Rules & Policies

*Must achieve 265 or higher to qualify for overall

     DECAdent Diamond 295-300
     Diamond 289-294.9
     Platinum 279-288.9
     High Gold- 269-278.9
     Gold 259-268.9
     High Silver - 258 & Below

Intermediate/ Debut- Debut is for 1st time soloists only:
*Must achieve a score of 260 or higher to qualify for overall

     Diamond- 289-300
     Platinum- 270-288.9
     High Gold- 260-269.9
     Gold- 250-259.9
     High Silver 249.9 & Below

DECAdent Choreography award will be awarded to the routine that the judges feel exemplifies extraordinary choreography. This will be awarded in intermediate and advanced divisions in 12 and under and 13 and over. This award will only be given to groups.

DECAdent Entertainment award will be given to the routine that the judges felt was the most entertaining routine. This award will be presented in the 12 and under and 13 and over age divisions. This award will only be given to groups.

DECAdent Debut award. DECAdance welcomes first time competitors with open arms! Any soloist competing in their first season qualifies to compete in this division.

DECAdent Dancer award is presented to the dancer who stands out because of their passion and execution as well as commitment to the piece. This award will be presented in the 12 and under category as well as the 13 and over category. These dancers will be presented with Broadway Dance Center gift certificates as well as a paid solo entry for the next season.

DECAdent Technique award will be awarded to the studio with the overall highest technique award. Overall technique is determined by the 5 highest scoring routines from each studio. This award will only be given to groups.

SPECIAL AWARDS will be given to dances at the discretion of the judges in each session.

SCHOLARSHIPS will be awarded to up to 3 dancers in the 12 and under division as well as the 13 and over division. Dancers are not eligible to win more than one scholarship per season.

The highest scoring routine in each genre will also be recognized! The following genres must have more than 10 entries in order to be recognized.

Highest Scoring:

Jazz/Jazz Fusion
Musical Theatre/Open

*NEW for Block Schedules* 

Awards will be held for each block. Special awards and adjudicated awards will be announced shortly after the final routine performs. Awards will be sent directly to the studio unless otherwise specified. A password protected livestream for overall awards will be announced at the event. Links will be sent to studio directors via email. 

A MAXIMUM of two solos per dancer will be strictly enforced. Only the highest scoring routine can place in overalls.

Top 10 overalls will be awarded to solos, duo/trios, groups, lines and productions that have a minimum of five routines in each division. 

Overall soloist winners will be invited for an exclusive photoshoot to model apparel.

Select winners will be awarded. 

DECAdance judges are all highly qualified and will determine the level in which dances will be adjudicated. All dances will compete in their registered category and if any dance does not follow the guidelines for each level, DECAdance reserves the right to place any and all dances in the category or level the judges deem appropriate to ensure a fair and level playing field for all competitors.

DECAdance stands firmly behind dancers dancing to age appropriate music, in age appropriate costumes and performing age appropriate movement. If age appropriateness is neglected, that will reflect in the score the dance receives. DECAdance reserves the right to disqualify any number that is deemed inappropriate. In the event disqualification is the action, the choreographer/studio director will be contacted directly in regards to the matter.

In addition to the DECAdance Debut category for soloists, there will be two levels of competition; Intermediate and Advanced.

DECAdance competition levels are not determined by hours of class taken in a week, but based upon skill. Turn sequences exceeding 5 or more turns will be considered advanced. Dances with tumble passes out of multiple turns, tucks and multiple switching leaps will also be considered advanced.

Division Regulations & BreakdownDancers will compete in the category of their age as of January 1st.

Age Divisions:

Petite 6 and Under

Mini 7-9

Junior 10-12

Teen 13-15

Senior 16-19

Every routine will be scored by four judges. Each judge will have a total score of 75 points.

Technique 25
Performance 15
Level of difficulty 10
Choreography 10
Age Appropriateness 5
Costume 5
Overall 5

Specialized judge will have a higher weighted score in the technique category. In the event of a tie, the technique score will be used.

Every entry will be placed in one of the following categories based on the descriptions that follow:


Category Definition 


A routine containing acrobatic movement/gymnastics; routine must contain 50% dance choreography


A routine containing classical Ballet technique; no acrobatic/gymnastic tricks are allowed in this category 


A routine using baton(s) containing Baton technique 


A routine containing Clogging technique 


A routine combining Jazz and Lyrical technique to interpret the music 


A routine incorporating one or more ethnic styles of dance 

Hip Hop

A routine containing Hip Hop technique from at least one of the various styles; no Jazz technique 


A routine containing Jazz technique 


A routine in which dancers interpret the lyrics of the song 


A routine containing Modern dance technique to interpret the music  Musical Theater A routine interpreting the music using song, dialogue and/or dance 

Musical Theater

A routine interpreting the music using song, dialogue and/or dance 


A routine consisting of multiple or unspecified styles of dance Photogenic A submission of a high resolution photo, judged on overall appearance


A routine containing Pointe technique; no acrobatic/gymnastic tricks are allowed in this category 

Street Jazz/Fusion   

A routine containing Jazz technique with Hip Hop influences 

Student Choreography

A routine choreographed by students with minimal assistance from an instructor 

TapA routine containing tap technique. No pre recorded sounds are permitted.


Number of dancers per routine:


1 dancer


2-3 dancers

Small group

4-9 dancers

Large group

10-17 dancers


18-24 dancers


25+ dancers


Music will be uploaded through the registration portal. Studio directors are advised to provide backup copies on iPod/iPad/Cd.

Time Limitations:




3 min

Small group

3 min

Large group



5 min 


6-8 minutes 

Any routine needing additional time must contact DECAdance directly.

No props should exceed 8 feet.
No liquid or fire.
Any items needing to be swept must be removed by a representative from the performing studio.
Props should be set up within 3 minutes of the first piece entering the stage and removed within 3 minutes from the time the dancers exit the stage. Prop set up and removal times that are exceeded will result in a point deduction in the overall score from each judge.

Any studio wishing to attend must hold their spot with a $500 deposit. Full payment must be received 30 days prior to the event. Payments after the deadline will be subject to a 10% late fee. Payments can be made via check, venmo or credit card. Payments made with cash or check will receive a discount!

In the event a deposit is made and you do not submit payment by the event registration deadline, the deposit is non refundable. In the event you need to cancel your reservation for a DECAdance event, that deposit can be rolled over into a later event within the same season.

Flexible deposit and payment options are available. Competition events must be paid for 10 days in advance. In studio convention events must be paid in full 48 hours prior to the event. Events canceled or postponed due to state guidelines will be refunded. Deposits are non-refundable but can always be used for future competition events or in studio convention events.

Any routines not paid for in full by the day before the start of the event will not be permitted to compete.

For the safety of dancers, please refrain from having multiple teachers backstage. We also ask that parents refrain from the check-in and backstage areas. Studio staff will have DECA ID tags. This will allow you backstage and up at the booth in the case of emergency or technical issue. Security staff will be placed throughout the venue to ensure that doorways, halls and other entry and exit routes are clear in the event of an emergency. Each studio will receive wristbands or pins for parents/guardians that will be permitted in the dressing rooms.This is to ensure only individuals affiliated with your studio are entering and exiting the designated areas for changing.


All DECAdance events will be photographed and recorded. These files are included at no additional cost. All studio directors will have access to photos, videos and judges critiques within 30 days of the event. No photography or videography is permitted. Any event that is live streamed will be password protected.

Rules and policies of DECAdance competition