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Regional Dance Competitions

Opportunities for Studios of All Sizes and Levels!

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Looking for a fun, affordable, professional, and organized dance competition near you?

Turn It Up Dance Challenge hosts Regional Dance Competitions that studio directors, dancers, and their families rave about. Turn It Up Dance Challenge is more than just a weekend of dancing and competing. Our team of crew members and judges work hard to guarantee everyone who attends Turn It Up Dance Challenge has a truly memorable, educational, and positive experience.

Why Attend Turn It Up Dance Challenge?

  • FREE photos and videos -no media fee
  • We offer 4 Levels of competition
  • Nominations to Hollywood’s Industry Dance Awards
  • Platinum members of the Association of Dance Competitions and Conventions
  • The best customer service with crew members who care
  • Competitions are not during school hours
  • Entry cutoffs to avoid late Sunday nights
  • DISCOUNTS are available for both NEW and RETURNING studios

Are There TIU Dance Competitions Near Me?

This year Turn It Up Dance Challenge will be holding events in: North Carolina, Georgia, Missouri, Michigan, New York, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Florida, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Tennessee, Rhode Island, Virginia, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Arkansas, and Ohio. New locations are added every year. Let us know where you want to see a Turn It Up Dance Challenge regional competition!

What Other Events Does TIU Offer?

Dance Battle Winners at TIU Nationals

If you had a great time at one of our regional competitions, you'll LOVE our National events! Join us for a week of unforgettable fun every Summer. Take convention classes, meet new friends, “turn it up” at our infamous National’s party, and, of course, compete! Enjoy activities including the National Dance Team, National’s parties, and the much-anticipated Dance Battle!

2021 National Dance Competitions will be held at these locations:
Foxwoods Resort, CT
Ocean City, MD

Dance students at a convention

Join us during the months of October-December for our very popular and affordable one day Turn It Up Dance conventions! A full day of learning from the best in the industry. Take classes in various styles such as jazz, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, tap, and Broadway! Learn cutting-edge choreography, win National Dance Team Invitations and Scholarship Dollars. At a Turn It Up convention you’ll meet and connect with many well-known and up-and-coming professionals in the dance industry. Conventions are currently offered in: Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. 

2021 Dance Competition Dates

19febAll Day21Orlando, FL

26febAll Day28Virtual Competition - FEB

05marAll Day07Lancaster, PA 1

05marAll Day07Wilbraham, MA (previously Sturbridge, MA) **CALL

12marAll Day14Westbrook, ME **CALL

12marAll Day14Foxwoods Resort, CT **CALL

19marAll Day21Sevierville, TN **CALL

19marAll Day21Bellingham, MA 1 **CALL

19marAll Day21Atlanta, GA **CALL

26marAll Day28Clayton, NJ (King of Prussia) **CALL

26marAll Day28Virtual Competition - MAR

26marAll Day28Minneapolis, MN **CALL

26marAll Day28Providence, RI (previously Woonsocket, RI) **CALL

09apr(apr 9)12:00 am11(apr 11)11:59 pmPortland, ME

09aprAll Day11Freehold, NJ **CALL

09aprAll Day11Lowell, MA 2**CALL

16aprAll Day18Des Moines, IA

16aprAll Day18Chicago, IL **CALL

16aprAll Day18Tampa, FL **CALL

23aprAll Day25Rochester, NH (previously Derry, NH 1)

23aprAll Day25Lancaster, PA 2 **CALL

30aprAll Day02mayArlington, VA (previously Woodbridge, VA) **CALL

30aprAll Day02mayLong Island, NY **CALL

30aprAll Day02mayPittsburgh, PA **CALL

30aprAll Day02mayVirtual Competition - APR

07mayAll Day09Kansas City, KS **CALL

07mayAll Day09Worcester, MA **CALL

07mayAll Day09Albany, NY **CALL

14mayAll Day16Providence, RI 2 (Bellingham, MA 2) **CALL

14mayAll Day16Robbinsville, NJ (Previously Paramus, NJ) **CALL

14mayAll Day16Derry, NH 2 **CALL

21mayAll Day23Fort Mill, SC (previously Greensboro, NC)

21mayAll Day23Virtual Competition - MAY

21mayAll Day23Dayton, OH

21mayAll Day23Freehold, NJ 2 (Previously Toms River, NJ) **CALL

04junAll Day06Bridgeport, CT (previously East Haven, CT)

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(Frequently Asked Questions)

Select your competition city on our Tour Dates page and the address of the venue will be listed.

Approximately 10 days before your competition, your studio director will receive a final email including the performance schedule.
Souvenir programs with performance schedules will also be available for purchase at the competition.

Yes! All competitions are open to the public.

No. For the safety of the dancers, there is absolutely no videotaping or photography allowed at the competition.

We do have a professional photographer and videographer at all of our events, and photographs and DVD’s will be available for purchase during and after the competition.

You can also visit our event results page and many of our social media sites for photos and videos.

No, we do not accept independent entries for the competition. You must be with a studio to compete at Turn It Up. We do however accept independent registration for our conventions.

Ages will be recorded as of January 1st which is the start of the season. Age categories for all entries will be determined by taking the average age of all participants in that entry dropping the decimal point.

  • Tiny 5 years & under
  • Mini 6-8 years
  • Junior 9-11 years
  • Teen 12-14 years
  • Senior Teen 15-18 years
  • Adult 19-30 years
  • Adult+ 30+ years

No, both competitions and conventions are optional. We do not require studios to attend both. Conventions are held in the fall from October to December and Competitions are held in the spring from February - July. 

We do not have a limit as to how many solos a particular dancer can compete, however, soloists may only place once in the top 10 in their perspective age category.

Yes, in all ballroom settings, we build our own stage that is lined with Marley Flooring. Stage dimensions and wing space vary per location.

Studio directors, please call 617-283-8811 or email for our competition fees.

Please ask your studio director to find out when he or she wants you to arrive at the competition. Because we tend to run early, we ask that all dancers be ready to dance at least 1 hour prior to their scheduled time.

Anyone in the audience hoping to watch a particular dancer should be there one hour ahead of time as well.

Dancers need to check in with our backstage director at least 5 routines prior to their scheduled routine.

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