Rules

2018 Dance Machine ANDC Regional Rules & Guidelines

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 ANDC 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 Entry Information

NEW IN 2018…Every Dancer receives FREE Video of all routines they perform in, this is our Gift to you for choosing Dance Machine ANDC.

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Dance Machine Productions ANDC 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, seven overall age divisions, a titles division, and many fun and free divisions to show your studio’s spirit. Dance Machine Productions 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.
  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, 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. 

THREE IMPORTANT RULES APPLYING TO LEVEL PLACEMENT

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 must enter at the highest Level of dancer. EXAMPLE:  A trio has two Intermediate Dancers and one Advanced Dancer, it must be entered at the Advanced Level.  The same goes for a Duo/Duet if one dancer is Advanced it must be entered at the Advanced Level. 

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

Tiny (6 & under) will only have a Recreational Level

Mini (7-8) will only have Recreational and Intermediate Levels

Petite (9-10), Junior (11-12), Teen (13-14), and Senior (15-19) will have Recreational, Intermediate, and Advanced Levels

Elite (20+) will not have Levels.

Age Divisions

  • Solo (1 Performer)
  • Duet/Trio (2-3 Performers)
  • Small Group (4-8 Performers)
  • Large Group (9-15 Performers)
  • Super Group/Line (16+ Performers)
  • Production (10 + Performers and have a theme or tell a story…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.

Overall Age Divisions

  • Tiny Division (6 & under)
  • Mini Division (7-8)
  • Petite Division (9-10)
  • Junior Division (11-12)
  • Teen Division (13-14)
  • Senior Division (15-19)
  • Elite Division (20 +)
  • There should be a minimum of three entries for an overall age division/level to be included for Top Score Awards, if there are not at least three entries it will be combined with the closest age division/level.

All AGES FOR REGIONAL & NATIONALS ARE AS OF JANUARY 1, 2018.

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 Info@dancemachineonline.com

We may ask for proof of studio ownership.

Photogenic is only accepted on-site at competitions and is $40.00 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.

Adjudicated Awards

The Adjudicated awards are Xtreme Platinum (282-300), Platinum (270-281), Elite Gold (261-269), High Gold (250-260), and Gold (250 or less). Each soloist and member of a Duo/Duet/Trio will receive their own trophy with an 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 Trophy with the Adjudicated Award for the studio.  Lapel Pins will be bagged by group and given to the studio director at Check-Out from the competition.

Each routine will receive a digital score sheet that will be e-mailed to studios and an Audio/Video Critique provided by Video Judge facilitated by DRC Video Productions. Intructions on how to access scores and critiques will be given at Check-Out.

Overall & Top Score Awards

Overall Recognition will be awarded in Solo, Duet, Trio, Small, Large, and Super Group Divisions, within each overall age division and competitive level; we do require a minimum of three entries in an overall/Top Score age division and level for overall/Top Score awards to be given.  If there are not at least three entries in an overall age division and level then it may be combining with the closest overall age division and/or level.  The 1st Place overall scoring group routine in each overall age division and competitive level will be awarded a Large Dance Machine Trophy.

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

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

General Information

MUSIC: It should be noted that contestants will be required to record their own music on an individual CD, MP3 Player, or IPOD.  There must be one routine per CD.  If you choose to use an MP3Player or  IPOD, there must be a playlist with all your routines labeled appropriately and in order of performance.  All music should be recorded at proper speed.  FOR EMERGENCY it is advisable to have a duplicate CD or IPOD available.  Each CD or IPOD must be clearly marked with the name of the routine, routine number, and studio name.  Music should be turned in at the beginning of each division. We can keep your music for the entire competition.

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 GROUP 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 ANDC events.  DRC Video Productions and Dance Snaps will be at all Regional and National Competitions for video and photography needs.  This is also for the protection of all performers and studios. 

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 packet will be sent via e-mail 8-10 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. We can issue a credit for use at a future event if there is proof of injury or family emergency preventing a performer from being able to participate.

Routines awarded a High Gold Award or higher qualify to compete in the Dance Machine’s America’s National Dance Championships Finals.  National information will be posted on the website and provided at regional competitions.  If you need national finals in advance please contact the office. 

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.  Please write name, age, and studio on the back of the photo.  Photos will be returned, however, they will be placed in the studio packet.  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 $40.00 fee per photo entered in the photogenic category. Each competition will have a limited number of photogenic entries…the Dance Machine ANDC Photogenic Trophy will be awarded with a rating to each photo and the top score photo will be awarded a Large Top Score Trophy. 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.

ALL ROUTINES MUST COMPETE ON THE DAY AND TIME ASSIGNED. ALL ENTRIES WHICH DO NOT COMPETE ON THEIR ASSIGNED DAY AND TIME WILL BE ADJUDICATED BUT WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR TOP SCORE AWARDS.  Any change in competition days and/or times is at the sole discretion of Dance Machine ANDC and will be determined by the amount of time available at each regional competition.

A time schedule will be e-mailed 8-10 days prior to the competition date. Dance Machine ANDC 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 ANDC 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 ANDC 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 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
  • 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.