Divisions and Titles 

 

Entry Divisions

Time limit

Solo 

2:45 Minutes

Duo/Trio 

Small Group 

4-9 Performers 

3:00 Minutes

3:00 Minutes

Large Group 

10-15 Performers 

3:30 Minutes

Line 

16+ Performers 

6:00 Minutes

Production

Minimum of 16 performers of all ages and may include props and any combination of dance styles to convey a story or theme throughout the performance. 

6:00 Minutes

Age Divisions

Title Solos 

5& Under 

Itty Bitty

Mini

6-8

Junior

9-12

Teen

13-15

Senior

16-18

Adult 

19+

Pro-am

PreProfessional

Itty Bitty Miss / Mr. All Out 

5& Under

Petite Miss / Mr. All Out 

6-8

Junior Miss / Mr. All Out 

9-12

Teen Miss / Mr. All Out 

13-15

Senior Miss / Mr. All Out 

16-18

The age category for all routines is determined by using the average age of the performers as of January 1, 2020, the start of the 2020 season. This includes all groups, duo/trios, and solos. 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. 

If the average age of a routine is less than .5 away from the next age category, then a studio may choose to compete the routine in the higher age category. Routines must compete in the same age category at Nationals as they did at Regionals, unless there is a roster change that affects the average age of the routine. 

Novice, Intermediate and Advanced Levels

Please note the information below is only a guideline. It is the studio director’s responsibility to evaluate their dancers and enter them into competition accordingly.

  • The Novice level should consist of dancers who take 3 hours of classes or less per week. 

  • Dancers performing in the Intermediate level should be taking 5 hours of classes or less weekly. 

  • Dancer’s performing at the Advanced level are dancing for 6 hours or more per week.

All of our age divisions will be divided into Novice, Intermediate and Advanced levels.

Performance Categories 

  • Acro - contains gymnastic passes, flexibility moves, and/or contortionist moves. Must contain dance moves and choreography as well.

  • Ballet - consist of ballet technique, classical and or contemporary ballet steps, and movements, performed in soft shoes. 

  • Character - The routine must be 50% characterization, i.e., a clown, puppet, etc. and 50% dance

  • Clogging - Performed in clogging shoes using clogging technique.

  • Contemporary - Same criteria as lyrical but fused with lyrical, jazz, and or modern movements set to more contemporary music. 

  • Hip hop - Routine using primarily hip-hop technique and moves.

  • Jazz - Contains traditional jazz movements and technique. 

  • Lyrical - Dancers interpret the lyrics, mood and content of the music.

  • Modern - Interpretive dance patterned after Graham technique.

  • Musical Theatre - A routine interpreting a song from a Broadway or movie musical. Broadway dancing--mime, lip sync singing, etc, are allowed.

  • Pointe - Same criteria as ballet. Must be performed in Pointe shoes.

  • Tap - scored on tap technique and overall performance. 

  • Vocal - Singing only. 

  • Open - To encompass any form of dance not already listed or a combination of styles. 

  • Pro/Am - Any routine that contains a professional dancer.

Please make sure that all routines with more than three acro passes are entered in acro or open categories. No acro passes are permitted in ballet, pointe, or tap categories.

An Acro pass is defined as a combination of two or more acro tricks. One single cartwheel, aerial, or one single handspring etc. constitute a trick, not a pass.

Adjudicated Awards 

 

All Out Excellence 

293.5-300

Platinum

283-293

All Out Gold 

278-282.9

Gold 

270-277.9

All Out Silver 

255-269.9

  • Dancers will be judged on their choreography, technique, performance, and musicality.

High Score Awards 

  • All, All Out solos eligible for a title at no extra cost. 

  • A soloist can only place once in the Overall Top 5 High Scores. 

  • If there are 5 or more in a category, a category high score trophy will be awarded. 

  • Trophies or plaques will be awarded to all, All Out Excellence, Platinum, All Out Gold, Gold, and All Out Silver winners. In addition, all duo/trio and group dancers will receive award pins.

  • Engraved Plaques/Trophies are awarded to the highest score for Solos, Duo/Trios, and Groups in the Novice, Intermediate and Advanced divisions.

  • In order to receive a cash award, the routine must be in the Intermediate or Advanced Categories and a Minimum of 10 entries are required in each division. If there are not enough entries in the division, a gift certificate will be issued. The following cash amounts are presented for the TOP score in the Junior and Senior divisions. 

Credit Awards 

Solo 

$75 Credit

Duo/Trio 

$75 Credit

Small Group 

$100 Credit 

Large Group 

$100 Credit 

Line 

$150 Credit 

Production

$150 Credit 

Special Awards 

  • Special awards will be awarded at each awards segment and each award will be unique to that piece and dancer(s) in it. 

Choreography Awards 

  • Choreography awards will be awarded at each awards segment for best choreography in that segment. 

Sportsmanship Award 

  • A sportsmanship award will be given to the studio with the best overall sportsmanship during classes and competition. 

Entertainment Award 

  • An entertainment award will be awarded to the most entertaining group performance in the 12 & under and 13 & over age divisions. *Cash Prize 

All Out Performance 

  • An All Out performance award will be awarded to the overall highest scoring group of all age divisions. *Cash Prize 

Competition and Convention Scholarships 

  • All Out offers thousands of dollars in scholarships through both the competition and convention. 

  • "All Out" dancers will be dancers selected from each convention class. These dancers will earn a scholarship for a free convention for the following convention year. 

  • Title winners in both the intermediate and advanced divisions will also earn a scholarship for a free convention for the following year as well as nationals.

  • The first runner up to the title winners in both the intermediate and advanced divisions will earn a scholarship for a free solo entry for the following competition year.

Improv. (25$) 

There will be an open improv category in two different age divisions, 12 and under, and 13 and over. Dancers will have 30-45 seconds to improv. Register with the emcee before the second awards segment starts. The winner will be awarded a scholarship to attend convention classes for both nationals and for the following years convention! 

Entry Rules and Fees 

 

Entries are submitted using our online registration system:

  1. Create a free account by selecting a username and password.

  2. Enter your contact information and student list only once.

  3. Fill in the simple online entry form to submit your entries.

  4. Pay securely by credit card or choose to mail in a studio check within 7 days.

  5. Log in to your account at any time to review your entries, add entries, or to make changes.

Please register at least 30 days prior to the event- we will not over book. Once an event sells out we will close registration. Registrations that are “in progress” without complete payment information are not considered entered. 
 

There are no refunds for entry fees on a Regional or National Level. Gift certificates are issued only in cases of documented injury or illness. These will be issued directly to the studio.

Studios must provide a Master List of all performers, which shall include the name of each student, date of birth, Competition Level (Novice, Intermediate or Advanced) and a parent’s signature for each student. The parent’s signature constitutes a waiver of liability for All Out dance competition and convention. A completed form can be downloaded from the teacher’s site after the student roster has been created.

ENTRY FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE for any reason once the 30 day deadline has passed. We will notify you when a show has sold-out. If you cancel your entries to a sold-out show prior to the 30-day deadline there will be a 10% fee. There is a $35.00 fee for returned checks. Entries submitted less than 14 days prior to the competition must be paid for with a cashiers check or money order. No exceptions

Late entries will be accepted up to 3 weeks prior to the competition on a space-available basis. Any late entries received less than 3 weeks prior to the competition will be charged a late fee of 10% of the entry fees. Payment for all entries mailed after the Deadline Date (see schedule for deadline date of each competition) must be submitted with a CASHIER’S CHECK / MONEY ORDER or CREDIT CARD and sent overnight with tracking information e-mailed.

General Information

  • Dress Code: All Out is a family oriented event. Costuming must be age appropriate and all acts presented on stage must be appropriate for family viewing. Choreography and lyrics which are suggestive and/or violent in nature are not acceptable. Failure to adhere to the above may lead to disqualification.

  • Props: Props are acceptable provided they can be set up and removed within a total time period of two minutes. Baby powder or helium balloons cannot be used at any time. No dangerous props may be used on stage. No backdrop other than the All Out backdrop is permitted. The floor must be in the same condition after each act that involves props.

  • Adherence to Schedule: The schedule must be followed unless a change is approved in advance by All Out. Failure to follow the order of the program schedule may result in the loss of participation in the awards ceremony and/or high score awards. Contestants must check-in with the backstage manager prior to dancing.

  • Studio Owners should review their schedule upon receipt. Any request for change and or conflict should be made aware well in advance. 

  • Delays: Dancers causing unwarranted delays MAY be ineligible for high score awards. 

  • Cameras: No cameras are allowed in the auditorium during performances. We offer our own media package through DRC Video. 

  • Incomplete Routines: Dancers who run offstage before the completion of their dance, for any reason, will be asked to perform a second time.  However, they will be competing for adjudication only and will not be eligible for high score awards.

  • Photos: Contestants grant the directors of All Out their authorization to use any photographs or videos for advertising purposes.

  • Be ready! All contestants should be at the venue at least 1 hour  before their scheduled routine ready to perform. If the competition is running ahead of schedule, they are expected to be ready earlier.

  • Schedules will be posted on the teacher’s registration site approximately 10 days prior to the competition.

  • Refunds: There are no cash refunds.  To obtain a credit in the case of illness or medical emergency, a letter from a doctor is required. A studio credit will be issued and can be used at a future All Out competition.

 

Music

Music must be uploaded in your online registration account by 7 days prior to the show. Music can be easily uploaded from the moment you register your routines. Studios should always have backup music on a USB/flash drive or Ipod/Ipad. Please do NOT use CDs for music. Our DJ will not adjust the speed of the music or make cuts in the music. All Out is not responsible for music left at the show.

All Out Dance Competition and Convention 

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