of pointe/toe technique. No gymnastic/acrobatic tricks allowed.
Lyrical- Routine should demonstrate balance, extension, isolations and control utilizing the lyrics or mood of the music. Three gymnastic/acrobatic tricks allowed.
Acrobatic- A routine using controlled moves such as walkovers, limbers, handstands, chest rolls, etc. Can contain gymnastic passes. Majority of routine must be acrobatic skills, or it will be scored lower by the judges. Can contain flexibility or contortion. Must contain dance moves, steps, and choreography.
Clogging- A routine utilizing either traditional or contemporary style clogging technique. Three gymnastic/acrobatic tricks allowed
Character- A routine portraying a recognizable character throughout. Can be from a play, movie, television, Broadway, or a stereotype such as a school teacher, doctor, etc. Can incorporate either dance or acrobatic techniques.
Open- Any of our listed categories or combinations of listed category styles.
Contemporary- Routine should utilize contemporary style to show extension and balance, can combine lyrical, modern and concert style techniques. ACROBATIC TRICKS ARE ALLOWED in this category.
Modern- A concert routine consisting of modern technique. Such as Graham, Horton, or Cunningham.

   Absolute Dance Competition will utilize the online registration for all participant's music. As each routine is registered, the online software will prompt entrants to upload the music for that routine. We ask that all tracks are labeled with the following information.

Studio Code Letter (Provided by Absolute Dance Competition)
Entry Number

Routine Name

*It is recommended that you bring backup music in the event of a malfunction of the original media. Absolute Dance Competition is not responsible for music left at the event.

   Absolute Dance Competition staff is not responsible for any props. The putting on and taking off of props is the sole responsibility of the studio. Fire, swords, and knives are strictly prohibited. Props must be freestanding. Scenery or backdrops requiring the use of theater fly bars or special lighting may not be used. Special fog, smoke, and helium balloons are not permitted.
   No form of liquid, gel, aerosol, glitter, etc. may be used that would affect the dancing surface. If the stage is "littered" during a routine, please be prepared to clean it up immediately after the routine is finished.
   For safety measures, choreography that allows any dancer to be physically placed more than 6 feet off the ground of any scenic piece or prop could be considered hazardous. Though the 6-foot height is only a benchmark, Absolute Dance Competition reserves the right to disqualify any routine that it deems unsafe.
   If you are using a prop, please select and fill out the “Prop” section of the entry with all Load-In and Strike times.
   In addition, any damage to the hosting facility due to props will be the responsibility of the studio in which the prop belongs.
*Any entry using a prop brought onto stage without prior approval is subject to disqualification.

Scoring/Awards System
   Platinum, High Gold, Gold, High Silver, and Silver awards will be decided by a predetermined range of points for each place. There may be multiple Platinum, High Gold, Gold, High Silver, and Silver awards in each age group and category. Each routine will receive a score for Routine, Choreography, and Technique. Their rating and overall placement will be determined by the Routine, Choreography, and Technique Scores. The percentage values for each criteria are as follows...

Routine: 60% Value

Choreography: 20% Value

Technique: 20% Value

      Platinum                        285-300

      High Gold                       270-284.9

      Gold                                255-269.9

      High Silver                     240-254.9

      Silver                               225-239.9

   Overall scores will be awarded for each age division, in addition to 1 Absolute High Score, 1 Choreography High Score, and 1 Technique High Score per awards session.
   Deductions may be made for routines that are not completed. If an uncompleted routine is allowed to attempt a second chance, it may not be eligible for Overall awards. This is to be determined by the judges.

   Contestants will be judged by a panel of three competent judges, and all entrants agree that the time, manner, and method of judging the contest shall be solely within the discretion of the directors and producers of Absolute Dance Competition. All decisions of the judges are final.

 Media Release
   Contestants and teachers by virtue of entering an Absolute Dance Competition event give their permission and consent to the directors of Absolute Dance Competition to use their images or photographs or appear in videos, television, or any other electronic media for advertising, news coverage or any other commercial use of our events.

Inappropriate Lyrics, Costuming, and Movements
   Choreography, costuming, and/or the use of dance themes such as rape, suicide, murder, sex, domestic violence, anorexia, and dark undertones chosen and/or presented to competition audiences with lack of "artistic discretion" is considered inappropriate. Absolute Dance Competition appreciates the art form, creativity and desire to heighten world awareness of these themes through dance but deem it inappropriate to present them to audiences that include children of every age. We realize that this is extremely subjective and sensitive. Any entry that is ultimately deemed inappropriate by Absolute Dance Competition Judges may have points deducted or may be adjudicated only. We urge studio owners, teachers, and especially parents to keep performances thematically and choreographically appropriate. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

   Teachers and performers are allowed backstage only during their routine or when directed by Absolute Dance Competition's Stage Manager.
   Only same gender parents and teachers will be allowed in the dressing rooms.
   One studio representative is required to check in with Absolute Dance Competition's Stage Manager at least 5 routines prior to their scheduled performance. Failure to do so may result in the routine being skipped or penalized. Please notify the Absolute Dance Competition Stage Manager at the time of check in if the routine has any props.
   Please no food or drinks backstage or in the dressing rooms.
   All performers must clean up after themselves on stage and in the dressing rooms.

   Absolute Dance Competition does allow the audience to take photographs, but please refrain from using any flash photography. As it may be distracting for dancers performing on stage.
   Due to the prevalence of people of questionable nature and in order to abide by copyright law we urge all studio owners, teachers, and especially parents to help keep our performers photographically safe.
   Video recording of any kind is strictly prohibited.
   Failure to comply with this rule may lead to disqualification or removal from the competition. Cameras of any kind are not allowed in the dressing rooms. Absolute Dance Competition reserves the right to remove the media being used or those using it from the event. Failure to comply with these rules could result in the disqualification of dancer(s) and/or studio(s).

 Inherent Risks
   Any performer competing in dance competitions takes certain inherent risks. These include, but are not limited to sprains, bruises, pulled muscles, and broken bones. Participation in this competition indicates the acceptance of such risks by performers. Therefore by virtue of entering this event, it is agreed that participants will not hold Absolute Dance Competition or its officers, directors, officials, staff or employees responsible for injuries sustained or illnesses contracted by them while in attendance and/or participating in any activity related to an Absolute Dance Competition. Absolute Dance Competition and the hosting facility are not responsible for personal injury to either contestants or spectators. Absolute Dance Competition is not responsible for lost or stolen property. Do not leave your property and valuables unattended in the theater or dressing rooms.

 Additional Rules and Disclaimers
   Absolute Dance Competition reserves the right to cancel any competition due to weather, number of entries, or any other circumstance deemed necessary. Absolute Dance Competition reserves the right to add additional competition days or move the competition location due to unforeseen circumstances. Any change in competition days and/or times is at the sole discretion of Absolute Dance Competition and will be determined by the amount of time available at each regional competition.
   Sportsmanlike behavior is expected at all times. Failure to display proper decorum could result in immediate disqualification.
   Epileptic, asthmatic, and people with pacemakers please be advised that it is common for Absolute Dance Competition to use strobe light effects, laser effects, and water/glycerine based haze fluid throughout the entire competition.
   Absolute Dance Competition makes every effort to align with reputable vendors (photographers, videographers, etc.) at various events. However, Absolute Dance Competition is not responsible for any unfulfilled orders resulting in a financial loss for the customer that may be caused as a direct result from the business practice of any of its vendors.
   Absolute Dance Competition does not discriminate, however, we do reserve the right to refuse entry into the competition to both competitors and spectators of any group or individual who has been deemed unsportsmanlike by our staff. Anyone displaying unsportsmanlike behavior during the event will immediately be asked to leave the facility resulting in the loss of entry fees, awards, and possible disqualification.