RULES

Scoring

Routines are scored on a 1-100 scale, combining the three (3) judges marks to reach the total score. Award placements are as follows:

  • 295-300 UPROARIOUS!
  • 285-294 Platinum
  • 270-284 Gold
  • 250-269 Silver
  • 220-249 Bronze

Video Critiques

Studio owners will receive a link to videos of all their routines 3 business days after a competition. Each video will feature audio critiques by the judges that were recorded during the competition. This allows the dancers, teachers, and choreographer to hear what was going through the judge’s mind during the performance, often leading to good insight on improvements or changes that can be made.

Routine size and time limits

Type # of Dancers Time Limit
Solo 1 3:00
Duo/Trio 2-3 3:00
Group 4-9 3:00
Line 10-15 3:00
Extended Line 16-24 4:00
Production 25+ 5:00

Additional Time

Additional time for your routine can be purchased for the additional cost of $15 per minute per dancer. Additional time MUST be purchased at registration, same day requests for adding additional time will not be accommodated.

Age Categories

Seniors 16-19

Teens 13-15

Juniors 10-12

Minis 6-9

HOW TO DETERMINE WHICH AGE DIVISION TO COMPETE UNDER

Age at the date of January 1st, 2022 is what you’ll use to determine which category a dancer falls under to compete in.

When determining which age group a duo, trio, group, line, extended line, or production number falls under, you use each dancer’s age as of January 1st, 2021, and calculate the average age of all dancers. You add up all the ages, and divide that number by the number of dancers in the routine. Drop any decimal points, and use that number to know which age division your dancers can compete under for the routine.

Genres

Lyrical, Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, and Specialty/Open are the competition categories. See details below for each category to ensure you select the right category for each routine competing. Judges may reassign a routine to a more appropriate category or deduct points if they feel a miscatagorization has occurred.

Lyrical

Lyrical dance encompasess an ethereal quality, emotional connections, and has a backbone of classical technique and lines.

Hip Hop

This category should use hiphop technique, generally performed in streetwear. Pieces in this genre are primarily set to hip hop music, encompassing all street dance styles including breakdancing, krumping, and popping & locking.

Tap

Characterized by the use of tap shoes to create rhythmic sound. Clogging routines do not fall within this genre. Pre-recorded tap sounds are not allowed.

Contemporary

Contemporary dance should combine elements of classical ballet, jazz, and modern dance. Choreography should contain cutting edge or abstract elements.

Ballet

Must be performed in flat ballet shoes or pointe shoes with an emphasis on classical lines, classical ballet music, and turnout.

Jazz

Rhythmic and dynamic stylized dance with sharp musical accents.

Other/Open

This category is for any genre not listed above such as Ballroom, Musical Theater, Acro, Folkloric, etc. Any routine with more than 3 acro tricks should be placed in the open category.

Levels

Uproar offers 3 levels of competition: Pro, Elite, and Novice

Levels are determined by the studio owner/director, but the Uproar director and judges can decide to change the level for a routine at their discretion. Although hours of training is our baseline for deciding level, we ask studio owners/directors to use their best judgement in the interest of fairness to all competitors.

Novice Level dancers are beginners who want to enjoy their experience, and train less than 4 hours per week.

The Pro Level dancers are intermediate dancers who train less than 8 hours per week.

Elite Level dancers are advanced in their technique, training over 8 hours per week.

Levels for Group Competition

In interest of fairness, any group competing must limit the number of dancers who have competed in the Division above them to less than 50% of the dancers in the routine, and less than 25% when moving down two levels. While we understand that many students will cross-train with other levels of dancers, this rule is in place to maintain the integrity of the divisions. Any group found abusing this policy may face a scoring penalty, and will be placed at the judges discretion. Exceptions will be made at the director’s discretion for last minute changes due to injury or illness. For Duos, both competitors must be in the same skill division. Trios competing can only have 1 dancer who has competed in the Division above them

Competition Schedule

The initial schedule for every weekend will be for Saturday and Sunday. If registration fills, solos will be competed Friday afternoon and evening as well. We will notify studios as soon as possible if these changes are taking place.

Props

Props are allowed in our competition, with a time limit of 2:30 each for both set up and tear down (5 minutes total).

Props cannot be stored backstage and Uproar will not be responsible for any unattended objects. If any equipment is damaged in the loading or unloading or props, the studio will be responsible for the replacement of the damaged items.

Prohibited Items

The production director reserves the right to disqualify a prop for any reason. We do not allow glitter, confetti, sawdust, fire, swords, knives, guns, weapons of any type, liquid, aerosol, water, dirt, or bubbles. An easy rule of thumb is if you think it would negatively affect the floor, it isn’t allowed.

Change Fee

The change deadline is 14 days prior to registration. Any changes made to registration such as level, music, genre, or dancers made at the event will result in a $25 change fee. Exceptions will be made in cases of injury or illness.

Timeline for Uploading Music

Please upload your music to the Tourpro server no less than 14 days before the competition. Any last minute music changes will result in a $20 change fee.

Family Friendly/Appropriate

Dance is a majestic art form, and with beautiful art comes a lot of room for expression. While we strongly believe in freedom of artistic expression, Uproar is a family-friendly event first and foremost. If more than one judge determines a routine is not family friendly, points will be deducted.

Media

We offer two flexible pricing options for our customers to purchase media from our events. Dancers can choose to pay a flat $40 per dancer fee at registration for access to all their media for the weekend, or after the event has taken place the photos and videos can be purchased on our website. We pride ourselves on hiring professional photographers with experience shooting live dance, as this will make a huge difference in the quality of our media. In an effort to provide the most professional photographs possible, we will exclude pictures that present extremely unflattering lines.

Audience

Uproar will allow an audience to view the competition free of charge. The size of the audience may be limited due to government regulations, we will keep studios updated as we get closer to the competition. Please no photos/videos. We offer professional photographs and videos for each event, failure to adhere by these rules may result in expulsion from the venue.

INDEPENDENT DANCERS

Uproar believes that consistent training in a studio environment is very important to the development of a young dancer. We do not currently accept independent entries.

REFUND POLICY

No refunds will be given. If an event is postponed due to government health mandates, all entry fees will be redeemable for a future event. In the event of a full cancellation refunds will be given, minus initial deposits that can be applied to future events.

REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

At Uproar Dance Competition we want to foster an environment that allows dance students to thrive and be encouraged to continue their training at their home studio. Too often in this industry, you will see dancers be tempted by the bright lights and greener pastures. At Uproar Dance Competition we will encourage well-trained dancers to stay the course with the Uproar Training Scholarship. One winner per city will receive $1000 towards their dance tuition for next season*(1)*. This scholarship is non-transferrable and only applicable to the studio the winning student is enrolled in on the date of competition.

*Studios must register a minimum of 30 routines for students to qualify to compete for the Uproar Regional Championship. Registration for the Uproar Regional Championship audition is only an additional $15 per solo to be eligible.

The Uproar Regional Championship is a fun and exciting new title that you don’t need to wait until the summer to win! Each Uproar event will crown one (1) Uproar Regional Champion. This winner will be the dance that impresses our judges the most throughout the competition, regardless of age or gender! Your solo score and audition results will have an impact on your score (65% for solo, 35% for audition). In the event of a tie, judges will break the tie by deliberation, many times weighing performances within the group competition as well.

The improv audition will group dancers by age category, and feature a short introduction of all the competitors. After this, each group will get a 90 second improv round to show their stuff!

Each city’s winner will receive the Uproar Training Scholarship *subject to studio qualification* which is $1000 towards next school year’s tuition for continuation of your dance training. Winners will also receive an exclusive Uproar Championship Belt, each one unique to the region it represents.

*should the winner of the Uproar Regional Championship change studios next school year, the prize money stays with the studio, for them to apply to tuition for other students. We at Uproar Dance Competition feel strongly that the studios should be rewarded for the effort they put into training their dancers, even if those dances decide to continue their training elsewhere.

Judging

Uproar is committed to providing thoughtful adjudication, with scores that truly reflect the amazing differences we have as dancers. Too often you will see 95% of routines receiving the same score/awards at dance competitions and this is a disservice to everyone involved. At Uproar we will use our judging system to appropriately score routines, while offering positively worded feedback. Our scoring scale will include a wide range of scores, allowing for the dancers to learn from their scores and placements in a way not currently seen in the industry.

WHAT YOU CAN WIN

mini category (ages 6-9)

NOTE: All awards are given to Pro, Elite, and Novice Level Dancers

  • 1st place for Lyrical, Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, and Specialty in solos, duos/trios, group, line, extended line, and production.
  • 2nd place for Lyrical, Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, and Specialty in solos, duos/trios, group, line, extended line, and production.
  • 3rd place for Lyrical, Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, and Specialty in solos, duos/trios, group, line, extended line, and production.
  • 4th place for Lyrical, Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, and Specialty in solos, duos/trios, group, line, extended line, and production.
  • 5th place for Lyrical, Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, and Specialty in solos, duos/trios, group, line, extended line, and production.
  • 1st place Mini in solos, duos/trios, group, line, extended line, and production.
  • 2nd place Mini in solos, duos/trios, group, line, extended line, and production.
  • 3rd place Mini in solos, duos/trios, group, line, extended line, and production.
  • Runner Up Mini in solos, duos/trios, group, line, extended line, and production.

JUNIOR CATEGORY (ages 10-12)

NOTE: All awards are given to Pro, Elite, and Novice Level Dancers

  • Eligible to win Regional Championship Title Belt
  • 1st place for Lyrical, Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, and Specialty in solos, duos/trios, group, line, extended line, and production.
  • 2nd place for Lyrical, Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, and Specialty in solos, duos/trios, group, line, extended line, and production.
  • 3rd place for Lyrical, Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, and Specialty in solos, duos/trios, group, line, extended line, and production.
  • 4th place for Lyrical, Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, and Specialty in solos, duos/trios, group, line, extended line, and production.
  • 5th place for Lyrical, Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, and Specialty in solos, duos/trios, group, line, extended line, and production.
  • 1st place Junior in solos, duos/trios, group, line, extended line, and production.
  • 2nd place Junior in solos, duos/trios, group, line, extended line, and production.
  • 3rd place Junior in solos, duos/trios, group, line, extended line, and production.
  • Runner Up Junior in solos, duos/trios, group, line, extended line, and production.

teen category (ages 13-15)

NOTE: All awards are given to Pro, Elite, and Novice Level Dancers

  • Eligible to win Regional Championship Title Belt
  • 1st place for Lyrical, Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, and Specialty in solos, duos/trios, group, line, extended line, and production.
  • 2nd place for Lyrical, Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, and Specialty in solos, duos/trios, group, line, extended line, and production.
  • 3rd place for Lyrical, Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, and Specialty in solos, duos/trios, group, line, extended line, and production.
  • 4th place for Lyrical, Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, and Specialty in solos, duos/trios, group, line, extended line, and production.
  • 5th place for Lyrical, Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, and Specialty in solos, duos/trios, group, line, extended line, and production.
  • 1st place Teen in solos, duos/trios, group, line, extended line, and production.
  • 2nd place Teen in solos, duos/trios, group, line, extended line, and production.
  • 3rd place Teen in solos, duos/trios, group, line, extended line, and production.
  • Runner Up Teen in solos, duos/trios, group, line, extended line, and production.

SENIOR CATEGORY (16-19)

NOTE: All awards are given to Pro, Elite, and Novice Level Dancers

  • Eligible to win Regional Championship Title Belt
  • 1st place for Lyrical, Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, and Specialty in solos, duos/trios, group, line, extended line, and production.
  • 2nd place for Lyrical, Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, and Specialty in solos, duos/trios, group, line, extended line, and production.
  • 3rd place for Lyrical, Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, and Specialty in solos, duos/trios, group, line, extended line, and production.
  • 4th place for Lyrical, Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, and Specialty in solos, duos/trios, group, line, extended line, and production.
  • 5th place for Lyrical, Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, and Specialty in solos, duos/trios, group, line, extended line, and production.
  • 1st place Senior in solos, duos/trios, group, line, extended line, and production.
  • 2nd place Senior in solos, duos/trios, group, line, extended line, and production.
  • 3rd place Senior in solos, duos/trios, group, line, extended line, and production.
  • Runner Up Senior in solos, duos/trios, group, line, extended line, and production.

HOW TO DETERMINE WHICH AGE DIVISION TO COMPETE UNDER

  • Age at the date of January 1st, 2022 is what you’ll use to determine which category a dancer falls under to compete in.
  • When determining which age group a duo, trio, group, line, extended line, or production number falls under, you use each dancer’s age as of January 1st, 2021, and calculate the average age of all dancers. You add up all the ages, and divide that number by the number of dancers in the routine. Drop any decimal points, and use that number to know which age division your dancers can compete under for the routine.