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Routine Size

Time Limit

Solo - 1 dancer

Duo/Trio - 2 to 3 dancers

Small Group - 4 to 9 dancers

Large Group - 10 to 19 dancers

Line - 20 or more dancers

Production - 20 or more dancers

NEW! Mini-Musical - 20 or more dancers

(see guidelines below)


2 minutes 45 seconds

3 minutes

3 minutes

4 minutes

4 minutes

8 minutes

8 minutes




1.  The difference between Line and Production entries is the time limit allowed. 

2.  One dancer may enter up to four solos

  • Must reflect storyline or plot progression from a broadway or movie musical

  • Routine title must reflect theme

  • Dancers must represent characters from the story

  • Can be a combination of styles (jazz, tap, hip hop, etc.)

*Dependent upon registration, skill levels and age groups may be combined for the mini-musical division.

Extended Time

  1. Routines may be extended by 1:00 minute increments up to an additional 4:00 minutes. Routines wishing to extend past 4:00 minutes must have approval from Inferno Dance prior to competition and all routines extended past 4:00 minutes will automatically be put in their own high score category. 

  2. A one point deduction will be subtracted from the total score for every 5 seconds in excess.

  3. Extended Time is available for small groups, large groups, lines, productions and mini-musicals only


Extension Rates:

Small Group                        $100.00/minute

Large Group/Line                 $150.00/minute

Production/Mini-Musical        $175.00/minute

After 3 minutes                     $200.00/minute

Age Group

Age Group

We take the average age of performers as of January 1 dropping off any decimal.

EXAMPLE: An 11.8 year old dancer would compete in the 11 year old category.



1.  The 20 & Over division is for Adults / Teachers.  This division is NOT eligible for high score, specialty or title awards.  If there are enough entries at a specific regional location, a high score award MAY be given.

2.  Only amateur dancers are permitted to compete (except in the Teacher division).

3.  The same dancer cannot compete more than once in the same category and age group in the Solo division.  Duo/Trios are allowed to compete in the same category and age group as long as at least 50% of the routine is made up of different dancers.  This means that contestants must never compete against themselves in the same age group and category.

4.  Dancers are allowed to compete UP in age range. Dancers are NOT ALLOWED to compete DOWN in age range.

4 and Under          

5 - 6 years

7 - 8 years

9 -11 years


12 - 14 years         

15-16 years

17-18 years

20 and Over


Skill Level

Skill Level







There are separate levels for all age groups and categories which are determined by the level of the routine, not by those of the individual dancer(s).  


It is possible for a dancer to perform two or more routines in different levels.

Levels are based on the following criteria

  1. Tempo of music and/or movement

  2. Body alignment and movement of dancer

  3. Skills listed below


Routines may not contain more than 2 skills of a higher level. The execution of these two skills must appropriately reflect the level of the dancer. If routines contain more than 2 skills of a higher level or do not reflect the level of the dancer, the routine will automatically be placed in the higher level.

  • Ember (different abilities/accessible)

  • Spark (beginner)

  • Fire (intermediate)

  • Blaze (advanced)


Ember: Level for dancers with physical or developmental disabilities

  • Duo/Trio routines with 1 or more dancers of ember level can be entered at the ember level

  • 50% or more of the individual dancers in a group must be in the ember level for the routine, as a whole, to be placed in the ember level

Levels modifications are made at the discretion of the on-site judging panel.

Level modifications do not suggest or imply scoring placements at the modified level.

Level modifications by judging panel are final.



ACROBATIC: tumbling, passes, flexibility / contortionist movements, and / or stationary gymnastics skills. Must also contain dance movements and choreography.


BALLET: ballet technique, classical steps, and movements. Ballet shoes only, no pointe shoes allowed.

CHARACTER: recognizable character movements (clown, animal, etc.) in any category style. Acro style is allowed, but only 50% of routine can be acro skills and the other 50% has to be dance movements.

CONTEMPORARY: a combination of lyrical and modern movements.


HIP-HOP: at least 75% of Hip-Hop or street type moves.

JAZZ: any type of jazz movements.

LYRICAL: should reflect lyrical technique (balance, extension, and control) with the mood of the music.

MODERN: interpretive movement using Graham, Horton, Limon, and/or Cunningham modern technique.

MONOLOGUE: a spoken passage from a show or written work. Can be comedic, dramatic, or any style. One handheld, wireless microphone is provided by Inferno Dance. No dancing required.

MUSICAL THEATER: movements that reflect a Broadway Show or Musical.

OPEN: All entries that are Clogging, Ethnic (Folkloric), Mixed styles (combination of styles), or styles that are not in above categories.


POINTE: pointe technique. No acro passes permitted.

TAP: tap technique. No acro passes permitted.


POM: sharp precise movements emphasized while carrying pom poms or hands in closed fist positions.


KICK: must consist of at least 50% kicks.


VOCAL: simultaneous dancing while singing. Routine may be any type of vocal presentation. Accompaniment must be pre-recorded and must contain only backup vocals, no lead vocals are permitted. One handheld, wireless microphone is provided by Inferno Dance.


  • In the above categories with the exception of Acro, Character, Open, and Hip Hop no routine is permitted to consist of:

    • more than three acrobatic passes (Acro passes which consist of a combination of 2 or more gymnastic/acrobatic skills are considered as one trick.)

    • More than 20% of acrobatic tricks.  

  • No acro tricks are permitted in Tap or Pointe.

  • Lifts are permitted.

  • Judges have the right to move a number into a different category based on their interpretation of the dance style used in the routine. Studio directors / owners will then be given the opportunity to move the routine to the appropriate category or that routine will risk disqualification.

    • Vocal and Monologue routines are often moved into separate categories as they are judged with separate criteria.​

Registration and Fees

Registration and Payment Policies

  • Entries will be accepted on a "first-come, first-served" basis and registration will be closed once all time slots are filled.

  • All registration and payments are due 30 days prior to the first day of competition.  

  • A $15/routine late fee will be assessed for all routines added after registration has closed.  

  • Registration will NOT be accepted less than two weeks prior to event.

  • Only studio checks, money orders, or cashier checks are accepted.

  • Credit cards are accepted with a 3.7% additional processing fee. Individual personal checks will NOT be honored.

  • Payment of entries sent after the deadline date must be in the form of a money order or cashier's check.

  • All returned checks are subject to a $25 service fee.


Inferno Dance reserves the right to cancel the event for any reason.  If an event is cancelled by Inferno for any reason, all attendees will receive a 100% refund.


No refunds will be given if the event is held. In the event of an emergency or illness, only studio credits will be issued with proper verification at the discretion of Inferno Dance.  

For the 2021 Season:

  • Dancers who can provide adequate proof of direct exposure to COVID-19 will be offered a refund for their registration only, as long as our event date falls within their 14-day quarantine. Direct exposure means the dancer has been directly in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

  • Dancers who can provide adequate proof of secondary exposure to COVID-19 will be offered a credit for future registration. Secondary exposure means the dancer has been in contact with someone who may have been exposed but has not tested positive, is not showing symptoms, and our event date falls within their 14-day quarantine.

    • Examples of adequate proof include but are not limited to: a positive COVID-19 test of a family or friend with whom the dancer has had contact, a doctor's note proving exposure, a notice from the dancer's school, work or other activity notifying of exposure. Please contact with any questions regarding acceptable proof of exposure.

No dancer from a studio may perform until full payment from that studio has been received.

A representative from each studio must check in upon arrival at the apparel station to receive welcome package and information. Any payment disputes will also be handled at this time.


NO CASH REFUNDS will be supplied.

It is agreed upon entering any Inferno Event that participants, including students, parents, teachers, and other spectators, will not hold Inferno or its owner, directors, employees, or host facilities liable for injuries sustained, illnesses contracted by them, or loss of property while in attendance and/or participating in any activity of an Inferno event.



  • Event schedules and information will only be made available to studio owners once ALL payment is COMPLETED.

  • Tentative schedules will be provided to studio owners via email or through their DanceCompGenie accounts two weeks prior to event.  

  • Studio owners will then have 5 days to submit any necessary adjustments or changes to once they have received the tentative schedule. 

  • Final schedules, directions to event location, and any other information necessary for the event will become accessible/emailed approximately 7 days prior to event. 

  • Routines will occur in the order that Inferno Dance schedules them UNLESS permission is granted by Inferno Dance to change the order.  

  • Scheduling requests will be accepted by Inferno Dance on a "first-come, first-serve basis" and should be submitted as early as possible to  

  • No requests will be accepted after the final schedule has been released.

  • If scheduling adjustments are made after the final schedule has been published, routines may perform for adjudication only and will not be eligible for high score awards or any awards announced prior to the performance.

  • Dancers must be prepared to go on stage at least 60 minutes before their scheduled performance time. 

  • Any routine that is late for its performance order without Inferno Dance approval may be subject to disqualification.


Judging and Awards

Judging and Awards

Each dance (with the exception of vocal and monologue categories) will be judged on:


















Judges will provide audio commentary


Scores and audio critiques will be available to view via DanceEra within a week of the competition. An email with instructions on how to access scores and critiques will be sent to the studio owner prior to each competition.


ADJUDICATED: Every routine will receive an Adjudicated Award based on the below scoring:

Elite Platinum: 300 - 291 pts.

Platinum: 290.99 - 280 pts.

High Gold: 279.99 - 267 pts. 

Gold: 266.99 - 251 pts.

High Silver: 250.99 - 232 pts.

Silver: 231.99 - 0 pts.

HIGH SCORE: awarded in each level (Spark, Fire, and Blaze) and in each age group (4 & Under, 5-6, 7-8, 9-11, 12-14, 15-16, 17-19, 20 & Older) for Solos, Duos/Trios, Small Groups, Large Groups, Lines, Mini-Musicals and Productions, if applicable.​ 


  • Levels and age groups may be combined based on registration at each event at the discretion of Inferno Dance.  

  • The same contestant(s) may not place more than once for High Scores in the Solo and Duo/Trio divisions.  Group routines consisting of the exact same dancers may not place more once per high score category. 

  • Ties are broken or awarded at the discretion of the on-site judging panel.


The breakdown of the number of High Scores awarded is determined by the number of routines within each level, age group, and routine size as follows:


1 - 3 routines = 1 winner

4 - 5 routines = 1 winner, 1 runner-up

6 - 8 routines = 1 winner, 2 runners-up

9 - 13 routines = 1 winner, 4 runners-up

14 - 16 routines = 1 winner, 7 runners-up

17 - 20 routines = 1 winner, 9 runners-up

21+ routines = at Inferno Dance's discretion


GRAND CHAMPION: A Grand Champion award is given to the top scoring routine of each level (Spark, Fire, and Blaze) for all Group routines (including Lines and Productions).  For Solos, Duos, and Trios, a Grand Champion award is given to the top scoring routine of the following age groups (11 & Under and 12 & Over).

TITLE: Available exclusively to Solos.  For more information about TITLE, click here!


INFERNO SHOWCASE: Stand-out routines will be selected by the judges to perform in the Inferno Showcase. These routines will be selected based on entertainment and creativity, not based on adjudicated scores.  Each routine will be awarded a plaque and will not be scored a second time.

STUDENT CHOREOGRAPHY: Several awards for Student Choreography are given at each competition to the highest scoring routine choreographed by the routine's dancer(s).

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: Several routines will receive awards for what the judges feel had the best choreography, regardless of score.

BEST COSTUME: Awarded several times per competition to routines with the best costume.

MOST ENTERTAINING: Several routines will receive awards for what the judges find to be the most fun, regardless of score.

JUDGES' CHOICE: Awarded several times per competition to the judges' favorite routines, regardless of score.

BEST IMPROV: At each competition, dancers are given the opportunity to sign up for an Improv Contest.  A limited number of contestants will participate in 30 seconds of improv to two different styles of dance.  A winner and a runner-up will be selected from each of the following age groups: 11 & Under and 12 & Over.

SPORTSMANSHIP: Awarded to the studio who displays a significantly fair, generous, and/or positive attitude during the competition.

STUDIO ON FIRE: Each competition acknowledges one studio with the most well-rounded dancers and best sportsmanship.

FANS ON FIRE: Each competition will also acknowledge one studio with the most enthusiastic, gracious, and kind fans both towards their own dancers and everyone else at the competition.

TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE: Awarded to a studio who excels in technical execution and precision.

EXCEPTIONAL PERFORMANCE: Awarded to a studio who stands-out in performance quality, musicality and communication.

OUTSTANDING ARTISTRY: Awarded to a studio who excels in story-telling, creativity and artistic expression through movement.

STAFF CHOICE PINS: Inferno Dance staff members will be handing out pins to any attendee (dancers, directors, parents, etc.) who exhibit acts of kindness, courteousness, helpfulness, and other notably positive behavior at the event.

PLEASE NOTE: The number and types of awards given out at each competition may change at the discretion of Inferno Dance.

Technique - 40 points total

  • Technical Skills - 20 points

  • Technique Displayed in Other Movement - 20 points


Execution - 40 points total

  • Communication, Projection and Overall Performance - 20 points

  • Musicality and Execution of Choreography - 20 points


Artistry - 20 points total

  • Creativity and Choreography - 20 points

Vocal Category Judging Criteria

  • Tone Quality

  • Intonation

  • Technique

  • Showmanship

  • Dictation/Overall Articulation

Monologue Category Judging Criteria

  • Character

  • Voice

  • Movement

  • Pacing

  • Overall Presentation

Title Competition

Title Competition

All soloists are eligible to add TITLE to their routine, regardless of skill level.

The Title portion of the competition lasts for an hour and is usually scheduled on the Saturday of the event before the first session of the day.  


Dancers are not required to provide a headshot.


During the allotted hour, dancers are interviewed in the presence of the judges about their experiences and interests in dance. 


Dancers also participate in an audition class taught by one of our judges or a member of the Inferno Dance staff.  The dance style highlighted in the masterclass is ultimately determined by the teacher's specialty, but typically includes an emphasis on jazz and/or lyrical choreography.




Title dancers are then scored by the judges on their interviews and audition class.  That score is then added to dancers' adjudicated solo score to create a total Title score.​

The Titles awarded to winners are determined by age, as follows:

  • Miss/Mister Tiny Inferno: 6 years old & Under

  • Miss/Mister Petite Inferno: 7-8 years old

  • Miss/Mister Junior Inferno: 9-11 years old

  • Miss/Mister Teen Inferno: 12-14 years old

  • Miss/Mister Senior Inferno: 15 years old & Over

PLEASE NOTE: Dancers in the 20 & Older age group are NOT eligible to compete for Title, but will be allowed to participate in the Title Masterclass.



Music should be uploaded to DanceEra once registration is complete and at least 72 hours prior to the start of the competition.


Additionally, music back-ups must be submitted on a USB flash drive or iPod, either of which must be clearly labeled with studio name, address, and telephone number. Labeled music is to be submitted to the DJ upon check in, at least one hour before performance time.  

Music must be edited and cued to start.  A 5 point deduction will be taken if music is not edited or cued.  


All music must be compiled into one playlist, in the order of performance.  Title your playlist "INFERNO DANCE - [ YOUR STUDIO NAME ]". Each song on the playlist needs to be titled with its corresponding assigned entry number in parenthesis, followed by the routine name.


Playlist: INFERNO DANCE - Starblasterz Dance Academy

Song: (124) The Lion Sleeps Tonight



If your routine contains props that are not able to be placed by dancers at the start of the routine, please email us at and provide us with a size and description of all props and the routine in which they will be utilized.  Any questions or concerns about props must be brought to Inferno Dance’s attention at the time of registration.

Freestanding props that need start on stage may be placed by helpers within 2 minutes of the beginning of the routine. Please notify the backstage manager at least 10 minutes before the start of the routine if a prop will need to be placed by helpers. When not being utilized, helpers must remain backstage and away from interfering with all dancers. 


NO OVERSIZED SCENERY OR PLATFORMS. Dancers cannot be standing above 10 feet from the stage floor.


NO DANGEROUS PROPS, such as fire, swords, knives or functioning weapons.  Simulated weapons are allowed with Inferno Dance’s permission.


Anything damaging to the stage floor is subject to responsibility of studio.


Any loose props must be cleaned up by the studio members in a timely manner.

Violation of any of these rules may result in deduction in score or disqualification at the discretion of Inferno Dance

Photography and Videos

Photography and Videos

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Because Inferno Dance offers free event photography and video, PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEOGRAPHY ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED and failure to adhere to this may result in disqualification of routine.


At some events, however, press passes may be given to one or two designated representatives from each studio who will be allowed to photograph and/or film their studio’s performances. Studio directors / owners will be alerted ahead of time if this pertains to the event they are attending. 


By agreeing to participate in these events, choreographers, teachers, and performers automatically grant permission to Inferno Dance to use their relevant photos for publicity purposes, including: ads, television, videotaping, and film broadcasting in connection with promotional campaigns.

Code and Conduct

Content and Conduct

All routines MUST be appropriate for family viewing.  Any routines with suggestive or inappropriate movements, costumes, and/or lyrics may be scored lower by judges or disqualified.


Similarly, all dancers, teachers, and parents are expected to act in a professional, respectful manner. Failure to do so may result in score deductions, disqualification, or removal from the event.  

Inferno Dance reserves the right to deny registration/entry to an event based on any actions deemed as mis-conduct or in violation of Inferno policies. Failure to comply with Inferno's code of conduct and policies may result in inability to attend future events.

Smoking, alcoholic substances and drugs are prohibited in or around the competition area.  We ask that all smokers stand at least 50 yards from the competition venue to preserve the well-being of our dancers, audience members and our staff members.

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