Competition Policies


Headliners does not have a set schedule. Schedules are formulated based on the number and type of entries received to best serve the majority of participants. Schedules are emailed approximately 10 days prior to each event.

Headliners is happy to try to accommodate scheduling requests (see below), however due to the number of requests received it is impossible to accommodate everyone. There are no refunds for conflicts that cannot be accommodated.

Headliners competitions will not begin before 8AM or end later than 10:30PM. For Friday events, competition will always begin after school hours.

Scheduling Requests:

Scheduling requests must be included in the comment box upon registration. Once the schedule is created, no studio, teacher, or parent may request an entry to be re-scheduled. We highly recommend that studios be flexible and able to perform at any point during the competition weekend.

Entries that perform on a different day or do not perform prior to their respective awards session will be eligible for medal standing and special awards only. They will not be eligible for overall awards or titles.

We do our best to accommodate all requests. Please be realistic with requests and take into consideration that your request may conflict with others' and may not be able to be accommodated. There are no refunds for conflicts that cannot be accommodated.

Review Your Entries:

The online registration is open to you 24/7 until we close the event in order to do the schedule. Once the event is closed you will not be able to add entries or make any changes. Please be sure you have entered all dancers, correct birthdates, all routines, and that all dancers have been included in your routines.

If studios find that they forgot an entry after the final schedule is posted (10-14 days prior to each event), any entries accepted will be assessed a $25 late fee and will perform at Headliners discretion for adjudication only. There is no guarantee that late entries can be accepted based on the time constraints of the competition. No entries will be accepted once the program is printed.

Judging Criteria


Judges are required to be familiar with the basic techniques of the major dance disciplines - ballet, jazz, modern, acrobatic and tap. The age of the dancer and their ability to properly execute each movement is considered as well as balance, control, stretch, fluidity and musical timing. In addition, when it comes to the dancers' ability to perform choreography, the following may also be considered: use of music and musical phrasing, use of space, dimensions or levels, appropriateness of the technical level for the age, emotional content, movement and style, creativity and originality.


The presentation score takes into consideration the dancer's ability to capture the audience, their personality, emotional execution, charisma, enthusiasm and energy. It can also takes into consideration the appropriateness of costume, makeup, grooming, etc.

Scoring and Awards

Headliners' scoring is modeled after the letter grading system used by public and private schools. Many competitions' policies begin awards at gold or have set up their awards so that lower scores (80s and 70s) still receive gold awards. At Headliners, dancers will compete against an adjudicated scoring system and receive awards that realistically correspond to the scores received.

Three judges are allocated 200 points each (100 for technique, 100 for presentation). The average score is determined by adding the total number of points received and dividing by 6, i.e. an elite gold award is a minimum of 558 points.

  1. Elite Gold558-600 points (average score of 93+)
  2. High Gold540-557 points (average score of 90-92)
  3. Gold522-539 points (average score of 87-89)
  4. High Silver504-521 points (average score of 84-86)
  5. Silver480-503 points (average score of 80-83)
  6. High Bronze462-479 points (average score of 77-79)

All routines will receive a trophy based on the overall score received. Pins are awarded to dancers in duo/trio through production.

Overall Awards

Novice Level:

Novice level dancers will receive adjudication and judges video critiques for experience as well as recognition of their score, but are not eligible for overall awards.

Hollywood Level:

The Hollywood Level (recreational level) is for dancers who have limited training and/or competition experience. Overall awards are presented in 12 & Under and 13 & Over categories. A gold, high gold or elite gold award is required for overalls.

Broadway Level:

The Broadway Level (competitive level) is our most popular level and is for dancers who take multiple classes per week and/or have previous competition experience. In order to recognize as many dancers as possible, overalls are presented in four divisions: Child (9 & under), Junior (10-12), Teen (13-15), and Senior (16 & over).

A high gold or elite gold award is required to be considered for overall awards. Awards are presented to the top 10 soloists (if a dancer receives more than one placement in the top 10, the highest scoring routine will be recognized). The top 5 is announced in duo/trio, groups, and production for each age division.

Vouchers are presented to the top scoring routine in solo, duo/trio, small group, large group, and class in the above age divisions (a minimum of ten entries is required for vouchers to be presented. Age divisions may be combined in order to present a voucher).

  1. Child, Junior, Teen, & Senior Solos$50 each
  2. Child, Junior, Teen, & Senior Duo/Trios$50 each
  3. Child, Junior, Teen, & Senior Small Groups$75 each
  4. Child, Junior, Teen, & Senior Large Groups$100 each
  5. Child, Junior, Teen, & Senior Productions$150 each

Adult Level:

Adult level dancers will receive adjudication and judges video critiques as well as recognition of their scores, but are not eligible for overall awards.

Charity or Trophy Program:

Headliners offers the opportunity for studios and dancers to donate the price of their trophy in lieu of receiving one at the competition.

Here are the charities we will be donating to this year:

  • Petsmart Charities:
    The largest funder of animal welfare efforts in North America. Provided #134 million in grants and programs benefiting animal welfare organizations.

  • Breast Cancer Research Foundation:
    Top rated cancer research charity. Received an A+ rating from

  • ROHHAD Fight Inc.:
    Symptoms of ROHHAD vary for each child but generally begin with rapid onset obesity in the first 2-4 years of life, followed by impairment of nervous system and inevitably reduced lung function leaving most ROHHAD patients unable to breathe without the use of a ventilator.

  • United States Dance Sports Team:
    A 501©(3) corporation established to provide USA dancers with the opportunity to compete in World Championships.

  • Wounded Warrior Project:
    Raises awareness and enlists the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members.

Time Limits

Routines are randomly timed at all events. Please be sure that all music is cut the the proper length. The length of the routine is determined from the first note of music to the last note of music. If a routine is over time, the teacher will be notified.

At National Championships, a total of five points will automatically be deducted for every 10 seconds or portion thereof overtime.

  1. Solos2 minutes, 45 seconds
  2. Duos, Trios, Small Groups, Large Groups3 minutes
  3. Class4 minutes
  4. Production6 minutes
  5. Extended8 minutes

Entry Fees

Entry fees are available to studios only, through our online registration system with Dance Era. Once your account is set-up and you log in, time limits and entry fees will be listed on the home page.

  • Past Customers:

    Please click on the link below and enter your email and password. (If you forgot your password, email us at and we will reset it for you.)

  • New Customers:

    Please Click here to be redirected to the online registration site. Then select "Create An Account". Once you have completed the process and receive a temporary password, you may log in to view the entry fees.

Age Divisions

Placement of dancers is based on their age as of January 1st, 2016.

Dancers will compete by individual ages (6 & under, 7, 8, etc.) within their overall age division. Placement of duo/trios, groups, and productions is determined by adding all of the ages and dividing by the number of dancers in the routine. Decimal points will be dropped.

Competition Levels

Note: Dancers must compete in the same competitive level for all routines.

Novice (Non-Competitive):

For dancers who wish to perform but may not have the training and/or experience of competititve levels. The novice level is for experience. Dancers will be adjudicated but are not eligible for overall awards.

Hollywood (Recreational):

For the less experienced dancer/competitor. Dancers must be able to properly execute basic dance skills. Dancers will be recognized in their own overalls, but are not eligible for cash vouchers or scholarships.

Broadway (Competitive):

For dancers who take multiple classes per week and/or have previous competition experience. Dancers should have developed the necessary skills to compete and excel in their chosen discipline through proper technique and choreography that enhances the skills of the dancers.


For routines with an average age of 21 or older, including teahers. Routines are not eligible for overall awards, but will still receive adjudication and recognition.

Categories and Descriptions

Acrobatic Tricks in Routines:

Ballet and pointe may not have any gymnastic/acrobatic tricks. Jazz, tap, and lyrical routines may have a maximum of three acro tricks. All other categories may have an unlimited number of acro tricks.

Acrobatic tricks are defined as movements learned in an acrobatic class such as cartwheel, forward roll, etc. A pass into an acro trick (i.e.: round off back handspring) qualifies as one acro movement. Lifts, illusions, and shoulder rolls are not considered acro tricks.

  • Acro:A combination of tumbling movements and passes incorporated with dance movements
  • Ballet:Classical ballet style using ballet shoes
  • Pointe:Classical ballet technique wearing pointe shoes
  • Character:Portraying an easily recognized character such as clown, scarecrow, Betty Boop, etc.
  • Clogging:Routine would show clogging (or buck) technique using full foot
  • Contemporary:Inventive movements incorporating different styles with classical foundation
  • Ethnic:A routine using ethnic style dance (i.e. Flamenco, Irish Jig, Hawaiian, etc.)
  • Hip Hop:Street, funk dance, break and electric boogie
  • Jazz:Classical jazz movements and technique
  • Lyrical:Dancers’ movements should interpret the words and feelings of the song
  • Modern:Theatrical dance not as restrictive as classical ballet; stylized, abstract movements
  • Musical Theater:Use of Broadway or movie musical song portraying the feeling of the lyrics through dance and/or character
  • Open:Combines two or more forms of dance or a second routine with 50% of the same dancers
  • Pon Pom:The use of Pon Poms where dancers show patterns and uniform movements
  • Showdance:A concept, story or theme. Can be any dance form or combination of dance forms, not including tap
  • Tap:No pre-recorded tap sounds allowed on the tape
  • Twirling:Dancers incorporate batons into a routine

Student Choreography

Students must be age 21 or younger to participate. All student choreography will be recognized at Regionals and will be eligible to compete at Nationals for the title of Student Choreographer of the Year.

Note: Routines entered in the Student Choreography category will not be eligible for the Teacher/Choreographer of the Year award.

Title Competition

Broadway division solo entries only. No additional fee required.

  1. Petite Miss & Master Headlinerages 7-9
  2. Junior Miss & Mister Headlinerages 10-12
  3. Teen Miss & Mister Headlinerages 13-15
  4. Miss & Mister Headlinerages 16-21

All soloists in the Broadway division who achieve a high gold or elite gold score are considered. Up to two regional title winners per age division will be selected at each event and will be judges' choice. Judges will confer during the awards ceremony to make their choices.

The title selection has nothing to do with high score. Title winners may also be the highest score soloist however being the highest score soloist does not guarantee selection as a title winner.

Please note: Only at Nationals do soloists need to indicate participation in the Title Championships. Dancers may hold only one title per season. National Title winners from previous seasons may not compete for the same title they held, but may compete for another title once they meet the age requirement.

Video Critiques

At regional events, video critiques of each routine will be provided to the studio. Judges will offer comments on technique and presentation and on a variety of other subjects that may not pertain to the overall score (costuming, grooming, etc). The decision of the judges is final.

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