2019 Official National Rules & Regulations

Thank you for choosing to compete with Fusion National Dance Competition as one of your Regional events.

Our 2019 Nationals will be held in Daytona Beach, FL on June 19-23. Please review the following qualifications and guidelines for attending our Nationals carefully. Failure to comply with the rules below could result in disqualification.

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Qualifications

☆ A studio must attend a Fusion regional competition during the 2019 competition season.
☆ Studio’s entries must achieve Platinum Star, Platinum, High Gold, or Gold to attend Nationals.
☆ If a studio does not attend a 2019 Regional Competition or if a particular entry was unable to compete at a regional and these entries would like to be considered for Nationals, a video may be submitted for consideration. All video entries must be accompanied with National submission entry fees in the event that they are accepted into Nationals. Entries not accepted will be refunded. For more information regarding National Submission fees, please call or email our office.
☆ All Nationals entries must be received in the Fusion office accompanied with payment, in full, 30 days from the Competition Date.
☆ All entries will remain in the same age and performance division for Nationals as they competed in for Regionals.
☆ Entries may drop from a Production to Line, Line to Large Group, Large Group to Small Group, Small Group to Duo/Trio, Trio to Duo. An entry may NOT compete as a solo if it competed as a Duo/Trio at Regionals.
☆ One dancer substitution will be allowed for Duo/Trios, Small Groups, Large Groups, Lines and Productions. This change must be communicated with Directors.
☆ Dancer of The Year National Title Competition: Regional Title Winners will have their National Title fee waived. National Title registration fee will be $45.

National Competition Guidelines

Judging
Nationals will consist of a panel of 3 judges during the preliminary round of competition. Judges are working professionals, teachers and choreographers. Judges will provide verbal critiques on video. Judges scores will be provided in printed format at the conclusion of the preliminary competition. Video critiques and scores will be available to access online via your DCG account after Nationals for the preliminary competition phase of Nationals. Challenge
routines will receive a ranking placement only by a panel of three Judges.

Solo Competition
Each dancer may compete up to 3 regionally adjudicated solos in different performance categories. Only the highest scoring solo will appear in the overalls. For a soloist to move forward to the Challenge, Intermediate and Elite dancers must participate in the Dancer of The Year competition. Recreational soloists will move forward based on up to the top 5 scoring solos per age division.

Dancer of The Year
The 2019 Dancer of The Year Title Competition is a separate event held at Nationals. See above regulations for registration fee information. Dancers must compete with the same solo entered during the regional competition. If a soloist competes at multiple Regional’s and qualifies more than one solo, the soloist may only compete with one of the routines at Nationals.

Dancer of The Year winners must submit a headshot to: Info@FusionNDC.com with “National Title Winner” in the subject heading within 2 weeks after the National event.

Regional Title Winners are invited to participate in the Challenge Opening Number along with the Fusion Stars on the final competition day

Dancer of The Year Selection Guidelines

*Scores will result from: 1)Solo Performance 2)Improvisation Performance
*The format of the Title Competition is subject to change at the discretion of the Director.
*Each dancer will be grouped by age for the improv session. Dancers are asked to appear on stage in basic dancewear, to improv to music selected by Staff. Music will NOT be released prior to the competition and will allow for a lyrical, contemporary, jazz, open or hip-hop interpretation by the
dancers.
*Each dancer’s improv score will be combined with their solo score.
*Improv scores will be determined as follows based on a 100 point scale: Technique = 25 points, Showmanship = 25 points, Originality = 25 points, Musicality = 25 points
*Dancers are required to attend a minimum of 2 Master Classes.
*Dancers will be required to wear audition numbers during the improv session.
*From the above selection guidelines, the top (5) 11 & Under and top (5) 12 & Over Title Finalists will go on to compete in the Showdown on the last day of Nationals.

Young Choreographers Challenge (YCC)

We invite all Young Choreographers, aged 18 and younger, to compete in this year’s Young Choreographers Challenge (YCC). The YCC will be held during our Nationals as a separate event and will provide the winning routine the opportunity to perform during our Challenge along with a cash prize of $250* presented to the Choreographer and a $250 Fusion Star Buck presented to the representing Studio Director of the YCC winner (*cash prize presented with 6 or more entries, Star Bucks presented with 2-5 entries). The entry fee is $100/routine. Each choreographer may only enter one routine. All dancers must be registered for our Nationals.

The following scoring guidelines will apply:
*Choreographer must be non-professional and of the age of 18 or younger
*Routine must consist of a minimum of 4 dancers. The choreographer may participate as a dancer.
*Routine must be no longer than 3 minutes in length.
*Routine will be scored on the following criteria for a total of 50 points/judge:
Supports Storytelling (10 pts) – How well does the choreography support the storytelling?
Creativity/Originality (10 pts) – How creative, interesting and original are the dance moves?
Level of Difficulty (10 pts) – How difficult is it to compose and stage the choreography?
Execution (10 pts) – Is the choreography cleanly executed?
Utilization of Space (10 pts) – How well does the choreographer utilize the space available?

The Challenge

*The last day of Nationals will include a showdown of the top scoring groups of the preliminary competition.
*The top (5) scoring 11 & Under and top (5) 12 & Over duo/trios, groups or lines from each performance division will re-compete in the Challenge for additional awards and cash prizes with no duplication of studio in each competition category.
*There must be a minimum of 10 entries within the performance and type categories combined for 5 entries to compete. If there are less than 10 entries, the actual number of entries to move on to the Challenge will be half plus one. For example, if there a total of 6 entries in the 11 & Under small group age divisions, then 4 will move on to the Challenge. Additionally, there must be a minimum of (3) entries in a Performance and Age Division in order to move on to the Challenge. In the case of less than the minimum number of entries for Productions, this will be looked upon the number of entries registered and could possibly result to a Production only Challenge based on performance division amongst all ages.
*Intermediate and Elite performance divisions will receive cash prizes and awards. Recreational performance divisions will receive certificate vouchers and awards.

Challenge Awards

National awards for the preliminary competition will consist of award plaques, acrylic trophies, and certificates given to the highest score in all General Categories (ie, Junior Intermediate Small Group) in both the Intermediate and Elite Performance Divisions. Award plaques and acrylic trophies will be given in the Recreational Division.

National awards for the Challenge will consist of additional trophies and the following cash awards for the Intermediate and Elite performance divisions and certificate vouchers for the Recreational performance division:

Groups (including duos/trios, small/large groups, lines, productions)

1st Overall 2nd Overall 3rd Overall 4th Overall 5th Overall
Recreational $100 Certificate $75 Certificate $50 Certificate $25 Certificate $25 Certificate
Intermediate $100 Cash $75 Cash $50 Cash $25 Cash $25 Cash
Elite $100 Cash $75 Cash $50 Cash $25 Cash $25 Cash

*If there are less than 10 entries per type and division, the decision to award 2nd -5th place with cash and/or award certificates will be determined by the director(s) based on the number of entries.

 

Dancer of The Year      $100 Cash

*There must be a minimum of 10 entries per age division or cash award will be substituted for award certificate.

Divison Levels

*It is up to the discretion of the Studio Director to determine the division placement of their dancers.  Routines that are obviously under-placed may be elevated by the Judges or Management.  All decisions are final.

*In a mixed Recreational/Intermediate/Elite group routine, at least 50% of the dancers must be from the division they are competing in.  Routines that are moved to the Elite Division by Judges or Management will be exempt from this rule.

Technical Specifics & Guidelines

Recreational Division For dancers with little or no competition experience who take 3 hours or less of class per week. There will be no redeemable gift certificates or cash awards in this division. There will be a presentation of top scores.

Intermediate Division For dancers who take 4-8 hours of class per week and have participated in competitions for 3-5 years.

Elite Division For dancers who take 9+ hours of class per week and have significant competition experience.

Pro/Am Division For teachers and professional dancers. A professional or teacher is defined as any individual that is being compensated for classes or choreography. If a professional dancer or teacher competes in a routine, their routine must be in the Pro/Am division. The Pro/Am division will be adjudicated only. If there are 5 or more Pro/Am entries, a high score will be presented. There will be no redeemable gift certificates in this division. This division will be scored on the Elite Level Scoring system.

Type Time Limit Max # Dancers
Solo 2:45 (limit 3 solos per dancer, 3 different performance categories.
Only the highest scoring solo will appear in the top scores)
Duet/Trio 2:45
Small Group 3:00 4-9 Dancers
Large Group 4:00 10-19 Dancers
Line 5:00 20+ Dancers
Production 8:00 20+ Dancers

Ages

Determined by using average age of the dancer(s) as of January 1, 2019. Do NOT round up. Dancers maintain their Regional Age at the Finals. You must recalculate the average age of a routine for Finals if any of the dancers in a routine change. Studios are required to register each dancer’s DOB. If at any time, an age is questionable, a copy of a dancer’s birth certificate may be requested. If, after confirmation of the DOB, the age has been found to be incorrect, this can result in the removal of award or title from the dancer(s).

Petite: 8 & under
Junior: 9-11
Teen: 12-14
Senior: 15-19
Adult: 20 & Older (May compete as Recreational or Intermediate. Entry will be adjudicated. Overall Award will not be given unless there are 5 or more entries.)

Adjudication Criteria & Awards

All solos, duet/trios, and groups will be judged on a point system. Each studio will receive a video critique of their studio’s routines. The video critique will be accessible for up to 90 days after the event via the DCG online studio center.

Criteria

Each performance will receive up to 100 points per judge on the following criteria:

Technique 35pts
Execution 25pts
Choreography 20pts
Stage Presence 15pts
Costume Appearance 5pts

Scoring Scale

Elite Division Intermediate Division Recreational Division
Platinum Star 293-300
Platinum 283-292.9 278-300 273-300
High Gold 273-282.9 263-277.9 253-272.9
Gold 263-272.9 248-262.9 233-252.9
High Silver 262.9 & Below 247.9 & Below 232.9 & Below

General Awards

Each entry will be adjudicated and receive an award indicating their entrys achievement based on the scoring system for each level of competition.

Overall Top Awards

Overall Awards will be presented to the TOP scoring entries in each level of competition. It will be determined by the Director if the Top 10, Top 5, Top 3 or the Top Overall 1st place entry will be recognized during the Overall Awards. This will be based on the number of entries at the regional competition.

The Top Score Star Award will be presented to the highest scoring routine per performance division (Recreational, Intermediate, and Elite) from each
session AND out of the entire preliminary competition. This award applies to solos, duos-trios, and groups (small, large, line, and production). The Winners of this award will receive a beautiful trophy or plaque and a $100 Star Buck.

Regional Cash Award Chart (Intermediate & Elite Divisions)

The top overall placements are eligible for cash or certificate voucher awards. For competitions with 250+ routines, overall awards will be monetary, under 250 routines, overall awards will be voucher certificates. There must also be a minimum of 15 entries per performance/age/type division for solos/duos/trios and 10 entries for groups in order for cash or certificate vouchers to be issued. *Vocal top overall placements may be combined and awarded in the 11&Under and 12&Over age divisions.

Award Amount
Solo $50
Duo/Trio $75
Groups $100
Vocal* $25

Studio Awards

Fusion Spirit Award

Staff will choose the one studio that best displays overall courtesy and support to all of their fellow competitors. This studio will be presented with a Fusion Spirit plaque or trophy and a $25 Fusion Star Buck.

Creative Artist Award

The Creative Artist Award is presented to one routine that our judges deem as being a stand out performance based on the choreography and creativity of the dance. The winner(s) chosen for this award will receive a beautiful plaque or trophy along with a $25 Fusion Star Buck.

The Total Commitment Award

Judges will select one routine per competitive session that they have seen a total commitment from the creativity, costuming, execution, and stage performance. The winner(s) of this award will receive a beautiful plaque or trophy along with a $25 Fusion Star Buck.

Star Power Award

Every competing studio’s Top 3 highest scores from the group segment of the competition for all three performance divisions (Recreational, Intermediate, Elite) will be tabulated. During the final group awards session, the one studio with the highest point total from the Recreational, Intermediate and Elite group performance division will be named as a Star Power Studio Winner. In the event of the tie, we will add in succession, each studio’s next highest scoring group entry until the tie is broken. The Star Power award winners (Intermediate and Elite) will receive a beautiful trophy with either a $100 cash award or certificate voucher based on the Cash Award Chart provisions. The Recreational Star Power Studio will receive a beautiful trophy. In addition, all three winners will receive a free dance studio package sponsored by Studio To Go.

ADCC Studio of Excellence Award

The ADCC Studio of Excellence Award will be presented at our Nationals. Studios who enter at least one group routine in the four age divisions of Petite,
Junior, Teen, and Senior in the Intermediate and/or Elite Performance levels will be eligible for this recognition. The two highest scores from each qualifying
studio in the Petite, Junior, Teen, and Senior ages will be calculated. The Studio with the highest cumulative score from those four Intermediate and/or Elite routines will be awarded the ADCC Studio of Excellence Award along with a $500 Fusion Star Buck that may be used towards a 2020 Fusion Regional event in recognition of the Studio’s excellence and diversity in dance education.

Fusion Stars

In every Regional city, judges will select certain outstanding Elite and Intermediate soloists from the Petite, Junior, Teen and Senior age divisions to be a part of the Fusion Star Team. Studios with mixed Elite and Intermediate division dancers will be chosen from the Elite division first. Fusion Stars will perform a production number choreographed by our industry professionals which will provide the Nationals Opening Number for the Challenge on the final day. Please note: Studios attending Nationals that do not have solo performers may nominate two performers each in the Petite, Junior, Teen, and Senior age divisions to participate as a Fusion Star.

Fusion Ambassadors

In every Regional city, judges will select outstanding Elite and Intermediate soloists from the Petite, Junior, Teen and Senior age divisions to be a Fusion Ambassador during our Nationals. Fusion Ambassadors will be a representative of FNDC during Nationals by assisting in master classes alongside our industry professionals, assisting with awards and also during our Gala of The Stars Dancers Welcome Party. Ambassadors will also be given a photoshoot during Nationals modeling Fusion gear.

Photogenic Entry

Photogenic entries are to be entered the day of competition only. Photograph size is a color 5×7 or 8×10 headshot. Parents or studios may submit photo(s) and entry fees to the merchandise table at the beginning of the competition. Fees may be paid via cash, certified check or credit card only. No personal checks will be accepted for photogenic entries. Entries will be judged in the11 and underand12 and overage categories. Judged photos may be picked up by parents or studio directors after the photogenic competition is complete. Winning photos will NOT be returned as they will be used for marketing of winning entries. Fusion is not responsible for photos that are left behind. An entry form will be filled out at the merchandise table when you check in the day of competition. Cost is $25/entry. A portion of the proceeds will be donated in 2019 to the efforts of #RiseUp and its scholarship program for disadvantage dancers.

Performance Categories

Ballet Includes classical or contemporary ballet technique. Ballet slippers only.
Pointe Includes classical or contemporary pointe technique and steps. Pointe shoes only.
Lyrical Routine should demonstrate balance, extension, isolations and control using contemporary lyrical moves set to the mood or lyrics or the music.
Contemporary Routine incorporates lyrical or jazz movement fused with modern elements.
Modern Includes modern technique movements.
Jazz Routine consists of traditional jazz movements and technique.
Tap Routine must contain tap technique.
Clogging Routine utilizes either traditional or contemporary clogging technique and style.
Parent Recreational parent category.
Vocal Includes vocal presentation. Accompaniment must be on cd. No lead vocals permitted on cd, backup voices will only be permitted.

*In the above performance categories, only three gymnastic tricks are permissible. A deduction of 1 point per judge will result for routines that do not comply. Minimum lip syncing and talking are permitted if a character is not portrayed.

Hip Hop Includes street or jazz funk technique. No suggestive moves or inappropriate music allowed.
Open Routine consisting of any of our listed categories or combinations of listed category styles.
Musical Theatre A routine interpreting a song from a Broadway or Movie Musical.
Acro-Dance Routine combining gymnastics and dance choreography. Must contain at least 50% dance choreography.
Pom Pon Routine is performed with pom pons for at least 75% of the routine.
Production A routine that consists of 20 or more dancers utilizing props, sets and a main theme.
Music ALL music must be directly uploaded through DanceComp Genie. Registration process no later than the Friday Week prior to the competition weekend. Music upload is a requirement for our events. If you do not honor this requirement, a music alternative fee of $150 will be applied to your account.
Speed control will not be adjusted and recording should be of good quality.
Backup music is required and may be submitted in the following formats utilizing the final schedule routine numbers:
*Backup CDs – one routine per CD. CD must be labeled with routine number and name.
*USB/Flash Drive – routines must be listed with routine number and name.
*Electronic Devices (phones, laptops, ipads, etc. ) are not acceptable forms of backup music
All backup music must be labeled with your studio name and turned in at the beginning of the competition to the sound manager located at the Judges Table.  Music left behind by the studio will be left at the venue.

General Rules

Competition Schedule

*A confirmation of your studio’s entries will be accessible through your online studio center. Please review and ensure entries are in the proper categories, performance levels and age divisions. Once the final schedule is completed, the ability to make changes and/or corrections is considerably limited, if not impossible. If changes are requested once the final schedule has been released, a $5 change fee will be assessed. This fee must be paid by credit card at the time the change(s) is made. All changes must be submitted in writing via email.

*When possible, every Regional schedule is based on the breakdown of entries by division level and type (solo, duet/trio, groups, lines, and productions) for that particular city. Dancer must be ready to perform 1 hour before their scheduled time.

*Performers must compete on the designated day, time, and in scheduled order, unless a schedule change has been pre-arranged with the Fusion office. Routines that compete outside of their scheduled day, time, or order will be eligible for adjudication only.

*A final schedule will be available via the online studio center to each studio 3 days (or before if available) prior to the first day of competition.

*Critiques are provided in the form of videos with an overall report providing a Judges score for each routine. The video critiques and score sheets will be available online via each studios DCG registration account in a timely manner following the conclusion of the competition.

Props

*The placement and removal of props, mats, etc., must be completed within 1 minute. No form of liquid, gel, glitter or other substance may be used that would affect the dancing surface. No items may be thrown or shot off the front of the stage. Props should not be built backstage (see Stage manager for accommodations). Performers cannot stand above 66 on the prop. Props which exceed 106 in height cannot be guaranteed to fit on stage. Fusion will not supply power.

Coaching

*Coaching of performers from the wings is prohibited.

Sportsmanship

*Good sportsmanship is expected from performers, students, parents and the general audience at all times. Horns, whistles and other noisemakers are not allowed in the theatre. Failure to adhere to these rules may result in point deduction and/or disqualification. Fusion reserves the right to eject from the premises any spectator or participant deemed to be acting in an inappropriate or disruptive manner.

Food & Beverage

*Unless permission is posted by the theatre, no food or drinks are to be brought into the auditorium, dressing or backstage areas.

Family Environment

*This is a family event, sexually explicit dance or music will not be tolerated.

Routines

*Soloists may compete in up to three solos. Only the highest scoring solo will appear in the top overall scores. There is no limit to the number of group entries a studio may perform. However, if a studio enters a group routine containing the same performers in the same category, only the highest scoring routine will appear in the top scores. All routines will be adjudicated.

Re-Performance

*Except for technical difficulties on the part of Fusion, re-performance of any routine will be adjudicated only.

Video & Photography

*For the safety of the performers, no video cameras or photo/still cameras will be allowed during performances. Fusion contracts the services of a photographer and/or videographer as a convenience to parents, teachers and studio directors. The use of any type of camera or video camera during the competition may result in point deductions or disqualification of a routine or studio in overalls. Please inform parents of this rule to avoid conflicts. You may use flash photography and video cameras during the awards ceremony only.

*All registered contestants grant permission to Fusion and its representatives to publish their photos/videos on local or national television, promo videos, marketing material, the internet or any other visual media as deemed fit by Fusion in an effort to promote its competitions and/or conventions.

*All photography/videos taken by Fusion Productions and/or any independent representative commissioned by Fusion become the property of Fusion. Fusion reserves the right to sell said photography/videos at competition events and online for purchase on DVD, USB or by download.

Liability

*Fusion, its staff, the hotel, theatre or site of the competition will not be responsible for any accident or injury that may occur to anyone participating or attending these events. Choosing to compete in a dance competition assumes inherent risks including but not limited to sprains, bruises, pulled and sore muscles and broken bones. In addition, Fusion cannot be held responsible for unforeseen flaws in theatre stages that may inadvertently lead to the causing of an accident. Participants and Spectators agree not to hold Fusion Dance Competition, LLC, its officers or staff responsible for injuries, illnesses or damages sustained while participating in any activity related to a Fusion Dance Competition, LLC event. It is the responsibility of the dance teacher and or person in charge of the participating entries to educate them and other attendees from their studio as to these rules and policies.

*Fusion reserves the right, when necessary, to relocate a competition site and/or make changes to competition days/times. Fusion reserves the right to cancel any event due to lack of registration, weather, or other unforeseen circumstance.

*Each studio must have on file with Fusion, a Parental Waiver Form. This form may be obtained from our website on the Registration Page as well as directly from your studio center with Dance Comp Genie. Forms should be submitted no later than the opening of the competition at the merchandise table. This form will remain active for each competition year.

Privacy and Security Policy

*We respect and are committed to protecting your privacy. As part of the registration process with Fusion National Dance Competition, we may collect information when you register through our website. We will never sell, give away or share this information with anyone. Our Registration Process is through DanceComp Genie, Inchol Solutions. FusionNDC is required to purchase an SSL Certificate each and every year as part of the requirement for secure online transactions. Your payment and personal information are always safe. Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software is the industry standard and among the best software available today for secure commerce transactions. It encrypts all of your personal information, including credit card number, name, and address so that it cannot be read over the internet.

Marketing

*All performers and attendees consent to the use of photos and videos for marketing and advertising purposes including but not limited to print, web and other media outlets.

Entry Acceptance, Registration & Payment

*All entries must be submitted and paid in full 30 days in advance of event via the DCG registration system. Entries that are not paid 30 days prior may not be included in the final schedule. Late entries may be subject to a late fee. No entry is guaranteed until payment has been received and processed. Please understand that your registration takes the spot of another potential studio. If you are uncertain about attending our event, please remove your registration 30 days in advance of the event date to allow other studios the opportunity to register. Otherwise, not only have you taken another studio’s spot you have also cost our event registration fees with DCG.

*Fusion does not accept independent entries. Dancers must be registered with a studio. Entries are accepted on a first come, first served basis and must be postmarked or submitted online by the entry deadline. Entries will be accepted until allotted competition time is filled. Entries will not be added to the schedule until payment has been made in full and received in the Fusion office 30 days in advance of the event. Entry fees may be paid via credit card, money order, certified checks or Fusion award certificates. If using Fusion award certificate as a form of payment, the original certificate must be received in the Fusion office 30 calendar days before the event; photocopies will not be honored. No personal checks will be accepted. Returned checks will be assessed a $35 fee. Award certificates credited against entry fees via online system must also be postmarked no more than 3 business days after entries are submitted.

*Award certificates credited against entry fees but not received in our office by stated deadline are deemed invalid and any amounts previously credited will become due immediately. Award certificates (including the dollar value of certificates to be applied) not submitted with entries will not be honored. Award certificates credited against entry fees but not received in the Fusion office 10 calendar days before the event are overdue and any amounts previously credited will become due immediately.

*Under no circumstances will refunds be issued for submitted entriesIn the event one is unable to perform due to a documented injury or illness, Fusion may issue an award certificate to be used at the 2019 Nationals or a 2020 Regional competition. The decision to issue an award certificate for unused entry fees is solely at the discretion of the Director.

*Fusion reserves the right to expand an event, move a location, or cancel an event as necessary. In the event that it becomes necessary for Fusion to cancel a regional due to low participation, weather conditions or other unforeseen reasons, a full refund for entry fees paid will be issued within 10 business days of the cancellation. Studios may, at their discretion, choose to apply for any refunds due to another Fusion regional, a rescheduled Fusion regional or our Nationals.

*Fusion does not accept personal or studio checks. Cashier’s checks or money orders are appreciated but must be received no later than 15 days in advance of the event date.  Fees may also be paid by credit card (MasterCard or Visa is accepted). Effective April 11th, 2019 a 1.5% service charge will be added to all credit card payments. No payments will be accepted at the event and any unpaid entries will not be allowed to perform.

*All studio registrations must include payment.

*Loyalty Discount: Please register for a Studio Center Account for information regarding discounts or Studio Director may contact Fusion management at info@FusionNDC.com.

*FusionNDC reserves the right to alter or make adjustments to the rules and regulations as deemed necessary.

*Your registration with FusionNDC demonstrates that you have read and fully accept our RULES, REGULATIONS, TERMS, and CONDITIONS.