Open Competition

All dancers registered for theDANCEproject Nationals are eligible to participate in the Open Competition. Each registration can bring as many pieces as they would like, there is a limit to 3 solos per dancer. Registration is based on a first come, first serve basis. There is no pre-qualification at regionals required to participate.

Solo Competition – Each solo performance will be critiqued and given a score. The Solo Competition will be conducted in two rounds.  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 improv. The top three finalists from each age division will be announced and awarded a cash prize during the Scholarship Announcement. 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 download via your online Studio or Independent 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.

Judges Scoring Breakdown
Technique
40 Points
Performance / Execution
30 Points
Choreography
20 Points
Entertainment / Overall Impression
10 Points
Adjudicated Awards
97 – 100 Points
“True Artist” Award
90 – 96 Points
First Place Award
81 – 89 Points
Second Place Award
75 – 80 Points
Third Place Award
Overall Cash Awards
Solos
Artists In Training / Junior / Senior Solo Competition Winner
$300
Artists In Training / Junior / Senior Solo Competition 1st Runner Up
$200
Artists In Training / Junior / Senior Solo Competition 2nd Runner Up
$100
Duets / Trios
Open Competition Duet / Trio Winner
$350
Open Competition Duet / Trio 1st Runner Up
$250
Open Competition Duet / Trio 2nd Runner Up
$150
Groups
Artists In Training / Junior / Senior Open Competition Group Winner
$500
Artists In Training / Junior / Senior Open Competition Group 1st Runner Up
$350
Artists In Training / Junior / Senior Open Competition Group 2nd Runner Up
$200

“Thank you so much for the AMAZING Nationals.
It was probably the best week of my life.
I learned a lot not only with dance, but for my future.”

- Student