Rules and Regulations
First of all, we at FLY are excited to welcome you to our inaugural year! We are committed to keeping dancers, teachers, and parents at the forefront of all we do, from running an on time competition to maintaining a safe, friendly environment.
Before we get started, please read the following carefully. Failure to comply may result in point deductions and/or disqualification from competition.
Safety is our number one priority at FLY. However, competition dancers take on inherent risks when participating in any physical activity. Participation in FLY Dance Competition indicates acceptance of these risks; thus, it is agreed that all participants and spectators will not hold FLY Dance Competition, nor any of its staff, liable for any accidents, injuries, or theft of any kind.
To do your part, we ask that you supervise any children in your care. We ask that you be responsible for your belongings. For the safety of our performers, no flash photography or videography is permitted. If you see anything suspicious or unsuitable, please let a FLY staff member know immediately.
FLY Dance Competition is a public event. We never have any ticket fees for the audience. Please adhere to our no food and beverage policy inside the auditorium, unless otherwise noted at the venue. Most venues do allow food in the lobby and dressing rooms but please have your dancers clean up around them before leaving. For the safety of our performers, no flash photography or videography is permitted by any spectator.
At FLY, we know how important video critiques are for dancers and staff alike. That’s why they’re included with every entry. Each routine will be judged by three separate judges, whose critiques will be recorded on individual tracks.
All video critiques will be uploaded to the studio’s account within 3 business days of the event. Video critiques may be downloaded for future review.
Photo and Video
FLY Dance Competition will have a professional photographer and videographer present at every event. You are able to preview the photos and videos of each act before purchasing. All media will be available for preview ten (10) minutes after the end of the performance.
Special Studio Offer: Receive all photos and videos from all routines for a small fee per dancer. This will be added to the registration page of the website
Please log into your studio account to view current pricing.
Solos (Single Performer)
Duos/Trios (2-3 Performers)
Small Group (4-9 Performers)
Large Group (10-19 Performers)
Line (20-24 Performers)
Production (25+ Performers)
FLY is pleased to offer the following categories:
Any acts with more than 3 Acro tricks should be considered in the Acro / Open category
At FLY Dance Competition, the age divisions are as follows:
Mini: 6 and under
The age division for acts with multiple dancers will be decided as such: add up the age of all the dancers, then divide by the number of dancers in the routine. Drop the decimal point, and do not round up.
Performance Time Limits
Solo - 3 minute limit
Duet/Trio - 3 minute limit
Small & Large Groups - 4 minute limit
Line: 5 minute limit
Production: 8 minute limit
Those routines exceeding their allotted time may be deducted 5 points overall. Extended performance time is available (up to 1:00 minute for a fee of $3.00 per performer) for Small Groups, Large Groups, Lines, and Productions.
Classes of Competition
FLY is pleased to offer three divisions:
First Time Flyer — students taking class 1-5 hours of classes per week
Business Class — students taking class 6-10 hours per week
First Class — students taking more than 11+ hours of classes per week
Should the routine have the same or more First Class dancers than Business Class dancers, the routine will be in the First Class division.
Props are permitted at FLY Dance Competition. Please be courteous will all props. Do not leave them backstage when not in use, defined as more than one (1) hour prior to or after the routine. Props must be able to be fully set up onstage within one (1) minute or the routine may suffer a point reduction. Any props left after the event will be disposed of. For the safety of all dancers, no props may be taller than ten (10) feet, and no dancer may stand on platforms higher than six (6) feet. No dangerous props may be used.
All music must be uploaded during the registration process. No changes to the music are permitted less than two (2) weeks prior to the event. Please bring a backup of your music to the event on a phone, USB drive, or iPod in case of of technical difficulties. Title your music in the following format: ACTNUMBER_ROUTINENAME_STUDIO.
FLY Dance Competition is a family friendly competition. The use of profanity and vulgar language is strictly prohibited. Should any staff member or judge feel uncomfortable with a chosen song, there may be a point deduction and/or disqualification.
FLY has three judges at each competition. Each judge will score the routine out of a total of 100 points. The three scores will be added to get a cumulative score. The routines will be judged on the following:
Technique (45 points)
Performance/Execution (20 points)
Stage Presence (15 points)
Costume (10 points)
Overall Impression (10 points)
A five (5) point deduction will occur for dancers exiting the stage before the routine is finished. Routines going over their allotted time will be deducted five (5) points overall.
FLY is a family friendly competition, and we take this very seriously. An inappropriate or vulgar routines will be deducted up to twenty (20) points or may be disqualified.
FLY has the following awards levels:
In the “First Time Flyer” division:
Million Miler: 280-300
Private Charter: 260-279
International Traveler: 240-259
Frequent Flyer: 0-239
In the “Business Class” division:
Million Miler: 285-300
Private Charter: 265-284
International Traveler: 240-264
Frequent Flyer: 0-239
In the “First Class” division:
Million Miler: 290-300
Private Charter: 270-289
International Traveler: 250-269
Frequent Flyer: 0-249
FLY Improv Competition
FLY is pleased to offer an improv competition at every event. Each age division will hold an improv competition at their final awards. Each dancer may enter one time per competition weekend.
Up to ten (10) dancers will perform simultaneously to a song they have not previously heard. They will have approximately one (1) minute to impress the judges in any style they would like. From each group, the top three (3) contestants will move to the next round. This will continue until the final three to nine (3-9) participants can compete at once. The winners will be announced at the final round.
The cost of the improv competition is $25 per dancer. The first place winner will receive a $75 cash prize, the second place a $50 cash prize, and the third place a $25 cash prize.
Deposits given before Sept 1, 2019 - Best Rebate!
Deposits given before November 1, 2019 — Great Rebate!
Deposits given before January 1, 2020 — Good Rebate!
Cash Awards and Scholarships
FLY Dance Competition offers cash prizes as well as scholarships at every competition.
In order to run on time events, FLY performs routines in order. Please check in with the backstage manager thirty (30) minutes prior to the scheduled performance time. Dancers not present due to rehearsing or dancers that perform out of order without prior permission may receive a point deduction. Dancers shall have at least 3 dances in between numbers to change.
There are no refunds for competition fees for any reason.
Doors to the theatre open thirty (30) minutes prior to the start of the competition. Doors for dressing rooms open 45 minutes prior to competition.
By attending a FLY Dance Competition event, all students, choreographers, and teachers agree to give permission to be photographed and videotaped, and agree to allow FLY to use any photos or footage for publicity, branding, and advertising.