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 via LiveStream! 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. You find the instructions on viewing or downloading your critiques by clicking HERE.

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) or Large (10-24 Dancers) Group Routines
  • 1 Production (25+ Dancers) Routine

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 or Large Groups, and 1 Production will be counted towards the overall score. The combined scores of the required routines will determine the top studios to move on to the Semi-Final Round.

SEMI-FINAL ROUND:

The Semi-Final Round will begin with a convention element where the ASH Faculty will select 9 dancers (3 from each age division) from each studio to participate in a live audition led by the ASH Faculty which will be open for viewing to all ASH Nationals Attendees. All selected dancers will learn a combination live onstage and then perform the combination in smaller groups in order to be evaluated by ASH’s Faculty and Guest Judges. Then each studio will re-perform the top scoring 2 Solos or Duets/Trios, 2 Small or Large Groups, and 1 Production to be scored again.

JUDGING CRITERIA:

CASH PRIZE FOR STUDIO OF THE YEAR:

$15,000.00

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT:

During the Gala on the last day of Nationals, each studio that reached the Semi-Final Round will re-perform their top scoring Group or Production Routine. This performance will not be scored. The Studio of the Year will then be announced before the closing number of the Gala.

 

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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Season X - Safety,Registration, and Refund Guidelines

Artists Simply Human (ASH), in full cooperation with its venue partners is working diligently to develop and implement safety procedures and protocols to help promote a safe environment during all of our events. These practices may not reflect all that ASH is doing to ensure the safety and health of all participants. We will continue to modify these protocols based on advisories from local and federal authorities. We believe that these protocols, and working together to implement them, can ensure a safe event and the ability to dance together again.

Masks Required in Common Areas

In accordance with CDC guidelines, we require attendees to wear masks in the common areas of the venue (lobby, foyer areas, and while watching the Performance Showcase.) ASH staff, crew, and faculty are required to wear masks. Masks will also be available for purchase.


Distancing in Convention Classes/Auditions

ASH has increased the amount of contracted ballroom/class space with our venues and is limiting capacity to allow for more social distancing. Masks are not required while dancing, but are required when entering and exiting the room. While our faculty loves you, we all have to go with “air hugs” and “air high fives” to keep each other safe!


Virtual Class Option

Please see the Registration Guidelines at www.ASHDance.com. If dancers would prefer not to take classes in the ballrooms, the classes will be available for livestream, to take from their hotel room or home (if the event is within driving distance). This will ensure that they can still further their dance education and participate in the performance showcase with their studios. Studios should contact ASH directly when choosing to utilize this option at least 14 days prior to the event.


Breaking Up the Day

Class schedules will be modified to create staggered breaks for each convention classroom throughout the day in order to minimize crowds in common areas. This will ensure the least amount of people at any given .me in hallways and at the Merchandise and Registration Booths. If you prefer a contact-less experience, you can visit us online at www.ASHMerchandise.com to order merchandise prior to the event.


Class Observers/Virtual Observers

For now, ASH will be limiting observers in all classes to Studio Staff only. We will be offering Virtual Observer Bands. Virtual Observers will be able to purchase and stream the classes via www.ASHVirtual.com. As our internet connectivity varies from venue to venue, we will release what classes are available to livestream in your city’s Welcome Packet at www.ASHDance.com


ASH Safety Squad

ASH will designate different members of staff and crew to make sure surfaces are sanitized, masks are being worn, and proper social distancing is taking place. In addition, ASH has purchased air purifying foggers which will be used throughout the day in classrooms, backstage, onstage, common areas, and dressing rooms.


Taking the Stage/Backstage at ASH

ASH will be creating block studio scheduling for the Performance Showcase. Congregating backstage is not permitted. Masks must be worn backstage and only removed while dancing. One routine at a time will be permitted backstage. The routine on deck will wait outside of the backstage area, and will enter once the routine onstage has finished and exited the backstage area.


Dressing/Changing Rooms

Studios should limit the number of parents assisting with costume changes to the absolute minimum necessary. A\er each studio completes their routines, ASH staff will properly clean the changing room before the next studio enters.

 


Performance Showcase Audience

ASH will have limited seating available for Studio Staff and immediate parents/guardians. All audience seating will be arranged in coordination with the venue to support best practices for social distancing. We ask that you wear a mask and only sit with members of your studio. In all instances, please remain 6 feet apart and wear your mask.


Watch Performance Showcase on ASH’s Livestream

Since seating will be set up according to social distancing guidelines and limited to Studio staff and immediate parents/guardians, ASH will livestream the performance showcase at www.ASHWebcast.com. The video wall located in the lobby will also be broadcasting the Performance Showcase. Friends and family can watch from home, and attendees will be able to watch from anywhere at the venue!


One-Way Only

Whenever possible, all entrances and exits will be separate and one-way only. All Entrances and exits will be clearly labeled, respectively. No one may enter through the exit and vice versa.

 


Welcome Show, Closing Show, Collaboration Class, Q&A Session, and Awards

The Welcome and Closing Shows are being re-imagined using all ballroom space, digital media, and featuring Company, Assistant and Faculty performances. Whenever possible, ASH will create more award sessions to minimize crowd sizes. All Scholarships will be announced in the Closing Show and presented to the recipients by a gloved and masked ASH Assistant. One studio representative will be designated to pickup all awards. Collaboration Class and Q&A Session are suspended for the time being.


Distancing in Common Areas

All attendees should observe social distancing requirements in the common areas outside of the ballroom. When in line for registration or when purchasing merchandise, please stand 6 feet apart, and have your mask on.

 


Elimination of Photo/Video Booth

ASH will eliminate our Photo/Video Booth. All Photos and Videos are available to view and purchase at www.ASHPhotoVideo.com

 


Elimination of Cash and Coins

ASH will eliminate all cash and coin transactions. Only credit cards and contactless payment such as Apple Pay or Google Pay will be allowed. As always, Cashier’s Checks or Money Orders will be allowed for Registration payments if pre-arranged with the ASH Office prior to the event.

 


Elimination of Water Stations

ASH will eliminate the traditional water stations in the ballrooms. Dancers should bring multiple water bottles to class in their bags to stay hydrated!

 


Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer will be available outside every class/ballroom, backstage, dressing rooms, and at the MERCH counter. Everyone must use the hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting. At MERCH, we ask that you use the sanitizer prior to beginning any shopping/transaction and at the completion of your transaction. At the REGISTRATION BOOTH, we ask that you use the hand sanitizer provided before and after you check-in.


Hand Washing

All attendees should wash their hands multiple times throughout the day. The CDC recommends this as one of the best practices to avoid transmission of the virus. Staff, Faculty, and Crew will be required to wash their hands consistently throughout the day.

 


Safety Training

All ASH Staff, Crew, and Faculty will receive vigorous safety training to ensure that all CDC methods of sanitizing and general cleanliness are employed to keep themselves and clients from being at risk.

 


Temperature Checks

All ASH Staff, Crew, and Faculty will receive touch-less temperature checks each day. Hotel partners are also following this same process with their employees. Any Staff, Crew, or Faculty with a temperature higher than 99.9 will not be permitted to work the event. We recommend studio owners and staff check temperatures of dancers and staff each morning.


Venue Cleanliness

The hotel venues have increased sanitization of all surfaces, handrails, elevators, door handles, etc. and will be cleaning and sanitizing regularly throughout or during our entire event.