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Rules & Awards


Entry Fees can be accessed through verified studio accounts at

All fees are non-refundable. NO EXCEPTIONS.

VIP DANCE reserves the right to refuse any entry at any time for any reason.

Independent entries are not accepted. All competing dancers must be registered with a studio.


Nationals Qualification:

Any routine (solo through production) receiving a Gold medal standing or greater at any VIP DANCE Regional Competition qualifies to participate in the National Finals. Any routine that did not qualify at a regional event may qualify at the National Finals Preliminary Competition.

Studios unable to attend a regional event, may qualify for the National Finals by video submission. All videos must be submitted by May 1st. To enter by video, please contact our office at

Solo (1 dancer): 3 minutes

Duo/Trio (2-3 dancers): 3 minutes

Small Group (4-9 dancers): 3 minutes

Large Group (10-19 dancers): 4 minutes

Line (20 or more dancers): 6 minutes

Production (minimum of 15 dancers): 8 minutes


EXTENDED TIME Available for Solos & Duo/Trios: 2 additional minutes

EXTENDED TIME Available For Groups & Lines: 2 or 4 additional minutes

Option 1: Upload Music  *NEW Upload System in 2018!

Once the City Schedule is released, you may log in to your studio account at to upload your music. Scroll down to the Schedules & Results section and click Upload Music (only available AFTER schedule has been released because each music file needs to be linked to the proper entry number).

Through our new system.... you no longer need to label your music files before uploading! Just upload the music for each routine and our system will automatically attach the entry number and routine name to the file!

If you feel that you may have uploaded the incorrect version, you can simply delete the file and upload a different file. You will also be able to see the file name (of your music file) next to each routine to double check your uploads.

Deadline for music uplaods: 9am on the Wednesday before your event

If you miss the uplaod deadline, you are able to bring files to the event on a USB. Please see Option 2 below.

Accepted file types for upload: M4A, MP3


Option 2: Submit Music Files on USB at Event

If you are not able to upload your music to us prior to the competition, you may submit your music files on USB at registration. ALL USB FILES MUST BE LABELED AS FOLLOWS:

Label files with a THREE-DIGIT entry number (space), studio code (space), routine name, then file type.
Ex:   007 B Shake Your Groove Thing.m4a

Accepted file types: M4A, MP3


Option 3: Submit CDs

All music from your studio must be labeled and submitted to the Registration Table during check-in.

Backups are recommended. DO NOT turn backup music in to the music table in the lobby. Hold all backup music in the auditorium and bring to MC if called for. Accepted forms of backup music include iPods or compilation CDs.

Please submit your music on individual CDs:
a. Only one song is allowed on each CD.
b. Use a HIGH QUALITY CD BURNER to ensure that your CDs will be readable in any player. Refrain from piling multiple labels on top of on another on the CD to avoid skipping.

Not Accepted:

VIP Dance will not allow music to be submitted on an iPod. However, using the iPod as a backup for all of your music is a wonderful idea. If needed, we can plug your iPod into our system.

Compilation CD
VIP Dance will not accept a CD with more than one song on it unless it is used as a backup. It is a good idea to bring a compilation CD for backup music.

*We no longer have a "trick limit" in any category.
*Dancers are able to compete in multiple routines in the same dance division and category. However, those dancers should be prepared for quick costume changes.

Jazz - routine displaying Jazz technique with no more than 50% Hip-Hop or Street Dance moves.

Ballet - ballet or pointe routine.

Lyrical - routine combining the techniques of Jazz, Ballet, and Modern, utilizing the lyrics or mood of the song.

Contemporary – routine consisting of modern and ballet technique, reaching beyond standard jazz vocabulary.

Tap - routine displaying Tap technique and primarily tap work. No prerecorded tap sounds allowed on tape.

Musical Theatre - Broadway/Theater dance styles using songs from “Broadway” or movie musicals.

Hip-Hop  - routine containing street dance moves performed to popular music.

Open  - routine consisting of any dance style or combination of styles.

Acro Dance - routine consisting primarily or acro or gymnastics.

Pom & Cheer  - routine consisting of cheerleading or dance team technique.

Ages are determined as of January 1st in the year of the competition. Add all ages of participating dancers, and then divide by the total number of dancers. Drop all decimal points. Our online system will calculate this for you once all birthdays are recorded for each dancer.

If any of the dancers in a routine change from Regionals to Nationals, you must recalculate the average age of that routine for Nationals.

​Any dancer or routine may "compete up" an age division. However, this must be consistent across all routines. For example, if a soloist is 12 but competes her solos as 13, that dancer must be added in to all duo/trios or groups as age 13. In addition, any duo/trio or group that "competes up" must do so for all duo/trios and/or groups with 50% or more of the same dancers. Age divisions will not be changed to "compete up" after the schedule has been posted. This must be done at the time of registration.

Mini : 9 & under

Junior : 10 - 12

Teen : 13 - 15

Senior : 16 - 24

Adult : 25 & over, not eligible for high point and cash awards.

Professional : A professional is considered as any dance teacher or professional dancer over the age of 20 who makes at least 50% of their total income from teaching dance, choreographing, or dancing professionally. Any routine including at least one "professional" performer must be entered in the Professional Category. Routines competing in the Professional Category will be scored and critiqued, but are not eligible for high point and cash awards.


  • Beginner Level Choreography
  • 2 or Less Hours per Week
  • Little to No Competition Experience
  • Dancers entered into the studio roster as Off-Broadway level are allowed up to 5 routines per individual dancer.
  • Eligible for High Score Awards in each Category / Age Group in This Level
  • Eligible for Special Awards including Judges Choice, Costume, Choreography, Entertainment, and Dance Division
  • Not Eligible for Cash Awards
  • Not Eligible for Dance-Off at Nationals

(Intermediate Competitive)

  • Intermediate Level Choreography
  • 3-5 Hours per Week
  • Limited Competition Experience
  • Dancers entered into the studio roster as Broadway level are allowed up to 10 routines per individual dancer.
  • Eligible for High Score Awards in each Category / Age Group in This Level
  • Eligible for Special Awards including Judges Choice, Costume, Choreography, Entertainment, and Dance Division
  • Eligible for Gift Certificates at Nationals
  • Eligible for Broadway Level Dance-Off at Nationals

(Advanced Competitive)

  • Advanced Level Choreography
  • 6 or More Hours per Week
  • Experienced Competitor
  • No Limit on # of Routines
  • Eligible for High Score Awards in each Category / Age Group in This Level
  • Eligible for Special Awards including Judges Choice, Costume, Choreography, Entertainment, and Dance Division
  • Eligible for Cash Awards
  • Eligible for Regional Idol Soloist
  • Eligible for Online Winners Video Gallery
  • Eligible for Hollywood Level Dance-Off at Nationals

Our competitive level program is designed to give dancers an opportunity to compete against dancers at their own level. It will build confidence and self-esteem in the recreational and intermediate level dancers while still allowing the advanced dancers to battle it out for our elite awards!

All entries in each level will be adjudicated by the same scoring system and judging criteria. Critiques will be geared toward the appropriate level.


- Teachers should level each dancer based on the competitive level guidelines listed below in addition to the routine limit restrictions. Each dancer will be assigned a competitive level in the dancer list in your online registration account. The computer will then determine the appropriate level for each routine as it is submitted through the system. The levels of each dancers will be "averaged" out creating a competitive level for that group routine.

- Soloists, when competing more than one solo, must compete all solos in the same level.

- Only Hollywood Level soloists are eligible for our Idol Solo awards.

- Off-Broadway Level dancers are limited to entering a total of 5 routines into the event.... this limit applies to the individual dancer, not the number of Off-Broadway routines the studio may enter as a whole.

- Broadway Level dancers are limited to entering a total of 10 routines into the event... this limit applies to the individual dancer, not the number of Broadway routines the studio may enter as a whole.

- Any group routine with 50% or more advanced level dancers must compete in the Hollywood Level. The online registration system will calculate this for you. Any group with 50% or more intermediate level dancers will be placed in the Broadway Level, but teachers may elect to have this routine compete at the advance level if deemed necessary.

- Level changes are not allowed once an event has begun. In an unavoidable situation, leveling up may be acceptable when advanced level dancers are incorrectly placed in a lower level. However, leveling down is not an option.

- Dancers meeting the requirements of the Off-Broadway Level (recreational) or Broadway Level (intermediate) are not required to compete in the respective levels. Dancers are allowed to "move up" and compete at a higher level if you so choose.


*VIP DANCE reserves the right to move any routine WITHOUT NOTICE to the level deemed appropriate by the VIP DANCE staff and judges.


General props are permitted in any category.

Fire, water, powder, and similar substances are not permitted. Please contact our office prior to the event with any questions regarding the allowance of a particular item or substance.

Helium balloons are not permitted.

All props must be Marley safe. Any damage to the Marley flooring will be billed to the responsible studio.

Props are not to exceed 10 feet in height.

Scoring is based on technique (35%), performance (35%), choreography (20%), and overall appearance (10%). All entries in all levels (Recreational, Intermediate, & Advanced) will be adjudicated by the same scoring system and judging criteria with critiques geared toward the appropriate level.

Platinum 285 - 300
High Gold 270 - 284
Gold 255 - 269

VIP DANCE® focuses on every dancer during each exciting “Red Carpet Awards Ceremony.” Our unique awards, our exciting and dramatic custom awards music, and of course, our red carpet ensures fun for all. Remember... VIP Dance was the FIRST competition to roll out the red carpet for award ceremonies and provide each dancer with an all-access pass and lanyard. These are now becoming industry standards. We are flattered... and will continue to come up with ideas that will certainly be repeated by others in the future. But no one does it quite like us. After all, this is VIP!

Each routine receives an award for adjudicated placement and is eligible for High Score and Special Awards. Performers are awarded beautiful medal pins and a “VIP All Access Pass” for each dancer to add to her VIP Lanyard. VIP LIST plaque boards are awarded to our special award winners, our high score winners, and our Broadway and Hollywood VIP List Top 10!


The top ten scoring group routines of the entire event in the Hollywood Level make up the Hollywood VIP LIST Top 10. Videos of the Hollywood VIP LIST Top 10 will be featured in our online Winners Video Gallery in each city results page. The top scoring group routines in the entire event in the Broadway Level make up the Broadway VIP LIST Top 10.

Best Studio
At each regional event, Best Broadway Studio and Best Hollywood Studio will be awarded to the studios with the five highest scoring group routines in the corresponding level. Each studio receiving this award will be entered into a live drawing on May 31st where 3 studios will be drawn to win new team jackets from Crewtique, the Team Apparel Boutique by Move Society®!

At each regional event, judges award select Hollywood Level Soloists in each age division as Regional Solo Idol winners. Those dancers are given an invitation to participate in our Opening Number Production at one of the National Finals and receive the exclusive "IDOL Access Pass" to add to their lanyards. Soloists are selected by our judges for being a standout soloist with tons of potential and star quality.


Special Awards
Special awards presented include Costume Awards, Choreography Awards, Entertainment Awards, Dance Division Performance Awards, and Judges Choice Awards. Every routine is eligible for any of these special awards.


High Score & Cash Awards
High Score Awards are presented in each category for all levels. (For example: Hollywood Level Mini Small Group)

Soloists, when competing two or more solos, may only place once in the high score rankings. The judges break all ties for High Score.

When a minimum of five entries per age division in each category compete, Cash Awards or Gift Certificates will be awarded to the Hollywood High Score winners in the amounts shown below. Cash awards are presented to eligible studios when there are 185 or more entries at an event. Cash awards and Gift Certificates are mailed/emailed, respectively, to winning studios in the week following the event.

Solo: $100 (to Hollwood Level Minis, Juniors, Teens, and Seniors)
Duo/Trio: $100 (to Hollwood Level Minis, Juniors, Teens, and Seniors)
Small Group: $150 (to Hollwood Level Minis, Juniors, Teens, and Seniors)
Large Group: $200 (to Hollwood Level Minis, Juniors, Teens, and Seniors)
Line: $250 (to Hollwood Level Minis, Juniors, Teens, and Seniors)
Production: $250 (to Hollwood Level Minis, Juniors, Teens, and Seniors)


Photos are displayed on our photo boards in the lobby.

To Enter:
Studio directors may pre-register photogenic entrants through their online studio registration accounts OR parents and/or teachers may register photos at the event, cash or credit accepted. All photos of registered participants are to be submitted to the VIP Table in the lobby by the following deadlines:

Juniors (12 & Under) - register & submit photos by 12PM on Saturday
Seniors (13 & Over) - register & submit photos by 12PM on Sunday
*If it is a one-day event... all photos must be submitted by 12PM with awards presented at segment 2.

Submit a 5x7 or 8x10 Black & White or Color photo, Head Shots Preferred
Include Name, Age, & Studio on Back of Photo

Juniors (12 & Under) - Award segment 2 on Saturday
Seniors (13 & Over) - Award segment 2 on Sunday
(unless a 1 day event)

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