BOLD Dance Competition
'Rules and Regulations



For all entry fees, please contact us directly: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Independent entries will be assessed a $20 processing fee.

Entries must be paid in full before they will be processed.

Entries will be processed on a first come, first serve basis and will be limited to the amount of performance time available.

Registration Changes must be made 14 days prior to the competition.

All entries must include the names and ages of all performing dancers.

The name of the routine may NOT be the name of the studio.

Studios or routines that cancel before 30 days prior to the event will be receive a 75% refund. 

Cancellations within 30 days will be considered a 'scratch' and will not receive a refund.

Refunds will not be available if BOLD cancels or reschedules events.


Time Limits 

Routine Size

Time Limit





Small Team


Medium Team


Large Team



*Lines are not automatically productions.




 **Extra time is allowed at $25 per 30 seconds.

Props must be set up and taken down in the total routine time. Extra time for props will only be granted with special permission with the initial entry or with purchase.

2 points will be deducted for every 10 seconds over allotted time.

Routines must be ready to perform in the scheduled order. If the competition is running ahead of schedule, dancers and routines will be expected to perform in order and/or when called upon backstage. Unauthorized delays may be subject to a 2-point deduction. We strive to run an on-time competition, if you have a scheduling conflict, please let BOLD Competition know prior to the event. During the event, Studio Directors and Assistant Directors need to notify the BOLD Concierge.



Music MUST be uploaded directly to the BOLD registration website.  Music being turned in at the competition will need to be submitted 1 hour prior to the scheduled performance time. We will have connections for lightening ports. Please turn your phone to airplane mode and disable to automatic sleep function or any locks.

It is strongly recommended that Studio Directors and Teachers bring a back up copy of all music, even if it has been uploaded online to prevent any unforeseen technical difficulties.

Music must be free of profanity and strong adult content. BOLD is a family-friendly competition, music should be age appropriate for the performers and spectators. Deductions may occur at the discretion of the judges.


General Rules

  • Any SOLO routine which was not completed due to participant forgetting their routine may perform (time permitting) again for adjudication only.
  • All dance divisions are permitted to have 3 (three) acro/gymnastics trick in them. A tumbling pass is considered 1 trick. Deductions will be given at the judge’s discretion. The OPEN category may include up to 50% acro/gymnastics.
  • Running over the allotted time will result in an automatic 2-point deduction for every 10 seconds. This includes entrances and exits from the stage.
  • Absolutely no flash photography. Video and photography permitted on your own routines only.
  • As a show of respect and sportsmanship, entering and exiting the auditorium is during a routine is strongly discouraged. All auditorium doors have Ushers, they will be opened only between numbers.
  • NO SMOKING is permitted in any venue or within 25 feet of any entrance.
  • Props must be set up and removed in the total time allotment for routines.
  • Props must be labeled with the studio name for identification. Load-in assistance is available - please make the request to the BOLD Concierge.
  • Parking in designated areas only. BOLD Competition is not liable for towing/damage/theft of vehicles.
  • Reserved Parking is for studio owners only. Parking in a reserved space may result in ticket and/or disqualification.
  • All venue rules and guidelines are to be followed at all times.

BOLD Productions, LLC and the hosting venue are not responsible for personal injury or property loss. Sportsmanlike behavior is expected from contestants, teachers and families. Failure to comply could result in disqualification.





A performance by 1 individual dancer. No other persons are allowed to perform.


A performance by 2-3 dancers.

Small Team:

A performance by 4-9 dancers.

Medium Team:

A performance by 10-14 dancers

Large Team:

A performance by 15-19 dancers.



A performance by 20+ dancers.


BOLD Competition Levels

The level of performance selected for each dancer and routine is at the full discretion of the Studio Director/Owner. However, all routines are subject to level changes and/or point deductions per judges request if the level does not suit the dancer/routine.


BOLD recommends the following guidelines for level placement.

Hours/week are based on all classes a dancer takes at their studio (e.i. dancer takes 1 hour of ballet technique, 1 hour of jazz technique, 1 hour of choreography = 3 Hours of dance per week.

*We understand that your dancer(s) may have a technical element that is above this level, yet everything else fits. Routines that have more than one spotlight trick will be subject to deductions by the merit judge.

(Example): Soloist in Novice may be able to complete double pirrouette and have novice technical abilities in all other areas.
(Example): Group in Intermediate beginning may be able to do a double pirouette, but you have a highlight dancer that completes a triple or a well executed side leap.

Routines that have been blatantly mis-leveled and moved by the judges to the correct level forfeit their ability to place in their category and/or overalls.






Technical Achievement



Up to 3

Single rotations(chaine, pirrouette, etc), leaps 45-90 degrees, pique turns, connected movement sequences.


3.1 – 5.5

Double rotations (exlude fouette turns), variety of leaps and turns, fouette turns with beginning technique (2-4 rotations), average/good flexibility.


5.6 – 9

Triple rotations, fouette/a la seconde turn sequences, turning jumps/leaps, advanced flexibility.



Advanced in all technical areas.





Age Divisions 


4 - 6 years


7 – 8 years


9-10 years


11 - 12 years


13 - 14 years


15 – 18 years


BOLD Competition reserves the right to combine, divide and change age categories based on the number of entries in a given division.

Age will be based on the average age of the performers for each routine as of January 1st of the competition year. If the youngest performer is more that 2 (two) years younger than the next dancer in the same routine, their age will not be used in averaging the ages.


Performance Categories

Ballet – Routine consisting of classical and contemporary ballet movements and technique. Ballet shoes must be worn.

Pointe – Routine consisting of ballet/pointe technique. Pointe shoes must be worn.

Character – Routine portrays a character that is easily recognizable.

Clog – Routine using clogging technique. Clogging shoes must be worn.

Cheer – A routine that has a combination of strong sharp movements,  vocal cheering and dance. Up to 50% of the routine may be acro/gymnastics.

Contemporary/Modern – A routine that includes modern, ballet and jazz techniques in the current contemporary style.

Hip Hop – Routine consisting of street or jazz-funk.

Jazz – Routine contains traditional jazz movements and technique.

Lyrical  - Routine consisting of dynamic emotion and expressive movements demonstrated with fluidity, extension, balance and control.

Open – Routine consisting of any combination of the other categories. Up to 50% acro/gymnastics allowed. Acro routines should enter in the Open category.

Production – This category is a themed routine consisting of 15+ dancers and may be 8:00 minutes in length.

Tap – Routine consisting of tap technique. Tap shoes must be worn. A Cappella is accepted.

BOLD Productions reserves the right to combine/divide styles.

Routines that are not placed in the correct category (judge’s discretion) may be subject to category change and/or point deduction.



Judging and Awards


  • Each participant/entry will be awarded a placement trophy (Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum).
  • 1st Place awarded to category winner.
  • High Point awarded to Age/Level
  • 1 Overall in each ceremony.


  • Each dancer will receive a medal (Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum) for each routine corresponding to the routine’s placement.
  • Placement for routines will be based on a curve.
    • Categories for each curve (subject to change):
      • Mini/Petite/Junior Novice
      • Mini/Petite/Junior Intermediate & Advanced
      • Pre-Teen/Teen/Senior Novice & Intermediate
      • Pre-Teen/Teen/Senior Advanced & Elite
    • 1st Place awarded to each category
    • High Point for each age/level
    • 1 Overall per ceremony.

Overall and High Point winners will not be eligible for 1st place.

BOLD Awards:

Each Judge will be allotted up to 2 (two) BOLD awards for each award ceremony (Solo/Duet/Trio and Team). The BOLD award is given at the discretion of each judge for outstanding routines. This may include Technique, Costume, Best Of, Creativity, Use of Prop, etc.


Scoring will be done electronically. Score sheets and audio/video critiques will be available 48-72 hours after the competition.

Achievement Awards (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum) will be awarded.

Platinum 289-300

Gold 276-288

Silver 269-275

Bronze <268

Judges will score each routine on:

  • Choreography – 30
    • How did the choreographer do? Artistry, costume, props, musicality, etc.
  • Technique - 30
    • How well did the dancers execute their technical level? Alignment, feet, extension, placement, control, etc.
  • Execution- 30
    • How well did the dancers execute the choreography? Formations, timing, presentation, emotion, etc.

Merit – 10

The technical score will be based on the level/style of each routine.

Ties will be broken with the technical score. If a tie persists, it will be broken at Judges Discretion.


BOLD judges are professional studio directors, instructors and performing dance professionals. They are highly qualified and trained to objectively critique each style and level.

Judges will only be able to view the style/level/age/title of each dance. They will not be privy to studio, choreographer or dancer names.