As of March 31, 2020, we have made the difficult decision to postpone all events scheduled BEFORE April 30, 2020. Events scheduled after April 30th are still scheduled as planned. 

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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!

This year's Nationals Locations:
Long Branch, NJ
Fox Woods 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. 

2020 Dance Competition Dates

14febAll Day16Greensboro, NC **CALL

14febAll Day16East Rutherford, NJ 1 **CALL

21febAll Day23Milford, MA

21febAll Day23Detroit, MI

28febAll Day01marLong Island, NY 1 **CALL

28febAll Day01marDes Moines, IA

28febAll Day01marBuffalo, NY

06marAll Day08Sturbridge, MA **CALL

06marAll Day08Minneapolis, MN

06marAll Day08Derry, NH 1 **CALL

13marAll Day15Woodbridge, VA **CALL

20marAll Day22Albany, NY **CALL

20marAll Day22Bellingham, MA 1 **CALL

20marAll Day22Orlando, FL **CALL

27marAll Day29Atlanta, GA **CALL

27marAll Day29Sparta, NJ **CALL

27marAll Day29Biddeford, ME **CALL

03aprAll Day05Sevierville, TN

03aprAll Day05Lowell, MA **CALL

03aprAll Day05Philadelphia, PA **CALL

17aprAll Day19Long Island, NY 2 **CALL

17aprAll Day19Kansas City, KS **CALL

17aprAll Day19Tampa, FL **CALL

24aprAll Day26Woonsocket, RI **CALL

24aprAll Day26Chicago, IL **CALL

24aprAll Day26Dayton, OH

01mayAll Day03East Rutherford, NJ 2 **CALL

01mayAll Day03West Memphis, AR

08mayAll Day10Louisville, KY

08mayAll Day10Toms River, NJ

08mayAll Day10Lancaster, PA 2

15mayAll Day17East Haven, CT **New Date!

15mayAll Day17Derry, NH 2 **CALL

29mayAll Day31Lancaster, PA 1 **New Date!

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(Frequently Asked Questions)

Where is the exact location of the dance competition?

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

How will I know when my son or daughter is dancing?

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.

My family would like to watch the competition. Is it free to watch?

Yes! All competitions are open to the public.

Is videotaping/taking photographs allowed at the competition?

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.

Do you accept independent entries? How do I register my child as an independent?

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

What is the cut-off date for the age cateogies

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

Where can I learn more about the rules and regulations?

Do I need to attend a Convention to compete at a Competition?

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. 

Is there a limit to how many solos a dancer can compete

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.

If held in a ballroom, will there be a stage?

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

What are your fees for competitions?

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

When do I need to get to my competition?

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.

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

Where do I find photos and videos after competition?

You can view and purchase photo and video by visiting