Rules & Regulations

Please note that High Demand’s Rules & Regulations apply to both regionals and nationals and are subject to change at any time.

Studio Directors: For entry fees contact us at hddancecompetition@gmail.com.

Competition Levels

High Demand encourages studio directors to use their best judgment in choosing the competition level for all performances. Division placement is at the discretion of the studio directors along with their teachers and choreographers because no one knows your dancers levels and abilities better than you! In the event that a performance is under placed, HD management will address onsite with the judges and evaluate for proper placement.

Apprentice Division– competitive division for our beginner/intermediate dancers.

Advanced Division – competitive division for our intermediate/advanced dancers.

Age Divisions

All division placements will be based on the dancers’ age on the day of competition. Group performances will be based on the average age of all dancers combined. For nationals, the same regional age division will apply regardless of any dancers birthday that takes place between their competing regional event and nationals.

Mini              5 & under

Petite            6-9

Junior          10-12

Teen             13-15

Senior          16-19

Adult*            20 +

*Please note that any entry competing in the adult division is only eligible to receive an adjudication and overall award. Adult entries are exempt from all special awards, scholarships and are not eligible to be nominated in the HD Dance-Off.

Genres

• Acro – performance containing more than two acro passes*

• Ballet

• Contemporary

• Hip-hop

• Jazz

• Lyrical

• Modern

• Musical Theatre

• Open

• Pointe

• Student Choreography (Please note that productions are not eligible to participate)

• Tap

Important: Any performance with more than two acro passes* MUST compete in the acro category.

*An acro pass is define as a combination of two or more acro tricks in a row. Example, one single aerial is a trick, but an aerial followed by a backhand spring is considered an acro pass. Failure to comply will result in a one point deduction per routine.

Categories

Solo                  1

Duo/Trio          2-3

Small Group    4-9

Large Group    10-19

Line                    20 & up

Production        20 & up*

*This category is for dancers of all ages and abilities to come together in one performance to showcase a particular story or theme.

Any person visible on stage during a performance will be considered a performer and should be accounted for during registration.

Time Limit

Solo                  3:00

Duo/Trio          3:00

Small Group    4:00

Large Group    4:00

Line                   5:00

Production       8:00

Extended time (one minute max.) can be purchased for a fee of $5 per dancer in any given performance. Performances exceeding their time limits that do not request extended time will be subject to a 0.5 point deduction for every 15 seconds overage. In addition, any performance that purchases extended time and exceeds more than the allotted one minute overage will also be subject to the same deduction system.

Adjudication Scale

                         Advanced               Apprentice

Diamond        300-295                   300-295

Platinum        294.9-285                 294.9-280

High Gold       284.9-275                279.9-265

Gold                 274.9-265                264.9-250

High Silver      264.9-255               249.9-235

Silver                254.9-245               234.9-220

Scoring

All performances will be scored by a judging panel consisting of three judges each using a 100 point scale for a total of 300 points. Each judge will take into consideration the dancer(s) technique, choreography, concept/execution and presentation. Those three scores will then be tallied for a total overall score. Each performance will be adjudicated based on the above division scales and every dancers within a performance will receive an adjudication award. Please note that there must be at least three entries in a category to be announced a category winner.

To be eligible for an overall award there must be at least three performances in a given division. To receive an overall award, the apprentice division must receive a minimum of a Gold adjudication and in the advanced division a minimum of a High Gold.

Except when there is a technical difficulty, any re-performance of a routine will be adjudicated only. 

All overall ties and high scoring awards will be broken by technique score.

Soloist competing with more than one solo are not eligible to place more than twice in the overalls.

Music

An MP3 file must be submitted by the Monday prior to the competition weekend for every performance using our online registration system. Simply log in to your account and select ‘Upload Music’ on your dashboard to upload music files for all performances. CDs will not be accepted. It is highly encouraged to bring back-up music files for all entries in case of an emergency.

Online Registration & Payment

Entries are accepted on a first come, first served basis. High Demand stands behind their reputation of their events running in a timely manner and is considerate of each competition day’s end time and will only accept the number of registrations that fit into the schedule.  

All entries must be entered into our online registration system and paid in full 30 days prior to the competition day with one form of payment. No entries will be processed or included in the schedule until payment is submitted in full.

Entries submitted after the 30-day deadline will result in a $5.00 late fee charge per performance. Any changes requested after the schedule is released must be in writing and will be assessed a $5 fee per entry.

We accept all major credit cards and checks. Entry fees are non-refundable. Returned checks will have a penalty fee of $35.00.

All discounts will be calculated after all registrations are submitted from the total studio invoice. This includes the early-bird discount, loyalty credits and award credits from a previous season. Studio credits hold no cash value and can only be used towards entry fees.

Account credits and/or cash refunds will only be considered for injured or sick competitors providing a valid doctors note. No credits will be issued during or after the completion of the competition. Day of scratches due to injured or sick performers will not be issued credits/refunds. Any credits will be issued to the account of which the performer is registered. Credits may only be used towards entry fees and media fees for an HD event and will not be valid for merchandise or registration deposits.

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Props

There will be a 1 minute time limit to assemble and disassemble any props. Anything over this allotted time will be subject to a deduction at the discretion of the judges and HD management for the performance’s overall score. Fire hazardous props, glitter, fog, weapons of any kind and any other dangerous prop are not permitted. No form of liquids or any other substance that may affect the stage surface may be used during a performance. Any prop used that requires extensive cleanup may result in a point deduction. Props should not be backstage or in the wings until the performance time and should be removed from the area immediately following the performance.

Release Form

Please be advised that in order to participate in High Demand Dance Competition a signature for all performers is required to acknowledge that you have read and agreed to the terms and conditions indicated in the release form. Please ensure HD Management receives your studio’s release form the Monday prior to the competition weekend.

Video & Photography

All performers are automatically assessed a required $20 media fee*, which includes all studio videos and pictures.

* Families with more than one dancer registered will only be assessed a one time media fee and be reimbursed for any additional siblings/dancers submitted in writing. STUDIO DIRECTORS: Please note that you must include this information in the notes of your registration to be reimbursed. 

IMPORTANT: HIGH DEMAND HAS A ZERO TOLERANCE FOR PERSONAL VIDEO AND PHOTOGRAPHY! ANY INDIVIDUAL CAUGHT VIDEOING A PERFORMANCE WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE COMPETITION IMMEDIATELY AND COULD RESULT IN STUDIO DISQUALIFICATION.

General Rules & Information

• Performers must compete on designated date and time to receive an overall award and be considered for all special awards and scholarships.

• Performers must enter and exit the HD stage from backstage at all times.

• During scheduled performances, dancers are never permitted to enter the audience or exit/jump off of the front of the stage at any time.

• Soloist that choose to exit the stage before the completion of their performance will only be eligible for an adjudication award and not be eligible for overall placement. Exception will be made for music and/or costume malfunction.

• Please be considerate of the venue and staff. Clean up anything left behind in the dressing rooms and theatre.

• All dancers should be costume ready and warmed up one hour prior to their scheduled performance.

• No changes will be permitted once the final schedule has been sent out.

• No alcoholic beverages are permitted.

• Performers grant High Demand Dance Competition with permission to use their photographs and videos from the event for advertising purposes without compensation.

• Decisions of the judges are final.

• High Demand Dance Competition reserves the right to change a competition’s venue, date and/or location at any time. HD management will communicate any changes if necessary with registered studios.

• Circumstances beyond the control of High Demand Dance Competition such as: weather related issues, facility condition, and technical difficulties bears no responsibility to HD Dance and no refunds.

• Studios will be notified of the schedule approximately one week prior to the competition.

Please do not hesitate to contact HD with any other questions or concerns!

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