Open Competition Fees

 

Rules & General Information

Each performance will be critiqued by the ASH faculty and provided a score. Scroll down for scoring and award information. Open Competition attendance is free of charge. Since seating will be set up according to social distancing guidelines and limited to Studio staff and immediate parents/guardians, ASH will livestream the Open Competition at www.ASHWebcast.com. The video wall located in the lobby will also be broadcasting the Open Competition. Friends and family can watch from home, and attendees will be able to watch from anywhere at the venue!

  • Registration for the Open Competition is on a first come, first serve basis. Due to time restraints and social distancing guidelines, once maximum capacity is reached, we will no longer accept Open Competition routine registrations.
  • An Owner/Director, Teacher, or other registered studio representative must be present backstage in order to collect and redistribute masks and other PPE to dancers before and after the routine is performed.
  • Access for crossovers will depend on the venue setup and best social distancing practices. Please plan entrances and exits accordingly for all situations.
  • If a minimum number of entries is not reached, ASH Productions reserves the right to cancel the Open Competition. In the event of a cancellation, ASH Productions will issue a full refund for Open Competition fees only.
  • To participate in the Open Competition, dancers must be registered for the full convention.
  • Dancers may perform solos and duets/trios without a Teacher or Studio Representative registered.
  • In order to perform a group routines (4+ dancers), a Teacher or Studio Representative must be registered for the full convention.
  • Independent dancers may participate in the Open Competition.
  • Awards received when a dancer is registered with a studio are not valid when registering as an independent or with another studio.
  • All routines must be appropriate for family viewing.
  • Teachers may not coach dancers during performance.
  • No dangerous items may be used in the routine such as glass, fire or live animals.
  • Props are fine, but must be carried on and off the stage. Props may not be larger than 8 feet tall.
  • Please leave the stage area clean for the next performers.
  • Stage Dimensions – 24 feet deep x 40 feet wide.
  • Changes to any routine must be made at least two weeks prior to the event.
  • There will be strict adherence to the Open Competition program order. Please be ready to perform when scheduled.
  • All performers must be students. NO TEACHERS OR PROFESSIONAL DANCERS.
  • All music must be uploaded to your online Studio or Independent registration account at least one week prior to the start of the event. A backup CD or USB of all music should be turned in at the registration booth.
  • Judges Choice, Studio of the Year, and Overall Solo Winners are eligible to perform in the Gala.
  • All performers must be students. NO TEACHERS OR PROFESSIONAL DANCERS.
  • All music must be uploaded to your online Studio or Independent registration account at least one week prior to the start of the event. A backup CD or USB of all music should be turned in at the registration booth.
  • Solo Competition – Each solo performance will be critiqued and given a score. The Solo Competition will be conducted in two
  • The top ten scoring solos in the Artists In Training (Ages 7 – 10), Junior (Ages 11 – 14) and Senior (Ages 15+) age divisions will advance to round two for an improv section of the competition. Each semi-finalist will be given one minute to
  • The top three finalists from each age division will be announced and awarded a cash prize during the Scholarship
  • The top scoring solo in each age division will be invited to perform their solo in the Gala
  • Duet/Trio and Group Competition – Each duet, trio and group number will be critiqued and given a score. The top three scoring duet/trios and top three scoring group dances will be announced at the Scholarship Announcements and will be awarded a cash prize. The ASH Faculty will be choosing Open Competition Judges Choice Selections from the top three duet/trio routines and top three scoring group routines, and will be invited to perform in the gala. Critiques and scores will be available for viewing and download in your online registration account.

Please Note : Attendance is free of charge for the Open Competition. The Solo Competition and Open Competition will be broadcast LIVE! To tune in, visit www.ASHWebcast.com.

 

Judging Criteria

 

Adjudicated Awards

Overall Cash Awards

SOLO

 

DUETS/TRIOS

 

GROUPS

 

Critiques

Critiques will be uploaded to your online registration account. Login to your registration account, find the event, click “Scores” and you can view and download your critiques.

Studio of the Year

ELIGIBILITY:

In order to be eligible for the Studio Of The Year, studios must participate in the Open Competition by registering at least:

  • 10 Solos or Duets/Trios
  • 5 Small (4-9 Dancers) Group Routines, Large (10-24 Dancers) Group Routines or Production (25+ Dancers) Routines

PRELIMINARY ROUND:

All eligible studios will perform all required routines in the Open Competition. Studios may enter more routines than the minimum number required above, however, only the top scoring 10 Solos or Duets/Trios, 5 Small Groups, Large Groups or Productions will be counted towards the overall score. Thee combines scores of the required routines will determine the top studios to move on to the Semi-Final round.

SEMI-FINAL ROUND:

All Studio of the Year Finalists will re-perform their 2 top scoring solos or duet/trios and their 3 top scoring small groups, large groups or productions to be scored by our Guest judges on Tuesday, July 6th at 6PM.

JUDGING CRITERIA:

CASH PRIZE FOR STUDIO OF THE YEAR WINNER:

$10,000.00

CASH PRIZE FOR STUDIO OF THE YEAR 1ST RUNNER UP:

$5,000.00

CASH PRIZE FOR STUDIO OF THE YEAR 2ND RUNNER UP:

$2,500.00

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT:

During the Gala on Wednesday, July 7th, each studio that reached the Semi-Final round will re-perform their top scoring group or production. The performance will not be scored. The Studio of the Year Winner, 1st Runner Up and 2nd Runner Up will be announced at the Gala.  Please Note: The $10,000, $5,000 or $2,500 winnings encompasses all Open Competition prize money. The Studio of the Year Winner and Finalists will forfeit all other winnings from the Open Competition.

 

Payment

ASH accepts Visa, Master Card, Discover, American Express, checks or money orders. Checks or money orders must be postmarked before the Early Bird Discount Deadline in order to secure the Early Bird rate. If a check is returned, you will be assessed a $30.00 fee. Only cash and credit cards are accepted when registering at the door or paying a final balance upon check-in at Registration. *All funds must be paid in U.S. currency only. No International, Canadian or Foreign checks will be accepted.

 

Refund Policy for 2020/2021 Season

  • If the event is held and a dancer cannot attend because they were diagnosed with COVID-19, you must notify the ASH Office via email at info@ashproductions.com at least 24 hours prior to the start of the event and provide a valid positive test result. Upon receipt of the positive test result, ASH will provide a full refund.
  • If the event is cancelled due to CDC, local, state, or federal government mandates, your registration will automatically be moved to the full virtual option and the remaining balance of your fees will automatically be refunded to you within 14 business days at the conclusion of the event. If you choose not to participate in the full virtual option, you must email info@ashproductions.com at least 24 hours prior to the start of the event and request a full refund which will be provided within 14 business days at the conclusion of the event.
  • Unless ASH is forced to cancel due to CDC, local, state, or federal government mandates, ASH will not provide a refund under any circumstance.
  • If the event is held and a dancer cannot attend due to injury or illness (COVID-19 excluded), you must contact the ASH Office at least 24 hours prior to the start of the event. ASH will issue a credit statement to be used up to one year from the date of issue for convention and/or performance showcase fees provided the dancer submits a doctor’s note within 30 days via email to info@ashproductions.com.
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