We are so excited you have joined us for a DIVE Dance Competition! We thrive on fairness and honesty from our competitors and studios. Dancers are allowed to participate in as many routines as they would like and studios may register as many dances as they would like. Please see the below criteria regarding our three platforms of competition, age divisions, categories, judging, scoring, and time details. Please note that we also offer a photogenic category for interested competitors.

Platforms of Competition


The introduction platform is for dancers with less than three hours of dance per week. These dancers are typically new to dance and have been competing for less than two to three years.



The advanced platform is for dancers with three to six hours of dance per week. These dancers are more experienced and advanced than our introduction performers, and have between three to five years of competition experience.


The expert platform is for dancers with six plus hours of dance per week. These dancers are very experienced/seasoned competitors or have six or more years of experience in competing.

Any duet, trio, or groups containing multiple level dancers should place their routine within the level by which the majority of the dancers are in. We encourage all studio owners and directors to give their best and most honest level placement for each dancer(s) or group. Routines that are visibly under-placed may be moved to the appropriate category by the Judges.  All decisions are final.

Age Divisions

Mini: 4- 6       Petite: 7-9        Junior: 10-12        Teen: 13-15       Senior: 16-19       Adult: 20+

Ages of performers will be determined as of January 1st. Please drop average decimal for duo/trio and group routines. Any entry containing a performer/instructor over the age of 20, will be competing in the adult division.

DIVE may split categories containing more than ten routines into two groups, based on the overall age of the group as well as the individual dancers ages within the group.

Any professional dancers, teachers, assistant teachers, or studio owners over the age of 20 may compete for an adjudicated award, but will not qualify for overall awards. Any routine with someone over the age of 20 will compete in the adult division regardless of the average age of the group. You must be affiliated with a registered studio in order to compete at DIVE's competitions. Exceptions will be given by the DIVE staff only at the time of registration



Acro- Dance - Classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements

Ballet - Classical or contemporary ballet technique and no acrobatic tricks

Clogging - Classical or contemporary clogging technique, steps and style

Contemporary - Expressive dance that combines elements of modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet

Hip-Hop - Routine consisting of primarily hip-hop technique (street or jazz funk) NO suggestive moves or inappropriate music

Jazz - Routine using jazz technique, style and steps

Lyrical - Interpretation of music using movement, balance, extensions and control

Modern - Interpretative dance using balance and control without structured steps

Musical Theater - Routine portraying a Broadway or movie character/theme, lip syncing is allowed, vocals are not allowed

Open - Routine consisting of more than one dance style, unlimited acrobatic tricks are allowed if connected by a series of dance movements

Pom-Pom - At least 75% of routine utilizes pom poms with dance moves, acrobatics are allowed but no stunts or tosses

Pointe - Routine with classical or contemporary pointe technique and ballet steps, pointe shoes are required

Tap - Routine containing tap steps, technique, and style, no prerecorded tap sounds in music allowed

*Please note that dances containing more than three acrobatic tricks should be entered in either an Acro, Modern, Musical Theater, Hip-Hop, or an Open category. Acrobatic tricks are defined as a dancer's body rotating 360-degrees where the feet or head leave the floor. If all dancers perform the same trick simultaneously or in a ripple, DIVE will count the trick as one. Please contact DIVE directly regarding any question about trick rules.


Photogenic Entry - Photogenic entries are to be registered/entered the day of competition only, you will fill out an entry form at the merchandise table when you check in. Cost is $25/entry. Two entries are allowed per competitor. You do not have to be a registered competitor to enter the photogenic category, but you must be affiliated with a registered studio. Name, age, and studio must be on the back of the photo. Photos should be 5×7 or 8×10, Black and White or Color. The winning entries will receive an award and will also be showcased on our website and social media accounts. Overall Photogenic Awards will be judged based on Personality, Confidence, Beauty, Fashion, and
Age Appropriate. Photographs will not be returned.


Vocal Entry - Includes vocal singing/presentation- no vocals on music CD, except for back up voices. The winning entries will receive an award and will also be showcased on our website and social media accounts. Vocal scoring will not be included in the overall awards.


Our Title Winners are selected for each age division (Mini through Senior) from all solo platforms (Introduction, Advanced, Expert) at every DIVE Competition. Titleists will show wonderful stage presence, give 110% to their routine, and have outstanding showmanship. DIVE Titleists will be announced and awarded during on stage award ceremonies. There is no additional entry fee or registration for our Title Category!

Judging and Awards


Each competition will have three experienced judges critiquing every routine based on technique, execution, choreography and presentation including performance, musicality, overall appeal and costume.


Each entry will be adjudicated and will receive an award based on the scoring system per level of competition.  Overall awards will be presented to the top scoring entries in each level of competition.


Our Judges and DIVE staff will also be looking for but not limited to the following awards Entertainment, Costume, and Choreography. The “DIVE Heart of Dance Award” will also be awarded to at least one routine! This performance will embody what DIVE stands for in performance, passion and creativity.


All solos, duet/trios and groups will be judged on a point system.  In the case of a tie, the Judges will select the highest technical score.  Overall appeal and performance will be averaged if a tie still exists. Each studio will receive a digital video recording of the judges' critiques of their studio's entries.  Judges scores may also be accessed online. All scoring is completed electronically through DanceComp Genie. In the event of technical malfunctioning, judge scores/feedback may be provided in another format and emailed to the studio within a week of the competition. 



                                                               Expert      Advanced    Introduction

                                         Diamond      300 - 287    300 - 282    300 - 277

                                 Elite Platinum     286 - 272    281 - 266    276 -260

                                          Platinum     271 - 257    265 - 251    259 - 243

                                        Elite Gold     256 - 242    250 - 236    242 - 226

                                                 Gold    241 - 200    235 - 200    225- 200

Time Limits

Entry Dancers Maximum Time Allowed


Solo/Duet/Trio              1 - 3           3 Minute Maximum

      Small Group                4 - 9           3 1/2 Minute Maximum

Large Group              10 - 16         4 Minute Maximum

*Supergroup                16+            5 Minute Maximum

**Production               16+            8 Minute Maximum


*Supergroup- routines may depict a theme/style of dance but should not depict a story-line, plot or narrative.       

**Production - routines must depict a story-line, plot or narrative throughout or have resemblance to a musical, play, film, book etc. Props must stand alone or be held by performers.


*Please Note DIVE will allow studios to purchase more time if needed per routine. For pricing and information, please email

*Props will have two minutes to load on and off stage for solo, duet, trio, and small group entries. For large group, supergroup, and production entries, props will have three minutes to load on and off stage. If more time is needed, please inform us prior to the competition and alert the stage manager five or more entries in advance.

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