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2024 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. 

2024 Regional Dance Competitions
Dates & Locations

Toledo, OH

February 9 - February 11
Marathon Center for the Performing Arts

Omaha, NE

February 16 - February 18
Bellevue East High School

Atlanta, GA

February 16 - February 18
The Venue at Friendship Springs

Durham, NC

February 16 - February 18
Durham Convention Center

East Rutherford, NJ

February 23 - February 25
Hilton Parsippany
Dance Competition, Derry, NH

Derry, NH (1)

March 1 - March 3
Stockbridge Theater at Pinkerton Academy

St. Louis, MO

March 1 - March 3
Clayton High School
Dance Competition, Louisville Kentucky

Louisville, KY

March 1 - March 3
Louisville Memorial Auditorium

Madison, WI

March 1 - March 3
Madison Marriott West
Dance Competition, Minneapolis Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN (1)

March 8 - March 10
Shakopee High School
Detroit MI Skyline

Detroit, MI

March 8 - March 10
John R. Armstrong Performing Arts Center
Dance Competition, Long Island NY

Long Island, NY (1)

March 8 - March 10
Tilles Center

Bellingham, MA (1)

March 8 - March 10
Bellingham High School
National Dance Competition, Long Branch, NJ

Long Branch, NJ

March 15 - March 17
Ocean Place Resort & Spa
Dance Competition, Providence, RI

Woonsocket, RI

March 15 - March 17
Woonsocket High School

Oklahoma City, OK

March 15 - March 17
Oklahoma City Convention Center
Dance Competition, Albany, NY

Albany, NY

March 15 - March 17
Empire State Plaza Convention Center

East Haven, CT

March 22 - March 24
East Haven High School
Dance Competition, Lowell, MA

Lowell, MA (1)

March 22 - March 24
Lowell Memorial Auditorium
Dance Competition, Minneapolis Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN (2)

March 22 - March 24
Chanhassen High School

Des Moines, IA

March 22 - March 24
Horizon Events Center
Portland, ME Skyline

Westbrook, ME

April 5 - April 7
Westbrook Performing Arts Center
Regional Dance Competition, Lancaster PA

Lancaster, PA (1)

April 5 - April 7
Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square
Dance Competition, Lowell, MA

Lowell, MA (2)

April 5 - April 7
Lowell Memorial Auditorium
Dance Competition near Charlotte, NC

Fort Mill, SC

April 5 - April 7
Soundstage at The River Place

Texarkana, TX

April 12 - April 14
Texarkana Convention Center
Dance Competition, Woodbridge VA

Woodbridge, VA

April 12 - April 14
Freedom High School

Hartford, CT

April 12 - April 14
Rockville High School
Chicago IL Skyline

Chicago, IL

April 19 - April 21
Midwest Conference Center
Dance Competition, Long Island NY

Long Island, NY (2)

April 19 - April 21
Tilles Center
Dance Competition, Tampa Florida

Tampa, FL

April 19 - April 21
Jefferson High School
Regional Dance Competition, Pittsburg, PA

Pittsburgh, PA

April 26 - April 28
Monroeville Convention Center
Dance Competition, Dallas Texas

Dallas, TX

April 26 - April 28
Marriott Dallas Allen Hotel & Watters Creek Convention Center

Indianapolis, IN

April 26 - April 28
Pike Performing Arts Center

Fitchburg, MA

May 3 - May 5
Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School
Dance Convention, Buffalo NY

Syracuse, NY

May 3 - May 5
Crouse Hinds Theater @ The Oncenter
Dance Competition, Derry, NH

Derry, NH (2)

May 3 - May 5
Stockbridge Theater at Pinkerton Academy

Baltimore, MD

May 3 - May 5
The Gordon Center
Regional Dance Competition, Lancaster PA

Lancaster, PA (2)

May 10 - May 12
Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square

Freehold, NJ (1)

May 10 - May 12
iPlay America

Chattanooga, TN

May 10 - May 12
Chattanooga Convention Center

Bellingham, MA (2)

May 10 - May 12
Bellingham High School

Kansas City, KS

May 17 - May 19
Overland Park Convention Center

Orlando, FL

May 17 - May 19
Ocoee High School

King of Prussia, PA

May 17 - May 19
The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center

Freehold, NJ (2)

May 17 - May 19
iPlay America

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FAQs

(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 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/