For Parents

Welcome Parents…

Thank you for choosing to bring your dancers to Relevé Dance Competitions! We know that you and your dancers will have a fantastic experience with us.

Competition Preparation:

What is the exact location?

On Relevedc.com home page click on the competition you want to attend in the left column. On that page you will find the competition details, a map showing the venue location, and a detailed schedule.

What is the expected arrival time?

As a reminder the doors to the venue will not open until 15 minutes prior to the scheduled event.  Any dancers, parents etc., found on school grounds will be asked to leave. These are strict guidelines given to us by the venue and require this rule to keep their students safe. Please respect their rules.

Follow the direction of your studio director as to when the performers should arrive at the competition.

Relevé asks that all dancers be ready to dance at least 1 hour prior to their scheduled time. Audience members hoping to watch a particular routine should arrive at least one hour before the routine’s scheduled time.

My family plans to attend the competition. Is it free to watch?

Yes. All competitions are free to the public.

Is videotaping/taking photographs allowed at the competition?

Videotaping is not allowed. Photographs may be taken without the use of a flash. All dance pieces will be video recorded and uploaded to your account online. Non-commentary videos can be purchased as a digital download from your account. See Relevé Services at the competition for more information.

Where is the schedule?

Complete schedules for a studio or registered individual is sent directly to their Relevé Account. The detailed schedule for each competition is posted to the site one week prior to the event. Inside your account click Competition / View Lineup. Souvenir Programs are available to purchase at the competition.

How do I register?

Register your Solo or Duo/Trio by setting up your own account online. Click Register and follow the registration wizard. We will send you a confirmation email with your complete registration information. You can register by mail by clicking this link. Print and mail in the form prior to the competition registration deadline. (Please be aware that the competitions fill up quickly, please send in your registration as soon as possible.)

What do I need to know about the competition day?

Upon arrival on Friday/Saturday, your Studio Director or studio representative will pick up their registration packet from Relevé Services. Dancers performing in a group do not need to check in individually. Soloists, Duos and trios should check in with Relevé Services. Signs are always posted to show the way to the dressing rooms. Relevé Services is available to answer any questions you have about the competition.

Each group dancer will receive a Relevé Pass from their studio. This Relevé Pass is used for:
Competition Souvenir
Master Class entry
Master Class Finalist (if qualified)

Master Class – Relevé hosts master classes at all of our competitions.

Our master classes are FREE to any REGISTERED competitor. We strongly encourage each dancer to participate in this amazing class. Master classes are in no way mandatory. There is no additional registration required for these master classes; competitors simply show up to take class. The combo learned in the master class will be used in the Relevé Rockout, a friendly onstage competition, prior to most events. The competition program will have the Master Class and Relevé Rockout times listed. Spectator Fees do apply.

Releve Rock Out – Dance off using Master Class choreography

A preliminary Releve Rock Out will be held the last 15 minutes of the Master Class. Parents are invited to observe during this time free of charge. Finalists will then be invited to participate in their assigned Releve Rock Out onstage before awards. You must have your stamped Releve Pass to participate as a finalist.

Concessions, drinks, fun dance apparel and Souvenir programs are available for purchase.

We pride ourselves by holding our competitions at nice venues and would like to continue to do so. Please help by not bringing any outside food to the venue. Also observe the NO FOOD in the Auditorium rule.

How do I turn in music?

All music needs to be uploaded in your account 7 days prior to competition date. This is a requirement not an option. By uploading your music it will be at our sound booth ready for your performance it also alleviates checking in your music with Releve Services at the beginning of the competition. Also please bring a back up CD. Please note that if you upload after the recommended due date we will NOT have it for the competition.

Please note that the formats that we accept are: wav, mp3, mp4, and m4a. These must be saved on your computer. You cannot insert your CD and then select your CD and add it, this will not work.

Dancer Etiquette

We encourage all of our attendees to be courteous and show sportsmanship like conduct at all times. Congratulating other performers as they are coming off stage is appreciated. While backstage we require entrance and exit areas to be kept clear. Please show respect to the performers and audience by remaining quiet backstage.

How do I obtain a video of my child’s performance?

Relevé offers wonderful and extremely affordable videos that have been a hit with our studio families for years! Please contact your Studio Director or Relevé Services at the event for more information.

Will your event run in the order of the program?

For the most part, our events do run in order as per the program. However, we try to be accommodating to quick changes and unforeseen circumstances, and therefore may skip over an entry and come back to it when it is ready.  By doing so, Relevé is able to run an on-time (and in many cases, early!) event. We always recommend being present and ready at the venue AT LEAST one hour prior to your scheduled performance time.

Can I join my dancer backstage?

Unfortunately, our backstage area is only reserved for performers, teachers and studio directors to avoid congestion and overcrowding. We do understand that many parents are involved with props and we allow prop parents to come backstage NO MORE THAN five entries prior to the entry that will be using the prop.

Are there dressing rooms?

Relevé Services will be able to give directions to the correct dressing room. Performers should always get ready in the dressing rooms. Please do not change and dress in the hall  for safety reasons. If you have a quick change please ask a Relevé staff member about a quick change area. Quick change is less than 5 min time between dances. Always be ready at least 1 hour prior to the scheduled performance time – we have been known to run ahead of schedule!

How do your awards work?

Award Ceremonies are regularly held throughout the competition. Each Award Ceremony will feature an age group,   Each entry will first be eligible for an adjudicated award based on their score. Entries may also be eligible for overall awards based off of their point ranking. Team routines will also be eligible for judges’ awards. Judges’ awards are not based on points and feature extraordinary attributes of an entry. Relevé also awards multiple exclusive awards that are given out during the last group award ceremony of the weekend. Awards will always feature entries that have performed that day. No entry will have to return on a different day to receive their award. Relevé award ceremonies are upbeat, fun and move along steadily. We ask that all competitors and families cheer on one another and uphold integrity and sportsmanship throughout not only the ceremony, but the entire weekend.

Additional ideas for parents 

5 Ways You are Teaching Your Kids to be Entitled

By Donna Jones

How does a parent raise an entitled child? Especially since no parent intends to?

Entitlement pervades nearly every aspect of today’s culture, which means Christian families aren’t immune from its influence. In fact, if you aren’t proactive, it’s almost a given you’ll raise an entitled child. It’s a sobering thought.

Most parents know entitlement develops when a child is given too much, too soon, but many parents don’t realize entitlement is also bred in more subtle ways. More lethal ones.

Could you be accidentally raising an entitled child?  Here are five common parenting mistakes that can lead to entitlement:

1. Allowing Your Kids to Interrupt

I recently attended a meeting at the home of a family with three adorable kids. Halfway through the presentation, one of the children ran into the living room and stood next to the speaker. “Have you seen Frozen? I love it!”, she declared, then launched into a litany of reasons she loved the movie—smack in the middle of the speaker’s presentation.

Granted, this was an informal meeting, but still, the parents said nothing. The interrupted leader sat visibly uncomfortable, unsure of how to regain control.

This innocent parental mistake holds consequences if not addressed. Kids who don’t learn respect for other people’s time, conversations, or physical space are essentially being taught “the world revolves around you.” When life becomes child-centered, kids become me-centered. Kids who aren’t taught to wait for their turn—whether on the playground, or in the living room—are on the path to becoming entitled.

Is it important to give our kids undivided attention? Of course!  At appropriate times. We want to raise engaging kids, not entitled kids.

Does your child interrupt? Try this: First, explain the importance of waiting to speak until others finish. Then develop a “secret signal” your child can use when you’re in the middle of an adult conversation. My kids placed their hand on my arm, then I place my hand on theirs, letting them know I would turn my attention to them soon. It was a win-win solution.

2. Not Making Please and Thank You a Big Deal

Even entitled folks say “please” and “thank you” for the big things in life. But grateful people remember to say these words for the small things, too.

When our kids were young, my husband started a family ritual at dinnertime. At the close of every meal he’d say, “Thanks, Mom, for this great dinner”—even if the meal was take-out. It was a small habit that reaped big rewards. Our kids learned to appreciate the daily things we do for one another. They became grateful people, not entitled people.

Has your family gotten out of the habit of saying please and thank you? Try this: Lead by example. For the next seven days, thank your spouse and/or child for something you might normally take for granted.

3. Breaking the Rules

This one is perhaps the most common in today’s culture. Rules, many of us figure, are more like guidelines. Sure, we want everyone else to follow them, but us? Our kids? Well, we’ll be the judge. Today’s mantra seems to be “Don’t tell ME what to do.”

Here’s the problem: allowing kids to break rules, whether minor, like running at the pool, or major, like breaking curfew, teaches disrespect for authority. It leads to chaos in a home, in a school, in a society. The issue at stake is much bigger than running at pools, or staying out after curfew, or whatever rule happens to be at issue in the moment. The message we send when we allow our kids to make their own rules is “the world revolves around you; it revolves around us.”  And that message leads to entitlement.

Does this mean we need to parent like tyrants?  Not at all. But we do need to lovingly and consistently teach our kids to follow the rules.

Have you allowed your kids to “bend” the rules? Try this:  The next time you’re faced with any rule, whether big or small, (think “keep off the grass,” “no dogs allowed,” etc.) follow it. Use it as a teaching opportunity.

4. Being Too Quick to Step In

We all know that mom or dad—the one who pitches a fit if their child doesn’t make first string, doesn’t get the A, or doesn’t get the recognition. Of course we want our children to succeed, but the goal is to help our children learn how to succeed based upon their own merits. When children receive recognition based upon parental intervention rather than their own initiative, entitlement results.

Have you been too quick to step in? Try this: Give your child the gift of working hard to achieve a goal. Resist the temptation to intervene unless absolutely essential. Be okay with a little failure along the way. Failure isn’t fatal if it helps your child develop character. Allow your child to succeed in his or her own time and own way and you’ll raise an empowered child, not an entitled one.

5. Following the Crowd

These days it’s not uncommon for middle school kids to reserve party limos or preschool children to have birthday parties as elaborate as weddings.

Is all this excess healthy? Who started this trend? And why did we as a society follow it?

There’s a fine line between making our kids feel special and making our kids feel spoiled. If every event is special, soon no event is special. Special becomes ordinary. Parents spend time, energy and money trying to top the last party, the last gift, or the last event. It’s a crazy maker for parents and an entitlement maker for kids.

Have you blindly followed the crowd? Try this: Before mindlessly buying the latest gadget or allowing your child to participate in some activity just because everyone else is, stop. Look beyond the moment. Is the decision in your child’s best interest in the long term? Resist the urge to give too much, too soon. Instead, give your child the opportunity to look forward to things as they mature; then special things really will be special. Anticipation is an antidote for entitlement.

Yes, we live in the age of entitlement. But our families don’t have to be victims. We can chart a new course—a better one—for our children. Entitlement isn’t merely a function of giving our kids too much stuff; it’s also a function of failing to give our kids the stuff they really need: parental guidance, wisdom, and direction. With a little know-how and effort, we can turn the tide of entitlement.