How do I register?

You can register online. Online Registration is the best way to secure your registration in the event we are filling up. Establish a studio account and register today. If you have any problems, give us a call at 1-866-692-5678!

Can I register when I get there?

Yes, however cities are known to sell-out! We highly suggest that you call the NYCDA office prior to the event to see if we are sold out. Dancers who register on-site will be charged the non-discounted rate.

Do I have to register with a studio? What if I want to come on my own?

Dancers do not have to attend with a studio. Dancers may register as an Independent Entry. Independents are not eligible to compete in competition. Independents are allowed to participate in the scholarship audition, but not for Outstanding Dancer Awards.

How can I pay?

At NYCDA, we accept Master Card, Visa, Discover, or certified checks. Sorry, we do not take American Express. We also only accept bank or money orders in US funds. No international or Canadian checks will be accepted.

Can I come for one-day?

Yes. We offer one-day workshop registrations. We recommend that dancers come to Saturday and Teachers come to Sunday. One-day workshop attendees, however, are not eligible to compete or audition for scholarship.

If I attend more than one city do I get a discount?

Yes! If you attend more than one Regional Workshop during our season, October-May, you will receive a 25% Workshop Tuition discount on your 2nd City and a 50% Workshop Tuition discount on each additional city thereafter. This discount does not apply to competition fees.

Can a city sell out?

Yes. Space is limited, so we may sell out! Be sure to get your registration in early in order to guarantee your registration!


When will I know which NYCDA Faculty members will be teaching at my city?

Within 7-10 days prior to the weekend we will post the weekend schedule with the Faculty Schedule online. Note: changes do occur last minute so check back for faculty changes!

When can I check-in?

In most cities, we have a pre-registration on Friday evening. Saturday morning registration begins at 7:30AM in most cities. Check your city-specific workshop schedule for exact times. Note that unless registering as in independent, the Studio Owner, Teacher or Studio Coordinator will pick up registration packets for the entire studio. Individual dancers will not be able to pick-up their bracelets alone.

What time do classes usually start?

Classes typically start on Saturday at 8:00 AM. We start EVERY weekend with a Welcome Rally for EVERYONE in the Main Ballroom at 7:45 AM! So everyone should report to the Main Ballroom on Saturday morning. From there, everyone will head to their respective ballroom

Does each Age Division have their own ballroom?

Minis, Juniors and Teachers have their own ballrooms. Teens and Seniors sometimes take class together in the Main ballroom. But in MOST cities, Teens will have their own ballroom!

If I’m chosen as a Studio Showcase Dancer, what do I have to do?

Showcase Dancers do not have to learn anything new – but will have the opportunity to perform combinations that they have learned throughout the weekend.

The NYCDA Faculty will often request the Studio Showcase Dancers to take the dance floor and demonstrate the choreography - as a special group that includes dancers from all attending studios.

Can I be a Studio Showcase Dancer?

In order for a Studio to choose Showcase Dancers, the studio must have a registered Teacher. Showcase Dancers are chosen by the studio. Use your own criteria – perfect attendance? Maybe let your dancers vote? Studios can pick up to 4 Showcase Dancers, but only 1 from each age division.

Do I have to audition for scholarship?

No, but we highly recommend taking advantage of this opportunity! All dancers within the age division are eligible to audition for scholarship.

Can parents watch classes?

Parents must purchase an Observer Pass in order to watch class. Observer passes are available for purchase as a two-day pass. Observer passes allow access to all ballrooms. Observers will not, however, be allowed to observe any audition classes. Observer passes can sell-out due to attendance and space limitations so we suggest that you pre-register!

Is there any way I can observe for FREE?

Yes! Volunteer as a Parent Door Monitor and you will be given a free observer pass for the entire weekend. Parent Door Monitors check for dancer bracelets and observer passes as dancers and parents enter the ballroom. You will be seated inside the ballroom of your choice and are assigned to one day of the convention. Your studio coordinator will receive a sign-up sheet in their NYCDA confirmation packet if you’d like to volunteer!


Do we need tickets to the competition?

No! Admission to the competition is free of charge to friends and family of the dancers competing. We hope everyone comes to support these dancers!!

How should I bring my competition music?

Competition music should be uploaded in advance to the registration admin system. Each file should be labeled with Title of Entry, Studio Code Letter, and Entry Number. Please come to the competition with a back up USB of all music files.

Can a Teacher compete in a competition dance?

No, a registered Teacher is NOT eligible to compete in competition.

How many dances can I bring?

Each city has its own entry limits- see the individual convention city page for city-specific details.

Can I videotape or take pictures during the competition?

Videotaping and flash photography are strictly prohibited during the competition. If you’d like to receive a video or professional photos of your number check out our friends at Evolve Photo Video!

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