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Nationals Qualifications and Rules
All-American, Hall of Fame, Ring of Glory explanations


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.
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). Both dancers in a duet must be qualified to compete at Nationals. 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.

Dancers must have won a 1st place at any other event to compete at Clog Nationals (2nd weekend). If a dancer has won a 1st place in any individual or duet category, they may dance ALL their individuals and duets regardless of placing in other individual category. Both Duet partners must qualify to compete.  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. 
 

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

2. Once you win a 1st or 2nd place in any event, you can dance off ALL events you competed in the age divisions.
You must register and pay for all events in age division 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, Rookie honors.

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)

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?
All Pro competitors, CHAMPIONSHIP 1st, 2nd Place winners, and ADVANCED 1st Place winners in the age divisions at Nationals qualify.

Once you have won 1st in ANY age division entry, you may dance off ALL entries you are registered for in the age divisions.

All competitors who compete for All-American MUST be registered in the age division at Nationals or pay the extra regular registration fee in addition to the All-American fee. You may not just register and compete in one event in the age divisions, and then compete in more or all events in the All-American Dance Off. You may only compete the events in the All-American Dance Off that you are registered for in the age divisions. Once you have won a 1st in ANY age division entry, you may dance off in ALL entries you are registered for in in the age divisions.

Once you have qualified (won a 1st place), go to the registration table and register for the All-American Dance Off. There is an additional All-American fee of $20 to dance off. Regular Duets and All-Around Solos do not dance-off but are determined by high score, however, regular duets and All-Around Solos must register and pay the All-American fee to be considered for All-American.
 

Who will dance off?
Regular Duets and All-Around Solos do not dance-off but are determined by high score, however, regular duets and All-Around Solos must register and pay the All-American fee to be considered for All-American. All qualifying Short & A Cap Duets, Freestyles, and A Cappellas will Dance-off.

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 (can dance for more than one team).
- 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).

Directors of the Year
- DIRECTORS OF THE YEAR – 10 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 5 in Individuals and teams and top 3 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)