Ability Click to View

Often times a school will have a variety of levels in a group. Simply choose the one that you feet 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. Many of the teens are in intermediate level Teacher simply chooses the level so that the dancers are comfortably going before or after others of similar ability.
Step Up 2 Dance competition is non punitive , so choosing the wrong level will not affect scoring. All acts receive a beautiful Award . The overalls high point routines are chosen from all ages, all abilities, all genres so the level is not going to matter in the overalls.

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. Sometimes an advanced student will be asked to go pro-am so that other learning students have an opportunity.

Age Click to View

Little 3/4
Young 7/8 9/10
Jr Teen 11/12 13/14
Teen 15/16 17/18
Yg Adult 19/24 Senior 41-any age
Teacher Any age

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)

Awards Click to View

Each and Every Act receives 1 Trophy. Every dancer receives a Beautiful Neck Ribbon/Medal that is given to the Studio Owner at the Show. In the case a dancer would like to purchase a trophy, we do have a few at each show. We can also ship to your home, but add 7-10 days and ground postage.

Check In Click to View

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.

Competition Schedule Click to View

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 Click to View

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

Dance Categories Click to View

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

Solo Events

Solo Talent includes Age Div. Crown, High Point

Solo w/ Title (optional) competes against all age divisions
Broadway Audition (interview, stage question)
Most Photogenic
Costume Photo (solo or group)
Costume Model (solo or group)
Formal Wear Model
Fashion Wear Model

Deadline Click to View

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

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

Discount Click to View

Studio owner only! Call in to hear about our Discounts.

Dressing Room Click to View

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 Click to View

Are available to Studio Owners only in the Studio Owner online entry form. Request hard copy via carol@stepup2dance.com.

by SEPT 15 with BALANCE by FEB. 1 earns you for 20% off ENTIRE ENTRY FEE for Regionals, Nationals or both
( note Fla & AZ show: Balance Due Nov. 1 )

DEPOSIT AMOUNT: $100 for 10 routines, $500 for 10-20 routines $1,000 over 20 routines.

SUPER DEAL: Pay In Fill By Oct 1 Receive 30% Off !

Balance Due not later than 30 day prior to show.

Late Entries
If there is room in the show, after the deadline, we may accept a late entry with late fees.

Food Policy Click to View

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 Click to View

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.

Independent Entry Click to View

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.

Information Click to View

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.

Injury Click to View

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.

Late Entry/Late Fee Click to View

Changes after program book is printed are not accepted. We can not reprint or accept a change. Emergency change 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.

LATE PAYMENTS: Late payments are subject to late fee. Check with office.

Limited Entries Click to View

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.

Line Up Order Click to View



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
SR. ADULT AGE 41 & up

Music Click to View

We accept CD’s and Backups on IPOD/MP 3 Player. We do not accept Music Upload.

Music must be good quality, pre-recorded at appropriate volume level & pitch, completely edited, with a max 3 second lead. Each Song must be on it’s own individual quality CD. You must provide good quality dust free, unscratched CD’s. Do not bring CD’s that have been handled, used, previously written on , left in the car, played in other competitions. Do not use CD’s with an adhesive label which could cause your CD to skip. Burn a new CD. Please bring a back up of all music on IPOD ,IPAD, MP3 player or Computer. We will call for your back up music only if your original music fails to start. However, Once the dancer begins dancing , there is no opportunity to re-compete should your music fair or mishap for any reason. Print in black sharpie your #, Name of Song exactly as it is.

No Re-Competing Click to View

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. Dancer should not stop dancing. If dancer stops dancing for any reason, they are graded upon what they performed, without a second chance.

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.

No Smoking Click to View

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

Optional Events Click to View

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.

Overnight Accommodations Click to View

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

Parent Release Click to View

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

Payment Information Click to View

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

If you can not come, delete your routines at least 30 days prior to Show.
Any routine in the program book 30 days prior to the show mis responsible for payment.

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),

If we can accept you after the final 30 day deadline entries are automatically charged $10. per routine.

HOLD with a deposit ENTER early PAY in FULL

Photo Click to View

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.

Program Books Click to View

Souvenir Program Books are sold at the shows and are not available prior to the show. A Studio Owner’s packet will be available for STUDIO OWNER ONLY that has entered groups in the competition.

Only Studio Owner may receive packet. If Studio Owner can not attend, then teacher will purchase program book.

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.

Props/Scenery Click to View

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.

Questions Click to View

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

Refunds Click to View

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.

Schedule Prior To The Show Click to View

You will receive your Schedule via Email on the Monday of the week of your show. You will receive an email between 3-5pm with your times.

Studio Schedule and Program Schedule is available to Registered Studio Directors only. Changes cannot be accepted once the program book closes, approximately 10 days prior to the shows.

Song Choice Click to View

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.

Styles of Dance Click to View

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.

Time Limits Click to View

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

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

Who Should Attend Click to View

Mom or a Chaperone to handle costumes and everything a dancer needs.

Be sure to read all rules and check the location you are attending for rules on guests and admission policy as this can change depending upon your venue size and limitations.

Your Studio Director / Teacher will determine your meet up time, place. Everything at the dance competition revolves around your team’s performance so follow the guidelines from your Studio Director.

Grandparents may not like the loud music.

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

Those with special needs may not find a crowded high school comforting.

Dance competitions last for hours or the whole day and 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 Studio and Director first.

A short dance recital is perfect for most guests.

Dancer/ Parents are responsible for guests to follow rules:
No smoking on school grounds, no coolers allowed in classrooms, dressing rooms, no photo/videos during show & all rules applicable to performers.

Workshops Click to View

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.

Studio Directors may enter thru their online DC genie portal and independent students may enter (convention only) here.