Open Competition Fees

 

General Information

Each performance will be critiqued by the ASH faculty and provided a score. Open Competition attendance is free of charge. ASH will livestream the Open Competition at www.ASHWebcast.com!

  • Registration for the Open Competition is on a first come, first serve basis. Once maximum capacity is reached, we will no longer accept Open Competition routine registrations.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 music must be uploaded to your online registration account at least one week prior to the start of the event. A backup USB of all music should be turned in at the registration booth.

 

Prerequisites

  • To participate in the Open Competition, dancers must be registered for the full convention.
  • All dancers registered for the Convention at ASH Nationals are eligible to participate in the Open Competition.
  • Dancers or routines are not required to have performed at a regional event in order to participate in the Open Competition.
  • All performers must be students. NO TEACHERS OR PROFESSIONAL DANCERS.

 

Routine Limits and Entry Rules

  • A registered dancer may register up to 3 solos in the Open Competition.
  • Independent dancers may participate in the Open Competition.
  • Dancers may perform solos and duets/trios without a Teacher registered for the full convention.
  • In order to perform a group routines (4+ dancers), a Teacher must be registered for the full convention.

 

Stage Setup, Props, and Restricted Materials

  • NEW! We have added wings! Stage Dimensions – 24 feet deep x 48 feet wide.
  • The following items may NOT be used in routines: liquid, glass, fire, live animals, confetti, powder, and glitter.
  • 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.
  • Access for crossovers will depend on the venue setup. Please plan entrances and exits accordingly for all situations.

 

Solo Competition

Each solo performance will be critiqued and given a score. The Solo Competition will be conducted in two rounds. The first is the Open Competition. The top ten scoring solos (semi-finalists) in each age division (Artists In Training, Intermediate, and Advanced) will advance to round two for an improv portion of the competition. Mini Movers are not included in round two. Each semi-finalist will be given one minute to improv to a song chosen for them on the spot! The top three semi-finalists from each age division will be announced as winners and awarded a cash prize during the Scholarship Announcements on the last day of Nationals. The top scoring solo in each age division will be invited to perform their solo in the Gala on the last night of Nationals.

 

Duet, Trio & 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 as winners and awarded a cash prize during the Scholarship Announcements on the last day of Nationals. “Judges Choice” awards will be announced at the end of the Open Competition, these duets, trios, and groups are invited to re-perform in the Gala on the last night of Nationals.

 

Judging Criteria

 

Adjudicated Awards

Overall Cash Awards

SOLO

 

DUETS/TRIOS

 

GROUPS

 

Critiques & Scores

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

Studio of the Year

The Studio of the Year includes four prize categories, AIT Studio of the Year, Intermediate Studio of the Year, Advanced Studio of the Year, and Studio of the Year.


Prerequisites

In order to be eligible for “Studio of the Year”, a studio must register the following minimum number of students in the Convention and routines in the Open Competition.

  • 15 Students for the Convention
  • 10 Solos, Duets, and/or Trios
  • 5 Small (4-9 Dancers) or 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 register more routines than the minimum number required (above), however, only the top scoring 10 solos/duets/trios, 5 small/large groups, and 1 production will be counted towards the overall score. The combined scores of all the required routines will determine the studios that move on to the “Semi-Final Round”.

    Semi-Final Round

    Each studio qualifying for the Semi-Final round will then re-perform the top scoring 2 solos/duets/trios, 3 small/large groups, and 1 production. These 6 routines will then be scored again.

    Winner Announcement

    During the Gala on the final night of Nationals, each studio that reached the Semi-Final round will re-perform their top scoring group routine. These 6 routines will then be scored again. The Studio of the Year will be announced during the Gala before the Closing Number.

     

    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 2021/2022 Season

    Unless ASH is forced to cancel due to Acts of God, 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, 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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