Ultimate Dance Showcase Competition Information | UDS UK

UDS UK is a place where dancers of all ages and abilities, from all over the UK and the world, can come to take part in our professionally run dance competitions. Our staff members and judges are all professionals working in the performing arts, dance and education fields and provide quality adjudication for all of our dancers. Our dancers are awarded for their exceptional performances and never-ending talent with loads of prizes, special awards and Titles of Mr. and Miss. Ultimate Dance Showcase. Above all else, UDS UK strives to provide quality dance events where students can gain performance experience, meet other dancers, be challenged, and most importantly, have fun! We are so excited, and can’t wait to see you soon

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    February 17, 2020 - February 18, 2020
  2. Scotland 2020

    May 31, 2020
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    June 27, 2020 - June 28, 2020
  4. Dartford, Kent 2021

    February 18, 2021 - February 20, 2021
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    July 2, 2021 - July 4, 2021
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Please review all of the Ultimate Dance Showcase Rules and Regulations before registering your dancers. We’ve tried to cover all of the details, but if you need further information, please contact us at info@udsuk.co.uk or 07828 676 999.

ENTRY TYPES

Solo : 1 performer

Duet/Trio : 2-3 performers

Small Group : 4-9 performers

Large Group : 10-19 performers

Production : 20+ performers

DANCE CATEGORIES

Acro: Routine that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements.

Ballet : Routine that includes classical ballet steps and technique. Ballet slippers only.

Contemporary : Routine that combines both lyrical and modern movements.

Lyrical: A combination of jazz and ballet techniques to slow music with lyrics to inspire movements to express emotions.

Hip-Hop : Routine that includes street dance styles performed to hip-hop music or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture.

Jazz : Routine that consists of primarily jazz technique.

Musical Theatre : Routine that features any style of dance that interprets a song from a Broadway Show or Movie Musical (backing vocals permitted, but microphones may be limited).

Open : Routines in this category can either be a combination of multiple genres or ones that may not fall into any other dance division.

Pointe : Routine must include classical ballet pointe technique. Pointe shoes only.

Tap : Routine must include tap technique and primarily tap work. Please no pre-recorded tap sounds in music.

Vocal: Vocal presentation. Accompaniment must be pre-recorded. (No lead vocals may be recorded; only backup vocals will be permitted). Microphone will be provided.

LEVELS

Novice :  Routines in this level are for beginning dancers ONLY who have little or no experience competing. Dancers may only be considered ‘novice’ dancers for a maximum of 2 years. Entries will be adjudicated, and will receive Overall Placements within this level. This division is not eligible for Title Awards and will only be placed in Overall Placements against other novice level routines.

Competitive : Routines in this level are for experienced dancers or those who do not wish to enter into the novice level. All competitive solo entries are eligible to compete in the Title Division. Competitive routines will only be placed in Overall Placements against other competitive level routines.

AGE DIVISIONS

Mini : ages 8 and under

Junior : ages 9-11

Teen : ages 12-14

Senior : ages 15-19

Adult : Age 20+

TITLE DIVISION

A £5 entry fee is required to enter for a chance to win Title. All Title entries will be judged during the performance of their chosen routine during the competition. Title Awards will be given out during the award ceremony in which that solo routine was performed. Please be advised, only one Title entry per dancer is allowed (this means if you have more than one solo, you can only enter one for Title).

Only dance solo entries are eligible for Title. No vocal solo entries.

Dancers are eligible to win Title at more than one regional competition; however, this must be with a different routine. For example, if you enter with Solo A at Birmingham, you cannot enter with Solo A at Kent.

*If there is only one routine that is entered for Title in an age division, the routine must score at least 285 points out of 300 in order to receive the Title.*

Mini Miss/Mr. Ultimate Dance Showcase (ages 8 and under)

Junior Miss/Mr. Ultimate Dance Showcase (ages 9-11)

Teen Miss/Mr. Ultimate Dance Showcase (ages 12-14)

Senior Miss/Mr. Ultimate Dance Showcase (ages 15-19)

TIME LIMITS

*OVERTIME WILL RESULT IN AUTOMATIC POINT DEDUCTION OF ¼ POINT FOR EVERY 5 SECONDS OF OVERTIME.

Solos : 2:00 minutes

Duo/Trio : 2:45 minutes

Small Group : 3:00 minutes

Large Group : 4:00 minutes

Production : 5:00 minutes

MUSIC

Contestants are required to email their own music as an mp3 or m4a format to info@udsuk.co.uk AT LEAST 10 days before the event. We strongly suggest that you also bring a backup on a CD or iPod device in case of a technical issue.

Please label your music and send in the following format:

Song: The name of your routine

Artist: The name of your studio/school

ENTRY FEES 2019-2020

General Division Fee Time Limit Extras
Solo (1 performer) £35 per person 2:00 minutes Title Competition: £5
Duet/Trio (2-3 performers) £45 per routine 2:45 minutes  
Small Group (4-9 performers) £11 per person 3:00 minutes  
Large Group (10-19 performers) £9 per person 4:00 minutes  
Production (20+ performers) £9 per person 5:00 minutes  

JUDGING SYSTEM & AWARDS

Score out of 300 total points

Each judge can award up to 100 points

290-300 points : Ultimate Platinum

286-289 points : Ultimate High Gold

280-285 points : Ultimate Gold

276-279 points : Ultimate High Silver

275 points and below: Ultimate Silver

Individual Judges Scoring out of 100 points:

25 points : Performance

Overall performance of the dancers. Including facial expressions, connection with the music/story, connection with the audience/judges, connection with other performers on stage.

25 points : Choreography

Formations are interesting/clear, includes different levels and variation, choreography is appropriate for all dancers based on age and experience.

25 points : Technique

The level of technical proficiency for the specific dance category.

25 points : Music

The music adheres to the time limit requirements for the entry type. Music is appropriate for the age of the performers and contains no explicit content.

Additional Awards

High Scores : High scores will be awarded for each age/dance category (ie. Top Teen Contemporary Solo Novice). 

Overall High Scores : Overall high scores will be awarded. This will be the highest scoring routines of that segment including all age/dance categories in both novice and competitive levels. (ie. Top Teen Solo Novice)

Judge’s Awards : Judge’s awards are given out during each award ceremony and are created by the judge’s, for a routine of their choice.

Choreography Awards : Choreography awards are given out during each award ceremony and are presented to the choreographers from the judges.

Costume Awards: Costume Awards are an optional add-on and are given out during each award ceremony presented to the winning routine from the judges.

Ultimate Showdown Invitation: The top 5 highest scoring routines in both the novice and competitive level from each Regional Competition will be invited to compete in the Ultimate Showdown at our National Competition. These routines will compete at Nationals for the Ultimate Grand Prize!

2019-2020 TERMS & CONDITIONS

Please carefully read the following rules and regulations.

Registration Process

Online Registration: Entries must be submitted through our online registration system. To do so, please visit our website https://udsuk.co.uk under the Register tab where you will be redirected to Dance Comp Genie to complete your registration. Or you can access it directly from http://udsuk.dancecompgenie.com/

Payments and Fees: All entry fees must be paid via our online registration, which can be completed through a Paypal account or a debit/credit card. You are not considered officially registered until we have received PAYMENT IN FULL. If you have not paid, Ultimate Dance Showcase UK reserves the right to give away your spaces.

 

Late Fees

If you have not completed payment by the registration due date, all registrations are subject to a £200 late fee which will automatically be added on to your registration fees.

 

Competition Schedules

Scheduling: A schedule with entry numbers and the time that your routine(s) will be competing, will be emailed to all studio/school representatives at least TEN DAYS prior to the competition date. We will not be able to provide any information as to when your entries are performing until our schedule has been fully completed.

Performance Times: All entries must compete on the day and time assigned. Timing is subject to change and is at the sole discretion of Ultimate Dance Showcase UK. Please alert UDS UK staff if there are any scheduling issues.

 

Entry Types

Solo: 1 performer

Duet/Trio: 2-3 performers

Small Group: 4-9 performers

Large Group: 10-19 performers

Production: 20+ performers

 

Age Divisions

-All age divisions are calculated based on the average age of the duet/trio or group. Age divisions will be assigned for you automatically in our online registration system based on the date of birth information you provide. Our registration system drops the decimal point when averaging the ages. For example, if the age average is 14.5, they would compete in the teen (12-14) age division.

-In the event that a protest regarding age occurs, all competitors must be prepared to present proof of age. All protests must be presented in writing and signed within 30 minutes to the executive director of Ultimate Dance Showcase UK.

Mini: ages 8 and under

Junior: ages 9-11

Teen: ages 12-14

Senior: ages 15-19

Adult: Age 20+

 

Time Limits

Please note: Overtime will result in automatic point deduction of ¼ point for every 5 seconds of overtime.

Solos: 2:00 minutes

Duo/Trio: 2:45 minutes

Small Group: 3:00 minutes

Large Group: 4:00 minutes

Production: 5:00 minutes

 

Music

Contestants are required to email their own music as an mp3 or m4a format to info@udsuk.co.uk at least 10 days before the event. We strongly suggest that you also bring a backup on a USB stick or ipod device in case of a technical issue.

Please label your music and send in the following format:

Song: The name of your routine

Artist: The name of your studio/school

 

Dance Categories

Acro: Routine that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements.

Ballet: Routine that includes classical ballet steps and technique. Ballet slippers only.

Contemporary: Routine that combines both lyrical and modern movements.

Hip-Hop: Routine that includes street dance styles performed to hip-hop music or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture.

Jazz: Routine that consists of primarily jazz technique.

Lyrical: A combination of jazz and ballet techniques to slow music with lyrics to inspire movements to express emotions.

Musical Theatre: Routine that features any style of dance that interprets a song from a Broadway Show or Movie Musical (backing vocals permitted, but microphones may be limited).

Open: Routines in this category can either be a combination of multiple genres or ones that may not fall into any other dance division.

Pointe: Routine must include classical ballet pointe technique. Pointe shoes only.

Tap: Routine must include tap technique and primarily tap work. Please no pre-recorded tap sounds in music.

Vocal: Vocal presentation. Accompaniment must be pre-recorded. (No lead vocals may be recorded; only backup vocals will be permitted). Microphone will be provided.

 

Levels

Ultimate Dance Showcase UK has TWO levels. Novice and Competitive.

Ultimate Dance Showcase UK does not know the experience level of the competitors and it is the teachers’ own decision when choosing a level for their students.

 Assigning Levels: Studios/schools will be required to assign a level for each dancer/routine when they are entered into our registration system.

Novice:  This level is for beginning dancers ONLY who have little or no experience competing. Entries will be adjudicated and will receive High Score Awards within this level. This division is not eligible for Title Awards.

Competitive: This level is for experienced dancers or those who do not wish to enter into the novice level. All competitive entries will be adjudicated, eligible for all awards and to compete in the Title Division.

 

Awards System

Point System: Each entry will be competing based on a pre-determined amount of points (see below).

Judge’s Critiques: All judge’s critiques will be on a video with audio commentary. You will be able to access your score sheets and critiques via your dashboard on your online registration account. Please note that all scoring is FINAL. Scoring and critiques are given from our esteemed panel of judges, which may vary from event to event.

Scoring Breakdown: Routine Adjudications

Score out of 300 total points

Each judge can award up to 100 points

290-300 points: Ultimate Platinum

286-289 points: Ultimate High Gold

280-285 points: Ultimate Gold

276-279 points: Ultimate High Silver

275 points and below: Ultimate Silver

Individual Judges Scoring out of 100 points:

25 points: Performance

Overall performance of the dancers. Including facial expressions, connection with the music/story, connection with the audience/judges, connection with other performers on stage.

25 points: Choreography

Formations are interesting/clear, includes different levels and variation, choreography is appropriate for all dancers based on age and experience.

25 points: Technique

The level of technical proficiency for the specific dance division.

25 points: Music

The music adheres to the time limit requirements for the general division. Music is appropriate for the age of the performers and contains no explicit content. 

Additional Awards:

 Overall High Scores: Overall high scores will be awarded. This will be the highest scoring routines of that session including all age/dance categories in both novice and competitive levels (ie.Top Teen Solo Novice). Please note: Only 1st-5th place will be awarded.

Vocal Overall High Scores: Vocal entries will now be separate from all other dance genre entries for overall high scores. This means that vocal entries will no longer be included in overall high scores for all other dance genres. *Please note that vocal entries are THE ONLY genre that will be specially recognised.*

Top 5 Highest Scoring Routines: At the end of every UDS UK Regional competition, the Top 5 highest scoring routines in both the novice and competitive level will be awarded and invited to compete in the Ultimate Showdown at Nationals 2020.

Judge’s Awards: Judge’s awards are given out during each award ceremony and are created by the judge’s, for a routine of their choice.

Choreography Awards: Choreography awards are given out during each award ceremony and are presented to the choreographers from the judges.

Costume Award: Costume Awards are given out during each award ceremony and are presented to the routine from the judges. You can find the scoring criteria in the above scoring section.

 

Award Ceremonies

During award ceremonies, there must be at least 1 studio/school representative to accept awards on behalf of other studio/school members.

Please note that we are happy to answer questions regarding your dancer, however, it is UDS policy that matters involving other participants will not be discussed. If you have queries regarding scoring etc, please do not approach the judges at the event, please contact the Executive Director after the event.

Title Division

A £5 entry fee is required to enter for a chance to win Title. All Title entries will be judged during the performance of their chosen routine during the competition. Title Awards will be given out during the award ceremony in which that solo routine was performed. Please be advised, only one Title entry per dancer is allowed (this means if you have more than one solo, you can only enter one for Title).

Dancers are eligible to win Title at more than one regional competition; however, this must be with a different routine. For example, if you enter with Solo A at London, you cannot win with Solo A at Kent.

Mini Miss/Mr. Ultimate Dance Showcase (ages 8 and under)

Junior Miss/Mr. Ultimate Dance Showcase (ages 9-11)

Teen Miss/Mr. Ultimate Dance Showcase (ages 12-14)

Senior Miss/Mr. Ultimate Dance Showcase (ages 15-19)

PLEASE NOTE THAT ANY NATIONAL TITLE WINNERS WHO ARE REIGNING ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO ENTER TITLE AT A REGIONAL OR NATIONAL EVENT UNTIL THE FOLLOWING SEASON. For example, if you won National Title at 2019 Nationals, you cannot compete for Regional or National Title until the 2020-2021 season.

 

Entry Fees

General Division Fee Time Limit Extras
Solo (1 performer) £35 per person 2:00 minutes Title Competition: £5

Costume Award: £5 (Title Solos not eligible)

Duet/Trio (2-3 performers) £45 per routine 2:45 minutes Costume Award: £5
Small Group (4-9 performers) £11 per person 3:00 minutes Costume Award: £5
Large Group (10-19 performers) £9 per person 4:00 minutes Costume Award: £5
Production (20+ performers) £9 per person 5:00 minutes Costume Award: £5

 

Props and Backstage Area

Props: No dangerous props may be used on stage such as fire, swords, or knives. Please label all props with your studio/school name and notify the backstage manager before your routine performs.

 Checking in backstage: Teachers should check their students in backstage five routines before they are due to perform. Dancers/Teachers will not be permitted backstage and will be asked to wait in the dressing room/holding area until they are within the next three routines at that time in the running order.

 

Photo/Video

Photo: Professional photos will be available for purchase during and after UDS UK events. Attendees are NOT PERMITTED to take photos of the performances.

Social Media: We encourage participants and attendees to share their photos on social media, we welcome you to use #udsuk! All professional photos shared by Ultimate Dance Showcase UK are the sole property of UDS UK (@ultimatedanceshowcaseuk) and Big Image Photography.

Video: Professional videos of all routines will be available for purchase after the events. Attendees are NOT PERMITTED to video at any time.

 

Additional Information

  1. All contestants grant permission to Ultimate Dance Showcase UK to use their photographs and/or videos for promotional purposes.
  2. Ultimate Dance Showcase UK and the hosting facility are NOT responsible for personal injury or property loss/damage.
  3. ALL competitors are the sole responsibility of their dance school/studio and/or parental guardian. Ultimate Dance Showcase UK is NOT responsible for chaperoning any competitor. All entrants must be chaperoned by a nominated adult at any competition run by Ultimate Dance Showcase UK. The studio/school nominated chaperones are accountable for the behavior and welfare of minors at all of our events.
  4. NO REFUNDS will be issued.
  5. The Ultimate Dance Showcase UK rules and regulations will be evaluated and enforced on an individual basis, based on what is best for all parties involved.
  6. Sportsmanlike behavior is expected at all times. Failure to do so could result in immediate disqualification.
  7. Spectators/members of the audience are expected to treat all competitors with respect and refrain from making unnecessary noise or movement during performances.
  8. VIDEO TAPING AND PHOTOGRAPHY IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED.
  9. No form of liquids (including water), gels, aerosols, glitter, or confetti, etc. which may affect the stage surface, may be used during a routine.
  10. Admission is free for dancers and studio directors/dance teachers. There is a spectator fee for all other audience members. Specific pricing can be found for each individual event via email 1 month prior to each event.

BELOW ARE THE RULES, TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR OUR NATIONAL COMPETITION.

NATIONAL COMPETITION TERMS & CONDITIONS

Please carefully read the following rules and regulations.

 

Registration Process

Online Registration: Entries must be submitted through our online registration system. To do so, please visit our website https://udsuk.co.uk under the Register tab where you will be redirected to Dance Comp Genie to complete your registration. Or you can access it directly from http://udsuk.dancecompgenie.com/

Payments and Fees: All entry fees must be paid via our online registration, which can be completed through a Paypal account or a debit/credit card. You are not considered officially registered until we have received PAYMENT IN FULL. If you have not paid, Ultimate Dance Showcase UK reserves the right to give away your spaces.

 

Competition Schedules

Scheduling: A schedule with entry numbers and the time that your routine(s) will be competing, will be emailed to all studio/school representatives at least TEN DAYS prior to the competition date. We will not be able to provide any information as to when your entries are performing until our schedule has been fully completed.

Performance Times: All entries must compete on the day and time assigned. Timing is subject to change and is at the sole discretion of Ultimate Dance Showcase UK. Please alert UDS UK staff if there are any scheduling issues.

 

Entry Types

Solo: 1 performer

National Title Programme: 1 performer

Duet/Trio: 2-3 performers

Small Group: 4-9 performers

Large Group: 10-19 performers

Production: 20+ performers

Ultimate Showdown: up to 20+ performers

 

Age Divisions

-All age divisions are calculated based on the average age of the duet/trio or group. Age divisions will be assigned for you automatically in our online registration system based on the date of birth information you provide. Our registration system drops the decimal point when averaging the ages. For example, if the age average is 14.5, they would compete in the teen (12-14) age division.

-In the event that a protest regarding age occurs, all competitors must be prepared to present proof of age. All protests must be presented in writing and signed within 30 minutes to the executive director of Ultimate Dance Showcase UK.

Mini: ages 8 and under

Junior: ages 9-11

Teen: ages 12-14

Senior: ages 15-19

Adult: Age 20+

 

Time Limits

Please note: Overtime will result in automatic point deduction of ¼ point for every 5 seconds of overtime.

Solos: 2:00 minutes

National Title Programme: 2:00 minutes

Duo/Trio: 2:45 minutes

Small Group: 3:00 minutes

Large Group: 4:00 minutes

Production: 5:00 minutes

Ultimate Showdown: up to 5:00 minutes

 

Music

Contestants are required to email their own music as an mp3 or m4a format to info@udsuk.co.uk at least 10 days before the event. We strongly suggest that you also bring a backup on a USB stick or ipod device in case of a technical issue.

Please label your music and send in the following format:

Song: The name of your routine

Artist: The name of your studio/school

 

Dance Categories

Acro: Routine that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements.

Ballet: Routine that includes classical ballet steps and technique. Ballet slippers only.

Contemporary: Routine that combines both lyrical and modern movements.

Hip-Hop: Routine that includes street dance styles performed to hip-hop music or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture.

Jazz: Routine that consists of primarily jazz technique.

Lyrical: A combination of jazz and ballet techniques to slow music with lyrics to inspire movements to express emotions.

Musical Theatre: Routine that features any style of dance that interprets a song from a Broadway Show or Movie Musical (backing vocals permitted, but microphones may be limited).

Open: Routines in this category can either be a combination of multiple genres or ones that may not fall into any other dance division.

Pointe: Routine must include classical ballet pointe technique. Pointe shoes only.

Tap: Routine must include tap technique and primarily tap work. Please no pre-recorded tap sounds in music.

Vocal: Vocal presentation. Accompaniment must be pre-recorded. (No lead vocals may be recorded; only backup vocals will be permitted). Microphone will be provided.

 

Levels

Ultimate Dance Showcase UK has TWO levels. Novice and Competitive.

Ultimate Dance Showcase UK does not know the experience level of the competitors and it is the teachers’ own decision when choosing a level for their students.

Assigning Levels: Studios/schools will be required to assign a level for each dancer/routine when they are entered into our registration system.

Novice:  This level is for beginning dancers ONLY who have little or no experience competing. Entries will be adjudicated and will receive High Score Awards within this level. This division is not eligible for Title Awards.

Competitive: This level is for experienced dancers or those who do not wish to enter into the novice level. All competitive entries will be adjudicated, eligible for all awards and to compete in the Title Division.

 

Awards System

Point System: Each entry will be competing based on a pre-determined amount of points (see below).

Judge’s Critiques: All judge’s critiques will be on a video with audio commentary. You will be able to access your score sheets and critiques via your dashboard on your online registration account. Please note that all scoring is FINAL. Scoring and critiques are given from our esteemed panel of judges, which may vary from event to event.

Scoring Breakdown:

Routine Adjudications (not including Ultimate Showdown & National Title)

Score out of 300 total points

Each judge can award up to 100 points

290-300 points: Ultimate Platinum

286-289 points: Ultimate High Gold

280-285 points: Ultimate Gold

276-279 points: Ultimate High Silver

275 points and below: Ultimate Silver

 

Individual Judges Scoring out of 100 points:

25 points: Performance

Overall performance of the dancers. Including facial expressions, connection with the music/story, connection with the audience/judges, connection with other performers on stage.

25 points: Choreography

Formations are interesting/clear, includes different levels and variation, choreography is appropriate for all dancers based on age and experience.

25 points: Technique

The level of technical proficiency for the specific dance division.

25 points: Music

The music adheres to the time limit requirements for the general division. Music is appropriate for the age of the performers and contains no explicit content.

 

Scoring Breakdown:

National Title Programme

National Title Contestants will be scored in the following categories:

  • Solo Performance: Up to 50 points

The solo performance will be judged based off of the following criteria:

Performance: up to 12.5 points

Technique: up to 12.5 points

Choreography: up to 12.5 points

Music: up to 12.5 points

  • Workshop Participation: Up to 25 points

The National Title contestant takes part in all of the workshops as a part of their National Title programme requirements. The National Title Contestant will be scored based on their active participation, positive attitude and willingness to challenge themselves during the classes.

  • Interview: Up to 25 points

National Title Contestants will take part in a brief interview with the judges. The contestants will be asked questions related to their love of dance, why they want to win National Title etc. There is no revising or studying required. Don’t stress, this is fun and a great chance to show the judges who you are and your personality!

 

Additional Awards:

High Scores: High scores will be awarded for each age/dance category (ie. Top Teen Contemporary Solo Novice). A 1st place trophy will only be awarded if there are 2 or more routines in the specific divisions.

Overall High Scores: Overall high scores will be awarded. This will be the highest scoring routines of that session including all age/dance categories in both novice and competitive levels (ie.Top Teen Solo Novice).

Judge’s Awards: Judge’s awards are given out during each award ceremony and are created by the judge’s, for a routine of their choice.

Choreography Awards: Choreography awards are given out during each award ceremony and are presented to the choreographers from the judges.

Costume Award: Costume Awards are given out during each award ceremony and are presented to the routine from the judges. You can find the scoring criteria in the above scoring section.

 

Award Ceremonies

During award ceremonies, there must be at least 1 studio/school representative to accept awards on behalf of other studio/school members.

Please note that we are happy to answer questions regarding your dancer, however, it is UDS policy that matters involving other participants will not be discussed. If you have queries regarding scoring etc, please do not approach the judges at the event, please contact the Executive Director after the event.

 

National Title Programme

We are very excited to offer an all-inclusive, well-rounded National Title Programme! To be eligible for National Title, you must have entered Title in one of our Regional competitions during our 2018-2019 season. Please note, you did not have to win at Regionals, you just had to enter.

 

What does the National Title Programme consist of?

The National Title Programme consists of 3 main parts:

  1. Solo Performance: Dancers will perform their solo routine and will be given a score out of 50 points.
  2. Workshops: Contestants MUST participate in ALL workshops. This is compulsory. Contestants will be given a score out of 25 points for their participation in the workshops (see scoring breakdown for more info).
  3. Interview: Contestants will take part in a brief interview with the judges. The contestants will be asked questions related to their love of dance, why they want to win National Title etc. There is no revising or studying required. Don’t stress, this is fun and a great chance to show the judges who you are and your personality! Contestants will be given a score out of 25 points.

 

What do the National Title Winners receive?!

National Title Winners receive a crown (Miss), a sash AND a UDS National Title Winner jacket!! National Title Winners are also given the opportunity to intern with UDS at Regional competitions during our 2019-2020 season! This is an amazing opportunity to work with our staff and be able to gain work experience in the dance industry.

 

National Title Programme Entry Fee: £75

Price Includes:

Solo Performance fee

All Workshops

National Title Contestant T-Shirt

 

Ultimate Showdown

We are excited to introduce the Ultimate Showdown to our National Competition!

The Ultimate Showdown in a special portion of our National Competition where the Top 5 Highest Scoring routines from our Regional Competitions (novice and competitive) go head to head to compete for the title of Ultimate Showdown Champion 2019!

 

The Ultimate Showdown scoring is as follows:

Up to 100 points per judge, total score out of 300 points.

Entertainment Value: Up to 25 points per judge

Were we entertained?

Impression: Up to 25 points per judge

How impressionable was the dance? Was it memorable?

Aesthetic: Up to 25 points per judge

Overall look of the routine. Includes costuming, choreographic formations etc.

Technique: Up to 25 points per judge

Proficiency in the chosen style.

 

National Competition Entry Fees

General Division Fee Time Limit Extras
Solo (1 performer) £32 per person 2:00 minutes Costume Award: £5
National Title Programme (1 performer) £75 per person 2:00 minutes Price Includes:

-Solo performance

-All workshops

-T-Shirt

Duet/Trio (2-3 performers) £45 per routine 2:45 minutes Costume Award: £5
Small Group (4-9 performers) £10 per person 3:00 minutes Costume Award: £5
Large Group (10-19 performers) £10 per person 4:00 minutes Costume Award: £5
Production (20+ performers) £8 per person 5:00 minutes Costume Award: £5
Ultimate Showdown £50 per entry 5:00 minutes N/A

 

Props and Backstage Area

Props: No dangerous props may be used on stage such as fire, swords, or knives. Please label all props with your studio/school name and notify the backstage manager before your routine performs.

 Checking in backstage: Teachers should check their students in backstage five routines before they are due to perform. Dancers/Teachers will not be permitted backstage and will be asked to wait in the dressing room/holding area until they are within the next three routines at that time in the running order.

 

Photo/Video

Photo: Professional photos will be available for purchase during and after UDS UK events. Attendees are not permitted to take professional quality photos of the performances.

Social Media: We encourage participants and attendees to share their photos on social media, we welcome you to use #udsuk! All professional photos shared by Ultimate Dance Showcase UK are the sole property of UDS UK (@ultimatedanceshowcaseuk) and Big Image Photography.

Video: Videotaping is STRICTLY PROHIBITED.

 

Additional Information

  1. All contestants grant permission to Ultimate Dance Showcase UK to use their photographs and/or videos for promotional purposes.
  2. Ultimate Dance Showcase UK and the hosting facility are NOT responsible for personal injury or property loss/damage.
  3. ALL competitors are the sole responsibility of their dance school/studio and/or parental guardian. Ultimate Dance Showcase UK is NOT responsible for chaperoning any competitor. All entrants must be chaperoned by a nominated adult at any competition run by Ultimate Dance Showcase UK. The studio/school nominated chaperones are accountable for the behavior and welfare of minors at all of our events.
  4. NO REFUNDS will be issued.
  5. The Ultimate Dance Showcase UK rules and regulations will be evaluated and enforced on an individual basis, based on what is best for all parties involved.
  6. Sportsmanlike behaviour is expected at all times. Failure to do so could result in immediate disqualification.
  7. Spectators/members of the audience are expected to treat all competitors with respect and refrain from making unnecessary noise or movement during performances.
  8. VIDEO TAPING AND PHOTOGRAPHY IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED.
  9. No form of liquids (including water), gels, aerosols, glitter, or confetti, etc. which may affect the stage surface, may be used during a routine.
  10. No additional sound equipment may be used or connected to the Ultimate Dance Showcase UK sound system.
  11. Admission is free to spectators.

When can I expect the final schedule for an event?

Our registration closes at least 1 month prior to each event. Final scheduling will be sent out 2-3 weeks prior to each event.

Can I enter as an independent or do I have to be with a dance studio/school?

Yes, we accept both independent and studio/school entries!

What do my entry fees get me?

Every dancer will get the chance to perform and compete in a professional venue. At every event, each dancer receives a medal based on their score for every routine they are in. Overall awards/placements are also given out for entries that have 2 routines or more in a category. Also, after each event, each routine will receive 3 separate videos that contain individual judge’s feedback so you can watch and listen to your critiques simultaneously!

Your event is 2 or more days, does that mean I have to be at both/everyday?

Our scheduling is based on how many and what types of entries we receive for each event. This could mean that you are only competing on one of the days, or in some cases, at both.

What happens if your event is 2 days but I am only available one of those days?

Unfortunately we can not accommodate individual scheduling conflicts. Our final scheduling comes out 2-3 weeks prior to each event.

When do the award ceremonies occur?

The award ceremonies happen at the end of each section. That means if you compete in Session 1, for example, your awards will be given out at Awards 1.

How much are spectator tickets?

Admission is free for dancers and studio directors/dance teachers. There is a spectator fee for all other audience members. Specific pricing can be found for each individual event via email 1 month prior to each event.