Competition Rules and Regulations
Dance Routine Guidelines:
Earthshakers The Competition is setting a new standard as the competition you can trust but we will need help from our attendees while keeping in line with this mission. Earthshakers directors check lyrics on every song submitted to help keep it a competition you can trust. All music will be approved by the Earthshakers Team when submitted. Any explicit or offensive lyrics, profanity or sexually suggestive music as well as lyrics about murder or suicide is prohibited. Earthshakers directors reserve the right to disapprove any music of this nature so please plan accordingly in entering the correct song artist, song title as well as uploading the correct cut version to the online registration site. Costuming that is not age appropriate or is suggestive in nature will be downgraded in scores or disqualified from the competition. Let your artistry speak for your integrity!
- A deduction of one half point (0.5) will be made for every 10 seconds
(or any portion thereof) in excess of the allotted time limit. You may
purchase additional time for $5 per person up to 2 minutes. Time Limits are as follows:
- Solo - 2:45
- Duet/Trio - 2:45
- Small Groups - 3:30
- Large Groups - 3:30
- Line - 4:00
- Production - 6:00
- There is no limit to the number of entries a studio may enter. We
do accept independent entries at this time as well.
- A soloist may compete in more than one solo as long as the routines are in different performance categories. However, the highest scoring solo will only be announced in the top scores at the Awards Ceremony.
- Routines are expected to be performed in the order they are scheduled.
Only Earthshakers staff members may change the order due to costume
changes or unforeseen circumstances. Routines must be performed their
- Dancers will need to be ready to perform one hour prior to their
scheduled time. Failure to adhere to this guideline may result in a
point deduction. There is a grace period of 4 dances to be allowed for
costume changes, however, Earthshakers aims to avoid costuming scheduling
conflicts before the final order is released.
- Routines must be performed during the awards session in which they
are scheduled. If the routine cannot perform during the awards session
in which they are scheduled for any reason, it can be performed for
judges’ comments only. The routine would not be eligible for overall
awards. It will be announced on stage at the end of the awards session
they performed and the appropriate adjudicated award will be given.
- NO recording of any kind is allowed during a performance. This includes
smart phones with video capabilities. Violation may result in disqualification
of a routine from Overall Top Awards.
- Earthshakers The Competition reserves the right to expand the dates
of any competition due to the number of entries, or to move the competition
to a new location due to unforeseen circumstances, or cancel any event
that does not qualify with a minimum number of acceptable entries. If
cancellation occurs, all entry fees will be refunded.
- No dangerous substances (including, but not limited to: water, gels,
rosin, aerosols, glitter, confetti, etc) that might damage the integrity
of the dance floor may be used during a routine.
- No props that could cause harm may be used on stage, such as fire,
swords, knives, live animals, etc. Dancers may not stand, sit or dance
on a prop higher than 6 feet. Props must be freestanding. Scenery or
backdrops requiring the use of theater fly bars may not be used. Props
must be prepared and set-up, and removed quickly. Judges may take excessive
set-up or removal time into consideration. If the stage is “littered”
during a routine, please notify the Earthshakers team in your registration
notes and be prepared to clean it up immediately after
the routine is finished.
- Props must be prepared, set-up, and removed quickly. Judges may take
excessive set-up/removal time into consideration or may cut into your
dance time if props take longer than allotted time to set up or tear down
props. Please see the Pricing/Divisions page for further details.
- Dancers need to prepare to enter and exit the stage quickly and safely.
This helps the competition stay on time or ahead of schedule!
- Absolutely no coaching from the audience or backstage. Assisting
may result in disqualification and/or point deduction.
- Earthshakers The Competition shall
in no way assume any responsibility for accidents or theft. Earthshakers
and the hosting facility are not responsible for personal injury to
performers, spectators or personal property loss.
- Studio directors or an independent entry will be given a final competition
schedule one week prior to the event. All changes and/or corrections
must be submitted to Earthshakers before the final schedule is emailed
out. A $25 charge may be added to changes made after the final schedule
is given. All changes need to be emailed to ensure accuracy. No changes
can be made to the final schedule 5 days before the competition begins.
- Any teacher, parent, or performer displaying improper conduct,
either though social media or at a competition, may result in a disqualification
with the loss of entry fees.
- All performers, attendees, teachers and
studio owners grant permission to Earthshakers The Competition to use
their photographs or videos to appear on local and/or national television,
social media, Earthshakers’ website and/or program and mailers to promote
- Absolutely no alcoholic beverages are allowed at
any Earthshakers The Competition events.
- We reserve the right to amend, modify, delete or add Rules, Policies or Guidelines at any time.
- Earthshakers office will communicate via email and phone, if needed, with studio owners or an independent dancer only. Parents please check with your studio owner or teacher for updates, not Earthshakers. Thank you!
Waiver and Release Information
Participants, teachers, studio owners, parents and family members understand that by entering an Earthshakers event, give their permission and consent to use their images or photographs or appear in videos for advertising. Participants or spectators will not hold Earthshakers or the hosted site responsible for injuries or illness while in attendance. Earthshakers and the hosted are not responsible for personal injury or illness to either performers or spectators. Earthshakers is not responsible for lost or stolen property of the studios or participants.
Costuming and Choreography Guidelines
Earthshakers - The Competition strives to be a competition you can trust. We want to set a family-friendly environment for all to enjoy through music, costuming and movement. We understand there will be various standards in these categories but aim to work together to provide a safe environment for all ages.
All choreography should be carefully thought through for an audience to engage with from ages 0-100. Costuming should be modest in nature. Midriffs and bikers are allowed but bralettes and high cut leotards with no tights will get point deductions. More skin may equal less points so please keep that in mind as you proceed with entries. If you have a question about costuming, music or choreography, Earthshakers welcomes any pictures or videos for a pre-approval process as we journey together in being the competition you can trust!
Earthshakers- The Competition prefers to have all music uploaded online
with registration or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 21 days prior to the event. Because Earthshakers has a dedicated lyric check team to provide a safe environment for all, the sooner final music is uploaded, the sooner our team can approve lyrics!
No changes can be made to your music uploads without the Earthshakers team approval after 21 days prior to the event or there is a possibility of playing the wrong track.
Please be sure that the sound quality of your recordings is excellent. Please make sure that all cues and fading out are already taken care of prior to uploading music.
Please be sure to upload the exact version of your performance music, because pitch/speed of music cannot be adjusted at the event.
Please keep a back-up USB available with you at the event for each entry. Each performance must have a separate track and labeled properly on the USB.
Competition may be limited due to time constraints. Entries are accepted in the order they are received. No entries will be accepted by fax or phone. All entries must be registered by the registration cut-off date (30 days prior to event); entries are final and non-refundable once received. Entries are not considered “Registered” until full payment is received. All entries must be registered online.
Online registration will end 30 days prior to the start of the event. To register after 30 days prior to this event, please call our office.
SPECIAL OFFER: A 5% discount of entry fees will be available to entries that are postmarked and paid 45 days prior to the first day of competition!
- All entries and payments must be received 30 days prior to the stated date of the competition. All checks must be payable to Dance Revolution. Any payments postmarked after 30 days prior to the competition must be a certified check or money order and will have the late fee added to each routine.
- NO refunds, but if a doctor’s note is emailed to our office within 1 week after the competition ends, we will issue a studio credit for that dancer to be used the following season.
- Ballet - A routine that consists of ballet or pointe technique. Ballet or pointe shoes must be worn to
be entered in the ballet category.
- Tap - A routine containing tap technique, performed with tap shoes. No tap sounds to be recorded over audio.
- Jazz - A routine demonstrating jazz technique, utilizing up-tempo music.
- Lyrical - A routine that demonstrates lyrical technique.
- Contemporary - A mix of jazz with emphasis on modern ballet technique.
- Open - A routine that demonstrates any dance style or combination of styles. Examples
include acro-gymnastics, ballroom, novelty, character and clogging. Routines containing more than 3 gymnastics/acro
tricks must be entered in this category (with the exception of production).
- Musical Theatre - A routine showcasing Broadway or theatre style dance. Singing is permitted
in this category only. Microphones for vocals are not provided.
- Hip Hop - A routine that demonstrates hip hop or street type moves.
- Modern - An interpretive routine using a contemporary/modern style. Should incorporate balance and control.
- Two age categories: 12 and under, 13+
- Judges will pick the Improv music selection
- Dancers will have 45 seconds to perform any style to music given to them by the judges as a group, then each individual will dance 45 seconds in any style to different music given to them by the judges and complete the Improv round as a group to perform any style to different music given by the judges for 45 seconds.
- Winners will receive a plaque in each category
- Limited space! $45 per entry.
- How are ages determined?
All ages are as of January 1, 2023
- What is the average age of participants?
Age will be determined by the average age and then drop the decimal
point. For example; the average age of a group is 13.7, drop the .7
and the group will be registered in the 13 year old age category.
- Do I need to bring something to prove my child's DOB?
A birth certificate will need to be provided if your child
looks younger or older than their actual age.
- Will dressing rooms be assigned?
Dressing rooms will be assigned when at all possible. At
certain locations, there may be one large dressing room for all girls
as well as a separate dressing room for boys. At other locations,
we may be able to separate the girl dressing rooms more. Teachers
will also be able to enjoy a separate VIP lounge area assigned to