DX Studio Dance Competitions - General Info
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ALL TEACHER'S NAMES must be submitted to DX via email if they plan on attending a Regional or National event in order to receive complimentary program books and access to the VIP room.
Contact DX to receive your Studio Handbook in the mail. The Studio Handbook contains rules, pricing guidelines, and important information specific to Directors/Teachers.
A Favorite Amongst Directors
Since its debut in 2010, DX Studio Dance Competitions have quickly become one of the Midwest's favorites. DX guarantees:
- NEW - Video/Audio Critiques
- Private Teacher Lounge Electronic Scoring
- On-time Scheduling
- Gifts for all dancers
- Academic Recognition
- Three skill levels [novice, intermediate, and advanced]
- Overalls for All Ages & Levels
- 19 Styles
- FREE Special Needs
- Ample Dressing Room Space
- FREE Daddy/Daughter
- No Fees for Titles
- Reserved Seating for Teachers
- Cash Prizes
- Customized Awards
- Parade of Stars
- Access to Team DX on Site
- Attention to Details
- Qualify for THE ONE Finals
Additionally at NATIONALS ...
- Awards Banquet
- Master Classes
- Improv Contest
- "Purple Party"
- Super Star Skills Competition
- All American
- Distinguished Leader
- National Choreographer of the Year
- National Dance Teacher of the Year
- New - Callback Challenge
- Production Battle of the Best
All DX competitions will continue to provide the highest level of professionalism and integrity Directors have come to eXpect and certainly deserve. DX understands you have a choice when selecting competitions. We appreciate you choosing DX!
COMPETITION DURING SCHOOL HOURS - Some solo, duos, and trios may be scheduled during school hours on Friday. Small, large, line and production routines will be scheduled after 3 PM on school days. Typically this effects one or two divisions (i.e.: Teen Intermediate Solos). It does not effect all divisions.
Be sure to take advantage of our special offer eXclusively for new studios. DX will allow two free solos at your first DX Studio Dance Competition. This special offer is only for studios who have never competed at a DX Studio Dance Competition in the past.
Whatever the reason, all of us here at DX are thrilled and can't wait to show YOU a great event.
DX Events - More than a competition. An eXperience!
Prizes & More ...
CASH AWARDS - regionals
- $ 75 - Small Group
- $100 - Large Group
- $150 - Line / Production
Cash prizes are given in certificates to be used at future DX events and are awarded when 5+ routines in a category. All cash prizes awarded to the studio.
CASH AWARDS - nationals
- $300 Callback Challenge Champions
- $500 Production Battle Champions
Cash prizes are given in certificates to be used at future DX events . Cash prizes adjusted when there are less than 750 routines attending nationals. All cash prizes awarded to the studio.
The total points of each routine will determine the award level. All dancers receive individual awards for each routine. Grand Champions take home banners for the studio. Personalized X-Award plaques and Judge's Choice banners are presented on stage to the winning performance.
Each talent level (novice, intermediate, and advanced) will recognize a Grand Champion for the overall high point routine in each age category. The Grand Champions represent the best of the best within a specific age category, and talent level on that day, at that moment in time.
SOLOIST GRAND CHAMPIONS
- Solo recipients will receive $100 scholarship, individual crown, Grand Champion jacket, a banner for themselves and for the studio, plus a special rhinestone added to the studio plaque.
DUO/TRIO grand champions
- Duo/Trio recipients will receive individual crowns, a banner for themselves and for the studio, plus a special rhinestone added to the studio plaque. NOTE: Duo/Trio Champions will no longer receive jackets. Only Solo Grand Champions.
GROUP GRAND CHAMPIONS
Group Grand Champions receive a banner for the studio and individual awards. All routines are in the running for Grand Champion honors.
- SMALL GROUP Grand Champions
- LARGE GROUP Grand Champions
- LINE Grand Champions
- PRODUCTION Grand Champions
All decisions are final.
Award ceremonies are slotted throughout the competition rather than waiting until the end of the event. DX values your time and schedules awards accordingly once a category and/or division is complete.
DX requests dancers be dressed in full costume or studio warm-ups as they approach the stage for award ceremonies.
The total points of each routine will determine the award level. All dancers receive individual awards for each routine.
Grand Champions take home banners for the studio. Personalized X-Awards and Judge's Choice are presented on stage to the winning performance by individual judges.
During all award ceremonies, FINALISTS will be announced on stage and receive individual awards. If your dancer(s) name is announced as one of the finalists, have your dancer(s) proceed to the front of these stage to receive their earned recognition.
"PARADE OF STARS" PERFORM at Nationals
All finalists from solo, duo, and trio events are invited to participate at Nationals in the opening number called "Parade of Stars". This includes all skill levels. However, it is ultimately up to each studio director.
DX doesn’t believe in breaking ties. Both winners will receive all awards and honors.
JOHN KUBINSKI AWARD
Overall High Point / Daily Best-of-the-Best - banner
Lisa Saline, DX President, admired her father very much. He passed away in March of 2012. To honor her father, she established this award based on all her father taught her during her lifetime. John always demanded that Lisa do her best with anything she tried. It was his strong belief and high expectations that helped Lisa become the woman she is today. DX will present this award to the overall high point winner from each stage, each day.
Dance Xtreme understands the importance strong academics play in molding athletes into successful individuals for life. High academics is the foundation for success. DX encourages all studios to submit the Academic Excellence Form so they may be recognized for this outstanding accomplishment.
X-AWARDS for xtraordinary achievements
In addition to the awards earned based on score, DX affords all judges a chance to praise individuals and/or groups for extraordinary skills or performances on stage and present them with the X-Award or Judge's Choice honor.
Judge's may select a routine from the competition as a personal favorite. Presentations are made on stage during the awards ceremonies. This has become one of DX's unique extras.
For exhibiting outstanding passion, potential, and determination to become a future star.
For unifying a song, choreography, and skills so intensely while demonstrating an intense focus and passion for dance.
For exhibiting unique structure, variety, and content in the choreography development of a routine.
For demonstrating exceptional ability, displaying center, and control within a specific skill.
For showcasing a costume that's dynamic, stands out amongst others, and enhances the overall routine.
SPIRIT & SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
Since Lisa Saline first began her company back in 1987, she included a Spirit & Sportsmanship Award. It has always been an important part of her events.
The Andrew Lawrence Spirit & Sportsmanship Award is the highest honor a program can earn while at DX events. Studios will vote and the recipient announced during the last awards ceremony of the event.
This elite honor is named in memory of a special DX staff member, Andrew Lawrence. Andy passed away at the tender age of 11 after being hit by a car while riding his bike.
Andy was often seen running around the events and proudly sporting a bucket hat as he worked behind the counter in the store. He lit up a room with his million-watt smile and his can-do attitude inspired so many over the years. He is deeply missed by the DX family, who treasured the short time he spent with us. DX will strive to carry on his legacy of compassion, character, and sunny disposition by encouraging ourselves and others to follow in his footsteps.
Good sportsmanship is contagious. DX asks all fans, directors, teachers and dancers to exhibit respect towards others. Studios will be assessed a 5 pt. per occurrence violation if a dancer, director, teacher, parent or spectator acts in an unsportsmanlike manner. Refer to the Rules for specific details.
HOW CAN YOU EARN THIS HONOR? Good sportsmanship is contagious. DX asks all fans, coaches, directors, teachers, and dancers to exhibit respect towards others.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION
- Respecting dancers both on and off the stage.
- Demonstrating spirit.
- Showing adjudicator appreciation.
- Fostering a positive environment.
- Displaying high sportsmanship.
- Most importantly, acting in a way in which other dancers admire.
THREE SKILL LEVELS
DX Studio Dance Competitions offer three levels of difficulty based on instruction hours and/or competition experience.
"Instruction" is defined as the total number of hours the dancers receives instruction from the studio. This may include, but not limited to; scheduled team practices, technique classes, solo, ballet, etc.
Judges will score each routine based on how the dancer performs for their specific age and skill level. With that said, what a 12 yr. old novice dancer is expected to do is completely different from the expectations of a 12 yr. old advanced dancer.
ENTERING THE CORRECT LEVEL
Because no competition can possibly know the number of hours a dancer dances and/or the number of years of competitive dancing, it is left to the teachers, to use their discretion when entering routines. Routines will be evaluated by the judges and/or DX Directors and may be moved to a higher skill level of competition. All decision are final.
No dancer that is registered in the advanced level will be permitted to dance in ANY novice level routine.
No more than 1/3 of the dancers in a large group or line, may be a higher performance level than the level that the routine is entered.
- Novice ... 3 hr. or less of weekly instruction or limited competition experience.
- Intermediate ... 3.5 to 5 hr. of weekly instruction or moderate competition experience.
- Advanced ... 5.5 hr. or more of weekly instruction or substantial competition experience.
Print off 2019 DX Studio Rules
Be sure to print off the Rules and review them with your dancers and fans. A 5 pt. deduction will be applied to the studio's routine on stage or closest to the time slot when the violation took place.
RULE 13: SPORTSMANSHIP ... A dancer, director, teacher, trainer, parent, guardian, spectator, or any fan must not commit an unsportsmanlike act.
RULE 16: PHOTOS & VIDEOS ... The use of photography and video cameras is prohibited.
AGE CATEGORIES as of Jan. 1, 2019
Mini ... 6 yr. & younger
Petite ... 7 to 8 yr.
Junior ... 9 to 11 yr.
Teen ... 12 to 14 yr.
Senior ... 15 to 18 yr.
Adult ... 19 yr. & older
Special Needs... special dancers
Daddy/Daughter... one adult / one child
Any routine with one or more adult age dancers will compete in the adult category.
The average age of the group or the actual age of the soloist, number of dancers in the routine, and the desired skill level chosen by the director determine the competition divisions. All age categories are offered in all levels and styles. EXCEPTION: Any routine with one or more adult age dancers will compete in the adult category.
To make sure everyone is utilizing the same age scale, calculate your dancer(s) age as of January 1, 2019. Divisions are determined by averaging the actual age of all performers as of 01/01/19.
Performers maintain their regional age category at Nationals. You must recalculate the average age of a routine for Nationals if any of the dancers in a routine change.
Online registration will calculate which category each roster qualifies. To determine manually, list all the ages on a roster, then add them up to determine your total. Divide the number of dancers on the roster into your total. This will give you the average age. Do not use decimals. Do not round up. A calculation of 9.3 and 9.7 would both qualify for the 9 year old division.
TIMING & NUMBER OF DANCER
Need a time extension? Not a problem. It is the studio director's responsibility to communicate with DX if any performances are longer than the allocated time frames - especially production numbers. This is crucial to keeping on time. If not, a team will be assessed five (5) violation points.
SOLO = 1 person
- Three minutes (3:00)
- Soloists are limited to 2 performances
DUET = 2 people
- Three minutes (3:00)
TRIO = 3 people
- Three minutes (3:00)
SMALL GROUP - 4 to 9 people
- Three minutes (3:00)
LARGE GROUP - 10 to 19 people
- Three minutes (3:00)
LINE- 20 + people
- Three minutes (3:00)
PRODUCTION - 20 + people
- Six minutes (6:00).
- Time must be submitted for all production routines during registration to ensure DX allocates enough time on the schedule. Additional time may be requested. Approval for extension must be received prior to competition. There are no extra fees charged for time extensions. However, pre-notification of extended time must be given. Otherwise, a penalty will be assessed.
Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
All production entries are based on the average age of the entire group unless there is an adult aged dancer, then the production will be placed in the adult category.
DX brings in the most qualified experts in the dance industry to adjudicate DX events. Each judge was selected based on his/her expertise.
SCORE SHEET - 100 PTS.
- TECHNIQUE - 30 pt.
- EXECUTION - 30 pt.
- SHOWMANSHIP - 15 pt.
- CHOREOGRAPHY - 15 pt.
- COSTUME - 10 pt.
- TOTAL POSSIBLE - 100 pt.
Judges may apply up to 5 additional bonus points at their discretion to the routine's final score for performing above and beyond. Should a dancer exceed the Platinum total points possible for their skill level, the dancer will be awarded a Platinum Elite title.
- Platinum Elite ... 282 + pt.
- Platinum ... 268 - 281.9
- High Gold ... 253 - 267.9
- Gold ... 241 - 252.9
- High Silver ... 232 - 240.9
- Silver ... 226 - 231.9
- Platinum Elite ... 285 + pt.
- Platinum ... 273 - 284.9
- High Gold ... 258 - 272.9
- Gold ... 246 - 257.9
- High Silver ... 237 - 245.9
- Silver ... 231 - 236.9
- Platinum Elite ... 286 + pt.
- Platinum ... 282 - 285.9
- High Gold ... 267 - 281.9
- Gold ... 255 - 266.9
- High Silver ... 246 - 254.9
- Silver ... 240 - 245.9
PLAQUE STONE COLORS
- Platinum Elite ...yellow
- Platinum ... orange
- High Gold ... teal
- Gold ... blue
- High Silver ... pink
- Silver ... gray
- Judge's Choice ... purple
- Grand Champion ... red
COMPETITION VS. EXHIBITION
DX utilizes the full scoring range of awards, from Silver to Platinum Elite, and will distribute awards based on scores. You may find that your dancer’s award at DX is different from what they’ve received at other competitions. We’ve noticed that at some competitions all dancers receive high awards; high golds and platinums. Unfortunately, some of our competitors treat their events more as an exhibition rather than a competition. With this approach, the need for accurate judging becomes inconsequential, and the dancer’s true efforts and abilities may be inaccurately assessed.
DANCERS RECEIVE TRUE SCORES
So if your dancers receive a lower than usual award, you might assume that DX judges aren’t qualified to judge. We feel that this full range of awards doesn’t represent a lack of judging ability, but instead an attention to detail that accurately differentiates between dance routines. If everyone is “the best,” how are those dancers that are truly exceptional to be recognized?
SCORE REFLECTS THEIR PERFORMANCE TODAY
Please accept your dancer’s award as it’s intended; as a reflection of our judge’s opinion of that day’s performance. DX congratulates all dancers, regardless of their award, for their hard work. Many thanks to the studios, teachers, directors, and parents for their dedication that supports the growth of these children as dancers and people.
DEFINITIONS OF STYLES
ACRO - combining acrobatics, tumbling and dance moves to the music - may contain passes and flexibility skills - acrobatic and dance should be split equally (50/50) - walkovers, aerials, handsprings, etc., are all examples of acrobatic skills
BALLET / POINTE - precise and highly technical set steps - characterized by light, graceful, fluid movements - may be performed with ballet or pointe shoes
CHARACTER / NOVELTY - portraying a specific character, person or theme
CLOGGING - the dancer's footwear is used musically by striking the heel, the toe, or both in unison against a floor or each other to create audible percussive rhythms
CONTEMPORARY - a genre of concert dance that employs compositional philosophy, rather than choreography - interpretive movements that emphasize balance and control
DADDY/DAUGHTER - one adult and one child performing together.
DANCE TEAM - precision style choreography focusing on group synchronization
HIP HOP - street style movements with an emphasis on execution, style, creativity, body isolations, and control, rhythm, uniformity and musical interpretation - additional focus can include jumps, jump variations, combo jumps, and other tricks (i.e.: dance crew, krumping, breaking, stepping, etc.)
IMPROV - spontaneously creating movement
JAZZ - stylized dance movements and combinations, formations changes, group work, leaps and turns - emphasis is placed on proper technical execution, extension, controlled body placement, and uniformity
KICK - control, height uniformity, extension, toe points, timing, and creativity incorporated in a variety of kick series - a kick is defined as one foot remaining on the floor while the other foot lifts with force at least one inch from the floor
LYRICAL - combining the principals of jazz and ballet while emphasizing proper technical execution, the use of flexibility, balance and mood - routines are fluid in movement, and focus on emotion often telling a story
MODERN - a dance that implements the principles of fall and recovery and/or contraction and release and weight sharing to express inner feelings as related to the musical or narrative piece - uses the entire body to express complex emotions, and abstract ideas
MUSICAL THEATRE - combining songs, spoken dialogue and dance - focusing on costuming, character portrayal, and music specific to a musical or movie
OPEN - a combination of two or more styles
POM - poms used in 80% of the routine, including: synchronization and visual effect, clean and precise motions, strong pom technique, and incorporating dance technical elements - visual effect, includes, level changes, group work, formations changes, and the use of different color poms
PRODUCTION - a recurring character, theme, story line, or music - any style of dance - additional time may be requested - approval for extension must be received prior to competition
SPECIAL NEEDS - special dancers
TAP - a dance in which the rhythm is sounded out by the clicking taps on the heels and toes - traditional tap technique steps and movements
all DADDY / DAUGHTER compete for free
We want your Daddy/Daughter routines. Register them TODAY. All competition fees are waived. Everyone dances for FREE.
Special Needs PERFORMANCES
All special need routines compete for FREE. Awards for all special needs dancers too! DID YOU KNOW that Special Needs teams may compete at the DX AmeriCup and possibly earn an invitation to compete at Walt Disney World for the USASF DANCE WORLDS? Want more info? Call DX Today! 763-792-8989
SCHEDULE - A COMPETITION THAT RUNS ON TIME
DX Studio Dance Competition events are on-time. With over 30 years of event planning experience, DX is able to ensure everyone is relaxed and ready to watch amazing routines or get up on the stage and do their thing.
Dancers are guaranteed 15 minutes or more between routines to allow for costume changes. No hurry up and wait for anyone.
Studio directors sign off on the schedule prior to the competition. This helps alleviate stress for both the director and dancers once they arrive.
Performance time changes are not allowed during the actual competition unless the DX Judge Coordinator has approved the change. Performers who show up out of order without prior approval will not be allowed to compete nor will a refund be given.
Music must be uploaded to your account. Backups should be brought with on CDs , smart phones, etc.
DISCLAIMER / WEATHER
DX reserves the right to alter competition days, move event to a new venue, and/or cancel the event if necessary. The event will will go on no matter the weather and refunds are will not be given for no shows.
All dancers must have a signed waiver on file BEFORE competition weekend or the dancer and/or studio will not be allowed to compete. No fees will be refunded. The waiver is valid for one competition season and must be signed each year.
With a full-time staff on hand both at DX headquarters and on site at competitions, DX is available.
WE TAKE CARE OF YOU
Lisa Saline, DX President, knows how long the days can be. As a former teacher herself who once brought dancers to competitions, she understands the stress and energy it takes to get through an event. With that in mind, DX goes the extra mile to take care of ALL the teachers.
All dancers, teachers, and directors receive a special gift as a thank you to show our appreciation for attending DX Events.
A teacher lounge is provided at all events.
Program books are handed out to all registered staff.
Directors are brought on stage during the studio's final awards ceremony and presented with studio achievement customized plaques featuring Swarovski crystals representing award levels.
These little extras are provided to show studios how much we care. We know you have a choice when it comes to selecting competitions. Thank you for choosing DX Studio Dance Competitions.
DUE DATES & LATE FEE POLICIES
- All entry fees, waivers, music, and misc. items are due 30 days before event.
- A $100 late fee will be applied to all accounts missing any items 29 or more days from event.
- An additional $100 late fee will be applied to all accounts missing any items 14 or more days from event.
- Studios will be assessed $100/per DAY late fee the week of the event.
- No studio will be allowed to compete until all items, including late fees, are paid in full, nor will refunds be given.
LATE ROUTINE CHANGE ADJUSTMENTS
Each routine adjustment will incur a $10 per routine change fee two weeks or less prior to the competition. Review your routines and verify each routine is entered correctly on the registration system to avoid this charge. Things to check are:
- division (i.e.: senior)
- skill level (novice, intermediate, or advanced)
- size (i.e.: small group)
- style (i.e.: jazz)
It's very difficult to create a schedule, send it out, and then be informed that routines were registered incorrectly. The schedule is very exact. It's not simple to switch routines around. Please help DX avoid this extra work by doing your part ahead of time.
LATE CHANGES / CANCELLATIONS
Last minute changes or cancellations to your account must be requested in writing. Send inquiries to Registration@DXevents.com . Include the event name and studio in the subject line.
All routines on studio accounts must be paid for prior to the competition or the studio will not be allowed to compete. Studios are required to pay for routines even if they are last minute changes and/or cancellations.
Parents should direct their questions to their studio. Please do not call DX.
INJURIES & REFUNDS
Injured dancers pulled from routines fourteen (14) days or more will be refunded their registration fees with a doctor's note. Thirteen (13) days or less are non-refundable.
- All fees paid are non-refundable.
- There is a $35 service fee for returned checks. A cashier's check or money order is then required for future payments.
- Late fees must be paid prior to the event or the studio will be pulled from the competition.
- Studio checks will be accepted up to 30 days prior to event. After that, payments may be made with a cashier's check, money order, or credit card.
- There is a 3.5% processing fee assessed to all credit card payments.
- All entries and payments are due 30 days prior to the competition date.
- No acts will be allowed to perform until paid in full.
- No entry is guaranteed until payment has been received in full.
- DX reserves the right to refuse any entry.
- No refunds will be provided after the deadline date.
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DX has an open nationals meaning everyone is welcome. Studios do not need to qualify in order to attend. All details may be found on the NATIONAL page.