Event Details

Routine Sizes

Type of Routines: Solos, Duos, Trios, Small Team, Large Group, Showcase, Production

  • Solo – 1 dancer –  1- 3:00 minutes
  • Duo/Trio – 2-3 dancers –  1-3:00 minutes
  • Groups – 4+ dancers – 1- 3:30 minutes
  • Production – 20+ dancers – 4:00-12:00 minutes (It may contain multiple ages, levels, dance forms, props, stage sets, or special effects. Minimum of 20 performers of all ages and abilities incorporating any combined styles of dance with a storyline or theme. 

Age Groups

  • Petite – 3-6 years old
  • Mini – 7-9 years old
  • Junior – 10-12 years old
  • Teen – 13-14 years old
  • Senior – 15-18 years old
  • Adult – 19 years and older. This also includes any studio director, full time instructor, student instructor, choreographer and/or working performer who is 19 & Over. All dancers in the adult category will not receive an award but will be adjudicated by our panel of judges. Results will not be announced but will be posted in your account.

The age division for all routines is determined by the average age of the performers as of February 28th each year. Any dancer taking the stage before/during/at the end of a routine must be a registered dancer to the routine, regardless of the amount of time the dancer is present on stage. 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.

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.

**When substituting dancers in a performance, be aware that any modifications could possibly change the level or age average.

Director reserves the right to change/divide age divisions according to number of entries.

Skill Level

Our skill levels are designed to give dancers an opportunity to compete against other dancers that are at their same level. This allows dancers to build confidence and self-esteem. Class time includes any and all rehearsal time as well as scheduled weekly classes. All team skill levels are determined and averaged by our computer system. Critiques and scoring will be geared toward the appropriate level. Releve judges or directors may elevate and/or deduct routines clearly placed in the wrong level. All decisions are final.

  • Recreational – This is the appropriate level for true recreational dancers
  • First year competing (has never competed in a solo, duo/trio, or on a team)
  • Dancer(s) have never competed team or solo prior to this season
  • Teen & Senior Age is not eligible for recreational skill level
  • Novice – This is the appropriate level for amateur beginners
  • Class time is combined hours of up to 2-4 hours per week (ex. 1 hour ballet, 1 hour tap, & 1 hour jazz = 3 hours per week of dance)
  • Has competed prior to this season
  • Has not won Queen in Novice Division
  • Competitive – This is the appropriate level for amateur/intermediate dancers
  • Class time is combined hours of 5-6 hours per week (ex. 1 hour ballet, 1 hour tumbling/gymnastics, 1 hour jazz, 1 hour technique, & 1 hour hip hop = 5 hours per week of dance)
  • Limited competition experience
  • Has not won Queen in the Competitive Division
  • Elite – This is the appropriate level for intermediate dancers
  • Class time is combined hours of 7-9 hours per week (ex. 2 hours company, 1 hour ballet, 1 hour tap, 1 hour jazz, 1 hour tumbling/gymnastics, 1 hour technique, & 1 hour hip hop = 8 hours per week of dance)
  • Has not won Queen in the Elite Division
  • Premier – This is the appropriate level for advanced dancers
  • Class time is combined hours of 10 hours per week (ex. 3 hours company, 1 hour ballet, 1 hour tap, 1 hour jazz, 1 hour tumbling/gymnastics, 1 hour technique, 1 hour hip hop, & 1 hour of pointe = 10 hours per week of dance)
  • Petite Age is not eligible for Premier skill level
  • Relevé Stars
  • Relevé Stars, our non-profit organization, offers scholarships to help students dance at Relevé Dance Competitions through its Scholarship Program. Scholarships will be granted annually which will expose disadvantaged children in low-income areas, as well as children with physical disabilities, to the lifelong benefits of dance education through competing at Relevé Dance Competitions. See Relevé Stars page for more information.

Performance Categories

All routines must be dominant in a specific performance category. A performance category will determine how the judges will adjudicate each routine. For example, a routine categorized as “ballet” should include classical ballet movements and technique. The judges will score this routine based on the performers ability to perform the chosen style.

  • Ballet/Pointe – Includes classical or contemporary ballet movements and technique. Routine must consist of ballet technique, classical steps and movements. To protect the integrity and to ensure a quality event, no acrobatic tricks are allowed in this category.
  • Character/Musical Theater – A routine portraying an easily recognizable character that utilizes Broadway or theater dance styles. Routine must portray a character throughout.
  • Contemporary – Routine incorporating lyrical, ballet or jazz movement fused with modern contemporary elements. Routine should utilize contemporary style to show extension and balance.
  • Hip Hop – Street or contemporary jazz-funk. Routine consisting primarily of Hip Hop Technique including break dancing, street funk, and pop & lock. The music must not contain inappropriate lyrics.
  • Jazz – Contains traditional jazz movements and technique.
  • Lyrical – Dancers interpret the lyrics, mood and content of the music. Routine encompasses the use of balance, flexibility and control utilizing the lyrics and feeling of the music. The routine can combine the techniques of Jazz, Ballet, and Contemporary.
  • Production – Must include at least 20 dancers and be 4-12 minutes long. May contain any style or combination of styles of dance with a story line or theme. It may contain multiple ages, skill levels, dance forms, props, stage sets, or special effects.
  • Specialty – Routines which do not fit into one of our performance categories. It can also be a routine which is a combination of two or more of our performance categories. Or a routine using other styles of dance such as Ballroom, Cheer, Clogging etc.
  • Tap – A routine containing tap technique and primarily tap work. Tap shoes only.

Family Friendly Policy

Relevé is dedicated to providing an environment that is family friendly. We realize that dance is an art form and crosses a broad range of styles and tastes. However, routines, costumes, and music must be age appropriate and suitable for family viewing and we are determined to set a standard and ensure that inappropriate routines are aptly penalized or disqualified.

Music

We require all music be uploaded to your account for each routine. In addition, it is expected that you bring a backup copy to the competition. Each entry must furnish its own backup music on a MP3 device or flash drive

No CDs will be accepted, even as backups.

Teachers should have a back-up for every entry on hand, in case the primary FlashDrive does not work.

Routines

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

General lifts are permitted.

Teachers are not permitted to perform with students.

Routines are expected to perform in the order in which they are scheduled. In all cases, routines must be performed before the awards session in which they are scheduled. If the routine cannot perform at the time scheduled it will be skipped. If the routine is skipped due to conflicts, costume changes, missing dancers or props, the routine runs the risk of deductions if prior arrangements were not made. If that routine cannot perform before the awards session in which it is scheduled, time permitting, the routine will be allowed to perform and only adjudicated. The routine will not be eligible for high point awards. The routine will qualify for Nationals.

Competition order will not be altered to allow for rehearsal time, or pre-performance run-thrus. This can lead to point deduction or disqualification of the routine. No Exceptions.

Decisions made by the judges are final.

Admission to the competition is free.

Time

Routines exceeding registered length will receive a substantial score deduction. All entrances and exits from the dance floor must not exceed 10 seconds.
Note: Entrances/exits are not judged.

Incomplete Routines

Any routine not completed will be adjudicated only and will not be eligible for overall awards.

Props

Props and backdrops are allowed; however, they must fit through the venue doors easily. They must be moved on and off stage by the performers of the routine. If the floor is littered during a routine from costumes, props or backdrops, dancers must be prepared to clear the floor immediately after the routine is finished. Damage to the floor by props is the sole responsibility of the studio.

Gymnastics

Relevé judges are qualified to critique dance performances – not gymnastics. Gymnastic skills may be used in routines, but will not add points to the routine score. However, routines with an imbalance of too many gymnastic skills may result in a deduction of points according to the opinion of the technical judge.

*Rosin and Glitter are prohibited. Use can lead to point deduction or disqualification of the routine.

Coaching

Coaching is not allowed from anywhere by anyone during the performance. This will be enforced and points will be deducted from routines caught coaching. Visual coaching is strictly prohibited

Ties

Ties for overall scores will be broken by the technique score. In the event of a tie of the technique score, the judges will make the final decision.

Sportsmanship

All dancers and teachers are expected to display good sportsmanship. Failure to do so will result in immediate disqualification.

We do not offer live streaming of our competitions. We do this to protect the artistry of the choreographer and the safety of the dancers.

Closing or Cancelling A Competition / Late Fees / Refunds

Schedule

A schedule with tentative performance times will be sent to you a week before the competition date.  Relevé reserves the right to schedule all routines, solos, duo/trios or groups on any day of the competition to accommodate all participants. Relevé reserves the right to cancel any competition due to weather, number of entries, or any other circumstance deemed necessary. Relevé reserves the right to add or cancel competition dates and venues due to number of registered entries.

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

If a competition registration reaches maximum capacity before the deadline date, it will be closed to additional registrants. Registrations are not final until a payment is received. Once payment is received, a registration is considered complete. Late fees will accrue exactly one month  prior to the competition date.

Location

Relevé reserves the right to add additional competition days or move the competition location due to unforeseen circumstances. Any change in competition days and/or times is at the sole discretion of Relevé and will be determined by the amount of time available at each regional competition. Relevé reserves the right to close the registration for any competition at any point and time due to maximum capacity.

Safety

The safety of competition dancers is paramount at all Relevé events. A backstage manager and first aid kit will be provided. Relevé stresses the importance of safety and executing only those skills, techniques and practices that will not cause undue harm or injury to performers, spectators, or the stage. Do not use or throw props on or off stage that might cause damage or leave a residue, such as liquids, gels, aerosols, glitters, etc. Stage must be returned to its original pre-performance condition within 30 seconds.

Disclaimer

Photography and Video recording from any media devices (i.e. digital cameras, cell phones, SLR’s, Flip, etc.) is strictly prohibited during classes and competition. This is to enforce the children’s safety and privacy, as well as protecting the work of choreographers and faculty.

Photographs/recordings of participants by any of the Relevé staff, contractors, or members of the press become the property of Relevé and may be used for future publicity. All registrants perform at their own risk; Relevé Dance Competitions and its organizers are not responsible for any injuries incurred and your registration and participation means implied consent. Third party photos are strictly prohibited. Relevé reserves the rights to control and mandate all venue images. The sale of any photos for profit from a Relevé competition by any third party vendor, studio or patron is strictly prohibited.

Judging

Relevé is dedicated to providing artistic critiques that are non-restrictive, positive, professional, and educational.

Relevé judges are comprised of professional caliber studio directors, instructors, artistic coordinators, and performing dance professionals. A panel of three judges, two artistic and one technical, will adjudicate each entry.

Awards – Adjudicated Awards

Relevé judges are comprised of professional caliber studio directors, instructors, artistic coordinators, and performing dance professionals. Each judge is highly qualified and trained to objectively critique, in a variety of genres, while remaining sensitive to the various skill levels represented by dancers’ differing ages. A panel of three judges, two artistic and one technical, adjudicates each entry. Routines will be adjudicated against a point system. The point system can fluctuate to balance each competition in regards to different judges and competitiors. By doing so this will ensure that each dancer will have a positive experience and receive a more accurate evaluation of their performance at that particular competition.

With this score system, multiple Purple Diamond, Blue Diamond, Pink Diamond & White Diamond(highest) adjudication awards may be presented within each age division for each category of competition. Three Audio/Video Critiques for each routine will be avaliable on our website. You may access these files by logging in to your account following each award ceremony. All critiques and scores are confidential to the dancer and teacher. Judges’ decisions are final.

Awards will be determined in proportion to the number of competitors.

All Purple Diamond, Blue Diamond, Pink Diamond, White Diamond  or Black Diamond (highest) rated entries are eligible to compete at Nationals.

All dancers will receive a participation award at our regional and national competitions.

Each routine will receive a Purple Diamond, Blue Diamond, Pink Diamond, or White Diamond (highest) rating based on an adjudicated point system.

If any routine receives a point score between 298-300 they will receive the Black Diamond rating and will receive an exclusive award.

Duo/Trios are ajudicated based on Skill Level only and not on Age.

All Soloists and each Duet/Trio dancer will receive an award and must be present at their award ceremony to receive the award.

Solo High Point Awards

Solo Royalty is given to each age within each skill level. If there are more than 20 Competitiors in an age and skill division there will be more attendents added to the Royalty. The same solo contestant cannot place more than once for overall high point awards in the same Competition.

    • Petite Royalty – Queen, 1st attendant, 2nd attendant, and 3rd attendant
    • Mini Royalty – Queen, 1st attendant, 2nd attendant, and 3rd attendant
    • Junior Royalty – Queen, 1st attendant, 2nd attendant, and 3rd attendant
    • Teen Royalty – Queen, 1st attendant, 2nd attendant, and 3rd attendant
    • Senior Royalty – Queen, 1st attendant, 2nd attendant, and 3rd attendant

Team High Point Awards

Team High Point awards* will be given in each age and skill level. *Minimum numbers of routines are required in each division to award all places. We never combine age or skill level divisions. A representative from the studio must be present on stage during awards to be eligible for High Point Awards. All cash prizes will be awarded to the Dance Studio. TEACHERS AND ADULT dancers are not eligible for High Point Awards. Dancers must be in costume or team uniform during award ceremonies.

    • Petite – Overall High Point, Judge’s Choreography Artistic Award, Judge’s Technical Award, Judge’s Showmanship Award, Skill Level High Point, Diamond Placement High Point
    • Mini – Overall High Point, Judge’s Choreography Artistic Award, Judge’s Technical Award, Judge’s Showmanship Award, Skill Level High Point, Diamond Placement High Point
    • Junior – Overall High Point, Judge’s Choreography Artistic Award, Judge’s Technical Award, Judge’s Showmanship Award, Skill Level High Point, Diamond Placement High Point
    • Teen – Overall High Point, Judge’s Choreography Artistic Award, Judge’s Technical Award, Judge’s Showmanship Award, Skill Level High Point, Diamond Placement High Point
    • Senior – Overall High Point, Judge’s Choreography Artistic Award, Judge’s Technical Award, Judge’s Showmanship Award, Skill Level High Point, Diamond Placement High Point

Cash Awards

Each year Relevé awards over $40,000 in Cash Awards. A Relevé Gift Card will be given in the Petite, Mini, Junior, Teen, and Senior Divisions for each Team size as follows: Solo, Duo/Trio, Team and Production.

High Point Cash Award for Solos

Regionals – Relevé Gift Card

Nationals – Relevé Gift Card

An exclusive large trophy will be awarded to the soloist in each age and skill receiving the highest overall score. If a contestant performs multiple solos, only the highest scoring one will count towards the overall awards.

Relevé Overall High Point Team Awards

Regionals – Relevé Gift Card

Nationals – Relevé Gift Card

An exclusive large trophy will be awarded to the team in each age group receiving the highest overall score.

Relevé High Point Production Number Awards

Regionals – Relevé Gift Card

Nationals – Relevé Gift Card

An exclusive large trophy will be awarded to the studio receiving the highest overall production number score.

Exclusive Awards

The Exclusive Awards will be presented throughout the competition. The Choreography Artistic, Technical, and Showmanship Awards are presented during the awards for each age group. The Relevé White Diamond and Sportsmanship Awards will be presented at the last awards ceremony of the competition. A representative from the studio must be present on stage during awards to be eligible for Exclusive Awards. Dancers must be in costume or team uniform during award ceremonies.

Black Diamond Award

  • An exclusive award given to routines that receives a point value of 298 or higher.

Regionals – Receives an award and a Relevé Gift Card

Nationals – Receives an award and a Relevé Gift Card

 

Choreography Artistic Award

Regionals – Relevé Gift Card

Nationals – Relevé Gift Card

Technical Award

Regionals – Relevé Gift Card

Nationals – Relevé Gift Card

Showmanship Award

Regionals – Relevé Gift Card

Nationals – Relevé Gift Card

Sportsmanship Award

Regionals – Relevé Gift Card

Nationals – Relevé Gift Card

Relevé White Diamond Award

Regionals – Relevé Gift Card

An exclusive award will be given to the studio with the highest combined points of the competition and shows amazing sportsmanship like conduct. (Take total points including solos, duo/trios and teams and divide by number of routines. Minimum 10 group routines.)

Nationals Relevé White Diamond Award

An exclusive award will be given to the studio with the highest combined points of the competition and shows amazing sportsmanship like conduct. (Take total points including solos and divide by number of routines. Minimum 10 group routines.) And also, will receive $1000 gift card towards Relevé Dance Intensive.

Social Media Contests

A Minimum of 15 routines need to be registered to qualify for studio awards and gift cards.