NOTE: Calculated by average age for each group. All ages are as of January 1, 2021. Each dancer must be prepared to present proof of age if requested.
To determine the average age of an entry, add all the ages together and divide by the total number of dancers in the routine. All averages are to be rounded down to the nearest whole number. For example, if a routine's average age is 15.6, you would drop the decimal and the routine would compete in the Teen (13-15) age category.
The average age of each entry may not drop more than one age division below the age of the oldest dancer in the routine, regardless of the actual average age. For example, if an entry contains dancers ranging in age from 7-18yrs, the entry may not compete in a division younger than the Teen (13-15) age category (one division younger than the oldest dancer, 18 years old).
If a routine is placed in an incorrect category (age division, style, etc.), our staff reserves the right to make the necessary adjustment at any time.
Entries will be categorized by the genre that most closely represents the movement. Lyrical dance is an expressive and emotional form that draws primarily from ballet, jazz, and modern dance techniques. Lyrical dance focuses on strength, control, and clarity of movement and can be distinguished either by deeply expressive or narrative intentions. The movement is usually in direct response to the lyrics, mood, or content of the music chosen and it is the goal of the dancer(s) to embody that through performance.
Contemporary dance is a broad and widely inclusive form that draws from and typically combines several other genres including, but not limited to, ballet, modern, and jazz dance. Contemporary choreography is distinguished by its abstract and innovative movement as well as its challenging and dense concepts. The music involved in contemporary routines is usually varied, from traditional to experimental, but often employed as a backdrop to the piece and a foundation for the intention of the dancer(s).
Open routines and choreography tend to draw upon or combine numerous sub-genres of dance including, but not limited to, Clogging, Afro, Character, World Dance, Acrobatics, Jazz Funk, etc. Given the wide possibilities of sub-genres involved, dancers must strive to be proficient in all variations that the piece itself calls for. The choreography or the concept in which it is serving must be clearly understood and executed by all performers.
Tap dance is a uniquely audio-visual form that is characterized by the percussive sounds generated by either the metal taps or hard soled shoes worn by the dancer(s). Specific rhythms are outlined in the choreography and then generated by the performers; these rhythms hold equal importance to the physical movements of the body which support the sound. The rhythms and movement work in tandem with music, but the rhythms can also serve solely as music, therefore technique applies greatly to both facets.
Ballroom is a global dance form that includes numerous variations such as the Cha-cha, Samba, Rumba, Jive, and Paso Doble. Ballroom is distinguished by certain disciplines in the lower body including the hips, legs, and feet that correspond with a specific poise approach and control in the upper body. There is often a character or historical approach to ballroom choreography, which is discernible by music choice and an interpretive performance quality.
Hip Hop is an ever-evolving form that involves movement deriving from hip hop foundations such as Breaking, Popping, Locking, Waving, etc. as well as the commercial dance industry and current social dances. The form tends to focus on individuality within collective movement, striving for entertainment and cleanliness simultaneously, and recognition of the form's roots. Choreography tends to directly reference the music through musicality, lyricism, tonality, and overall structure.
Jazz dance is a dynamic and technical form that includes several styles, such as Classical Jazz, Latin Jazz, Afro Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Commercial Jazz, Street Jazz, and Broadway Jazz. Jazz technique primarily involves clean (or clear) body lines as well as parallel positions and shapes; movements tend to be bold, stylish, and isolated. While not mandatory, uptempo music is often used and dancers reflect the mood and point of view of the music.
Ballet dance is a foundational form that is based in a specific kind of technicality and employs a classic vocabulary of movement. Classical ballet movement is designed to showcase stability and grace, as well as the understanding of turn out; thus technique is absolutely critical. Routines demonstrate melody and harmony of movement as it relates to music.
Musical Theatre is a highly theatrical dance form that derives from stage bound origins, such as Broadway or the West End, and is often choreographed to a recognizable track from a stage or movie musical. Musical Theatre routines are distinguished by their heightened performance tendencies, such as lip-syncing, and an established story line, employing dancers as specific characters. Musical Theatre routines often showcase jazz choreography, but they can include a wide range of movement types, including tap, as long as the musical narrative continues to be apparent.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE Monday, May 17, 2021 is the deadline for ALL registrations for BOTH San Diego and Orlando. Registrations submitted after the deadline will incur full tuition prices. No Exceptions. Gala tickets will be sold through a third party site where you get to choose your own seat.
REGISTRATION INFORMATION All competing dancers and their Teachers must be registered for the entire workshop in the city they are competing. Names, ages, and date of birth of ALL the dancers must be provided on the studio entry form or registration will not be accepted.
The deadline to make any changes to any registration is 20 days prior to the convention. No changes will be accepted after this date.
Names and ages of all dancers must be included on the entry form for each competition number. Incomplete registration forms will NOT be accepted. Every competition dancer must be prepared to present proof of age if requested.
The total number of soloists allowed at any given event is subject to availability.
If a Teacher (any age) or Professional (20+) performs with a group, that group will be judged for adjudication only.
All routines must perform according to the scheduled competition order unless granted permission otherwise.
Competing dancers should be ready 90 minutes prior to their scheduled competition time. If the competition runs ahead of schedule, each dancer will be expected to perform early.
The performance stage size will be approximately 60’x40’ (stage dimensions may or may not include wing space). Exact stage dimensions will be available prior to the event.
All registrations are required to pay a non-refundable deposit at the time of registration to secure your spot, with all balances being paid in full, May 17th, 2021. The deposit amount is based on the number of routines being submitted into the competition.
SCORING For the national competition, scoring is done on an adjudicated point scale by 5 judges, each scoring a total of 100 points. Both the highest and lowest scores will be dropped. Note: The Honored Dancer Solo Competition will be adjudicated by 4 judges, each scoring a total of 100 points.
ENTRY LIMITS Each dancer may register up to TWO (2) solo entries for the National Solo Competition. National solos cannot be the same as a registered Honored Dancer Solo.
PRE-QUALIFYING ROUTINES National Dance Honors will not have a pre-qualifying competition. Any routine that did not prequalify at an Adrenaline or Revive regional competition is required to submit both a regional fee and national fee for each pre-qualifying group routine at National Dance Honors.
If a studio prequalifies 50 or more group routines at an Adrenaline or Revive regional competition, any additional pre-qualifying routine fees will be waived.
Solos and Duo/Trios are NOT required to prequalify for National Dance Honors. Entries will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Space is limited.
OVERALL WINNINGS National Dance Honors is excited to offer winnings for ALL 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall placements during our national competition.
MUSIC SUBMISSIONS Music will need to be submitted with your online registration from the start of registration until two days before the event. NOTE: No digital music devices are permitted to play competition music. Please have a back-up of your music on a drive/CD in case it is needed.
INCOMPLETE PERFORMANCE In the event a dancer does not complete a routine, that routine will be allowed to re-compete on a case-by-case basis.
PROPS General props are permitted, and have 2 minutes for both setup and strike. Each studio is responsible for the setup and removal of their props. It is the responsibility of each studio to have a cleanup crew to remove any objects/debris left on stage. Extended prop set-up and tear-down time, (beyond 2 minutes) will result in 1 point deduction per judge for that routine. There are restrictions regarding the size and weight of props. Please check with National Dance Honors staff before submitting large prop entries. A studio may be subject to fines if there is any damage caused by props or performance. Any routines featuring props declared dangerous by National Dance Honors based on height, weight and stability may not be allowed to perform for the safety of the dancers.
MISCELLANEOUS RULES The use of substances including but not limited to: baby powder, paint, liquids, etc. are not allowed during any performance. Using such substances may result in a point deduction for that routine.
No live animals or pyrotechnics are permitted.
People or objects may not jump, step, crawl, roll or be thrown or tossed off the stage at any time for any reason.
NDH reserves the right to change rules at any time without notice.