Rules & Regulations

Dance Categories

  • NEW RULES Pre-Competitive - The Pre-Competitive division is for dancer who dance 6 OR LESS hours a week this includes all rehearsal for additional choreography etc. Separate overalls will be awarded for this division. This applies to all members of a Solo, duet/trio or group. **New** a dancer dancing in the Pre-Competitive division may dance in the competitive division. So a pre -competitive dancer may choose to dance in a competitive group, duet/trio, but would still be considered Pre - competitive for their solo etc., as long as they only dance 6 hours but a competitive dancer is NOT eligible to dance in the Pre-Competitive division. Any competitive dancer dancing in the Pre-Competitive divisions may result in disqualification to the routine. The maximum average age is 20 years old any age older will be placed in the Adult or Professional Category.
  • NEW High School Dance team - this category applies to High school dance teams, we have added solo/duet/trios to this division in addition to groups.
  • Pro/Teacher – Dancers over the age of 21 will be placed in this category or the Adult category as well All Dancers graduated from High School who receives financial gain or compensation for classroom services of any type such as assisting, choreographing, or instructing must compete in this category. Only teachers who are still active on a competitive dance team within their studio are entitled to dance in a regular category up to the age of 21. Dancers in this category are not eligible for overall awards.
  • Novice entries - This division is for a contestant who has never competed before in a solo, duet/trio, if they have competed in a duet/trio but never a Solo you may enter a solo as Novice. A novice group or line must be a minimum of 75% novice.  The maximum age for Novice is 12 years. Novice entries are not eligible for overalls. Separate Novice overalls will be awarded.d
  • Acro trick rules please read as your dancers will be penalized!!
  • **NEW** Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet, Character Ballet, Contemporary/Modern, ONE acrobatic trick allowed. cartwheels, Illusions, front and back rolls, shoulder rolls are allowed, as well as partner lifts that may end up with partner's feet over their heads! If a routine containing more than one tricks a one mark deduction per judge will be taken off.. If you have more than one trick in the following categories they must be moved to Open.
  • Open* - Routines to contain any combination of dance, which do not fit into any of our other categories. A maximum of 6 Acro tricks allowed. E.g. a gymnastic line of 3 tricks is considered 3 of your tricks for that routine. If you have more than 6 Tricks you must move these routines to Acro.
  • Tap - Routines should contain tap technique, no pre-recorded tap sounds should be in music. ONE acrobatics allowed. Illusions, front and back rolls are allowed, as well as partner lifts that may end up with partner's feet over their heads!
  • Jazz - Routines should contain jazz technique. ONE acrobatics allowed. Cartwheels, Illusions, front and back rolls are allowed, as well as partner lifts that may end up with partner's feet over their heads!
  • Lyrical Jazz - Routine must tell the story of the music while demonstrating emotion, balance, extension, control and technique. ONE acrobatics allowed. Cartwheels, Illusions, front and back rolls are allowed, as well as partner lifts that may end up with partner's feet over their heads!
  • Hip Hop (street style dance) - Routines choreographed to contemporary music, using dance styles like, hip hop, funk, free-style or music video type dances.
  • Character Ballet - Performance must portray a recognizable character throughout and include classical steps and movements. ONE acrobatic allowed.
  • Ballet - Routines should contain ballet technique while incorporating classical movements. ONE acrobatics allowed.
  • *New* Contemporary/Modern - Routines that are interpretive using contemporary style dance, modern dance technique and movement with no limitation, while incorporating balance, control and extensions. ONE acrobatic allowed.
  • Open* - Routines to contain any combination of dance, which do not fit into any of our other categories. A maximum of 6 Acro tricks allowed. E.g. a gymnastic line of 3 tricks is considered 3 of your tricks for that routine.
  • Musical Theatre/stage - A routine portraying a character throughout. Lip Synching is permitted. Any forms of dance are permitted.
  • Song and Dance - Routines must consist primarily of vocals and dance.
  • Vocal - Routines must consist primarily of vocals.
  • Acro - A routine using controlled moves such as walkovers, handstands, limbers etc. the routine must contain dance steps and choreography.
  • Production - A routine containing 12+ dancers incorporating any style of dance with a theme or story which is portrayed throughout the entire dance.
  • Acrobatics are defined as any 360 degree rotation when the performers feet are above their head. Illusions, front and back rolls are allowed, as well as partner lifts that may end up with partner's feet over their heads!


Entry Types

  • Solo's, duets/trio (2-3)
  • Small groups (4 -9)
  • Large groups (10 -16)
  • Extended lines (17+)
  • Productions (12+) with a minimum of 4min. & a max. Of 12 min.

Age Divisions

  • 5 & under 6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16, ,17,18 + . Age entered as of Dec. 31st When calculating age groups, add all ages, divide by the number of performers and drop the decimal point.


Time Limits/Delays

  • Solos, Duets/Trios 3 min. max.
  • Groups.3 min. max.
  • Extended lines 4 min. max.
  • Productions.4 - 12 minute max.
  • Adult Groups 3 min. max. Includes entrance and exits...
  • These time limits include entrance and exits. A penalty of 1 mark will be deducted from each judge for the following: routines exceeding times limits, and ** teachers putting routines on hold, please be sure to check the schedule thoroughly as program is sent out 3-4 weeks prior to competition date, conflicts with costumes etc. must be changed ahead. Few exceptions will apply!!

Adjudicated Scoring Systems

  • Silver - 76-79.99
  • High Silver - 80 - 84.99
  • Gold - 85 - 86.99
  • High Gold - 87 - 89.99
  • Emerald - 90 - 92.99
  • Diamond - 93 and over
  • Audio USB for all routines!
  • ** We do not have Video Judge**


Overall Awards

  • 1st, 2nd & 3rd place will be awarded in Mini, Junior, Intermediate & Senior age divisions.
  • **Please note that Acro and Musical Theatre/Song & Dance have separate Overalls
  • Highest Overall Solo's (by age) If less than 3 entered in any one age group we reserve the right to combine an age category.
  • Highest Overall Duet/Trio - Mini, Junior, Intermediate, Senior
  • Highest Overall Small Group - Mini, Junior, Intermediate, Senior
  • Highest Overall Large Group - Mini, Junior, Intermediate, Senior
  • Highest Overall Extended Lines - Mini Junior, Intermediate, Senior
  • Highest Overall Novice Solo/Duet/Trio - 7 & under, 8 -10 Years, 11 – 12 year (when possible)
  • Highest Overall Novice Group/Extended Line - 7 & under, 8 -10 Years, 11 – 12 year (when possible)
  • Most potential Novice Dancer in each age division
  • Highest Mark of the Competition Novice
  • Highest Overall Pre-Competitive - Solo/Duet/Trio - Mini (8 and under), Junior (9 - 11), Intermediate (12 - 14), Senior (15 and over)
  • Highest Overall Pre-Competitive - Group/Extended Line Mini (8 and under), Junior (9 - 11), Intermediate (12 - 14), Senior (15 and over)
  • Most potential Novice Dancer in each age division
  • Highest Mark of the Competition Pre-Competitive
  • Highest overall Production, with a minimum of 2 or more productions
  • Highest Mark of the Competition Solo/Duet/Trio
  • Highest Mark of the Competition Group/Extended Line/Production
  • Adjudicator's Choice Awards
  • Most potential Dancer (Mini, Junior, Intermediate & Senior)
  • Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Costume award, Most entertaining


General Rules & Regulations

  • Payment in full must be received with your entries by a Studio cheque.
  • Every competition will have a limited number of entries accepted on a first come basis.
  • There is no limit of entries any one studio may enter, but dancers may not compete against themselves in any age division or category in the same dance form (e.g. If a performer has 2 jazz solo's they may perform one routine in the next age group up). Only groups you may be in the same category but not more then 50% can be the same dancers.
  • In order to qualify for overall awards a minimum of 5 group numbers must be entered by a studio with the exception of our Pre-Competitive Division you must enter a minimum of 3 group numbers in order to qualify for Overalls. If a dancers does not dance in their scheduled category when there are other competitors and dances at a later time they will not be entitled to qualify for overalls awards however a dancer may dance ahead of schedule and their mark will be held until the category has danced. If they choose to dance after the category has already danced they will dance for a mark only and will not qualify for overalls!
  • Bedazzled Dance Champions reserves the right to add or subtract days or move a competition due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • All award money is awarded to the studio Director!
  • A contestant making a second attempt to a routine may be adjudicated and will be marked but will not place in the category or qualify for overall awards, except in the Novice division.
  • Only teachers can be back stage, in the wings or in the music area during the competition, all others will be asked to leave.
  • Prohibited - Video taping and photography of any kind this is for the safety of all dancers, our events are a non ticketed open door show which means anyone can come and watch, therefore this is the reason that we DO NOT allow any photography or video taping of any sort, do to the safety of all dancers. Also Prohibited are live animals and any routines that contain fire pyrotechnic devices, swords and knives, failure to comply with this policy could result in disqualification!
  • NEW - absolutely NO baby powder, gels, paint, dirt etc. to be used during a routine
  • Bedazzled Dance Champions reserves the right to cancel any competition if enough entries are not received to run the competition.
  • By entering the competition, Parents, instructors, Directors, and contestants give their permission to Bedazzled dance champions to use their pictures and performance in advertisement (e.g. Brochures, programs, on our Website, etc.)
  • Bedazzled Dance Champions reserves the right to refuse individual or studio entries at their discretion, in which fees will be refunded. Refunds will not be made for any other reasons except for injuries (with a doctor's note) in which a credit will be given to use at our Finals or a future Bedazzled Dance Champions Regional.
  • No smoking or eating in the competition area.