NUMBER OF ENTRIES
We do not accept Independent entries. There is no limit to the number of entries a studio may enter, however, Soloists are limited to 3 Solos per Regional event and cannot compete against themselves in any one particular Subject. Duo/Trio, Groups, etc., in order to compete in same Age/Subject, there must be less than 50% of the same dancers in particular routine.
For Online Registrations, you will receive an email from us within 2 days. For Mail-In Registrations, if you do not receive an email from us within 5 days of mailing, please call our office immediately
(603-347-1063). Approximately 2 weeks prior to actual event, Schedules will be emailed, along with all pertinent information of event. Please read the email and attachments in their entirety, carefully checking for any corrections and or changes that need to be made. The deadline date in which to make any corrections and or changes will be included in this email. No corrections, changes or omissions will be accepted after the deadline date.
Dance Ovations created their own format from the onset, and which has been proven to be very successful for all. We do not have a set schedule, nor do we schedule Division/Categories together. At Dance Ovations, each event is created to suit that particular event. With scheduling this way, it enables us to better accommodate teacher's special requests, always allowing adequate time for costume changes, etc.
No event will begin before 8:00am, with ending at 10:00pm. Friday events will start at 4:00pm.
Regional Event: 1 - 3 days maximum National Event: 6 days maximum
Dance Ovations reserves the right to extend and or to modify scheduling due to the capacity of an event.
At Dance Ovations, Teachers have the option of making changes to suit your dancer's needs, for reasons of costume changes, make-up, etc. These changes must be made by the deadline date with first Schedule emailed to you. These changes must be called into our office (603-347-1063), again, by the Deadline date listed in email. If you are requesting a particular day due to personal scheduling conflict, you must notify us of this special request with submission of your entries. We will do our best to accommodate all requests but please remember that not all requests can be guaranteed. Any entry that performs on a different day than Dance Ovations originally scheduled will be eligible for individual medal standing and Special Awards but will not be eligible for any Overall Awards and/or high scores.
Once our final Program has been printed, there will be no other changes allowed, including holds on the day of the competition.
REGIONAL ENTRIES: Entries must be received with all completed forms/payment in full at least 30 days prior to the first day of event entered.
NATIONAL ENTRIES: Entries must be received with all completed forms/payment no later than Deadline of May 20, 2019.
Please call our office (603-347-1063) if you do not hear from us (via email) 2 days after submitting Online Registration or 5 days for Mail-In Registrations. No entries will be considered entered without payment in full and all necessary entry forms completed in full by Deadline date. Any and all entries received after we have closed an event will be returned to you with our apologies.
Any entries received after the Deadline will be accepted on the sole decision of Dance Ovations, with scheduling permitting. Any and all entries accepted will be subject to a late fee of $5.00 per entry.
Dance Ovations reserves the right to close an event prior to the Deadline, should the number of entries exceed the allotted schedule. All entries will be accepted on first come basis.
HOLD YOUR DATES
Dance Ovations will not overbook any of their events. We will close an event before Deadline if an event fills before that date. We understand and respect the planning that takes place when you are choosing and scheduling your competition weekends. To ensure your "chosen event"... Please download and send to us our signed "HOLD YOUR DATES AGREEMENT", along with a non-refundable deposit of $500.00 by January 1, 2019. Your completed entry information, along with payment in full will be due no later than 30 days prior to first day of event or 45 days prior for Rebate (see Rebate qualifications)
You have the option to pay either with studio check, bank check or credit card. We do not accept individual and or personal checks. Studio check, one check for all entries. Credit card payments, there is a 3% service fee. Studios entering single entry will be charged a $10.00 office processing fee, with any form of payment. A fee of $25.00 will be charged for returned checks or credit cards denied. Payment in full is due in our office no later than 30 days prior to the first day of event entered.
Once entries are processed thru Dance Ovations, there are no refunds of any kind, including but not limited to scheduling conflicts. Deposits are non-refundable. If a dancer cannot participate due to an injury, a refund for his/her Solo routines only will be refunded. Before issuing this refund to the studio owner, Dance Ovations must receive a legitimate letter from the dancer's doctor. Refunds for any and all other routines dancer was entered into will not be refunded. Events that are forced to cancel due to inclement weather, Dance Ovations will honor all said entries for that particular event or part of and issue a credit to the studio to re-enter at another one of our events, during same season. This includes but not limited to Preliminaries. Dance Ovations reserves the right to accept or deny any refunds.
PERFORMING ARTS DIVISION
Please call our office 603-347-1063 with any questions on placement of dancers.
ADULT: Dancers are 20 years old and over, Intermediate or Competitive Level
ADULT RECREATIONAL: Young at heart dancers, adult classes, parent routines.
COMPETITIVE: Dancers who train 5 or more hours per week and have never received financial gain through dance. Monies received through competition/scholarships are not considered.
INTERMEDIATE: Dancers who train 3 - 5 hours per week and never received financial gain through dance. Monies received through competition/scholarships are not considered.
RECREATIONAL: Dancers who train for a combined (all Categories) total of no more than 3 hours per week. Routines entered under RECREATIONAL include all dancers in routine.
INSPIRATIONAL: Dancers with life challenging abilities.
NOVICE: Dancers who have never competed before. This includes ALL LEVELS.
NOVICE SOLOIST: Dancers who have competed before in Groups, etc., BUT competing 1st time (any Category) as a Soloist. This includes ALL LEVELS.
PRO-AM: Routines consisting of both professional and amateur, teachers/students.
PROFESSIONAL: Dancers of "professional" status only, studio owners, teachers/choreographers, performers who receive financial gain through dance. Dancers teaching in exchange for their own class fees are not considered.
Fairness to all dancers, proper placement is a must - at the discretion of the Judges, improper placement will result in a 10 point deduction and disqualification to any High Score / Cash Awards.
Fairness to all dancers, proper placement is a must - at the discretion of judges, improper placement will result in 10 pt. reduction.
AGE DIVISIONS Performer's ages will be determined as of January 1st
Tots: 6 & under Little Ones: 7 - 9 Junior: 10 -12 Teen: 13 - 15 Senior: 16 - 19 Adult: 20+
Age Division for Duo/Trio, Groups, etc., is to be determined by the average age of performers in routine. To obtain the average age, add all ages, divide by number of performers in routine. If the average age equals 12.5, drop the decimal, the age division would be 10 -12. Parent/Child routines, no age requirement. Questions on placement, please call our office 603-347-1063. Improper Age placement of routine will result in disqualification of any High Score Awards. All performers will be responsible to verify age should a challenge arise. Any challenge must be submitted in writing and given to the Director before the Awards Presentation of challenged routine.
SOLO: up to 2:45 minutes
DUO/TRIOS: up to 3 minutes
GROUPS: (Small Group / 4 - 8 dancers) up to 3 minutes (Large Group / 9 + dancers) up to 3 minutes
EXTENDED: up to 5 minutes (Requirement: 6 + dancers in routine)
PRODUCTION: up to 6 minutes (Requirement: 8 + dancers in routine)
EXTENDED PRODUCTION: up to 10 minutes (Requirement: 10 + dancers in routine)
Please note: All Productions and Extended Productions must have a "Theme" or Storyline" throughout entire routine, with not being used for "Time Allowance". Extended routines do not need to follow a "Theme", etc., and are to be used solely for "Time Allowance".
Acro/Gymnastics: Tumbling and passes, incorporated with dance technique and choreography.
Ballet: Consisting of ballet technique, including classical steps and movements.
Character: Portraying an easily recognizable character.
Contemporary: Routine consisting of movements with classical foundation of contemporary technique.
Hip Hop: Dance movements of street, funk and or break dance.
Jazz: Classical jazz technique and movements.
Lyrical: The use of balance, flexibility, control and fluidity, interpreting/feeling lyrics of song.
Modern: Interpretive dance, using modern contemporary style, incorporated with balance, control and extension movements.
Musical Theater: Use of Broadway or movie musical song, portraying lyrics thru dance or character.
Open: Combines 2 or more subjects, or is not defined in any one subject.
Pointe: Pointe shoes must be worn, pointe technique but not limited to classical steps and movements.
Song & Dance: Routine with 50% Vocal, 50% Dance. No lip-syncing allowed.
Tap: Demonstrating tap techniques. No pre-recorded tap sounds allowed in music.
There is no Acro allowed in Ballet or Pointe. A maximum of 3 Acro Tricks is allowed in Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical and Tap. All other Subjects may include unlimited Tricks.
Our scoring system is based upon an adjudicated system. Each entry is individually scored from Judges, in which a medal standing of Silver, High Silver, Gold, High Gold or Absolute will be determined, through Technique & Performance scores. One trophy will be awarded per routine. Ribbons will be awarded to each dancer.
Silver Medal: Total combined of 242 - 254 points (80.6 - 84.6 points from each Judge)
High Silver Medal: Total combined of 255 - 267 points (85 - 89 points)
Gold Medal: Total combined of 268 - 280 points (89.3 - 93.3 points from each Judge)
High Gold Medal: Total combined of 281 - 294 points (93.7 - 98 points from each Judge)
Absolute Medal: Total combined 295 - 300 points (98.3 - 100 points from each Judge)
Subject/Category: A trophy will be presented. Particular Category/Subject must have a minimum of 5 routines entered to qualify for trophy.
A "Special Award Certificate" will be presented to various routines that are recognized, regardless of score, for special qualities that are seen by our Special Awards Judge.
One routine will be chosen, decision based on 4 Judges, during each Awards Presentation of event. - No reference with score
STUDENT CHOREOGRAPHY AWARD
Determined through highest point in Choreography scores. A trophy/plaque will be presented.
The studio with the highest average scores from all routines entered will receive a trophy/plaque, along with a $100.00 Certificate to be applied to 2019 National entry fees. To qualify, studio must have at least 10 entries entered in Performing Arts, with Solo/Duo-Trio entries not to exceed 25% of total entries. Same applies at Nationals. Title entries are excluded.
OVERALL POINT AWARD
An "Overall Award Certificate" will be awarded with an invitation into our National "DANCE ON". Determination coming from total score of Technique, Performance, Choreography & Costume)
Cash awards will also be presented, qualifications are as follows: A minimum of 5 entries in each Division/Level (Children, Junior, Teen & or Senior) is required for cash award. Divisions with less than the required 5 entries will receive an "Overall Award Certificate", along with an invite to the "DANCE ON" with no cash amount given. In the event of a "tie", the highest total point in "Performance" score will determine final decision. Judges will decide tie-breaker without dispute. All routines entering into the National "DANCE ON" must also be entered in the Performing Arts competition, National fees apply.
Qualifications: (Highest Point, Overall Point Awards) Studios with a minimum of 10 entries with solos/duo-trios not exceeding 25% of total entries.
All dancers entering into a Regional Title, will do so with the commitment of obligation to represent their Region and compete at the National Championships for the National Title.
All Title Contestants must also be entered in the Performing Arts competition and not solely in the Titles Division. In Performing Arts, they must perform either a Solo (different than Title routine), Duo/Trio or Group. Contestants will have a private Interview with the Judges, on the morning of the competition, before the actual competition begins. No costume is to be worn for Interview. During the Interview, approximately 5 minutes, contestants are not allowed to mention their Studio or Teacher by name.
Title Performances will be held throughout the day. Time limit is not to exceed 2:45 minutes.
TITLE AGE DIVISION
Petite Miss/Master Dance Ovations... ages 7 - 8 Little Miss/Mister Dance Ovations... ages 9 -10
Junior Miss/Mister Dance Ovations... ages 11 -12 Teen Miss/Mister Dance Ovations... ages 13 -14
Young Miss/Mister Dance Ovations... ages 15 - 16 Miss/Mister Dance Ovations... ages 17 -19
Senior Miss/Mister Dance Ovations... ages 20+
Per Judge: Interview: 1 - 15 points Performance: 1 - 40 Choreography: 1 - 25 Costume: 1 - 20
If there is only 1 Contestant entered into a particular Division, that Contestant must receive a total score of at least 240 points to win the Title. If score is lower, they will receive placement of 1st runner-up.
All Title winners will receive a Dance Ovations Regional Title jacket and trophy, along with female Titles receiving a tiara/crown. All Title Contestants will receive a trophy of placement. Regional Titlists are to represent their region at Nationals. Contestants that place 1st or 2nd runner-up at Regionals may also enter for National Title. Please note: National Title winners may not compete in any Dance Ovations Title Divisions during their reigning year. They must wait until the following year to do so, and it must be in a different Division, than that of which they held National Title.
At Dance Ovations, our Judges are personally interviewed and carefully selected. Our Judges are highly qualified teachers, choreographers and or professional dancers with extensive backgrounds in the "Arts". Sharing their knowledge and love for the Arts, giving their comments, praises and corrections in a "positive" manner, with the best of the dancer being first and foremost. This being immeasurable to every dancer for enhancing their education in the Arts.
Judge's (3) critiques on DVD, along with score sheets, will be available to you at the completion of competition.
In order to be fair to everyone, keeping our schedule flowing and on time, please read the following:
Music that fails to play before the start of the routine, we will put that routine on hold, waiting for back-up music, with no longer than a time allowance of 3 routines. If due to faulty CD, music skips or fails in any way during the performance, Judges will make the decision for a second try. The routine will however be excluded from any and all High Scores. Any dancer who leaves the stage before completion of routine (not music malfunction related) will not be scored and not allowed a second try. The CD must be free of any labels, as labels can sometimes cause a CD to jam in the machine. Please use a separate CD for each routine. Multiple songs on a CD will only be accepted for "back-up" music. The music is such an important factor into a routine, please be very careful when recording music, using only new CD's. Also note, multiple uses of a CD can ruin them, causing them not to play at all or skipping and or distorted. Music that fails to play before the start of the routine, we will put that routine on hold, waiting for back-up music, no longer than a time allowance of 3 routine hold. Always bring back-up for all your music. It is strongly suggested to bring your back-up music on an IPOD.
STUDIO CODE LETTER
Dance Ovations will assign this Code Letter to you and you will receive this in your confirmation/schedule email. These Code Letters will be used in identifying all studios in attendance. You must mark all your music with this Code Letter and inform your dancers of this, as they are announced with this Code Letter and not by Studio name.
STUDIO INFORMATION PACKET
This packet will include, Code Letter, Entry Information and your assigned Entry Numbers, Schedule, Day/Times, location and directions to venue. Your packet will be emailed to you 14 days prior to event.
GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS
1. GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP is expected from everyone who attends a Dance Ovations event. This includes the performers, teachers and audience members. RESPECT must always be given to others. Those not complying with this ruling may be disqualified.
2. No studio has the right to reserve an individual dressing room. Designated areas are for the use of all dancers entered. Please take into consideration the areas that are provided for our use might become overcrowded at times. We will do our best in accommodating everyone's needs, with venue's allowance. Changing areas are to be kept clean and left in the condition you found them. Every studio is responsible for their own clean up. NO FOOD OR DRINK ALLOWED IN DRESSING AREAS. WATER ONLY.
All dressing areas/rooms are same gender only, this includes teachers and parents.
3. Anyone found defacing or destroying school property, this includes but not limited to the writing or erasing of chalk boards, touching or removing of school's materials, will cause studio disqualification.
4. There is NO FOOD OR DRINK ALLOWED IN the AUDITORIUM. Allowed in designated areas only.
5. There is no smoking allowed on school grounds, per order of State Law.
6. There is a zero tolerance for drugs/alcohol.
7. All aisles and doorways must remain clear at all times, per order of Fire Code.
8. No one is allowed to walk in front of the Judge's table, approach the Judges or sit in the vicinity of them. Restricted areas will be marked off.
9. Props are welcomed but NO special lighting, water, knives, swords, fog machines or fire allowed. All props must first be checked in at the beginning of each event and will be assigned a designated area to hold them. Props must be set on stage in a time frame of no more than 2 minutes, with same allotted time for removal off stage. NO STUDIO ATTIRE IS TO BE WORN FROM CREW PLACING/REMOVING PROPS. Any props requiring more set up time, must first be cleared through Dance Ovations prior to Scheduling of event. Not at any time, shall props block wings, crossover and or hallways.
10. Any debris such as feathers, glitter, etc., from routine, must be removed immediately from the stage at the completion of routine. NO STUDIO ATTIRE IS TO BE WORN FROM CREW doing the removal.
11. As with any physical activity, unforeseen accidents and or injuries can occur. Upon entering any Dance Ovations event, it is agreed that all studio owners, teachers, staff, performers and or parents and guests will not hold Dance Ovations, it's host facilities, Director or Staff responsible or liable for any accident, injury and or loss of property during any and all events.
12. Baby powder or any other form of powder is strictly prohibited in the entire facility.
13. All performers consent to the use of their photograph and or video performance for future promotions and or advertisements of Dance Ovations.
14. Performers are required to check in with the Backstage Manager 5 routines prior to their own. Once they have checked in, they will be instructed as to where to wait, quietly and respectfully.
15. There is no coaching from the wings and audience.
16. With respect to our performers, the audience is expected to remain in their seats when a routine is on the stage. Please enter and exit the auditorium between numbers and do so quietly, quickly taking your seat. With respect to others sitting around you, please save conversation for the lobby.
17. All Electronic devices, including but not limited to cell phones must be turned off in the auditorium.
18. All performers are invited to the stage for the Awards Presentation, demonstrating GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP and MANNERS throughout. No dancer will leave the stage until completion.
19. NO PERFORMANCE IS COMPLETE WITHOUT APPLAUSE! Dance Ovations encourages the entire audience to applaud for every routine they watch, and not only for those they know. Applause does not have any influence on the Judge's scoring. It does however show a powerful display to every performer, giving them the recognition, respect and appreciation they deserve. There is no screaming or yelling out of names or noises allowed. This is very distracting to the dancers, judges and other audience members. Repeated violation of this ruling could result in studio disqualification. Dance Ovations will always promote a Friendly, Family like atmosphere. A "POSITIVE" EXPERIENCE for ALL!!!
20. All scores and comments reflect the opinion of the Judges and not necessarily the opinion of Dance Ovations Director and or Staff. All Judge's decisions are final without dispute.
PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEOTAPING
The safety of our dancers is our priority.
Dance Ovations strictly prohibits the public's use of cameras of any kind to photograph or videotape any performance.
Due to the prevalence of people with questionable nature and respect to Copyright Laws, Dance Ovations will strictly adhere to this ruling and urges all that attend our events to please abide by this ruling. Help us to keep our Performers photographically safe and Choreographer's work protected. Dance Ovations reserves the right to remove the media being used and those using it from the event.
If this Rule is broken, a warning will be given to studio owner. Media will be erased. Continued offences will result in disqualification of any High Scores. The use of cameras in dressing rooms is also prohibited. Failure to comply to the above ruling could result in entire studio disqualification.
Dance Ovations... We produce events that are beneficial in the development of every dancer, created in a friendly atmosphere that is welcoming to everyone.
What makes us "unique"...
We are the original founder of "FOREVER FRIENDS", one of the many highlights of our events that dancers, teachers and parents have come to love and look forward to!
As the Director, Anne-Marie attends every event, proudly introducing and watching / applauding every routine that "graces" the Dance Ovations stage!
The moment you arrive at a Dance Ovations event, you can feel the friendly, positive energy atmosphere that radiates throughout! The Dance Ovations Team is always ready to assist you with a smile!
We have and always will, hold the highest standards in the Industry, continuing to make every effort to maintain our impeccable reputation!
Dance Ovations puts dancers first and foremost... always welcoming and fair to all levels of dancers.
We are committed to producing events in a nurturing way that are beneficial in the development of each dancer, as they strive to reach their individual goals.
We promote every event with the utmost professional standards, surrounded in a friendly, family like atmosphere, with encouragement of Good Sportsmanship and Respect for others, thus creating a POSITIVE experience for ALL!
We as dancers come together at an event such as this, as we all share something in common...
We love to dance!
Originally created when Dance Ovations was established in 1993...
We introduced "FOREVER FRIENDS" on our very first Awards Presentation! The response was so overwhelming and welcoming, we have and will proudly continue to do this at every Dance Ovations Awards Presentation!
Once all dancers are sitting on the stage for the Awards, a dancer from each different studio is randomly chosen to come up and make a friend with a dancer from a different studio of their own. Each dancer will then introduce themselves and the name of their studio. To start the "bonding" of this "friendship", they will shake hands with one another. Asked if they would like to become "FOREVER FRIENDS", they will then seal it with a hug!
I receive so many phone calls and emails from dancers, thanking me for the experience of making a "FOREVER FRIEND" at Dance Ovations. The beautiful email I received of when a dancer had gone to her first audition and as she was standing in the audition line with hundreds of other dancers, she recognized her "FOREVER FRIEND". The picture they sent to me of them smiling and "hugging", some 10 years later from their first hug on the stage at Dance Ovations,... it was truly priceless! Or the email I receive that says, me & my roommate in college made "FOREVER FRIENDS" on your stage when we were 12 years old!
In order to continue to provide "FAMILY" entertainment to our audiences,
Dance Ovations strictly enforces that all routines do not contain any suggestive, sexual or violent contents. Costuming, choreography and lyrics must be appropriate. Any routine not following these guidelines, may be stopped and will be disqualified from any High Scores. I thank you in advance for your cooperation on this very important issue.