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Charlotte, NC

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General Competition Rules:

  • See "Fine Print" section at the bottom for details

3 Levels of Competition:

  • Competitive: Under 3 hours of dance and acro training per week

  • Advanced:  3-6 hours of dance and acro training per week

  • Elite:  6+ hours of dance and acro training per week 

Competition Age Divisions:

  • Mini: Ages 5-8

  • Petite:  Ages 9-10

  • Junior: Ages 11-12

  • Teen: Ages 13-15

  • Senior: Ages 16-19

  • Pro-Am: Ages 20+

Category Divisions and Time Limits:

  • Solo: 1 dancer - 3:00 minute limit

  • Duet/Trio: 2-3 dancers - 3:00 minute limit

  • Small Group: 4-9 dancers - 3:00 minute limit 

  • Large Group: 10-16 dancers - 4:00 minute limit

  • Super Group: 17 or more dancers - 4:00 minute limit

  • Production:  Unlimited dancers - 8:00 minute limit

*All categories are the average age.  To reach the average age, add the ages of all the dancers together, then divide by the number of dancers in the routine.  Drop all decimals, and that is the average age.

*Names, ages, and birth dates of all dancers must appear in the registration system, or it will not be accepted.

*In the unlikely event a dancer’s age needs verification, Birth Certificates must be available upon request.

Competition Genres:

  • Ballet:  Routines must consist of ballet or pointe technique.  Ballet or pointe shoes must be worn to be entered in the ballet category.

  • Tap:  A routine containing tap technique, performed with tap shoes.  No tap sounds to be recorded over audio.

  • Jazz:  A routine demonstrating jazz technique, utilizing up-tempo music.

  • Lyrical:  A routine that demonstrates lyrical technique.

  • Contemporary:  A mix of jazz styles with an emphasis on modern ballet technique.

  • Open:  A routine that demonstrates any dance style or combination of dance styles.  Examples include, acro-gymnastics, ballroom, novelty, character, and clogging.  Routines containing more than 3 gymnastic/acro tricks must be entered in this category.

  • Musical Theatre:  A routine showcasing Broadway or theatre dance styles.  Singing is permitted in this category only.  Microphones for vocals are not provided.

  • Hip-Hop:  A routine that demonstrates hip-hop or street type moves.

  • Acro: 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.

  • Clogging: A routine utilizing either traditional or contemporary style clogging technique. ​

  • Pom Pon: A routine incorporating the use of Pom Pons. Pom Pon routines must use precise and definite movement. 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. The routine will be judged on both Pom Pon technique and dance steps, moves, and choreography. 

Adjudication System:

  • Diamond:  295-300

  • High Platinum: 290-294

  • Platinum:  275-289

  • High Gold: 260-274

  • Gold: 245-259

  • Silver: 230-244

Scoring System:

  • All entries will be judged based on a point system by a minimum of three qualified judges.  Judging is based on technique, performance, musicality, and overall appeal.  Judges decisions are final. 

  • Judges reserve the right to move entries to proper category for judging if improperly registered. 

  • In addition to the adjudicated awards, overall awards will be given to the entries with the highest scores in each division: Mini, Petite, Junior, Teen, Senior, and Pro-Am by competition level and category

Music Requirements:

  • All music for entries must be uploaded online via our registration system.

  • Music must be uploaded 14 days prior to the event.

  • Backup music must be provided at studio check-in the morning of the event and marked with the entry number, preferably on a flash drive, but CDs and iPods are accepted.

Digital Media:

  • Photography and Video recording from any media devices (i.e. digital cameras, cell phones, etc.) is strictly prohibited during competition. This is to enforce the children’s safety and privacy, as well as protecting the work of choreographers and faculty.  We offer professional photo and video services at each of our events.​

  • Any guest not complying with these procedures will lead in point deductions and could result in disqualification. No Exceptions.


  • General props are permitted but they must be freestanding.  Scenery or backdrops requiring the use of theater fly bars may not be used.

  • Ceiling heights vary in each venue.  Please contact Axiom Dance Experience if you are concerned with the size of a prop.

  • No dangerous props (Examples: fire, swords, guns, sparklers, etc.)

  • No use of live animals

  • 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 Axiom Dance Experience. If this occurs, the routine may be scored lower by the judges. 

  • Props, if used, must be prepared, set-up, and removed quickly.

  • 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. 

  • Axiom Dance Experience does not store props.

The Fine Print:

  • No changes may be made to competition entries two weeks prior to the competition. No exceptions.

  • Competition can run as early as 45 minutes ahead. We strongly suggest being ready to perform 60 minutes prior to your scheduled time.

  • All ages are determined as of January 1st, 2020. (For example: Ages for March 2020 events will be as of January 1st 2020).

  • All competition entry payments must be postmarked by the cut-off deadline. If the competition limit is reached before this deadline, no further entries will be accepted.

  • Entries are accepted in the order they are received.

  • All entries must register online.

  • No entries will be accepted via email.

  • No entries will be accepted by fax or phone.

  • All entries must be registered by the registration cut-off date.  (Information located under registration)

  • Payments for entries must be received no later than 60 days prior to the event.  Payments will not be accepted onsite at the event.

  • All entries are final and non-refundable.  No exceptions.

  • Entries that are canceled due to injury or illness will not be refunded. No exceptions.

  • All Major Credit Cards, Cash, and Studio Checks are accepted as forms of payment. No personal Checks are excepted. No Exceptions.

  • All returned checks are subject to a $35.00 fee.

  • Routines must be age-appropriate and suitable for family viewing.  If judges deem routine inappropriate, point deduction or disqualification may occur.

  • General lifts are permitted.

  • Competing dancers must perform in their scheduled order, unless permission is given by Axiom Dance Experience to hold a number to allow time for costume changes.  No Exceptions.

  • Decisions made by the judges are final.

  • Visual coaching is strictly prohibited.

  • 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 nationals.

  • Routines that are obviously under-placed into the wrong skill level may be placed in a higher level by the judges.

  • Axiom Dance Experience is not responsible for any music that is not picked up.

  • Admission to the competition is free.