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Grand National Championship Finals Schedule

Preliminary Competition Schedule

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DANCE MASTERS OF AMERICA, INC NATIONAL PRELIMINARY, NATIONAL COMPETITIVE FINALS & NATIONAL ELITE FINALS PERFORMING ARTS SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITIONS

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What is the difference between the National Competitive and National Elite classifications?

  • The most significant difference between the two competitions is the manner in which the entrants will be adjudicated. Competitive competition is for the dancers who study only a few hours a week and only do one or two competitions a year. Elite competition is for the dancers who take 10 to 15 hours of class per week and enter several competitions each year.
    The second difference is where each competition ends.          COMPETITIVE                      ELITE
    Preliminary medal standings and move on to finals                             Yes                                    Yes
    Finals medal standings                                                                             Yes                                    Yes
    High Score Awards                                                                                    Yes                                    Yes
    Overall Awards                                                                                           Yes                                    Yes
    Advancement to the GNC (if qualified)                                                    No                                     Yes
    Championship Award (if qualified)                                                           No                                     Yes
    Cash Scholarship Awards (if qualified)                                                     No                                     Yes

PLEASE NOTE:

The choice of which competition to enter is completely that of the TEACHER OF RECORD. Teachers please remember to check the appropriate box on the National Preliminary AND National Finals Competition entry forms – IF LEFT BLANK – THEY WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE PUT INTO THE ELITE COMPETITION.

  • THERE CAN BE NO CHANGING FROM COMPETITIVE TO ELITE OR ELITE TO COMPETITIVE ONCE THE COMPETITION BEGINS.
  • REIGNING TITLE HOLDERS AND SOLO TITLE CONTESTANTS MAY ONLY PARTICIPATE IN ROUTINES ENTERED INTO THE ELITE DIVISION
  • You may register by using the Registration Form found on the DMA website in the Members Only section OR through DanceComp Genie.

Section 1: ELIGIBILITY

1. Only members in good standing or a student of a member in good standing of Dance Masters of America,Inc. may enter the National Preliminary and National Finals PASC in either the Competitive or Elite Divisions provided that the Teacher of Record, Teacher(s) of Recognition and DMA Approved Chaperones have complied with all the rules and requirements of the National Organization.

2. The Teacher of Record shall be the DMA member teacher whose signature appears on the Affiliated Chapter PASC and or National Preliminary and National Finals PASC entry forms in either the Competitive or Elite Divisions. Teacher of Record shall be legally responsible for the entrant.

3. All other DMA member teachers to be recognized shall be listed on the Affiliated Chapter PASC and or National Preliminary and National Finals PASC entry forms in either the Competitive or Elite Divisions as the Teacher(s) of Recognition.

4. All choreographers to be recognized shall be listed on the Affiliated Chapter PASC and or National Preliminary and National Finals PASC entry forms in either the Competitive or Elite Divisions as the Choreographer(s) and shall receive recognition. However, only DMA Members or students of a DMA Member are eligible for choreography awards.

5. The Entrant, Teacher of Record, DMA Approved Chaperone, and Teacher(s) of Recognition listed on the National Preliminary and National Finals PASC entry form must be:
A. Pre-registered for the full National Convention.
B. The Teacher of Record or DMA Approved Chaperone must be in attendance at all times from date of arrival to date of departure of the Entrants.
C. All entry forms and fees must be received at the National Treasurer’s Office on or before but not later than the deadline date.

6. Teacher of Record, Teacher(s) of Recognition and DMA Approved Chaperones who are members of DMA and found guilty of violating the rules of this competition are subject to fines, penalties.

7. The Teacher of Record, the DMA Approved Chaperone are required to attend any and all PASC Meetings, scheduled or called during the Convention.

8. Title Holders and all Title Contestants in this year’s competition may only participate in duo, trio, group, line, production or extended routines entered into the Elite Division.

9. Title Holders and all Title Contestants in this year’s competition may not compete as a soloist.

10. If an extraordinary circumstance prevents the Teacher of Record from attending the National Convention, another DMA Member may be designated by the Teacher of Record as the DMA Approved Chaperone provided that all of the following conditions have been met.

  • That the Teacher of Record has a legitimate reason for not attending the National Convention. Proof of said extraordinary circumstance shall be required;
  • The Teacher of Record shall have a “Request for Chaperone Form” signed by their Chapter President (forms may be downloaded from the National Website) and then form must be submitted to the National President for National approval or disapproval.
  • The said, “Request For Chaperone form” if approved, will be returned to the Teacher of Record for submission with their national convention registration form
  • That the Teacher of Record is Registered and paid in Full for the National Convention;
  • That the Teacher of Record has paid the fifty-dollar ($50.00) Chaperone Fee;
  • That the Teacher of Record shall not be entitled to a Banquet Ticket if not in attendance;
  • That the DMA Approved Chaperone is a DMA Member;
  • That the DMA Approved Chaperone is paid in full for the National Convention;
  • That the DMA Approved Chaperone is a registered guest of, and residing at the National Convention Hotel;
  • That the DMA Approved Chaperone will be in attendance at all times throughout the period required (from the date of arrival to the date of departure) of the Entrant;
  • That the DMA Approved Chaperone privileges have not been extended to the same Teacher of Record the previous year;
  • That the DMA Approved Chaperone privilege shall not be extended to a Teacher of Record more than three (3) times in his/her lifetime;
  • That the DMA Approved Chaperone is willing and able to assume all the duties and responsibilities of the Teacher of Record and be legally responsible for the entrant for the full National Convention or until the Teacher of Record arrives to assume their duties.

That the Teacher of Record will be held responsible to insure, that the DMA Approved Chaperone has knowledge of their responsibilities as Chaperone and that they will be required to attend the Mandatory Music Turn In and the Mandatory Solo Title Orientation Meeting at their scheduled times.

11. TEACHER OF RECORD

     A. CURRENT STUDENTS:

               Entrants in PASC solo, duo or trio categories must have been enrolled, (registered and attending classes on a weekly basis) as a student, with the teacher of record for a minimum period of not less than ten (10) months prior to the Affiliated Chapters Competition or National Preliminary PASC;

     B. STUDENTS WITH LESS THAN 10 MONTHS:

               1. Entrants in PASC solo, duo or trio categories must have written permission from theformer teacher if the student has studied with the teacher of record for a period of less than ten (10) months prior to the Affiliated Chapter Competition or National Preliminary PASC, or

2. Without written permission from the former teacher if he/she does not or will not continue to offer dance education to the student on a weekly basis.

C. STUDENTS NOT STUDYING ON WEEKLY BASIS:

               1. Has studied with the Teacher of Record for a period of not less than three (3) years;

               2. Has studied with the Teacher of Record within the past twelve (12) months and;

               3. Is now in a position that does not permit the entrant to study with Teacher of Record on regular basis due to their pursuit of higher education in an area that is more than 100 miles from the Teacher of Record or pursuing professional endeavors. This privilege may not be extended beyond 24 months.

12. All entrants in the National Finals PASC in either Competitive or Elite Divisions must have qualified with minimum score of 80% at one of the following Events: the Affiliated Chapter PASC, the Affiliated Chapter Solo Title Competitions (with the exception of the Chapter Title Winners), or the National Preliminary PASC. NO ENTRY WILL BE ACCEPTED WITHOUT THE CHAPTER’S VERIFICATION OF SCORES. The form is to be completed and signed by the Chapter Secretary, given to the teacher of record and submitted with the application.

Section 2—RULES AND GENERAL INFORMATION

13. RESPONSIBILITIES

     The teacher of record, DMA approved chaperone and/or parents, if in attendance shall be JOINTLY responsible for the following:

               A. The safety and well-being of the entrant during their stay at the convention;

               B. If the Entrant is under 18 years of age, collectively or individually assume all responsibility for: the entrant’s behavior, attendance in class, proper nourishment, and that the entrant is properly groomed and dressed for the various events of the  competition and convention.

               C. If the entrant is over 18 years of age, the entrant shall be considered an adult and shall be treated as such. If the Entrant is found in violation of any of the rules as stated or as announced thereafter; or found not to be of good moral character, using foul language or engaging in any activity that is not upholding the standards of Dance Masters of America, Inc., the entrant shall be punished as an adult and be expelled from the Competition and/or Convention.

               D. All entries will adhere to the standards of Dance Masters of America, Inc. The standards are as follows:

Inappropriate or sexually suggestive movements should not be part of any performance in any DMA competition. Such movements will be evaluated and scores will lowered accordingly.
2. Costuming such as thongs, bikini bottoms or tops that allow exposure of private body parts or that is not age appropriate, will be evaluated and scores lowered accordingly.
3. Vulgar, profane, morally offensive, or suggestive language in music is not acceptable for our family audiences. Music that is unacceptable or not age appropriate will be evaluated and scores lowered accordingly.

14. AGE DIVISION

     The Age Divisions of this Competition shall be:

Division 0: 6 Years of Age or Younger
Division 1: 7-8 Years of Age
Division 2: 9-10 Years of Age
Division 3: 11-12 Years of Age
Division 4: 13-14 Years of Age
Division 5: 15-16 Years of Ages
Division 6: 17 and Over
Division 7: Pro-Am
Division 8: Parent

     A. Professional will be defined as:

  1. A staff member employed by a dance studio to teach making 50% of their livable wage
  2. A student who receives more than $10,000.00 per year as a teacher or professional dancer
  3. Holding membership in a professional dance teachers organization.

     B. Date for determining contestants’ age for the National PASC shall be JUNE 1st. Birth Certificates should be available upon request.

     C. Determining the age of a duo/trio, group, small line, large line, extended and production shall be determined by averaging the ages of all dancers in the routine and dropping the decimal point.

     D. A dancer may not compete in any Age Division that is more than one (1) Age Division lower than his or her own Age Division with the exception of the production category.

     E. In all production routines a TRUE average age of the group will be used to determine the age division of the entry, dropping the decimal point.

15. CATEGORIES-REQUIRED NUMBER OF DANCERS – TIME LIMITS

The following categories, number of dancers and time limits shall be:

CATEGORY            NUMBER OF DANCERS            TIME LIMITS
Non-Titled Solo                        1 dancer                                    2:50 minutes
Due/Trio                                 2-3 dancers                                 2:50 minutes
Group                                      4-8 dancers                                 3:30 minutes
Small Line                                9-15 dancers                             3:30 minutes
Large Line                          16 or more dancers                       3:30 minutes
Extended                            4 or more dancers                         6:00 minutes
Production                          12 or more dancers                      8:00 minutes

A. In consideration for those teachers who cannot get all their students to attend the National Convention to participate in the National PASC, categories may be adjusted. You may replace up to 25% of the original participants used in the qualifying performance at the Affiliated Chapter Competition. If you need to replace more than 25% you will be required to enter the routine into the National Preliminary Competition.

B. A Dancer from a duo cannot be entered as a soloist (that would be 50% and not permitted) in the same manner a trio cannot be entered as duo (that would be 33% and not permitted).

16. SUBJECTS

The following subjects of dance will be permitted:

  • Acrobatics-a form of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements.
  • Ballet- classical ballet movements usually telling a story.
  • Contemporary-ballet and modern technique combines reaching beyond jazz.
  • Ethnic-a performance of historical movements representing various ethnic cultures.
  • General Variety-any routine that incorporates more than one dance form. Pantomime, lip-sync and singing are permitted.
  • Hip-Hop-today contemporary street, funk movements incorporating some jazz technique.
  • Jazz-classical or contemporary jazz movements usually performed to upbeat music.
  • Lyrical- a combination of ballet and jazz technique and movements, usually an interpretation of the lyrics of a song or the lyrical quality of the music.
  • Modern-interpretive dance using balance and control incorporating modern dance techniques.
  • Musical Theater- a dance style based on Broadway or movie musicals, may denote comedy, depict a character, relay a story or create a theatrical mood. Pantomime, lip-sync and singing are permitted
  • Open-any routine that does not meet the descriptions of the other subjects listed or incorporates more than one dance form.
  • Pointe- classical ballet or contemporary movements performed in pointe shoes.
  • Tap- rhythmic patterns and sounds created by the taps attached to the bottom of the shoes.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING: There is no limit on the number of acrobatic skills in any routine.

17. PROPS:

    A. Props, scenery and stage sets will only be permitted if they are functional and are an integral part of the choreography.
    B. Smoke or props that are connected to an electrical outlet may not be used.
    C. Fire, swords, knives or live animals on stage are prohibited.
    D. Contained dry ice is acceptable.
    E. There is a three (3) minute time limit for props (group through production), scenery or 
stage sets to be set up and a three (3) minute time limit for tear down of same. There is a one (1) minute time limit for props (solo, duo/trio), scenery or stage sets to be set up and a one (1) minute time limit for tear down of same. There will be a five (5) point penalty for exceeding this time limit for both set up and tear down of props, scenery or stage sets.
    F. Studios are responsible for getting props on and off the stage. Check with the Stage 
Manager about where to leave the props backstage. The stage crew setting and striking the props may not wear any “logos” or other identifying article of clothing.
    
G. All props must be stored away from the stage area.
    H. Depending on hotel availability and costs, DMA will contract with the hotel for a 
special room for the storage of props, scenery or stage sets. However, the Teacher of Record is responsible for the cost of any hotel personnel transporting props, scenery or stage sets to and from the storage area. ALSO, TO BE ABLE TO STORE PROPS, SCENERY OR STAGE SETS, THE TEACHER OF RECORD MUST NOTIFY THE NATIONAL SECRETARY BEFORE ARRIVING AS TO STORAGE REQUIREMENTS. I. Any routine that causes a hazard to any student or the facility/stage is not permitted. Such as but not limited to, liquid, gel, aerosol, glitter, powder or paint.

18. MUSIC

All music to be turned in on CD, Ipod or USB flashdrive formatted in MP3. We require a studio representative to have with them in the audience a backup CD, Ipod or USB flashdrive for all studio performances.

    A. If you are one of the first 20 entries of the day your music must be turned in at the music tablenot less then one -half hour before your scheduled performance time.
    B. All other music must be turned in at the music table not less than one hour prior to your 
scheduled or announced performance time.
    C. All CD’s must be labeled with only the code letter from this competition, the name of the 
routine and the name of the song (one song per CD). No other information may be on this label. All IPods and USB flashdrives (need to be formatted in MP3) and have songs in correct performance order with the code number and name of routine.
    D. There will be a one (1) point per-second penalty for routines over the allotted time. Entrances 
and exits must be brief to avoid further penalties. All timing will begin with the first beat of music and will terminate with the last beat of music. If the routine is performed a cappella (without music), timing will begin with the first step of the routine or danced “entrance step” and will be terminated with the last step performed.
    E. Audible tap sounds recorded on them will not be permitted for Tap or Clogging routines.

19. BREAKING TIES

HIGH-SCORE AWARDS FOR THE NATIONALS COMPETITIVE AND ELITE FINALS:
The awards for the National Finals PASC shall be presented based on the entrant’s performance scores 
only. Ties shall be broken in the following manner:

    A. Technique score of 3 scoring adjudicators
    B. Performance score of 5 adjudicators
    C. Technique scores of all 5 adjudicators
    D. The decision of the Adjudicators by secret ballot.

20. GENERAL INFORMATION

A. All special requests for changes of performance dates and/or times, for reasons other than an on-site educational conflict, will be assessed a surcharge. There will be no on site special requests. All entrants must dance in their assigned position or be disqualified from GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. Time allotted for costume changing, open scholarship, auditions or onsite educational conflicts must be handled before the program is finalized. All special requests are subject to the following surcharges: for solo’s an amount equal to 20%, and for duo thru production an amount equal to 10% of total entrance fee paid per routine.
B. Score sheets will be available to the Teachers of Record during the Grand National Championship.
C. Entrants must check-in not less than one hour before their scheduled dance time as published 
in the PASC program.
D. All payments including competition fees and pre-registration for the students, Teacher of 
Record, DMA Approved Chaperone and Teacher(s) of Recognition for the National Convention, must be made payable to Dance Masters of America, Inc. in United States currency drawn on a United States bank. Only Member Teacher’s checks will be accepted. Parents/students checks will be returned with the possible result of missing the deadline date.
E. All forms (from DMA website, or DanceComp Genie summary sheet) and fees must be in the National Treasurer’s office by the deadline date of April 15th. Entries received after this date, missing required information, improperly completed or without payment in full shall be returned.
F. We strongly suggest that you make a duplicate copy of everything you send and that all entries and payments, be sent by return receipt requested. The burden of proof that the entries were sent is on the Teacher(s) of Record.
G. Dance Masters of America reserves the right to expel from competition and convention any 
student who does not abide by the rules as stated or as announced thereafter.
H. All entries will adhere to the standards of Dance Masters of America, Inc. The standards are as 
follows: Inappropriate or sexually suggestive movements, costuming that allow exposure of private body parts or that is not age appropriate, vulgar, profane, morally offensive, or suggestive language in music that is not acceptable for our family audiences. Or any routine that is hazardous to the student or facility will be disqualified.
I. Rehearsing in hallways or any public areas of the convention facilities are discouraged.

Section 3 – THE PRELIMINARY PERFORMING ARTS SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITIONS COMPETITIVE AND ELITE

21. The NATIONAL PRELIMINARY PASC is open to all Entries who have not qualified for THE NATIONAL COMPETITIVE or ELITE FINALS PASC at their Chapter’s competition.

22. Teachers of Record who know in advance that their entrants WILL NOT be moved into the NATIONAL  FINALS do not have to submit their PASC FINALS ENTRY FORM, DanceComp Genie summary form or pay their NATIONAL PASC FINALS ENTRANCE FEES. PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO ON-SITE REGISTRATIONS FOR THE NATIONAL PASC FINALS.

23. The NATIONAL PRELIMINARY PASC ENTRY FORM and either the NATIONAL COMPETITIVE or ELITE FINALS PASC entry forms or DanceComp Genie summary forms must be submitted together by the Teacher of Record. Payment in full for both must be received with applications. All checks must be payable to Dance Masters of America, Inc. in United States currency drawn on a United States bank.

24. Entries who do not qualify for advancement to the NATIONAL COMPETITIVE or ELITE PASC FINALS during the NATIONAL PRELIMINARY PASC will be entitled to a refund of their NATIONAL COMPETITIVE or ELITE PASC FINALS FEES. All refunds will be made after the conclusion of the National Convention.

25. All forms must contain the name of the routine and correct title of the song. “TBA” and “MISSING” information will result in the return of the applications to you.

26. It is mandatory that each Teacher of Record not using DCG complete and submit a MASTER STUDENT LIST FORM (found on the National website).

27. Teacher of Record or DMA approved chaperone is required to attend any and all PASC meetings, scheduled or called, that will be held at the designated National convention hotel.

28. Entries whose affiliated Chapter’s PASC date prevented you from meeting the April 15th deadline date must qualify at the National Preliminaries.

29. Entries shall be adjudicated on their performance only and awards shall be given as follows: Platinum, Gold, High Silver, Silver, High Bronze, and Bronze.

30. Entries with exactly the same performers will not be permitted to compete against itself in the same discipline of dance.

Section 4- COMPETITIVE AND ELITE FINALS PASC

31. Entries who have qualified at an AFFILIATED CHAPTER or at the NATIONAL PRELIMINARY PASC (within the same fiscal year) with a Silver or higher ( 80% or more) with the exception of the Chapter Title Winners. The discipline of dance, the choreographic style, and music (edits permitted) presented in the talent presentation for either of the COMPETITIVE OR ELITE NATIONAL FINALS PASC must be the same that were presented in the NATIONAL PRELIMINARY PASC or AFFILIATED CHAPTER PASC.

32. Entries with exactly the same performers will not be permitted to compete against itself in the same discipline of dance.

33. Entries in the NATIONAL COMPETITIVE or ELITE FINALS PASC divisions shall be adjudicated on their performance only and awards shall be as follows: Platinum, Gold, High Silver, Silver, High Bronze, and Bronze.

34. The following “High Score Awards” shall be given in the NATIONAL FINALS PASC in both the COMPETITIVE and ELITE divisions based on their performance scores only, in each of the following age divisions. The number of awards given shall be determined by the number of entries in each age division. A minimum of three (3) entries shall be required to present an award.

35. Top five (5) Overall Awards will be given in the NATIONAL COMPETITIVE AND ELITE FINALS PASC in all categories, based on their cumulative scores in performance, technique and choreography. In the 12 and under and 13 and up divisions.

36. The selection of the Choreography Awards shall be determined by the judges during the NATIONALS ELITE FINALS PASC.

37. Ties in the selection of those entries advancing into the Grand National Championship shall be broken in the following manner:

A. Technique score of three (3) scoring adjudicators
B. Performance score of five (5) scoring adjudicators
C. Technique scores of all five (5) adjudicators
D. Decision of the adjudicators by secret ballot

PLEASE NOTE: The NATIONAL FINALS are complete at this point of the competition. A list of entrants from the ELITE FINALS only – who have qualified for the GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP will be announced.

Section 5 – THE GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PASC

38. Entrants who have qualified at the NATIONAL ELITE FINALS PASC may compete again doing the same routine and using the same music as in the NATIONAL ELITE FINALS PASC.

39. Entries with exactly the same performers will not be permitted to compete against themselves.

40. The GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PASC overall winners shall be determined by their combined performance, choreography and technique scores. 1st and 2nd place will be awarded in each category for both 12 and under and 13 and over divisions.

41. The Choreography Awards (selected at NATIONAL ELITE FINALS PASC) shall be presented.

42. All entries into the Grand National Championship must have a photo taken by the official DMA Photographer.

43. AWARDS

A. OVERALL WINNERS – Cash scholarships will be awarded to all overall winners. All checks will be made payable to the Teacher of Record, a Federal IRS Tax ID number will be required.
B. LARRAINE SUSA CHOREOGRAPHY AWARDS – One (1) award shall be presented to the Entry 
with the highest choreography score (duo through production) in both the 12 and under and the 13 and over age divisions of the NATIONAL ELITE FINALS PASC. Choreographer shall be recognized. Award presentations will only be made to DMA members or students of DMA members.
C. NATIONAL PAST PRESIDENTS CHOREOGRAPHY AWARDS – One (1) award shall be presented to 
the Entrant with the highest choreography score in a solo category in both the 12 and under and the 13 and over age divisions of the NATIONAL ELITE FINALS PASC. Choreographer shall be recognized. Award presentations will only be made to DMA members or students of DMA members.

D. GEORGE LON CHOREOGRAPHY AWARDS – One (1) award shall be presented to the Entry with the 2nd highest choreography score (duo through production) in both the 12 and under and the 13 and over age divisions of the NATIONAL ELITE FINALS PASC. Choreographer shall be recognized. Award presentations will only be made to DMA members or students of DMA members.

Section 6 – THE CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS

44. All first place Grand National Championship winners will compete for the CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS AWARD at the annual awards banquet.

45 There will be a CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS AWARD in both the 12 and under and 13 and over age divisions.

46. The First Place overall winning routines of the CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS must be retired for a period of not less than five (5) years.