National Finals

Team Building and Learning
The Reign

Some of the season’s top dancers come together at the TRDC National Finals to perform in “The Reign”, our Nationals Team. This group of talented dancers is taught new choreography, and rehearses both in the studio and onstage, finally performing as the Opening Number at The Royal Circle, which is the final day of competition.

Dancers are nominated to “The Reign”at Regional events, at which time they will receive information about the obligations which accompany this performance opportunity. (Please see Rules and Regulations to see who is eligible for The Reign).

Royal Circle

During The Royal Dance Competition’s National Final events, certain routines will be invited back to perform in The Royal Circle on the final days of competition. The Royal Circle brings back the best routines of the week, all competing to win top cash and scholarship prizes – not to mention the giant trophies!

Ultimate Royal Soloist:

  • Novice/Intermediate (combined) Solo, ages 12 and under

  • Novice/Intermediate (combined) Solo, ages 13 and older

  • Competitive Solo, ages 12 and under

  • Competitive Solo, ages 13 and older

Ultimate Royalty Award:

  • Novice/Intermediate (combined) Non-Solo, ages 12 and under

  • Novice/Intermediate (combined) Non-Solo, ages 13 and older

  • Competitive Non-Solo, ages 12 and under

  • Competitive Non-Solo, ages 13 and older

(please see rules for a description of how routines are chosen for The Royal Circle)

Team Building and Learning Opportunities

Taking a break from dancing has never been more fun – or crazy! – as TRDC’s Color Wars! All dancers are placed on one of four “color” teams, and invited to proudly display their color in clothing, inflatables, hair, makeup, etc. All teams come together on a nearby field one night during the week to compete in individual and group games, vying for the title of Color War Champs!

All dancers attending TRDC National Finals are invited to participate in master classes, taught by TRDC judges and faculty. These master classes give dancers the opportunity to learn new skills and choreography, learn from seasoned professionals, and meet new friends!

Dancers love to see themselves on the big screens, and TRDC is here to make that happen! TRDC sends out choreography prior to the National Finals for dancers to learn, and then video tapes dancers in small and large groups performing this choreography. The footage is then combined into a Video Production, which premiers on the final day of competition and then is posted to TRDC’s YouTube channel. (Note: dancers can participate in The Reign or the Video Production, but the schedule may not allow participation in both performance opportunities.)

Additional Performance Opportunities

Each studio will be invited to enter at least one routine for the Improv Challenge. In this performance opportunity, dancers choose a genre and we choose the music! Dancers have 1 minute to demonstrate their natural dance ability and show the judges why they should be crowned a National Improv champion! The Improv Challenge is open to solos, duos/trios, or groups. Winners will have their photos displayed in the following year’s program. Please see our Rules and Regulations for more information.

In addition to TRDC’s traditional Improv Challenge, each studio is invited to nominate one dancer to participate in the Ultimate Improv Challenge! For this opportunity, TRDC chooses both the music AND the genre – the dancers simply step on stage and perform in the genre they are given at that time. This is the ultimate test of musicality, originality, and improvisation. Winners will have their photos displayed in the following year’s program.

The Royal Dance Competition recognizes the beauty of a dancer through our special photogenic award. Dancers are invited to submit either 5x7, 8x10 or digital photos to be considered for our Photogenic Challenge. Winners are chosen at each event in the 12 & under and the 13 & older age divisions. Winners receive trophies and their photos will be featured in the following year’s program. Entries can be registered and submitted prior to the competition, or at the check-in table at the event.