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Nationals Qualifications and Rules
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Qualifying for Nationals | Age Divisions | Qualifying for All-American Dance Off (Clog)

MVP Dance off | All-American Requirements |

MVP National Champion requirements | Hall of Fame induction requirements | Ring of Glory requirements

 

 

Who qualifies for Nationals?
Open Dance Nationals, Showcase Spectacular, and Open Clog Nationals (1st and 3rd weekends)
No qualifying is required. Any dancers may compete at these two weekends (1st and 3rd weekends of Nationals at Lagoon).

Clog Nationals  (2nd weekend)

WHO QUALIFIES: Teams who have won 1st Place in ANY competition with ANY routine qualify all participating members of the team who have competed with the team to compete ALL routines at Nationals. All Team members of qualifying teams can also compete ALL duets and individual events whether they won 1st or not. Both members of a duet must be qualified to compete at Nationals. Dancers must qualify to compete at Nationals on teams, individuals/duets. A dancer may not dance any teams if they and their teammates have only qualified in individuals. If a dancer's team has won a 1st place, all participating members of that team may compete ALL team events, and all individual and duet events regardless of placing in other individual, duet or team category. 

ALL PROFESSIONAL LEVEL DANCERS (Pro, Masters, & Challenge) automatically qualify, whether they won 1st or not, once they are registered to compete at any events throughout the year. Those who haven't won 1st, may compete at Open Nationals (FIRST WEEKEND).

DUETS: Both members of a duet must be qualified to compete at Nationals by competing and winning a 1st place or registering in pro.

INDIVIDUALS whose teams do not qualify, but who win 1st place in ANY category (solo, duet, a cappella) qualify to compete in EVERY category (except team). This will allow every national qualifier to compete as much as possible in as many events (even if they won only one 1st place in 1 category).  All Dancers who dance at Nationals must be qualified.

After qualifying at any other event, you can register and compete in the age divisions Friday night.


 

How do the age divisions and dance off qualifying work?
SIMPLE RULES
1. After qualifying at any other event, you can register and compete in the age divisions at Nationals Friday night.

2. Once you win a 1st or 2nd place in Champ or 1st place in Advanced in ANY event, you can dance off ALL events you competed in the age divisions for All-American honors.
You must register and pay for all events in age divisions you plan on dancing off. (Ex. You can’t compete just freestyle in the age divisions and then dance off freestyle, duets, solos, etc in the dance off. You must register and pay for EVERY event in the age divisions and then you can dance them off.)

3. All dancers compete against each other in the dance off for All-Star All-American, All-American, and Rookie honors. Duets, All-Around Solos, A Cappella, A Cappella Duet, and Short Duet will dance off in the Pro Age Divisions. Freestyle will have its own dance off Friday night when all is done
See detailed rules below.

4. The top dancers in each category will dance off Saturday night. The winners from the dance off are crowned MVP National Champions. The top dancers from the Friday night dance off in each category will be awarded All-Star All-American, All-American, and Rookie Saturday night.

 

All-American Dance Off
Friday night (Clog Nationals - 2nd weekend)

Friday Night National All-American Dance Off (Clog)

After the Age Division competition, the Great All-American Dance-Off begins on Friday.

WHO QUALIFIES TO COMPETE in ALL-AMERICAN DANCE-OFF?
 

Friday is the Great National All-American Dance-Off.  This year, it's all new format to maximize our time.
There is an additional All-American fee of $25 to compete for All-American honors. 

Long Duets, Short Duets, A Cappella Duets, All-Around Solos, A Cappella, do not dance-off Friday night, but are determined by the Pro age divisions results.
Freestyle is determined by a dance off following age divisions.

To be eligible for All-American honors, dancers must register and pay the All-American fee.

 All competitors who compete for All-American MUST be registered in the age division at Nationals before competing for All-American (ie you can't register for freestyle only and then compete for All-American
in A Cappella, Short duet, long duet, etc).

 Here's how the all new format works:

1. All Adv, Champ and Pro Dancers register and compete in the Age Divisions on Friday morning and afternoon.

 2. Once you win 1st in Adv, or 1st or 2nd in Champ, you can register for the All-American dance off.
            Here's how:      1. Go to the registration table
                                    2. Fill out an All-American Card and pay the $25 fee.
                                    3. Dance off at the appropriate time for the All-American. (See Below).

Duets
All duets dance in their normal age divisions like normal Friday. We will choose All-Americans from champ and pro duet age divisions.

All-Around Solos
All All-Around Solos dance in their normal age divisions like normal Friday. We will choose All-Americans from champ and pro All-Around Solo age divisions.

 A Cappella
All A Cappella dance in their normal age divisions like normal Friday.
(Champ and Adv Dancers: ) After competing in age divisions and winning 1st in Adv or 1st or 2nd in champ, adv and champ dancers compete for All-American by registering for All-American and then dancing in the Pro A Cappella Age Divisions.
We will choose All-Americans from pro A Cappella age divisions.
Use your same Individual Number in both age divisions.

Short Duets
All Short Duets dance in their normal age divisions like normal Friday.
(Champ and Adv Dancers: ) After competing in age divisions and winning 1st in Adv or 1st or 2nd in champ, adv and champ dancers compete for All-American by registering for All-American and then dancing in the Pro Short Duet Age Divisions. YOU WILL GET A NEW PRO SHORT DUET NUMBER to use in the Pro Age Division when you register for All-American.
Use your assigned Short Duet Number in normal age divisions.
If adv or champ, use the new pro short duet number you receive when you register for All-American for the Pro Age Divisions.

We will choose All-Americans from pro Short Duet age divisions.

A Cappella Duets
All A Cappella Duets dance in their normal age divisions like normal Friday.
(Champ and Adv Dancers: ) After competing in age divisions and winning 1st in Adv or 1st or 2nd in champ, adv and champ dancers compete for All-American by registering for All-American and then dancing in the Pro A Cappella Duet Age Divisions. YOU WILL GET A NEW PRO A CAPPELLA DUET NUMBER to use in the Pro Age Division when you register for All-American.
Use your assigned A Cappella Duet Number in normal age divisions.
If adv or champ, use the new pro A Cappella duet number you receive when you register for All-American for the Pro Age Divisions.

We will choose All-Americans from pro A Cappella Duet age divisions.

Freestyle
All Freestyle dance in their normal age divisions like normal Friday.
(Champ and Adv Dancers: ) After competing in age divisions and winning 1st in Adv or 1st or 2nd in champ, adv and champ dancers compete for All-American by registering for All-American and then dancing in the Friday Night Freestyle Dance off after all age divisions. YOU WILL USE YOUR SAME INDIVIDUAL NUMBER FOR ALL FREESTYLE, A CAPPELLA, ALL AROUND SOLO, AND FREESTYLE DANCE OFF EVENTS FRIDAY.

After all age divisions are complete, dancers who wish to compete in freestyle for All-American honors (and are registered for All-American as well) will compete in the National All-American Freestyle Dance off.

 We will dance off       Female Jr (14 and younger)
                                    Female Sr (15-19)
                                    Female YA (20 and older)
                                    Male Jr (14 and younger)
                                    Male Sr (15 and older)

We will choose All-Americans from Friday night Freestyle Dance Off. No Callbacks. Sweet!

Things to know

·         Use your individual number for all individual events all day (freestyle, a cappella, freestyle dance off).

·         Individual and Duet Numbers are assigned randomly by the computer (as always).

·         No new Individual "All-American Number" is used for any All-American dance off any more.

·         You can register early for All-American if you are a registered pro dancer online. This saves you time and sanity once you are at Nationals.

·         If you are adv or champ and compete for short duet or a cappella duet in the pro age divisions, you will receive a new pro short duet and pro a cappella duet number when you register for All-American.

·         Freestyle Dance Off Order

Dancers will compete with their same individual number used all day. We will dance in 1) Age order and then 2) Numerical order: 6 year olds in numerical order, then 7 year olds in numerical order, then 8 year olds in numerical order etc... for each dance off.

Register Early for All-American
All Pro registered and paid dancers may register early online for the dance off. (You get to avoid the registration line, one less thing to worry about once there, and you get the higher numbers!. To register early, click here.

 

 
Saturday Night MVP National Champion Dance Off
Clog Nationals

Top Scoring All-Americans from Friday Night Dance Off will Re-Dance-off Sat night in show for MVP National Championships titles
*An MVP cannot win in the same category 2 years in a row but can win in more than one category each year

Who will dance off Saturday night?
3 Regular DUET (pro only)
7 Short DUET
7 A Cappella DUET
7 All-Around SOLO (pro only – combined 5 Solos)
7 A CAPPELLA INDIVIDUAL

14 Male FREESTYLE (4 Jr/ 10 Sr)
14 Female FREESTYLE (7 Jr/ 7 S

MVP WINNERS: highest scores in MVP Dance-off during Saturday Night Awards Spectacular


What awards are given Saturday night?
Saturday Night Awards Spectacular!!!

MVP National Champions - Top Freestyle, Short & A Cap Duets, Duet, All-Around Solos from a Dance Off at Sat Show.

All-Star All Americans - The top Duets, Short & Acap Duets, Freestylers, Each All-Around Solo, & A Cappella from Fri Dance Off


All Americans - The next highest scoring Duets, Short & Acap Duets, Freestylers, Each All-Around Solo, & A Cappella from Fri Dance Off
Rookie All Americans - The Highest scoring Freestylers who dance-off freestyle Friday night who haven’t been All-American before
Jr All Americans - Overall winners in Freestyle, Duet, Short Duet, A Cappella in Advanced, Intermediate & Beginning
Hall of Fame Awards Induction – All-Americans who qualify are awarded Hall of Fame membership

Overall Pro Teams- 15 Highest Scoring Teams
Overall SUPERStars- Overall winners with the most SUPERStar points combined throughout the year in Champ and Pro.
DIRECTORS of the YEAR – 10 highest scoring directors with the most combined SUPERStar Points in their studio through the year.

Click here to see how many make the team
 

All-Americans
- ALL-STAR ALL-AMERICANS - highest scoring Jr (14 & under) and Sr (15 & over) winners in freestyle, a cappella, duet, all around solo, short duet, acap duet

ALL-AMERICAN DUETS, FREESTYLE, A CAPPELLA, SHORT DUETS, ALL-AROUND SOLOS DANCE-OFF
- All PRO and 1st & 2nd Place CHAMPIONSHIP and 1st Place ADVANCED Age Winners at Nationals winners qualify to compete.
- - Qualifiers must register & pay a $20 fee to compete all events. – You will get a new number to wear during the All-American Dance Off.
- Duets and All-Around Solos will NOT dance-off but will be selected by HIGH SCORE, however they must still register and pay fee to qualify.
- Freestyle, A Cappella, and Short Duets will dance-off using the same “new” number for each routine.
- Winners will be announced during the Sat Night Spectacular and receive an All-American jacket.
- The Highest Scoring All-Star All-Americans will compete at the Sat Night Spectacular for MVP and prize money.
An MVP cannot win in the same category 2 years in a row but can win in more than one category each year.


- ALL-AMERICANS - next highest scoring Jr and Sr winners in freestyle, a cappella, duet, All-Around Solo, and short & acap duet.
(Advanced, Championship, and Pro Dancers compete together with the highest scores earning ALL-STAR ALL-AMERICAN honors and the next highest scores
earning ALL-AMERICAN honors)

Advanced, Championship, & Pro Dancers will compete together with highest scoring contestants earning ALL-STAR ALL-AMERICAN honors and next highest scoring contestants earning ALL-AMERICAN Honors.


- ROOKIE FREESTYLE ALL-AMERICANS - first time winners in All-American Freestyle for advanced, championship, and pro.

ROOKIE FREESTYLE NATIONAL DANCE-OFF
- Same as above and only those who have never been an All-American can compete
- Dancers compete for both the Rookie AND for the All-American and All-Star All-American at the same time.

- JR ALL-AMERICANS - overall winners in Freestyle, Duet. Short Duet All-Around Solos, A Cappella - beginning, intermediate, advanced.

JR ALL-AMERICAN NATIONAL DANCE-OFF
- All individual and duet competitors at Nationals in Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced are eligible.
- All dancers compete and are scored in their age divisions. No Additional Dance off required.
- High Scoring dancers from each level are awarded Jr. All-American honors during the Sat Night Spectacular and receive a special award.

 

MVP National Champions
Individuals
- MVP National Champions - Overall Grand champion winners in Pro All-American freestyle, duet, short & Acap duet, all-around solo, and a cappella.
***Teams and Individuals may win more than one MVP category, but may not be win the same MVP category two years in a row.
*** Individuals and Duets may not win the same category from last year, but may win in any other category.

Teams
***Teams and Individuals may win more than one MVP category, but may not be win the same MVP category two years in a row.
- Highest scoring Pro Teams in each team category will win MVP National Championships.
 (ALL ROUTINES COMPETED ONLY ONCE. AGE DIVISION COMPETITION IS THE DANCE OFF).

PRO TRIPLE CROWN TEAM NATIONAL DANCE-OFF
- Pro Teams register in the Triple Crown category & compete: One Team Routine, One Freestyle, One Duet.
- Duet (regular) & Freestyle must be different members and must dance on the Team Routine.
- Add Duet, Freestyle and Team scores together to determine HIGH SCORE and Overall Grand Champions.
- Routines competed in the Triple Crown can also be danced in the regular Categories at Nationals.
- A Dancer may compete their freestyle and/or duet for only ONE team. You may not dance for multiple teams. Keeping it simple.
- A team MAY repeat in Triple Crown each year as it is not a National Champion Team category.
- A team does NOT need to be 75% different to win in different age divisions.

Example: There are three age divisions: Junior, Senior, Young Adult.
Only teams in the same AGE DIVISION need to be 75% different.
Teams who are in two different age divisions (Senior vs Young Adult) don't need to be 75% different as they are going for Different awards - Sr Triple Crown and YA Triple Crown

Directors of the Year
- DIRECTORS OF THE YEAR – 15 Directors with the highest total of points from winning entries adding all levels, events, ages, categories
 

SUPERStars
Dancers with the most total SUPERStar points won throughout the year in each level are awarded as Overall SUPERStars. Top 7 in Individuals and top 3 teams and top 2 in duets.

Hall of Fame
AMERICA ON STAGE HALL OF FAME
Dancer's Hall of Fame Requirements
1. A person must have 10 years All-American of which 5 years must include All-Star Freestyle.
2. A person may qualify for the Hall of Fame by winning 10 years of All-Star All-American in any category.
- DIRECTOR’S HALL OF FAME - Directors with a lifetime of service nominated and elected by current Director Members



Ring of Glory
Ring of Glory Requirements
1. A person must have 20 years All-American of which 10 years must include All-Star Freestyle.
2. A person may qualify for the Hall of Fame by winning 20 years of All-Star All-American in any category.
3. Any MVP's won after entering the hall of fame count as one extra year towards the ring. Only one extra year awarded each year.

- RING OF GLORY - dancers & teachers who earn All-American for 20 years and 10 of which are Freestyle All-Star All-Americans or 20 years All-Star All-American will receive a specialized Ring of Glory. Dancers can receive an extra year toward the 20 years for every year they win MVP (only one extra/year) AFTER dancer has earned the Hall of Fame (10 years). (Winners will be featured in the SAT SPECTACULAR and each will receive a specialized leather jacket.

 

Overall Teams and Overall Studios at Nationals
National TEAM Overall Grand Champions
- All Teams will be eligible for overall National Titles. – Novice Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced awarded 10 Highest Scoring teams in each level
10 Highest Scoring Teams in each level - (10 Novice, 10 Beginning, 10 Intermediate, 10 Advanced, 15 Champ, 15 Pro)
These are awarded during the day – check program for award times (Champ and Pro announced at the Sat Night Show)
No Dance-off for Teams – determined by high score during age division competition

National STUDIO Overall Grand Champions
5 Highest Scoring Studios - add all duets, individuals, team winners together for a total studio score in each level (5 Novice, 5 Beginning, 5 Intermediate, 5 Advanced, 5 Championship, 5 Pro).
These are awarded during the day – check program for award times (Champ and Pro announced at the Sat Night Show)