SANDUSKY, OH

NATIONALS

July 8-12, 2023

full workshop.   dance-off.   teacher sessions.   & more.

KALAHARI RESORT &
CONVENTION CENTER

*220,000 Square Foot Waterpark
*Arcade, Mini Golf, Zip Line, Spa, Shops, Dining, and More
*Only Minutes from Cedar Point Amusement Park


7000 Kalahari Dr, Sandusky, OH 44870
Reservations: 877-525-2427 *VIP Block will open soon.

Dance-Off Championships


The Dance-Off Championships wrap up the week of Nationals with the top routines competing for a spot on one of our coveted VIP Lists.

The Opening Number Performances, Red Carpet Walk, Little Bigwigs Exhibition Performance, Studio Accolades Ceremony, Scholarship Improv Finals, Production Showdown and repeat performances of the top routines bring an unmatched level of energy and excitement to this memorable event. 

Solo VIP List

The top three scoring solos per age category from Mini, Junior, Teen, and Senior re-compete for a place in the Solo VIP List in both the Megastar and Rockstar levels. 

Duo/Trio VIP List

The top three scoring duo/trios per age category from Mini, Junior, Teen, and Senior re-compete for a place in the Duo/Trio VIP List in both the Megastar and Rockstar levels.

Group VIP List

The top scoring groups battle it out at our dance-off for a spot on the Mini/Junior Groups VIP List and the Teen/Senior Groups VIP List in both the Megastar and Rockstar levels.

Production VIP List

All Productions compete in the Production Showdown event to earn a spot on the Production VIP List.

$5,000

Dance-Off

$2,000

Production VIP

$6,000

Studio Awards

$6,000

Scholarships

DANCE-OFF INFO

Mini, Junior, Teen, and Senior age divisions in the Megastar and Rockstar levels are eligible for the Dance-Off in Solos, Duo/Trios, Small Groups, Large Groups, and Super Groups.

Productions are eligible for the Production Showdown.

Little Bigwigs age division is not eligible for the Dance-Off. High scores are presented for this age division in Round One competition. The top scoring group routine in this age division is awarded the Best Little Bigwigs Group Award at the Studio Accolades Ceremony and performs in the Little Bigwigs Exhibition Performance on Dance-Off Day.

The Hotshot (recreational) level is not eligible for the Dance-Off. High scores are presented for this level in Round One competition. 

The following top scoring routines will re-compete in the Dance-Off Events. The number of routines making the dance-off may be increased depending on the size of the event. The limits listed may be increased depending on the number of routines in each category. 

SOLO CHAMPIONSHIPS
Megastar Level Solos - 3 Mini, 3 Junior, 3 Teen, 3 Senior (limit 1 per dancer)
Rockstar Level Solos - 3 Mini, 3 Junior, 3 Teen, 3 Senior (limit 1 per dancer)


DUO/TRIO CHAMPIONSHIPS
Megastar Level Duo/Trios - 3 Mini, 3 Junior, 3 Teen, 3 Senior (limit 1 per dancer per age division)
Rockstar Level Duo/Trios - 3 Mini, 3 Junior, 3 Teen, 3 Senior (limit 1 per dancer per age division)


MINI/JUNIOR GROUP CHAMPIONSHIPS
Megastar Level Groups -
5 Mini Small Groups (limit 1 per dancer), 5 Mini Large/Super Groups (limit 1 per dancer)
5 Junior Small Groups (limit 1 per dancer), 5 Junior Large/Super Groups (limit 1 per dancer)

Rockstar Level Groups -
5 Mini Small Groups (limit 1 per dancer), 5 Mini Large/Super Groups (limit 1 per dancer)
5 Junior Small Groups (limit 1 per dancer), 5 Junior Large/Super Groups (limit 1 per dancer)


TEEN/SENIOR GROUP CHAMPIONSHIPS
Megastar Level Groups -
5 Teen Small Groups (limit 1 per dancer), 5 Teen Large/Super Groups (limit 1 per dancer)
5 Senior Small Groups (limit 1 per dancer), 5 Senior Large/Super Groups (limit 1 per dancer)

Rockstar Level Groups -
5 Teen Small Groups (limit 1 per dancer), 5 Teen Large/Super Groups (limit 1 per dancer)
5 Senior Small Groups (limit 1 per dancer), 5 Senior Large/Super Groups (limit 1 per dancer)

Dance-Off Awards include a presentation of the following VIP LISTs and corresponding gift certificate prize amounts.
*Increased amounts in 2023!

SOLO CHAMPIONSHIP
Solo VIP LIST Top 5 Megastar Level
Solo VIP LIST Top 5 Rockstar Level
*Rockstar 2nd-5th $100, 1st $500

DUO/TRIO CHAMPIONSHIP
Duo/Trio VIP LIST Top 5 Megastar Level
Duo/Trio VIP LIST Top 5 Rockstar Level
*Rockstar 2nd-5th $100, 1st $500

MINI/JUNIOR GROUP CHAMPIONSHIP
Mini/Jr Group VIP LIST Top 10 Megastar Level
Mini/Jr Group VIP LIST Top 10 Rockstar Level
*Rockstar 2nd-5th $200, 1st $700

TEEN/SENIOR GROUP CHAMPIONSHIP
Teen/Sr Group VIP LIST Top 10 Megastar Level
Teen/Sr Group VIP LIST Top 10 Rockstar Level
*Rockstar 2nd-5th $200, 1st $700

PRODUCTION SHOWDOWN
Production VIP LIST Top 10
*1st Place $2,000

All scholarships, gift certificates, and prize awards are presented to the studio and are non-transferable.
VIP Dance reserves the right to alter prizes and amounts at any time. 
1st Place Production VIP LIST gift certificate is awarded when there are more than 5 productions competing. 

The Studio Accolades Ceremony includes the following recognitions and awards:

Studio Owner and Teacher Recognition
Opening Number Performer Recognition
IDOL OF THE YEAR Mini / Junior / Teen / Senior  - $2,000 in Gift Certificates ($500 each)
Little Bigwigs Best Group Award
Announcement of Scholarship Winners - Up to $4,000 in Scholarships Awarded
Best Choreographer Awards
Best Cast & Crew Award - $1,000 Gift Certificate
Best Megastar Studio Award - $2,000 Gift Certificate
Best Rockstar Studio Award - $3,000 Gift Certificate


Best Rockstar Studio is awarded to the studio with the 5 highest scoring group routines (from small groups, large groups, and lines) in the Rockstar level. The winner receives a $3,000 gift certificate for entries in the 2024 season which may be redeemed at one or multiple 2024 regional events and/or 2024 nationals. Unused portions will expire on 8/1/24.
Best Megastar Studio is awarded to the studio with the 5 highest scoring group routines (from small groups, large groups, and lines) in the Megastar level. The winner receives a $2,000 gift certificate for entries in the 2024 season which may be redeemed at one or multiple 2024 regional events and/or 2024 nationals. Unused portions will expire on 8/1/24.

NEW IN 2023

IDOL OF THE YEAR

Idol of the Year is presented in the Mini, Junior, Teen, and Senior divisions. Winners receive an Idol Jacket, a $500 Entry Scholarship, feature opportunities through the following VIP Season, and a lifetime invitation to assist at future VIP Nationals Workshop events.

Eligible participating dancers will be featured in the digital program and onsite at the event. There is no additional fee to enter. Studio owners will register eligible dancers through the registration portal. 
 
Eligibility Requirements:
- Regional Idol Solo Winner
- Participation in all Workshop Classes, Scholarship Auditions and Opening Number
- Must compete a solo routine in the Rockstar Level at Nationals  

Selecting Winners:
All faculty and judges will vote on the winners of each age division based on competitive solo execution, performance in class and auditions, workmanship and leadership qualities expressed through Opening rehearsals, and the dancer's ability to present themselves as a role model... a VIP Idol! 

WORKSHOP


At the 2023 Nationals, we are excited to offer the Workshop, a full convention experience over the course of two days, including classes in various dance styles, specialty classes, and scholarship auditions in three dancer level rooms and a teacher room.

- Workshop fees are provided to studio owner accounts (log in to access the entry fee page). 
- All Regional Idol Solo Winners may attend the Workshop on scholarship. Pre-registration is required. 
- Teacher Sessions are complimentary and open to faculty members age 18+ from all registered studios. Pre-registration is required.

MINI ROOM

Ages 6-8
- 7 classes in various styles
- Scholarship Auditions

JUNIOR ROOM

Ages 9-12
- 9 classes in various styles and specialties
- Scholarship Auditions

TEEN/SENIOR ROOM

Ages 13+
- 9 classes in various styles and specialties
- Scholarship Auditions

TEACHER SESSIONS

Faculty Members Ages 18+
- Movement
- Motivation & Networking
- Choreography
- Business

The                                      Red Carpet Walk

On Dance-Off Day, the lobby is transformed into a Red Carpet Experience with special lighting, professional photographers, and photo ops with the judges, staff, and new dance friends alike! 

LITTLE BIGWIGS

EXHIBITION PERFORMANCE

The top scoring Little Bigwigs group routine is awarded the Best Little Bigwigs Group Award at the Studio Accolades Ceremony and performs in the Little Bigwigs Exhibition Performance on Dance-Off Day.

Production Showdown

Studios face off head to head in the Production Showdown where the entertainment, energy levels and cheers are bigger than ever as each team is vying for a spot on the Production VIP LIST Top 10. Each routine making the list is featured in our Highlights Video Gallery and the 1st Place winner takes home a $2,000 gift certificate!

SCHOLARSHIP
AUDITIONS

Workshop attendees take part in Scholarship Auditions at the start of the week. Finalists compete in the On-Stage Improv Line on Dance-Off Day to win scholarships to VIP Dance events and several summer intensive opportunities valued at up to $4,000 in cumulative scholarships presented. 

TEAM JAM
welcome event

Join us for our opening event, a complimentary team-building masterclass  and motivational session that will ignite an energy from within and set the tone for an incredible week of dancing. 

All studio team members and teachers are welcome and encouraged to attend.

- VIP - 
 PARENTS


PARENT CLASS


Join us for a complimentary dance class... Parents Only! (And only those who want to have some fun, please.)

PARENT DANCE CATEGORY


Our new Parent Dance Category offers discounted pricing for an exciting opportunity to perform. Show us what you've got!

MEDIA FRENZY


We know you love pics! Our pro photogs will shoot complimentary pics of all events through the week to share with you. 

IDOLS OPENING NUMBER

The Idols Opening Number showcases the amazing talent from around the country, our Regional Solo Idol Winners. The choreography & rehearsal sessions, special lighting effects, exclusive custom t-shirts, two performances on Dance-Off Day, and the many new friends made during the process make this an awesome experience of wonderful memories! 

- VIP -TEACHERS 


All faculty ages 18+ from each registered studio may enjoy a complimentary VIP Teacher Experience. 


KICK-OFF PERK


Join us for your morning perk and pastries on Day 1 at the VIP Teacher Checkin. Grab your registration packet, address any questions, and get the week started off right... with a nice cup of coffee, of course!

SESSIONS


Teachers-only class sessions will leave you feeling motivated, inspired, and refreshed. Take part in movement, choreography, business, and motivation sessions during the Workshop portion of the event.

LOUNGE


Take a break to enjoy some quiet time, network with other teachers, or grab some coffee and a snack. Your VIP Lounge awaits! 

RESERVED


Enjoy front row seating through the week and reserved table seating on Dance-Off Day. 

TENTATIVE

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Saturday July 8

TEAMJAM Welcome Event
Workshop, Scholarship Auditions
Teacher Sessions
Solos & Duo/Trios
Opening Number Rehearsal

Sunday July 9th

Workshop
Teacher Sessions, Parent Dance Class
Solos & Duo/Trios, Small Groups
Opening Number Rehearsal

Monday July 10th

Solos & Duo/Trios
Large & Super Groups
Opening Number Rehearsal

Tuesday July 11th

Solos & Duo/Trios
Large & Super Groups
Opening Number Rehearsal

Wednesday July 12th

DANCE-OFF DAY
Solo & Duo/Trio Championship
Scholarship Finals Improv Line
Production Showdown
Red Carpet Walk
Opening Number Performance
Little Bigwigs Exhibition Performance
Studio Accolades Ceremony
Mini/Jr Group Championship
Teen/Sr Group Championship

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