Rules & Regulations

General Rules

  • Please do not arrive earlier than 1 hour prior to start time.
  • Upon arrival at ODE, please ensure to pick up your studio owner and teacher packages
  • Dancers must always be ready to perform 30 minutes prior to 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 back stage manager and it must be performed before the end of its category.
  • Any entry in any class and category, displaying suggestive and/or inappropriate content will be disqualified.
  • In order to win overall awards, each soloist must be entered in a group.
  • No independant entries.
  • For safety reasons, with the exception of 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.
  • You will receive your Video Adjudication via email after the event has closed.


House Rules

  • There is a single day $5 admission fee, or a $10 unlimited weekend pass available. This does not include the workshop observer pass or the Final One Dance Experience.
  • Photography/videography is strictly prohibited in the theatre, as professional services will be provided. Each studio will receive a link to share and download high definition photos of every performance.
  • All judging results are FINAL and non-negotiable.
  • Harassment and unruly behavior 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 back stage area during the competition.
  • In case of any issues, please do not hesitate to have studio directors or teachers communicate with us at
  • Upon signing the registration form, you are giving The One Dance Experience permission to publish any or all photos or videos taken at our event; this includes Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, and As well as, any promotional material for The One Dance Experience.
  • Sunday night we will have The FINAL One Dance Experience. This will include two routines per studio- plus wild cards- which will be chosen to perform in the Final. Admission for The FINAL One Dance Experience is $10 per person; Free admission for studio directors, teachers and dancers.
  • There will be an interactive DJ dance party where dancers are encouraged to bring their glow sticks and dance moves. Dancers are able to request songs, interact with the DJ and dance with their friends.
  • All refunds from the previous year, including any grads or covid related reason must be submitted by email no later than August 15th.


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


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/Modern: Routine demonstrating exploration of ballet training and utilizing ballet, contemporary or modern technique.


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


Hip Hop: Routine consisting of hip hop, breaking, or any other street dance technique.


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


Lyrical: Routine utilizing a combination of ballet and jazz technique and lyrics/music to express emotion. Balance, control, and extension should be demonstrated.


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 there at the start of the category in order to hear the music choice.


InclusivePerformance: 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 judges, 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



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 (Judges choice) will get their photo taken on stage and routine shared on youtube.


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

Top Choreography of each genre receives a video of their winning routine.

Top 3 Rising Star solos announced – Top three receiving trophies – First receiving a cash prize

Top 3 Rising Star duos/trios announced – Top three receiving trophies – First receiving a cash prize

Top 3 Rising Star groups announced– Top three receiving trophies – First receiving a cash prize

Top 10 Competitive solos announced- Top three receiving trophies – First receiving a cash prize

Top 10 Competitive duos/trios announced- Top three receiving trophies – First receiving a cash prize

Top 10 Competitive Groups announced- Top three receiving trophies – First receiving a cash prize

Top 10 Elite solos announced- Top three receiving trophies – First receiving a cash prize

Top 10 Elite duo/trios announced- Top three receiving trophies – First receiving a cash prize

Top 10 Elite groups announced- Top three receiving trophies – First receiving a cash prize

Top Costume Award announced– Credit to Stardom Dance Costumes

Judges will pick one routine from The FINAL One Dance Experience to be THE ONE.

THE ONE will receive a studio package including:

  • A video of their routine
  • Group Photoshoot
  • Limo ride to the photoshoot
  • $250 Cash prize


Cash awards vary from location to location and are depended on the number of entries.  Cash awards are given in the form of scholarship towards next seasons entry fees. All cash awards are given to the dance studio and will not be issued to dancers directly.  If the dancer changes studios the following season, they will forfeit their credit..


More awards to come.


Levels & Ages



  • Rising Star – 0-2 years of dance experience. 4 hours or less of training a week.
  • Competitive – 3-5 years of dance experience. 4-7 hours of training a week.
  • Elite – 5 + years of dance experience. 7 + hours of training a week.




  • Mini Dancers – 10 years and younger
  • Junior Dancers – 11 years to 14 years
  • Advanced Dancers – 15 years and older

All ages as of December 31st2019.

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 4-7 dancers.

Large groups consist of 8 dancers or more.

There will be a fee of $25 for every minute over.


The FINAL One Dance Experience

Sunday night will be The FINAL One Dance Experience. This will include two routines per studio (with 10 or more entries. 5-9 entries will include 1 routine) – plus wild cards – which will be chosen on Saturday evening to perform in the Final. Admission for The Final One Dance Experience is $10 per person; with free admission for studio directors, teachers and dancers.


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