Contests

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Rules and Regulations

Schedule Timeline

TIMELINE:
Open registration closes and you will be asked to proof/verify your registered entries.
All changes must be processed by the Director via the Entry Verification Form sent via email.

NOTE:
Your Spring 2020 Team Classification and Division CANNOT change after your first 2020 CP Contest.
See CP rules and regs for classification details.

TIMELINE:
Registration officially closes and scheduling begins.

NOTE:
Refunds or cancellations will only be granted on a case-by-case basis past this deadline.
Registrations received after this Final/Add Drop Deadline are subject to a $200 late fee.

TIMELINE:
All preliminary schedule changes must be processed via the Change Request Form.

NOTE:
All music must be uploaded by this day.
If applicable: HS Academic Excellence Application is due by this day.

TIMELINE:
Final Schedule emailed to Directors.
All additional schedule changes must be processed via the Change Request Form.

NOTE:
All entry numbers have been assigned.
Please do not print the Tuesday week of schedule (as it may change slightly).

TIMELINE:
See event specific page or CP Dance Now app for the final schedule.

NOTE:
The posted schedule may run as much as 30 minutes ahead or behind.
Please notify all potential spectators of this possibility.

2020 – Rules and Regulations
2020 – Academic Excellence Application

Solos

  • Time limit: 1.5 – 2 minutes
  • Individuals will be permitted to enter more than one solo (only the highest scoring solo will be awarded).
  • In order to perform a solo at a Regional, State or National Competition, you must also participate in one or more group routines.
    (Ensembles, Officer or Team Routines.)
  • Preseason Showcase Only:
    • Individual soloists will be permitted to register and compete by creating an individual registration account.
  • Solo Finalists:
    • Solo finalists will be announced following the last routine in the main gym.
  • End of Night Solo Performances:
    • Studio solo winners will perform prior to studio awards.
      (Must score 285+ to perform.)
    • Public School solo winners will perform prior to awards.
      (Must score 285+ to perform.)

STUDIOPUBLIC
Based on AGE as of 8/31/19Based on GRADE as of 8/31/19
4 and underElementary
5 – 6 Year Olds
7 – 8 Year OldsMiddle School
9 – 10 Year Olds
11 – 12 Year OldsHS 9th and 10th Grade
13 – 14 Year Olds
15 – 16 Year OldsHS 11th Grade
17 – 18 Year OldsHS 12th Grade

Solo Awards
Studio Solos and Public Solos will be awarded separately based on the following…
Each Division I (total score of 270+) will be awarded a Superior Performance pin.
High School Sr. (11th-12th) Semi-Finalists will be awarded. (Must score 285+)
Our tabulation system will break ties according to the following tie priority; Technique, Performance Quality, and Choreography.
# of Entries Registered
within each solo classification
# of Places Awarded
within each solo classification
If applicable3 Places
20+5 Places
40+8 Places
60+10 Places

Duets / Trios / Ensembles

STUDIO CLASSIFICATIONPUBLIC CLASSIFICATION
Based on AGE as of 8/31/19Based on GRADE as of 8/31/19
Tot (4 and under)Elementary
Tiny (5-6 years old)
Mini (7-9 years old)Middle School
Youth (10-12 years old)
Junior (13-15 years old)High School
Senior (16-18 years old)

Award Placement
Studio and Public Duet, Trio and Social Officer Routines will be awarded separately based on the following…
Each Division I (total score of 270+) will be awarded pins for all participants.
# of Entries Registered
within each classification
# of Places Awarded
within each classification
If applicable3 Places
20+5 Places

Ensemble Size# of Dancers
Small4-6
Medium7-12
Large13-20
XL 21+
Each ensemble classification / size will compete together
regardless of style.

I.e., All High School Large ensembles will compete together. All Tiny Small ensembles will compete together.

Award Placement
Studio and Public Ensembles will be awarded separately based on the following…
Each Division I (total score of 270+) will be awarded pins for all participants.
# of Entries Registered
within each classification & size
# of Places Awarded
within each classification & size
If applicable3 Places
20+5 Places

Social Officers

STUDIO CLASSIFICATIONPUBLIC CLASSIFICATION
Based on AGE as of 8/31/19Based on GRADE as of 8/31/19
Tot (4 and under)Elementary
Tiny (5-6 years old)
Mini (7-9 years old)Middle School
Youth (10-12 years old)
Junior (13-15 years old)High School
Senior (16-18 years old)

Award Placement
Studio and Public Duet, Trio and Social Officer Routines will be awarded separately based on the following…
Each Division I (total score of 270+) will be awarded pins for all participants.
# of Entries Registered
within each classification
# of Places Awarded
within each classification
If applicable3 Places
20+5 Places

Team Classifications
and Divisions

  • You may not change classifications (size and division) after January 2020.
  • Each team may only have ONE dance officer group. The associated dance officer group classification must match your team classification.
    (EX: If your team competes in the Select Small Team Division, your officers compete in the Select Small Officer Division.)
  • Your team’s division (classic vs. select) is determined by the following criteria and chosen at the Studio or Director’s discretion.
  • CP reserves the right to make adjustments to the size thresholds and divisions in the interest of providing a positive competition environment.
    (Directors will be notified prior to scheduling.)

STUDIO CLASSIC DIVISIONSTUDIO SELECT DIVISION
The Classic Division is for teams with minimal competitive experience.The Select Division is our traditional competitive division.
Classic level dancers train in entry-level or prep classes. Select level dancers train in intermediate – advanced level classes for their appropriate age group.
less than 4 hours a week
– not including rehearsals
4 or more hours a week
– not including rehearsals
Classic level teams will NOT be eligible for Overall Showcase awards.Select level teams WILL be eligible for Overall Showcase awards.
Classic and Select teams will NEVER compete against each other by style or age group.

I.e., a Grand Champion Classic Tot Team will be awarded in addition to a Grand Champion Select Tot Team.

In order to be eligible for Grand Champion within your below classification the team must perform 3 or more routines.

DIVISION +
CLASSIFICATION
TITLE
AGE GROUP
Based on AGE
as of 8/31/19
Classic | Tot4 and under
Select | Tot4 and under
Classic | Tiny5 - 6 years old
Select | Tiny5 - 6 years old
Classic | Mini 7 - 9 years old
Select | Mini 7 - 9 years old
Classic | Youth 10 - 12 years old
Select | Youth 10 - 12 years old
Classic | Junior 13 - 15 years old
Select | Junior 13 - 15 years old
Classic | Senior 16 - 18 years old
Select | Senior 16 - 18 years old
  • The following classifications will NOT be offered the Classic or Select Division distinction due to the general level of experience and typical number of competitive entries.
  • The following classifications will be eligible for all awards within their registered dance style and classification.
CLASSIFICATION DESCRIPTION
Public
Elementary
Total members
on your 2020 team.
Small
Middle School
4 - 15
Members
Medium
Middle School
16 - 25
Members
Large
Middle School
26+
Members
High School
Pep Squad
Total members
on your 2020 team.
Small
Junior Varsity
4 - 15
Members
Medium
Junior Varsity
16 - 25
Members
Large
Junior Varsity
26+
Members
Co-Ed
High School
Male / Female
Crew
High School
All Male
HS Elite
Team
Group of elite dancers on your 2020 team.
CollegeTotal members
on your 2020 team.
  • The following High School Varsity classifications WILL BE offered the Classic or Select Division distinction due to the varied level of experience and large number of competitive entries.
  • The following classifications will be eligible for all awards within their registered dance style and classification.
  • The team’s division (classic vs. select) is determined by the following criteria and chosen at the Director’s discretion.
  • The below skills are not intended to be an exhausted list of skills.
  • Judges may suggest a Classic Division team be promoted to compete in the Select Division at future 2020 CP Contests.
PUBLIC
CLASSIC
DIVISION
PUBLIC
SELECT
DIVISION
The Classic Division is for teams with limited experience and/or extreme variation in skill level.The Select Division is our traditional competitive division.
Classic level teams will NOT be eligible for Overall Showcase awards.Select level teams WILL be eligible for
Overall Showcase awards.
CLASSIC SKILL LEVEL EXAMPLESSELECT SKILL LEVEL EXAMPLES
Axial Movements -
chaines, pique, soutenue, single or double pirouette
Axial Movements -
any turn with multiple revolutions, fouette of any kind or combination
Leaps/Jumps/Hops (single direction only) –
jete’, Russian (toe touch), stag leap, tuck jump/hop, C-jump (not in rotation), chaines turn into jete’
Leaps/Jumps/Hops – any leap that involves a change in spot or direction, turning C, calypso, any kind of tilted leap/jump, any type of switch leap, grand or Russian pas de chat, leaps in combination
DIVISION + CLASSIFICATION TEAM SIZE
Classic | Small HS4 - 20
Members
Classic | Medium HS21 - 35
Members
Classic | Large HS36+
Members
Select | Small HS Varsity 4 – 15
Members
Select | Medium HS Varsity 16 – 25
Members
Select | Large HS Varsity 26 – 35
Members
Select | Extra Large HS Varsity 36 – 50
Members
Select | Super HS Varsity 51 +
Members

Officer Routines

  • Time limit: 1.5 – 4.5 minutes including entrance and exit.
  • Studio and Public Officers will be awarded separately based on the following…
  • EXTENSIVE SET-UP:
    • Should your entrance, performance, exit and prop set up exceed a total of 4.5 minutes, please include this on your online registration. You will be charged $100 for an extra time slot.
  • PRESEASON SHOWCASE ONLY:
    • Select HS Officer Groups will be combined into ONE classification regardless of team size. They will be eligible for all of the following awards.
  • In an effort to promote a wholesome contest environment that can be enjoyed by family members of all ages, CP will support its judges in the deduction of points for inappropriate music, costuming, or movement. Please note that these deductions may affect your final standings for all categories. These point deductions will be clearly indicated in the box on the bottom of each score sheet.

Studio and Public Officer Groups will be awarded separately based on the following:

 AWARDDESCRIPTION
Each officer entry will be eligible for:Best In Class by Style:

Jazz, Lyrical, Kick, Modern, Pom,
Hip Hop, Military, Open, Prop, Contemporary, Novelty
Division One Pins per Participant
Outstanding Technique
Outstanding Choreography
Outstanding Precision
Outstanding Performance Quality
Outstanding Artistry
Crowd Pleaser Award
ONE
ROUTINE:
Superior Performance Total Score, 255+
TWO
ROUTINES:
Silver Sweepstakes Total Score, 255+
THREE
OR MORE
ROUTINES:

If entering
4+ officer routines, only top 3 scoring routines will count towards final total score.
Gold SweepstakesTotal Score, 255+
Super Sweepstakes Total Score, 270+
3rd & 4th
Runner Up
4th and 5th
Highest
Total Score, 270+

8+ teams in the classification/division
2nd
Runner Up
3rd Highest
Total Score, 270+
1st
Runner Up
2nd Highest
Total Score, 270+
Grand ChampionHighest Total Score,
270+ within in your Classification and Division
Presented
if 6+ officer
groups of this classification performed
3+ routines
Overall Grand Champion
Middle School Officer Group
Overall Grand Champion
Junior Varsity Officer Group
Overall Grand Champion
HS Classic Officer Group
THREE
OR MORE
SELECT DIVISION ROUTINES:
Overall PlacementRanked -
Top Scoring
Officers
with a total score
of 855+
Overall
Grand Champion
Select
Officer Group
Overall Highest
Scoring Officers
total score, 855+

Team Routines

  • Time limit: 1.5 – 4.5 minutes including entrance and exit.
  • Studio and Public Teams will be awarded separately based on the following…
  • EXTENSIVE SET-UP:
    • Should your entrance, performance, exit and prop set up exceed your entry time limit, please include this on your online registration. You will be charged $100 for an extra time slot.
  • PRESEASON SHOWCASE ONLY:
    • CRITIQUE ONLY: Teams may perform any team routines for critique only. (See website for pricing.)
    • Select HS Teams will be combined into ONE classification regardless of team size to compete for Sweepstakes and Best In Class by Style.
  • TEAM PRODUCTION ONLY:
    • 9 minutes total including entrance and exit. (See prop section for set-up guidelines.)
    • Entries in this category count towards eligibility for above Team awards.
  • In an effort to promote a wholesome contest environment that can be enjoyed by family members of all ages, CP will support its judges in the deduction of points for inappropriate music, costuming, or movement. Please note that these deductions may affect your final standings for all categories. These point deductions will be clearly indicated in the box on the bottom of each score sheet.

Studio and Public Teams will be awarded separately based on the following:

 AWARDDESCRIPTION
Each team entry will be eligible for:Best In Class by Style:

Jazz, Lyrical, Kick, Modern, Pom,
Hip Hop, Military, Open, Prop, Contemporary, Novelty
Outstanding Technique
Outstanding Choreography
Outstanding Precision
Outstanding Performance Quality
Outstanding Artistry
Crowd Pleaser Award
ONE
ROUTINE:
Superior Performance Total Score, 255+
TWO
ROUTINES:
Silver Sweepstakes Total Score, 255+
THREE
OR MORE
ROUTINES:

If entering
4+ officer routines, only top 3 scoring routines will count towards final total score.
Gold SweepstakesTotal Score, 255+
Super Sweepstakes Total Score, 270+
3rd & 4th
Runner Up
4th and 5th
Highest
Total Score, 270+

8+ teams in the classification/division
2nd
Runner Up
3rd Highest
Total Score, 270+
1st
Runner Up
2nd Highest
Total Score, 270+
Grand ChampionHighest Total Score,
270+ within in your Classification and Division
Presented
if 6+ officer
groups of this classification performed
3+ routines
Overall Grand Champion
Middle School Team
Overall Grand Champion
Junior Varsity Team
Overall Grand Champion
HS Classic Team
THREE
OR MORE
SELECT DIVISION ROUTINES:
Overall PlacementRanked -
Top Scoring
Teams
with a total score
of 855+
Overall
Grand Champion
Select Team
Overall Highest
Scoring Team
total score, 855+
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

2019-2020 PricingPreseasonRegionalsStateNationals
Team$210$275$285$365
Production$250$335$345$395
Officer$175$245$255$295
Social Officer $140$205$215$225
XL Ensemble (21+) $160$235$245$255
Large Ensemble (13-20) $150$225$235$245
Medium Ensemble (7-12) $140$205$215$225
Small Ensemble (4-6) $130$195$205$215
Trio $120$185$195$205
Duet $110$175$185$195
Solo (entering with a participating team) $95$110$115$125
Individual (entering as an individual - WS Only) $105---
Team Critique (WS Only) $125---

The above pricing does not reflect the EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT – 10% off your entire contest registration, plus another 5% off each additional contest. REGISTER AND PAY by December 1, 2019 – You may continue to add/make adjustments via your CP contest registration account until 4 weeks prior to the event.

Full Refunds will not be issued after the Final Add / Drop Deadline for each 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 3 weeks before contest.

Cash Prizes

ShowcaseCash Prize
REGIONALS
Grand Champion
Select HS Classifications
with 5+ teams
$200
Overall Grand Champion
Public Teams: minimum of
50 team routines
Studio Teams: minimum of
50 team routines
$500
STATE
State Champion
Select HS Classifications
with 5+ teams
$300
Overall State Champion
Public Teams: minimum of
50 team routines
Studio Teams: minimum of
50 team routines
$750
TX NATIONALS
National Champion
Select HS Classifications
with 5+ teams
$400
Overall National Champion
Public Teams: minimum of
50 team routines
Studio Teams: minimum of
50 team routines
$1000

Contest Twenty Twenty One – Summer Twenty Twenty

CONTESTS

Preseason Showcase

Regional Showcases

State Showcases

National Showcases

Select any event above to see specific event details, schedules and spectator info. Friday Night solos may be necessary depending on registrations. We will update no later than 4 weeks prior to contest.

CAMPS

Officer Camps

Crowd Pleasers Dance has always been committed to protecting the health and safety of our participants, directors, spectators and employees. We are closely monitoring COVID-19 through The Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization, state/local authorities, and working through many logistics for rescheduling or providing alternatives to our 2020 hotel events. 

See Event Details

Team Camps

Crowd Pleasers Dance has always been committed to protecting the health and safety of our participants, directors, spectators and employees. We are closely monitoring COVID-19 through The Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization, state/local authorities, and working through many logistics for rescheduling or providing alternatives to our 2020 hotel events. 

Space is limited. Please call to register.

See Event Details

Crowd Pleasers Dance has always been committed to protecting the health and safety of our participants, directors, spectators and employees. We are closely monitoring COVID-19 through The Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization, state/local authorities, and working through many logistics for our 2020 Team Camps and Officer Camps.

Registration Opens: December 1st

See Event Details

Crowd Pleasers Dance has always been committed to protecting the health and safety of our participants, directors, spectators and employees. We are closely monitoring COVID-19 through The Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization, state/local authorities, and working through many logistics for our 2020 Team Camps and Officer Camps.

Space is limited. Please call to register.

See Event Details

Crowd Pleasers Dance has always been committed to protecting the health and safety of our participants, directors, spectators and employees. We are closely monitoring COVID-19 through The Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization, state/local authorities, and working through many logistics for our 2020 Team Camps and Officer Camps.

Registration Opens: December 1st

See Event Details

Early Bird Discount

10% off your entire contest registration, plus another 5% off each additional contest. REGISTER AND PAY by December 1, 2019
You may continue to add/make adjustments via your CP contest registration account until 4 weeks prior to the event.

Loyalty Discount

Free Officer Routine Entry at a CP Contest for choosing CP for your Dance Officer Camp!
(6 officer minimum)

Free Team Routine Entry at a CP Contest for choosing CP for your Team Camp!
(3 + Days and 50 dancer minimum)