Rules & REGULATIONS
ONE National Dance Finals
Please read ALL of the following rules and regulations carefully.
It is the responsibility of the studio to uphold all rules and regulations stated below. Failure to comply could result in deductions to your final mark and/ or disqualification.
- Entries will be accepted through our online registration system.
- Please contact us (via email: firstname.lastname@example.org) should you require access to our online registration system.
- Please mail full payment via cheque or money order payable to ONE National Dance Finals Inc. No post dated cheques please. All outstanding balances from schedule changes must be paid onsite via cash, certified cheque or credit card before performing.
- Producers maintain the right to deduct additional registration fees from studio awards cheque for any dancers within a routine that have not registered prior to their performance. In the event that an awards cheque is not applicable, an invoice for the outstanding fees will be presented onsite. Any outstanding balance from the aforementioned findings must be paid onsite before the end of the weekend via cash or credit card.
- Entries are on a first come first served basis. We will not over book. All entries and payments are due by May 1st. Any entries and payments submitted after this date are subject to a 10% late fee. A $35.00 service charge will be applied for any NSF cheques. HST is included in fee amounts.
- ONE National Dance Finals Inc. reserves the right to refuse individual or studio entries at their discretion, in which fees will be refunded. Refunds will not be made for any reason including injuries, even with a doctor's note.
- All performers must be ready to perform one hour prior to the scheduled performance time. This rule will be strictly enforced in the event that the competition runs early.
- Once the schedule has been sent to confirmed studios, any requests for changes must be submitted within 72 hours. Any changes made after the allotted 72 hours are subject to $10 per change.
- A tentative performance schedule will be sent out to all studios via email to confirm all entries are correct. A final schedule will follow shortly thereafter with all the necessary adjustments from the tentative schedule.
- In an effort to keep the ONE event running on time, it is essential that all routine conflicts and changes be made BEFORE the final schedule is released. Any changes requested after the Final schedule has been sent out will not be addressed until we are onsite. We will do our best to accommodate onsite changes but cannot be held responsible for how such changes will affect your results and schedule. Changes made to the schedule or entries after the final event schedule has been sent out affects all studios participating. We encourage you to please review your tentative schedule carefully and send in conflicts or changes as soon as possible to alleviate unnecessary complications.
- The same dancer(s) cannot compete more than once in the same age group and category in either Solo, Duet/Trio or group competition. This means dancers will never compete against themselves. Please move your entry up an age division or change discipline should this situation arise.
- Dancers may enter multiple solos in to the competition. Should a dancer have more than one solo, each solo must compete in a different category. Only the dancer’s highest marking solo will be considered for overalls.
- PREQUALIFICATION: Any studio that has not attended a MOVE, Be Dance, or Fever regional event and would like to compete at ONE National Dance Finals must go through a prequalification round at ONE. Routines registered for the prequalifying round will receive a schedule alongside the schedule for the finals. Solos and Duets/Trios do not need to prequalify to compete in the finals for ONE. However, Solos must prequalify and receive a score of 90 or higher to compete in ONE Shot: The Solo Competition.
- ONE National Dance Finals Inc. reserves the right to add/subtract days, move or cancel the competition due to unforeseen circumstances.
- Although ONE National Dance Finals Inc. will make every effort to resolve any unforeseen issues that may arise, ONE National Dance Finals Inc. will not issue refunds or be held responsible for sudden cancellation or time lost due to extreme weather, bomb threats, terrorism or any other extraneous circumstances.
- Please note you are not entered into the competition until full payment for all entries and/or service charges is received.
Contestants are to be entered in the age category that applies to them as of January 1, 2019. All contestants will compete in the following age groups: (5 years and under), (6 years), (7 years), (8years), (9 years), (10 years), (11years), (12 years), (13 years), (14 years), (15 years), (16years), (17 years), (18 years), (19 years), (20-29), (30-39), (40-49), (50 and over). The age divisions of contestants in Duet/Trio and Group categories will be determined by average age. Add all ages of the performers and divide by the number of performers in the group. The birth dates and ages of all performers are required for the entries. Should any questions arise, the Directors of ONE may request proof of age. Please have a copy of every student’s birth certificate at the competition.
Mini Division: 9 years of age and under
Junior Division: 10 to 12 years of age
Intermediate Division: 13 to 14 years of age
Senior Division: 15 years of age and over
Adult Division: any dancer 20 years of age or older
Professional/Teacher Division: any dancer 20 years of age or older, who has been contracted to perform in a professional production, and/or, is a teacher either as a freelancer or as part of a studio’s faculty.
CLASSIFICATION, CATEGORY AND DISCLIPLINE LISTING
Competitive Division: any competitor taking 6 or more hours of training in any combination of dance or acrobatic movement.
Part-Time Division: any competitor taking 5 hours or less of training in any combination of dance or acrobatic movement. 100% of dancers in a Part-Time routine must Part-Time
Professional/Teacher Division: any routine competing in any specific category, containing one or more professional/ teacher dancers. Failure to comply may result in disqualification.
Solo & Duet/Trio (One, two or three dancers in each respective category)
*Please note that duets and trios will compete against each other*
Small Group: 4 to 9 dancers
Large Group: 10-14 dancers
Line: 15 or more dancers
Extended Line: 15 or more dancers with an extended time limit of 4 to 6 minutes
Production Categories: 10 or more dancers
Acrobatics or tricks are considered to be any movement in which a dancer completes a 360 degree rotation where the dancer has both feet above their head. Illusions, partnering lifts, front and back rolls in which a dancers feet end up over their head are permitted. Listed below are the discipline descriptions along with the acrobatics or trick limitations.
Acrobatic tricks are permitted in Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Modern. Cartwheels, Illusions, front and back rolls, shoulder rolls are allowed, as well as partner lifts that may end up with partner's feet over their heads. See below for the details on how many tricks are permitted in a discipline.
Jazz: Routine must primarily contain jazz movement and technique. Three acrobatic tricks permitted.
Ballet: Routine must contain classical ballet movement and technique. No acrobatics permitted.
Pas De Deux/ Trois: Routine must consist primarily of adagio movements. This ballet form is typically performed by a male in soft shoe and ballerina(s) on pointe. No acrobatics permitted.
Demi Character Ballet: Routine must contain classical ballet movement and technique, and must portray a recognizable character and or tell a story. No acrobatics permitted.
Pointe: Routine must contain primarily classical pointe technique, using classical music and pointe shoes. No acrobatics permitted.
Contemporary Ballet: Routine must contain ballet technique, however style and music are not limited to a classical scope. No acrobatics permitted.
Contemporary Pointe: Routine must contain primarily pointe technique using pointe shoes, however the style and music are not limited to a classical scope. No acrobatics permitted.
Lyrical: Routine must contain contemporary technique with specific dancer attention given to song lyric. No acrobatics permitted.
Modern: Routine must primarily contain modern technique. One acrobatic trick is permitted.
Tap: Routine must primarily contain tap technique. Pre-recorded tap sounds on performer’s music selection will not be permitted. One acrobatic trick is permitted.
Acro: Routine must demonstrate an equal amount of dance and acrobatic skill. It should contain passes connected by dance elements and choreography as well as balance and control.
Song and Dance: Routine must contain an equal display of singing and dancing, in any of the above-mentioned styles. Judges will mark both disciplines accordingly. No other lead vocals on the back track will be permitted. If a microphone is used, the studio must provide the microphone. The setup of the microphone MUST be pre-arranged with the theatre technical staff. Please note there may be a charge for this technical service. ONE discourages the use of microphones as it sometimes hinders the performance if not used correctly. The staff of ONE National Dance Finals Inc. and/or the venue staff will not be held responsible should a performance be affected due to the use of a microphone or poor sound quality produced by a microphone.
Contemporary: A routine that fuses modern and classical ballet, drawing on newer philosophies of movement that depart from classical techniques, omitting structured form and movement. Acrobatic elements permitted.
Hip Hop: Routine must primarily contain street/ hip hop technique and style. No jazz technique permitted.
Production- A routine using 10 or more dancers to portray a theme, concept or story. Production categories have an extended time limit of 4 to 10 minutes and will be primarily judged on concept, formations and choreography.
Open: Any routine displaying a combined effort of the above mentioned dance disciplines or other that does not fit the description of the aforementioned. A MAXIMUM of 5 acrobatic movements or tricks is permitted. Acrobatic movements performed in sequence are to be considered 1 of the 5 tricks allowed (ie) a tumbling pass. Any routine containing more than 5 tricks will be moved to the Acro category or be disqualified.
Musical Theatre: A routine consisting of any style of dance, which interprets a song from a Broadway show, movie musical, or song depicting characters. Lip syncing is permitted.
ONE on ONE Improv Challenge
- Dancers will be divided into two or more teams, depending on the final number of participants.
- The competition conveners will determine teams.
- The team to win the most ONE on ONE rounds of improv will be named the VICTORS and receive medal acknowledgement.
- Divisions: Junior – 12 years and under; Teen – 13 years and up
- Entry fee: $50.00 per dancer
- Dress: Regular dancewear is required. Dress as though you are attending a workshop, audition or convention setting.
- Music/Genre: The music selected varies in style and interpretation. Dancers should be prepared to dance in any of the following genres: Jazz, Contemporary, and Lyrical. Tap improv is also welcomed.
- All dancers will be asked to meet backstage 30 minutes prior to their scheduled performance to receive a briefing and team designation.
- In the case of 12 or more competitors within the same category, the group will be arbitrarily split and scored as two individual categories.
The categories below are to adhere to the following time limits:
- Solo and Duet/Trio: 3 minute limit
- Groups and Lines: 3.5 minute limit
- Extended Line: 4 - 6 minute limit
- Productions: 4 - 10 minute limit
The above times include entrances and exits. This will be strictly enforced, as every entry will be timed. A .5 score deduction will apply to the overall score for every 30 seconds over the time limit. Props and backdrops are to be free standing and speedy in set up by studio officials. To assist in scheduling, please contact us or indicate on the registration form the length of time needed for the set up and take down of props and sets.
ADJUDICATOR SCORING AND AWARDS SYSTEM
Each dancer will receive one of the placements below for participation in a category. Placements will be based on the average score given by three adjudicators out of 100 marks.
- 1st Place
- 2nd Place
- 3rd Place
- Performance Award
Special awards will be given by one of our esteemed judges at every awards ceremony.
OVERALL & SPECIAL AWARDS
- ONE Shot: The Solo Competition awarded in each age division: Mini, Junior, Intermediate and Senior
- There must be a minimum of 10 participants required to honour ONE Shot: The Solo Competition Awards per age division
- Adjudicators Choice Competitive Choreography Award in each age division: Mini, Junior, Intermediate and Senior
- High Score Discipline Awards
- Only groups are eligible for the High score discipline awards 12 and under and 13 and over
- Please Note: Monetary Awards are a reflection of the entries.
- Demi-Character, Ballet, Pointe and Contemporary Ballet categories will all fall under the Ballet Genre.
- Song & Dance and Musical Theatre will be grouped into one Genre.
- Contemporary & Modern will also be grouped into one Genre.
- In order for a studio to be eligible to enter into THE ONE, they must have a minimum of 10 groups entered into the competition AND cover 3 of the 4 competitive age divisions : Mini/Jr, Intermediate & Senior. (Mini and Junior age divisions are combined solely for The One)
- The victorious studio of The ONE will receive a $15,000 cheque that will essentially cover all of the studio’s cash award winnings, therefore replacing all other overall and special award prizes won throughout the week. For example, The ONE studio VICTOR earned a total of $3,000 for a combination of smaller group cash awards such as (but not limited to) Overall Awards, and High Score Discipline awards etc. The ONE relinquishes the $3,000 in exchange for the $15,000 ONE grand prize. However, The ONE will still receive any cash prizes won for Top Soloist and ONE Shot Soloists.
ONE Shot: The Solo Competition
- In this Special portion of the competition, solo dancers will compete for a chance to win the title of ONE Shot Solo Competition VICTOR in each of four competitive divisions: Mini, Junior, Intermediate, and Senior.
- The solo danced in the ONE Shot competition cannot compete in the regular competition.
- The ONE Shot VICTORS cannot compete in the ONE Shot solo competition in the following year.
- There must be a minimum of 10 participants required to honour the ONE Shot Solo Competition awards per age division.
- In order to qualify for the ONE Shot Solo Competition, a dancer must receive a minimum average score of 90 at a regional location.
- The ONE Shot Solo VICTORS can only give away their title/perform their winning solo the following season if they are being represented by the same dance studio that they won the title with.
- When arriving at the competition, please pick up your teacher package at the ONE merchandise table.
- All routines are to report backstage to the ONE Stage Manager, five numbers before they are scheduled to perform. All routines are also expected to perform in the order they are scheduled. If for any reason a routine must perform out of order, it must be performed before its scheduled adjudication. Please notify the announcer of any holds needed. ONE will do its best to accommodate fast changes however, there will be a limit to program changes and holds at the event.
- Any changes to the program needed for such things as costume changes or back-to-back numbers, must be communicated to the producers of ONE prior to the final schedule. Your cooperation in this matter is appreciated to keep the competition running on time. The wrongful holding of numbers, not performing at the scheduled time and/or not checking in with the backstage manager may result in disqualification.
- Any other conflicts or changes noticed in the printed program upon arrival at the competition such as incorrect titles, categories, or misprinted names of performers, should be brought forth to the producers at the announcers table, or to the stage manager back stage.
- Any routine not completed on stage is subject to a 10-point deduction, and has the option to re-perform for judge’s comments only, with time permitting. Any routine not completed on stage due to technical difficulties by ONE, will re-perform for adjudication and placement. Should the routine re-perform, it must dance before its scheduled adjudication.
- Under no circumstances will videotaping or photography of any performance, in part or otherwise, be tolerated by ONE. Photography is only permitted during award ceremonies. Videos and photos of all entries during performances will be available for purchase in the venue lobby. Venue security and/or ONE Directors have the right to confiscate or delete any videos and photos taken of a performance, as well as confiscate memory cards or devices containing footage of a performance at ONE. This is to protect the work of the choreographers as well as the security and safety of the dancers performing on stage.
- The producers of ONE trust the professionalism of the teachers that enter our competition to have good judgment on what every performer presents on stage to our family audience. However, any entry in any class and category, displaying suggestive movements, costuming, or musical selections with lyrics inappropriate for the age of the performers or our family audience, will be scored lower and/or be disqualified.
- All studio owners must submit a USB stick containing all their MP3 musical selections to the music manager at the beginning of the day. It is preferable that music be delivered on a USB stick with each file clearly labeled. Please note, music files submitted on a USB stick are able to be pitch controlled. Please have on hand back-up copies of your music selections on CD. We encourage you to leave your USB stick with a competition director to make this exchange simple.
- Please note: ONE is not accepting CDs except for back-up purposes. We suggest all CDs are burned at the lowest speed possible to optimize sound quality and minimize the chance of songs skipping.
- Any use of helium balloons, sword and knife display is strictly prohibited. Prop versions of these items are permitted. Under no circumstances are entries allowed to use theatre dwelling flats, lights or fly bars. Any substance that would affect the dancing surface such as liquid, gel, aerosol, food or glitter is prohibited unless specifically approved by ONE Directors. Special pyrotechnics, smoke, water, fog, are not permitted unless approved by ONE Directors and/or venue technical staff. Substances used in routines which alter the condition of the stage or rehearsal room(s) without approval by ONE Directors or venue staff can be subject to disqualification and/or a $50 fine being imposed if clean up is required and an unnecessary delay in the competition occurs. This includes but is not limited to the use of an excessive amount of flowers, petals and feathers that require a lengthy clean up. To avoid disqualification and or fines, please contact us for approval and/ or to schedule the routine appropriately as to not delay the competition.
- For safety reasons, the use of baby powder or other assisting agents will not be tolerated at ONE. Should ONE staff see this happening students will be asked to clean stage and/or remove footwear. Rosin may be used, venue approval permitting.
- Any concerns or challenges regarding a routine can be brought to the attention of ONE Directors by a studio director or teacher prior to the awards ceremony for that routine. Under no circumstances are Adjudicators to be approached by dancers, parents, studio directors and their staff during the competition.
- All decisions made by the Adjudicators and/or ONE Directors are final.
- Judges scores and music must be picked up from the ONE Directors following the competition. Any items left behind at the competition will not be available to be mailed out afterwards.
- All monetary awards will be given to the studio owner/ teacher reprentative bycheque only. It is to the studio owner's discretion how monetary prizes are distributed in accordance to studio policies.
- Each studio will be designated a change room, space permitting. Please be advised that studios will be held responsible for any damage to venue change rooms. Studios may be required to share change rooms.
- Qualifying exemption rule: Should any of the four competitions-MOVE Be Dance, or Fever, cancel a regional event after registration is submitted by a studio, that studio will be exempt from competing in a qualifying round for ONE National Dance Finals.