Contests2018-11-26T11:56:41+00:00

Contest

Because we know that there are a plethora of dance team contests for you to choose from, we would like to point out a few things that will set the Crowd Pleasers Contests apart from the rest:

  • We are passionately committed to providing the most organized and fairest possible competitive environment.
  • We offer the Classic Division designed for teams with limited experience and/or extreme variation in ability levels.
  • We make every effort to schedule dances in category for scoring accuracy.
  • CP has the most experienced and well respected panel of adjudicators in the industry!
  • Our Judges identify each performance by only an entry number in order to facilitate anonymity.
  • All CP Judges for HS Team events are independent from Crowd Pleasers and are not currently directing a HS Dance Team.
  • We utilize style specific score sheets for Officer and Team divisions.
  • We have implemented separate Awards Ceremonies and Overall Winners for Studios and HS Teams.
  • We are known for our thrilling awards ceremonies where we recognize more place winners than any other contest.
  • We give away hundreds of State Champion Shirts and National Champion Apparel every year.
  • We award thousands of dollars in CASH PRIZES to Winning HS Varsity and Studio Teams at every contest.

General Rules and Regulations

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Rules and Regulations
Award of Academic Excellence Application- PUBLIC SCHOOLS ONLY
Team Size Verification Form- Due January 14th

Solo Entry Divisions 

STUDIO TEAMS:
Based on Age as of 8/31/18

4 and under
5-6 year olds
7-8 year olds
9-10 year olds
11-12 year olds
13-14 year olds
15-16 year olds
17-18 year olds

PUBLIC  SCHOOL TEAMS:
Based on Grade as of 8/18

Elementary
Middle School
High School 9th and 10th
High School 11th
High School 12th

  • Time limit: 1.5-2 minutes
  • Individuals will be permitted to enter more than one solo (only highest scoring solo may final).
  • Each Division I solo will be awarded.
  • Three places will be awarded trophies for all age groups. For age groups with 20+ entries, five places will be awarded. For age groups with 40+ entries, eight places will be awarded. For age groups with 60+ entries, ten places will be awarded for solos with a total score above 285+.
  • Our tabulation system will break ties according to the following tie priority; Technique, Performance Quality, and Choreography.
  • High School Sr. (11th-12th) Semi-Finalists awards may also be awarded.
  • Solo finalists will be announced following the last routine in the main gym. The winner of the public school junior soloists (9th and 10th grade) will perform. The studio solo winners of the 15-16 and 17-18 age groups will perform.  Only the top 3 public school 11th and 12th graders will re-dance for placement.
  • Studio and Middle School TX Showcase ONLY: All solo winners will perform following the last routine in the main gym.
  • Cash Scholarships will be awarded to the Top 3 Highest Scoring HS Senior Soloists (12th grade) at the Winter Showcase only (minimum of 100 sr. solo entries is required).
  • We only allow independent soloists at Winter Showcase. In order to perform a solo at a Regional, State or National Competition, you must also participate in one or more team or officer events.

Ensemble Divisions

STUDIO TEAMS:
Based on Age as of  8/31/18

6 and under
7-9 year olds
10-12 year olds
13-15 year olds
16-18 year olds

PUBLIC  SCHOOL TEAMS:
Based on Grade as of  8/18

Elementary
Middle School
High School

  • Time limit: 1.5-2.5 minutes excluding entrance and exit.
  • In order to perform a duet, trio or ensemble at a Regional, State or National Competition, you must also participate in one or more team or officer events
  • Each Division I solo will be awarded pins for all participants.
  • Within each category and age group the top three places will be awarded trophies. For age groups with 20+ entries for any of the above entry types, five places will be awarded.
  • Time limit: 1.5-2.5 minutes excluding entrance and exit.
  • Must consist of Social Officers only.
  • Entries are grouped according the same as the above ensemble divisions.
  • Each Division I performance will be awarded pins for all participants.
  • Within each age group the top three places will be awarded trophies.

Officer & Team Divisions

STUDIO TEAMS:
Based on Age as of 8/31/18

CLASSIC TEAMS:
Classic Tot (4 and under)
Classic Tiny (5-6 year olds)
Classic Mini (7-9 year olds)
Classic Youth (10-12 year olds)
Classic Junior (13-15 year olds)
Classic Senior (16-18 year olds)

SELECT TEAMS:
Select Tot (4 and under)
Select Tiny (5-6 year olds)
Select Mini (7-9 year olds)
Select Youth (10-12 year olds)
Select Junior (13-15 year olds)
Select Senior (16-18 year olds)

Classic DivisionSelect Division
Basic leg positions and fundamentals -- passe’, coupe’, releve’, retire’, tendu’
Locomotor skills – walk, run, skip, gallop, chasse, triplet, balance’, pas de bourree’, bourree’
Axial movements with single revolutions only – chaines, pique, soutenu, single pirouette (in passe’ or coupe’) pencil turnAxial movements with multiple revolutions – attitude turn, pirouette, pirouette in second position, fouette of any kind, turns in combination
Leaps/Jumps/Hops (single direction only) – jete’, saut de chat, pas de chat, sissonne, Russian (toe touch), stag leap (not in rotation), tuck jump/hop (not in rotation – ie. no axel)Leaps/Jumps/Hops – any that involve a change in spot, reverse jete’, calypso, switch leap of any kind, leap in second position, axel, tilt leap/jump, leaps in combination
Extensions – no extension held for any length of time either supported with hand or unsupported, battements in first or second positionExtensions – unsupported extension held for any period of time either supported or unsupported, tilted extension, arabesque, panche’

PUBLIC  SCHOOL TEAMS:
Team size is determined by the number of team members on your spring team roster, not including managers. Each team will EITHER be in the Classic or Select Division with the exception of the following classifications:
Elementary, Pep Squad, HS Elite, Co-Ed, Crew and College

CLASSIC TEAMS:
Classic Middle School

Classic Junior Varsity

Classic Small HS (4-20)
Classic Medium HS (21-35)
Classic Large HS (36+)

SELECT TEAMS:
Select Small Middle School (4-20)
Select Medium Middle School (21-35)
Select Large Middle School (36+)

Select Small Junior Varsity (4-20)
Select Medium Junior Varsity (21-35)
Select Large Junior Varsity (36+)

Select Small HS (4-15)
Select Medium HS (16-25)
Select Large HS (26-35)
Select Extra Large HS (36-50)
Select Super HS (51+)

The following classifications do NOT have a classic or select division:
Public Elementary Team
High School Pep Squad
High School Elite
Co-Ed High School
Crew
College

Classic DivisionSelect Division
Basic leg positions and fundamentals -- passe’, coupe’, releve’, retire’, tendu’
Locomotor skills – walk, run, skip, gallop, chasse, triplet, balance’, pas de bourree’, bourree’
Axial movements with single revolutions only – chaines, pique, soutenu, single pirouette (in passe’ or coupe’) pencil turnAxial movements with multiple revolutions – attitude turn, pirouette, pirouette in second position, fouette of any kind, turns in combination
Leaps/Jumps/Hops (single direction only) – jete’, saut de chat, pas de chat, sissonne, Russian (toe touch), stag leap (not in rotation), tuck jump/hop (not in rotation – ie. no axel)Leaps/Jumps/Hops – any that involve a change in spot, reverse jete’, calypso, switch leap of any kind, leap in second position, axel, tilt leap/jump, leaps in combination
Extensions – no extension held for any length of time either supported with hand or unsupported, battements in first or second positionExtensions – unsupported extension held for any period of time either supported or unsupported, tilted extension, arabesque, panche’
  • Your registered size/division may not change after January 14th.
  • When there are LESS than SIX Middle School, Junior Varsity, or Classic HS Teams these divisions will not compete by team size, but in their parent classifications: Middle School, Junior Varsity and Classic HS Team.
  • All teams may choose to register in the Classic Division. This division is for teams with limited experience and/or extreme variation in skill level. Classification is chosen at the director’s discretion. This group will be eligible for all awards with the exception of Overall Awards. With the exception of the following classifications; Public Elementary Team, High School Pep Squad, High School Elite, Co-Ed High School, Select Crew and College.
  • High School Elite groups should consist of up to 24 members of your team that wish to enter as a separate Elite team in order to compete against the Elite teams from other schools. Elite teams may not consist of only officers. You must enter 3+ Elite team routines in order to be eligible for awards listed below. Elite Teams are not eligible for Overall Awards.
  • WINTER SHOWCASE ONLY- HS Officer Groups will be combined into one category. They will be eligible for all of the following awards with the exception of Showcase Elite. − Time limit: 1.5-3 minutes excluding entrance and exit, 5 minutes total including entrance and exit.
  • Should your entrance, performance, exit and prop set up exceed a total of 5 minutes, please include this on your online registration. You will be charged $100 for an extra 5 minute time slot.
  • Must consist of Dance Officers only.
  • Within each group you may enter the following styles:
    • Jazz
    • Pom
    • Prop
    • Lyrical
    • Hip Hop
    • Contemporary
    • Kick
    • Military
    • Novelty
    • Modern
    • Open
  • Each Division I performance will be awarded pins for all participants.
  • Superior Performance trophies will be awarded to those officer groups receiving 255+ on one routine.
  • Silver Sweepstakes trophies will be awarded to those officer groups receiving a total score of 255+ on two routines.
  • Within each group a “Best in Class” will be chosen for each style of routine. A total score of 270+ is required for this award to be given. Three places will be awarded where applicable. Five places will be awarded for categories with 8+ entries.
  • All Dance Officer entries are eligible for the following:
    • Outstanding Technique (High scores in technique)
    • Outstanding Choreography (High scores in choreography)
    • Outstanding Precision (High scores in execution)
    • Outstanding Performance Quality (High scores in performance quality)
    • Outstanding Artistry (Artistic Interpretation)- Judges Nomination
    • Crowd Pleasers (Audience appeal)- CP Staff Nomination
  • You must enter three Officer Routines to be eligible for each of the following within your group. If entering 4+ officer routines, only top 3 scoring routines will count towards final total score.
    • Gold Sweepstakes (Total Score, 255+)
    • Super Sweepstakes (Total Score, 270+)
    • 2nd Runner Up (3rd Highest Total Score, 270+)
    • 1st Runner Up (2nd Highest Total Score, 270+)
    • Grand Champion (Highest Total Score, 270+)
    • Showcase Elite (Top Scoring Officer Groups)
    • Overall Grand Champion Officer Group (Top Scoring Officer Group)
  • Winter Showcase ONLY- Teams may perform any team routines for critique only or compete for Sweepstakes and Best In Class only.
  • Time limit: 1.5-3 minutes excluding entrance and exit, 5 minutes total including entrance and exit.
  • Should your entrance, performance, exit and prop set up exceed a total of 5 minutes, please include this on your online registration. You will be charged $100 for an extra 5 minute time slot.
  • JV and Middle School Teams are not eligible for Overall Showcase Awards.
  • We require a minimum of 4 dancers on a team to enter as a team.
  • No changes in team size will be permitted after official verification.
  • Within each group you may enter the following styles:
    • Jazz
    • Pom
    • Prop
    • Lyrical
    • Hip Hop
    • Contemporary
    • Kick
    • Military
    • Novelty
    • Modern
    • Open
  • Within each group a “Best in Class” will be chosen for each style of routine. A total score of 270+ is required for this award to be given. Three places will be awarded where applicable. Five places will be awarded for categories with 8+ entries.
  • In the HS Division an Overall Most Outstanding award will be chosen for each style of routine with 8+ entries.
  • Superior Performance trophies will be awarded to those teams receiving total score of 255+ on one routine.
  • Silver Sweepstakes trophies will be awarded to those teams receiving a total score of 255+ on two routines.
  • All entries are eligible for the following:
    • Outstanding Technique (High scores in technique)
    • Outstanding Choreography (High scores in choreography)
    • Outstanding Precision (High scores in execution)
    • Outstanding Performance Quality (High scores in performance quality)
    • Outstanding Artistry (Artistic Interpretation)- Judges Nomination
    • Crowd Pleasers (Audience Appeal)- CP Staff Nomination
    • Academic Achievement (Based on Overall Team GPA)- Online Submission
    • Highest Point (Highest Score) Winner, 1st Runner Up, 2nd Runner Up
  • You must enter three Team Routines to be eligible for each of the following within your group: If entering 4+ team routines, only top 3 scoring routines will count towards final average score.
    • Gold Sweepstakes (Total Score, 255+)
    • Super Sweepstakes (Total Score, 270+)
    • 2nd Runner Up (3rd Highest Total Score, 270+)
    • 1st Runner Up (2nd Highest Total Score, 270+)
    • Grand Champion (Highest Total Score, 270+ $200 Cash Prizes Awarded to qualified High School Varsity divisions)
    • Showcase Elite (Top Scoring Teams)
    • 4th Runner Up Overall (20+ Teams required)
    • 3rd Runner Up Overall (20+ Teams required)
    • 2nd Runner Up Overall (10+ Teams required)
    • 1st Runner Up Overall (10+ Teams required)
    • Overall Grand Champion ($500 Cash Prize Awarded to qualified High School Varsity divisions)
  • Team Production
    • Time limit: 4-6 minutes excluding entrance and exit, 10 minutes total including entrance and exit.
    • Should your entrance, performance, and exit exceed a total of 10 minutes, please include this on your online registration.
    • Entries in this category count towards eligibility for above Team awards.
    • The Team routine guidelines for groupings applies.
    • Within each group Team Production “Best in Class” will be chosen. A total score of 270+ is required for this award to be given. Three places will be awarded where applicable. Five places will be awarded for categories with 8+ entries.

Styles and Scoresheets

Contemporary

Contemporary

Style using newer philosophies of movement which depart from classical dance styles without losing the structure, form or technique.

Sample Scoresheet

Lyrical

Lyrical

Style using fluid body movements and control that combines elements of ballet, modern and jazz while incorporating technique.

Sample Scoresheet

Open

Open

This is a routine that does not fall into the other categories such as Tap, Ballet or a routine that is a combination of different dance styles.

Sample Scoresheet

Hip-Hop

Hip-Hop

Style using “street” style movements that evolved from the hip-hop culture. This includes a wide range of styles including breaking, locking and popping.

Sample Scoresheet

Military

Military

Style consisting of strong, sharp, linear movements focused on precision and placement.

Sample Scoresheet

Prop

Prop

Object(s) used the majority of the time to create an effect in a dance routine.

Sample Scoresheet

Jazz

Jazz

An upbeat style of dance where the focus is on technical skills.

Sample Scoresheet

Modern

Modern

Style consisting of modern dance techniques such as suspension, release, and contraction.

Sample Scoresheet

Pom

Pom

Poms used to create a visually effective, high energy routine, where the focus is on precision and placement.

Sample Scoresheet

Kick

Kick

Varied kick sequences are performed with an emphasis on kick technique and height.

Sample Scoresheet

Novelty

Novelty

A theme is acted out by using dance movements that fit the “character” of the routine.

Sample Scoresheet

Production

Production

Typically a themed performance utilizing staging, props, and/or back drops that extends longer than the 3 minute time limit.

Sample Scoresheet

Entry Fees

Preseason Regionals TX State TX Nationals/ Destination
Team $200 $270 $280 $345
Production $250 $330 $340 $375
Officer $175 $240 $250 $290
Social Officer $140 $200 $210 $220
XL Ensemble
(21+)
$160 $230 $240 $250
Large Ensemble
(13-20)
$150 $220 $230 $240
Medium Ensemble
(7-12)
$140 $200 $210 $220
Small Ensemble
(4-6)
$130 $190 $200 $210
Trio $120 $180 $190 $200
Duet $110 $170 $180 $190
Solo $80 $105 $110 $120
Individual $90

Refunds will not be issued after the Preliminary Schedule has been sent out for a contest location. Cancellations may be granted on a case-by-case basis.  Any credit for the fees will be applied to a contest during the current season only. All balances must be paid in full or PO issued at least two weeks before contest. 

Cash Prizes

Regionals 
Grand Champion (public school participants)
(per team size with 5+ teams entered)
$200
Overall Grand Champion
(minimum of 100 team routines)
$500
State
State Champion (public school participants)
(per team size with 5+ teams entered)
$300
Overall State Champion
(minimum of 100 team routines)
$750
Nationals 
National Champion (public school participants)
(per team size with 5+ teams entered)
$400
Overall National Champion
(minimum of 100 team routines)
$1000

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