Stay tuned for our updated 2024 Rules & Regulations coming soon! Please note that High Demand’s Rules & Regulations are subject to change at any time.  

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Competitive Levels

High Demand encourages studio directors to use their best judgment in choosing the competition level for all performances. Division placement is at the discretion of the studio directors along with their teachers and choreographers because no one knows your dancers levels and abilities better than you! In the event that a performance is under placed, HD management will address onsite with the judges and evaluate for proper placement.

Apprentice Division – this division is more appropriate for beginner/intermediate level dancers.

Advanced Division – this division is for advanced dancers up for more of a challenging competition.

Age Divisions

All division placements will be based on the dancers’ age on the day of competition. Group performances will be based on the average age of all dancers combined.

Mini             6 & under

Petite            7-9

Junior          10-12

Teen             13-15

Senior          16-19

Adult*            20 +

*Please note that any entry competing in the adult division is only eligible to receive an adjudication and overall award. Adult entries are exempt from all special awards, scholarships and are not eligible to be nominated in the HD Dance-Off.


• Acro – performance containing more than two acro passes*

• Ballet

• Clogging

• Contemporary

• Folk/Ethnic

• Hip-hop

• Jazz

• Lyrical

• Modern

• Musical Theatre

• Open

• Pointe

• Pom

• Student Choreography (Please note that productions are not eligible to participate)

• Tap

Important: Any performance with more than two acro passes* MUST compete in the acro category.

*An acro pass is defined as a combination of two or more acro tricks in a row. Example, one single aerial is a trick, but an aerial followed by a backhand spring is considered an acro pass. Failure to comply will result in a one point deduction per routine.



Solo                  1

Duo/Trio          2-3

Small Group    4-9

Large Group    10-19

Line                    20 & up

Production        20 & up*

*This category is for dancers of all ages and abilities to come together in one performance to showcase a particular story or theme.

Any person visible on stage during a performance will be considered a performer and should be accounted for during registration.

Time Limit

Solo                  3:00

Duo/Trio          3:00

Small Group    4:00

Large Group    4:00

Line                   5:00

Production      7:00

Extended time (one minute max.) can be purchased for a fee of $5 per dancer for any entry type. Performances exceeding their time limits that do not request extended time will be subject to a 0.5 point deduction for every 15 seconds overage. In addition, any performance that purchases extended time and exceeds more than the allotted one minute overage will also be subject to the same deduction system.

Adjudication Scale

                         Advanced               Apprentice

Diamond        300-295                   300-290

Platinum        294.9-282                289.9-275

High Gold      281.9-269                274.9-260

Gold               268.9-256               259.9-245



Decisions of the judges are final. All performances will be scored by a judging panel consisting of three judges each using a 100 point scale for a total of 300 points. Each judge will take into consideration the dancer(s) technique, choreography, concept/execution and presentation. Those three scores will then be tallied for a total overall score. Each performance will be adjudicated based on the above division scales and every dancers within a performance will receive an adjudication award. Please note that there must be at least three entries in a category to be announced a category winner.

To be eligible for an overall award there must be at least two performances in a given division. To receive an overall award, the apprentice division must receive a minimum of a Gold adjudication and in the advanced division a minimum of a High Gold.

Except when there is a technical difficulty, any re-performance of a routine will be adjudicated only. 

All overall ties and high scoring awards will be broken by technique score.

Soloist competing with more than one solo are not eligible to place more than twice in the overalls.


An MP3 file must be submitted two weeks prior to the start of the competition weekend for every performance using our online registration system. Simply log in to your account and select ‘Upload Music’ on your dashboard to upload music files for all performances. CDs will not be accepted. It is highly encouraged to bring back-up music files for all entries in case of an emergency.

Please note: Music, lighting and waivers are due 2 weeks prior to a competing event.

Online Registration & Payment

Entries are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. High Demand stands behind their reputation of their events running in a timely manner and is considerate of each competition day’s end time and will only accept the number of registrations that fit into the schedule.  

All entries must be entered into our online registration system and paid in full 30 days prior to the competition day with one form of payment. No entries will be processed or included in the schedule until payment is submitted in full. No on-site payments will be accepted. Entries submitted after the 30-day deadline will result in a $5.00 late fee charge per dancer.

We accept bank/certified checks and credit cards for final payment. Entry fees are non-refundable. Returned checks will have a penalty fee of $35.00.

All discounts will be calculated after all registrations are submitted from the total studio invoice. This includes the early-commitment discount, loyalty credits and award credits from previous season. Studio credits hold no cash value and can only be used towards entry fees.

Injured and sick dancers will have the option of a credit or refund after the 30-day deadline providing a doctor’s note, but before the final schedule is released. Once the schedule is finalized and released 10 days prior to the event; injured, sick and quarantined dancers will only be given a credit. Day of scratches due to injured or sick performers will not be issued credits/refunds. Any credits will be issued to the account of which the performer is registered. Credits may only be used towards entry fees for an HD event and will not be valid for merchandise or registration deposits.

Scheduling Requests & Changes

Any scheduling request must be submitted in DanceComp Genie and are not guaranteed.

Schedules will be released 7-10 days prior to the event and studios will be given 3 days to submit any edits/changes in writing via email. Any changes/edits that are submitted after the 3-day grace period (i.e. dancer name, birthdate, lighting, routine title, etc.) will be assessed a $5 fee per change.

In addition, any ‘Out of Schedule Request’ for entries to perform on days and/or times outside of their division’s designated time will be assessed a $10 fee per entry and will not be eligible for overalls, scholarships, special awards and high awards. No exceptions will be considered.


There will be a 1 minute time limit to assemble and disassemble any props. Anything over this allotted time will be subject to a deduction at the discretion of the judges and HD management for the performance’s overall score. Fire hazardous props, glitter, fog, weapons of any kind and any other dangerous prop are not permitted. No form of liquids or any other substance that may affect the stage surface may be used during a performance. Any prop used that requires extensive cleanup may result in a point deduction. Props should not be backstage or in the wings until the performance time and should be removed from the area immediately following the performance.

Liability Waiver

Please be advised that in order to participate in High Demand Dance Competition a parent/legal guardian’s consent is required for all performers under 18 yrs. old as well as the studio owner/director’s final consent to acknowledge that you have read and agreed to the terms and conditions indicated in the waiver. Please note that waivers must be submitted two weeks prior to competing event. Links to the electronic forms will be sent directly to the studio.

2023 Season waivers coming soon!

General Rules & Information

• Performers must enter and exit the HD stage from backstage at all times.

• During scheduled performances, dancers are never permitted to enter the audience or exit/jump off of the front of the stage at any time.

• Entries that choose to exit the stage before the completion of their performance will only be eligible for an adjudication award and not be eligible for overall placement. Exception will be made for music and/or costume malfunction.

• Please be considerate of the venue and staff. Clean up anything left behind in the dressing rooms and theatre.

• All dancers should be costume ready and warmed up one hour prior to their scheduled performance.

• No alcoholic beverages are permitted.

• Performers grant High Demand Dance Competition with permission to use their photographs and videos from the event for advertising purposes without compensation.

• High Demand Dance Competition reserves the right to change a competition’s venue, date and/or location at any time. HD management will communicate any changes if necessary with registered studios.

• Circumstances beyond the control of High Demand Dance Competition such as: weather related issues, facility condition, and technical difficulties bears no responsibility to HD Dance and no refunds.

• Independent entries are not accepted.

Please do not hesitate to contact HD with any other questions or concerns!