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.

A competition can not know for sure how many hours, years a student has danced. Studio Directors are left to their own discretion and judgment to choose the ability level that makes the most sense. Go by the majority of students in the act and move up if in doubt.

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.

Adjudication Placement: Trophies are awarded to Every Act. There are winners in every genre, age & ability adjudication placement. Overall Solos: Sashes awarded to Top Overall Score in age divisions. Tiara’s awarded to Top Overall Highest Score Solos in age divisions. (If more than 3) Overall Groups: Scholarship Awards go to the Top Overall Score s in Duo/Trios, Groups, Lines, Classes, and Productions. Top scores groups are by age groups if enough entries warrant. TOP SCORES are not divided down further to ability level as ability level can never be verified, as a birth certificate can.

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

3/4
5/6
7/8
9/10

11/12
13/14
15/16
17/18

19/24
25/40
41& up

TROPHIES every Act
PIN / MEDALS every student in Groups
Scholarships to Nationals for Top Groups

SASH for top Overall R’Ups in Every Age Division
Crown top Overall in each age cagetory if 3 or more
Trophy for Optionals, Title, Photo, Model, Broadway &
Crown if more than 3.

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

Your own individual Final Studio Schedule will be emailed to you on Monday of Show Week.
Post Covid-19. Info will be Adjusted during the season depending upon what the Gov, Mayor, School, CDC require.
As of July 8, 2020:
Spector Free. Only 1 chaperone with dancer, no exceptions.
Hand sanitizer & temperature check.
No food/open beverage brought into the dressing room, competition ballroom, or theatre, or public area. Plastic bottled water only is allowed in these spaces.
It is required that students perform at their scheduled time.

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]

Duo/Trios
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’ names in the teacher’s field.

OPTIONAL EVENTS
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

http://www.stepup2dance.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/5878/2017/11/OPTIONAL-EVENTS.pdf

DANCE TITLE * PHOTOGENIC * MODEL * BROADWAY AUDITION

DANCE 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 Solo Overall Awards and the DANCE TITLE.
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 DANCE TITLE.
This is an OPTIONAL event, separate from overall High Point Solo.
All performers receive a Beautiful Trophy Award; however, there is only 1 TITLE TIARA and SASH OVERALL WINNER in DANCE TITLE.
If entries warrant, there may be a Sr. Overall, Jr Overall and Mini Overall added.
For more info, CLICK HERE

PHOTOGENIC
Photos must be EMAILED into carol@stepup2dance.com at least 3 weeks prior to the Show.
Subject Line: Photogenic & which 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 through Studio Owner.
The photo can be any size, Color, or Black/White, home shot, or professional.
For more info, CLICK HERE.

MODEL
Choose COSTUME MODEL* FASHION MODEL * FORMAL MODEL
No experience necessary for these fun optional events.
All modeling events are freestyle, (no props please), approx. 1 min on stage.
Modeling is typically held prior to the start of solos. We provide music.
For more info, CLICK HERE.

BROADWAY AUDITION
1) INTRODUCE yourself (microphone) on stage (20 seconds, Name, Age, Interesting Fact about You)
2) MODEL your black dancewear (any style leotard, dance shorts, etc.)
dance shoes (any type or color)
3) ANSWER a Pop Question (microphone) from judges about your future ambition.
This is for All ages, levels.
Director will rehearse with candidates for 5 min. before going on stage.
Broadway Audition is available at select locations.
For more info, CLICK HERE.

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

REGIONAL DISCOUNT DEAL:
10% off for all Regionals in 2021.

1) Mail-in studio check for $100. Deposit by September 30th. (Step Up 2 Dance, P.O. Box 474, Boston, MA 02127)
2) The balance must be paid before January 1st. A studio check is okay.
3) Additional Entries are due 30 days prior to the event by money order, bank check, or online.

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NATIONALS DISCOUNT DEAL:
10% off for all Nationals in 2021.

1) Mail-in studio check for $100. Deposit by January 1st. (Step Up 2 Dance, P.O. Box 474, Boston, MA 02127)
2) Final Balance by May 1st, 2021.

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ATTEND 2 REGIONALS:
Your second regional in one season earns you an additional 10% off.

 

Only participating dancers, 1 chaperone and teacher are allowed in the Dressing Room. No boys, dads, siblings, friends. Do not spray near others or any chemicals that may be 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 displays 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 the 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 the 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.

CONVENTION: Independents may enter Convention workshop Click here.

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, the same age, and the same ability. If the Teacher cannot substitute dancer, a credit will be given to the STUDIO. No refunds can be made.

LATE ENTRY: If Room, $10-$25.

LATE PAYMENTS: $10. - $25. Per routine
Note: Late payments or balances not paid within 30 days of the event may be subjected to a late fee. $10 per routine. Check with the office.

Late Entry / Late Payment cause hardship to attending dancers, studios, and staff. Please be on time.

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.

Info will be Adjusted during the season depending upon what the Gov, Mayor, School, CDC require. During June / July / August currently, we are Spector Free. Only 1 chaperone with dancer, no exceptions.
No food/open beverage brought into the dressing room, competition ballroom or theatre, or public area. Plastic bottled water only is allowed in these spaces.
It is required that students perform at their scheduled time.
Schedule times emailed to Studio Owner 1 week Prior.

STUDIO ENTRIES, PERFORM FIRST BY GENRE, THEN ABILITY:
DUO/TRIOS
GROUPS
LINES
CLASSES
MINI PRODUCTIONS
PRODUCTIONS

SOLOS PERFORM FIRST BY AGE DIVISION THEN BY GENRE:

LITTLE AGE 3-4, 5-6
YOUNG AGE 7-8, 9-10
JR TEEN AGE 11-12, 13-14
TEEN AGE 15-16, 17-18
YG. ADULT AGE 19-24
ADULT AGE 25-40
SR. ADULT AGE 41 & up

ALL MUSIC MUST BE UPLOADED 3 WEEKS PRIOR TO THE EVENT! We rely on all music uploaded to keep the show streamlined and running on time.

Note: If you do not upload your music three weeks prior to the show, we may be able to do it for you only if we have the staff and time. It's a $10 charge per routine. It will be added to your online invoice and must be paid prior to the performance.

Caution: Your music can not be uploaded at the show! This will cause our outsourced tech team to do special handling of your music, and you will be charged a $25 fee before your first act can go on. This is a hardship to all involved in the show. Please take care to upload your music three weeks prior to your event.

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 the 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 the parking lot. Violators may be fined & dismissed by school officials.

DANCE TITLE * PHOTOGENIC * MODEL * BROADWAY AUDITION

DANCE TITLE 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 Solo Overall Awards and the Dance Title.
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 DANCE TITLE.
This is an OPTIONAL event, separate from overall High Point Solo.
All performers receive a Beautiful Trophy Award; however, there is only 1 TITLE TIARA and SASH OVERALL WINNER in DANCE TITLE.
If entries warrant, there may be a Sr. Overall, Jr Overall and Mini Overall added.
For more info, CLICK HERE.

PHOTOGENIC
Photos must be EMAILED into carol@stepup2dance.com at least 3 weeks prior to the Show.
Subject Line: Photogenic & which 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 through Studio Owner.
The 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 freestyle, (no props please), approx. 1 min on stage.
Modeling is typically held prior to the start of solos. We provide music.
For more info, CLICK HERE.

BROADWAY AUDITION
1) INTRODUCE yourself (microphone) on stage (20 seconds, Name, Age, Interesting Fact about You)
2) MODEL your black dancewear (any style leotard, dance shorts, etc.)
dance shoes (any type or color)
3) ANSWER a Pop Question (microphone) from judges about your future ambition.
This is for All ages, levels.
Director will rehearse with candidates for 5 min. before going on stage.
Broadway Audition is available at select locations.
For more info, CLICK HERE.

Click here for more info.

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

Click here to print Studio Owner / Parent release for Student.

Sign, Take Photo, Emai it in: carol@stepup2dance.com
Questions? 781 231-0211
We are a mobile office from Jan through May. Email in. Do Not Mail it.

PAY ONLINE ANYTIME WITH PARTIAL or FULL PAYMENT.
You may pay with any credit card – simply select full or partial payment and put in the amount you wish to pay. This will be processed by PayPal and you do not need to have a PayPal account. All you need is any Credit or Debit Card.

Mail: Studio Checks accepted only before Jan. 1. After Jan. 1 the office only accepts Certified Cashier’s Check or Money Orders.
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 the deadline. ( no overnight mail, no signature request is accepted. Do not include Notes, send a note by email as we are out on Road Tour and office is limited hours.

Photo services offered at all shows. the Audience, Students, Teachers are not allowed to take photos during the competition. You may take photos during the 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 $10 are sold at the shows and are not available prior to the show. Mobile APP is sold $2.99 at the shows dependent upon the internet.

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. Email in immediately if you have a costume/time conflict.

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. STUDIO OWNERS ONLY call Carol 781 231-0211.

No refunds can be made.

In the event the dancer cannot attend due to illness or injury, the teacher may substitute another dancer.
The Studio May or May Not receive a Future Credit, depending upon the nature of the Illness which will require a doctor’s note.

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.

Due to Covid-19, we are under strict guidelines to have a certain number of performers in the building.  If you miss your time, you may not be able to perform and will forfeit your entry fee.

*Note: The Shows are fast-paced to keep hours reasonable for attending students. We rely 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 for any reason (late arrival, out to lunch, rehearsing) may have points deducted or be disqualified.

Please take care to select costumes, music, routines for general audience appeal. Inappropriate choreography or costumes too revealing may have deductions per the 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 dancer's feet go over her/his head – such as a walkover, back handspring.
A cartwheel is classified as a trick (feet overhead).

ACRO controlled moves that involve balance & flexibility., such as walkovers, chest rolls, handstands. It 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 executes the ballet technique. Majority of dancers in ballet shoes.

BROADWAY AUDITION This Fun event is for solos only to test a student's talent, interview & modeling ability against all age divisions. Please wear black dancewear (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. It can have stunts, tosses, pyramids. The 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 a 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 the title. One does not need to enter a dance title in order to win the 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 a 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 Freestyle, (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 choreographer's vision.

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

PHOTOGENIC ENTRY can be a headshot, 3/4 shot, or full length. It 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 the back of the 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 the 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 the 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 at most shows. Studios/Parents/Audience is not allowed to take videos during competition.

Covid-19 We are currently a Spectator Free Event.
Students may have 1 chaperone only until further notice.

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 venue, your competition may have Guest Limitations.

A couple of locations may allow only 2 guests per dancer and a couple of venues may have a 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.

NOTE: 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 the lobby or theatre seat displaying courtesy to other guests and performers.

Please consider the needs of all your attending guests, keeping in mind that special needs guests have special needs that can not be met at dance competitions. A short dance recital is perfect for most guests.
We can not lower a performer's music because a guest finds it too loud. All music is played at the industry standard for the benefit of the paying dance student. We can not provide special seating other than Teachers VIP’s down front.

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 8:15 am-3:00 pm 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.

STUDIO OWNERS:
Email into Carol directly your list of Students: First & Last Name & Age. Mail-in Payment.

INDEPENDENTS:
Enter and pay here. All credit cards accepted. Safe Secure check out with PayPal. with any major credit card.