Welcome to Inspire
Call Inspire Toll Free: 1-866-327-7136
Our Mission is to provide a dance experience that challenges our competitors to better themselves, represent their studios as well rounded performers, and carry away memories that will build them up as individuals.
We attend to the following shared values:
Equitable – Our competition will be fair and unbiased using industry professionals for our adjudications with a balanced background for both performance and instruction of technique.
Experience –We aim to provide a unique, memorable, fun and engaging event for every participant, their attendees, faculty and friends.
Exchange – As important as Dance is an art, Dance schools are a business. We will provide events that both respect the artist while providing opportunity for our studio owners.
Inspire Dance Challenge is produced by Robyn Tedesco, who has been a professional adjudicator for the past 12 years.
Rules and Regulations
- Payment in full must be received no later than January 31 for all competition dates with your entries in the form of an e-transfer, studio cheque or money order. No postdated cheques will be accepted. A late charge of 10% for all late entries will apply.
- Every competition will be a on a first come first serve basis and will have a limited number of entries. Inspire dance challenge reserves the right to refuse individual or studio entries.
- No limit of entries per studio. However, a minimum of 5 groups and 20 entries in total must be registered in order to be included in the Studio Standings. (Competitive Level 1 and Competitive Level 2 categories only).
- Competition could be 1 to 4 days. Competitor must compete on scheduled day and time.
- Dancers may not compete against themselves in any category or age division. However, routines from the same studio may compete against each other. (Note: exactly the same group may not place in the same overall, and upto only ½ can be the same dancers at the sole discretion of the event organizers). Soloists duets and trios cannot win more than one Overalls in the same category and age division.
- You will receive confirmation of your entries from our office via email with a preliminary schedule. All changes are to be made at this time and faxed or emailed to the Inspire office. You will receive the final schedule 1 to 2 weeks prior to the event. NO CHANGES PERMITTED ONCE FINAL SCHEDULE IS SENT. This rule will be strictly enforced.
- Any additional entries included after final schedule is sent will not be placed in Overalls.
- Competitors should be ready to perform 1 hour before their scheduled time in case the competition is running ahead of schedule.
- Dancing out of order is not allowed, except for costume changes, which must be verified by the show director or backstage manager. A minimum of 15 minutes (5 routines) will be scheduled for costume changes. Routines asked to perform out of order may result in deductions. Dancers or studios causing unwarranted delays to the set schedule may receive further deductions.
- Inspire Dance Challenge Inc. reserves the right to move a competition location or to add/subtract days due to unforeseen circumstances. If enough entries are not received by Inspire Dance Challenge, we reserve the right to cancel any competition.
- All prize money is awarded to the studio only.
- A studio representative must be present at Overall award ceremony to receive placement ribbons and trophies. Also, all judges’ score sheets and music must be picked up at the end of the competition. Inspire will not incur any shipping and/or mailing expenses.
- A competitor making a second attempt to a routine may be judged, but not eligible for Overalls. Novice classification is excluded from this rule, but only one 2nd attempt will be allowed for a novice routine.
- Only teachers and studio approved prop assistants can be backstage. All others will be asked to leave. Dancers are not allowed backstage, unless your routine is within the next 3 to 4 numbers.
- Props are allowed at Inspire Dance Challenge and MUST be placed and removed within 2 minutes failure to do so may result in deduction of marks. Please ensure to fill out the prop section with details and time required during entry process.
PROHIBITED PROPS: No dangerous props are to be used on stage, such as fire, dry ice, fireworks, explosives, swords or knives. Props must be freestanding. Scenery or backdrops requiring the use of theatre fly bars or special lighting are NOT to be used. Helium balloons, special fog, and smoke are not permitted. Larger props are to be handled by the studio. Inspire is not responsible for any props. If the stage is littered after your performance with feathers, confetti, paper, etc. you should be prepared to remove it immediately following the routine. No form of liquid gel, aerosol, powder or glitter may be used that would affect the dancing surface.
- One wireless mic (without stand) will be provided. If other audio equipment is required, please advise Inspire in advance.
- Photography and video taping are strictly prohibited. No camera of any kind can be used during a performance. Since our events are “open door policy”, we cannot monitor the possible attendance of people of “questionable” nature. We urge all studio owners, teachers and especially parents to keep our child performers photographically SAFE. If a camera is being used in the audience, a Inspire staff member will address the photographer personally with discretion. Failure to comply with this rule could result in disqualification of the number and or the studio.
- It is understood by entering the competition, competitors, parents, teachers, and directors give their permission to Inspire dance challenge to use their pictures and performances for advertising or promotional material (e.g. brochures, competition programs, website, social media, television, video etc.) Studio or independent registration in any event will grant Inspire Dance Challenge the right to use any image fee and royalty free in perpetuity. If anyone does not want their picture to be used, please advise Inspire in writing.
- FAMILY FRIENDLY POLICY: Inspire dance challenge is dedicated to providing an environment that is “Family Friendly”. We realize that dance is an art form and crosses a broad range of styles and tastes. However, movements, music and costuming must be age appropriate and suitable for family viewing. If a routine or costuming is deemed too suggestive or not age appropriate, deductions will be taken. The use of dance themes such as rape, suicide, domestic violence, murder, sex, anorexia, and dark undertones chosen and/or presented to audiences with a lack of “artistic discretion” is considered inappropriate. Again, we recognize this is extremely subjective and sensitive. Therefore, Inspire Dance Challenge will individually address these performances as they surface at each particular event.
- Inspire Dance Challenge inc. makes every effort to align with reputable vendors (photographers, videographers, etc.) at various events. Inspire is not responsible for any unfulfilled orders resulting in a financial loss for the customer that may be caused as a direct result from the business practice of any of its vendors.
- Any questions or concerns regarding dance routines should be brought to the attention of the show director, by teacher or studio director/owner ONLY
- No refunds are issued once fees have been paid. Gift certificates and/or credit will be issued for future Inspire Dance Challenge entries in case of illness (with Doctor’s note).
- No smoking, eating or drinking in the competition area.
- At Inspire Dance Challenge the decisions of the judges are final, the manner and method of the judging is solely within the discretion of Inspire Dance Challenge and its judging panel.
- Inspire Dance Challenge reserves the right at any time to amend, add too or limit any rule at it’s sole discretion to maintain a fair competition.
- All scores resulting in a tie will be broken by the judges.
Upon entering Inspire Dance Challenge Inc, it is agreed that teachers, competitors, parents, and relatives will not hold Inspire Dance Challenge Inc. directors, employees, the host facility and all involved in the competition responsible for any damages, loss or personal injury which they may sustain while participating in any activity connected with this competition, no matter how caused, to either spectators or contestants. Dancers compete at their own risk.
- Teachers and studio directors are responsible to ensure that all tricks and movements performed by their dancers are technically appropriate to all dancers’ level. Inspire Dance Challenge Inc. and the host facility will not be held responsible for any injury that may be sustained during any dancers’ performances.
- Music must be submitted by the music upload feature in Dancebug in MP3 format prior to the event or by digital media USB or iPod/iPad (if using iTunes, each entry must have it’s own playlist labeled the same as the entry.
- The Inspire Dance Challenge rules will be evaluated and enforced on an individual basis, based on what is deemed best for all parties involved.
- Participants will be judged using a point system.
- Each score will be based on 100 points
(35% technical ability, 25% synchronization/execution, 20% choreography/routine, 20% presentation/performance).
Ribbon Score Range
Pure Inspiration 95 plus
Ultimate Inspiration 92.00 to 94.99
Platinum 90.00 to 91.99
High Gold 87.00 to 89.99
Gold 85.00 to 86.99
High Silver 80.00 to 84.99
Silver 76.00 to 79.99
AWARDS & SCORING
- All participants will receive a ribbon for each routine registered.
- 1st, 2nd & 3rd overall solo, duet/trio, small group, large group, extended line will receive a placement
ribbon and trophy in each classification:
o Highest overall Novice categories in all age divisions.
o Highest overall Competitive level 1 categories in all age divisions
o Highest overall Competitive level 2 categories in all age divisions (separate overalls for Acrobatics,
Ballet, Musical Theatre and Tap).
o Highest overall production. Productions will be judged together regardless of age division. (May
be combined with Extended Line if not enough entries are received)
Placements for Overalls
- Competitive Level 2 Overall Awards for placements 1st to 3rd
- Competitive Level 1 Overall Awards for placements 1st & 2nd only
* Overall placements may be combined due to sizes of the categories and the competition.
Studio Standings & Awards
- Top 3 studios presented with prizes and large awards for Studio Standings in Comp level 2
- Top 2 studios presented with prizes and large awards for studio standing in comp level 1
- Judges’ Choice Awards will be presented for “Outstanding Costume”, “Choreography Excellence” and “Most Entertaining”
- Personalized Special Awards and Teacher Choreography given out at each awards ceremony.
To qualify for studio standings a studio must register 20 routines for any one venue with at least 7 groups in competitions over 200 entries. Inspire reserves the right to adjust based on enrolment of numbers.
Routines classed as Novice, Student Choreography, Adult & Professional/Teacher are NOT included in the
Studio Standings. Inspire reserves the right to qualify or disqualify a studio at its own discretion. All awards are based on a
sellout of 550 entries or more. Inspire Dance Challenge reserves the right to adjust cash prizes due to entries.
Each studio will receive DRC Video Judge for all routines with judges’ critiques. Watch the dance and hear the judge’s comments at the same time. Visit the DRC Video Judge website for more details www.videojudge.ca
A penalty of 1 mark may be deducted from each of the judges for the following.
1. Routines that exceed time limits.
2. Dancing out of schedule (please check the schedule thoroughly as program times are sent out prior to
the competition date). Any changes must be addressed and approved by Inspire n advance.
3. Tap sounds in music during tap routines.
4. Tumbling passes where not permitted.
5. Inappropriate elements (choreography, costuming, music and/or dance themes that are deemed
inappropriate for “general” audience viewing). See our “Family Friendly Policy” in rules & regulations for
All competitors will be judged by a panel of qualified and competent adjudicators. All participants, teachers and
parents agree that the time and method of judging will be solely within the discretion of the judging panel.
Judges’ score cards will be available at the end of the competition and will be only given to the studio director.
Please ensure all routines are within accepted time limits. All times includes entrance and exits. Must specify
time on all entries.
Category Maximum Time
Solos, Duet/Trios 3 minutes
Groups 3.5 minutes
Extended Lines 4 minutes
Productions 10 minutes
Adult Groups 3 minutes
CLASSIFICATIONS & CATEGORIES
A dance choreographed by a student with no help from teachers or professionals of any kind.
A dancer who is paid to perform and/or teaching as a source of income. Competitive dancers who are teaching
assistants are still allowed to compete.
A novice dancer is a performer that is new to the competition scene. A novice soloist may have competed
before but not in a solo of any dance style. (Note: If dancer performed a tap solo last season & this year has a jazz solo, the
dancer is not considered Novice). A novice group or line must be a minimum of 75% novice. Solo, duet & trio entries
must be 100% novice. The maximum age for novice is 16 years. Separate overalls will be awarded for the
Competitive Level 1
A competitive level 1 dancer is a performer whose training is 6 hours or less per week. A competitive level one group or
line must be a minimum of 75% competitive level one dancers. Solo, duet & trio entries must be 100% competitive level 1. A competitive level one dancer may not be in more then 5 routines.
Separate overalls will be awarded for competitive level 1 categories.
Competitive Level 2
A competitive dancer is a performer whose training is more than 6 hours per week. A competitive group or line
must be a minimum of 75% competitive. Solo, duet & trio entries must be 100% competitive.
Categories / Dance Styles:
Routines having classical ballet technique characterized by grace and precision of
movement. (As ballet is the core to all dance movement, a separate Overalls will be awarded, if enough entries are received, the category may combine both Level 1 and 2 dependant on entries).
Pointe Dancer must wear Pointe shoes while executing ballet technique. (Will be grouped with ballet
for Overalls). Pointe entries under 11 years old will not be accepted.
Technique using percussive footwork that marks out precise rhythmic patterns on the
floor. (A separate Overalls will be awarded, if enough entries are received, the category may combine both Level 1 and 2 dependant on entries)
Routine using controlled acrobatic moves such as aerials, walkovers, hand and elbow
stands, etc. The routine must include other dance elements & steps. (A separate Overalls will
be awarded in this category, if enough entries are received, the category may combine both Level 1 and 2 dependant on entries).
Routines can contain any dance combination, which do not fit into any other categories. A
maximum of 5 acrobatic tricks allowed. (Will be grouped with jazz, lyrical, modern, contemporary &
hip-hop for Overalls).
Routines must contain standard jazz technique and performance (extensions, elevations,
turns, etc.) No tumbling passes allowed *. (Will be grouped with open, lyrical, modern, contemporary &
hip-hop for Overalls).
Routines must have control and technique while expressing and interpreting the music
while telling a story. No tumbling passes allowed *. (Will be grouped with open, jazz, modern,
contemporary & hip-hop for Overalls).
Routine may have one or more styles of modern technique using specific body
movements with use of contraction and release and abstract style. (Will be grouped with open, jazz,
lyrical, contemporary & hip-hop for Overalls).
Routine with fluid and unlimited personal style, not associated with any specific dance
techniques. Dancer(s) must show strong emotional commitment. May involve balance,
floor work, fall and recovery and improvisation with emphasis on the connection between
mind and body. (Will be grouped with open, jazz, lyrical, modern, & hip-hop for Overalls).
Routines to hip-hop music using dance techniques like, music video style, street dancing,
and break dancing. (Spinning on performers’ head is not permitted). Dances should be
age appropriate. (Will be grouped with open, jazz, lyrical, modern, & contemporary for Overalls).
A routine portraying a character(s) while telling a story. Lip synching is allowed. Other
styles of dance are acceptable to include. (A separate Overalls will be awarded, if enough entries
are received, the category may combine both Level 1 and 2 dependant on entries).
Song & Dance
Performer must sing own vocals while incorporating dance. No lip synching or lyrics in
music. (Can be grouped with Musical theatre in overalls).
Performer must sing own vocals. No lip synching or lyrics in music. (Can be grouped with
Musical theatre in overalls).
Routines with 17 + dancers that tells a story through music and has a theme. Any style of
dance is acceptable. (A separate overalls will be awarded).
Acrobatics: Any gymnastic style moves with the performer’s feet above their head. Partner lifts are exempt from this definition unless the partner is thrown to perform a trick.
- * Rule amendment March 1st 2018 Acrobatic Trick Exemption for Jazz and Lyrical Categories has been updated to better reflect the current competitive dance world. This exemption now will state that “Tumbling Passes” will be disallowed from these two categories, that being defined as two or more head over heels tricks in immediate succession. ie: Tucks, handsprings, aerials etc. Where the completion of these tricks require the entire body to be upside-down and without contact with the stage.
Age is entered as of Dec.31, 2012. When calculating average age for groups, add all ages, divide by the
number of performers and drop the decimal point. All categories will compete in their own age divisions, unless
age divisions are grouped due to lack of entries.
6 & Under Cutie
7,8,9 Small Fry
20 & over Young Adult
All routines will compete by category and dance style. Overalls will be awarded per classification, dance style,
category & age division.
Solo 1 Dancer
Duet 2 Dancers
Trio 3 Dancers
Small Group 4 to 9 Dancers
Large Group 10 to 16 Dancers
Extended Line 17+ Dancers
Production 17+ Dancers
All cash awards are distributed at the discretion of the competition and when awarded, for Studio Standing, Overalls, Individual performance, choreography or special award; they are distributed in the name of the studio under which the registration has been entered to be used at their sole discretion.
To Qualify for Overalls in both Competitive 1 and Competitive 2 Levels, a studio must register at least 5 group numbers per competition.
Fees & Pricing
Studio Directors and owners may request a package by email: info@inspiredancechallenge
or by calling us Toll Free: 1.866.327.7136
Once we have confirmed that you are a studio owner or director we will forward our pricing and incentive package. We respect your business and do not publish our financial incentives, awards or entry costs to the public.