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2025 Dance Competitions

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Turn It Up Dance Challenge

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 a 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
  • 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 South Carolina, 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, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Maryland, Texas, Indiana, Wisconsin, 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?

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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!

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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, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. 

2025 Regional Dance Competitions
Dates & Locations

Dance Competition, Long Island NY

Long Island, NY (1)

February 7, 2025 - February 9, 2025
TBA

Texarkana, TX

February 7, 2025 - February 9, 2025
Texas High School

Springfield, MA

February 7, 2025 - February 9, 2025
Mass Mutual Center

Durham, NC

February 7, 2025 - February 9, 2025
Durham Convention Center

Omaha, NE

February 14, 2025 - February 16, 2025
Bellevue East High School

St. Louis, MO

February 14, 2025 - February 16, 2025
Purser Center at Logan University
Dance Competition, Lowell, MA

Lowell, MA (1)

February 21, 2025 - February 23, 2025
Lowell Memorial Auditorium

Westbrook, ME (1)

February 21, 2025 - February 23, 2025
Westbrook Performing Arts Center

East Rutherford, NJ

February 21, 2025 - February 23, 2025
TBA
Chicago IL Skyline

Chicago, IL (1)

February 28, 2025 - March 2, 2025
TBA
Dance Competition, Derry, NH

Derry, NH (1)

February 28, 2025 - March 2, 2025
Stockbridge Theater at Pinkerton Academy

Connecticut (3)

February 28, 2025 - March 2, 2025
TBA

Weston, MA

February 28, 2025 - March 2, 2025
TBA
Dance Competition, Long Island NY

Long Island, NY (2)

March 7, 2025 - March 9, 2025
Tilles Center
Dance Competition, Woodbridge VA

Woodbridge, VA

March 7, 2025 - March 9, 2025
Freedom High School

Freehold, NJ (1)

March 7, 2025 - March 9, 2025
TBA

Bellingham, MA (1)

March 14, 2025 - March 16, 2025
Bellingham High School
Dance Competition, Albany, NY

Albany, NY

March 14, 2025 - March 16, 2025
Empire State Plaza Convention Center

Toledo, OH

March 14, 2025 - March 16, 2025
Stranahan Theater

Houston, TX

March 14, 2025 - March 16, 2025
Cullen Performance Hall

East Haven, CT

March 21, 2025 - March 23, 2025
East Haven High School
Dance Competition, Minneapolis Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN (1)

March 21, 2025 - March 23, 2025
Chanhassen High School
National Dance Competition, Long Branch, NJ

Long Branch, NJ (1)

March 21, 2025 - March 23, 2025
TBA
Regional Dance Competition, Lancaster PA

Lancaster, PA (1)

March 28, 2025 - March 30, 2025
Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square

Lakeland, FL

March 28, 2025 - March 30, 2025
RP Funding Center
Dance Competition, Long Island NY

Long Island, NY (3)

March 28, 2025 - March 30, 2025
Tilles Center
Chicago IL Skyline

Chicago, IL (2)

March 28, 2025 - March 30, 2025
Midwest Conference Center
Dance Competition, Louisville Kentucky

Louisville, KY

April 4, 2025 - April 6, 2025
Kentucky Exposition Center
Dance Competition, Lowell, MA

Lowell, MA (2)

April 4, 2025 - April 6, 2025
Lowell Memorial Auditorium

Westbrook, ME (2)

April 4, 2025 - April 6, 2025
Westbrook Performing Arts Center
Dance Competition near Charlotte, NC

Fort Mill, SC

April 4, 2025 - April 6, 2025
Soundstage at The River Place
Regional Dance Competition, Lancaster PA

Lancaster, PA (2)

April 11, 2025 - April 13, 2025
Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square

Detroit, MI

April 11, 2025 - April 13, 2025
John R. Armstrong Performing Arts Center

Des Moines, IA

April 11, 2025 - April 13, 2025
Iowa Events Center

Hartford, CT

April 11, 2025 - April 13, 2025
TBA

Woonsocket, RI

April 25, 2025 - April 27, 2025
Woonsocket High School
Regional Dance Competition, Pittsburg, PA

Pittsburgh, PA

April 25, 2025 - April 27, 2025
Monroeville Convention Center

Indianapolis, IN

April 25, 2025 - April 27, 2025
Pike Performing Arts Center

Fitchburg, MA

May 2, 2025 - May 4, 2025
Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School

Syracuse, NY

May 2, 2025 - May 4, 2025
Crouse Hinds Theater @ The Oncenter
Dance Competition, Dallas Texas

Dallas, TX

May 2, 2025 - May 4, 2025
Marriott Dallas Allen Hotel & Watters Creek Convention Center

Baltimore, MD

May 2, 2025 - May 4, 2025
TBA

Chattanooga, TN / Dalton, GA

May 9, 2025 - May 11, 2025
Dalton Convention Center
Dance Competition, Derry, NH

Derry, NH (2)

May 9, 2025 - May 11, 2025
Stockbridge Theater at Pinkerton Academy

Bellingham, MA (2)

May 9, 2025 - May 11, 2025
Bellingham High School

Freehold, NJ (2)

May 9, 2025 - May 11, 2025
TBA

Jackson, NJ

May 16, 2025 - May 18, 2025
TBA

King of Prussia, PA

May 16, 2025 - May 18, 2025
The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center

Orlando, FL

May 16, 2025 - May 18, 2025
TBA

Kansas City, KS

May 16, 2025 - May 18, 2025
Overland Park Convention Center

MORE DATES COMING SOON!

Minneapolis, MN 2 Coming Soon
Nashua, NH Coming Soon
Oklahoma City, OK Coming Soon

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Dance Competition

FAQs

(Frequently Asked Questions)

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

Approximately seven 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 participating dance studios and their families.

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 offer FREE photos and videos, which will be available to download approximately 3 weeks after the event.

You can also visit our event results page and many of our social media sites for additional 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

Please visit our Rules and Regulations page

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 info@turnitupdance.com 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.

You can view and purchase photos and videos by visiting https://turnitupdance.com/photos-video/