Why Fluid Nationals?

Expand your Fluid Regionals placement on a National level. Complete against some of the best dancers and studios across the country! The same live feedback approach you love at Regionals, is still applied at Nationals. Routines will each receive live feedback, numerical scoring and special National Awards….with opportunities to complete for Dancer of the Year and Performance of the Year!

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NATIONALS

Rules and Regulations


1. Entries are available to all Summer Intensive attending: Minis, Juniors, Teens, and Seniors. Teacher(s) are NOT allowed to compete.

2.  All competition entries must be registered online (or postmarked) by the convention registration cut-off date, otherwise they will not be eligible to compete.

3.  Competition fees are NON-REFUNDABLE. NO EXCEPTIONS! This includes sickness, incremental weather, doctors visit, injuries, etc. 

4.  All changes and adjustments to competition routines must be finalized TWO WEEKS prior to event start date. Changes made after this time and onsite changes will not be accommodated.

5.  All performers must be registered under a studio name. Independent entries ARE allowed to compete (please specify "Independent" during registration.)

6.  No limit to the number of competition routines entered per studio.

7.  All performers MUST wear the convention wristband during the competition.

8.  Judges will be verbally live critiquing the performer(s), immediately following each routine. This format is for all solo, duet, trio and group performances.

9. Judges will be scoring each routine based on breakdown below. (see Judging)

10. All routines MUST be appropriate and family viewable (both music and choreography.) Inappropriate routines will be stopped and immediately disqualified.

11. NO flash photography and NO performance videoing during competition. We supply personalized video of each routine to competing studios.

12.  Live web streaming will be available during each event (quality can not be guaranteed do to hotel/venue internet supply.)

13. Spectators to the competition will be welcomed on a first come, first served basis, with no entry fee.

REGISTRATION CUT OFF

June 2, 2020 is the deadline for all registration, both Nationals and Summer Intensive. 

DISCOUNT OFFERS

Please visit our Nationals Discounts page for all the amazing offers!

PREQUALIFYING ROUTINES

  • All Platinum, High Gold, Gold and Silver award winners at a FLUID Regional event will automatically qualify for entry into Nationals. Bronze award winners are able to compete at Nationals, only for critiques (not awards.)

  • These qualifications apply for all Solo, Duet/Trio and Group Routines.

COMPETITION CATEGORIES

Performances must be entered into one of the following categories which best fits the style of routine. If your routine does not fit into one of these categories, please enter it into the 'Open' category.

BALLET

Performance consisting of ballet technique; including classical steps and movement

POINTE

Classical ballet technique performed en pointe

JAZZ

Performance consisting of jazz technique, while utilizing up-tempo music

CONTEMPORARY

Performance consisting of jazz style, with heavy emphasis on modern & ballet technique

HIP HOP

Performance must include hip hop and street type movement

LYRICAL

Performance consisting of lyrical technique and contemporary dance styles

TAP

Performance consisting of tap technique and primarily tap work

MUSICAL THEATRE

Performance consisting of song interpretation from a Broadway or Movie Musical

MODERN

Dance emphasizing interpretive movement using modern technique

OPEN

Performance demonstrating any dance style or combination of dance styles (ethnic, ballroom, clogging, novelty, acro, character, etc.)

PERFORMANCE BREAKOUT

SOLO: 1 dancer

DUET/TRIO: 2-3 dancers

SMALL GROUP: 4-9 dancers

LARGE GROUP: 10-19 dancers

PRODUCTION: 20 plus dancers

*same performance breakout applies for 'Extended Time' routines

AGE DIVISIONS

Determine Age Division by age of dancer as of January 1, 2020.

MINI DIVISION: Ages 5-7

JUNIOR DIVISION: Ages 8-11

TEEN DIVISION: Ages 12-14

SENIOR DIVISION: Ages 15-19

TIME LIMIT

SOLO: 2 minutes, 45 seconds

DUET/TRIO: 2 minutes, 45 seconds

SMALL GROUP: 3 minutes

EXTENDED TIME SMALL GROUP: 5 minutes

LARGE GROUP: 3 minutes

EXTENDED TIME LARGE GROUP: 5 minutes, 35 seconds

PRODUCTION: 4 minutes

EXTENDED TIME PRODUCTION: 6 minutes, 35 seconds

Timing will begin with the first movement and end with the last movement. Performers must enter and exit the stage in a timely manner, while promptly clearing any stage props.

MUSIC

Please upload music within the registration portal.

We will also accept music on a Flash Drive onsite at event, although we would prefer all music to be uploaded prior to event weekend. (CD’s will not be accepted)

Please have a backup for all competing music onsite located on a phone/iPod. Music must be downloaded and ready to play, we will not be able to accept music through email or the internet onsite.

Double check the correct song version has been uploaded to registration portal prior to event start date.

PROP REQUIREMENTS

General props are accepted, but MUST be moved on and off stage by performers or performers' helpers. Fluid Dance Staff are not available to assist with movement of props. Please clean and clear stage upon completion of routine performance. The construction and building of props, both on and off stage, are strictly prohibited. 

Fluid does NOT allow dangerous, explosive, live animal, fog machine, water, paint, glitter or oversized props. Due to restricted ballroom space and ceiling height, ‘oversized props’ are considered anything above 10 feet and dancers cannot stand on props over 6 feet.

Please contact our office and get approval regarding any props you think MAY be an issue prior to routine(s) registration.

Each routine is given two (2) minutes to move props on stage and two (2) minutes to move props off stage. One (1) point will be deducted for each minute gone over time.

Three(3) minutes of ‘prop’ extended time is available for purchase: additional fee of $5 per dancer.

STAGE

40' x 32' Marley Floor Competition Stage

JUDGING

All competing routines will be adjudicated by three(3) judges. Once routine is complete, live verbal critiques will be executed by each judge (45 seconds allotted per judge.) Verbal critiques are for all solo, duet, trio, small group, large group, production and all extended time routines.

Competition adjudication will also be on a point scale, each routine scoring off a total of 300 points. All ties will be broken by Judges choice. Our adjudicators have the final decision.    

NATIONAL COMPETITION SCORING

PER JUDGE SCORING:

Technique: 40 points

Performance: 30 points

Choreography & Musicality: 20 points

Overall Appearance: 10 points

FINAL ADJUDICATION:

Nationals POWER: 296-300

Platinum: 291-300

High Gold: 276-290 

Gold: 261-275 

Silver: 246-260 

Bronze: 231-245

NATIONAL AWARDS

Nationals POWER | Platinum | High Gold | Gold | Silver | Bronze   

Top 5 Mini Division | Top 5 Junior Division | Top 5 Teen Division | Top 5 Senior Division

DANCER OF THE YEAR

Dancer of the Year will be titled at Nationals for each division: Mini, Junior, Teen and Senior.

How to qualify for Dancer of the Year?

  • All soloist to receive a Fluid POWER Award at 2020 Regionals

  • All soloist to receive a Fluid Top 5 Award at 2020 Regionals

  • All Fluid Elite Scholarship recipients during a 2020 Regionals

All dancers qualifying for Dance of the Year, will complete for the title during National Elite Finals. Not required to compete same solo as Regionals 2020.

Must compete same solo during the Day 1/2 of Nationals.

PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Performance of the Year will be titled at Nationals for each division: Mini, Junior, Teen and Senior.

How to qualify for Performance of the Year?

  • All routines (including duet/trio, small group, large group and production) to receive a Fluid POWER Award at 2020 Regionals

  • All routines (including duet/trio, small group, large group and production) to receive a Fluid Top 5 Award at 2020 Regionals

All group routines qualifying for Performance of the Year, will complete for the title during National Elite Finals. Must perform same qualifying routine from 2020 Regionals.

Must compete same routine during Day 1/2 of Nationals.

NATIONAL ELITE FINALS

Comprised of the following routines:

  • All qualifying Dancer of the Year recipients

  • All qualifying Performance of the Year recipients

  • All performances receiving a Nationals POWER Award on Day 1 and Day 2 of Nationals Competition

CONDUCT

It is expected for ALL dancers to conduct themselves in an appropriate and respectful manner at all times throughout the competition, on and off stage.

 By entering Nationals, you accept all judges’ decisions as final.