1. Age Groups
Each entry will be placed into one of the following age groups, based on their average age as of January 1 of the competing year. Average age is calculated by adding the ages of all performers, and dividing by the number of performers. When calculating averages, drop the decimal.
*No more than 50% of the dancers can be higher than the average age or the routine will be moved to the next age group. So if a group has an average age of 10 and there are 16 dancers, but 9 are above the age of 13, the group will be moved to the 13-15 category.
* It may be possible, at the request of the director, to bump a routine to the next highest age group (i.e. from teen to senior). Such an age bump is possible only if the average age of that routine is at the highest age in the current range. For example, a routine with an average age of 15 may be bumped from teen (13-15) to senior (16-18) at the request of a director. However, a routine with an average age of 14.9 can not be bumped from teen to senior.
2. Size Divisions
All routines will be classified as one of the following size divisions:
*Productions may combine all ages and abilities, and may be a combination of dance styles but should revolve around a storyline or theme. Productions may enter and will compete against one another in combined designated age groups; 12 & Under (combines Mini, Petite & Junior age groups), and 13 & Over (combines Teen, Senior, and Adult age groups). Productions may not compete in the Novice level, only in the Intermediate & Competitive levels.
* Acrobatic tricks in routines: No acrobatic tricks are allowed in ballet and pointe. Lyrical, contemporary, jazz, modern and tap are limited to three acro tricks. All other categories may have an unlimited number of acrobatic tricks.
* Acrobatic tricks are defined as movements learned in an acrobatic class such as cartwheel, forward roll, etc. A pass into an acro trick (for example, roundoff back handspring) counts as one acrobatic trick. Lifts, illusions, and shoulder rolls are not considered acrobatic tricks.
* Student Choreography: Please note that a routine is student choreographed (choreographed by a current dancer participating in this competition) by checking the box on the entry screen. All student-choreographed routines are eligible for a special award.
4. Special Competition Opportunities
Improv Challenge: The Royal Dance Competition is offering a unique opportunity for all dancers: an improv competition. Anyone can register for Improvisation and it is available for solos, duos/trios and groups, but is not eligible for overall awards. Improvisation is offered at a special price.
Dancers can choose to improv in the genres of lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, tap, ballet, or jazz. Dancers in this category will not hear the music prior to going on stage, but should dress appropriately for the genre.
Once the dancer is on stage, the music will begin. The music will last 1 minute, and dancers must start dancing within 15 seconds.
The Improv Challenge scoring will be different from regular scoring and will be based on the following:
If there are fewer than 10 entries in the Improv Challenge, all ages, levels, and size divisions will compete against one another. If there are 10 or more entries in the Improv Challenge, there will be 2 divisions; 12 and under, 13 & over (all levels and size divisions will still combined).
Entries in the Improv Challenge will be given an adjudication ranging from 1 Crown to 3 Crowns, with 3 Crowns being the highest. The highest scoring Improv Challenge entry will be crowned the Improv Challenge Champion.
The Royal Dance Competition reserves the right to limit the number of entries into the Improv Challenge at any event as deemed necessary.
Photogenic Challenge: The Royal Dance Competition offers two photogenic awards: 12 and under and 13 and older. Photogenic entries are submitted/registered for the actual competition at the merchandise table. Entries must be received by 9am on the last day of competition to be eligible for the photogenic award. The photogenic awards winner may be featured on The Royal Dance Competition's website and marketing material and will receive a trophy. The winners will be announced during the first awards ceremony in the final day of competition for each event (unless stated otherwise). Performers must submit a 5x7 or 8x10 color or black/white photo with name, age, and studio name on the back. Digital entries are also accepted. Digital entries may be uploaded during registration or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and paid for at the merchandise table. Entries can be picked up at the end of the competition, except for the winner's, which will become property of The Royal Dance Competition.
Vocal Competition: The Royal Dance Competition's Vocal Competition allows for not only dancers, but singers & vocalists a chance to perform and compete on stage. For vocal entries, all levels compete against one another in two age groups: 12 & Under, 13 & Over. Vocal entries can be registered as soloists, duo/trio, and all groups combined.
Vocalists can choose from Ballad, Uptempo, Broadway and Monologue. Ballad and Uptempo are performed concert-style, while Broadway is performed in character. Monologue entries are accepted using the Monologue genre. TRDC provides hand-held microphones and stands.
Vocal scoring will be different from regular scoring and will be based on the following:
Royal Performance Category: The Royal Dance Competition now offers "Performance" as a type of routine, along with Dance, Vocal, Improv and Photogenic. This Royal Performance type is designed for routines with special needs dancers, or for routines that are more focused on portraying a message or story rather than on competing against other routines or seeking a specific score.
Routines participating as a "Royal Performance" will receive video commentaries, but the judges will focus on positive aspects of the performance rather than technical critiques. These routines will not receive adjudications, but will receive a "Royal Performance" trophy plus ribbons/pins (for routines with 2+ dancers) for all participants.
5. Performance Levels
Our goal at The Royal Dance Competition is to create an atmosphere that allows all dancers to spread their wings. We have created three levels so all dancers can compete in their proper category.
* Studio directors should place their dancers at the level they feel is most accurate and would ensure the best level of competition for their dancers. This is at their discretion based on our performance level guidelines and definitions. Directors are encouraged to choose each dancer's level carefully so that each dancer will be challenged, but will compete against others at a similar developmental level.
* However, if a dancer exceeds the maximum number of routines for a level (as listed in the table below), that dancer's level will automatically be bumped to the next highest level. This will affect the level of all routines for which that dancer is registered and the level of all such routines will automatically be re-calculated.
* The performance level of all routines will be auto-calculated and determined by the performance level of all performers in the routine. For solo routines, the level of the routine must match the level of the dancer and may not be bumped to a higher or lower level. All solos performed by a single dancer must compete at the same level.
* If the routine includes dancers from multiple levels, the routine will default to the level in which the majority of dancers are classified. If the routine contains an equal number of dancers from multiple levels, the routine will default to the highest participating level.
* All routines can include dancers of all levels, but a routine can't compete lower than one level below the highest-level dancer. So if a trio were to have one Novice dancer, one Intermediate dancer, and one Competitive dancer; the trio cannot perform lower than the Intermediate level.
* Competitive routines cannot included novice-level dancers and Novice routines cannot included competitive-level dancers. This is for all routines except for Lines & Productions.
* If a teacher participates in a routine, that routine must compete at the Pro-Am level.
* The judges reserve the right to bump up the level of any routine they feel is mislabeled. For example, if they feel a Novice routine is too advanced, they have the option of bumping the routine to the Intermediate level.
* In an effort to keep the levels as accurate as possible, The Royal Dance Competition is placing restrictions on the number of routines dancers at each level can perform. These limits do not include vocal, improv, photogenic or Royal Performance entries: