2022 Rules & Regulations

Welcome to Ultra Dance Tour!

Don’t risk being disqualified – Please read the Rules and Regulations carefully.

  • Entries will be accepted on a first come, first served basis and will be limited to the amount of performance time available. Most of our events sell out before the deadline date, so please send your entries in early. 
  • Dance studios must submit all entries. Independent entries will not be accepted. 
  • Regional entries and payments must be received no later than 18 days prior to the event. No payments will be accepted at the event. 
  • A $10 charge will be issued for any changes made 5 days prior to the event. 
  • Be precise. When registering for a competition, enter Music Titles, Participant Names and studio names exactly as they should appear in the Program. 
  • Dancers’ birth dates must be entered correctly or they will not be able to see their personal schedules and parents will not be able to download their videos. 

TYPES OF ENTRIES & FEES

  • Solo 
  • Duet/Trio (Duets and Trios compete against each other) 
  • Small Group (4 to 9 dancers) 
  • Large Group (10 to 19 dancers) 
  • Line Group (20 or more dancers) 

Entry Type

Fee Per Dancer

(UP TO 25 DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT CASHIERS CHECK)

Fee Per Dancer

(24 TO 18  DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT)

SOLO

$142

$158

DUET/TRIO

$73

$81

GROUPS

$61

$68

COMPETITION LEVELS

Recreational
  • Dancers who take a total of less than three hours of combined dance and/or acrobatics lessons per week. 
  • Please note that it is not mandatory to enter the Recreational level if you take three hours or less. You may also enter Competitive or Ultra Competitive level. However, if a Duet/Trio or Group has one or more dancer(s) taking more than three hours of dance/acrobatics per week, it must enter a higher level. 
Competitive
  • Dancers on the rise between Recreational and Competitive.
  • Competitive includes dancers taking three to five hours of dance and/or acrobatics per week with limited competition experience, and not yet ready to compete at the highest level. 
  • If a dancer competes in the Competitive Level as a soloist they must remain in the Competitive Level for all solos. The dancer cannot move down and perform in any Recreational Level routines. However, the same dancer can move up and perform in a Competitive level duet, trio and group. 
  • If a Duet/Trio or Group has one or more dancers taking over five hours of dance/acrobatics per week, it must enter the Competitive Level. 
Ultra Competitive
  • The highest and most competitive level of dancers. 
  • Competitive Level includes: 
    • All dancers taking over five hours of dance and/or acrobatics per week,
    • Recreational level dancers and Competitive level dancers that wish to compete at a competitive level
  • Any entries wishing to compete for Cash Awards, the highest Overall Honors, and/or the Elite Platinum must compete in the Ultra Competitive Level. 
  • Dancers competing at the Ultra Competitive level as a soloist must remain in the Ultra Competitive Level for all other solos, duet/trios, and group routines performed at that competition. Teachers must use their own sound judgment when determining the number of hours of practice per dancer and in which level contestants should be placed. Routines that are obviously under placed may be placed at a higher level by the judges. 

AGE DIVISIONS

  • Ages for Solos, Duet/Trios, and Groups are as of January 1st. 
  • For Duet/Trios and Groups, the ages of all contestants as of January 1st must be averaged together. If there is a decimal, always drop the decimal. 
  • Contestants will compete in the following age groups: 
    • 4 & under, 5-6 years, 7-8 years, 9-10 years, 11 years, 12 years, 13-14 years, 15-16 years, 17-19 years, 20-29 years, 30-39 years, 40-49 years, 50-59 years, 60-69 years, and 70 & over.
  • Contemporary, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical Jazz, Open, Musical Theater, Hip Hop and Production categories ONLY age groups are: 
    • 4 & under, 5 years, 6 years, 7 years, 8 years, 9 years, 10 years, 11 years, 12 years, 13 years, 14 years, 15 years, 16 years, 17 years, 18-19 years, 20-29 years, 30-39 years, 40-49 years, 50-59 years, 60-69 years, and 70 & over.
  • Overall recognition and medals will be given in the following five age divisions:
    • Mini: 8 years & under 
    • Junior: 9-11 years 
    • Teen: 12-14 years 
    • Senior: 15-19 years
    • Adult: 20 years and over
  • Duet/Trio and Group entries cannot compete in an age division more than one age division younger than the oldest dancer’s age as of January 1st, regardless of the average age. 
  • For example, an 18 year-old (senior) dancing in a group with an average age of 10 (junior) would be moved into the teen category (one age division younger than senior). In this example, because the average age is 10, the group would be placed into the lowest age group in that division. Here, that would be age 12. 

CATEGORY POINT DEDUCTIONS

  • The ballet and pointe dance categories can contain no gymnastic/acrobatic tricks. A one-half (.5) point deduction per judge will be made for any gymnastic/acrobatic tricks in these categories. Tricks not allowed are movements that pass through or stop at a fully inverted (upside down) position with both feet off the floor (the torso passing or stopping directly over the top of ones head/shoulders). The only exceptions to this are forward, backward and shoulder rolls, and acrobatic tricks in lifts (a lift being defined as being supported by another dancer with any body part). 
  • The following dance categories can contain no more than three gymnastic/acrobatic tricks; Tap, Jazz, Lyrical Jazz, and Clogging. A one-half (.5) point deduction per judge will be made if more than three gymnastic/acrobatic tricks are in these categories. A gymnastic pass will be counted as the number of tricks in the pass.
  • If dance movements, music lyrics, or costuming are deemed to be too suggestive or otherwise inappropriate for our family audience, or if the music contains vulgar or inappropriate lyrics, the routine will be scored lower by the judges or disqualified from the competition.

DANCE CATEGORIES

Hip Hop
  • Routine consisting primarily of Hip Hop Technique. The judges will score music containing inappropriate lyrics lower or the routine may be disqualified from the competition.
  • Any number of Acrobatic tricks are allowed in this category. 
Musical Theater
  • Routine featuring any style of dance that interprets a song from a Broadway show or movie musical. 
  • Any number of Acrobatic tricks are allowed in this category. 
Jazz
  • Routine must consist of primarily jazz technique. 
  • Three gymnastic/acrobatic tricks are allowed. 
Tap
  • Routine must contain tap technique and primarily tap work. It is preferred that tap sounds not be prerecorded in the music.
  • Three gymnastic/acrobatic tricks are allowed. 
Ballet
  • Routine must consist of ballet technique. Must include classical steps and movements.
  • No pointe shoes allowed. 
  • No gymnastic/acrobatic tricks are allowed. 
Pointe
  • Routine must consist of pointe/toe technique. 
  • Special note regarding rosin: Rosin must be self-contained and cannot be applied directly on the marley floor. If a performance is requesting to use rosin, Ultra must know upon registration so that schedule adjustments can be made to clean up the Marley residue post-performance. There may be point deductions if Ultra is not notified about the rosin usage and the marley floor is affected during the performance.
  • No gymnastic/acrobatic tricks are allowed. 
Lyrical Jazz
  • Routine should demonstrate balance, extension, isolations and control utilizing the lyrics or mood of the music. 
  • Three gymnastic/acrobatic tricks are allowed. 
Song & Dance
  • Must contain both singing and any listed category of dancing. Judging will be based on both singing and dancing. 
  • There must be no other lead voices anywhere in the prerecorded music (0.5 point per judge deduction). 
  • All performers will be judged on both singing and dancing. A one point deduction per judge will be incurred if any special microphones or sound equipment is hooked up by Ultra Dance Tour for any reason. 
  • Two handheld wireless microphones only will be available for your use. 
Acrobatic Dance
  • A routine using controlled acrobatic moves such as walkovers, limbers, handstands, chest rolls, etc. may contain gymnastic passes. 
  • The majority of an acrobatic routine must be acrobatic moves, otherwise, the routine will be scored lower by the judges. Acrobatic Dance may contain flexibility moves or contortionist moves, however, it must contain dance moves, steps, and choreography. 
Baton
  • A routine using baton(s) and baton technique. 
  • Baton routines will be judged on Baton technique and dance moves, steps, and choreography.
  • Any number of Acrobatic Tricks are allowed in this category.
Pom Pon
  • A routine incorporating the use of Pom Pons.
  • Pom Pon routines must use precise and definite movement.
  • The routine will be judged on both Pom Pon technique, dance steps, moves, and choreography.
  • Any number of Acrobatics are allowed. However, no stunts, tosses, or pyramids taller than one person is allowed or a one point penalty per judge will be incurred.
Clogging
  • A routine utilizing either traditional or contemporary style clogging technique.
  • Three gymnastic/acrobatic tricks allowed 
Character Routine
  • A routine portraying a recognizable character throughout. 
  • May be from a play, movie, television, Broadway, or a stereotype such as a farmer, policeman, etc. 
  • The character portrayed must be listed on the entry form, and it will be published in the program book. 
  • May incorporate either dance or acrobatic techniques. 
  • Any number of Acrobatic tricks are allowed in this category. 
Folkloric
  • A routine using ethnic styles of dance, such as Spanish, Hawaiian, polkas, etc.
  • Any number of Acrobatic tricks are allowed in this category. 
Open
  • Any of our listed categories or combinations of listed category styles. 
  • Any number of Acrobatic tricks are allowed in this category. 
Contemporary
  • Routine should utilize contemporary style to show extension, balance, can combine lyrical, modern and concert style techniques. 
  • Any number of Acrobatic tricks are allowed in this category. 
Production
  • A routine utilizing a group of at least 10 dancers incorporating any style/styles of dance or acrobatic. 
  • Production category has a time limit of 8:00 minutes. 
Teacher
  • Persons 20 years of age or over who are teachers, assistant teachers, professional dancers or persons who have ever been teachers, assistant teachers or professional dancers must compete in Teacher Category. 
  • Teachers Solos, Duet/Trio, and Groups can compete in all types of dance listed above. 
  • All Duet/Trios or Groups with even one Teacher competitor must enter the Teachers’ category.

ENTRY LIMITATIONS

  • The dance studio must submit all entries. Independent entries will not be accepted.

PROPS

  • Fire, swords and knives on stage are prohibited. Simulated weapons with dull, safe edges are acceptable with approval of Ultra Dance Tour. 
  • No liquid, paint, gel, aerosol, glitter, fog, smoke, powder, paint powder, ashes, or similar substance that would affect the dancing surface is allowed, unless specifically approved by Ultra Dance Tour. If this occurs, the routine may be scored lower by the judges. 
  • Props are allowed, however they must be freestanding. Scenery or backdrops requiring the use of theater fly bars may not be used. Props, if used, must be prepared and set-up, and removed quickly. Judges may take excessive set-up or removal time into consideration. 
  • Helium balloons are not permitted unless special permission is given by the venue.
  • Safety is always our major concern. If the stage is "littered" during a routine please be prepared to clean it up immediately after the routine is finished. 
  • Hoverboards are prohibited. 

COMPETITION RULES AND REGULATIONS

  • Time limits allotted per dance: 
    • Solo, Duet/Trio & Small Group entries: three minutes (3:00) 
    • Large Group & Line entries: four minutes (4:00) 
    • Production category entries: eight minutes (8:00) 
    • Additional time cannot be purchased. 
  • Please note that there may be a variance in the time a recording device saves music and the time the music is played on a different device. For performance time, an allowance of 15% of the allotted time per dance will be given for machine calibration error. A deduction of one tenth of a point (.1) per judge will be made for every 15 seconds (or any portion thereof) in excess of the allotted time limit and 15% grace period. 
  • The same contestant(s) cannot compete more than once in the same dance category and age group in Solo, Duet/Trio, or Group competition. This means that contestants must never compete against themselves in the same age group and dance category. 
  • Dancers competing at the Competitive level as a soloist must remain in the Competitive Level for all other solos, duet/trios, and group routines performed at that competition. 
  • Soloists are limited to two solo performances. 
  • Routines performed at the regional shows are eligible to enter any of the KAR National Finals, regardless of the regional location at which the contestant qualified.
  • Routines are expected to perform in the order they are scheduled. If for any reason a routine performs out of its listed order, video playback of that routine during the awards ceremony cannot be assured. 
  • Routines must be performed during the awards session in which they are scheduled. If the routine cannot perform during the awards session in which they are scheduled for any reason, it can be performed for judges’ comments only. The routine would not be eligible for overall awards. It will be announced on stage at the end of the regular awards, the appropriate medal or trophy given, and the routine will be qualified for KAR National Finals. 
  • Videotaping and movie cameras are prohibited. 
  • Still photography is limited to taking photographs of your own child. No professional photography set-ups/tripods/monopods allowed.
  • If dance movements, music lyrics, or costuming are deemed to be too suggestive or otherwise inappropriate for our family audience, or if the music contains vulgar or inappropriate lyrics, the routine will be scored lower by the judges or disqualified from the competition. 
  • Air horns or similar devices are prohibited. 
  • Routines that are obviously under-placed into the wrong skill level may be placed in a higher level by the judges. 
  • Any studio that makes an enrollment/routine change 5 days prior to the event, it is subject to a $10 fee for each change. 
  • Duet/Trios cannot win in Group categories.

Scores & Deductions

  • A panel of competent judges will judge contestants. All entrants agree that the time, manner, and method of judging the contest shall be solely within the discretion of the directors and producers of Ultra Dance Tour and that all decisions of the judges are final. 
  • If dance movements, music lyrics, or costuming are deemed to be too suggestive or otherwise inappropriate for our family audience, or if the music contains vulgar or inappropriate lyrics, the routine will be scored lower by the judges or disqualified from the competition. 
  • A 5-point deduction will be made for routines that are not completed unless due to a costume malfunction that would result in an immodest performance. 
  • Ties will not be broken. 
  • A one point deduction per judge will be incurred if any special microphones or sound equipment is hooked up by Ultra Dance Tour for any performance. 

Music Requirements

  • Each entry must furnish its own music through the Studio Center on our website. 
  • Music must be uploaded five (5) days prior to the event. 
  • Music on cell phones or other personal devices will not be accepted. 
  • It is recommended that you bring a second copy, on a USB, as a backup in the event of malfunction of the original.

AWARDS

  • Elite Top First Place, Top First Place, First Place will be decided by a predetermined range of points for each place. 
  • In the Ultra Competitive Level, dance routines are also eligible for the Elite Platinum. 
  • There may be multiple Elite Top First Place, Top First Place, First Place in each age group and category. 
  • Contestants will compete in the following age groups: 
    • 4 & under, 5-6 years, 7-8 years, 9-10 years, 11 years, 12 years, 13-14 years, 15-16 years, 17-19 years, 20-29 years, 30-39 years, 40-49 years, 50-59 years, 60-69 years, and 70 & over.
  • Contemporary, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical Jazz, Open, Musical Theater, Hip Hop and Production categories ONLY age groups are: 
    • 4 & under, 5 years, 6 years, 7 years, 8 years, 9 years, 10 years, 11 years, 12 years, 13 years, 14 years, 15 years, 16 years, 17 years, 18-19 years, 20-29 years, 30-39 years, 40-49 years, 50-59 years, 60-69 years, and 70 & over.
  • All Elite Top First Place, Top First Place, First Place award winners will be eligible for the 2022 KAR Nationals!

RECREATIONAL & COMPETITIVE LEVEL AWARDS

Overall recognition and medals will be given in the following five age divisions:  

  • Mini: 8 years & under 
  • Junior: 9-11 years 
  • Teen: 12-14 years 
  • Senior: 15-19 years 
  • Adult: 20 years and over 

*No cash awards are given in the Recreational & Competitive Level. 

ULTRA COMPETITIVE LEVEL AWARDS

Overall recognition and medals will be given in the following five age divisions:  

  • Mini: 8 years & under
  • Junior: 9-11 years
  • Teen: 12-14 years
  • Senior: 15-19 years
  • Adult: 20 years and over

Please note: All gift certificates are automatically deposited into the virtual wallet in the studio center. Also, no cash awards are given in the Recreational & Competitive Levels.  

Top Solo
  • $50 Ultra Dance Tour gift certificate will be awarded to the soloist in the Mini: 8 years & under, Junior: 9-11, Teen: 12-14, and Senior: 15-19 age groups receiving the highest overall score. 
  • If a contestant performs two solos, only the highest scoring one counts for the top overall awards.
  • The Top 10 scoring soloists from the Junior, Teen and Senior divisions in the Ultra Competitive Level at every regional event become Ultra Dance Tour All Star Dancers and are invited to Hollywood Dance Experience with a $500 Scholarship.
Top Teacher Award
  • A special Trophy will be awarded to the top Teacher performances in Solo, Duet/Trio, and Group divisions receiving the highest overall score. 
Top Adult Awards
  • A special Trophy will be awarded to the top Adult (ages 20 & over) performances in Solo, Duet/Trio, and Group divisions receiving the highest overall score. 
Top Duet/Trio
  • $50 Ultra Dance Tour gift certificate will be awarded to the Duet/Trio in the Mini: 8 years & under, Junior: 9-11, Teen: 12-14, and Senior: 15-19 age groups receiving the highest overall score. 
  • The Top 10 scoring Duet/Trios from the Junior, Teen and Senior divisions in the Ultra Competitive Level at every regional event become Ultra Dance Tour All Star Dancers and are invited to Hollywood Dance Experience with a $250 Scholarship.
Top Small Group
  • $100 Ultra Dance Tour gift certificate will be awarded to the small group in the Mini: 8 years & under, Junior: 9-11, Teen: 12-14, and Senior: 15-19 age groups receiving the highest overall score.
  • The Top 10 scoring Small Group from the Junior, Teen and Senior divisions in the Ultra Competitive Level at every regional event become Ultra Dance Tour All Star Dancers and are invited to Hollywood Dance Experience with a $250 Scholarship.
Top Large Group
  • $100 Ultra Dance Tour gift certificate will be awarded to the large group in the Mini: 8 years & under, Junior: 9-11, Teen: 12-14, and Senior: 15-19 age groups receiving the highest overall score.
  • The Top 10 scoring Large Group from the Junior, Teen and Senior divisions in the Ultra Competitive Level at every regional event become Ultra Dance Tour All Star Dancers and are invited to Hollywood Dance Experience with a $250 Scholarship.
Top Line Group
  • $100 Ultra Dance Tour gift certificate will be awarded to the line group in the Mini: 8 years & under, Junior: 9-11, Teen: 12-14, and Senior: 15-19 age groups receiving the highest overall score.
  • The Top 10 scoring Line Group from the Junior, Teen and Senior divisions in the Ultra Competitive Level at every regional event become Ultra Dance Tour All Star Dancers and are invited to Hollywood Dance Experience with a $250 Scholarship.

REGIONAL DANCER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Dancer of The Year competition is open to all soloists in the Recreational, Competitive and Ultra Competitive level. All Regional Finalists will receive a Dancer of The Year commemorative gift. The highest scoring Dancer of the Year Winner in each age division will also receive a Tiara or Cap.

DANCER HEADSHOT AWARD

These awards will be presented to the contestants judged based on the following criteria: photo quality, creativity, presentation, visual appeal, expressiveness of the dancer, age appropriateness, composition, lighting and quality of the photo. For each Regional competition, there will be one Junior Dancer Headshot winner (age 11 & Under) and one Senior Dancer Headshot winner (age 12 & Above). All entries must submit a recent headshot submitted online through the Parent Center or studio center. All contestants must be registered at the Ultra Dance Regional event to enter theDancer Headshot competition. Each winner will be announced and presented with a plaque and an award certificate.

WITHDRAWING/ADDING DANCERS

The studio must make all withdrawals and changes.

LTRA DANCE TOUR APPROPRIATE

If dance movements, music lyrics, or costuming are deemed to be too suggestive or otherwise inappropriate for our  family audience, or if the music contains vulgar or inappropriate lyrics, the routine will be scored lower by the judges or  disqualified from the competition.

PHOTO & VIDEO STUDIO PACKAGE

Ultra Dance Tour is proud to offer the All Inclusive Photo & Video Studio Package for the 2022 Regional Tour! For the affordable price of $30 per dancer or $40 per family (siblings only), your studio will enjoy ALL your Regional Photos and Videos. The fee is required per dancer and will be due 14 days prior to the start of competition. Parents can access their dancers’ photos and videos inside their Parent Center online. Photos and Videos will be available 3-5 days after the completion of the competition.

Studio Owners: Please make sure after you complete your registration and prior to paying your competition fees that all your parents create Parent Center accounts and link their account to your studio. If you have already paid and your parents link their siblings prior to the Event, the Studio will receive a credit of the difference of the media fee with the Family Package. The credit will appear in your Studio Center “Wallet”. This Media Fee credit is non refundable. If your families wait until after the Event to link siblings there is no discount given and the Media Package is billed at FULL price ($30 per dancer). It is very important that your families sign up and link their account to your studio. Please also make sure to instruct them to download their photos and videos as they will only stay in the parent accounts for a limited amount of time.

Multiple Regional Event Discount - Dancers who compete at multiple Ultra Dance Competitions do not have to pay an additional media fee! Once a dancer has paid the 2022 Regional media fee of $30 or $40 per family (siblings only), any Regional event they attend thereafter will be complimentary.

ULTRA DANCE TOUR’S VIDEO & PHOTOGRAPHY USE

Contestants and teachers by virtue of entering an Ultra Dance Tour event give their permission and consent to the Directors of Ultra Dance Tour to use their images, photographs or appear in videos, television, or any other electronic media for advertising, news coverage or any other commercial use of our events.  

BE SAFE

  • Any performer competing in dance competitions takes certain inherent risks. These include, but are not limited to, sprains, bruises, pulled muscles, and broken bones. 
  • Participation in this competition indicates the acceptance of such risks by performers. Therefore by virtue of entering this event, it is agreed that participants will not hold Ultra Dance Tour® Inc.; or its officers, directors, officials, staff or employees responsible for injuries sustained or illnesses contracted by them while in attendance and/or participating in any activity related to Ultra Dance Tour events.
  • Ultra Dance Tour Inc., and the hosting facility are not responsible for personal injury to contestants or spectators. 
  • Ultra Dance Tour is not responsible for lost or stolen property. Do not leave your property and valuables unattended in the event center, theater, or dressing rooms.