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Please Read Prior to Participation!

Competition Schedule & Requests / Conflicts

Approximately 10 days before competition, studio directors will receive an email including the preliminary performance schedule. When directors receive the schedule it is their responsibility to inform Turn It Up Dance Challenge VIA EMAIL of any necessary changes, fixes or TBA titles by the deadline given. No changes will be taken over the phone. Performance times and routine numbers may vary SLIGHTLY once you receive the final schedule via email by the end of the business day on the Monday before competition weekend. If your studio has not paid in full, your entries will not be included in the schedule.

If there are major scheduling conflicts, ie. proms, weddings, within your studio, the requests due to the conflicts should be included with your online registration. If you find out after registration has been submitted, we must be informed VIA EMAIL of your scheduling requests no less than TWO WEEKS ahead of competition to appropriately schedule the routines. Any requests that come in after two weeks in advance can not be guaranteed.

No changes can be made to the schedule after the final schedule has been sent out the Monday before competition nor can any changes be made to the schedule during the weekend of competition.

Routine Categories


Classical ballet style and technique with the use of ballet slippers.


Classical ballet style and techniques with the use of Pointe shoes.


Creating syncopated rhythms with the use of tap shoes.


Tap style where the dancer’s tap strikes the heel and toe to create audible percussive rhythms, usually to the downbeat with the heel keeping the rhythm.


Classical jazz style and techniques.


Street dance with isolated movements to contemporary music.


Movements should interpret the lyrics of the music.

Song and Dance

Must have both singing and dancing. No lip syncing.


Majority of singing with minimal dancing. See additional information below. 


Inventive movements incorporating different styles with classical foundation.


Portraying any easily recognized character such as a doll or a clown etc.

Irish Step

Roots in traditional Irish dance. May be performed with hard or soft shoes. Stiff upper body while performing quick intricate footwork.


Emphasis on the elements of movement such as centering, posture, spacial awareness, and imagery.


Any category not pertaining to the above categories.


Any routine containing a combination of tumbling movements and passes incorporated with dance movements.

Pom Pon

Any routine displaying precision marching and sharp choreography with the use of pom pons. Must utilize pom-pons for at least 50% of the routine.

Musical Theater

Any style of dance interpreting a song from Broadway, movie, or musical.

A maximum of 4 acrobatic tricks may be done in any category except acro and open which may have an unlimited number of tricks. A trick is defined as any head over heel full rotation. To assist with calculation, a pass of round off back handspring, back tuck is 3 acrobatic tricks, however, if an entire group executes one cartwheel at the same time that is considered 1 trick.

Any routine that is placed in the incorrect category will be changed to the correct category and noted on score sheet.

Vocal Routines will have their own set of high scores. There must be a minimum of 5 entries in a competitive age group to be eligible for scholarships or cash prizes** 1 wireless microphone and 1 lapel microphone/headset are available for use. Studios can chose to use up to 2 devices total, 1 wireless mic and either the lapel mic OR the headset. If a studio needs more than 2 devices, they can bring their own but must contact the office at least a week prior to the competition. Turn It Up Dance Challenge cannot guarantee quality of sound from microphones.



Turn It Up Dance Challenge recommends contestants enter this level if they have little to no competition experience and take 1 to 2 hours of class per week. NEW for 2019! Solos are allowed in the novice category.


Turn It Up Dance Challenge recommends contestants enter this level if they have limited competition experience and take 5 hours or less of class per week.


Turn It Up Dance Challenge recommends contestants enter this level if they have significant competition experience and take 5 or more hours of class per week. If you are a competitive level dancer, you cannot perform in a novice routine unless it is a line or production.


Any routine that contains 50% or more full time teachers or professional dancers must enter at the Pro-Amateur level. A professional dancer is one who is currently being paid to perform either on Broadway or television professionally. If a contestant is a paid actor only, they are not considered a professional dancer. If they are paid to be a dancer on a reality series they are not a paid professional dancer.

High scores will be given in the Novice, Intermediate, and Competitive categories for tiny, mini, junior, teen, and sr. teen ages. Pro Amateur, Adult, and Adult+ routines are ineligible for high scores.

Only competitive and intermediate routines can be invited to participate on the Turn It Up National Dance Team.

ROUTINE PLACEMENT – The majority of the group determines the level of the routine. All soloists must compete in the specific level they fall under. For duo/trios, the highest level dancer will determine the placement of the routine.

NATIONALS – Routines are allowed to move to a higher performance level from regionals to nationals.

For a routine to drop from competitive to intermediate, it must have scored a high gold or less at regionals (268.5 or lower). For a routine to drop from intermediate to novice, it must have scored a gold or less at regionals (253.5 or lower).

**Level changes can only be made on site if there was an actual error made during the registration process. All on site level changes MUST be approved by the show director.

Age Groups


5 years & under


6-8 years


9-11 years


12-14 years

Senior Teen

15-18 years


19-30 years


30+ years

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. Each contestant must compete in the age division that the age or age average comes to. If a protest regarding age arises, competitors must be prepared to present proof of age. All protests must be made in writing and signed by the protester within 30 minutes of the incident and passed to the director of the competition. At that point proper IDENTIFICATION WILL BE REQUIRED by the contestant in the form of a Birth Certificate, Passport or License.

Time Limits & Number of Dancers


(1 dancer)

3min 50sec


(2-3 dancers)

3min 50sec

Small Groups

(4-9 dancers)

3min 50sec

Large Groups

(10-19 dancers)

3min 50sec


(20+ dancers)

3min 50sec


(15+ dancers)

6min 50sec


(Excludes Solos/Duos/Trios)

8min 50sec

*Additionally a production uses sizeable props and scenery to convey a story or theme throughout their performance.

One point will be deducted for every 5 Seconds over time limit. Timing will begin when music starts (if no music, once dancers take first step) and will stop when last performer is off the stage. This does not include prop removal.

Extended time can be purchased for group routines only. Contact our office for pricing information.


Studios are now required to upload their music online after completing their registration. Music must be uploaded in the online registration portal at least two weeks prior to your scheduled event. Please contact our office if you have any issues while uploading. We still ask that you bring a back up option (CD, iPod, or iPad) to the competition in case there is an issue with the uploaded music. A UBS is NOT an acceptable backup form. If you bring CDs for backup, each CD must contain only one song that is properly labeled with the studio name and routine name. Please write directly on your CD. Do not place any adhesive labels as labels can cause CD’s to skip.

If music skips or fails at anytime during a performance due to faulty music supplied by the studio, Turn It Up Dance Challenge can not allow that routine to perform again. This rule must be strictly enforced in order to give everyone an equal opportunity and to keep the schedule running on time. If music fails to work on the first try, before dancers perform, that routine may be placed on hold until music is found. It is the responsibility of the studio to bring a backup music. Turn It Up is not responsible for any CDs, Ipods, Ipads, etc. that are not collected after an event.

Judging / Deductions

Each entry will be judged by a highly qualified panel of judges. All judges’ decisions will be final. Contacting or speaking to judges is strictly prohibited at all times in order to give a fair chance to all participants.

Routines will be scored out of a possible 300 points (100 points from each judge). Judges will consider technique, execution, stage presence, choreography, and difficulty while scoring.


  • ROUTINES MUST BE APPROPRIATE FOR FAMILY VIEWING: Any routine that a judge feels is not appropriate is subject to a deduction or even disqualification.
  • Props must be moved on and off dance floor in a timely manner. If a judge feels that the removal of a prop takes too long points may be deducted. No dangerous props allowed. Dangerous props include but are not limited to knives, swords, anything thrown directly at the judges table that may be harmful, anything that could alter the surface of the dance floor, any prop that is plugged in. Any routine that uses a dangerous prop will receive a max of a 10 POINT deduction or may be disqualified.
  • Points may be deducted if a routine contains more dancers than were registered.

Scoring Grid

Competitive & Intermediate Grid

Platinum-Pro Total Score of 285-300
Platinum Total Score of 269-284.9
High Gold Total Score of 254-268.9
Gold Total Score of 239-253.9
High Silver Total Score of 201-238.9
Silver Total Score of 200.9 and under

Novice Grid

Platinum Total Score of 267-300
High Gold Total Score of 252-266.9
Gold Total Score of 237-251.9
High Silver Total Score of 199-236.9
Silver Total Score of 198.9 and under


Props must be moved on and off dance floor in a timely manner. If a judge feels that the removal of a prop takes too long points may be deducted.

NO DANGEROUS PROPS ALLOWED Dangerous props include but are not limited to knives, swords, anything thrown directly at the judges table that may be harmful, anything that could alter the surface of the dance floor. Any routine that uses a dangerous prop will receive a max of a 10 POINT deduction or may be disqualified.

HUMAN PROPS A Human prop is a person acting as a prop and one that can be seen clearly by the audience but does not dance with the group. Human props must pay as a participant, however, they will NOT be factored into the age level of the routine. If a person enters stage simply to hold up a prop from the back and cannot be seen by the audience they are NOT considered a human prop and do NOT have to pay as a participant.

PROPS MAY NOT BE PLUGGED IN. MUST BE BATTERY OPERATED Each venue is equipped with a calculated amount of power and plugging props in could cause a fuse to be blown severely delaying competition.



Title Entry Information

Title awards are given out at both regional and national competitions. Title contestants must be entered in the “competitive” category and must submit 1 SOLO to be considered for the title. These routines must already be entered for competition.

Each title contestant must take center stage and introduce themselves to our judge's panel. Their introduction can include saying their name, age, hometown, and performance piece as well as any other information they would like to share. NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT MENTION YOUR STUDIO NAME. This introduction should be no shorter than 15 seconds and no longer than 30 seconds. Please practice and time your introductions.

Contestants must submit 1 (only one) recent and professional headshot in color. Headshots must be emailed to joelle@turnitupdance.com AT LEAST 1 WEEK PRIOR TO COMPETITION. All headshots MUST be submitted digitally. We will no longer accept hard copies of headshots. If we do not receive a title photo, unfortunately, a score of 0 will be given for that portion of the title score.

The title score will be a combination score of the contestant’s solo score, their headshot, and their introduction for a combined score of up to 600 points (300 for their performance, 150 for their introduction, and 150 for their photo)

Please note, regional title winners may not compete for another regional title in that same season. Only regional title winners will be invited to compete for the national title.

There will be a Mister and Miss Turn It Up Dance Challenge awarded in Mini, Junior, Teen, and Senior Teen age groups as well as 2nd and 3rd runner up. Any title contestant must score at least 525 to place for title. Dancers in the Tiny age category are not eligible to run for title.

High Score Awards

After each routine receives their adjudicated award, high scores will be given at every regional and national competition! At each competition we will recognize top scoring awards in each age category in the Novice, Intermediate, and Competitive levels! Turn It Up Dance Challenge will award a top 5 for all group routines and a top 10 for all solo routines in each category and age group. The high score in each age group will win the following cash prizes and scholarships.

Regional Competition - High Score Awards

SM GROUP$100$100$125
LG GROUP$150$150$175

*Scholarship dollars will be awarded in the Novice, Intermediate, and Competitive levels.

National Competition - High Score Awards

SM GROUP$150$150$150
LG GROUP$200$200$200

*Scholarship dollars will be awarded in the Novice & Intermediate levels. Cash will be awarded in the Competitive level. 


• Soloists may only win high scores one time in each age category. TOP TEN given for all solo age categories!

• There must be at least 5 routines in each age group and category to be eligible for cash or scholarships excluding lines and productions.

• For LINES & PRODUCTIONS ONLY – There must be at least 5 routines in each age group and category -OR- you must score a platinum or higher to be eligible for cash prizes.

• Overall Highest Scoring Solo and Overall Highest Scoring Duo/Trio will receive a trophy and a full Convention Scholarship.

• Pro-Amateur and Adult routines will be adjudicated but are not eligible for high score awards.

Additional Info

Turn It Up Dance Challenge is not responsible for any lost or stolen items during any competition. Please take extra precaution.

Turn It Up Dance Challenge realizes that much effort is placed on the art of choreography and costuming. Therefore, we protect our choreographers and dancers by prohibiting photography and video of any kind. TAKING PHOTOS OR VIDEO IS PROHIBITED DURING PERFORMANCES and may lead to disqualification.

All participants are expected to demonstrate good sportsmanship and treat students with respect. Also, participants are expected to be respectful of dressing rooms making sure to leave it the way you found it upon arrival. When in the audience, please stay seated and keep talking to a minimum during all performances. We look forward to having a great competition!