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Student Competition | Saturday, July 29, 2023

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CNADM Student Competition is held bi-annually in conjunction with the Summer and Fall Workshops. The Student Competition provides an educational-based adjudication for participating studios to enhance the overall dance education experience. All participants must be registered and attend the CNADM workshop with their competing studio. 

  • The number of accepted entries will be limited based on space/time restrictions.
  • Solos will be limited to one per dancer.

Age Divisions

  • Mini: 7 – 9 years
  • Junior: 10 – 12 years
  • Intermediate: 13 – 14 years
  • Senior: 15 years +

Add the ages of all contestants as of competition day and divide by the number of contestants (anything .5 and above rounds up to the next whole number). Name, age, and birth dates must accompany registrations. Contestants will be responsible for producing proof of age should a question arise. The maximum age of any participant is 21.

Types of Routines
Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Modern, and Open (should not fit into other categories).

Each competing routine will be awarded based on the following point system:

  • Platinum: 135-150
  • High Gold: 124-134.9
  • Gold: 107-123.9
  • Silver: up to 106.9

Overall winners will be awarded in each age division. There is 1 overall winner announced for every 10 entries per division. A soloist cannot win both first and second overall. All ties are broken by Technique score followed by Presentation/Overall Impression.

Categories and Time Limits

  • Solo: 2:45
  • Duo/Trio: 3:00
  • Small Group (4-9 dancers): 3:00
  • Large Group (10-15 dancers): 3:30
  • Production (16+ dancers): 6:00

Time limits include entrances/exits to music. There is a one-point deduction for each second over the time limit. Please note, music must be submitted in a final edit format – music will be played in its entirety as submitted.

Entry confirmations will be emailed with a shared Google link for each participating studio. Music must be uploaded into this drive folder within 1 week of the competition day. Judges’ critiques will be uploaded to this drive after the competition.

Scenery, fire, or knives of any kind are NOT allowed. Scenery is defined as item(s) or structure(s) used as decorative background or to define a locale.
Handheld props are allowed. These include, but are not limited to, fan, parasol, hat, cane, etc. Props should be carried in by the dancers in the piece and should be used at least 50% of the choreography. Props should fit through a standard-size door easily. They cannot be stored by CNADM. They must be stored before and after the competition by the studio in a vehicle or hotel room.