Our Festival provides:
- A very successful awards program. We offer awards for solos, duets, groups, choreography as well as overall dancer.
- Professional Adjudication.
- A fabulous facility with an amazing theater. Stage is 20 X 40 feet with large backstage wings.
- A well-organized festival that offers a great experience for all dancers.
- Video Adjudication. This year there will be NO paper adjudication sheets.
- Live action Photography and videos by GETMYPHOTO
- Dance off at the end of the competition is always a great hour of entertainment and fun for the dancers.
Duets and Trios: $22/dancer
Fees (checks payable to Dance Aberdeen) are to be submitted with registration OR e-transfer to
No Refunds on cancellations. Changes to entries must be submitted by Feb 1, 2020(additional fees may apply)
tap, jazz (including street Jazz), lyrical, classical ballet, pointe, demi-character ballet, character ballet, musical theater (Lip sync), hip hop, modern, contemporary, Stage ( >20 dancers), song and dance (live voice, no vocalized music), student choreography, acro, open (anything not falling into other categories).
Important: Jazz or street jazz can only have a maximum of 3 acro movements. More than 3 will disqualify the number from awards. Award winning dance number from previous year cannot compete again in 2020.
Age determined as of Dec 31, 2019
6 and under; 7-8; 9 -10; 11-12; 13-14; 15-16; 17-18; 19 and over.
Solos will be entered in individual age group if entries allow. Groups enter by average age of group. Duets enter by oldest age.
(Novice designation means no student has had competition experience before)
(The festival committee reserves the right to combine classes or age groups according to entry numbers.).
Group designations and Timing:
Solos – 2 1⁄2 minutes
Duets – 2 1⁄2 minutes
Trios – 2 1⁄2 minutes
Musical Theater (lip sync) – 4 minutes
Song and dance (singing, no vocals in music) - 4 minutes
Small groups (4-8 dancers) - 4 minutes
Large groups (9-19 dancers) - 4 minutes
Open/Stage (>20 dancers) - 5 minutes
Marks will be allocated as follows:
Gold with distinction 90 & over
Gold 85 - 89
Silver 80 – 84
Adjudication marks will be posted within 30 -45 minutes following performances.
Awards will be posted along with the marks but will be placed in your studio box with all your adjudication papers. There is a form included in the package if your studio would like to sponsor an award.
Stage is 20 X 40 feet with large backstage wings. Performers must be back stage 15 minutes pre-performance.
Important change to music submission, All music must be submitted digitally 3 weeks prior to Festival. We will send out more information regarding titling and method of storage.
The visiting studios will have an area to change. There will also be ample room to rehearse. Food and drink will be allowed in change area on a trial basis for 2020, please ensure area stays tidy or we will loose this privilege. Tap shoes only to be worn on stage. No glitter will be allowed in the church or on stage. The use of glitter will result in disqualification.
The last session of the festival is The Dance Off. The adjudicators will pick standout performances (adjudicators’ choice based on entertainment value) to come back and perform to compete for prize money. Judges for Dance Off are not adjudicators. First place will receive a trophy. Tickets to the Dance Off will be sold separately to ensure seating limits are not exceeded.
Dance Aberdeen welcomes your enthusiasm, energy and sportsmanlike behavior.
No picture taking or videotaping of performances will be allowed. No verbal abuse will be tolerated.
Please ensure entries include:
1. Studio roster.
2. Summary page.
3. Entry forms (one per dance spot accompanied by payment.)
4. Award sponsor form. (Accompanied by payment)
5. Please double check all entries.
Dance Aberdeen had a very successful awards program with our nine previous festivals. We offered $7500 in award payout at 2018 Festival. If your studio would like to be part of this program and become a sponsor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Solos $25 Duets $50 Trios $75 Groups $100
Thank-you in advance for your support of this program!
If you would like your club to attend our Dance Festival please email:
Crystal Bidaux (Festival Coordinator)
Studios registered on first come first serve basis.
Entries of only solos and duets are not accepted, an equal or fair number of groups from a single club must be represented.