Awards & Rules
A comprehensive listing of Hall of Fame's awards and rules
Age Divisions & Categories:
There are five age divisions: Future Hall of Famers - 8 years old and under; Junior - 9-11 years old; Teen - 12-14 years old; Senior – 15-18 years old; and 19+.

The age category for all routines is determined by using the average age of the performers as of January 1, 2018, the start of the 2018 season. This includes solos. Do NOT round up. Performers maintain their regional age category at Nationals. You must recalculate the average age of a routine for Nationals if any of the dancers in a routine change.

If any dancer 20 years of age or older competes in a routine, regardless of average age of the routine, the routine must be in the 19+ age division. Pro-Am is now a category for professional dancers only.

If the average age of a routine is less than .5 away from the next age category, then a studio may choose to compete the routine in the higher age category. Routines must compete in the same age category at Nationals as they did at Regionals, unless there is a roster change that affects the average age of the routine.

Bump Rule
Duet/Trios or Groups including dancers of different age divisions will compete no more than one age division younger than the oldest dancer, regardless of average age. For example: if a group includes a dancer age 16 (senior) and the average age is 11 (junior), the group will compete one level above junior – age 12 (teen).

Any child 2 years younger than the average age must perform a meaningful and significant amount of the choreography.
If a 19 year old is in a dance, the dance does not have to bump to a senior age category. However, if a dancer 20 years of age or older is in a dance, the dance will be bumped to the 19+ age category.

19+ & Pro/Am Category
Pro/Am will all be scored on the American League scoring scale, except routines in the "parent" category, which are scored on the Recreational scale. There will not be a cash award in the Pro/Am category.
General Categories: (Top)
Solo, Duet/Trio, Small Group (4-9 dancers), Large Group (10-19 dancers), Line (20 or more dancers), and Productions (Must be 4-8 minutes long. May contain any style or combination of styles).

Productions will compete in their own category if there are at least 3 non-rookie productions entered in a regional competition. Productions can be entered in the National and American Leagues, and if there are at least 3 American League AND 3 National League Productions, the production category will be split by leagues. If there are less than 3 American League OR National League productions, all productions will compete against each other, regardless of league. Productions in the future hall of famer, junior, teen, and senior age categories will be separated by age category; however, if there is only one studio in a particular age category, the routine may compete with the lines if the studio chooses.

PLEASE NOTE: Rookie League and 19+ Productions will not compete in the production category. They will instead compete against the other lines in their respective categories. Note that productions that include any dancers over the age of 19 are considered 19+ and will compete against the other 19+ lines.
Performance Leagues: (Top)
Due to the incredible success of our performance levels at Nationals, we've added levels at all of our Regional events. This will level the playing field all year long. It will also help to make sure that dancers are in the appropriate League at Nationals. Here are the Leagues:

Rookie League: (recreational)
The rookie league is for recreational dancers with little or no competition experience, dancing less than 3 hours per week. Any dancer competing in the rookie league may not compete in the American league. Dancers competing in the rookie league may compete in the National league; however, the rookie league should be reserved for truly recreational dancers. Groups may be placed in the rookie league only if that group is made-up of at least 50% rookie league dancers. The judges may move up routines from the rookie league to the National league at their discretion if they believe that the routine does not belong in the recreational division. There will be no cash prizes in this division. There will be a presentation of top scores as well as a gift certificate presented to the top scoring routine.

If a duet/trio contains a National league and a rookie dancer, it must dance as National league. If a future hall of famer duet/trio contains a competitive and rookie dancer, it must dance as competitive.

Productions can contain dancers in any league.

National League: (Intermediate)
Dancers that study between 3-5 hours of class per week and have limited competition experience should consider this League.

American League: (Elite)
Dancers who take more than 5 hours of class per week and have significant competition experience should be considered for this league.

*Because NO competition can possibly know how many hours a child dances or for how many years they have danced, teachers are left to their own sound judgment when entering routines. Routines that are obviously under-placed may be elevated by the judges or Hall of Fame management. All decisions are final. Routines that are moved to American League by Hall Of Fame/Judges are exempt from the rule regarding the percentage of American/National League dancers in a routine. Routines with the same or similar performers that have competed in any prior award segments will not be affected by the move. Future routines with the same or similar performers will be handled on a case by case basis.

*If a Duet/Trio contains both National and American League dancers, it must be in the American League.

*In a mixed American and National League group routine, at least 50% of the dancers must be from the league they are competing in. Violation of these rules will result in disqualification of the subject routine from the top ten. A studio may move a routine to the American League prior to the performance of the routine to correct a placement error.

*When placing your routines please keep in mind the difficulty of the choreography overall. Just because your routine qualifies for the National League with the 50% rule does not mean it is a National League dance. National League routines should contain intermediate choreography. The judges have the right to move routines they consider advanced.

*Future Hall of Famers (8 & under age division) are not divided into National and American leagues. All Future Hall of Famers compete as one league (competitive) or as Rookie league (non-competitive).

*Soloists may only perform in one league.

*Rookie League dancers may only compete one solo.

*If you do not select a League, you will automatically be placed in the American League.

*Any routine scoring less than 280.5 points at a regional event may move down to National League for Nationals only if the routine is moved on the original nationals registration form. Please be extra careful with your league placement if you are attending a national event.

*Here are some additional situations to consider:
  1. Just because your studio has more than one performance team, does not mean that one of the teams has to be placed in the National League. It is possible that both teams should be entered in the American League. Our levels should not be used as a tool to simply keep your groups from competing against one another. Each group placement should be based only upon the qualifications of that team.
  2. If a group is a combination of American and National League dancers, simply because you meet the 50% requirement, does not mean that a dance should be entered in the National League. For example, if a studio puts together its five top American League dancers with 5 National League dancers, just because there are 50% National League dancers, does not mean it is a National League (intermediate) routine.
  3. The spirit and intent of our Performance Levels is to provide dancers with the opportunity to compete against other dancers with similar experience and training. It is NOT designed so that Elite dancers can win more categories.
  4. If you have any questions regarding placement or any other rule, please feel free to email or call us, we are always happy to help.
Time Limits: (Top)
Solos: 3 minutes; Duet/Trio; 3 minutes; Small Group: 3 minutes; Large Group: 4 minutes; Line: 4 minutes; Productions: 8 minutes.

Extended time is available up to 1 minute for a fee for small groups, large groups, lines, and productions.
Performance Categories: (Top)
  • Jazz - Contains traditional jazz movements and technique.
  • Tap - Scored on tap technique.
  • Lyrical- Dancers interpret the lyrics, mood and content of the music.
  • Contemporary - Routine incorporating lyrical or jazz movement fused with modern elements.
  • Hip Hop - Street or contemporary jazz-funk.
  • Musical Theatre - A routine interpreting a song from a Broadway or Movie Musical.
  • Character - A routine portraying an easily recognizable character.
  • Ballet - Includes classical or contemporary ballet movements and technique. Ballet slippers only.
  • Production- Must be 4-8 minutes long. May contain any style or combination of styles.
  • Pointe - Must include classical or contemporary pointe technique and steps. Pointe shoes only.
  • Acro-Dance - Combines gymnastic and dance choreography. Must contain at least 50% dance choreography.
  • Modern - Consists of modern technique, movement and choreography.
  • Pom Pon - Performed with pom pons for at least 75 percent of the routine.
  • Dance Team/ Kickline - Must consist of traditional dance team and kickline choreography.
  • Clogging - Performed in clogging shoes using clogging technique.
  • Open - Any style of dance or combination of styles.
  • Parent – recreational parent category. All Parent routines will compete as recreational.
  • Pro/Am - Any routine that contains a professional dancer.
Music: (Top)
Music must be uploaded in your online registration account by 7 days prior to the show. Music can be easily uploaded from the moment you register your routines. Music submitted after 5PM EST on the day the music is due may not be accepted. Studios should always have backup music on a USB/flash drive. Please do NOT use CDs for music. Our DJ will not adjust the speed of the music or make cuts in the music. Hall of Fame is not responsible for music left at the show.
Judging: (Top)
Will take into consideration choreography, technique, showmanship, and precision. Each judge will award up to 100 points. The total score of the three judges will determine the ranking of the routine. In the case of a tie, the judges will select the high score winner. Online video critiques and a score summary listing the scores of each routine will be provided. Critiques will be available online following the show through the registration page. Hall of Fame is not responsible for technical difficulties that may result in loss of video critique.
Competition Schedules: (Top)
Your “to the minute” schedule for Regional Competitions will be posted on our website. Please be ready to perform at least 1 hour prior to your performance time. You must be prepared to perform when scheduled. Legitimate costume change issues of less than three routines will be accommodated. In the interest of running on time, Hall of Fame reserves the right to modify the schedule. With limited exceptions (for example, nose bleeds, vomiting, legitimate costume change issues of less than 3 routines), we will go in program order throughout the competition. Be prepared to dance in order, up to 1 hour ahead of the posted schedule. The wrongful holding of numbers may result in disqualification or point reduction.
Entry Rules: (Top)
Entries are submitted using our online registration system:
  1. Create a free account by selecting a username and password.
  2. Enter your contact information and student list only once.
  3. Fill in the simple online entry form to submit your entries.
  4. Pay securely by credit card or choose to mail in a studio check within 7 days.
  5. Log in to your account at any time to review your entries, add entries, or to make changes.
*Please register at least 30 days prior to the event- we will not over book. Once an event sells out we will close registration. Registrations that are “in progress” without complete payment information are not considered entered.

NOTE: You must submit payment in order to register. You are not entered until full payment is received.

Once the program is final (you will be emailed a deadline to make changes once the tentative schedule is posted online), there will be NO category changes allowed. Please be sure to review your entries when the tentative schedule is posted.
Entry Fees: (Top)
ENTRY FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE for any reason once the 30 day deadline has passed. We will notify you when a show has sold-out. If you cancel your entries to a sold-out show prior to the 30-day deadline there will be a 10% fee. There is a $35.00 fee for returned checks. Entries submitted less than 14 days prior to the competition must be paid for with a cashiers check or money order. No exceptions.

Photogenic For Friendship Circle: (Top)
Photogenic for Friendship Circle will raise money for Friendship Circle, a non-profit organization that provides assistance and support to the families of children with special needs. Go to for more information about this amazing organization. There is no limit on the number of entries you may submit, and all photogenic entries must be turned in to the front table by 11:00AM on Saturday. A photogenic winner will be awarded by the judges in each age category: Future Hall of Famer, Junior, Teen, and Senior. The winner will be announced at the final award ceremony containing dancers of that age category. Checks for $25 should be made-out directly to Friendship Circle—this is a charitable, tax-deductable, donation to Friendship Circle.

Additional Rules: (Top)
A soloist may compete in up to three solos in a regional competition. The routines must be in different performance categories. Only the highest scoring solo will appear in the top scores.

At Nationals, a soloist may compete up to two solos as long as he or she would have been qualified to perform those solos at a regional event or his or her studio has entered groups in the competition. If time & scheduling permits, we will open the National competition to additional solos, and soloists may compete up to 3 solos, as in regionals.

All routines must be entered under a studio name. Hall of Fame does not accept entries independently of a studio.

A studio may not compete against itself in the same category with identical performers.

This is a family event, sexually explicit dance or music will not be tolerated. No exceptions.

Props should be setup and removed from stage within two minutes. Please do not build props backstage this presents a danger to our performers. Dangerous props are not allowed. Performers can not stand above 6'6” on the prop. Props which exceed 10'6" in height cannot be guaranteed to fit on stage. Hall of Fame will not supply power.

Except for technical difficulties on the part of Hall of Fame, re-performance of any routine will be adjudicated only. If a junior, teen, or senior dancer leaves the stage without completing a performance, regardless of whether or not the dancer re-performs, the routine will be awarded a Participation Award and will not be eligible for high scores. 8 and under dancers may re-perform the routine for adjudication only and not be eligible for high scores. If the 8 and under dancer does not re-perform the routine, the routine will be awarded a Participation Award.

With the exception of the number of dancers in a routine, any challenges or concerns regarding an entry may be made to the competition director by a studio director/teacher only, before the awards ceremony for that routine. Any discrepancy in the number of dancers performing and the category entered at the time of their performance will result in the routine being adjudicated only. Adjudicated only routines are not eligible for high scores or the cruise. All judging decisions are final.

By performing at Hall of Fame Dance Challenge, you are consenting to the use of photographs and/or video footage for promotional purposes, which includes streaming your routines live on ustream.

There will be no filming or photography of any routines that violate copyright laws including, but not limited to, depictions of Moulin Rouge.

When the venue and circumstances allow it, Hall of Fame permits dimming of the lights for one routine per studio per competition.

***Rules will be interpreted in the spirit of fairness to all participants.

Contestants are understood to recognize the risks of physical injury inherent in dance and dance performances and be willing to assume those risks. It is agreed that participants will not hold Hall of Fame Dance Challenge, Inc. or its directors or employees liable for injuries sustained or illnesses contracted by them while in attendance and/or performing in any activity at a Hall of Fame Dance Challenge competition.

Hall of Fame and/or its vendors will sell photos and videos in the lobby of our event and online. You hereby consent to the sale of these videos to parents. If you do not wish for group dances to be sold to parents, please email to let us know.
Adjudication Of Awards: (Top)

All solos, duet/trios, and groups will be judged on a point system. Based upon the total score of three judges, each act will receive a high-silver, gold, high-gold, or platinum ranking. In the American League only, each act receiving a total score of 293.5 and higher will receive a GRAND SLAM ranking.

Awards for each solo and duet/trio will receive a beautiful plaque and each participant will receive a custom enamel pin. All GROUP dancers will receive a custom enamel lapel pin for each of their dances.

As always, studios with group performances will receive a beautiful commemorative poster, which will be presented on stage at the final group award ceremony for the weekend.

1st Place Designations: A routine is designated as a 1st place (high gold and platinum only, depending on score) if it is the highest scoring routine for each age AND subject. For example, if there are four 11-year-old jazz solos in a junior solo category, the highest scoring 11-year-old solo receives a 1st place (high gold and platinum only, depending on score.) Only high gold and platinum scores can receive first place designations.

American League National League & Future Hall of Famers
Grand Slam 293.5-300 n/a
Platinum 285-293 280-300
High Gold 278-284.9 273-279.9
Gold 270-277.9 265-272.9
High Silver 255-269.9 250-264.9

Top Scores: (Top)
Hall of Fame will recognize the highest scores in each age division and category in all levels. Top scores will receive commemorative plaques.

Best In Category: (Top)
In both the National and American League, Hall of Fame will recognize the top soloist in each age division in all categories with a minimum of 3 entries. In both the National and American League, Hall of Fame will recognize the top overall group in each division in all categories with a minimum of 3 entries. Best in category will receive commemorative plaques.

Hall of Fame High Score Cash Awards: (Top)
High Score Cash Awards will be paid in all age divisions in the National and American leagues. $50 plus a $50 gift certificate for any upcoming Hall of Fame Dance Challenge event will be given to all Future Hall of Famer, Junior, Teen, and Senior soloists. $100 plus a $100 studio gift certificate for any upcoming Hall of Fame Dance Challenge event will be given to all Future Hall of Famer, Junior, Teen and Senior groups and lines. Please note that there must be a minimum of five routines in all categories to receive a cash prize. If there are less than 5 routines, a gift certificate will be issued. There are no cash awards in the Rookie (Recreational) League.

*All cash awards will be paid to the winning studio.

All Star Team: (Top)
In every regional city, the judges will select certain outstanding soloists from the American and National leagues in the Junior, Teen and Senior age divisions as Hall of Fame All-Stars. Studios with mixed American league and National league dancers will be chosen from the American league. All-Star team members will perform in the All-Star performance at Nationals. This routine will be choreographed by top industry professionals.

Note: Studios attending Nationals that do not have solo performers may nominate two performers each in the Junior, Teen and Senior age divisions to participate in the All-Star Team at Nationals.

Dancers invited to perform as All Star or Final Cut performers are chosen as representatives of the studio they were registered with at Regionals. If, at Nationals, the dancer is no longer attending that studio, the dancer cannot participate in the All Star program.

Hall of Fame Group Inductee Awards: (Top)
Induction into our online Hall of Fame will be awarded to the highest overall group scores in the American League Future Hall of Famer, Junior, Teen and Senior divisions. Each winning studio will be presented with a special plaque and induction into our on-line Hall of Fame, including a video of the performance uploaded to our website. The highest scoring duet/trio in the American League junior, teen and senior age division will also receive a plaque and be inducted into our online Hall of Fame.

Hall of Fame Solo Inductee Award: (Top)
A $100.00 gift certificate will be awarded to the American League solo performers in the Junior, Teen and Senior divisions with the highest total score of two solo routines. This outstanding performer will also receive a special plaque and induction into our on-line Hall of Fame. Induction will include a video of the performance uploaded to our website. Note: Should any individual perform more than two solos, the highest two scores will be counted. The solos must be in different subjects (i.e. tap and lyrical). There is no additional fee to be considered for this award. Inductees are automatically considered All-Stars. Soloists must score at least a High Gold for induction.

Achievement and Choreography Awards: (Top)
Our judges will select certain outstanding performances for achievement awards. Plaques will be awarded to the winning routines. Achievement awards include, but are not limited to: Showmanship, Fabulous Feet, Broadway Diva, Intensity and Costume.

MVP Awards: (Top)
Our judges will select certain outstanding routines as MVPs (most valuable performance) and these videos will be posted on the website. The MVPs will be awarded for entertainment value and technique and do not require a certain score from the judges.

Nationals World Series of Dance: (Top)
At Nationals, cash prizes will be awarded in the first round of competition to the highest score in all General Categories in both the National and American Leagues.

The top five small groups and the top five large groups/lines in the Future Hall of Famer, Junior, Teen and Senior age divisions, in both the American and National leagues, will re-compete in the World Series of Dance on the last day of Nationals.

If there are 6 or more competitive (non-rookie) Future Hall of Famer Groups that average age six and under (Small Groups/Large Groups/Lines combined) from 4 or more studios, the top 3 age six and under groups will re-compete in the World Series of Dance.

Excluding Productions that are in the Production Challenge, if there are 5 or more lines from 3 or more studios in an age category and division, then the top 3 lines will re-compete in the World Series of Dance on the last day of Nationals. Otherwise, the lines will be combined with the large groups for the World Series of Dance. If, when the large groups and lines are combined for the World Series, the rare event occurs that a large group and line from the same studio receive an identical score and therefore tie for inclusion in the World Series, the studio director may choose whether the large group or the line is in the World Series.

Additional routines in each World Series category are possible if there are ties. Additional cash prizes and victory cups will be awarded to the top three placements in each league if there are five or more routines in that section. Cash prizes and victory cups will be awarded to the top two placements if there are four routines in that section and to the top place only if there are three or less routines in that section.

A studio can have more than one group in a particular age division, group category (small groups or large groups/lines), and league, if the additional group is comprised of completely different dancers. Otherwise, only the highest scoring group from a studio may participate in each World Series category.

Each age category and league will only be divided into small groups and large group/lines for the World Series if there are ten small groups and ten large groups/lines in that specific age category and league. If there are less than ten small groups OR ten large group/lines, the small groups, large groups, and lines will be combined for the World Series as in past years. Only one group from each studio will be eligible for that section of the World Series, unless the additional group is comprised of completely different dancers.

For example, if there are ten Senior National League small groups, three Senior National League large groups, and 1 Senior National League Line, the Senior National League World Series category would consist of the top five highest scoring Senior National League groups from the small groups, large groups, AND lines, as in past years. Each studio would only have one group in the Senior National League World Series, unless the additional group is made-up of entirely different dancers.

If, due to the make-up of the entries, all routines in an age division have to compete in 1 league, the top 7 highest scoring dances will compete in the World Series of Dance. Qualifying is based on scores, not rankings. If there is a tie for the final spot, all dances with that score will be included. Within these top 7 routines, a studio can have more than one group qualify if the groups consist of completely different dancers or the groups are in 2 separate categories that would normally be divided in the World Series (small groups & large groups/lines). That is, a studio could have a small group and a large group in that World Series section with the same dancers in both routines, but could not have 2 small groups with any dancers in common or 2 large groups with any dancers in common or a large group and line with any dancers in common. In this instance, the top 5 routines will be announced in the World Series for that category instead of the top 3. These exceptions to the normal World Series procedure are only in effect in the rare event where we have to combine leagues in an age category.

Solo and Duet/Trio Showdown:

The top five solos and top three duet/trios in all age divisions in both leagues will re-compete in the Hall of Fame Solo and Duet/Trio Showdown. Placements for the five highest scoring solos and three highest scoring duet/trios will not be announced during the first round of competition. Instead, those routines will re-compete in the Solo & Duet/Trio Showdown where they will compete for the National Championship and the top placements will be determined. There may be more than 5 soloists and more than 3 duet/trios that qualify for the Solo & Duet/Trio Showdown due to ties. A soloist may not perform in both leagues. If there are at least 5 male soloists in the American league there will be a separate Showdown for male & female soloists. Duet/Trios must consist of at least one differing dancer in order for two duet/trios from the same studio to be eligible for the showdown. We will try to schedule the Solo and Duet/Trio Showdown following the solo and duet/trio categories. However, depending on the number of entries, it may be held on the following day. It is possible that more than five soloists or more than three duet/trios will be included if there are ties.

Entries in the Rookie League are not eligible for the Solo & Duet/Trio Showdown or the World Series of Dance.