Rules & Regulations

General Rules

  • All entries and payments must be received in full by January 8th, 2024. Any registrations made after January 8th, 2024 will be subject to a 10% late fee.
  • All music must be submitted through your DanceBUG account 2 WEEKS before your designated arrival.
  • Space is limited and studios are accepted on a first come first serve basis.
  • ODE reserves the right to add, change or cancel tour dates if deemed necessary. ODE reserves the right to cancel, refuse or limit registrations, and to change the format and/or location of events. This includes cancellations due to insufficient registration up to our discretion.
  • No independent entries.
  • You will receive your Video Adjudication via email after the event has closed.
  • By agreeing to our Terms & Conditions, you are agreeing to give The One Dance Experience permission to publish any or all photos and videos taken at our event. This includes our Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, and website, as well as any future promotional material for The One Dance Experience.
  • Entry fees are non-refundable. Credit will be given in the name of the studio should an unforeseeable medical issue arise with a doctor’s note (valid for one year). No refunds for cancellation of entries.


House Rules

  • Upon arrival at ODE, please ensure to pick up your studio owner and teacher packages
  • Dancers must always be ready to perform 30 minutes before their scheduled time. Report backstage to the ODE Stage Manager 4 dances before your scheduled number.
  • All entries will perform in the order they are scheduled. If for any reason a routine must perform out of order, it must be approved by the ODE backstage manager and it must be performed before the end of its category.
  • For safety reasons, except for rosin, the use of baby powder and other agents is not tolerated.
  • Please be advised that studios will be held responsible for any damages to theatre change rooms. Any personal belongings, costumes or dance apparel left behind at the competition will not be the responsibility of The One Dance Experience.
  • Photography/videography is strictly prohibited in the theatre as professional services will be provided. All photos and videos will be available for download, free of charge, on the DanceBUG App.
  • Harassment and unruly behaviour will not be tolerated and will result in disqualification.
  • Food & drinks are not permitted in theatres unless otherwise stated.
  • Parents are not permitted in the backstage area during the competition.
  • In case of any issues, please do not hesitate to have studio directors or teachers communicate with us at

Competition Rules

  • Any Entry displaying suggestive and/or inappropriate content will be deducted 3 marks and may be disqualified.
  • Each soloist must be entered into at least one group to qualify for any high score awards.
  • All judging results are FINAL and non-negotiable.
  • Dancers may not compete against themselves in any performance style and category. (If a performer has two Jazz Solo’s they may only compete the second routine in the next age division up) unless another category is not provided.
  • Second performance attempts will only be granted due to technical difficulties and if time permits.
  • In the event of a tie for any overall awards, our adjudicators will choose the winning routine at their discretion.
  • Cash awards may be given by cheque or E-transfer.
  • Credit awards will be added to the studio’s account with receipt.


Acro: Routine incorporating 50% acrobatic technique and tricks and 50% dance technique.


Breakdance: Breakdance is an energetic street dance characterized by acrobatic moves, intricate footwork, and expressive routines performed to hip-hop music.


Cirque: Routine with a majority of acrobatic and circus technique. This includes canes, contortion, aerial hoop, clowning etc.


Classical Ballet: Routine utilizing classical ballet technique. Demi-pointe only.


Contemporary: Routine demonstrating exploration of ballet training and combines elements of various dance styles, prioritizing expression, fluidity, and versatility in movement.


Contemporary Ballet: Routine fusing classical ballet techniques with modern dance elements, emphasizing freedom of movement and individual expression.


Demi-character: Routine using ballet technique to portray a character.


Street Dance: Routine consisting of hip hop, popping, or any other street dance technique.


Jazz: A high-energy routine incorporating jazz technique including jumps, turns and kicks.


Lyrical: Routine combines ballet and jazz techniques and lyrics/music to express emotion. Balance, control, and extension should be demonstrated.


Modern:Routine diverging from ballet, blends techniques like contraction, release, and improvisation, encompassing styles such as Graham, Cunningham, Horton, and Limón, emphasizing freedom and emotion.

Musical Theatre: Prerecorded vocals with lip-synching and dramatization. Emphasis on theatrics and facial expression.


National/Traditional: A routine of national origin as well as traditional cultural routines. (Ie: Chinese, Highland, Salsa, Tango)


Open: This category is for any routine that does not seem appropriate in any of the above listed categories.


Pointe: A routine where 30% or more of the dancers are on pointe or 50% or more of the routine is performed on pointe. This division is to be calculated utilizing overall years of ballet training.


Production: A production can consist of any combination of dance or musical theatre disciplines. There is no age or division for productions. Productions are a minimum of 6 minutes and a maximum of 10 minutes. An extra 5 minutes will be provided for prop set up and take down.


Song & Dance: A routine that involves both singing and dancing. Pre-recorded vocals are not permitted.


Student Choreography: A routine where dancers have choreographed their own routine (or choreographed by another student under the age of 18). This category is an open category for dancers performing a routine of any discipline.


Tap: No prerecorded tap sounds permitted.


Music Interpretation: A suitable piece of music will be chosen for each group by the adjudicator. Each competitor will enter the theatre separately, hear the music once, and then dance to the music the second time they hear it. Entrants are not required to have a costume for this category. (Proper dance attire will be suitable) All competitors Must be present at the start of the category in order to hear the music choice.


Inclusive Performance: This is for routines seeking a special performance category for any unique situation. This may include routines such as wheelchair dance routines, blind/deaf, and/or any other special circumstance that requires it’s own category but does not warrant being placed in to the “Open” division. The Performance division is for adjudication only. Routines entering this division should contact us in advanced for any special arrangements to be made or if any accessibility concerns arise.


Adult Division: Any routine where the average age of all dancers is 19 or up. Routines may be any dance form. Solo/Duo/Trios – ONE or more dancers aged 19 and over.  Groups – TWO or more dancers aged 19 and over.




All entries will be scored by a panel of two adjudicators, with a maximum score of 100 points per judge. Performance is evaluated on the following elements.
  • Execution/Precision
  • Technique
  • Performance/Stage Presence
  • Choreography
  • Overall Appearance
All special awards will be judged by our Special Awards Judge
Each award session will include:
First, second, third will be announced per category.
Every dancer will receive a medal.
Most Potential Award
Most Entertaining Award
Top Choreography
THE ONE of the Session (Highest score of the session)


Silver 79.99 & Lower
High Silver 80-84.9
Gold 85-89.9
High Gold 90-94.9
Distinction 95 & Higher


Rising Star Scoring:
Gold 75-85
High Gold 86-100

Overall Awards

Levels & Ages



  • Rising Star – First & second year competing
  • Competitive – 3-5 years of competing. 4 or fewer hours of training a week.
  • Elite – 6+ years of competing. / 5+ hours of training a week.


Age Divisions:


  • Petite: 4-6 years
  • Mini: 7-9 years
  • Junior: 10-12 years
  • Intermediate: 13-15 years
  • Senior: 16-18 years
  • Adult: 19+ years
All ages as of December 31st, 2023

Time Limits

  • Solo/Duo’s/Trio’s: 3 minutes max.
  • Small Group: 4 minutes max.
  • Large Group/Line: 5 minutes max.
  • Production: 10 minutes max. $50 fee for an additional 5 minutes.


Small groups consist of 4-9 dancers.
Large groups consist of 10-16 dancers.
Lines consist of 17+ dancers.
There will be a fee of $25 for every minute over.


The One Showdown


The ONE Showdown is set to dazzle at the close of our spectacular event, featuring encore performances from all chosen routines.

Now, here’s where the excitement amps up:
The ONE Title:
– Studios with 10+ Competitive or Elite group entries: Minimum 2 groups competing.
– Studios with 5-9 entries: One group competes.
– Studios with less than 5 entries might be chosen as wild cards.
– Two wild cards may be chosen by our adjudicators  – Routines are chosen based on entertainment value and judge’s choice, not by score.

NEW THIS SEASON: The ONE Junior Title!
– Open to Petite, Mini, and Junior groups.
– Minimum 1 entry per studio.
– Two winners will be announced: The ONE Jr (12& Under) and The ONE Sr (13& Over).
– Both winners receive a banner and a cash prize.

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