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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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 level is not eligible for Title Awards and will only be placed in Overall Placements against other novice level routines.

Intermediate: Routines in this level are for experienced dancers who have previously competed in novice or are not ready for the advanced level. Entries will be adjudicated and will receive Overall Placements within this level. This level is not eligible for Title Awards and will only be placed in Overall Placements against other intermediate level routines.

Advanced : Routines in this level are for experienced dancers or those who do not wish to enter into the novice or intermediate level. All advanced solo entries are eligible to compete in the Title Division. Advanced routines will only be placed in Overall Placements against other advanced 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 2020-2021

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  

ENTRY FEES: Virtual Competitions 2020-2021

General Division Fee Time Limit Extras
Solo (1 performer) £8 per person 2:00 minutes
Duet/Trio (2-3 performers) £15 per routine 2:45 minutes  
Small Group (4-9 performers) £3 per person 3:00 minutes  
Large Group (10-19 performers) £3 per person 4:00 minutes  
Production (20+ performers) £3 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

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

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.

2020-2021 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 TWO WEEKS 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 2 weeks 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 THREE levels. Novice, Intermediate and Advanced.

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:  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 level is not eligible for Title Awards and will only be placed in Overall Placements against other novice level routines.

Intermediate: Routines in this level are for experienced dancers who have previously competed in novice or are not ready for the advanced level. Entries will be adjudicated and will receive Overall Placements within this level. This level is not eligible for Title Awards and will only be placed in Overall Placements against other intermediate level routines.

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

 

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/event including all age/dance categories in novice, intermediate and advanced levels (ie.Top Teen Solo Novice). Please note: Only 1st-5th place will be awarded.

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.

 

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 (£40 in total). 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).

Please note: If you enter Title, that solo will NOT be included in the overall awards for that division. This means that if you enter Solo A for Title, it will not be included in the overall awards for your age division advanced solos.

Dancers are eligible to win Title at more than one 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)

 

Entry Fees

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  

 

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: Attendees are NOT PERMITTED to video at any time.

 

COVID-19 Safety & Procedures

During our 2021 season, special COVID-19 safety measures and cleaning procedures will take place at our events. These will be outlined and sent to you prior to the event and will be in line with government guidelines and regulations.

Please note, non-compliance with any of our safety regulations (unless medically exempt) will not be tolerated. UDSUK takes extremely seriously the health and safety of all participants and attendees and aims to provide a safe event for everyone. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

 

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 STRICTYLY 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.

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 given out for 1st-5th place. 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/every day?

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 session. This 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.