What are the entry fees for competitions? Studio Owners can contact our office for entry fees.

How do you register for the competitions? Only Studio Owners and Teachers may register for competitions.  We have an online entry system that is easy to use and helps to make the registration process organized and efficient.  Only Studio Owners may contact our office for entry instructions.

Is video taping/taking photographs allowed at competitions? For the safety of your dancers we DO NOT allow video or photography at our events.  We do have a professional photographer (Dance Snaps) and videographer (DRC Video Productions) at all of our events, they will be available for purchase during and after our events for your convenience.

What is the age cut-off for age categories? All ages for competitions are as of January 1st, 2017. 

How many acrobatics/gymnastics tricks can we have in a routine? Up to five before it has to be entered in Open or Acrobatics.  Character, Cheerleading, and Musical Theater there is no limit to the number of tricks.  Ballet & Novelty NO Acrobatics/Gymnastics Tricks! We do not apply point deductions if a category change is made.

Do you have a limit to how many solos a dancer can perform? We do not limit the number of solos a student can perform.  We do reserve the right to limit the number of solos by an individual that can place in Top Score Rankings. 

Do you accept Independent Entries? We DO NOT accept independent entries for competitions, you must be registered with a studio in order to compete at Dance Machine ANDC.   We do allow independent registration for our conventions, you can contact our office if interested in attending a convention as an independent.

How Do you schedule competitions? Dance Machine Productions does not have a general scheduling format, which we follow at our regional competitions.  Every regional schedule is set up based solely on the breakdown of entries by solos, duet/trios, groups, and productions for that particular event.  We do not have this breakdown in numbers until all of the entries have been processed and at that time we set up a schedule which will best accommodate the participants at that regional.  We would rather go later on a Saturday so it is not a late night on a Sunday when participants have school or work on the next day.  This would not always be possible if we had a general format. We do our best to keep 12 & under to Saturday and 13 & up to Sunday…however if we have to schedule entries on different days we would start with solos first, then duet/trios. Productions are scheduled when they work best in the competition schedule. 

When will we get a schedule for the competition? We will send out a schedule via e-mail to studio directors 8-10 days before the event, we will send it sooner if it is ready.  We post the General Schedule Online about 7 days before the competition.

How are photogenic entries submitted? Entries must bring to the competition a recent 5 x 7 or 8 x 10 in black & white or color to the competition.  Please write name, age, and studio on the back of the photo.  Photos will be returned at the competition but contestants are responsible for retaining their photo on that day.  Dance Machine ANDC is not responsible for any damages to the photograph submitted.  You must enter photogenic on the day of competition.  You do not have to be a registered competitor to enter the photogenic category, but you must be affiliated with a registered studio.  DO NOT SEND PICTURES OR MONEY FOR PHOTGENIC ENTRIES-you must enter at the competition.  There is a $40.00 fee per photo entered in the photogenic category. Each photogenic entry will be awarded a trophy and receive a rating.  Overall Photogenic Awards will be based on number of entries submitted.  All Photogenic Awards will be presented with Group Awards for the corresponding age division. 

How are routine critiques given to studios?  Each judge will give an audio/video critique using Video Judge facilitated by DRC Video Productions.  Score Sheets will be given when a studio has finished competing for the weekend and they will get instructions for downloading critiques the day after the event.   

What Awards do you give?

Adjudicated Rating System

**Each judge awards a point value to each routine…then the three point values are added together and divided by three to get an average.  That average determines the Rating that the routine will fall into.


Xtreme Platinum, Platinum, Elite Gold, High Gold, and Gold  (We award a “Diamond” Rating at Nationals Only)

Top Score Overall Awards

Age Divisions are TINY 6 & under, MINI 7-8, PETITE 9-10, JUNIOR 11-12, TEEN 13-14, SENIOR 15-19, ELITE 20 & up

Each Competitive Level…RECREATIONAL, INTERMEDIATE, and ADVANCED all receive Top Score awards for Solo, Duet/Trio, Small Group, Large Group, and Super Group within the Competitive Level and Age Division.  Top Score Groups in each level and division are awarded an ANDC 8 x 10 plaque and Top Score Group Champions are awarded a 5-foot tall trophy.

Production Numbers are not separated by Competitive Level and scored separately from the rest of the competition.  The Top Scoring Production Champion is awarded a 5-foot tall trophy at regional competitions.

BRAVO Awards are presented to outstanding performances and innovative/creative choreography. Bravo Awards are given for Solos, Duet/Trios, and Groups.  Bravo Awards are selected by Judges and ANDC Staff and are not directly related to Adjudication, Rating Awarded, or Top Score Placement.

Entertainment, Crowd Pleaser, and Choreography Awards are presented in the Group Divisions.  These awards can come from any Competitive Level and are not directly related to the Adjudication, Rating Awarded, or Top Score Placement.

At the National Finals all of the above awards are presented and then the National Victory Cups to the highest scoring routines of the entire national finals from each age division. The Victory Cup can be awarded to a Solo, Duet/Trio, or Group.

**NATIONAL TITLE SEMI-FINALIST are awarded to Soloist.  In order to be considered for a Title Semi-Finalist you must be entered for this opportunity and must be planning to attend the National Finals in June.  There are only a certain number of spots awarded during the entire regional competition season.  The criteria for selection are Adjudicated Score, Performance Quality, and backstage behavior/positive attitude.  The selected National Title Semi-Finalist will compete their solo in the national finals and enter into the National Titles Competition.  At the National Finals they compete in Interview, Class (learn a combination & perform it for the judges in a closed room…then perform on stage as an exhibition for the audience), Stage Presence (Walk in formal attire as a group in patterns, give an introduction and answer a question at the microphone) and of course Solo Routine.  National Title Age Divisions: MINI MISS/MASTER 6-8, PETITE MISS/MASTER 9-10, JUNIOR MISS/MISTER 11-12, TEEN MISS/MISTER 13-14, MISS/MISTER DANCE 15-21. Overall Placement is awarded in each age division for each category.  Then all category scores are combined to determine the top five each age division with the highest score in each age division being named the National Title Winner.

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