The start of fall signals a fresh competition and convention season. Before you polish your solo and prep yourself for inspiring master classes, use our guide to plan the year ahead. We've rounded up details on more than 100 competitions and conventions.


24 Seven Dance Convention

Director: Danny Wallace

818.432.6085

info@24sevendance.com

24sevendance.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Sidekick (5–7), Mini (8–10), Junior (11–12), Teen (13–15), Senior (16–18), Open (19+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: June 30–July 7, Las Vegas, NV; July 9–16, Orlando, FL

Classes Offered

CONVENTION

Classes: ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, tap, teacher only

Popular Instructors: Sonya Tayeh, tWitch, Brooke Pierotti, Francisco Gella, Lauren Adams, Kayla Kalbfleisch

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age, ability

Access Broadway

Director: Ron DeVito

516.594.6050

accessbway@aol.com

accessbroadway.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Beginner-Intermediate & Advanced: Solo (6 & under, 7–8, 9–10, 11–12, 13–14, 15–16, 17–19, 20+), Duet/Trio, Group, Production (8 & under, 9–12, 13–15, 16–19, 20+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: July 11–16, Orlando, FL

Classes Offered

CONVENTION

Classes: acting, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, tap, vocal

Popular Instructors: Ron DeVito, James Patric Moran, Tezz Yancey, Ashley Amber, Bobby Clark, Missy & Andrew Hubbard

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age

Act 1 Talent

Director: Katie Rustowicz

909.360.3455

info@act1talent.com

act1talent.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Petite (8 & under), Junior (9–11), Teen (12–14), Senior (15–18), Adult (19+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: audition, ballet, character, conditioning, contemporary, funk, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, Pilates, tap, teacher only, technique

Popular Instructors: Ashley Barnett, Michelle Elkin, Melissa Miles, Joelle Martinec, Eddie Garcia, Huggy Ford

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age

Adrenaline Dance

Director: Jeremy Keeton

866.695.4144

info@adrenalinedance.com

adrenalinedance.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Sparks (5–7), Mini (8–10), Junior (11–12), Teen (13–15), Senior (16+), Teacher

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: June 29–July 5, Las Vegas, NV; July 10–16, Orlando, FL

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: audition, ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, tap, teacher only, technique

Popular Instructors: Chris Jacobsen, Caroline Lewis-Jones, Nick Dinicolangelo, Nick Bass, Marcea Lane, Paula Morgan

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age

All American Talent

Director: Susan Yushko

772.468.1998

info@allamericantalent.com

allamericantalent.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Petite (5–6, 7–8), Junior (9–10, 11–12), Teen (13–15), Senior (16–19), Adult (20+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: NJ, PA

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: audition, ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, modern, musical theater, tap, technique

Popular Instructors: Obediah Wright, Alex Sanchez, Greg Zane, Jason Marquette, Christopher Huggins, Karl Maier

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: ability

American Ballet Competition

Director: Katherine C. Kersten

970.376.2607

idea.abc@gmail.com

americanballetcompetition.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Division I (9–11), Division II (12–15), Division III (16–20)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group

2017 Nationals: Ogden, UT

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

American Dance Awards

203.985.8144

info@americandanceawards.com

americandanceawards.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Novice, Pre-Competitive, Competitive & Pro-Am (6 & under, 7–9, 10–12, 13–15, 16–21, 22+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group

2017 Nationals: July 14–21, Orlando, FL

Classes Offered

CONVENTION

Classes: acro, audition, ballet, character, contemporary, dance team, hip hop, jazz, kickline, lyrical, modern, musical theater, partnering, pointe, tap, technique

Popular Instructors: Jeff Lapes, Scott Fowler, KC Castelano, Travis St. Denny, Noel Bajandas, Channing Cooke

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: ability

Artistic Dance Exchange

Director: Juan Borona

516.749.8975

artisticdanceinfo@gmail.com

artisticdanceexchange.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Gold Level (Beginner-Intermediate) & Platinum Level (Intermediate-Advanced): Mini (6–7), Junior (8–11), Teen (12–15), Senior (16–17), Adult (18+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: audition, ballet, character, conditioning, contemporary, contemporary fusion, funk, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, modern, musical theater, tap, technique

Popular Instructors: Alex Wong, Theresa Stone, Tom Richardson, Richard J. Hinds, Hannah Frederick, Derek Mitchell

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: ability

Artists Simply Human

Director: Braham Logan Crane

855.ASH.DANCE

info@ashproductions.com

ashdance.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Mini Movers (4–6), Artists in Training (7–10), Intermediate & Advanced (11+), Teachers & Studio Representatives (18+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: June 26–July 2, Orlando, FL

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: audition, ballet, contemporary, funk, hip hop, jazz, musical theater, parents' class, tap, teacher only

Popular Instructors: Lisette Bustamante, Desmond Richardson, Judy Rice, Gregg Russell, Jason Samuels Smith, Jojo Gomez

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: ability

Backstage Performing Arts Competition

Directors: Cathy Vucina & Tara Wojciechowski

866.807.9298

backstagecomp@aol.com

backstageperformingartscompetition.com

COMPETITION

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: July 11, Manalapan, NJ

Classes Offered

Scholarships Available

Believe Dance Competitions Inc.

Director: Tracey Hoffeldt

647.287.6150

admin@believedance.ca

believedance.ca

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Novice, Part-Time & Competitive: Mini (8 & under), Junior (9–11), Intermediate (12–14), Senior (15+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

Independent Entries

Believe Talent Competition

Director: Matt Dillard

844.737.3737

info@believetalent.com

believetalent.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced: Mini (8 & under), Junior (9–11), Teen (12–14), Senior (15–19); Advanced: Adult (20+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: June 25–29, Fort Lauderdale, FL; July 3–7, Ocean City, MD

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

Scholarships Available

BellaMoxi Dance

Director: Ashleigh Keefer

270.227.5511

info@bellamoxi.com

bellamoxi.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Mini (7–9), Junior (10–12), Teen (13–15), Senior (16–18), Pro (19+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: acting, audition, ballet, ballroom, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, modern, musical theater, parents' class, partnering, pointe, tap, variation

Popular Instructors: Dusty Button, Chase Benz, Kaelyn Gray, Justin Conte, Matthew Prescott, Brandon Dumlao

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age

Beyond The Stars

Directors: Ginny Faubell & Nikki Faubell

609.259.8760

info@beyondthestarscompetition.com

beyondthestarscompetition.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Recreational, Intermediate & Competitive: Mini (6 & under), Petite (7–9), Junior (10–12), Teen (13–15), Senior (16+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: NJ

Classes Offered

CONVENTION

Classes: contemporary, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, tap

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age

Boogie Fever USA

Directors: Robbie Anderson & Will Shover

877.647.7326

info@dancemachineonline.com

boogiefeverdance.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Recreational, Intermediate & Advanced: Mini (7–8), Petite (9–10), Junior (11–12), Teen (13–14), Senior (15–18); No Levels: Tiny (4–6), Elite (19+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: June 16–18, Rock Hill, SC

CONVENTION

Classes: acro, ballet, clogging, conditioning, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, modern, musical theater, tap, technique

Popular Instructors: Jocelyn Naylor, Lyndsay Loveland, Jodi Justice, Daniel Browning, Jesse Capps

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age

BravO! National Dance and Talent Competition

Director: Brendan C. Buchanan

877.272.8641

info@bravocompetition.com

bravocompetition.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: O!verture (Beginner) & Encore! (Intermediate): Petite (8 & under), Junior (9–11), Teen (12–14), Senior (15–19); BravO! (Competitive): Petite (8 & under), Junior (9–11), Teen (12–14), Senior (15–19), Adult (20+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

Independent Entries

Candance

Directors: Lisa & Danny Poland, Debbie Noce

905.936.4151

info@candanceeg.com

candancecompetition.ca

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Novice, Pre-Competitive & Competitive: Mini (8 & under), Junior (9–12), Teen (13–15), Senior (16+); Pro-Am & Adult (19+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: July 1–7, Orlando, FL

Classes Offered

CONVENTION

Classes: acro, audition, ballet, conditioning, contemporary, funk, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, modern, musical theater, tap, technique, vocal

Popular Instructors: Tyce Diorio, Melanie Benz, Andrew Turteltaub, Katee Shean, Kelby Brown, Fred Knecht

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age

Cathy Roe's Ultimate Dance

Director: Cathy Roe

800.800.5437

manager@crudance.com

cathyroe.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Mini (7 & under), Petite (8–9), Junior (10–12), Teen (13–15), Senior (16–19), Adult (20+)

2017 Nationals: June 28, OH

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: acting, ballet, character, contemporary, dance improv, hip hop, how to audition, jazz, modeling, modern, musical theater, technique

Popular Instructors: Cathy Roe, Mark Moschello, Kate Peters, Jennifer Ladner

Performance Opps

Class Division: age

Celebration Talent Competition

Directors: Mitchell & Robin Dettwiller

888.610.8882

info@celebrationtalent.com

celebrationtalent.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Petite (8 & under), Junior (9–12), Teen (13–15), Senior (16–19), Adult (20+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: June 26–July 1, Orlando, FL; July 12–16, Wisconsin Dells, WI

Classes Offered

CONVENTION

Celebrity Dance Competitions & Conventions

Director: Drew Phillip

877.326.2394, 480.706.8888

celebrity@dancecelebrity.com

dancecelebrity.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Mini (3–4), Pre-Junior (5–6), Junior (7–8), Intermediate (9–10), Pre-Teen (11–12), Teen (13–14), Senior (15–16), Premier (17–19), Adult (20+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: July 9–15, Nationals at Sea, cruising from TX; July 16–21, Nationals at Sea, cruising from CA

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: acting, audition, ballet, character, contemporary, dancing with intention, funk, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, motivational, musical theater, parents' class, tap, teacher only, technique, variation

Popular Instructors: Ade Obayomi, Chelsea Thedinga, Tony Elliott, Cat Cogliandro, Marcus Jones, Sarah Brinson

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: ability

Champion Dance

Director: Debbie Nordstrom

800.624.0855

info@championtoursandevents.com

championtoursandevents.com

COMPETITION

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: March 11, San Marcos, TX; March 18, Los Angeles, CA

CNADM: Chicago National Association of Dance Masters

Director: Kathy Velasco

815.397.6282

dance@cnadm.com

cnadm.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Mini (7–9), Junior (10–12), Intermediate (13–14), Senior (15+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group

2017 Nationals: July 23, Oak Brook, IL

Classes Offered

CONVENTION

Classes: ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, modern, tap

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age

Dance Champs

Director: Sandee Keller

816.452.1440

sandee@dancechampsevents.com

dancechampsevents.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Petite (8 & under), Junior (9–11), Teen (12–15), Senior (16–18), Adult & Pro-Am (19+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, production

2017 Nationals: July 12, Kansas City, MO

Classes Offered

Dance Educators of America Inc.

Directors: Fran Peters, Stephen Ball & Pat Shepherd

914.636.3200

info@dancedea.com

dancedea.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Non-Competitive (12 & under, 13+); Competitive: Small Fry (8 & under), Junior (9–10), Pre-Teen (11–12), Teen (13–15), Senior (16–19)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: June 30, West Palm Beach, FL

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: acro, audition, ballet, blues, cabaret, career prep, conditioning, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, modern, musical theater, nutrition, Pilates, tap, technique

Popular Instructors: Karla Garcia, Erik Saradpon, Nick Anthony, Alicia Monaco, Dustin Phillip, Juan Sanchez

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: ability

Dance Expressions & Pure Performance Scholarship Convention

Director: Cathy Tubolino

215.356.2139

tapkat5678@aol.com

danceexpressionscompetition.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced (5–6, 7–8, 9–10, 11–12, 13–14, 15–16, 17+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: contemporary, hip hop, jazz, musical theater, tap; non-competitive adjudicator critique, scholarship workshops

Scholarships Available

Class Division: ability

Dance Machine ANDC

Directors: Will Shover & Lori Sneed

877.647.7326

info@dancemachineonline.com

dancemachineonline.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Recreational, Intermediate & Advanced: Mini (7–8), Petite (9–10), Junior (11–12), Teen (13–14), Senior (15–18); No Levels: Tiny (4–6), Elite (19+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: June 21–25, Rock Hill, SC

CONVENTION

Classes: acro, audition, ballet, clogging, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, tap, teacher only, technique

Popular Instructors: Chris Hale, Chi Lopes, Calen Kurka, April Cook, Daniel Browning, Casey Auten

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age

Dance Ovations

Director: Anne-Marie Petricone

603.347.1063

danceovations@gmail.com

danceovations.net

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Novice, Recreational, Inspirational, Pre-Competitive, Competitive & Pro-Am (6 & under, 7–9, 10–12, 13–15, 16–19, 20+), Professional (Adult)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, production

2017 Nationals: June 25, Hyannis (Cape Cod), MA

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

Dance Showcase USA

Director: Glenda Boenig

817.572.6617

glenda@danceshowcaseusa.com

danceshowcaseusa.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Crystal (Recreational): Mini (4 & under); Crystal (Recreational), Diamond & Star (Competitive): Petite (5–6, 7–8), Junior (9–10, 11), Teen (12, 13–14), Senior—solo (15–16, 17–19); Diamond & Star (Competitive): Senior—duo/trio & group (15–16, 17–19); Star (Competitive): Adult (20–29, 30+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: June, Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

Dance Teacher Summit

818.432.8499

info@danceteachersummit.com

danceteachersummit.com

CONVENTION

Classes: anatomy, ballet, body placement, Bollywood, character, classroom management, contemporary, costume panels, floor barre, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, modern, musicality, musical theater, pointe, props, stage makeup, strengthening, technique, turns & transitions

Class Division: age, ability

Dance the Magic!

Director: Debi Barr

714.841.3913

dance@dancethemagic.com

dancethemagic.com

CONVENTION

Classes: audition, character, dance team, jazz, lyrical, teacher only

Performance Opps

Class Division: age

Dance Troupe Inc.

Director: Alexis McDonald

276.647.1882

dti@dancetroupechallenge.com

dancetroupechallenge.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Pre-School (3–5), Primary (6–7), Pre-Junior (8–9), Junior (10–11), Intermediate (12–13), Secondary (14–15), Senior (16–18), Graduate (19–20), Adult Dance (21+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: July 10–15, Savannah, GA

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

DanceMakers Inc.

Directors: Bradley Taylor & Felicia Taylor

949.715.5300

info@dancemakersinc.com

dancemakersinc.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Camp Dance (3–6), Junior (7–10), Teen (11–13), Senior (14+), Teacher/Assistant

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: July 25–30, Myrtle Beach, SC

Classes Offered

CONVENTION

Classes: audition, ballet, conditioning, contemporary, funk, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, modern, motivational, musical theater, pointe, tap, teacher only, technique

Popular Instructors: Kathryn McCormick, Dejan Tubic, Keith Clifton, Robert Roldan, Lindsay Nelko

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: ability

DancerPalooza

Director: Gil Stroming

818.432.8489

info@dancerpalooza.com

dancerpalooza.com

CONVENTION

Classes: ballet, Bollywood, contemporary, funk, hip hop, improv, jazz, lyrical, men's class, musical theater, tap, technique, yoga

Popular Instructors: Mandy Moore, Travis Wall, Kenny Wormald, Misha Gabriel, tWitch, Mia Michaels

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age, ability

DANZEOFF

Directors: Hinton Battle & Denise Saunders

202.248.5009

hinton@danzeoff.com

danzeoff.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Mini (6–8), Junior (9–12), Teen (13–15), Senior (16–18), Pre-Professional (19+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line

2017 Nationals: February 3–5, Washington, DC

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, modern, musical theater, parents' class, tap, teacher only

Popular Instructors: Hinton Battle, Debbie Allen, Savion Glover, Danielle Polanco, Darrion Gallegos

Scholarships Available

Class Division: ability

A Day of Dance/Protégé Dance Competition

Directors: LeAnn & Chris Glass

434.239.1111

protegedancecompetition@gmail.com

protegedancecompetition.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Recreational & Competitive: Petite (3–8), Junior (9–12), Teen (13–15), Senior (16–18), Adult (19+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: acro, audition, ballet, break dancing, career prep, character, clogging, contemporary, dance team, ethnic, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, modern, musical theater, parents' class, pointe, pom, tap

Popular Instructors: Derek Mitchell, On the DL, Mitchel Federan, Cartier Williams, Lane Napper

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: ability

Diva Dance Competition Inc.

Directors: Kym Yadisernia & Anne Roberts

774.319.9174

info@divacomps.com

divacomps.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Recreational, Competitive & Advanced Competitive: Mini (6 & under), Petite (7–9), Junior (10–12), Teen (13–15), Senior (16–18), Adult (19+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: July

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: audition, ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, modern, musical theater, tap, teacher only, technique, vocal

Popular Instructors: Courtney Ortiz, Sarah-Katarina "SKooJ CorE-O," Joey Ortolani, Stephanie Potteiger, Robb Gibbs

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: ability

Dreamstar Productions

Director: Thomas F. Goodall

563.579.3678

goodall@csteldridge.com

dreamstarnow.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Competitive: Petite (8 & under), Junior (9–11), Teen (12–15), Senior (16–19)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: Eldridge, IA

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

Dupree Dance

Director: Kari Anderson

888.498.2998

dupree@dupreedance.com

dupreedance.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Phaze 1 (4–7), Phaze 2 (8–11), Phaze 3 (12–14), Phaze 4 (15+), Assistant Teacher (16+), Full-Time Teacher (must be 18+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: July 10, Destin/Fort Walton Beach, FL

Classes Offered

CONVENTION

Classes: audition, ballet, Bollywood, contemporary, funk, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, modern, musical theater, parents' class, tap, teacher only, technique

Popular Instructors: Patrick Burns, Ellenore Scott, Terrill Mitchell, Kobi Rozenfeld, Addison Holmes, Meghan Way Stinson

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: ability

Elite Performance Challenge

Directors: Tony & Nichole Fortunato

508.647.1000

info@eliteperformancechallenge.com

eliteperformancechallenge.com COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Recreational, Advanced & Competitive: Mini (8 & under), Junior (9–12), Teen (13–15), Senior (16–19); Adult (20+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: June 24, Danvers, MA

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: acro, ballet, baton, break dancing, character, clogging, contemporary, folkloric, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, modern, musical theater, pointe, pom, props, tap

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: ability

Encore DCS/Encore Extreme

Directors: Rhonda Marchant & Susan Barnes

803.785.8566

susan@encoredcs.com

encoredcs.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Recreational & Competitive: Petite (6 & under, 7–8); Recreational, Competitive & Elite: Junior (9–11), Teen (12–14), Senior (15–16, 17–18), Senior Plus (19–24, 25–39, 40+); Performing Parents

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: July 5–10, Charleston, SC; July 20–24, Harrisburg, PA

Classes Offered

CONVENTION

Classes: acro, acro-jazz, ballet, character, clogging, contemporary, folkloric, hip hop, jazz, liturgical, lyrical, modeling, modern, musical theater, pointe, pom, tap, vocal

Popular Instructors: Caroline Lewis-Jones, Joe Grandy, Chris Robbins, Erika Hebron, Brandon Girouard, Carly Gallup

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: ability

Encore Performing Arts

Director: Caron Moore

817.926.9686

info@encoreperformingarts.com

encoreperformingarts.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Division 1 (Recreational), Division 2 (Intermediate), Division 3 (Advanced): 4–20+

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: June 19, Dallas, TX

Classes Offered

CONVENTION

Classes: ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, tap, teacher only

Popular Instructors: Gregg Russell, Gustavo Vargas, Desiree Robbins, Geo Hubela

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age

Encore Talent Productions

encore@zoomtown.com

encoretalentproductions.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Recreational & Competitive: Petite (8 & under); Recreational, Competitive & Elite: Junior (9–12), Teen (13–15), Adult (20+); Competitive & Elite: Senior (16–19); Elite: Pro-Am (21+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: June 29–July 2, Mason, OH

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: acro, character, clogging, contemporary, ethnic, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, modern, musical theater, pointe, tap

Energy National Dance Competitions

Director: Gina Urso-Dudash

954.780.7177

office@energyndc.com

energyndc.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Recreational & Competitive: Mini (9 & under), Junior (10–12), Teen (13–15), Senior (16–19); Pro-Am (20+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: July 18–23, Sandusky, OH

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

Scholarships Available

Excel in Motion

Directors: Tony & Nichole Fortunato

508.647.1000

info@excelinmotion.com

excelinmotion.com

CONVENTION

Classes: contemporary, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, modern, musical theater, tap

Popular Instructors: Alex Wong, Ellenore Scott, Aaron Turner, Cyrus Spencer, Lauren Froderman, Ade Chike Torbert

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: ability

Fire and Ice National Talent Competition

Directors: Darni Fenerty, Seth Robinson & Jeff Wolfe

504.400.0854

fireandicedance@hotmail.com

fireandicetalent.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Novice, Intermediate & Elite (All Ages)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: June 11–14, Destin, FL

Scholarships Available

Fluid Dance Conventions, Inc.

Director: Sarah Verville

866.659.5554

fluid@fluiddance.com

fluiddance.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Mini (5–8), Junior (9–11), Teen (12–14), Senior (15–18)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: acting, audition, ballet, career prep, character, conditioning, contemporary, funk, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, modern, motivational, musical theater, Pilates, tap, teacher only, technique, yoga

Popular Instructors: Kristin Sudeikis, Tracie Stanfield, Matthew Shaffer, Todd Flanagan, Victoria Moore, Corina Kinnear

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age

Fury Dance Competition

Directors: Robyn Ferrell, Anjie Eaton & Michelle Schamel

702-907-FURY(3879)

info@furydance.com

furydance.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced: Petite (8 & under), Junior (9–12), Teen (13–15), Senior (16–19); Adult (20+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: House Springs, MO

Classes Offered

Fusion National Dance Competition

Directors: Paula Dell-Beasley & Jill Reeves

912.230.9687

fusiondancecomp@gmail.com

fusionndc.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Petite (8 & under), Junior (9–11), Teen (12–14), Senior (15–19)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: June 22–25, Daytona Beach, FL

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: audition, ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, tap, technique

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age

Groove Dance Competition

Directors: Daniel DeFranco, Kim Bressi, Annette Payne, Dani Hulsart, Joey-Lynn Librizzi & Jennifer Swanchara

732.579.0737

information@groovecompetition.com

groovecompetition.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Novice, Intermediate & Competitive: Mini (7 & under), Petite (8–9), Junior (10–12), Teen (13–15), Senior (16–19), Adult (20+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: July 7–10, Myrtle Beach, SC; July 17–21, Ocean City, MD

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, tap

Popular Instructors: Matt Lopez, Jill Lazzini, KC Castellano, Dylan Pearce, Anthony Raimondi

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age

Headliners Dance Championships

Director: Shari Tomasiello

973-927–8007

info@headlinerscompetition.com

headlinerscompetition.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Child (9 & under), Junior (10–12), Teen (13–15), Senior (16–20), Adult (21+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, production

2017 Nationals: July 7, CT

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: audition, ballet, contemporary, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, tap

Popular Instructors: Brandon Girouard, Brandon Porter, Steven Vaughn, Lauren Renck, Jean Wenzel

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age

Hollywood Connection

Directors: Bill Bohl & Kimberly Rhinelander

323.462.4500

info@hcdance.com

hcdance.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Broadway Babies/Mini (5–6), Superstars/Junior (7–8), Co-Stars/Junior (9–10), Guest Stars/Teen (11–13), Producers/Senior (14+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, production

2017 Nationals: July 3, Anaheim, CA

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: audition, career prep, character, contemporary, funk, heels class, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, motivational, musical theater, parents' class, tap, teacher only, technique

Popular Instructors: Jaci Royal, Mitchel Federan, Brooklyn Jai, Lindsley Allen, Bonnie Story, Gigi Torres

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age

Hollywood Vibe

Directors: Christopher & Anne Smith

818.567.2359

info@hollywoodvibe.com

hollywoodvibe.com

COMPETITION

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: June 27, Garden Grove, CA

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: audition, ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, parents' class, partnering, tap, technique

Popular Instructors: Kevin Maher, Liz Imperio, Kent Boyd, David Moore, Allison Holker, Caitlin Kinney

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age

Hype Dance Competition

Director: Lorraine Pennell

954.873.2317

info@hypedance.co

hypedance.co

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Petite (8 & under), Junior (9–12), Teen (13–15), Senior (16–21)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: July 3, Orlando, FL

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

Scholarships Available

I LOVE DANCE

Director: Kim McKimmie

503.253.2020

kim@ilovedance.com

ilovedance.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Beginning (less than 2 years of study), Elementary (2–4 years of study), Junior (5–7 years of study), Senior (7+ years of study), Forty Plus, Teacher Features

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

Imagine National Dance Challenge

240.412.1804

chrystan@imaginedancechallenge.com

imaginedancechallenge.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced: Mini (8 & under), Junior (9–11), Teen (12–14), Senior (15–19); Advanced: Adult (20+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: June 24–27, Hershey, PA; July 3–7, Ocean City, MD

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

Scholarships Available

In10sity Dance

Director: Jacob Flynn

317.695.4830

jflynn@in10sity-dance.com

in10sity-dance.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Debut, Premier & Elite: Mini (8 & under), Junior (9–11), Teen (12–14), Senior (15–19), Adult (20+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: June 28–July 2, Orlando, FL

Classes Offered

Inferno Dance

Directors: Laura King, Rachel Petti & Daniel Montera

855.673.2623

info@infernodance.com

infernodance.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Spark, Fire & Blaze (4 & under–19)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: acting, audition, ballet, contemporary, dance team, funk, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, modern, musical theater, tap

Popular Instructors: Nico Greetham, Casey Askew, Daniel Montera, Ade Chike Torbert

Performance Opps

Class Division: ability

INSPIRE National Dance Competition

Director: Teresa Peeples

912.506.3967

inspiredancecomp@gmail.com

inspirendc.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Recreational, Competition & Competition Elite: Petite (8 & under), Junior (9–11), Teen (12–14), Senior (15–19); Recreational & Competition: Adult (20+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: June 27–July 1, Savannah, GA

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

Intrigue Dance Intensive

Director: Kevin Aubin

646.215.1279

info@gointrigue.com

gointrigue.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Petite (8 & under), Junior (9–12), Teen (13–15), Senior (16–21)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: July 3, Orlando, FL

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: audition, ballet, contemporary, funk, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, parents' class, tap

Popular Instructors: Emma Portner, Matt Cady, Tom Richardson, Chris "Casper" Lupis, David Mann, Jill Marie

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: ability

JUMP (The Alternative Convention)

Director: Gil Stroming

818.432.4395

info@jumptour.com

jumptour.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: JUMPstart (5–7), Mini (8–10), Junior (11–12), Teen (13–15), Senior (16–18), Open (19+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: June 30–July 7, Las Vegas, NV; July 9–16, Orlando, FL

Classes Offered

CONVENTION

Classes: ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, tap, teacher only

Popular Instructors: Mia Michaels, Mandy Moore, Teddy Forance, Nick Lazzarini, Willdabeast, Doug Caldwell

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age, ability

Just For Kix

Director: Cindy Clough

218.829.7107

dance@justforkix.com

justforkix.com

CONVENTION

Classes: ballet, career prep, conditioning, contemporary, dance team, hip hop, jazz, kickline, lyrical, motivational, musical theater, nutrition, Pilates, pointe, pom, tap, technique, yoga

Popular Instructors: Ali Clough, Adina Belanger, Brittney Schubert, Annie Lindberg

Performance Opps

Class Division: ability

Kids Artistic Revue

Director: Noah Lands

714.826.8440

info@dancekar.com

dancekar.com

COMPETITION

2017 Nationals: June 19–25, Panama City, FL; July 1–7, Las Vegas, NV; July 9–15, Ledyard, CT; July 13–17, Biloxi, MS; July 23–27, Myrtle Beach, SC

Independent Entries

Scholarships Available

L.A. DanceMagic

Directors: Jackie Sleight, Dave Carter & Katie Rustowicz

818.541.1316

office@ladancemagic.com

ladancemagic.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Junior Prep (5–8), Junior (9–11), Teen (12–15), Senior (16+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: July 3, Anaheim, CA

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: assistant prep class, audition, ballet, career prep, college auditions, conditioning, contemporary, dance company classes, funk, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, modern, motivational, musicality, musical theater, music editing, parents' class, partnering, tap, teacher only, technique

Popular Instructors: Will Thomas, DJ Guthrie, Eddie Moody, Christian Vincent, Albert Cattafi, Ayodele Casel

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age

Leap! National Dance Competition

Director: Drew Vamosi

402.939.7984

info@leapcompetition.com

leapcompetition.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Skip & Leap: Petite (4 & under, 5–6, 7–8), Junior (9, 10, 11), Teen (12, 13, 14), Senior (15–16, 17–19)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: Ames, IA

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: acro, ballet, character, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, modern, musical theater, pointe, pom, tap, variety

Manhattan Dance Project

Director: Bill Hotaling

623.376.7578

info@mdpdance.com

mdpdance.com

CONVENTION

Classes: audition, ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, tap, technique

Popular Instructors: Josh Bergasse, Kameron Bink, James Boyd, Todd Flanagan, Bill Hotaling, Todd Shanks

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: ability

Marquee Your Name In Lights

Directors: Anita DeVito, Laura Cruz, Donna Gray & Carla Pappalardo

201.960.1495

marqueeyournameinlights@gmail.com

marqueeyournameinlights.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Newbies (5–6), Mini (7–9), Junior (10–12), Teen (13–15), Senior (16–18)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

CONVENTION

Classes: audition, ballet, contemporary, funk, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, modern, musical theater, parents' class, tap

Popular Instructors: Tyler Maloney, Cassie Nordgren, Erik Samson, Tony Mansker, Samantha Jay, Brandon Girouard

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age

Masquerade Dance

Director: Melissa May

985.651.0001

masqueradedance@aol.com

masqueradedance.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Green, Gold & Purple Levels: Petite (8 & under), Junior (9–11), Teen (12–14), Senior (15–19)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: Fort Walton Beach, FL;

Minneapolis, MN

Classes Offered

Midwest Starz Dance Competitions and Conventions

Director: Brent Sinn

612.483.4884

office@midweststarz.com

mwsdc.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Recreational/New Starz (14 & under); Intermediate/Rising Starz & Competitive/Starz: Mini (5–8), Pre-Teen (9–11), Teen (12–14), Senior (15–18), Adult (19+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: June 14–18, Wisconsin Dells, WI; June 21–24, Cedar Rapids, IA

Classes Offered

CONVENTION

Classes: acro, ballet, character, clogging, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, kickline, lyrical, modern, musical theater, pointe, pom, tap, vocal

Popular Instructors: Sloan-Taylor Rabinor, Matthew Peacock, Dani Vitale, Herman Marcus Payne, Nick Bowman

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: ability

Momentum Dance Convention

Director: Haylee Thompson

701.280.0004

momentumdanceconvention@

gmail.com

momentumdanceconvention.com

CONVENTION

Classes: ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, modern, musical theater, tap

Scholarships Available

Monsters Dance Conventions

Director: Andy Funk

888.566.6787

info@monstersdance.com

monstersdance.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Recreational & Competitive: Junior (12 & under), Intermediate (13–16), Advanced (17+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group

2017 Nationals: August, Los Angeles, CA

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: hip hop, motivational, parents' class, teacher only

Popular Instructors: Tabitha & Napoleon D'umo, Kevin Maher, Luther Brown, Sean Bankhead, Parris Goebel, Laura Edwards

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: ability

N-House productions

Director: Casey Noblett

404.702.9935

nhouseinfo@aol.com

n-houseproductions.com

CONVENTION

Classes: acro, audition, ballet, ballroom, character, conditioning, contemporary, dance team, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, modern, musical theater, partnering, Pilates, pointe, tap

Popular Instructors: Adam Cates, Casey Noblett, Cassidy Noblett, Karla Garcia, Christie Sirota, Robert Gosnell

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age

National Dance Showcase

Directors: Sonia James Pennington & Alana Donato

908.874.0040

nds@nationaldanceshowcase.com

nationaldanceshowcase.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Mini (5 & under), Petite (6–8), Junior (9–10), Pre-Teen (11–12), Teen (13–14), Pre-Senior (15–16), Senior (17–19), Pro-Am

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: July 18, Atlantic City, NJ

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

National YoungArts Foundation

305.377.1140

apply@youngarts.org

youngarts.org

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Modern/Contemporary, Ballet, Hip Hop, Tap, Folkloric, Jazz, Classical Indian, World & Flamenco/Salsa (15–18)

Group Size Division: solo

2017 Nationals: Miami, FL

CONVENTION

Classes: acting, African, ballet, ballroom, blues, break dancing, clogging, contemporary, ethnic, flamenco, folkloric, funk, hip hop, Irish step, jazz, modern, musical theater, pointe, tap, variation, vocal, yoga

Popular Instructors: Bill T. Jones, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Debbie Allen, Philip Neal, Desmond Richardson, Michelle Dorrance

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

New York City Dance Alliance

Directors: Joe Lanteri & Leah Brandon

866-NYC-5678

info@nycdance.com

nycdance.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Mini (7–10), Junior (11–12), Teen (13–15), Senior (16–19), Open (19+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: June 29–July 7, New York, NY

Classes Offered

CONVENTION

Classes: audition, ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz,

lyrical, modern, musical theater, partnering, tap

Popular Instructors: Joe Lanteri, Suzi Taylor, Joey Dowling, Andy Pellick, Scott Jovovich, Chloe Arnold

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age

New York Dance Experience

Director: Robert Mulrey

732.600.5278

nydanceexp@aol.com

dancenyde.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Recreational & Competitive: Junior (9–12), Senior (13–25)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: audition, ballet, break dancing, conditioning, contemporary, funk, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, technique

Popular Instructors: Rachelle Rak, Joshua Allen, Jermaine Johnson, Caitlin Wheeler, Lydia Haug, Eddie Bennett

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age

Nexstar National Talent Competition

Director: Kent Helton

937.376.7777

contactus@nexstarcompetition.com

nexstarcompetition.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced: Mini (8 & under), Junior (9–11), Teen (12–14), Senior (15–19); Advanced: Adult (20+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: June 26–July 2, Sandusky, OH; July 6–10, Gatlinburg, TN; July 13–18, Orlando, FL

Independent Entries

Scholarships Available

Northern Stars Dance Competition

Directors: Leahanne Kvasni & Chelsea Chamberlain

905.901.2370

info@northernstarsdance.com

northernstarsdance.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Tyke (4–6), Mini (7–8), Petite (9–10), Junior (11–12), Intermediate (13–14), Teen (15–16), Senior (17–18), Adult (19–29, 30+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

Independent Entries

NRG Dance Project Inc.

Director: Rustin Matthew

877-909-4NRG

nrgdanceproject@gmail.com

nrgdanceproject.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Lil Sparks (5–6), Mini (7–8), Junior (9–12), Teen (13–15), Senior (16+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: July 1–5, Washington, D.C.

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: audition, ballet, contemporary, funk, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, motivational, tap, technique

Popular Instructors: Rustin Matthew, Nick Gonzalez, Mallauri Esquibel, Hailee Payne, Emma Bradley, Amanda Pierce

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age

NTG DANCE

Director: Stephani Kammer

818.915.6153

ntgdance@gmail.com

ntgdance.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Teeny (5–6), Mini (7–9), Junior (10–12), Teen (13–15), Senior (16+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: New Orleans, LA

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: audition, ballet, contemporary, funk, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, modern, musical theater, partnering, tap, teacher only

Popular Instructors: Stephani Kammer, Kelsey Self Williams, Patrick Pugh, Laura Williams, Nikki Loud, Teddy Tedholm

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: ability

NUVO Dance Convention

Director: Ray Leeper

818.432.2894

go@gonuvo.com

gonuvo.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Nubie (5–7), Mini (8–10), Junior (11–12), Teen (13–15), Senior (16–18), Open (19+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: June 30–July 7, Las Vegas, NV; July 9–16, Orlando, FL

Classes Offered

CONVENTION

Classes: ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, tap, teacher only

Popular Instructors: Ray Leeper, Stacey Tookey, Travis Wall, Kenny Wormald, Denise Wall, Anthony Morigerato

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age, ability

Onstage New York

Directors: Joe Lanteri & Leah Brandon

877-NYC-5678

info@onstagenewyork.com

onstagenewyork.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Prep (6 & under), Mini (7–8, 9–10), Junior (11, 12), Teen (13, 14, 15), Senior (16, 17, 18), Open (19–22, 23–29, 30+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: July 12–16, Hilton Head, SC

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

Scholarships Available

Ovation Dance Challenge

Director: Daniel Kuhn

888.637.9550

info@ovationdance.com

ovationdance.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Mini (3–5), Petite (6–8), Junior (9–11), Teen (12–14), Senior (15–18), Adult (19+), Pro-Am (Teachers & Professionals)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

Platinum National Dance Competition

Directors: Ron & Terri Rogers

404.551.4518

ron@danceplatinum.com

danceplatinum.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Recreational & Intermediate: Petite (8 & under); Recreational, Intermediate & Elite: Junior (9–11), Teen (12–14), Senior (15–19), Adult (20+, Teachers)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: June 26–July 1, Panama City, FL; July 11–13, Pigeon Forge, TN

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: audition, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, modern, musical theater, tap

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age

Platinum Performing Arts Competition

Directors: Kathy, Marie & Janine

888.757.5284

ppacomp@hotmail.com

ppacomp.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Novice, Intermediate & Advanced (4–19), Adult (20–25), Parent (26+), Pro-Am & Student Choreography (All Ages)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: acro, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, tap

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: ability

Power Pak

Director: Noelle Packett

240.412.1804

powerpakdance@yahoo.com

powerpakdance.com

CONVENTION

Classes: acting, audition, ballet, character, conditioning, contemporary, funk, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, modern, motivational, musical theater, nutrition, parents' class, tap, technique

Popular Instructors: Ade Obayomi, Jason Williams, Mark Orsborn, Zach Heller, Sky Hoffman, Marty Kudelka

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age

RADIX Dance Convention

Director: Eddie Strachan

818.392.3478

info@radixdance.com

radixdance.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Rookie (5–7), Mini (8–10), Junior (11–12), Teen (13–15), Senior (16–18), Open (19+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, modern, musical theater, tap, teacher only

Popular Instructors: Tabitha & Napoleon D'umo, Brian Friedman, Tyce Diorio, Tessandra Chavez, Billy Bell, Talia Favia

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age, ability

Rainbow Dance Competition

Director: Amber Anthony

714.995.5883

info@rainbowdance.com

rainbowdance.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Starz of Tomorrow, Rising Starz, Elite Starz

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: June 27–July 2, Panama City, FL; July 10–14, Pigeon Forge, TN

Independent Entries

Scholarships Available

Revive Dance Convention

Director: Jeremy Keeton

866.695.4144

info@revivedanceconvention.com

revivedanceconvention.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Sparks (5–7), Mini (8–10), Junior (11–12), Teen (13–15), Senior (16+), Teacher

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: June 29–July 5, Las Vegas, NV; July 10–16, Orlando, FL

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: audition, contemporary, jazz, tap, teacher only

Popular Instructors: Jenn Freeman, Pam Chu, Matt Luck, Matt Aylward, Kelly Brunk, Erica Marr

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age

Revolution Talent Competition

Director: Kacy Combs

240.412.1948

info@revolutiontalent.com

revolutiontalent.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced: Mini (8 & under), Junior (9–11), Teen (12–14), Senior (15–19); Advanced: Adult (20+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: June 24–29, Long Beach, CA; July 4–8, Chicago, IL; July 25–29, Ocean City, MD

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

Scholarships Available

Shake the Ground

Director: Lissette Lucas

305.582.7877

info@shaketheground.com

shaketheground.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Petite Shakers (5–8), Primary Shakers (9–11), Junior (12–14), Senior (15–17), Pre-Professional (18+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: June 30, Orlando, FL

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: funk, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, modern, musical theater, tap

Popular Instructors: Rory Freeman, Nick Baga, Carlos Garland, Eliana Girard, Curtis Pearson, Dexter Carr

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age

Showstopper

Director: Debbie Roberts

843.357.7469

information@goshowstopper.com

goshowstopper.com

COMPETITION

CONVENTION

ShowTime International

Director: Beverly Skipper Lange

800-PRO-KICK

beverly@showtimeint.com

showtimeint.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Mascot (Pre-K), Kindergarten, Elementary (grades 1–3), Intermediate (grades 4–6), Junior (grades 7–9, public schools), Junior All-stars (grades 7–9, private studios), High School (grades 10–12, public schools), High School All-stars (grades 10–12, private studios), Elite (public high school), College

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: March 25, Galveston, TX

Independent Entries

Scholarships Available

Spirit of Dance Awards & the SDA Class Experience

Directors: Wanda Cunningham & Kim Ahern

617.943.7600

director@spiritofdanceawards.com

spiritofdanceawards.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Mini (6 & under), Primary (7–9), Junior (10–12), Teen (13–15), Senior (16–18), Young Adult (19–22), Adult (23+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: July 20, Abington, MA

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, tap

Popular Instructors: Buddy Casimano, Eddie Bennett, Joshua Allen and more

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age

Spotlight Events

Director: Michelle Kresge

208.939.8015

tonya@spotlightevents.com

spotlightevents.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Novice Gems (3–19), Future Gems (3–19), Petite (8 & under), Junior (9–11), Teen (12–14), Senior (15–19), Adult (20+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: June 23–July 1, Lake Geneva, WI; July 10–15, Seaside, OR; July 3–8, Las Vegas, NV

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

Stage One Productions

Director: Greg Massay

405.573.7733

director@stageonedance.com

stageonedance.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Petite (8 & under), Junior (9–12), Teen (13–15), Senior (16–19), Adult (20+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: June 12, Branson, MO

Star Talent Productions

Director: Jennifer Daniels

336.905.8821

info@startalentproductions.com

startalentproductions.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Excel (Recreational), Extreme (Intermediate) & Elite (Advanced): Mini (4–6), Petite (7–9), Junior (10–12), Teen (13–15), Senior (16–19), Adult (20+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: July

Scholarships Available

Starbound National Talent Competition

Director: Sandra Coyte

609.693.0563

sandra@starbound.net

starbound.net

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Intermediate, Competitive & Elite: Junior Petite (8 & under), Junior (9–12), Teen (13–14), Senior (15+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: Atlantic City, NJ; Chicago, IL; Foxwoods, CT; Lake Tahoe, NV; Orlando, FL; San Antonio, TX

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

Starpower Talent Competition

Directors: Gary Pate & Grace Wakefield

301.870.9550

staci@starpowertalent.com

starpowertalent.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced: Mini (8 & under), Junior (9–11), Teen (12–14), Senior (15–19); Advanced: Adult (20+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: June 29–July 3, Branson, MO; July 4–8, Orlando, FL; July 6–10, Las Vegas, NV; July 10–14, Uncasville, CT; July 17–21, Myrtle Beach, SC; July 19–23, Ocean City, MD; July 24–28, Atlantic City, NJ

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

Scholarships Available

StarQuest

Director: Steve Wappel

919.363.2900

concierge@starquestdance.com

starquestdance.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Nova (Novice), Classic (Intermediate) & Select (Advanced): Petite (8 & under), Junior (9–11), Teen (12–14), Senior (15–19), Adult (20+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: June 19–24, Galveston, TX; July 3–8, Poconos, PA, & Sandusky, OH; July 17–22, Virginia Beach, VA

Classes Offered

Step Up 2 Dance

Director: Carol Wallace

781.231.0211

carol@stepup2dance.com

stepup2dance.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Novice, Competitive, Advanced & Pro-Am (5–6, 7–8, 9–10, 11–12, 13–14, 15–16, 17–18, 19–24, 25–40, Senior)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, line, production

2017 Nationals: June 30–July 2, Phoenix, AZ; July 6–10, Manchester, NH; July 25–29, Atlantic City, NJ

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: acro, audition, ballet, ballroom, baton, character, clogging, contemporary, ethnic, folkloric, funk, hip hop, Irish step, jazz, kickline, Lindy, liturgical, lyrical, modeling, modern, musical theater, pageant, pointe, pom, tap, teacher only, vocal

Popular Instructors: Ricky Whitfield, Addison Johnson, David Bovat, Julie Carter, Jose Soto, Taylor Shultz

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: ability

STUDIO LIVE!

Director: Rachael Montunnas

614.898.1000

rmontunnas@americheer.com

studiolivedance.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Recreational, Premier & Elite: Mini (3–7), Petite (8–10), Junior (11–12), Teen (13–15), Senior (16–19), Adult (20+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

Talent On Parade

Directors: Kimberly & Eric McCluer

316.522.4836

audra@talentonparade.com

talentonparade.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Automatically Competitive (6 & under, 20+); All Levels (7–8, 9–10, 11–12, 13–14, 15–16, 17–19)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: Oklahoma City, OK; Overland Park, KS; Saint Louis, MO

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: audition, ballet, career prep, character, conditioning, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, modern, musical theater, parents' class, tap, teacher only, technique, variation

Popular Instructors: Don Mirault, Joey Doucette, Helene Phillips, Shaun Earl, Cheryl Priess Dickey, Casey Johansen

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age

Throw Down Dance Challenge

Director: Adrienne Kellett

732.861.6482

akdance@optonline.net

throwdowndancechallenge.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Mini (5–7), Petite (8–9), Junior (10–12), Teen (13–15), Sr. Teen (16–19), Adult (20+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: July, Atlantic City, NJ

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: acro, ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, tap, teacher only, technique

Popular Instructors: Jason Warley, Michael Susten, Karin Rendelman

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age

Thunderstruck Dance Competition

Director: Tiffany Nagel

702.838.6878

info@thunderstruckdance.com

thunderstruckdance.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Future Star & Shining Star: Petite (8 & under), Junior (9–11); Future Star, Shining Star & Rock Star: Teen (12–14), Senior (15–19), Adult (20+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: July 12–16, Las Vegas, NV

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: ballet, conditioning, contemporary, funk, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, tap, technique

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age

Ticket To Broadway

Director: Karen Shapiro

908.730.0364

info@tickettobroadway.com

tickettobroadway.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Petite (5–6, 7–8), Junior (9–10, 11–12), Teen (13–14, 15–16), Senior (17–18, 19–20), Adult (21–34, 35–55)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, production

2017 Nationals: July 5–9, Pittstown, NJ

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

Tremaine Dance Conventions, Inc.

Director: Joe Tremaine

818.988.8006

conventions@tremainedance.com

tremainedance.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Junior (average 6–10), Teen (average 11–13), Senior (average 14+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, line, production

2017 Nationals: July 6, Orlando, FL

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: audition, ballet, contemporary, funk, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, parents' class, teacher only

Popular Instructors: Joe Tremaine, Keri LaGrand, Derrick Schrader, Meghan Sanett, Tony Bellissimo, Emily Zachary

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age

Turn It Around Tour, LLC

Directors: Frank Kosik & Liz Catterlin

216.346.6168, 330.858.4719

info@turnitaroundtour.com

turnitaroundtour.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Premier & Star: Mini (8 & under), Junior (9–12), Teen (13–15), Senior (16–19); Star: Adult (20+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, production

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: acting, audition, ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, tap, vocal

Popular Instructors: Frank Kosik, Tara Iacobucci, Michael Paternostro, Jamie Torcellini, Michelle Mallardi, Julie Pappas-Smith

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: ability

Turn It Up Dance Challenge

Director: Melissa Burns

617.283.8811

info@turnitupdance.com

turnitupdance.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Mini (8 & under), Junior (9–11), Teen (12–14), Sr. Teen (15–18), Adult (19–30), Adult+ (30+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: Cape Cod, MA; Long Branch, NJ; Ocean City, MD; Weymouth, MA

Classes Offered

CONVENTION

Classes: audition, ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, tap, technique

Popular Instructors: Jessica Richens, Fik-Shun, Tara Jean Popowich, Thayne Jasperson, Gina Badone, Zachary Everhart

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age

United States Tournament of Dance, Inc.

Directors: Sean & Natasha Flanagan

631.744.6171

sflanagan@ustd.com

ustd.com

COMPETITION

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: July 10–16, Atlantic City, NJ

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: contemporary, funk, hip hop, jazz, musical theater, tap

Popular Instructors: Tabitha & Napoleon D'umo

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age

Universal Ballet Competition

Director: Lissette Lucas

305.582.7877

lissettelucas@hotmail.com

universalballetcompetition.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Pre-Competitive (7–11), Junior (12–14), Senior (15–21)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: ballet, partnering, pointe, variation

Popular Instructors: Wes Chapman, Elizabeth Olds, Olivier Pardina, Meg Paul, Ileana Lopez, Mel Tomlinson

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age

Universal Dance Association

Directors: Catherine Morris & Katie Balfanz

800-DANCE-UDA

danceuda@varsity.com

uda.varsity.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Tiny (6 & under), Mini (9 & under), Youth (12 & under), Junior (15 & under), Senior (18 & under), Open (14+), High School, College

Group Size Divisions: small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: February 3

Independent Entries

Urban Jamm Dance Conventions

Director: Johnnie Smith

818.631.4210

info@urbanjamm.com

urbanjamm.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Mini (5–7), Junior (7–11), Senior (12+); Hip Hop only (10+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: June 28, Orange County, CA

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: ballet, ballroom, break dancing, conditioning, contemporary, funk, hip hop, jazz, nutrition, parents' class, Pilates, tap, teacher only, technique, yoga

Popular Instructors: Alexandre Magno, Gil Duldulao, Eddie Garcia, Tovaris Wilson, Jabbawockeez, Sascha Radetsky

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age

Velocity Dance Convention

Directors: Eve Mason & Cory Jones

818.903.6146

info@velocitydanceconvention.com

velocitydanceconvention.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Mini (5–8), Junior (9–12), Teen (13–15), Senior (16+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: July 2–7, Las Vegas, NV

Classes Offered

CONVENTION

Classes: audition, ballet, career prep, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, tap, teacher only

Popular Instructors: Kyle Hanagami, Shannon Mather, Dee Caspary, Blake McGrath, Phoenix & Pharside, Mark Goodman

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age

VIP DANCE

Director: Stacie Collins

504.305.6060

vipdance@icloud.com

vipdance.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Off-Broadway (Recreational), Broadway (Intermediate) & Hollywood (Advanced): Mini, Junior, Teen, Senior

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: Orlando, FL; Sandusky, OH

Classes Offered

CONVENTION

Classes: contemporary, hip hop, jazz, musical theater, tap

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age

West Coast Dance Explosion

Directors: John Crutchman & Alan Sherfield

702.368.6228

robinwcde@me.com

westcoastdanceexplosion.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Mini (5–9), Junior (10–12), Teen (13–15), Senior (16+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, line, production

2017 Nationals: July 1, Las Vegas, NV

Classes Offered

CONVENTION

Classes: audition, ballet, ballroom, contemporary, funk, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, partnering, tap, teacher only, technique

Popular Instructors: John Crutchman, Elizabeth Parkinson, Kim Wolfe, Scott Myrick, Will Johnston, Nick Bowman

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age

Wild Dance Intensive

Director: Kacy Combs

240.412.1948

info@wildaboutdance.com

wildaboutdance.com

CONVENTION

Classes: contemporary, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, tap

Popular Instructors: Marinda Davis, Ade Obayomi, Mollee Gray, Jill Wolins, Tokyo, Frankie Zulferino

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age

World Championships of Performing Arts

Director: Scott Murphy

323.828.1238

info@wcopa.com

wcopa.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Junior (5–7, 8–10, 11–12, 13–15), Senior (16–17, 18–24, 25–29, 30+)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, production

2017 Nationals: July 2, Long Beach, CA

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

CONVENTION

Classes: acting, audition, career prep, character, funk, hip hop, modeling, motivational, musical theater, nutrition, parents' class, vocal. 12-hour Boot Camp covers entertainment business & four tracks: dance, modeling, music, acting

Popular Instructors: Kenya Clay, New York Film Academy, Victoria Morris, Jeff Weber, New York Conservatory, Darienne Arnold

Performance Opps

Scholarships Available

Class Division: age

The World Dance Championship

Director: Kent Helton

937.376.7777

worlddancechampionship@aol.com

worlddancechampionship.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Novice (11 & under, 12+); Intermediate & Advanced: Petite (8 & under), Junior (9–11), Teen (12–14), Senior (15–19)

Group Size Divisions: small group, large group, line

2017 Nationals: August 1–6, Secaucus, NJ

Scholarships Available

World Dance Pageant

Directors: Chrystan Sheatzley & Jill Wolins

240.412.1804

worlddancepageant@yahoo.com

worlddancepageant.com

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: 8 & under, 9–11, 12–14, 15–19

2017 Nationals: July 31–August 2, Secaucus, NJ

Group Size Division: solo

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

Scholarships Available

Youth America Grand Prix

Director: Blair Hartley

646.791.9500

info@yagp.org

yagp.org

COMPETITION

Age Divisions: Pre-Competitive (9–11), Junior (12–14), Senior (15–19)

Group Size Divisions: solo, duo/trio, small group

2017 Nationals: Atlanta, GA; Austin, Dallas & Houston, TX; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Denver, CO; Indianapolis, IN; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, San Diego & San Francisco, CA; Philadelphia & Pittsburgh, PA; Salt Lake City, UT; Seattle, WA; Tampa, FL

Classes Offered

Independent Entries

Scholarships Available

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Dancer Health
"We think as dancers, 'Oh my gosh, if this thing isn't working hard enough, I have to work it harder.' In order for these muscles to work, they have to have a chance to relax, too." –Kathryn Maykish

As deeply familiar as dancers are with their bodies, there's one muscle group that can remain mysterious. You can't see it, and it can be tough to access, but the pelvic floor serves a major role in your posture and body function. Dancers and other athletes are more prone than the general population to dysfunction of the pelvic floor, and this can have major ramifications in dance and life.

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Showstopper sees all types of different dancers from across the world at their dance competitions. Sometimes it can be hard to know how to stand out among the 100s of dancers that perform on their stages.

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The holidays are here, and as everyone knows, the real best way to spread Christmas cheer is serving your community and helping those in need. Luckily for dance teachers, dance studios are the perfect backdrop for the start of some seriously awesome service projects. Your dancers will learn the value of helping others, and you will all feel warm and fuzzy inside!

Check out these three service-project ideas, and try implementing them at your studio this season. Let us know over on our Facebook page, or in the comments below, what other projects you do at your studio that make a difference in your community!

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The holidays can make this time of year fly by. But successful studio directors know that December is not the time to rest on their laurels. Here are four projects to consider this month to give your business a year-end boost.

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Eva Stone directs The Stone Dance Collective, shown here in Eve, reconsidered. Photo by Rex Tranter, courtesy of The Stone Dance Collective

Unlike the majority of my students and colleagues, my journey in dance has been unorthodox. At age 14, I enrolled in modern dance at my high school, and something about the large open studio with room to move thrilled me (and still does). I immediately set out to impress my dance teacher with my complete repertoire, a solo interpretation of "Bohemian Rhapsody" created in my living room, infused with several badly self-taught ice-skating moves. In that moment, an awareness of the power of movement, music, space and performance aligned, and I instinctively knew I was someplace special.

My high school dance teacher was smart. Knowing that she did not have the time to mold us into technically proficient dancers, she introduced us to the craft and skill of making dances. I spent four years opening the door to my creative voice, becoming a confident choreographer. As a dance major in college, however, I quickly realized I was lacking something very important: actual dance training. So I began an intense regimen of studying, analyzing, copying, stealing and emulating every movement language, quality and nuance with which I could connect. Later, I completed a master's degree in choreography and choreological studies, formed a small dance company and set out to fund my artist's life with teaching.

As a modern dancer, and having come to dance late, communication and imagery were significant in managing the demands of my training. I had to ask a lot of questions, because I had not yet developed a physical vocabulary of answers. I needed a sense of humor, to prevent me from quitting. I had to negotiate, rationalize, moderate and articulate, both verbally and physically, a pathway through much of what I was performing in or choreographing. This allowed me to solve problems more creatively, from a place separate from a perspective of pure technical ability. I now use these same methods for teaching students.

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According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. In 2017, 47,173 Americans died by suicide, and there were an estimated 1.3 million suicide attempts. While it's a myth that suicide rates are higher in December than any other time of year, the holidays give us an opportunity to consider the health and happiness of those we love. As dance teachers, we spend more time with our students than even their parents do, which means we are in a particular position to notice the pain and distress they're experiencing.

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Q: What do you do with parents who constantly complain about where their daughter is placed in choreography?

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Valentina Bagala and Rafael Savino held their studio's very first registration at a Subway. "We didn't even have an office," says Bagala, who heads the artistic side of Ascendance Studio in Doral, Florida. "This lady called us over the phone, and we said, 'OK, we can take your registration. Would you mind meeting us at the Subway that's downstairs from our studio?'"

Now, five years later, Ascendance is thriving, with a growing competitive team, a 5,000-square-foot space and 300 students—one of whom is the same dancer who was registered in that Subway. Today, registration mostly happens online, as do many of Ascendance's processes—attendance, billing, e-mail marketing campaigns—thanks to Savino, who heads the studio's marketing, finances and administration. To what do Bagala and Savino credit their impressive growth? Digital advertising. Despite working in an industry where many still rely on old-school methods of operation—manual registration, tuition paid in person by cash or check, fliers handed out in parking lots—they took the plunge to modernize their advertising strategy and found it a game changer for their studio.

Slow, but consistent

Bagala and Savino admit Ascendance got off to a rocky start. They rented space from a fitness studio for three months. "We didn't get the best schedule," says Bagala, who could only rent the space by the hour when it wasn't being used. Still, she managed to amass 25 students. Eventually, she found a small, 550-square-foot space of her own in a shopping center. "I remember for our first classes, we would have people who were supposed to show up but didn't," says Savino. "If we had one student in class, we had to teach to that student. That happened multiple times."

When two more spaces became available in the same shopping center, the couple grabbed them, despite the inconvenience of the units not being connected. "You had to step outside," says Bagala. "It wasn't very comfortable."

"The fliers weren't working."

With more space came more responsibility—to increase enrollment. They had been passing out fliers at nearby schools, but that approach, Savino says, "became unscalable. That's when I started looking at digital advertising." He didn't have much money to spend on it—his budget was $5/day—but he began looking into advertising on Google. He also enrolled in a local digital marketing course at nearby Miami-Dade College. "That gave me strategy," he says.

His most successful venture has been with Google's AdWords. With this advertising strategy, business owners create a search ad. (Search ads appear above Google search results when people look for local services the business offers.) The Ascendance search ad, for example, includes the studio website and phone number, plus: "Dance classes for kids. All ages and styles. Try a free class today." Then, you choose keywords—the words or phrases potential customers might type into their browser—and set a daily budget for how much you'd like to "bid" on each keyword. You're charged only if users click your link. During his first AdWords campaign, Savino often bid less than $1 on keywords like "ballet classes," "hip-hop classes," "jazz" and "dance studio."

How much you bid affects in what order your search ad appears among other businesses. But a business with more money to spend on keywords won't automatically see their ad pop up first. Multiple factors—keyword bidding price, how long a user stays on your website, your click-through rate—determine what's called your quality score. And it's your quality score, ultimately, that decides in what order your ad appears on Google.

"For example, let's say there's a huge competitor who's bidding $10 a keyword, while I'm only bidding $1," says Savino. "Google is tracking everything. If users stay on my website for a while and don't click the back button to get back to the search page, Google knows my website is relevant and a good experience." That increases his quality score and gives his search ad odds a boost.

Experimenting, wisely

Savino ran his initial AdWords campaign for about a month in 2013, starting in mid-September—prime back-to-school time. Each week, he wound up getting 10-plus interested customers. He offered each a free trial class. Of that weekly number, more than 80 percent enrolled in classes. By the time the campaign was over, Ascendance had 45 new students. And it all cost him less than $150. Though he risked spending more than his daily allotted $5, he knew it would pay off in increased enrollment.

As they became more comfortable with AdWords, the couple experimented. Bagala asked her mom what words she would use to search if, for example, she were looking for ballet classes for a 5-year-old. Her responses became part of their strategy: "ballet classes in Doral," "dance classes in Doral," "dance studio in Doral." They also interviewed parents of new students, asking 'How did you hear about us?' "If they said, 'Google,'" says Savino, "we'd ask if they remembered what they typed."

Now his daily budget is $20, though he's careful to time campaigns with high-enrollment periods. "During back-to-school season, August and September, I know a lot of people are going to be looking for classes," he says. "But I also know that January is another high-enrollment period—that's when we see an uptick in our baby program. Those moms are operating on a calendar year, not a studio year."

When Google came to town

Last spring, Google itself took an interest in Ascendance, and it featured Savino and Bagala in a national video campaign as a small-business case study. Of particular interest was the studio's dual advertising campaigns: one in English and one in Spanish. Savino and Bagala are bilingual, and their community is largely Spanish-speaking—so they capitalized on that. "Since we were advertising in Spanish," says Savino, "those people were sure that they were going to come through our door and someone would be here who would speak their language."

Of course, digital advertising can only take a studio so far. You have to follow through with a great product—and that, Savino says, is Valentina's greatest contribution to the business. "At the end of the day, if the product isn't good, people are simply going to leave," he says. "She's the heartbeat of the studio."

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It's a dance teacher's job to prepare students for professional careers. As everyone knows, this means more than just giving them precise technique and exceptional performance capabilities. Perhaps more than ever, it's important that teachers prepare their students to know how to make smart and safe decisions when entering the workplace. It's important that we give them the skills to say "no" when a project doesn't fit with their personal values, puts them in a dangerous or toxic work environment, or is discriminatory to their race, gender, sexual orientation or religion. Teachers need to help their students advocate for themselves in order to create a career they can be proud of.

Here are four tips for helping your dancers make safe and smart professional decisions when they leave the warmth of your caring and supportive studio.

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Q: I've noticed a clicking or popping sound coming from my right hip joint when I raise it to the side, and I tend to be far more flexible on my left leg. Are these two things connected? Should I be worried?

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Q: I want to do a holiday performance and need some advice. How do you get parents on board? How do you keep it economical? What other money makers do you do at your holiday show other than ticket sales?

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Genshaft in Ratmansky's From Foreign Lands. Photo by Erik Tomasson, courtesy of San Francisco Ballet

Dana Genshaft was a beloved dancer in the San Francisco Ballet for 15 years, rising to the rank of soloist. Some of her SFB career highlights include performing lead roles in Frederick Ashton's Monotones I and Wayne McGregor's Eden/Eden and originating roles in Val Caniparoli's Ibsen's House and Mark Morris' Joyride, as well as working with Christopher Wheeldon and William Forsythe.

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