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General Rules & Information

UNIVERSITY DANCE CHALLENGE

UDC 2023 Graduates

UDC 2023 CAPTAINS

UDC 2023 Captains

UDC 2023 GRADUATES

UDC 2024 feat. THE BEST DANCERS IN CANADA

March 8-10, 2024

River Run Centre

Guelph, Ontario

Canada's Premier Varsity Dance Event

$30,000 AWARDED

We will once again be happy to provide the experience you all know and love including:

  • $10,000 in CASH prizes (never credit)

  • $10,000 in FREE PHOTO & VIDEO

  • $10,000 in GIFT CARDS

  • Exciting multimedia Awards Presentations

  • And much more…

// ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED BY DECEMBER 15, 2023.

// ALL FEES MUST BE RECEIVED IN FULL PAYMENT BY JANUARY 15, 2024.

  • All dancers must have a valid student card and/or written recognition from their affiliated institution. 

  • Payment can be made by cheque, money order or e-transfer.

  • All cheques must be made out to TERPSICHORE DANCE CELEBRATION INC.

  • No refunds will be granted for ANY reason including medical.

  • NSF FEE of $45.00 will be charged for all NSF cheques.

  • Late entries are subject to a late fee of 10% of total fee.

  • Space is limited and studios are accepted on a first come first serve basis. Event bookings and HOLDS will only be confirmed when a deposit has been received. Deposits are due within 7 days of your request. Deposits are non-refundable.

  • TERPSICHORE DANCE CELEBRATION INC. reserves the right to cancel any event.​

  • TERPSICHORE DANCE CELEBRATION INC. reserves the right to add additional days to events if deemed necessary.

  • Upon registration it is agreed and acknowledged that the risks of participation and attending are fully understood and that Terpsichore Dance Celebration Inc., which includes Terpsichore Dance Celebration, Flying Solo, UDC University Dance Challenge, Dance Starz Challenge and any of their workshop/convention classes, are hereby released from any liability whatsoever arising from claims for damages, injuries or loss of property while attending the aforementioned events. Further, it is agreed and acknowledged that all video and photography taken during the aforementioned events shall be the sole property of Terpsichore Dance Celebration Inc. for its use only, at its sole discretion.

COMPETITION RULES

  • Terpsichore Dance Celebration Inc. and all its affiliates have a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for bullying of any kind. Terpsichore prides itself on providing a safe space for all participants. Terpsichore reserves the right to disqualify any dancer that is contributing to an unsafe environment.

  • Any changes made after the FINALIZED SCHEDULE has been sent out is subject to a $10.00 fee per change.

  • Soloists cannot compete against themselves in the same category.

  • Terpsichore Dance Celebration Inc. is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.

  • Photography and videotaping is strictly prohibited.

  • Dancers must be ready to perform thirty minutes prior to their scheduled time.

  • All dancers must report backstage to the Terpsichore Stage Manager at least three numbers before their scheduled time.

  • All entries will perform in the order they are scheduled unless approved by a Terpsichore Director.

  • Please be advised that studios will be held responsible for any damages to theatre change rooms. Any personal belongings, costumes or dance apparel left behind will not be the responsibility of Terpsichore Dance Celebration Inc.

  • CASH AWARDS: will be awarded by cheque made out to the winning studio.

  • ALL JUDGES DECISIONS ARE FINAL AND NON-NEGOTIABLE.

  • Upon registration it is agreed and acknowledged that all video and photography taken during the events of Terpsichore Dance Celebration Inc., which includes Terpsichore Dance Celebration, Flying Solo, UDC University Dance Challenge and Dance Starz Challenge, shall be the sole property of Terpsichore Dance Celebration Inc. for its use only, at its sole discretion.

  • MUSIC: all lyrics must be clean and family friendly.  Radio versions of songs are recommended.  Terpsichore Dance Celebration Inc and all its affiliates reserve the right to disqualify any routines that use lyrics with swear words or disrespectful language.

  • Routines will not be put on HOLD for any reason once the schedule has been sent out.  Any dancer that is unable to attend their scheduled time due to a school conflict can choose to dance up an age category in their registered genre.

  • Dancers cannot compete against themselves in the same category.

DANCE CATEGORY RULES

CLASSIFICATION

// DANCE ENTRY TYPE | TIME LIMIT

  • Solo (1 dancer) 3 minutes

  • Duet/Trio (2–3 dancers) 3 minutes

  • Small Group (4–9 dancers) 3 minutes

  • Extended Small Group (4–9 dancers) 5 minutes 

  • Large Group (10–16 dancers) 3 minutes

  • Extended Large Group (10–16 dancers) 5 minutes 

  • Line (17+ dancers) 4 minutes

  • Extended Line (17+ dancers) 5 minutes

  • The above time limits include entrances and exits. A mark of 0.5 will be deducted for every 30 seconds over the time limit listed above. If you require more time you can purchase minutes by contacting Terpsichore.  

 

// GENRES

  • All genres can contain up to three (3) acrobatics tricks, excluding Acrobatics, Open, Production.  Acrobatics, Open, Production have no limits on acrobatics tricks.

  • JAZZ: Contains traditional jazz movement and technique.

  • TAP: Technical footwork with a rhythmic quality. Prerecorded sounds are not permitted.

  • LYRICAL: Dancers interpret the lyrics, mood and content of the music.

  • CONTEMPORARY: Incorporating lyrical, jazz movement fused with modern elements.

  • MODERN: Containing primarily modern technique.

  • HIP HOP: Street or contemporary jazz-funk.

  • MUSICAL THEATRE: Interpreting a song from a film or production.

  • BALLET: Classical or contemporary ballet technique. Ballet slippers required.

  • POINTE: Must include classical or contemporary pointe technique. Pointe shoes required.

  • ACROBATICS: Combines gymnastics and dance choreography. Must contain at least 50% dance choreography.

  • OPEN: Any routine that does not fit into any of the above performance categories.

// AGE DIVISIONS

  • Ages are calculated by averaging the ages of all dancers in a routine, decimals are dropped.

  • Ages are determined as of December 31, 2023

  • Varsity ages 17 to 26

// LIGHTING REQUESTS

To ensure fairness to all competitors, lighting requests will NOT be accepted.

SCORING SYSTEM & AWARDS

SCORING SYSTEM

HONOURS: 84.9 & under

EXCELLENCE: 85.0 – 89.9

SUPERIOR: 90.0 – 92.9

HIGH SUPERIOR: 93.0 – 94.9

OUTSTANDING: 95.0 – 96.9

UDC OUTSTANDING: 97.0+

AWARDS

A team representative must be present at each Awards Presentation their studio is involved in.  All Overalls must be collected onstage when they are announced, if the dancers are not present, a team representative must collect the award on their behalf.  All Overalls are listed in the program and will take place at their scheduled times and not be re-announced or rescheduled. Awards will not be shipped for any reason.

// ADJUDICATION AWARDS

Categories will be read in ascending order by score.

Special Awards will be given at each adjudication. These are not based on the judges' marks and are at the judges’ discretion.

Choreography of the Session will be announced at each Awards.

// OVERALL AWARDS (a minimum number of entries is required)

  • VARSITY: 

    • TOP 25 SOLOS

      • Top 10 receiving cash prizes​

    • TOP 10 DUET/TRIO

      • Top 5 receiving cash prizes

    • TOP 10 SMALL GROUPS

      • Top 10 receiving cash prizes

    • TOP 10 LARGE GROUPS

      • Top 10 receiving cash prizes

    • TOP 10 LINES

      • Top 10 receiving cash prizes

// UDC CUP

THE CUP CHAMPIONS are determined by the average score of the teams' 10 highest scoring routines, excluding solos.

Top 10 Teams announced, all receiving cash prizes.

 

// THE GRAND AWARDS

Given out at each event to the highest scoring group/line in each genre.  

// JUDGES' CHOICE AWARDS

  • CHOREOGRAPHY AWARD (cash prize)

  • ENTERTAINMENT AWARD (cash prize)

  • ADJUDICATORS AWARD (cash prize)

*All awards and scholarships are dependent on entries and Terpsichore reserves the right to increase or decrease what is presented at an event at any time.*

HIGHER EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP

TERMS & CONDITIONS

RELEASE, WAIVER, ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND INDEMNITY

Competition Rules
Dance Category Rules
Scoring System & Awards
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CONGRATULATIONS VARSITY BLUES DANCE TEAM
UDC CHAMPIONS 2023

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