Each dance will be given a full and true critique, allowing for the team to utilize the expert feedback in order to inspire growth. Through our evaluation system, teams will receive definitive notes and judging. Also, team entries will benefit from detailed and intricate voice critiques. On top of the critique system, AOM will provide each dance with adjudicated scoring aligned with the typical scoring system of elite competition series so they have an idea of where they would place in the competition setting. Group dances that stand-out in one of the Showcase Top Award Categories can be selected by the AOM educators giving that number an opportunity to perform at the Finale show on Sunday afternoon.
Competitor Age Divisions
Age cutoff is as of January 1st of each TOUR SEASON!
(Dancers that compete prior to January 1st of the tour season, will be bumped to their age as of January 1st of that season).
|GENERAL CATEGORIES||# OF DANCERS|
|Small Group||4-9 dancers|
|Large Group||10-19 dancers|
|COMPETITION/SHOWCASE FEES (Per Dancer)||EARLY BIRD||FULL PRICE|
Group Showcase Top Award Categories
This dance routine will be chosen for exhibiting outstanding choreography. The entry selected for this award will execute a sophisticated number with a range of intricate dance composition incorporating profound elements of music emulation. The Choreography Award will go to the number that best integrates the use of complex staging, including a variation of dancer placement and utilization.
Judges’ Favorite Award
This award goes to the entry that judges will select based upon their own specifications. It can include technique, genre, execution or any other outstanding aspect the judge feels surpasses expectations.
Technical Execution Award
AOM encourages dance routines to be at their technical best. This award will go to the entry showcasing exceptional technique. The judges will be analyzing every aspect of execution which includes form, position, correct mechanics and a high-level of skill. The number selected for this award will dance a clean routine with proper timing, advanced sequences and where applicable group members performing in precise unison.
Best in Style
These awards will be handed out to the best routine in each style for ages 12 and under, as well as 13 and up. There must be at least 3 acts within the style and age division for award to be handed out.
*AOM will award an undetermined number of special awards at the Director and/or Judges discretion, including Best in Style and Closing Show Pieces.
Choreography containing ballet technique and variations.
Choreography containing a balance of modern and lyrical.
Choreography containing Jazz technique.
Choreography containing the foundations of Hip Hop and Jazz Funk.
Choreography containing moment that emulates the lyrics through balance, control, and expression.
Choreography containing any style of dance pertaining to Broadway, Television or Movies.
Choreography containing any style of dance or a combination of styles.
Choreography consisting of tap technique.
**Judges reserve the right to change categories if an entry is incorrectly placed.
Entry Time Limits
|Performance Type||Time Limit|
|Small & Large Group||3 minutes|
Entry Limits per Studio
Each studio will be allowed to compete a maximum of 30 entries total. The 30 entries may also include solos. We currently limit the amount of solos to 2 per dancer.
- Studios entering 40-49 students: May enter 40 competition entries.
- Studios entering 50-59 students: May enter 45 competition entries.
- Studios entering 60-69 students: May enter 50 competition entries.
- Studios entering 75+ students: May enter 55 competition entries.
Friday Competition (only if needed in a city)
The competition will start around 3:30 p.m. to accommodate dancers who to go to school. Friday’s schedule will contain only solos, duets and trios. In addition to the competition, there will be master classes offered on Friday night.
Music must be turned in Friday morning. It is recommended to upload your mp3 music file to our online portal. This will allow for a smooth and easy weekend for all. If you wish to provide a CD instead, please make sure each dance is on its own individual CD with the studio name, dance title, and act number labeled on it. Also make sure to bring a back up copy of the music on another CD or iPod.
|Performance & Execution||25%|
|Costume and Music||5%|
All dances will be judge by 3 judges. Ties will be broken by determining which piece scored higher on technique, if that’s tied then the other criteria such as Performance/Execution and so on will be used for the tie breaker.
Closing Show Pieces
The judges choice! The dances that were awarded the Best in Style award will be in the running to perform at the Closing Show on Sunday afternoon. The judges will select 2 to 4 pieces. We will have the show order for the closing show by lunch time on Sunday. Only one dance per studio can perform unless stated otherwise by the convention director.
Score Sheets & Critiques
All scores and critiques are uploaded into our online portal system. You can log into the system that you used to register for our event. Once the event is over, all scores and critiques will be in your account. Please log in and click registered events. From there you will see a BUTTON that says SCORES. Please click. This will show you a full digital breakdown from each judge for each routine you registered, along with a full video/audio critique of the dance. You can download or stream directly from our site.
Photo & Video
Videotaping and flash photography during the Competition and Group Showcase is strictly prohibited to protect the dancers as well as the choreographers. If the videographer/photographer is part of the studio that is on stage, the dance will either be deducted points or be given an adjudication score only. Photos and Videos may only be taken during award presentations. We offer professional video and photo sales of all dances. In most cities they will be available for viewing and purchase by Sunday morning.
The competition is open to all family and friends to attend.
Weapons/Dangerous items – Fire, real weapons, swords, liquids, gels, and knives on stage are not allowed. Simulated weapons with dull, safe edges are acceptable.
Scenery/ Props – Props must be freestanding. Scenery or backdrops requiring the use of theater fly bars, or special theater lighting may NOT be used.
Fog/Smoke – Special fog or smoke is not permitted unless specifically approved by competition.
Height – Prop height should be no taller than 10 feet or 7 ft if dancer is using as a platform.
Removal – Please be prepared to clean up immediately after the routine is finished.
It is the responsibility of the studio to ensure that props are taken on and off the stage within 60 seconds. Studios are responsible for ensuring that the stage is clean and undamaged by the prop after the routine.
Damage – Studios are liable for any damage done to stage.
Load in and Load out – Props must have load in/load out on the same competition day.
AOM is not responsible for props left overnight.
General Rules & Regulations