Rules & regulations
Hype does not accept Independent Students. All dancers must be registered with a Studio.
Entry fees are per number and performer. Hype Dance Competition allows a ten second grace period for each routine. One point will be deducted every five seconds after the grace period.
Photography and Video photography is restricted due to copyrighted material. There is NO photography or video photography allowed during competition—this will be strictly enforced. Hype Dance Competition reserves the right to use any images taken during the competition for promotional purposes.
ADMISSION IS FREE!
Reserved seating is available to teachers during competition.
No coaching from audience.
No use of fire, glass, liquid or live animals on stage.
The stage is ready for you
This level is designed for competitors who participate less than 3 hours in dance class per week at their studios. Entries will be adjudicated and will receive High Score awards within the Groundbreaking Level. There is no cash/credit prize or Title competition at this level. Please note: Routines competing in the Groundbreaking Level that are obviously under placed may be elevated to the Cutting Edge Level of competition at the discretion of the judges. All judges’ decisions are final.
CUTTING EDGE LEVEL
This level is designed for competitors who participate 3 – 5 hours of dance class per week at their studios. Entries will be adjudicated and will receive High Score awards within the Cutting Edge Level. There is credit prize & Title competition (combined with Legendary Level) at this level. Please note: Routines competing in the Cutting Edge Level that are obviously under placed may be elevated to the Legendary level of competition at the discretion of the judges. All judges’ decisions are final.
This level is designed for competitors who participate in 5+ hours of dance class per week at their studios and have a strong participation in competitive events. Entries will be adjudicated and will receive High Score awards within the Legendary Level. There is credit prize & Title competition (combined with Cutting Edge Level) at this level.
AGE AVERAGING CLARIFICATION
To find the appropriate age category for your routine, simply add all the dancers’ ages as of the January 1, 2024 and divide by the number dancers in the entry. When finding the average age of your routine always remove the decimal point. For example if an average age returns a number of 15.8, remove the .8 to have an average age of 15. Therefore, your number would be placed under the Teen Division, Ages 13-15.
Note: All ages are as of JANUARY 1, 2024.
AGES: 8 & Under
Consist of ballet technique with classical movement that reflects a ballet style.
Consist of ballet technique with the use of pointe shoes.
Primarily jazz technique with up-tempo music.
A combination of ballet and jazz technique in an emotional routine that encompasses around the music to drive feeling and rhythms.
A combination of modern and jazz merged together with a stronger emphasis on modern technique.
Consists of Broadway, movie or musical dance styles-may incorporate acting and/or costumes.
A contemporary jazz routine that draws from modern, lyrical and ballet movements.
An added style to Hype, this will include all styles of Ballroom. The most common being Foxtrot, Waltz, Rumba, Cha Cha and Swing.
Consists of tap technique. Any recorded tap sounds on the music track will be a deduction of five points. (Clogging routines should not be categorized as a tap entry but under “Specialty”)
Routines consisting primarily of hip hop technique.
Routines consisting of controlled acrobatic and rhythmic gymnastic movements involving balance and flexibility–may contain gymnastic passes. While a majority of the routine must contain acrobatic moves, it must also contain choreographed dance movement. There is no category for pure acro/gymnastic routines and the use of mats is strictly prohibited.
A routine utilizing pom pons at least 50% of the routine’s duration. Acrobatic movement may be incorporated along with the dance steps and choreography.
Clogging, ethnic/folkloric, character, novelty etc.
Any combination of two or more of the fore-mentioned categories.
Earn Your Crown
Each dancer in the Cutting Edge & Legendary Levels may submit up to three solo routines for Title per regional competition at an additional cost of $50.00 per Title routine registration. Title scores will be based on a performer’s technique accompanied by their overall stage personality and entertainment talents.
TITLE WINNER & RUNNER UP QUALIFICATIONS
There must be at least 1 Title entry to qualify a winner in each division. There must be at least 5 entries to qualify a 1st runner up and at least 7 entries to qualify a 2nd runner up.
Note: All ages are as of JANUARY 1, 2024.
MINI MISS & MR. HYPE
AGES: 8 & Under
JUNIOR MISS & MR. HYPE
TEEN MISS & MR. HYPE
SENIOR MISS & MR. HYPE
All entries are adjudicated by three judges. Each judge scores on a basis of 1 to 100 points. The combined score of the judges is the total score.
COMPETITION ENTRY FEES
Entry fees are per number and performer.
Hype Dance Competition allows a ten second grace period for each routine. One point will be deducted every five seconds after the grace period.
fees before deadline
fees after deadline
*A fee of $5.00 per dancer will be added if a routine goes over allotted time.
Studio Entry Limits & Requirements
- Regional competition will be limited to the allotted available time. Entries will be received and accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. If there are too many entries, solos and duo/trios must be available to compete on Friday starting as early as 7am. We will do our best to notify studios 7 days prior to event start date if an early Friday competition is likely to happen.
- Registration for the competition is closed four weeks before the event. Entry information must be completed to be accepted. All contestants must be registered for the entire competition in order to compete.
- The deadline for any changes in competition entries must be three weeks before the competition.
- There are no restrictions as to how many numbers a performer can participate in.
- Teachers who own more than one studio may submit entries for each studio, as long as both studios are registered separately for the competition.
- Live props are not allowed. General props are welcome. No large scenery, dangerous or oversized props.
- Judges may change the division and/or category of an entry, if warranted.
- Competition entry fees are non-refundable. Returned check service fee $25.00.
- All registered dancers may compete as long as they are not a teacher or professional.
- Dancers may not register to compete under 2 different Studios at the same competition event.
If registered by the 4 week deadline, participants will receive a confirmation email detailing the registered competition numbers and payment information.
Each studio must upload their music upon registering on DanceComp Genie in .mp3 format only. All music must be uploaded 7 days prior to event start date. To keep our events running smoothly, we will not be able to access music that is uploaded the week of the event. Hype also accepts USB drives. USB must have routine name and entry number properly labelled for each entry. Studios must submit all music and backup USB drives to the HYPE registration desk no later than two hours before the start of the competition. We will not accept music that is provided on devices such as mp3 players, or phones. Backup USB drives must have entries properly labelled within each folder (i.e. Entry Number – Entry Title). Hype Dance Competition does not accept CDs.
Safety and other liabilities
Please report all accidents and injuries to a Hype Dance Competition manager immediately.