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rules & regulations

We reserve the right to update rules and regulations at any time.
All entries must be postmarked 21 days prior to the event. Late fees assessed to late entries. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis and all fees due are required to reserve your space.

  • Fees must be paid by the deadline in order to receive discounted rate
  • No refunds due to cancellations

Southeast Showdown may provide videography and/or photography services at each competition at a reasonable cost.  If so, we ask that the audience refrain from taking pictures/video in order to preserve the quality of our products.  If these services are not provided we will issue one media pass per studio to use camera equipment with the understanding that only footage from the home studio is recorded.

ALL ages are as of January 1 - including solos.

  • Premier: 6 and under
  • Mini: 7-8
  • Petite: 9-10
  • Junior: 11-12
  • Teen: 13-14
  • Senior: 15-16
  • Elite: 17-18
  • Adult: 19+

Practice times include all technique, choreography,
and individual (ie. solo etc.) classes. Appropriate level should ultimately be determined by the instructor when not clearly defined by guidelines. Contact Southeast Showdown with questions pertaining to level*.

  • Recreational - dancers who participate in class 3 or less hours/week.
  • Intermediate - dancers participating 3-5 hours/week.
  • Advanced - dancers participating more than 5 hours/week or those looking to push themselves to the next level.

*Any dancer/routine can choose to participate in a higher level than their studio hours, but not lower. Instructional hours include private/solo lessons and level should be based on the majority of the dancers in the routine.

*New, recreational routines can earn up to 140 points. Routines entered in the recreational category and scoring above 140 will automatically be bumped to the competitive category: dances which are bumped to a higher division will not be eligible for an overall high score in that division.

Dance categories*

Ballet - Must contain ballet movement. No acrobatic tricks or other forms of dance should be encompassed in a piece entered in the "Ballet" category.
Pointe - Dancers must be en pointe for more than 75% of the piece. 
Lyrical - Contains interpretive dance as well as extension and control.
Tap - Must contain tap technique and steps in more than 75% of piece. Tap sounds in music may lead to point deductions IF it is used for he dancers' own sounds.
Jazz - Contains jazz technique.
Hip Hop - Must use isolations, pop and lock, or other street styles associated with hip hop dancing.
Clogging - Contains standard clogging steps. Tap sounds in music may lead to point deductions IF it is used for the dancers' own sounds.
Open - Any combination of dance styles including acrobatic.
Character - A routine portraying a character.
Acrobatics - Must utilize acrobatic movements in more than 50% of the routine. Acrobatics pieces should also encompass dance steps.
Production - A routine is considered a “production” when the following are present: time over 4 minutes, mixture of dance styles and/or songs. Dancers frequently enter and exit the stage.
Student Choreography - Any dance style may be entered in this category. All choreography must have been done by a student or sudents wihout additions by an instructor. Instructors helping clean the piece is okay.

* If you do not see your dance category listed, please check the registration site, or email your request to showdowndance@gmail.com. We frequently update categories!
** Southeast Showdown reserves the right to move any routine that is entered incorrectly into the appropriate category.

Props - Studios are responsible for all of their own props during competition.
Tricks - Only three acrobatic tricks (considered one pass, round-off back handspring is ONE trick) are permitted in any routine not entered in the Acrobatic or Open category.

Dance GroupTime Limits

  • Solo, Duet/Trio, Groups - 4:30 minutes
  • Productions - 10:00 minutes


All judging decisions are final.

Southeast Showdown will provide a copy of a blank judge's sheet
to each entered studio!
 We tell you what we are looking for -
use this to your advantage during rehearsals! 


Judges are instructed clearly. Elite Platinum is a difficult award to earn. Beginning with the 2010 competition, all levels were judged equally. Overall awards will be given in each level to distinguish novice, recreational, and competitive levels. Any "tied scores" will be broken by the "technique" score.*
We want every dancer to have the opportunity to perform their dance! Occasionally a soloist will forget or "freeze" during their performance. When this happens, we will make every effort to allow them to re-perform the piece if time allows. However, an automatic five points will be deducted from their total score and the removal from eligibility to receive an overall award.


135-139 - High Platinum
130-134 - Platinum
125-129 - Elite Gold
120-124 - High Gold
115-119 - Gold
110-114 - Elite Silver
105-109 - High Silver
100-104 - Silver

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140-150 - Elite Platinum
135-139 - High Platinum
130-134 - Platinum
125-129 - Elite Gold
120-124 - High Gold
115-119 - Gold
110-114 - Elite Silver
105-109 - High Silver
100-104 - Silver

*Recreational dances scoring 140 and above: dancers scoring elite platinum and above will be bumped to Competitive and will not be eligible for overalls in that category; Recreational dancers scoring into the competitive division will receive an Elite Overall award.

Due to the size of the competition, recreational AND competitive dancers are scored equally. Recreational dancers should shoot for a Platinum as their top score. Please be honest when registering the levels of each group. See the section above when figuring the dancer(s) LEVEL.

Soloists can compete with up to three solos, but only ONE of them can receive an Overall Award.

All Competition scores will be posted to our COMPETITION RESULTS page soon after each competition.

Point Deductions

Group AwardFew factors will result in point deductions which are not associated with technique/ability. They are:

  • Excessive time
  • Inappropriate costume, movements, or song selection.
  • Dancers should be covered and in age appropriate costumes.

*Any dance which is considered explicit or inappropriate will be interrupted
AND disqualified.


  • Each participant of solos, duets, and trios will receive a trophy.
  • A trophy will be awarded to each group dance. Participants of group dances will receive a medal or pin.
  • A trophy will be awarded to the overall high scores in each age group/division.

A trophy will be awarded to the highest score in each of the following in each age division regardless of group size:

  • Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Clogging

Special awards include Student Choreography, Entertainment, Power Award, Judges Choice, and Overall High Score of the Day. Student Choreography Award (piece must be entered in this category.)

Each dancer in group routines will receive a pin for their dance bag.

If you do not see an issue specifically addressed or if you have a question or concern, please ask.  We will do everything we can to update or modify rules for competition.

All participants, teachers, and spectators shall assume liability for any damage to personal items and/or any injurries that may occur. Please be aware of your surroundings and use caution.

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