Competition Guidelines 

 Entry Limits 

  • Entries for the National Finals must have qualified at either a NYCDA Regional Competition or the Preliminary Qualifying Competition. 
  • Overall number of entries will be limited to the time available. Entries will accepted on a first come, first serve basis.
  • A deduction of 10 points will be made for entries that do not comply with set time limitations.
  • All fees are due with entry forms - received by May 4, 2018. Entry fees are non-refundable.  
  • If paying by check, make all checks payable to: NYC DANCE ALLIANCE. No Canadian or International checks will be accepted - US bank money orders only. 

*NYCDA Regional Critics' Choice Award & Studio Stand Out Award Winners winners receive FREE Competition entry fees for that entry at the 2018 National Season Finale! Studio must note/request free entry fees when registering. 


Preliminary Qualifying Competition

  • Studios should keep June 28 -June 29, 2018 open for possible Preliminary Competition.
  • Schools will have the opportunity to qualify 15 numbers for the NYCDA National Competition Finals. Preliminary entries may include 6 solos and 6 duo/trios. All Regional Competition Guidelines apply. 
  • Soloists do not need to be entered in a Preliminary Group, Line, or Production number. Soloists must have a registered teacher for the workshop. No individual dancer may compete more than 2 solos in the Preliminary Competition.
  • All Platinum, High Gold, Gold, High Silver, and Silver winners in the Preliminary Competition qualify to compete in the NYCDA National Finals Competition.
  • All Preliminary entries must submit double entry fees: Preliminary fees AND National Finals Fees. Preliminary entries that do not qualify for National Finals will receive fee reimbursements. All fee must be received by May 4, 2018. 
  • The overall number of entries for the Preliminary Qualifying Competition will be limited to the time available. Entries will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Entry forms must be clearly marked "Preliminary Competition".
  • Entry fees for the Preliminary Qualifying Competition must be submitted on a separate check from the National Finals fees.
  • All Regional Competition Guidelines and Regional Competition Entry fees apply to Preliminary Entries. 

Music Requirements

  • Competition Music can be uploaded PRIOR to Nationals! Additional Information will be sent in confirmation packets. 
  • Additionally, you may provide your competition music on USB at Registration. Please have a backup available for each entry. 
  • Each Audio Track must be labeled in the following format: 3 Digit Entry # - Title of Entry - Studio Code Letter.  
  • Music Files should be in a Mac compatible format such as .mp3, .wav, etc. 
  • It is recommended that all music be recorded in a non-dolby format with audio recorded on both left and right channels.
  • Studios shall be responsible for maintaining proper licenses for any and all music used in any performance by participants of the Studio.
  • Any financial penalties related to the violation of any copyright laws will be passed on to the studio. 

Age Appropriate

NYCDA prides itself in maintaining a professional, classy, and family environment.  Our 'age appropriate' criteria will continue to appear on every score sheet - under Costuming, Music Choice, and Choreography. Necessary deductions will be taken. Disqualification may result, at the discretion of the judges.


Video and Photography

  • Video taping and flash photography are STRICTLY PROHIBITED during the entire event. (Disqualification may result.)
  • Professional quality photos and videos of the competition will be available for purchase on-site. 
  • Registered Teachers with ID Lanyards will be permitted to tape the last 15 minutes of Workshop Classes only.
  • All dancers authorize the use of their image in photos and videos for NYCDA publicity and advertisement purposes.


  • Admission to all regular competitions is free. Tickets must be purchased for the Junior Gala and for the Closing Night Gala.
  • Audience will be allowed to enter and exit between numbers only.  Doors will be closed during performances.
  • Teachers of competition dancers will be given reserved seating. However, absolutely no visual coaching is allowed.
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