Competition Guidelines 

 Entry Limits  

  • Entries for the National Finals must have qualified at either a NYCDA Regional Competition or the Preliminary Qualifying Competition. 
  • Overall number of entries will be limited to the time available. Entries will accepted on a first come, first serve basis.
  • A deduction of 10 points will be made for entries that do not comply with set time limitations.
  • All fees are due with entry forms - received by May 3, 2019. Entry fees are non-refundable.  
  • If paying by check, make all checks payable to: NYC DANCE ALLIANCE. No Canadian or International checks will be accepted - US bank money orders only. 

2019 National Finals Competition Divisions and Fees

Solo $130.00  3 minute max
Duo/Trio $80.00 per dancer 3 minute max
Group (4-9) $65.00 per dancer 3 minute max
Line (10-15) $65.00 per dancer 3 minute max
Extended Line (16-24) $65.00 per dancer 4 minute max
Small Production (12-24) $65.00 per dancer 5 minute max   
Large Production (16+) $65.00 per dancer 6 minute max
Extended Sm Prod (12-24) $65.00 per dancer 6 minute max
Extended Lg Prod (16+) $65.00 per dancer 8 minute max


You may purchase up to 3 additional minutes of time for any group, line extended line, or production- just $5 per dancer, per minute!


*NYCDA Regional Critics' Choice Award & Studio Stand Out Award Winners winners receive FREE Competition entry fees for that entry at the 2019 National Season Finale! Studio must note/request free entry fees when registering.  


Preliminary Qualifying Competition

  • Studios should keep June 29, 2019 open for possible Preliminary Competition.
  • All Regional Competition Guidelines apply. Click HERE to view.  
  • All Platinum, High Gold, Gold, High Silver, and Silver winners in the Preliminary Competition qualify to compete in the NYCDA National Finals Competition.
  • All Preliminary entries must submit double entry fees: Preliminary fees AND National Finals Fees. Preliminary entries that do not qualify for National Finals will receive fee reimbursements. All fee must be received by May 3, 2019. 
  • The overall number of entries for the Preliminary Qualifying Competition will be limited to the time available. Entries will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Entry forms must be clearly marked "Preliminary Competition".
  • Regional Competition Entry fees apply to Preliminary Entries. 

Music Requirements

  • Competition Music can be uploaded PRIOR to Nationals! Additional Information will be sent in confirmation packets. 
  • Additionally, you may provide your competition music on USB at Registration. Please have a backup available for each entry. 
  • Each Audio Track must be labeled in the following format: 3 Digit Entry # - Title of Entry - Studio Code Letter.  
  • Music Files should be in a Mac compatible format such as .mp3, .wav, etc. 
  • It is recommended that all music be recorded in a non-dolby format with audio recorded on both left and right channels.
  • Studios shall be responsible for maintaining proper licenses for any and all music used in any performance by participants of the Studio.
  • Any financial penalties related to the violation of any copyright laws will be passed on to the studio. 

Age Appropriate

NYCDA prides itself in maintaining a professional, classy, and family environment.  Our 'age appropriate' criteria will continue to appear on every score sheet - under Costuming, Music Choice, and Choreography. Necessary deductions will be taken. Disqualification may result, at the discretion of the judges.


Video and Photography

  • Video taping and photography are STRICTLY PROHIBITED during the entire event. (Disqualification may result.)
  • Professional quality photos and videos of the competition will be available for purchase on-site. 
  • Registered Teachers with ID Lanyards will be permitted to tape the last 15 minutes of Workshop Classes only.
  • All dancers authorize the use of their image in photos and videos for NYCDA publicity and advertisement purposes.


  • Admission to all regular competitions is free. Tickets must be purchased for the Junior Gala and for the Closing Night Gala.
  • Audience will be allowed to enter and exit between numbers only.  Doors will be closed during performances.
  • Teachers of competition dancers will be given reserved seating. However, absolutely no visual coaching is allowed.
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