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Competition

INFORMATION

  • REFUNDS AND CREDITS
    We are not able to issue refunds for entry fees for the regional or national competition. If an injury or illness occurs a week prior to the competition, given that a doctor’s note is provided, then a credit will be issued in the amount originally paid to be used at a future Elevé competition. If Elevé cancels a competition weekend, refunds will be issued.
  • MEDIA FEE
    Please note that there is a required $15 media fee per dancer and they will receive all their photos/videos from the competition.
  • COMPETITION DIVISIONS AND FEES
    Solo (1 dancer) Early tuition: $160 Full tuition: $175 Time limit: 2:45 Duo/Trio (2/3 dancers) Early tuition: $65 Full tuition: $75 Time limit: 3:00 Group (4-9 dancers) Early tuition: $60 Full tuition: $70 Time limit: 3:00 Large Group (10-15 dancers) Early tuition: $60 Full tuition: $70 Time limit: 3:30 Line (16-24 dancers) Early tuition: $60 Full tuition: $70 Time limit: 4:00 Production (25+ dancers) Early tuition: $60 Full tuition: $70 Time limit: 6:00 An additional 30 seconds can be purchased for $25 for a total additional time of 2:00 minutes in any competition division. The early bird rate ends on Thanksgiving and any registrations made after this date will be charged the full tuition. Full tuition is due three weeks prior to the event which you will be attending.
  • RULES FOR AGE DIVISIONS
    What your age is as of January 1st. The average age of each entry must not drop more than one age division below the age of the oldest dancer in the entry, regardless of the actual average age. Must be able to present a birth certificate if the need should arise. ANY dancer taking the stage at any time before/during/or at the end of a routine, regardless of the amount of time on stage, must be a registered dancer.
  • AGE DIVISIONS
    Mini: 6 & under Petite: 7 & 8 Junior: 9 & 10 Preteen: 11 & 12 Teen: 13-15 Senior: 16-19 Adult: 20+
  • LEVELS DIVISIONS
    Novice: 5 hours or less of classes per week. Example: if you are doing a double pirouette or more you must compete in the intermediate or above category. Intermediate: 7 hours or less of classes per week. Example: if you are doing a triple pirouette or more you must compete in the advanced category. Advanced: 9 hours or more of classes per week. Unlimited: This division is for dancers with disabilities and evokes positivity, inclusivity, and the spirit of overcoming challenges while showcasing passion for dance and celebrating their talents. They will be adjudicated the same as the novice category and will have their own overall award category. *Note: Beginner students do not have to enter into the novice division. If the judging panel feels that a dancer or dancers are more advanced than the level they are competing in then they have the option to bump them up.
  • ROUTINE TIME LIMITS
    Solo 2:45 Duo/Trio 3:00 Small Group 3:30 Large Group 3:30 Line 4:00 Production 6:00
  • PERFORMANCE DIVISIONS
    If you have more than three acrobatic tricks, you must be entered into the open/speciality/acrobatic category. Acrobatic/gymnastic tricks include: - walkovers - aerials - handsprings - tucks - pikes - layouts - fulls - forward rolls / backward rolls - headstands - handstands - handstand rolls - chin stands - shoulder rolls / chest rolls - tinsicas - cartwheels - roundoffs JAZZ: Consists of jazz technique. BALLET: Consists of ballet technique, classical and/or contemporary ballet steps performed in ballet flats. POINTE: Consists of ballet technique, classical and/or contemporary ballet steps performed in pointe shoes. HIP-HOP: Consists of hip-hop technique. TAP: Consists of tap technique. Routines demonstrating clogging technique and style must compete in the open category. Recorded tap sounds are strictly prohibited and will result in a 3 point deduction- 1 point deduction per judge. CONTEMPORARY: A combination of many styles using modern movements. LYRICAL: A combination of many styles to slow music emphasizing an emotion evoking performance. MUSICAL THEATRE: Routine featuring any style of dance with music from Broadway, Off Broadway, or movie musicals. ACROBATIC/GYMNASTICS: Consists of any style of dance incorporating acrobatic tricks or tumbling passes. OPEN: A routine with any of our listed categories or combinations of listed category styles. SPECIALTY: Consists of all other categories: ethnic, novelty, clogging, folkloric, etc.
  • COMPETITION SCHEDULING
    We reserve the right to adjust the schedule according to local students' requests/needs i.e. prom. Studios will receive the competition schedule two weeks prior to the competition weekend.
  • IMPROV COMPETITION
    Entry fee: $30 Categories: 11 & under and 12 & up. About: Sign-up in person and top winners will be awarded cash prizes.
  • WEEKEND OF THE EVENT
    Competition will occur Saturday and Sunday. Friday may be added to the event if needed.
  • SCORING METRIC
    ADVANCED Elevé Excellence: 290 > 300 (96.6 > per judge) Platinum: 280 > 290 (93.3 > per judge) High Gold: 270 > 280 (90.0 > per judge) Gold: 260 > 270 (86.6 > per judge) High Silver: 0 > 260 INTERMEDIATE Elevé Excellence: 285 > 300 (95.0 > per judge) Platinum: 275 > 285 (91.6 > per judge) High Gold: 265 > 275 (88.3 > per judge) Gold: 255 > 265 (85.0 > per judge) High Silver: 0 > 255 NOVICE Elevé Excellence: 283 > 300 (94.3 > per judge) Platinum: 273 > 300 (91 > per judge) High Gold: 263 > 300 (87.6 > per judge) Gold: 253 > 300 (84.3 > per judge) High Silver: 0 > 253 TITLE Total: 330 Each judge has a total score of 110 10 points per judge for onstage question
  • SPECIAL AWARDS
    Showmanship Award: Awarded to a studio that shows excellence in showmanship, support towards other competitors, studios and staff, plus positive reinforcement and leadership qualities. Technique Award: Awarded to a studio with outstanding technique. Entertainment Award: Awarded to a studio with exceptional entertainment value. Judges Awards: Judges Awards are given to stand out performances during each awards session. These awards are at the discretion of our judges. Elevate Award: Elevé Dance Competition is all about elevating to the next level, in dance and in life. Therefore we’re including the Elevate Award which will be awarded to the studio with the most notable improvement throughout the weekend. Best in Studio Award: Recognizing each studio's highest scoring group, line, or production for their standout performance. Elevé Elite Award: Recognizing the highest scoring group, line, or production in each age category. Magnetic Energy Award: This award is inspired by one of the co-founders, Brittany Pent Rohm. It recognizes dancers who possess an undeniable charisma and magnetism, a captivating presence, drawing the audience into their performance with their infectious energy and storytelling. Expressive Heart Award: This award is inspired by one of the co-founders, Chloe Lukasiak. It recognizes a performer who brings authenticity to their movements, allowing their emotions to shine through in a genuine and heartfelt manner and who uses their emotional expressiveness to make a positive impact beyond the stage.
  • TOP PLACEMENTS
    Overall awards are given out for each age division, level, and group size. The number of placements awarded is dependent on the number of participants within each age division, level and group size. For solos, the number is based on the number of individual performers. The 1st place winner of each age category, level and group size from soloist to production will receive a regional entry certificate. At least 4 different contestants must be entered in that age division and experience level to award a regional entry certificate to the top scoring routine. Soloists will receive a $75 regional certificate, duets/trios a $100 regional certificate, small/large groups a $150 regional certificate, lines/productions and a $200 regional certificate.
  • JUDGES CRITERIA
    40 points for technique, 30 points for execution, 20 points for choreography/musicality, 10 points for overall impression, 100 total points per judge for a possibility of 300 total points.
  • ADJUDICATED AWARDS
    High Silver Gold High Gold Platinum Elevé Excellence
  • REGIONALS
    The title competition at regionals will consist of a solo routine and an on stage question. The winner receives title apparel (crown and sash). The winner, as well as the first and second runner up, will receive an invite to compete at our national title competition. Dancers compete in their age category; we do not have levels divisions for the title competition. Title award winners receive a full scholarship for the classes at our nationals and first runner ups receive a half scholarship. Title competitors are not eligible for overalls in the regular competition. All dancers are only allowed to compete one solo per individual for the title competition (dancers can compete as many solos as preferred in the regular competition). Fee: $50
  • DRESSING ROOM
    Photo/video in the restroom or dressing room is prohibited.
  • EVENT TICKETS
    There is NO cost to the parents/teachers/families of any dancer competing at an event. Audience tickets are available to purchase specifically for outsiders who are not associated with the competition. If you are an outsider looking to purchase a ticket, please visit the schedule and you will find the observer tickets listed for each city.
  • ROUTINE STANDARDS
    Elevé understands that art is subjective but if a routine is deemed to be inappropriate or too suggestive, then that routine will be scored lower and may even be at risk of disqualification from the competition. Elevé is a family event and it is our responsibility to ensure the comfortability of the dancers and audience. Our opinions may be too harsh for some or too relaxed for others, but we do our best and welcome feedback.
  • RULES TO COMPETE
    Competing dancers may compete for one studio only, unless a rare circumstance arises and Elevé’s competition director has granted consent. Competing dancers may compete in more than one city. However, if an entry wins 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place in a regional, that entry cannot compete at another Elevé regional.
  • SUBJECT TO CHANGE
    Elevé National Dance Competition can change the rules and regulations at any time. Please refer to the Elevé staff if any questions arise.
  • INDEPENDENT DANCERS
    Elevé does not accept independent dancers. You can compete at an Elevé competition without your full studio present, but you must be registered under your dance studio by your dance studio director. Dance studio directors will be contacted through their DanceBug account to confirm the entry.
  • IF THE EVENT RUNS EARLY
    Competing dancers must be completely ready 45 minutes prior to their scheduled competition time. This is in the case of the competition running early, which may occur. Please take this into consideration if you choose to leave the premises on the competition day and plan to return for the awards ceremony.
  • PROPS
    General props are allowed but must be safe and taken on/off the stage in two total minutes. It is the responsibility of the studio to ensure that the stage is clear of any “litter” after removing the prop and the floor must be in the same condition after each act that involves props. Eleve staff cannot help with props and if a studio uses excessive time to set up/dismantle a prop, judges may deem it necessary to take that into consideration for the overall score. Dangerous props like fire, swords, knives, guns, etc. are prohibited and no substances such as liquid, paint, gel, aerosol, glitter, fog, smoke, powder, paint powder, etc. that may affect the stage are allowed. If you think a prop might be an issue, contact Elevé and ask prior to registering that routine.
  • CHANGES
    Any requested changes must be submitted 3 weeks prior to the competition weekend. No changes can be made after this date.
  • STAGE
    All stages will be provided with marley and if you tap, there will be adequate space with tap mics.
  • SUPPORT
    ALL competitors, studio owners, directors, teachers, family & audience members are required to show respect to all competitors, studios, and Elevé staff at all times during the competition. Elevé aims to create a stress free and safe competitive environment. We want dancers to enjoy themselves while gaining a valuable performance experience. Elevé reserves the right to remove anyone from an event if they are not abiding by the above rules. No air horns, bells, whistles or other noise making devices are allowed.
  • MUSIC REQUIREMENTS
    Competition music must be uploaded prior to your competition weekend. Attach the music files to your routine when registering each number. Although we prefer music uploaded digitally prior to the competition, we allow an alternative option. We will accept music uploaded onto a USB which must be presented at the registration desk. Whether you submitted the music beforehand or brought in a physical copy, please have a backup option (iPod/iPhone) should any issue arise.
  • BACKSTAGE
    Only teachers are permitted backstage at any time. Parents must watch from the audience. Dancers not in the next upcoming five routines must wait outside of the backstage area or watch from the audience.
  • VIDEO AND PHOTOGRAPHY
    All photography and video recording from any device (cell phones, digital cameras, etc.) is strictly prohibited during the competition. This is for the protection of the dancers & choreographers. Disqualification can result. By entering into an Elevé Dance Competition you give consent to your photo being used for advertising purposes. After each event, DanceBUG will send an email to studios and existing parents/guardians who have a DanceBUG account. Then proceed to dancebug.com/enjoy/ and login. The media will be added to the DanceBUG account.
  • PLAGIARISM
    Elevé cannot enforce any plagiarism policies, unless a piece of choreography is copyrighted.
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