Rules & Regulations

Age Divisions

Petite: 8 years and under
Junior: 9-11 years old
Teen: 12-14 years old
Senior: 15-19 years old
Adult: 20 years old and up

The age division for all routines is determined by the average age of the performers as of January 1st, 2022. The average age determines the age range into which you may enter. For dances with two or more dancers, add the ages of all the contestants, and then divide by the number of contestants. Drop the decimal point when averaging the ages, i.e., an age average of 12.5 would compete in the 12 year old division.

Duet/Trios or Groups will compete no more than two age divisions younger than the oldest dancer, regardless of average age. For example: if a group includes a dancer age 17 (senior division) and the average age is 9 (petite division), the group will compete one level above petite, at the junior division.

Any child 2 years younger than the average age must perform a meaningful and significant amount of the choreography.

Any dancer taking the stage before/during/at the end of a routine must be a registered dancer to the routine, regardless of the amount of time the dancer is present on stage.

Adult Age Division: Any routine averaging in age of 20 years old or above will compete in our adult division. Adult routines are not eligible for overalls awards. If enough routines are entered into the adult division overall awards may be presented at that event.

Note: Contestants may be required to present proof of age in the form of a birth certificate if an issue regarding age occurs. Such discrepancies must be presented to the director of Energy National Dance Competition within a half hour of the performance of the entry in question.

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Entry Divisions

Small Group
Large Group
Extended Time
# of dancers
19 or more
19 or more
All routines
+$25 for every 30 seconds
Time Limits
2:45 minutes
3:00 minutes
3:00 minutes
4:00 minutes
5:00 minutes
8:00 minutes
2:00 additional minutes
*May incur point deductions for exceeding the time limit.


Entry fees can be located by logging in to your DanceBug account via our website. This information will be shared with studio owners/faculty only and is not publicly posted anywhere. All fees must be paid by studio checks, credit cards, or cashiers checks. Entry fees are due on the registration deadline posted on event page.  All payments within one month of the event must be paid by credit card or cashiers check only. Any payments or entries added after registration deadline will be subject to a late fee (see below). All fees are non-refundable. NO EXCEPTIONS. There is a $35.00 fee for returned checks. Entries are not secured until a deposit or payment in full has been made. In the event that one of our events are “Sold Out,” you will be required to make a deposit to hold your spot if you have not yet paid in full.

Independent Entries
EnerGy National Dance Competitions does not accept independent entries. Dancers are allowed to come compete without their full studio present but they must be registered for our event under their studio name by the studio director. All event communication will be sent directly to the studio director via their DanceBug account.

Title Fees
To be entered into the Title Competition, you must be competing at the Energy Level. To be considered for title, you will need to register online prior to the event. Once the final schedule is released, there will be no additional Title entries accepted.

Early Bird/Special Discounts
Ask about the different discounts we offer! To be eligible for discounts you must have entries and fees in by the designated due date. If you do not have all entries and fees paid by date given, no discount will be given. For all “Special Discounts”, a minimum of $2,000 in entry fees before discount must be met. If entry fees do not reach $2,000 before “Special Discount”, you will not be eligible for said discount. Discount offers cannot be combined. Please email or call us to hear about what discounts we offer!

Changes and Late Entry Fees
Mailed in payments must be postmarked by registration deadline to avoid said late fees. Any changes made to existing entries within 21 days of event date will be subject to a $10 change fee per change. NO CHANGES WILL BE MADE ON COMPETITION DAY. Please check over your schedules very closely prior to the event and notify the office immediately of any changes. No entries will be accepted at the registration.

In the event of a cancelled competition due to a health pandemic or other unforeseen circumstance all entry fees will be refunded. We will not refund fees if the event is taking place.

We do not offer refunds in the case of an injury/dropped dancer. If a doctor’s note is provided for the injured dancer no later than one week following the event we will issue a studio credit (in the amount originally paid) to be used at any other future EnerGy event.


Our competitive levels are designed to give dancers an opportunity to compete against other dancers that are at their same level. This allows dancers to build confidence and self-esteem. During the registration process studios will assign a competitive level to each individual dancer. The competitive class for all routines will be determined automatically by our registration system once individual dancer levels are determined. Competitive classes for duet/trio and group routines will default to the competitive class that the majority of participating dancers are registered in. In the event a routine is made up of an equal number of dancers from different competitive classes it will default to the highest level of dancer registered in the routine. Energy level dancers are not able to compete in routines in the star level. If an energy level dancer is registered in a routine with star level dancers it will automatically default to the power division with the possibility of being in the energy division depending on the full mix of dancers within the group. It is not uncommon for our judges to “bump up” a dance they feel is under-placed. This happens mostly with solos. Judges may bump up, but never down. All decisions are final.

Star Division: This division is for a dancer who takes a maximum of 3 hours of dance per week. It is designed to let the novice dancers get the feel for competition, stage performances, judges, audiences, etc., and will be adjudicated, as well as receive additional high score awards within their division. It is NOT mandatory that beginner students enter at this Level.

Power Division: Dancers that study between 4-5 hours of class per week should consider the Power Division. This division will be adjudicated as well as receive additional high score awards within their division.

Energy Division: Dancers who take more than 6 or more hours of class per week should be considered for this division. The Energy Division is open to all performers and will be adjudicated, as well as receive additional high score awards within their division. Energy division is eligible for cash awards.


All acts must be dominant to the category.

*To protect the integrity and to ensure a quality event, no acrobatic tricks are allowed in these disciplines.

Routine must consist of ballet technique. Must include classical steps and movements. No pointe shoes allowed.

Routine must consist of pointe technique.

Routine must contain tap technique and primarily tap work. No pre-recorded tap sounds allowed on music.

Clogging/Irish Step
A routine incorporating clogging technique and/or Irish step dancing.

Routine must consist of primarily jazz technique.

Routine combining the techniques of Jazz, Ballet, and Modern, utilizing the lyrics or mood of the song.

A routine consisting of modern contemporary movement.

Routine should utilize contemporary style to show extension and balance, can combine lyrical, ballet, and modern, going beyond the standard jazz vocabulary.

Hip Hop
Routine consisting primarily of Hip Hop Technique. Break dancing, street funk, and pop & lock are also included in this category. The music must not contain inappropriate lyrics.

Character/Musical Theater
Broadway/Theater dance styles using songs from “Broadway”, “Off Broadway”, or movie/television musicals. (Pantomime may/may not be used)

Acro Dance
A routine using controlled moves such as walkovers, limbers, handstands, chest rolls, etc. Can contain gymnastic passes. Can contain flexibility moves or contortionist moves. Must contain dance moves, steps, and choreography.

Pom/Drill Team
A routine consisting of cheerleading or dance team technique. Sharp clean movements including kicks, jumps, and formation changes with the use of poms.

A style of dance in the religious theme, which may incorporate any of the above styles of dance.

A routine that uses any ethnic style of dance (African, Hawaiian, Japanese, Middle Eastern, Indian, Flamenco, and Tahitian) and is specific to the region.

Any of our listed categories, combinations of listed category styles, or any style of dance not previously listed.

Additional Rules for Performance:
-All routines, music, choreography, and costumes must be suitable for family viewing and listening. Failure to comply with this rule may result in point deductions or entry disqualification. We take this very seriously.
-Coaching from the wings is prohibited.
-A three-point deduction will be made for dancers that leave the stage without completing the performance. Dancers will have the option to re-perform the routine, but for adjudication only. If they choose to perform again, they will not be eligible for overalls.


All music needs to be uploaded using the DanceBug music upload feature. All music needs to be uploaded by the Wednesday before the start of the competition. We do recommend all studios bring backup music on a USB.


EnerGy will recognize up to 15 of the highest scores in each age and performance category in all entry divisions. The number of entries recognized is based on how many entries are in each entry division.  A studio may not compete against itself in the same category with identical performers. A Solo performer may not compete against him or her self in a given category. If same soloist has more than one solo, only the highest scoring solo will be eligible for high score. A soloist can only place in the overalls once. In a Duet/Trio, at least one dancer must be different when competing in the same category. At the National Finals, dancers can be replaced, if necessary, as long as 50% or more of the original dancers are in the routine. Teachers are required to notify EnerGy of these replacements.
Cash awards will be awarded to the Studio. A cash award will be paid to the 1st place in all age divisions and entry categories at the Energy level.The amount of the cash award will be determined by the total number of entries in the competition. Please note that there must be a minimum of five routines in all categories to receive a cash prize. Studios receiving special promotions and/or coupons, cash awards may not apply. Cash awards must be cashed within 60 days. We will not replace lost or stolen cash awards.

To run for title you must be competing a solo in the energy division. You may register for Title with your online registration. We will not accept Title Registration once the event is closed or at the event. You must sign up ahead of time. Title winners will be chosen by the judges. In the event that there are not 3 Title participants in a given age division, EnerGyNDC reserves the right to combine the Petite and Junior age levels and the Teen and Senior Age levels. Winners in each title division will receive a cash prize, plaque, EnerGy jacket and crown. Their picture may appear in the EnerGy National Championship program, posters, brochures, website, or related promotional literature. These dancers will also have an opportunity to perform in the National Grand Showcase opening number without paying the audition fee. Dancers who win title at our National Finals are not allowed to compete the same solo routine the following year.

Mr./Miss Petite EnerGy Danceages 8 and under
Mr./Miss Junior EnerGy Danceages 9-11
Mr./Miss Teen EnerGy Danceages 12-14
Mr./Miss Senior EnerGy Danceages 15-19
Awarded to outstanding studios in the form of a gift certificate to the National Finals. Please note that all scholarships given out for our National Finals are only valid with a minimum dollar amount to be met which will be stated on your award. National Scholarships can not be combined with any other discounts.
Contestants may submit a recent 5×7 or 8×10 photograph to be judged for the Photogenic Award in the 11 and under age division, and in the 12 and over age division. Please write name, age, and studio name on the back of the photo. Each dancer is allowed a maximum of three photos with a total entry fee of $25. All photos should be submitted at the Registration Table at the beginning of the competition. The winner’s photos will not be returned as we will be using them for our Nationals program.  Aside from being featured in our National Program, all of our regional photogenic winners will be in the running to be our National Photogenic Winner. The winner will be announced at our 2021 Nationals and he/she will be featured in our 2022 Regional Programs. The winner must be present to win. Energy National Dance Competitions is not responsible for lost photographs, or damages to any photograph submitted. You may enter the Photogenic Award contest on the day of the competition.
During each segment of competition judges will select routines at their discretion to receive additional recognition with judges awards.
This award will be selected by our Backstage Manager and will be presented to the studio that displays the most spirit, as well as overall good sportsmanship backstage during the competition. Accompanying this award is a free 1 year affiliate membership to the ADCC (Association of Dance Competitions and Conventions).

These awards are selected from the Energy level groups and lines ages 12 & above with the highest overall score in the following categories:

Best Jazz Performance

Best Tap Performance

Best Hip-Hop Performance

Best Lyrical / Modern / Contemporary Performance

Best Novelty / Character / Musical Theatre Performance

Best Ballet / Open / Acro / Gymnastics Performance

All IDA Outstanding Performance winners will receive a custom social media graphic the week following their event. These weekly winners will be in the running to be nominated for the 2021 Industry Dance Awards. At the conclusion of the regional season EnerGy will select one routine for each category to be our official IDA nominee. The final IDA Outstanding Performance nominees will be announced in September 2021 on The Industry Dance Awards will take place virtually on October 23rd, 2021.

This award is presented to a small group, large group, or line/production from any age or competitive level that the judges decide best represents the entire competition with exceptional talent, choreography and showmanship. The winner will receive a custom social media graphic the week following their event. All Regional IDA People’s Choice Award winners will be featured on and will be in the running to be selected as a 2021 Top 5 Finalist. The weekly IDA People’s Choice Award winner will also be posted on the IDA website for final voting from September 2021 to October 2021. The final IDA People’s Choice Award winner will be announced on October 23rd, 2021 at the virtual Industry Dance Awards.


Each entry in the Star, Power, and Energy competitive divisions will be judged from a 100 point system from 3 judges, totaling 300 points. Technique is 40 points, Performance is 35 points, Musicality/Timing is 10 points, Choreography is 10 points and Overall Appearance is 5 points. Each entry will receive a ranking of Platinum, High Gold, and Gold, based on their score. The Adjudication breakdown is as follows:

Energy Division
Kinetic Platinum 300-291
Platinum 280-290.9
High Gold 279.9-270
Gold 269.9-0

Power Division
Platinum 300-275
High Gold 274.9-265
Gold 264.9-0

Star Division
Platinum 300-270
High Gold 269.9-258
Gold 257.9-0

**A Routine must receive a Gold ranking or higher to qualify to compete at National Competition.


-General props are permitted. No dangerous props (swords, fire, etc.). No live animals.
-All props must be marley safe.
-Prop height should not exceed 10 feet
-The use of body paint, glitter, rosin, baby powder, or any other material that can leave a residue on the stage is prohibited.
Prop set-up time should take less than 30 seconds. If you have a prop that takes longer than 30 seconds to set, please make a note of it on your entry form. If prop set-up time will cause you to exceed the total time allowed for that entry, please contact our office at We will try to make special arrangements for props that take longer than 30 seconds to set up. For example: putting the entry right after a judge’s break, awards ceremony, or putting in on at the start of competition to allow extra time to set the prop. In an effort to ensure a smooth competition with on-time award ceremonies, if you have not made special arrangements regarding your prop that takes extra time and you go over the allotted 30 seconds (by a solid amount of time), we will deduct 5 points from said routine. All decisions are final.


NO CAMERAS of any kind will be allowed in the auditorium during performances. Use of cameras during performances will result in point deductions, disqualification of routine, or disqualification of studio if the issue persists. Please warn your students and parents, as EnergyNDC takes this very serisouly. Video cameras and flash photography are welcomed during award ceremonies ONLY. Energy National Dance Competition will have a videographer and photographer at each event providing videos and photos of performances for purchase. Participation in any Energy National Dance Competition indicates permission to use any photographs or video taken during the event in promotional items including, but not limited to, newspapers, brochures, ads, television, videos, newsletters, and the Internet.


· It is agreed upon entering any EnerGy National Dance Competition that participants, including students, parents, teachers, and other spectators, will not hold EnerGy or its owner, directors, employees, or host facilities liable for injuries sustained, illnesses contracted by them, or loss of property while in attendance and/or participating in any activity of an EnerGy event.

· EnerGyNDC does not assume responsibility for forgotten USBs, awards, or other items.

· Participants agree that the time, manner, and method of judging the competition shall be solely within the discretion of the director of EnerGy National Dance Competition and that all results of a competition are final. Judges break all ties. No teacher, student, or parent will question a judge. The director has the right to change the manner and method at any time deemed necessary.

·In order to compete at our National Finals all routines must pre-qualify by competing at one of our regional events during the same tour season.

· EnerGyNDC reserves the right, when necessary, to move a competition site, postpone, cancel or expand a competition to a multiple day event.

· For the 2022 season, studios are able to request a block schedule. If the event is being run in a normal format and you would like to request a block schedule there are three stipulations. 1.) $250 admin fee. 2.) Block schedules will compete first before any regularly scheduled routines.  3.) Someone will need to pick up any overall placement awards on the last day of the event. We will not mail any awards. Block schedule requests must be made by 30 days prior to the event. 

·EnerGyNDC has a tendency to run ahead of schedule. EnergyNDC will not hold a competition due to a dancer not being present. We recommend arriving two hours prior to performance time to avoid missing a routine.

·EnerGyNDC prides itself on running an organized, on time event. To do so, routines must perform in the order of the schedule. If a routine does not perform in it’s schedule spot, it may perform out of order for adjudication only.

·EnerGyNDC prides itself on running an organized, on time event. To do so, routines must perform in the order of the schedule. If a routine does not perform in it’s schedule spot, it may perform out of order for adjudication only.

· EnerGyNDC reserves the right to deduct points from or disqualify any entry or participant that does not adhere to the rules and regulations.

· The director of EnerGyNDC reserves the rights to change, delete, or add to any rules, regulations, or policies at any time deemed necessary.

·Rules will be interpreted in the spirit of fairness to all participants.

Please read carefully and follow these guidelines to ensure a pleasant and fun competition for all dancers, parents, teachers, and spectators. Failure to do so will result in point deductions and possible disqualification. *Note: If you have previously viewed a copy of our Rules and Regulations, you may need to clear your browser history to be able to view the latest version.

Yours in Dance,
EnerGyNDC Staff

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