2022 Dance Machine Rules & Guidelines

At Dance Machine we encourage studio spirit and fellowship among studios, if you come with an attitude of we are “here to win” or “here to beat others” then this is not the competition for your studio/school. We promote an environment of positive energy and growth of the students. Dance Machine philosophy: Competition is not about “beating out others” but improving yourselves, appreciating what you have learned and acknowledging others accomplishments, everything else is icing on the cake!  

Studio Directors may contact our office for Entry Fees and Online Registration Information.  

Every Dancer and Studio receives FREE PHOTO & VIDEO of all routines they perform in at Regional Competitions, National Finals, and the National Titles Competition!!!   

Dance Machine is part of the America’s National Dance Championships (ANDC) Family of Competitions & Conventions.            

Dance Machine as a part of the ANDC Family of Competitions & Conventions expects all studios that participate in events to maintain a high moral standard, keep a positive attitude, and encouraging nature.  Dance Machine is designed to be a learning experience and an opportunity for everyone to be recognized for their accomplishments. We offer twenty categories, three competition levels, six overall age divisions, a titles division, and many fun and free divisions to show your studio’s spirit. Dance Machine promotes a family-geared environment.  Routines that are seductive, contain explicit lyrics, and suggestive material could result in substantial point deductions. We expect all entries to be appropriate for family viewing. We also expect all parents, teachers, & dancers to use good moral character and values at the competition. We encourage good sportsmanship!!! Not following these moral guidelines could cause a studio to be asked not to return to our events.

Competitive Levels

  1. RECREATIONAL: This level is for dancers who only take class or are in an instruction situation 3 hours or less a week. This level is for Beginning dancers and/or those with little or no experience in a competitive environment.  Recreational Dancers are limited to 1 Solo.  Just because a dancer is a beginner or has limited experience does not mean they have to be entered at this level ; if they have the hours and the skill give them the push. Dancers with TWO or more solos must enter at the Intermediate or Advanced Level. 
  2. INTERMEDIATE: This level is for recreational students, those who only take class or practice in an instructional situation less than 5 hours per week. This includes all solo, duo, duet, trio times, as well as weekly practice time in addition to classes.
  3. ADVANCED: This level is for dancers who take a class or are in an instructional situation more than 5 hours per week and is open to any and all participants. If a dancer’s skill level is truly advanced they need to be entered at the Advanced level regardless of the number of hours taken per week. 

**Level Hours are based on all classes taken, not by each style of dance taken. So if a student takes Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, and Acrobatics all of these classes should be added to determine levels. If additional Ballet/Technique Classes are taken or weekly Solo/Duet/Trio Classes are taken these should also be included in the tally of hours.

You will compete in the division entered…please do not ask us to change it on the day of competition! 

Because NO competition can possibly know how many hours a child dances or for how many years they have danced, teachers are left to their own sound judgment when entering routines.  The judges may elevate routines that are obviously under-placed.  All decisions are Final.


1. Soloist may only perform one solo and be entered in the RECREATIONAL Level.  If performing multiple solos then a dancer must enter in the Intermediate or Advanced Level.  

2. Duet/Trios need to enter at the highest Level of dancer. EXAMPLE:  A trio has two Intermediate Dancers and one Advanced Solo Dancer, it needs to be entered at the Advanced Level.  The same goes for a Duet/Trio if one dancer is Advanced for Solo it needs to be entered at the Advanced Level. 

3. If 50% of a group routine is a higher level then the group needs to be entered at the higher level. 


  • Solo (1 Performer)
  • Duet/Trio (2-3 Performers)
  • Small Group (4-9 Performers)
  • Large Group (10-19 Performers)
  • Super Group (20+ Performers)
  • Production (15 + Performers and have a theme or tell a story) **Production has an extended time limit**

Our Policy on Teachers/Professionals competing: This is a sensitive issue, however, this is our policy.  WE OFFER AN ELITE DIVISION…Any routine Solo, Duet/Trio, or Group with a teacher in the routine must compete in the ELITE DIVISION, this is regardless of average age. ELITE DIVISION will have its own top score awards separate from other divisions, but will not have levels. Teachers may be in Production Numbers with no restrictions on age division. We will treat each situation individually and our decision will be final. When in doubt please ask!   By Dance Machine Productions policy a Teacher/Professional is anyone who has graduated high school and is paid to teach/choreograph classes/solos/duet/trios over two hours per week.  

Regional Title:
All Soloist are eligible for Regional Title unless they hold a National Title in the ANDC Family of Competitions & Conventions.  There is no FEE for regional title.  A regional title winner is selected in each overall age division.  Any soloist scoring an Elite Gold or higher at a regional competition may enter the National Titles Competition held in July in Eden, NC. 

National Title Competition:  As stated above soloist scoring an Elite Gold or higher at a regional competition may enter the National Title Competition.  It is held in July in Eden, NC.  National Contestants compete in Interview, Class, an On Stage Introduction, and Solo Routine.  All National Title Information will be posted on the “Titles” page before the Regional Season begins.  The National Title Holders have the opportunity to Tour with Dance Machine, they help with Awards, Emcee, and lead activities at regional/national competitions.   

Overall Age Divisions 

  • Tiny Division (6 & under) **No Levels**
  • Mini Division (7-8)  
  • Petite Division (9-10)
  • Junior Division (11-12)  
  • Teen Division (13-14) 
  • Senior Division (15-19) 
     If entries merit then Senior SOLOS will break into (15-16) & (17-19)
  • Elite Division (20 +) **No Levels**


TEACHERS MAY CONTACT THE OFFICE FOR REGIONAL/NATIONAL ENTRY FEES.  We are very competitive in the industry with our entry fees. 

877-647-7326 or

We may ask for proof of studio ownership.

Photogenic is only accepted on-site at competitions and is $50.00 per photo.  

ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE FOR ANY REASON! A credit may be issued if proof can be given that a performer is unable to participate due to an injury or family emergency.  In the event of of any Government Restrictions we will work with each studio individually to work out the best solution for all parties.  We will REFUND if a competition is not able to be held due to any Government Restrictions.   

Adjudicated Awards

The Adjudicated awards are Power Platinum (282-300), Platinum (270-281), Elite Gold (261-269), High Gold (252-260), and Gold (251 or less). Each soloist and member of a Duo/Duet/Trio will receive their own adjudicated award. Each dancer that participates in group routines will be awarded a participation lapel pin for each routine. The Teachers/Directors will be awarded a Dance Machine Adjudicated Award for the studio.  Lapel Pins will be bagged by group and given out on stage to groups. At the National Championships a top award level of Power Diamond (291-300) will be awarded. 

Each routine will receive a digital score sheet that will be uploaded to studio accounts and an Audio/Video Critique for each entry.  Scores and Critiques can be accessed on your studio Dashboard in the registration system.  We do ask that you allow 24-48 hours after a regional competition for everything to upload and publish to your account.  

Overall & Top Score Awards

Overall Recognition will be awarded in Solo, Duet/Trio, Small, Large, and Super Group, and Production Divisions, within each overall age division and competitive level.   The 1st Place overall scoring group routine in each overall age division and competitive level will be awarded a Top Score Dance Machine Award, divisions will go out to a Top 10 for Top Score Recognition. 

Other awards given will include The Crowd Pleaser Award, The Choreography Award, The Entertainment Award, Innovation Award, and the ADCC Studio of Excellence Award.  

Bravo Awards are selected by the judges for outstanding performances, creative concepts, and awesome potential.

Champion Awards for Top Scoring Groups and Productions will be awarded.  These could be by Age Division or Level based on competition size and number of entries in levels.  

General Information

MUSIC needs to be uploaded in advance of the competition using our online system.  All music should be recorded at proper speed.  FOR EMERGENCY it is advisable to have a duplicate Flash Drive available.  

TIME LIMITS: Solos, Duet/Trios 3:00 min, Groups 4:00 min, and Productions 10:00 min (Time limit includes entrance/exit and prop set-up) If EXTENDED TIME IS NEEDED FOR ENTRIES CONTACT THE OFFICE FOR PROCEDURE.  

NUMBER OF ENTRIES: Entries will be on a first come, first serve basis and will be limited to the amount of performance time available. DANCE MACHINE reserves the right to add additional competition days or move the competition location due to unforeseen circumstances.  Dance Machine also bears the right to refuse entries at their discretion.

VIDEOTAPING AND PHOTOGRAPHY IS PROHIBITED at Dance Machine and ANDC Family Competitions.   This is for the protection of all performers and studios.  We give FREE PHOTO & VIDEO of every routine for performers and studios at Regional Competitions, National Finals, and National Titles Competition. 

Only CERTIFIED FUNDS will be accepted for payment. Make Payable to: Dance Machine Productions, Inc.  Use our ONLINE Entry System for submitting routines.  A confirmation e-mail will be sent via e-mail 10-12 days before the regional competition. Unpaid entries will not receive an individualized studio schedule. A general performance schedule will be posted on the website a week prior to the competition. If entry fees are not paid we will not allow performers to participate in the competition.  ALL ENTRIES SHOULD BE PAID BY CERTIFIED FUNDS. Double check all entries before submitting them as a “change fee” will be applied to your account if changes are needed once the schedule is created. 

ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE FOR ANY REASON…credits can be issued for future events based on the individual situation. Studio Directors must facilitate this communication, our office will not speak with parents/guardians of performers.

Routines awarded an Elite Gold Award or higher qualify to compete at one of our Dance Machine-America’s National Dance Championships Finals, known as The Clash of the Champions.  June in North Carolina and July in Tennessee. 

Photogenic Entries: Entries must bring to the competition a recent 5 x 7 or 8 x 10 in black & white or color to the competition.  On back of the photo list, name, age, and studio.  Photos will be returned to the Merchandise Table at the conclusion of the age division.  Dance Machine 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 PHOTOGENIC ENTRIES-you must enter at the competition.  There is a $50.00 fee per photo entered in the photogenic category. Each competition will have a limited number of photogenic entries.  Photos will receive an Adjudicated Award and are eligible for Top Score Awards.  Top Scoring Photogenic Awards will be presented at Group Awards during regional competitions. 

Absolutely No forms of liquids (including water), gels, aerosols, glitter, or confetti etc. which may affect the stage surface may be used during a routine.  All props must be in place within the given time limit of the routine unless certain circumstances warrant reasonable additional time as a result of the stage location and conditions.


Any change in competition days and/or times is at the sole discretion of Dance Machine and will be determined by the amount of time available at each regional competition.  

A studio schedule will be e-mailed 8-10 days prior to the competition date if paid in full. Dance Machine does not have a general format 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.

Dance Machine reserves the right to extend or condense the number of days of a competition or move the competition location due to unforeseen circumstances.  

THE DANCE MACHINE RULES WILL BE EVALUATED AND ENFORCED ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS, BASED ON WHAT IS BEST FOR ALL PARTIES INVOLVED. Studios/Schools that feel a need to complain and try to go against the system will be asked not to return to any future Dance Machine Productions Events.  We pride ourselves on being FAIR!!!

Dance Machine Productions, Inc/The ANDC Family of Competitions & Conventions and the hosting facility are not responsible for personal injury or property loss.  Contestants will be judged by a panel of well-qualified judges, and all decisions of the judges will be accepted as final.

Dance Machine Productions Categories

Categories where Acrobatic/Gymnastics tricks are not allowed are specified, in other categories please keep tricks to less than five or enter in Open. Questions? Please ask us.  No limit to tricks in Character, Cheerleading, Musical Theater, or Pom Pon Categories.

  • Acrobatic: routine containing acrobatic technique with dance steps to connect movement
  • Ballet: routine containing ballet technique and steps.  No Arco/Gymnastic tricks.
  • Baton: use of baton technique, while using a baton, with dance steps to connect movement.
  • Character: a dance routine of any style that portrays a recognizable character.
  • Cheerleading: Routine can include chants, tumble passes, lifts, stunts, pom pons, and dance.
  • Clogging: routine using clogging technique and steps  We also offer Clogging Line, Clogging Moving Line, and Clogging Exhibition for Clogging Group RoutinesThese are available in our Online Entry System. 
  • Contemporary: A blend of modern and lyrical styles with an edge
  • Ethnic: routine using movement native to particular culture or nationality
  • Hip-Hop: A routine consisting of pop locking, funk or street style dance.
  • Jazz: routine using jazz technique and steps.
  • Lyrical: routine must contain interpretation of music, use of extension, control, and balance.
  • Modern: The interpretation of idea with the use of isolations, contractions, and demonstrate a feel for music.
  • Musical Theatre: routine portraying a Broadway or film character or theme, vocalization and lip-sync is allowed.
  • Open: A combination of dance styles and any acrobatics/gymnastic tricks are allowed.
  • Pointe: routine containing ballet technique and steps while wearing Pointe shoes. No Acrobatics/Gymnastics Tricks.
  • Pom Pon: a routine using pom pons with dance movement.
  • Song & Dance: routine using both vocal singing and dance.
  • Tap: routine containing tap technique and steps. Try to avoid tap sounds in music.