Registration is now open

for the 2020 regional tours of

american dance awards & Canadian DAnce awards

save your spot today, as many of our cities quickly sell out!


NEW FOR 2020...

  • dancebug partnership means new, seamless registration portal, HD livefeed in every city, ease of photo & video purchase...and more!

  • NEW! To preserve the Ultimate Gold, scoring range is now 285-300!

  • NEW! duo-production routines can only compete one age division down from their oldest dancer. See regulations below for details!

  • NEW! Dancer of the Year Qualification Process!

  • $1000 cash prize awarded to America’s Ultimate Studio at our National Championships, celebrating well-rounded, versatile training! 

  • INCREDIBLE Studio Owner Rebates and Incentives!

$125,000.00 in Scholarship Prizes awarded annually

Schedule of events


A typical one-day event is 12 & under and 13 & Over entries throughout the day. A one-day event is usually a Saturday.  

A typical two day event is 12 & under on Saturday and 13 & Over on Sunday.


A typical 3 or 4 day schedule will begin Thursday or Friday afternoon after 3:00 PM with 13-15 solos or 16 & over solos or both. We try to run all 12 & under entries on Saturday (could carry over to Sunday morning) and finish on Sunday with the remainder of 13 & Over.

PLEASE NOTE, this is a typical schedule and is subject to change.  When referring to ADA entry deadlines throughout the site, they will be listed as 5 weeks prior to each event for US cities and 6 weeks for the Canadian Tour.

Some events will close earlier than the deadline. We highly recommend registering online as early as possible to insure your entries are accepted. You will request an online invoice for payment.


Soloists participating in all US and Canadian cities: 

A soloist may only compete 3 solos per city if the schedule permits. The 3rd solo will only be allowed if time permits!

Teachers can submit the 3rd solo and will be contacted prior to the event if one needs to be removed.


PLEASE NOTE - all schedules are subject to change based on the number of entries received for a particular event.







COMPETITIVE: Dancers wishing to compete for medal standing, overall high scores, choreography and costume awards, Dancer of the Year, Ultimate Challenge, and cash scholarships. 


PRE-COMPETITIVE: Dancers who have previous competition experience and train 6 hours or less per week.  Solos, Duet/Trios must be 100% Pre-Competitive dancers, Group - Production must be at least 75% Pre-Competitive dancers to qualify for this level. Pre-Competitive entries are eligible for high scores and Regional Titles in 12 & Under categories only. This classification is used at the sole discretion of the teacher. 


NOVICE: Dancers with no previous competition experience. Group - Production must be at least 75% Novice dancers. High Score Novice awards will be based on the amount of entries.  This classification is used at the sole discretion of the teacher.  


NOVICE AND PRE-COMPETITIVE are both optional levels. Any dancer can compete as competitive.




PRO-AM: Dancers who are 19 years or older, studio owners, teachers, or professional performers. In addition, if you choreograph/assist in 5 or more routines at your studio or are paid for any choreography/teaching outside of your studio, you must enter under this classification. We ask that you use your best judgment. One professional makes the entire routine Pro-Am. Pro-Am is eligible for costume and choreography awards, but will only be eligible for Overall High Score if there are 4 or more Pro-Am entries.


MEDAL STANDING ONLY: Dancers who wish to compete for an adjudication, judges’ critiques and Special Awards. These entries are not eligible for High Score awards. 


NON-COMPETITIVE: Dancers who wish to compete only for judges’ critiques and Special Awards. These entries are not eligible for High Score awards. This classification can be used by a dancer who is performing a second solo in the same subject/style, or for teachers who wish to perform and not compete. 


IMPORTANT INFORMATION PERTAINING TO CLASSIFICATIONS...Proper classification is determined by the number of hours of training per week. Training includes all rehearsals, choreography, and classes combined. If the rehearsal schedule is more intensive at certain times of the season than another, hours must be averaged over the period of one studio season. Solo lessons and gymnastics lessons included. The Novice, Pre-Competitive and Competitive classifications have been developed to afford all levels of dancers the opportunity to participate in ADA events and to separate the classifications to present high score awards to each. A Novice or Pre-Competitive entry is not scored higher based on their classification. All entries are adjudicated by the same standard as far as scoring, however the adjudicator’s critiques will be geared towards the level of training in each classification.




Solo.....................1 Dancer......................2:45 min


Duo/Trio.............. 2-3 Dancers.................3:00 min


Small Group........4-8 Dancers.................3:30 min


Large Group........9-17 Dancers...............3:30 min


Class...................18 or more Dancers.....3:30 min


Extended*.............................6:00 min


Production**.........................10:00 min


*Extended entries will be eligible for the High Score Extended awards only.

**Production entries will be eligible for the High Score Production awards only.


In most Regionals, the Extended and Production categories will be combined for High Score awards.These time limits will be strictly enforced. You will be given a 5 second leeway. After that, your routine will be subject to a 2 point penalty from each judge.


Time limit is the maximum time allowed, shorter entries are allowed.

AGE divisions



6 & Under 

Young: Ages 7-9 

Junior: Ages 10-12 

Teen: Ages 13-15 

Senior: Ages 16-21

Adult: Ages 22 & Over 

Can choose Parent/Adult as a classification!



All ages are as of january 1st, 2020

The age is determined by the average age of the dancers, dropping the decimal. Our online program calculates the average age for you.

NEW FOR 2020! Duo - Production entries may not compete more than one age division below the age of the oldest dancer in the entry, regardless of the calculated average age. For example, any entry having a dancer that falls into Senior (16-21), must compete as Teen (13-15), one age level below the oldest dancer.



Three scoring judges with up to 100 points each

195-209 Honorable Mention

210-229 Bronze Medal

230-239 High Bronze Medal

240-254 Silver Medal

255-269 High Silver Medal

270-284 Gold Medal NEW FOR 2020!

285-300 Ultimate Gold Medal NEW FOR 2020!

287-300 Young & Junior Soloists Only - ULTIMATE CHALLENGE Medal NEW FOR 2020!

290-300 Teen & Senior Soloists Only - ULTIMATE CHALLENGE Medal

Ultimate Challenge Medal

NEW FOR 2020... Soloists that receive a score between 290-300 (Teen & Senior)/ 287-300 (Young & Junior) will receive an Ultimate Challenge medallion. The Ultimate Challenge is the most elite award you can receive as a soloist at American Dance Awards as it is our qualification to compete for America's Dancer of the Year at Nationals! There is no limit on how many competitors can receive an Ultimate Challenge standing. There are no guarantees that an Ultimate Challenge Winner will be awarded in a Regional. Any soloist who recieves an Ultimate Challenge score regionally is invited to compete for America's Dancer of the Year in their respective age division at our National Championships. They will be awarded with an Ultimate Challenge Medal and a Dancer of the Year jacket!



All Ultimate Challenge medal recipients are expected to compete for America's Dancer of the Year at the National level.


No dancer will be eligible for more than one place in the Solo High Score awards, the highest scoring solo will prevail. Dancers can only hold one title per regional season, but may compete in another city for medal standings, High Score, or Ultimate Challenge. National Title Winners from the previous season are not eligible to compete for a title, Ultimate Challenge, or High Score award in any city. Dancers may only hold a National Title once in an age level.

Studios with at least one Duo - Production entered will receive a commemorative American Dance Awards plaque.

Each dancer in a Solo - Production will receive a pin per routine for it's medal standing.


High Score in Category Awards 

4 or more entries - 1st place certificate presented

7 or more entries - 1st & 2nd place certificates presented

10 or more entries - 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place certificates presented

All entries must score a Gold or Silver medal to receive a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place certficate


HIGH SCORE By Classification

High Score awards will be presented based on the number of entries in each classification

(Novice, Pre-Competitive, Competitive, Pro-Am). Awards are determined by performance score only. 



High Score 6 & Under 

High Score Diamond Choreography: 1st place Solo and 1st place Duo - Production in 12 & Under and 13 & Over 

Young Choreographer: 1st Place in 12 & under and 13 & over

High Score Costume: 1st place Solo and 1st place Duo - Production in 12 & Under and 13 & Over 


High Score Solo (12 & Under and 13 & Over) - $100.00 scholarship 

The following awards will be presented in age divisions Young, Junior, Teen, Senior as determined by performance score

High Score Duo/Trio - $100.00 scholarship

High Score Small Group - $150.00 scholarship

High Score Large Group & Class - $200.00 scholarship

High Score Extended/Production - $250.00 scholarship

Overall Highest Adjudication the highest performance and choreography score combined!

Top 3 routines will be awarded, with 1st place receiving a $300.00 or $500.00 scholarship based on the amount of entries



Choreography Awards are presented at each regional event, called the Diamond Choreography Awards. They are presented to the choreographers with the top scores, both in Solo and in Duo - Production, in 12 & under and 13 & over. Diamond winners are eligible to compete at the National Championships for America's Choreographer of the Year, a $2,000.00 cash scholarship!

An entry can only win one Diamond Award per season for the same piece of choreography.


Choreographers age 21 years old and younger may enter their Duo - Production choreography in the Young Choreographer category. There is no limit to the number of entries a Young Choreographer may submit. Winners from each regional event are eligible to compete for America's Young Choreographer of the Year at the Championships for a $1,000.00 cash scholarship!

 Young Choreographers are not eligible for Diamond Awards.


An American Dance Awards Tradition!

Our 4th judge is a Special Awards judge, who will give verbal critiques but will not score. This judge presents awards for such qualities as outstanding precision, choreography, use of formations, and patterns, technical execution, emotional execution, and more! This awards presentation is always full of valuble insights, teaching moments, and special recognitions. 


Remembering that the spirit of American Dance Awards is inspiration, and in an effort to continuously inspire new choreographic efforts, the following rules apply:

1. Any routine winning High Adjudication in a city is not eligible the following year or in another city the same year.

2. Any high score winning solo cannot repeat the same choreography or music the following year unless it is for medal standing only or non-competitive.

3. Any high score Duo - Production routines having the same music, concept, choreography and dancers will not be eligible the following year unless 50% of the dancers and choreography have changed.

Title Winners will not be eligible for the same award in another city during the same season. They will be eligible for any award not received in another city. If you enter a second city as Title Winner from a previous city, please notify the tabulator to avoid any confusion. Dancers who have already received an Ultimate Challenge medal will be recognized if their score warrants an Ultimate Challenge once again. They cannot win again in another city during the same season.



All music must be uploaded through our online registration program. The music will be submitted with each entry. The music file can be added after the entry is submitted by editing the entry and uploading the song. It is recommended that you listen to the songs prior to the event to ensure each is uploaded correctly.


We do accept all types of audio files, but .wav files are large and take much longer to upload.

Please have all music with you on a USB drive or iPod, as a back up.




Fees are disclosed to Studio Owners and their office staff only. 

For information on fees, account holders may contact


The deadline for entry is 5 weeks prior to the date of the event. Fees are due 4 weeks prior. To receive a studio incentive, fees must be postmarked at least 4 weeks prior to the event. Our events fill up quickly, so please ensure to submit your entries online as soon as the tour registration opens.


ada & cda TOURs in 2020


Upon entering the American Dance Awards or the Canadian Dance Awards, it is agreed that all students, parents, relatives and teachers will not hold the American Dance Awards, Canadian Dance Awards, staff, directors, or the host facilities responsible for any injury or loss of property during the event.


Please distribute the following rules to all participating families

1. NO CAMERAS OF ANY TYPE WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE DRESSING AREAS OR THEATRE. Anyone concealing a camera and asked more than once to remove it from the dressing areas or auditorium will result in removal from the auditorium and/or disqualification of their school.

2. All dancers will graciously accept and say thank you when presented with an award.

3. Upon entering any American Dance Awards LLC sponsored event, it is agreed that all students, parents, relatives and teachers will not hold American Dance Awards LLC, it's staff/directors or the host facilities responsible for any injury or loss of property during the event.

4. There is no limit to the number of entries a studio or dancer may submit, with the following exceptions: Soloists may not compete in the same subject more than once. If they have a second solo in the same subject, it must enter in Non-Competitive. No soloist will compete more than three (3) solos in any single event. Duo-Class entries will not compete against themselves in the same subject, unless 50% of the group changes. A second Duo-Class in the same subject may be entered Non-Competitive or in an age level above. Production entries may have the same dancers and compete more than once in the same category. 

5. Age appropriate music, choreography and costumes will be utilized. All entries must be considered family entertainment. Any entry not considered family entertainment will be penalized and or disqualified at the sole discretion of the ADA judging panel/directors.

6. All studios will abide by the Music Policies as listed above.

7. All entries will check in with the Stage Manager at least five (5) numbers prior to their scheduled performance. ADA does not hold entries unless previously arranged by Studio Owner/Teacher with the Stage Manager.

8. The results of a competition are final. No teacher, student or parent will question the judging panel or directors.

9. All parents, teachers and students will hold the art of dance in the highest regard. There will be no derogatory statements concerning another studio or fellow dancer at any time. ADA is a supportive and encouraging environment.

10. Any teacher, parent or student walking in front of the judges’ table during a performance will be disqualified and asked to leave the event.

11. No parents will contact the ADA office via phone or email. All inquiries will be made through their participating studios.

12. Any studio, dancer or parent that abuses the dressing area will be disqualified and/or asked to leave the event. Each studio and participant will be responsible for the complete clean up of their dressing areas.

13. There will be no coaching from the wings or audience.

14. All participants accept the manner and method of judging set forth by the directors. The directors have the right to change the manner or method at any time they deem necessary. The directors reserve the right to add high score awards when they deem necessary.

15. There will be no claiming of an area for changing or private warm-up. Dressing rooms are shared space.

16. Dancers will not sit on the floor in the vicinity of the judge's tables in any auditorium.

17. With the exception of the judges and staff, there will be no food or drink allowed in the auditorium.

18. There will be no spray painting of props/shoes in the building or parking lot.

19. Any dancers that are 13 & Over and leave the stage during a performance are not eligible for a medal standing.

20. Soloists will be divided into male and female categories, and by exact age.

21. There will be no use of knives, swords, or other dangerous items/props.

22. Props are allowed, but must be free standing. If there is any “litter” on the stage after a performance, a crew must be ready for clean-up immediately following the performance. Rehearse setting props - they must be set up & removed as quickly as possible.Make sure there are enough people setting the scene to insure it is done as fast as possible. No person setting props will wear a studio T-shirt or jacket. Dancers should not set props.

23. All participants give their permission for any photograph or video taken of them by American Dance Awards LLC to be used in promotion. This includes ads, television, sales videos, website, social media, newsletters, brochures and any other form of marketing both print and digital on behalf of American Dance Awards LLC.

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