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The age category for all routines is determined by using the average age of the performers as of January 1, 2021, the start of this season. This includes solos. Do NOT round up. Performers maintain their regional age category at Nationals. You must recalculate the average age of a routine for Nationals if any of the dancers in a routine change.

  • SENIOR:  AGES 16 & UP
  • TEEN:  AGES 13-15
  • JUNIOR:  AGES 10-12
  • MINI:  AGES 6-9


Scoring System

All entries will be adjudicated by three judges based on the following criteria:

  • Technique:  30 points
  • Performance:  25 points
  • Execution of Choreography:  20 points
  • Quality of Movement:  15 points
  • Artistic Merit:  10 points

Ties will be broken, first by technique score, second by performance score, and third by a judges’ poll.


Award System

Adjudication Awards will be presented based on the combined scores of the three judges. Adjudication Award Levels are determined on the following point structure:

  • MegaSTAR Award:  294 to 300
  • SuperSTAR Award:  286 to 293
  • FiveSTAR Award:  279 to 285
  • FourSTAR Award:  260 to 278
  • ThreeSTAR Award:  240 to 259
  • TwoSTAR Award:  210 to 239

All routines receiving a ThreeStar Award or higher will be eligible to compete in the 2021 National Finals in Orlando this July.

In addition to the STAR adjudication awards, placement rankings will be announced. A 1st, 2nd or 3rd Place Award will be given to the entries with the highest scores in each category.

Finally, A plaque & free entry into the 2021 National Finals will be awarded for the following:

  • Overall High Score Solo
  • Overall High Score Duo/Trio
  • Overall High Score Small Group
  • Overall High Score Large Group
  • Overall High Score Line
  • Overall High Score Production
  • Overall High Score Extended Time Production


  • Solo*
  • Duo/Trio (2 to 3 dancers)
  • Small Group (4 to 9 dancers)
  • Large Group (10 to 19 dancers)
  • Line (20 or more dancers)
  • Production (20 or more dancers)
  • Extended Time Production (25 + dancers)

*Solo contestants must be entered in at least a duo/trio,  group, line or production to be eligible to compete in Solo Blast!

Time Limits

  • Solo—two minutes and forty-five seconds max (2:45)
  • Duo/Trio—two minutes and forty-five seconds max (2:45)
  • Small Group—three minutes max (3:00)
  • Large Group—four minutes max (4:00)
  • Line—five minutes max (5:00)
  • Production—six minutes max (6:00)
  • Extended Time Production–eight minutes max (8:00)

*One point (-1) deduction for each second over the time limit. Time limitations will be strictly enforced.


Genre Categories


Routines must consist of ballet or pointe technique. All ballet entries judged together in ballet category only (classical, modern, abstract, and character).



A routine that demonstrates jazz technique, utilizing up-tempo music. All entries judged together in jazz category only.



A mix of jazz styles with heavy emphasis on modern & ballet technique. All entries judged together in contemporary category only.


A routine that demonstrates lyrical technique. All entries judged together in lyrical jazz category only.


A routine comprised of tap technique. All entries judged together in tap category only.


A routine that demonstrates any dance style or combination of dance styles (ethnic, acro-gymnastics, ballroom, novelty, clogging, character, etc.). All entries judged together in open category only.


A routine utilizing hip-hop or street-type moves. All entries judged together in hip-hop category only.


A routine utilizing Broadway or theatre dance styles. All entries judged together in musical theatre category only. Singing is permitted in musical theatre category only. (Professional microphones for vocals are not provided).

Entry Limits & Schedule

Each studio will be allowed to compete a maximum of forty (40) entries, plus twenty (20) solos*, for a total of sixty (60) entries. The maximum of forty (40) entries may include no more than ten (10) duo/trios.

*Only one solo per dancer is permitted.

No independent dancers permitted. All dancers must represent either a: 1) dance studio, 2) dance program, or 3) dance team.

All entries must be registered by cut-off date  (see tour schedule).

Regional competition will be limited to time availability. Please get your entries in early!! If competition is sold-out before cut-off date, subsequent competition entries will not be accepted.

Judges’ score sheets may be picked up Sunday morning at the registration booth. These items will be given to the teacher only! 


General Rules

  • All competing dancers must be registered for the entire workshop in the city where they are competing.
  • Competing dancers may enter as many categories as they wish, but they must not compete against themselves. Numbers entered in the same category must have a 50% change in participants.
  • A dance routine may move UP an age division in order to avoid competing against itself within a category…but never lower.
  • No teacher may perform with students.
  • No independent dancers may compete.
  • No professional dancers may compete. They may attend the workshops.
  • Dancers may compete in more than one regional competition. 
  • Routines can only be competed once per season at a regional competition.
  • No tap sounds are permitted on recordings.
  • No dangerous props (i.e., swords, fire, etc.).
  • No use of live animals.
  • Routines must be appropriate for family viewing. Point deductions or disqualification could result if judges find a number inappropriate.
  • No scenery.
  • General props are permitted. (There are limitations as to how large the props can be). Ceiling height can vary in each venue. Please check with the convention office if you have concerns with the size of a prop. WCDE can not provide storage space for props. NOTE: The placement of props must be completed within 2 minutes. Deductions will occur if overtime.
  • It is the sole responsibility of each studio to ensure that its props are taken on and off stage. It is the studio’s responsibility to ensure that the stage is completely clean and clear after the routine is finished. WCDE is not responsible to clean the stage. Dancers cannot stand on a prop that is over 6′ tall. Props that stand above 10′ are not guaranteed to fit on the WCDE stage.
  • Routines containing more than three (3) gymnastic/acro passes must be entered in the Open category. A five-point (-5) deduction per judge will be taken for numbers containing more than three (3) passes in a dance, and those numbers will be moved to the appropriate category.
  • General lifts are permitted.
  • Competing dancers must perform in their scheduled order unless permission is given for costume changes.
  • Competing dancers should be ready 30 minutes prior to their scheduled competition time. The Competition may run up to 30 minutes early and each dancer will be expected to perform at the earlier time.
  • Approximately 30′ x 40′ marley floor
  • Visual coaching is prohibited durring competion.
  • NO VIDEOTAPING ALLOWED AT ANY TIME!  Please let everyone know about this rule.  This includes classes*, competition and the faculty show.

    *Note: Workshop Video Pass – Registered teachers and assistant teachers may purchase a workshop video pass at the event to use for filming class combos only. Video Pass fee $50.

Solo Blast

The WCDE SOLO Blast is a showdown for all soloist performers. This portion of your competition will take place on Friday evening of each regional event!

Please Note:

  • Each studio can enter up to 20 Solo performances.

  • *All competing soloists must be registered for the 2-day workshop, and be competing in at least a duo/trio, group, line, production or extended time production at the event.

  • *Only one solo per dancer is permitted.

The OVERALL highest scoring solo from all the Mini, Junior, Teen and Senior age divisions combined, will be awarded an Elite Dancer scholarship and will perform their solo in the faculty performance on Sunday!

Studio Showcase

The high-score routine from 3 different studios will be announced on Saturday evening. A special award will be given to all 3 Studio Showcase routines. The top 3 studios with the highest scoring numbers of the competition will be re-showcased!


  • A studio may only have one number representing them in the Studio Showcase.
  • NO Solos or duo/trios are eligible fo the Studio Showcase

Studio Icon Challenge

The Studio Icon Challenge is a well-rounded studio competition where studios compete in 4 genres of dance. At WCDE we believe each dance genre educates all of the other dance genres and that dancers who are trained to be well-rounded are best set up to reach the highest levels of dance excellence.

The winning studio of every Studio Icon Challenge will receive an award plaque. The top 5 scoring studios of every regional Studio Icon Challenge will then be eligible for the Studio Icon Challenge at National Finals.

How it works:

  • At all regional WCDE competitions, every participating studio competing routines that represent at least 4 different genres will automatically be entered into the Studio Icon Challenge.
  • The 4 highest scores from different genres will automatically be selected to represent the studio in the challenge.
  • These 4 top scores will be added up to determine the winners. The studio with the highest combined score will be announced as the winner of the Studio Icon Challenge. 
  • The 4 numbers automatically selected will still participate in the regular competition and are still eligible for awards in their respective categories.
  • Lyrical and Contemporary categories are considered as one category for the Studio Icon Challenge.
  • For the Open division you must have 3 gymnastic passes within that routine in order to be enter in the Studio Icon Challenge.
  • Automatically selected routines may be selected from any age division.
  • Only groups, lines, productions or extended time productions, are eligible to be selected for the Studio Icon Challenge. (Solos and duo-trios are not eligible).
  • There are no extra entry fees required to be entered into the Studio Icon Challenge at regional competitions. 
  • The top 5 scoring studios from each regional Studio Icon Challenge are eligible for the Studio Icon Challenge at National Finals.
  • There are entry fees for the Studio Icon Challenge at National Finals.
  • Details for the Studio Icon Challenge at National Finals will be announced soon.

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