Often times a school will have a variety of levels in a group. Simply choose the one that you feel is most appropriate & comfortable for your dancers.

Novice: Studied 2 years or less, &/or spends no more than 2 hours per week studying any form of dance or acro/gym.

Competitive: Studied from 2 to 7 yrs.
This is the level to choose if dancers are beyond new, novice, beginner dancers.

Advanced: Studied any type of dance or any combination of dance/gym/theatre for more than 7 yrs.
This level is higher than competitive yet lower than pro-am.

Pro-Am: Combination of amateur and professional dancers. Eligible for scholarships, cash at regionals/nationals, if there are 10 or more entries in the same category. A professional dancer is classified in our student’s dance competition as a teacher or teacher’s assistant, who is 18 yrs or older, who is paid or unpaid, who may have choreographed and or taught any students at any time. It is up to the discretion of the Show Director & Judging Staff to determine who may be placed or moved to pro-am at any time. One professional makes the entire routine Pro-Am.

*NOTE No competition can know for sure how many hours, or how many years a student has danced, Studio Directors are left to their own discretion and sound judgment when entering routines to choose the ability level that makes the most sense. Go by the majority of students in the act ad move up if in doubt.

41& up

Age is determined by the age dancer is on the date of competition. Group age is determined by the average age of group members. Studio owner must take care to enter correct birth date into online system. (Director may further separate or combine age divisions/categories according to the number of performers)

Each and Every Act is called up on stage and is placed according to their Category, Division, Age & Ability Level. Every Act receives a quality trophy. Every dancer receives a Beautiful Neck Ribbon/Medal or Dance Pin.

All Groups are placed as Winners and Runners Up within their Genre, Age Division and Ability Level in an Adjudicated System running from Silver thru Platinum Scoring. The Adjudication Breakdown is available to Studio Director email request.

Overall Top Scores receive a Scholarship to Nationals. Visit the Awards page to determine the amount of your scholarship.
Overall Top Scores are Awarded to the Top Duo/Trio, Top Groups, The Top Lines, Top Classes, Top Productions.

(Depending upon the number of performer, acts,) the OVERALL TOP SCORES may be further divided into Age Groupings of Mini, Junior & Senior.

Note: Adjudication Awards: genres/ ability level/ ages are separated.

Overall Awards, this is for Top Scores overall.

ADJUDICATION SOLO PERFORMER: Each and Every Solo performer is placed as Up within their Genre, Age & Ability Level in an Adjudicated System running from Silver thru Platinum Scoring.

OVERALL SOLO TOP SCORES in the age division receive Sash & Crown. (minimum of 3)

Note: Scholarships into Regionals and Nationals are offered along with Trophies, Medals, Tiaras. Scholarships are for the Studio Director to disperse as he/she sees fit for staff travel, hotel, rehearsal expenses. Scholarship breakdown can be found on http://www.stepup2dance.com/awards/

Only Studio Owner / Teacher needs to check in to pick up Teacher ID. Students should not check in, but should be prepared to meet teacher at a prearranged spot.

Your own individual Final Studio Schedule will be emailed to you on Monday of Show Week.
A full schedule program book is only available at the show , not prior to the show.

You must be prepared to perform 1 hour before what your personal studio schedule says.

Please have your dancers keep the entire weekend open.

Should you have a specific need every effort will be made to accommodate your requests as long as it does not cause hardship to other.

You must be prepared to perform 1 hour before your time.

Step Up 2 Dance will move up or back routines to keep the competition running on time. Large Studios must arrive 1 hour prior to the Start of the Show at 7am to work with the Stage Manager to filter in their routines every 5 acts (15 min.) if necessary to keep show running on time. Arriving late or the wrongful holding of acts may result in disqualification.

Competition Stage is Approximately 40 x 60. The Stage Floor will feature an industry standard marley tour floor.

[See Styles of Dance for the various genres]

Groups 4-8 dancers
Lines 9-16 dancers
Classes 17 & dancers
Mini Production any # of dancers
Production any # dancers

Student Choreography can be Group or Solo

Make sure to check off the Box that says Student Choreographer and be sure to list the students’ name in the teacher’s field.

Dance Title:
 Click off Title on the Solo that you would like to enter.
You may only enter 1 solo.
Your Talent score will be added into your Solo Talent and to Title.
Solo w/ Title (optional) competes against all age divisions
Note:  (no photo, no gown, no interview) just dance.
Broadway Audition (interview, stage question)
Most Photogenic
Costume Photo (solo or group)
Costume Model (solo or group)
Formal Wear Model
Fashion Wear Model


Deadline for Entries: 30 days prior to the event. If space permits we may accept with a late fee.

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT for Regionals and Nationals. 20% off!

Deposit by Sept 15 and balance by Jan. 31.

[ FL, AZ. Deadline, Sept 1, balance by Nov 1 ]

Visit Studio Directors only page for info on the amount of deposit required, fee deadline and discounts. Click here http://www.stepup2dance.com/studio-director/


10% Deposit $100. SEPT 1, 2019 & Pay BALANCE by JAN. 1 = 10% off


30%! Pay In Full by Sept 1 = Receive 30% Off!

20% Pay In Full by Oct 1 = Receive 20% Off!

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NATIONALS –Deposit by Jan 1 = 10% off paid by June 1.
ATTEND TWICE 20% off your 2nd regional with SU2D within the same season.
Late Entries
If there is room in the show, after the deadline, we may accept a late entry if room. Late Fee may be assessed.

Only participating dancers, 1 chaperone and teacher are allowed in Dressing Room. No boys, dads, siblings, friends. Do not spray near others or any chemicals that maybe sensitive to allergy prone people. Bring costumes to your vehicle as soon as Act is over and keep your dressing area clean. Bring into the dressing room Only what you need for the first couple acts. Competition nor venue is responsible for lost, damaged, stolen.

Entry fees are not displayed on our website.
Studio Owners only: If you wish to know entry fees before logging into your online registration – email in your request to carol@stepup2dance.com.
Also, once you are in your online registration and begin to enter, an invoice from Dance Comp Genie Is available that display your entries, cost per student.

Venues will offer concession lunch. No food or drink is allowed in theatres, auditoriums , locker rooms or dressing rooms. All food must be consumed in lobby or cafe. If you choose to bring a cooler, it must remain in the car. Unlike a movie theatre, you may face fines from school and /or disqualification from competition for bringing food into theatre, competition room or dressing space.

Judges Critiques are available only to Studio Owner. Judges Critiques and Scoring is available immediately in 24-48 hours after the show. Studio Owner will receive an email when ready. Each school may have only 1 Studio Registration and 1 password.

WORKSHOP: Independents may enter workshop, however, Entry Fee must be paid in full via PayPal when you enter.

COMPETITION: We accept solos from dance schools who are not entering groups, only if room. If your studio is not attending & you would like to perform, only your STUDIO OWNER may enter you under the STUDIO name. Dancers, Performers, Parents MAY NOT USE the online entry form. The online entering system is only for Dance Studio Owners.

We can not accept calls from parents/dancers. All questions must go to your Studio Owner, Director/Coach who in turn will contact the competition.

An email with Final Studio Schedule will be sent 1 week prior to show to only the Studio email address that registered through the software Dance Comp Genie.

Participating in the sport of dance competitions can be rigorous and can result in injury. Upon entering the competition, parents/students hold harmless Step Up2 Dance for injury, damage or loss.

In event dancer cannot attend due to illness, injury, the teacher may substitute another dancer in the same category, same age, and same ability. If Teacher cannot substitute dancer, a credit will be given to the STUDIO. No refunds can be made.

Note: Changes, after program book is printed, are not accepted.
Note: Emergency changes of any nature, (if we can do it) are $25 per change.

LATE ENTRY: If there is room in the show, after the deadline, we may be able to accept a Late Entry. A late fee may apply. Check with office.

Note: Late payments may be subject to a late fee. Check with office.

HOLD your spot EARLY with a DEPOSIT ASAP. The number of entries we accept depends upon a multitude of factors , such as number and size of dressing room space, school / district or custodial requirements and if the next day is a school day. Our Winter Shows Jan/Feb/March are typically shorter hours to allow for bad weather travel while our Spring Shows in April , May are a bit longer In many locations we offer a 1 day only show and in some, we hold Solo and Duo/Trios on Saturday with Groups on Sunday.




3-4 , 5-6
7-8, 9-10
11-12, 13-14
15-16, 17-18
41 & up


UPLOAD MUSIC BUTTON is on your DC Genie homepage/dashboard page.

Once the Program Book closes the button will disappear and you will not be able to upload music!

Back Up Music: Bring and hold onto a good quality FLASH DRIVE, clearly labeled – with correct song title, entry number and studio name.

NO! CD’s, iPads, iPods, iPhones, tablets, computers, are not accepted.

*Note: One wireless hand-held microphone is available at each competition. No stands or lavaliers. No outside music equipment including of any kind is allowed

A performer is allowed one turn to compete . Once they begin dancing , that is their one and only turn. If music skips ,fails, shuts off during a performance (our fault, your fault, no fault) or if performer forgets, runs off, becomes ill, Step Up 2 Dance policy is we can not allow that routine to compete again. This rule is enforced in order and to give all performers a fair and equal opportunity. The dancer is expected to finish her routine to the best of her ability and is graded for this one performance only. We can not restart the music.

NOTE: Only If music fails to work on the first try, before the performers start to dance, that routine may be placed on hold until a new source of music is brought to the sound technician.

All public schools strictly forbid smoking on school grounds, outside on stairs or in parking lot. Violators maybe fined & dismissed by school officials.

Click here for more info.
Title is an optional event.
You may enter only 1 Solo for Dance Title.
It is not the same as OVERALL SOLO TALENT.
In DANCE TITLE, a soloist competes against all ages who enter this optional.
In SOLO TALENT, a soloist competes against only those in her /his age division.
One has nothing to do with the other. A performer may win both.
The Dance Title entry is for a soloist who wishes to test their skill against all solos in all age divisions who enter the Optional Title.
This is an OPTIONAL event, separate from overall high point solo.
All performers receive Trophy Award; however, there is only 1 Title Tiara and Sash Overall Winner. In some shows, if entries warrant, there may be a Jr Overall added.

Photos must be EMAILED into carol@stepup2dance.com at least 3 weeks prior to the Show.
Subject Line: Photogenic & Show Location
Studio Name, Age, Performer’s name must be included in the same email as the Photo. All Photos should be emailed in together by dance studio owner or dance studio secretary.
We can not accept calls, emails from parents. All communication must go thru Studio Owner. Photo can be any size, Color or Black/White, home shot or professional.

MODEL (Costume – Fashion & Formal)
No experience necessary for these fun optional events. All modeling events are free style, (no props please), approx. 1 min on stage.
Modeling is typically held prior to the start of solos. We provide music.

Wear black dance wear (any style) & (any type) dance shoes.
Introduce yourself on stage (20 seconds).
Answer a question about you from head judge.
Model your dance wear outfit, free style.

Discount Hotel Rooms are available. Reserve early under the Step Up 2 Dance group name for best rates.

Click here to print parent release for Student. You may mail, fax, email in.

1) HOLD your spot with a Deposit Now.
2) ENTER all your routines online early

Any routine in the program book 30 days prior to the show mis responsible for payment.

If you can not attend a event after you enter online, you MUST DELETE YOUR ENTRIES , 30days prior to the show so thatwe can offer your spot to another. If you entries are not deleted by Deadline Date , 30 days prior , you will be responsible for payment of entry fees.

Mail: Certified Cashier’s Check or Money Orders (no studio or personal checks).
Include Studio Name, Date & Location of Competition to:
Step Up 2 Dance
P.O. Box 474
Boston, MA 02127

Total complete payment must be received at least 30 days prior to deadline. ( no overnight mail, no signature request),

Do not include Notes, send note by email as we are out on Road Tour and office is limited hours , manned by pt time secretary.

Photo services offered at all shows. Audience, Students, Teachers are not allowed to take photos during competition. You may take photos during Awards. Photos are reasonably priced, printed on site at the show . Also, all show photos are uploaded immediately after the show , the very next day. Please direct all questions to info@midcoastphoto.com.

Souvenir Program Books are sold at the shows and are not available prior to the show.

Note: Dance Studio Owner will receive on Monday of show week ( via email) a line up of their own Studio Entries with Performance # and Performance Time.

Immediately after the competition, Dance Studio Owner only will receive email notification of Scores / Comments.

Only non-dangerous props are allowed. Must be built off stage, carried , not dragged onto stage. Studio Prop Crew must be in the wings. We ask Performers to get into place on stage within 15 second time frame. Excessive Time for set-up maybe subject to Point deduction.

We welcome emails and calls from Studio Directors Only. Correspondence from parents, students will be referred to the Studio Owner.

In event dancer cannot attend due to illness, injury… the teacher may substitute another dancer in the same category, same age, and same ability. If Teacher can not substitute dancer, a credit will be given to the studio. No refunds can be made.

The Studio Email Address that is used for Dance Comp. Genie Software will receive the Studio Schedule via Email from the DC Genie site with the name from info@stepup2dance.com on the Monday of the week of your show. Be sure to check your spam mail.

Changes can not be made once this final schedule is sent . We can move you up or back on show day , but we can not change any criteria that is entered.

*Note: The Shows are fast paced to keep hours reasonable for attending students. We relay on your cooperation to be prepared to perform 1 hour prior to your time if needed in the event of another’s injury/illness/scratch . The wrongful holding of numbers may result in disqualification. Any studio that delays the competition because they are rehearsing may have points deducted or be disqualified.

Please take care to select costumes, music, routine for general audience appeal. Inappropriate choreography or costumes too revealing may have deductions per discretion of the judges. Our audience is made up of parents and impressionable young students.

Note: BALLET, TAP, JAZZ – Maximum 3 tricks
Please move routines with more than 3 tricks to Open or Acro/Gym. A trick is a move in which the dancers feet go over her/his head – such as a walkover, back handspring.
A cartwheel is classified as a trick (feet over head).

ACRO controlled moves that involve balance & flexibility., such as walkovers, chest rolls, handstands. Can contain flexibility moves or contortionist moves along with dance moves and choreography. Mats are allowed, but must be set up and dismantled fairly quickly.

BALLET execute ballet technique. Majority of dancers in ballet shoes.

BROADWAY AUDITION This Fun event is for solos only to test a students talent, interview & modeling ability against all age divisions. Please wear black dance wear (any style) & (any type) dance shoes. Present yourself on Stage (freestyle walk out, turn, walk back) we provide music, Introduce yourself to Judges (approx 20 seconds), Answer One Question from Head Judge (student may choose from several questions, Perform at least one Solo Talent.

CHARACTER portraying a character from a play, movie, show . etc such as a nun, doctor, thru any style of dance.

CHEERLEADING Acrobatics/Gymnastics is allowed. Can have stunts, tosses, pyramid. Routine must have and will be judged on dance steps, moves and choreography, can be Junior High, High School or College cheerleading team as well as dance school.

CLOGGING executing clogging technique including rhythmic formations and patterns.

CONTEMPORARY fluid, nebulous style of dance, establishing an emotional state w/ mind-body connection. Like modern, balance, floorwork, fall and recovery, and improvisation.

DANCE TITLE entry is for a soloist who would like to test their skill against all solos in all age divisions who enter title. One does not need to enter dance title in order to win solo talent category. If entering more than 1 solo, all student’s solo scores are averaged together for the overall highest average score.

ETHNIC/FOLKLORIC style is of a particular ethnic group, such as Hawaiian, Polkas.

GYMNASTICS tricks, such as cartwheels, walkovers, back handsprings showing form. The routine should include dance technique, choreography and fluid movement. Mats are allowed, but must be set up and dismantled fairly quickly.

JAZZ dancers execute free form movement ,and may wear jazz shoes, character shoes, half soles bare feet, executing controlled moves that involve balance & flexibility.

HIP HOP routine consisting primarily of Hip Hop Technique. (Inappropriate lyrics should be cut out or voiced over along with inappropriate gestures)

LYRICAL interpretation of lyrics using combo of ballet or jazz, showing legwork, balance, body emotion.

MODELING EVENTS such as Formal Wear Model (dress or gown), Fashion Wear Model, (casual coordinated outfit), Costume Model (any costume, can be performed by solo or whole group) All modeling events are Free style, (no props please), approx 1 min on stage, we provide music. Modeling is typically held prior to the start of solos.

MODERN such as (Graham, Tharp). Dance can demonstrate balance, isolation, extension, based on space, force, weight and time, can be characterized to reflect the choreographers vision.

MUSICAL THEATRE dance Interpreting a song from a Movie, Musical or Broadway.

PHOTOGENIC ENTRY can be headshot, 3/4 shot or full length. Can be home shot or professional. No larger than 8×10. Costume Photogenic can be for soloist or group. Must be mailed in 2 weeks prior, name, studio, date of birth on back of photo.

OPEN is a mix of 2 or more styles . Unlimited tricks are allowed. A jazz or tap routine that has tricks may go here.

POINTE execute pointe technique with the majority of dancers in pointe shoes.

POM a routine incorporating the use of Pom precise and definite movement. Acro allowed. Judges on both Pom technique and dance steps, moves, and choreography.

SONG & DANCE demonstrate dance style and vocal ability.
No other lead voices on music. No Special microphones or sound equipment is to be hooked up performer or DJ. Limited to 2 cordless house microphones.

TAP executing tap technique in tap shoes. No Tap sounds on music.

TITLE The Dance Title entry is for a soloist who would like to test their skill against all solos in all age divisions who enter Title. One does not need to enter Dance Title in order to win solo talent category. If entering more than 1 solo, all student’s solo scores are averaged together for the overall highest average score. Males / Females have separate Titles. This is an Optional Event.

TWIRLING may use batons or twirling props, showing technique with choreographed dance moves. (no fire, knives or swords)

VOCAL no backups or other voices on music, no special microphone hookups or sound adjustments. Vocalists will be supplied with a wireless microphone & may have a microphone stand per request prior to the show.

Solos, Duos/Trios 2:45 min
Groups, Lines, Classes 3:00 min
Mini Production 5:00 min
Production 8:00 min

EXTENDED TIME is $3 per dancer

Solos 15 seconds
Duos/Trios 15 seconds
Groups 30 seconds
Lines, Classes 60 seconds
Mini Production 2 min
Production 2 min

Video services offered offered at all shows. Studios/Parents/Audience is not allowed to take video during competition.

Videos are reasonably priced with Studio Discount packages. DVDs and are mailed out usually the very next weekend.

Questions: see the rep on site or email videographer directly cvideo@twcny.rr.com

Depending upon the Venue / School /Hotel and size of the Competition, along with the anticipated # of Students and Seating Area along with the requirements from the venu, your competition may have Guest Limitations.

A couple locations may allow only 2 guests per dancer and a couple venues may have an minimal audience door charge. Your studio Owner will receive all information regarding the show policy 2 weeks prior to the show .

Every Dancer under 18 must have a parent / legal guardian sign a release and be present to handle costumes, changing, lunch, supervision and everything your child needs.

Dads /Males are not permitted in the Girls Dressing Room.

Moms/Females are not allowed in the Boys Dressing Room.

Siblings/ Friends / Guests can not tag along into the dressing room. They must stay in lobby or theatre seat displaying courtesy to other guests and performers.

Dance competitions last for hours or the whole day and your guests may not find it Fun like you do. Mostly dancers hang out with the team, taking photos and watching other groups. Your team has invested a lot of money and your attention needs to go to the Dance Student, the Studio and your Dance Director

Please consider the needs off all your attending guests, keeping in mind that special needs guests have special needs that can not be met at dance competitions from loud music to special seating.

A short dance recital is perfect for most guests.

Beware: Colleges / High School / Middle School l venues will NOT allow Coolers, Food, Eating or hot liquids in their school classrooms / gyms / theatre . Food is restricted to the Lobby area . Be sure to ask your studio director for the competition guidelines which he/she will receive approx 2 weeks prior to the event.

All SU2D Workshops are 1 day. Classes are a reasonable size and students who need extra help have the opportunity for more instruction. Typical Day is 8:15am-3:00pm with ½ hr lunch. Classes are TAP JAZZ CONTEMPORARY HIP HOP and MUS. TH or IMPROV.

Price is $150 with all Teachers & Moms Free.

Please be sure to visit our CONVENTION FAQ’S.

1) Email into Carol directly your list of Students: First & Last Name & Age. Mail-in Payment or Send thru PayPal.
2) Enter & Pay thru your DC Genie online system.

Enter and pay here. [https://registernow.stepup2dance.com] All credit cards accepted. Safe Secure check out with PayPal. with any major credit card .