Standing Ovation Dance

Please Note: Draft schedules will be posted for each location as they become available. These are only Drafts Schedules and are subject to change. Please ALWAYS confirm your times with your teachers and/or studios as they will be getting daily changes due to a variety of reasons.


No one extra is permitted backstage except for the M.C., stage manager, and medal assistants. Teachers must bring their own students backstage from the changing or rehearsal areas and are responsible for all of their dancers at all times while at the competition. Teachers need to check in with the M.C. prior to the session starting. Dancers, please be ready 30 min. prior to scheduled time. We reserve the right to run up to ½ hour ahead and will do so when needed.

Cameras &  Video Equipment

No cameras, film, video equipment or any other recording devices will be allowed in the Theatre during the competition. Any person found using such equipment may be subject to disqualification of their child/student/studio –  at the discretion of the Competition Committee.


All decisions by the Adjudicators and Timers are FINAL. NO ONE WILL BE PERMITTED TO TALK TO THE ADJUDICATORS, TIMERS, OR WRITERS DURING THE COMPETITION. If there is a complaint of any nature, it must be submitted in WRITING to a Standing Ovation representative by the close of the competition. All matters will be dealt with within two weeks of the current competition year.

Condition of Stage and Rehearsal Area

No body or hair glitter or use of any substances that will change the condition of stage and make it dangerous for following performers will be permitted.


We are a family competition and all content, music, choreography, and costumes must be appropriate.


Competitors must always wear a cover-up over their costume when in the theatre.


Standing Ovation reserves the right to disqualify any competitor infringing on the rules.

Good Sportsmanship

Good sportsmanship and proper conduct is mandatory. Rudeness and improper language will not be tolerated and is grounds for being expelled from the competition and suspended for one year. Swearing will not be allowed by teachers, parents or competitors. Swearing will not be allowed in the lyrics of a song.

Missing Dancers

All participants missing from a dance can be announced by the M.C. in regular competition, not in Encore Dance Offs! Teachers, please inform the M.C. fifteen minutes prior to the category start time. Dancers may fill in for missing participants if it does not change the age or level of the entered number and only in the group category. This must be approved by the competition committee ahead of time.


Fees from cancelled entries cannot be transferred to new entries.


There is no limit to the amount of entries a dancer may enter.

Lost Articles

Standing Ovation will not be responsible for lost or stolen articles. Please leave all valuables at home.

Music & Mics

Teachers will be responsible for playing their own music. Please have your music cued properly. No use of stage mics in any discipline.


Absolutely no prompting by any persons backstage or in the audience, except for future stars category. This will result in the competitor’s disqualification.

Medal Standing

All dancers will receive a medal for their performance in every category:

Platinum95 and over
High Gold90 to 94
Gold85 to 89
High Silver80 to 84
Silver75 to 79


All props must be listed on the bottom of the appropriate competition entry form (please note size and amounts). Props must be placed on and taken off within 2 minutes and may be subject to a $50 fine if a delay in competition occurs.


Re-dances will be allowed at the discretion of the adjudicator, only if the performance was less than 50% complete and if time permits. Medals will be awarded according to the mark given, but dancers will not be able to qualify for special awards or scholarships in that category.

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