2019-2020 Regional Competition Guidelines & Fees

Discount Rate Full Rate- after deadline Time Limit




3 min max


$75.00 per dancer

$85.00 per dancer

3 min max


(4-9) dancers

$55.00 per dancer

$60.00 per dancer

3 min max


(10-15) dancers

$55.00 per dancer

$60.00 per dancer

3 min max

Extended Line

(16-24) dancers

$55.00 per dancer

$60.00 per dancer

4 min max

Small Production

(12-24) dancers

$55.00 per dancer

$60.00 per dancer

5 min max

Large Production

(16+) dancers

$55.00 per dancer

$60.00 per dancer

6 min max

Extended Sm Prod

(12-24) dancers

$60.00 per dancer

$65.00 per dancer

6 min max

Extended Lg Prod

(16+) dancers

$65.00 per dancer

$70.00 per dancer

8 min max

  • Each dance studio may apply their own additional fees, when necessary.
  • NEW! Add extended time to any entry (excludes solos) for $5 per dancer, per minute, up to 3 additional minutes.
  • All fees are due with entry forms or at time of online registration. Entries will be accepted after the registration deadline when available- cities do sell out! See specific city page for details. No entry fees are refundable.
  • Competition fees may be paid by credit card or studio business check in advance, only. No Canadian/International checks accepted - bank money orders in US funds only. Make all checks payable to: NYC DANCE ALLIANCE

Age Divisions











  • Competing dancers must be at least 7 years of age and registered for the full workshop in the convention city they are competing in. (Ready, Set, Dance! dancers may compete as long as the average age of the entry remains 7+).
  • To reach the average age of an entry, add all the ages together and divide by the number of dancers in the entry. After averaging age, DROP THE DECIMAL to come up with the competition age for the entry. For example: An entry who's average age is 10.7 will compete as age 10. Names, ages and birthdates of all dancers must be provided when registering. All competing dancers must be prepared to present proof of age should a question arise.
  • All ages are as of January 1, 2020 for the entire 2019-2020 season, including Nationals.
  • The average age of each entry may not drop more than one age division below the age of the oldest dancer in the entry, regardless of the actual average age. Example: If an entry contains dancers ranging in age from 9-18, the entry may not compete younger than 13-15 (one division younger than the oldest dancer-18).

Performance Divisions

JAZZ consists of primarily jazz technique, utilizing uptempo music.
BALLET consists of ballet or pointe technique. Must include classical steps and movements.
TAP consists of tap technique. Tap shoes only.
LYRICAL consists of jazz and ballet technique - emphasizing strength, control, and interpretation.
MUSICAL THEATRE consists of Broadway/theatre dance styles.
CONTEMPORARY consists of modern and ballet technique, reaching beyond the standard jazz vocabulary.
HIP-HOP consists of street, funk, MTV video style jazz technique.
SPECIALTY consists of ethnic, acro/gymnastics, novelty, etc.
OPEN consists of all other categories.

Judges reserve the right to change the competing dancers category if the number has been entered improperly.

Entry Limits

  • Competition entry limits are specific to each convention city. Check city page for most updated entry limit information. Additional entries may be accepted if time permits- NYCDA will notify all registered studios re: additional entries after the registration deadline has passed.
  • Solos and duo/trios must always be available for Friday competition if needed. In some cities, NYCDA may need to include group competition on Friday in order to accommodate all entries, and will notify registered studios at least 2 weeks prior. There will not be group competition scheduled before 3:00 pm on Fridays.
  • Regional Competitions are limited to time available in each city. Entries accepted on a first come, first served basis. Registration by deadline does not guarantee acceptance of entries.
  • Studios can participate in more than one NYCDA Regional Competition. However, if an entry wins a gold, high gold or platinum NYCDA award in a regional, that entry cannot compete in another NYCDA regional the same season.
  • 10 points will be deducted from entries that do not comply with time limitations. Limitations will be strictly enforced.
  • Entries may be entered for "critique only" on a NON-COMPETITIVE basis. NYCDA office should be notified at time of registration.

Competition Regulations

  • NEW All competing dancers must be registered for both workshop/competition under their studio. Teacher workshop registration is not required to compete- but written permission from the studio must be provided for dancers to compete without a registered teacher. Independent Entries are not accepted for the competition.
  • Competing dancers may enter as many categories as desired, as long as they never compete against themselves. At least 50% of the dancers in each entry must be different to be considered different dance in the same age, performance, and competition division.
  • NEW Dancers may not compete more than one solo per weekend.
  • Competing dancers may compete for one studio only.
  • Schools with multiple locations may compete as separate studios as long as there is no mixing of dancers from each location. No combining of dancers allowed for extra discounts.
  • Competing dancers may compete in more than one city. However, if an entry wins a gold, high gold or platinum NYCDA award in a regional, that entry cannot compete in another NYCDA regional.
  • 2019 National Critics’ Choice award winning entries may not compete again in 2019-2020.
  • All entries that have performed in either the 2019 National Junior Gala or 2019 National Closing Night Gala may not compete during the 2019-2020 Regional Season.
  • Professional dancers are welcome for the workshop but will not be permitted to compete if over age 18.
  • Registered Teachers may only compete in the Open (19+) age division.
  • SETS/PROPS: Studios are responsible for the transportation, storage, set up and removal of all sets and props. Check with each venue, as fees and restrictions may apply. The use of any ‘set piece’ will require the submission of a SETS & PROPS form. Contact the NYCDA office for details.
  • No dangerous props may be used during the competition (swords, fire, etc.). General props are allowed but must be taken on and off stage expeditiously. Any unnecessary delay will result in a point deduction. Have a clean-up crew ready for any “litter” left on stage.
  • Excessive scenery and special lighting may only be utilized with pre-approval from NYCDA.
  • Tap sounds on recordings of tap entries will result in 5 pt. deduction.
  • Entry numbers containing more than 2 gymnastic passes MUST be entered in the Specialty or Open categories. Otherwise, 5 points will be deducted and the entry will be moved to the appropriate category.
  • Competing dancers should be ready 30 minutes prior to their scheduled competition time. If the competition is running ahead of schedule, you will be expected to perform.
  • Competing dancers must perform in the scheduled sequence unless special permission is granted by the M.C. Intentional manipulation of performance schedule will result in disqualification.
  • All dancers and their teachers are expected to demonstrate good sportsmanship and general support of all participants.
  • Choreography/costumes that are not considered age appropriate by the judges will have 10 pts. deducted from the total score.
  • Any studio, dancer or parent that abuses the designated dressing area will be disqualified. All participants are responsible for cleaning their area and properly disposing of all garbage.
  • No NYCDA faculty will be permitted to judge their own choreography. Their score will be dropped and the entry will not be eligible for any High Score or Critics’ Choice Awards.
  • 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.

Music Requirements

  • Competition Music should be uploaded PRIOR to your Convention weekend! Upload instructions will be sent with confirmation emails and schedules.
  • Alternatively, you may provide your competition music on USB at Registration. Please have a backup available for each entry.
  • EACH Audio Track must be labled 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, .m4a, etc. .

Adjudication of Awards

  • All entries are adjudicated by four qualified judges. The lowest score is always dropped and the three remaining scores are tallied.
  • Platinum, High Gold, Gold, High Silver, Silver, and Bronze awards will be presented based on the following combined scores.
  • All entries awarded Platinum, High Gold, Gold, High Silver, and Silver qualify for the NYCDA 2020 National Season Finale!






















Competition Awards

Critics’ Choice Awards - Sponsored by Dance Magazine
High Score Soloist Awards - Sponsored by Body Wrappers

  • Adjudication Awards will be presented to all competing entries who meet the Platinum, High Gold, Gold, High Silver, Silver and Bronze criteria.
  • Special ‘Distinguished Achievement Awards’ (including ‘Backstage Good Sportsmanship’ and ‘Class Act’ Awards,both receiving $250 studio gift certificates) will be presented each weekend – at the discretion of the judges.
  • OUTSTANDING STUDIO AWARD! See additional entry information- this will be awarded in each city, if applicable.
  • Overall high scores in each age division (7-10), (11-12), (13-15), and (16-18) will receive a special award and a $250 gift certificate (excludes solos and duo/trios).
  • Overall high score soloists in the Mini, Junior, Teen, and Senior age divisions will receive a Regional Convention Scholarship and a special presentation from Body Wrappers. Each performer may only place one time in Overall High Score Soloists, recognizing the soloist, not the solo.
  • One Mini, Junior, Teen and Senior entry will be selected to receive the NYCDA Critics’ Choice Award. This entry must be a Group, Line or Production. Each age classification must each have 6 entries to warrant the awarding of the Critics’ Choice Award.
  • Each NYCDA Regional Critics’ Choice Award Winner will receive FREE competition entry fees for that number at the 2020 National Season Finale! plus a $250 studio gift certificate.
  • Award Donation: Rather than accept award plaques for your 2019-2020 NYCDA Competition Entries, NYCDA gives you the option to donate your award to charity- at $5 per award. We’ll pick three worthy causes – you decide which you’d like to support. Check this option when registering online. Of course, it’s great to keep your awards too! You have every right to be proud!

Video & Photography

  • ALL Video taping and photography are strictly prohibited during the Competition & Convention Finale. This includes the use of cell phones to take videos/photos and ALL still photography with our without flash. (Disqualification could result.)
  • Professional quality photos and videos of the competition will be available for purchase on-site and after the convention weekend from: evolvephotovideo.com
  • All dancers authorize the use of their image in photos and video for NYCDA publicity and advertisement purposes.


  • Admission to the competition is free.
  • Audience will be allowed to enter and exit between numbers only. Doors will be closed during performances.
  • Teachers of competing dancers will be given reserved seating. However, absolutely no visual coaching is allowed.