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 in the scoring system.
Apprentice Division– competitive division for our beginner/intermediate dancers.
Advanced Division – competitive division for our intermediate/advanced dancers.
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. The same rules apply to nationals.
Mini 5 & under
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*
• Musical Theatre
• Student Choreography (Please note that productions are not eligible to participate)
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.
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. Please note that there are two entry types options for your production extended time needs.
Any person visible on stage during a performance will be considered a performer and should be accounted for during registration.
Small Group 4:00
Large Group 4:00
*Production (1 min. extended time): for all productions as well as those between 8-9 minutes.
Production (2 min. extended time): for productions between 9-10 minutes.
Extended time (1 minute max.) is available for purchase for a fee of $5 per dancer in any category. Performances that exceed the time limits and do not request extended time at time of registration will be subject to a point deduction at the judges discretion.
Diamond 300-295 300-295
Platinum 294.9-285 294.9-280
High Gold 284.9-275 279.9-265
Gold 274.9-265 264.9-250
High Silver 264.9-255 249.9-235
Silver 254.9-245 234.9-220
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 dancer within a performance will receive an adjudication award.
To be eligible for an overall award there must be at least three 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.
Soloists competing with more than one solo are only eligible to place once in the overalls with their highest scoring solo.
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 that every studio still brings back-up music files for all entries as a precaution.
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. Any changes requested after the schedule is released must be in writing and will be assessed a $10 fee per change (no exceptions).
We accept all major credit cards and checks. 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.
Account credits and/or cash refunds will only be considered for injured or sick competitors providing a valid doctors note. No credits will be issued during or after the completion of the competition. 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.
There will be a 1 minute time limit to assemble and disassemble any props. Anything over this allotted time will be subject to a point deduction at the discretion of the judges. 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.
Please be advised that in order to participate in High Demand Dance Competition a legal guardian’s signature is required for all performers under 18 yrs. old as well as the studio owner/director’s final signature to acknowledge that you have read and agreed to the terms and conditions indicated in the release form.
All performance videos & photos are included and will be sent to the studio director the week after the competing event.
IMPORTANT: High Demand has a zero tolerance for personal video and photography. Any individual caught recording a performance may be asked to leave the event and could result in studio disqualification.
• Performers must compete on designated date and time to receive an overall award and be considered for all special awards and scholarships.
• 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.
• Soloist 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.
• Decisions of the judges are final.
• 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.
• Studios will be notified of the schedule approximately one week prior to the competition.
• Independent entries are not accepted.
Please do not hesitate to contact HD with any other questions or concerns!