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Ultimate Dance Madness is the Next Generation in Dance Competitions. Our ULTIMATE focus is you, the studio! Your experience at our event will be like no other. Come join the MADNESS that is the Ultimate Dance Madness!


• Competition at its TRUEST – NO LEVELS
• Real Cash Prizes and Scholarships
• SDA Competition – You can qualify for any SDA National Championships
• Golden Tickets – Earn your way to The World Dance Championships
• Bracket Style Final Day – “Where the Strategy Begins… Who’s In?”

2020 Dance Madness Cities

Meadowlands, NJ

May 8 – 10
Meadowlands, NJ

Lakeland Florida

May 15 – 17
Lakeland, FL





Unique Rules for Main Event and The Call Back

Main Event is for groups only and The Call Back is for Solos only. Ultimate Dance Madness (UDM) follows and abides by the rules set by the Star Dance Alliance (SDA) excepts for performance levels. Ultimate Dance Madness has only one performance level.

Main Event Rules

To qualify for any particular Main Event Bracket, you must have at least 2 groups in the same age Division & group size.  
Example: Must have at least two (2) 9-11 Small groups.
Small Groups, Large Groups and Lines. Large groups and Lines may be combined if there is not enough to fill any one bracket.
Seeding is found by the Average score of your two highest scoring groups in any particular age division and group size during the regular competition. Top Four Studios will move on to the Main Event. The Main Event will be held during the final day of the competition.

The Highest Average Studio will be the #1 Seed
The Second Highest Average Studio will be the #2 Seed
The Third Highest Average Studio will be the #3 Seed
The Fourth Highest Average Studio will be the #4 Seed
The #1 Seed will compete against the #4 Seed, and the #2 Seed will compete against the #4 Seed. Lowest Seed will perform first (1st).
The Winner of the #1 vs #4 will compete against the Winner of the #2 vs #3 in the Championship Round. Lowest Seed will perform first (1st).

The remaining studios from round one will move to the Placement Bracket to find 3rd & 4th place. The lowest seed will perform first. The Placement Bracket will compete before the Championship Bracket.
The teacher/director must choose which of the two qualifying dances will perform first. The following round, in the Placement Bracket or the Championship Round, the remaining dance/routine MUST perform. Your choice of performance order must be submitted by 7:00am the day of the Main Event. Once your submission has been made, it is final!

The Call Back Rules

All audition performances will be no longer than 35 seconds. This performance can be an abbreviated version of an already existing routine or a unique 35 second routine. After 35 seconds the music will be silenced. You can audition up to three (3) times. Each audition must be a different dance genre.

During the audition portion of the competition, costumes are not permitted. Please use a leotard, shorts and/or leggings. Please use the appropriate shoes for your genre. Costumes are only allowed if you move on to The Call Back.

The Top sixteen (16) highest scoring audition performances will move on to The Call Back. They will be seeded and compete in a single elimination sixteen (16) person bracket. The highest scoring solo being the #1 seed, 2nd highest being the #2 seed Etc. Each contestant will perform one (1) of their three (3) prepared full length solos of their choice.

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Both Contestants may choose which solo they want to perform for the Championship Round. The Lowest Remaining seed will perform first.
Star Dance Alliance

Star Dance Alliance Rules

Although each competition is run in its own way, all of the SDA competitions provide a quality competition arena to our customers in every aspect.

A combined registration system that allows studios to enter/update their roster one time a year, and easily transfer routines from competition to competition.

Streamlined Rules and Regulations that make it easier for studios to keep age divisions, group sizes and competition levels the same for each competition.

Routines may qualify at any SDA Regional Competition for all of the Star Dance Alliance National Championships.

SDA Star Dollars are awarded to Advanced Level Champions.

Regional winnings may be redeemed for any SDA 2018 National Championship or for a 2019 Regional Competition from the issuing competition.

National winnings may be redeemed for a 2019 Regional Competition from the issuing competition.

Star Dollars may NOT be used for the World Dance Championships, World Dance Pageant, Power Pak or Wild Dance Intensive

SDA Power Rankings

Every routine that competes at a SDA Regional Competition, and is awarded as the ‘Regional Champion’ in their division, is automatically entered into the Power Rankings. Routines are entered into the rankings with the score that their routine was given at that regional event. You can track the Power Rankings weekly at www.stardancealliance.com

Power Pak

Invitations & Scholarships are awarded at all of the SDA Regional Competitions.

Wild Dance Intensive

Scholarships are awarded at all of the SDA Regional Competitions.

World Dance Championships

Golden Ticket Invitations are given out at all SDA Regional and National Competitions to top scoring routines.

World Dance Pageant

Scholarships are awarded at all of the SDA Regional Competitions.

  • PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO RECORDING IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Failure to abide by this rule can result in Disqualification for the studio. If anyone is found photographing or video recording in the competition auditorium, we reserve the right to delete the footage. Teachers… it is your responsibility to inform your contestants and parents of this rule.
  • NO SMOKING is permitted in any of our venues.
  • All dance divisions are permitted to have up to 25% acro/gymnastics tricks in them. NOTE: The Cheer & Character divisions may contain up to 50% acro/gymnastics.
  • Singing is permitted in the Song & Dance and Vocal categories ONLY. We will have two handheld/wireless microphones at each venue. We do not allow any additional equipment to be hooked into the sound system, therefore, no personal microphones, headsets, etc. will be permitted.
  • A panel of well-qualified judges will score contestants. All decisions of the judges are final.
  • All contestants grant permission to the Star Dance Alliance to use their photographs and/or videos for promotional reasons.
  • Sportsmanlike behavior is expected from all contestants, teachers and families at all times. Failure to display proper decorum could result in immediate disqualification. This includes attempting to recruit students from other studios to attend yours at one of our events.
  • The Star Dance Alliance and the hosting venue are not responsible for personal injury or property loss.

  • Props must be set up and removed from the stage in a reasonable time frame.
  • Props must be labeled with the studio name for identification purposes backstage.
  • No dangerous props may be used on stage (such as fire, swords or knives). Live animals are also prohibited on stage.
  • Please alert the backstage manager of any props that will be used before your performance time.

PROTESTS A protest may only be initiated by a Studio Director/Teacher. It must be signed and submitted in writing to the director of the show within 30 minutes of the incident involved. Protests may not be submitted after an awards ceremony.
Any music which contains profanity or racial slurs will result in a 5-POINT PENALTY. Note: If you are questioning if your music is ok, please send us your music in advance and we will check it.
Contestants are required to provide their own music that must be recorded at the proper speed
  • UPLOAD – Music can be uploaded though our registration system, and must be done at least 7 days prior to the competition.
  • CD’S – There must be only ONE routine per CD. A back up of all music must be accessible in the event that it is needed. CD’s must be labeled with the routine name, number and studio name.
  • IPODS – These will ONLY be accepted if it is clearly labeled with the studio name, address and phone #. Each routine must be it’s own separate playlist. The playlist must be labeled with the entry number (four digits) and routine title in the following format: “0384- Party in the USA”. It is also important to make sure that the repeat function is not enabled. The device MUST be fully charged, and it is the responsibility of the studio to provide a charger. This example is clearly labeled as entry number 384, Party in the USA
  • Entries will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis and will be limited to the amount of performance time available.
  • All entries MUST be PAID IN FULL before they will be processed
  • NO PHONE, FAXED or MAILED entries will be accepted.
  • All entries must include the correct names and ages of all contestants.
  • The name of a routine may NOT be the same name as the dance studio.
  • Be certain that you are entering your performers in the CORRECT PERFORMANCE LEVEL when inputting your registration data. This WILL NOT be able to be changed after the schedule is completed.
  • After payment is made, you will receive a summary via email of all routines registered. It is imperative that you review this information including birth date and age division, and reply IMMEDIATELY with any corrections. NO CHANGES WILL BE PERMITTED LESS THAN 10 DAYS PRIOR TO THE COMPETITION OR AT THE COMPETITION.
  • We reserve the right to add additional competition days/times, if deemed necessary, and also reserves the right to move the competition location if it becomes necessary due to circumstances beyond its control.
  • We also reserve the right to limit solos to two (2) per dancer, depending on venue capability and space.
A time schedule will be e-mailed (provided that an email address was clearly provided on your entry form) no later than seven (7) days before the competition date to all entrants. There is NO general format. Every regional schedule is based solely on the breakdown of entries by solos, duet/trios, groups and lines in each age division for that particular city. This breakdown is not available until all of the entries have been processed. At that time, a schedule will be set to best accommodate the entrants at that competition. No time requests will be accepted.

ALL ENTRIES MUST COMPETE ON THE DAY AND TIME ASSIGNED. We understand that there are sometimes unforeseen events that can arise. Any entry, which is not able to compete at their assigned day and time, may request an alteration to the routine’s performance time. If this is approved, this routine may be permitted to compete for AJUDICATION ONLY and may not be eligible for high score awards. Any change in competition days and/or times is at the sole discretion of the Director and will be determined by the time allowance at each Regional Competition.

The number in which each routine is assigned is for reference and identification purposes. Routines will perform in numerical order. If the backstage manager sees potential delays due to costume changes, you may be asked to compete out of sequence in order. Please be prepared to compete when we call your number, even though it may be a few numbers earlier than you anticipated.

Performers MUST be checked in with the Backstage Manager 1 HOUR prior to their scheduled performance time. Failure to do so may result in your routine being disqualified.

**NOTE** If you determine that you do not have enough time between numbers to change costumes, it is imperative that you advise the backstage manager. If the backstage manager has not been notified of any problem, and you are not ready to compete when called, your routine may be disqualified.
Solo – (1) Performer
Time Limit - 2:45 minutes
Fashion Modeling & Compulsory Time Limit – 1:30 minutes
Solos MUST compete in the competition level in which the dancer is listed on the studio’s roster. (The only exception is Compulsory, Fashion Modeling & Vocal solos, which must compete in the advanced level)
Advanced and Intermediate Soloists are limited to entering a maximum of three (3) solo performance categories and may not compete against themselves in any category. (Soloists may compete in the Compulsory, Fashion Modeling and Vocal Category in addition to the dance categories).
Novice Level Soloists are limited to entering a maximum of (1) solo.
A contestant cannot place more than once for high score in the Solo division.
We reserve the right to limit solos to two (2) per dancer, depending on the venue capability and space.
  *NOTE: Solos MUST compete in the level in which the dancer is listed on your roster (Excluding Vocal, Compulsory & Fashion Modeling).

Duet/Trio - 2-3 Performers
Time Limit - 2:45 minutes
No Duet/Trio may compete against themselves in the same performance category with the same performers. There must be a 50% difference in performers to be in the same age group of the same category.

Small Group – 4-9 Performers
Time Limit - 3:00 minutes

Large Group – 10-19 Performers
Time Limit - 4:00 minutes

Line - 20 or more Performers
Time Limit - 4:00 minutes

Grand Line – 20 or more Performers
Time Limit – 6:00 minutes

Grand Lines compete in the ADVANCED LEVEL ONLY, and has NO specific performance category (Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, etc.).
Average age will determine the age at which this routine competes. This division allows age 20 & over performers to compete and not be placed in the Adult Division.

At any Regional competition, if any act drops below the minimum number of performers required in the group they registered for, the act will be adjudicated, however, the act will not be eligible for High Score Awards. EXAMPLE: A group of 10 performers registered as a Large Group... if 1 performer is unable to perform, this will then drop the number in the group to 9. They can still be judged as a Large Group, so that all 10 can attend Championships, but they will not be eligible for the High Score Awards. If this routine changes to a Small Group, then they will be eligible for High Scores and will qualify for Nationals as a Small Group.

Solos, Duet/Trios, Groups & Lines may purchase an extended time of 30 seconds at $3/per performer. Grand Lines may purchase an extended time of 2 minutes at $3/performer. To register for extended time, please check the box on the routine that indicates “Request Extended Time” on your online studio account.

Note: Routines that are over the time limit will result in automatic point deduction of one point or a fraction thereof for every 5 seconds of overtime if extended time has not been registered for that routine.

DIVISIONS: 4 & Under; 5-6 Yrs; 7-8 yrs; 9-11yrs; 12-14 yrs; 15-16 yrs; 17-19 yrs; 20-29 yrs; 30-39 yrs; 40-49 yrs; 50 yrs and over. NOTE: JAZZ, TAP, LYRICAL, CONTEMPORARY AND OPEN CATEGORY CONTESTANTS WILL ENTER THE FOLLOWING SINGLE AGE DIVISIONS: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19.

DETERMINING AGE DIVISION: Duets/Trios, Groups and Lines will compete at the average age division determined by averaging the age of all members of the group. Do not use decimals or round up. Example: If the average comes to 11.8, they will compete in the 11-year old age division. NOTE: If there are any substitutions of any performers for National Championships, the ages must then be re-averaged and the group must then compete at the age division that the average is as of the first day of championships they are attending.

ADULT AGE DIVISION: Any routine with a performer 20 years or older will compete in the Adult Division (with the exception of the Grand Line Division). All adult performers MUST compete in the Advanced performance level and are not eligible for High Score Awards. If enough routines are entered in the Adult Category, a special High Score Award may be awarded at that regional. Adult dancers may include Teachers, Professionals, Parents, etc.

PROOF OF AGE: All performers are required to have proof of ages on hand at every SDA competition. Failure to provide a birth certificate or drivers license if an age division is challenged will result in disqualification of that routine.

HIGH SCORE AGE DIVISIONS: High Score Awards will be given out in the Petite (8 & Under), Junior (9-11), Teen (12-14) and Senior (15-19) age divisions.

*NEW – Age Bump Rule (Small Groups only) – The oldest performer in a small group may only compete (1) age division lower than his/her age. Example: A routine with a 15 year old performer may only compete in the Teen(age 12-14) or Senior (age 15-19) divisions regardless of the average age. A 15 year old small group performer may never compete in the Petite (8 & Under) or Junior (9-11) age division.
Acro/Gymnastics - A routine that contains primarily gymnastic tricks, including, but not limited to walkover, front/back limbers, handstands, headstands, cartwheels, etc. There should be a blend of gymnastics and dance together.

Ballet - A routine consisting of classical steps & ballet technique. Ballet shoes must be worn.

Baton - Routine using baton(s) and baton technique.

Character - A routine that portrays a character that is easily recognizable.

Cheerleading - A routine that has a combination of strong, sharp movements, vocal cheering and dance. May contain up to 50% acro/gymnastics.

Clogging - A routine which uses clogging technique.

Compulsory – (Advanced Level/Solos Only) A performance of pre-determined, specified dance techniques. (Please see details listed on next page)

Contemporary – A routine that combines both lyrical and modern movements.

Drill Team - A group performing military type moves with precision marching and may incorporate any type of dance.

Fashion Modeling – (Advanced Level/Solos Only) Must include Runway «T-style” Modeling Technique FORMAL- Any party dress or «After 5» attire. SPORTSWEAR- Casual skirts, pants, etc., select sport, skiing, tennis, horseback riding, etc. SWIMWEAR - Any swimwear or swimsuit & cover-up.

Folkloric - Routine incorporating ethnic styles of dance such as polkas, Hawaiian, Spanish, etc.

Hip Hop - A dance that consists of the latest street dance style, as seen in current dance videos.

Jazz - A routine that utilizes jazz technique such as splits, isolation, leaps, etc.

Lip Sync - A routine that utilizes pantomime techniques and mimics voices on pre-recorded music.

Lyrical - A routine that is performed to the lyrics or mood of the music.

Modern - A routine containing a contemporary style of dance.

Musical Theater - A routine performed to the music of a Broadway musical or a movie musical.

Open - A routine that is a combination of any of the other categories; a routine that does not exactly fit any of the definitions of any other category. (No Vocals permitted)

Photogenic Contest - Contestants should submit a 5x7 or larger photograph the FIRST DAY OF COMPETITION to the registration desk. The photo must be of only one person. Photogenic contestants must be a registered competitor in that competition and may register more than one photo.

Pointe - A routine that consists of ballet/pointe technique. Pointe shoes must be worn.

Pom Pon - A routine combining dance with the use of pom pons for at least 80% of the routine.

Production - This category may be entered ONLY in Line division and must have a minimum of 20 performers. The time limit for this category is 6 minutes.

Song and Dance – A routine that combines dancing and singing. This is a vocal routine…lead vocals may not be lip synched and may have back up vocal accompaniment only. We will provide two handheld, wireless microphones. No personal/studio microphones, headsets, etc. will be permitted.

Tap - A routine utilizing tap technique and must be performed with tap shoes only.

Vocal – (Advanced Level Only) A performance of any type of vocal presentation. Accompaniment must be pre-recorded. (No lead vocals may be recorded; backup voices only will be permitted). We will provide two handheld, wireless microphones. No personal/studio microphones, headsets, etc. will be permitted to be hooked into the sound system.
This is a solo performance of specific dance techniques set forth by the list below. Dancers will be judged on the quality of execution regardless of the difficulty level. Choreography and/or transitional movements between each required technical element will not be judged, but is permitted.

Scoring Breakdown: Turns - 30 points | Control/Balance/Flexibility – 30 points, Leaps/Jumps - 30 points | Bonus Section – 10 points

ATTIRE: Contestants MUST wear black, form-fitting dance apparel (NO Costumes). Hair must be pulled back away from face. No socks may be worn unless they are worn with shoes. Shoes are optional (must wear two).

MUSIC: Technical elements must be executed in time with the music of your choice (any genre may be used).

REQUIREMENTS: All 4 technical elements MUST be executed in each category IN THE ORDER in which they are listed below.

11 & Under Requirements: 1. FLEXIBILITY/CONTROL/BALANCE a. Split (any side or center) b. Leg Stretch (balance holding leg in any way you choose) ex: heel stretch or scorpion c. Grande Battement (front or side) d. Extension/Dévloppé (front, side or arabesque)

2. TURNS a. Right OR Left double pirouette turned out en Dehors (outside) b. Piqué turn (turned out with coupé back en Dedans) c. 3 Chaîné turns (in relevé) d. Right or Left Inside Pirouette (in plié with parallel passé)

3. LEAPS/JUMPS (Leaps may be executed Right OR Left) a. Échappé sauté (from 5th to 2nd) b. Sauté arabesque c. Grand Jeté (brushing front leg, straight jeté) d. Saut de chat (grand jeté with front leg développé)

4. BONUS SECTION (2-3 of your own technical elements to showcase) Examples: Acro passes or tricks (walkovers, valdez, back handsprings, chin/chest stands) Advanced and exciting turn sections featuring multiple turns Switch leaps, Turning Jeté, Men - Double tours

12 & Over Requirements: 1. FLEXIBILITY/CONTROL/BALANCE a. Split (any side or center) b. Leg Stretch (balance holding leg in any way you choose) ex: heel stretch or scorpion c. Choose TWO of the following extensions: i. Penché arabesque ii. Écarté side extension iii. Tilt (side extension, tilting back laterally) iiii. Forward layout - parallel side extension with flat back in forward position

2. TURNS a. Double en Dehors (outside) - Right AND Left pirouette with passé turned out (Not into fouett turns) b. Double inside - Pirouette en Dedans turned out with high passé c. Attitude turn (front or back attitude) - Can be piqué attitude turn or plié relevé en Dehors, en Dedans d. Females - (4) fouetté turns / Males - (4) turns in second (Pirouettes into our out of fouette turns do not count as double pirouettes en Dehors as stated above)

3. LEAPS/JUMPS (Leaps may be executed Right OR Left) a. Sauté arabesque b. Grand Jeté (brushing front leg, straight jeté) c. Saut de chat (développé, passé to straight front leg grand jeté) d. Leap in 2nd or Side jeté (développé or brush straight leg)

4. BONUS SECTION (2-3 of your own technical elements to showcase) Examples: Acro passes or tricks (walkovers, valdez, back handsprings, chin/chest stands) Advanced and exciting turn sections featuring multiple turns Switch leaps, Turning Jeté, Men - Double tours

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