Additional Rules and Disclaimers

BravO! reserves the right to cancel any competition due to weather, number of entries, or any other circumstance deemed necessary.

BravO! reserves the right to add additional competition days or move the competition location due to unforeseen circumstances.

Any change in competition days and/or times is at the sole discretion of BravO! and will be determined by the amount of time available at each regional competition..

Deductions may be made for routines that are not completed. If an uncompleted routine is allowed to attempt a second chance, it may not be eligible for Top Overall awards. This is to be determined by the judges and Competition Directors. Dancers above the Petite Level that walk off the stage and do not complete their routine will not be allowed to re-perform without the consent of the Competition Director.

Sportsmanlike behavior is expected at all times. Failure to display proper decorum could result in immediate disqualification.

Epileptics, asthmatics and people with pacemakers should be advised that it is common for BravO! to use strobe light effects, laser effects, and water/glycerin based haze fluid throughout the entire competition.

BravO! makes every effort to align with reputable vendors (photographers, videographers, etc.) at various events. However, BravO! is not responsible for any unfulfilled orders resulting in a financial loss for the customer that may be caused as a direct result from the business practice of any of its vendors.

Inappropriate Movements, Lyrics, & Costuming

Choreography, costuming, and/or the use of dance themes such as rape, suicide, murder, sex, domestic violence, anorexia, and dark undertones, chosen and/or presented to competition audiences with a lack of “artistic discretion” is considered inappropriate.

BravO! appreciates the art form, creativity, and desire to heighten world awareness of these themes through dance, but deems it inappropriate to present them to audiences that include children of every age. We recognize that this is extremely subjective and sensitive. We urge all studio owners, teachers, and especially parents, to keep performances thematically and choreographically appropriate. If dance movements, music lyrics, or costuming are deemed to be too suggestive or otherwise inappropriate for our family audience, the judges may score it lower. BravO! Directors and/or staff reserve the right to terminate a routine in the middle of the performance if requested by panel judges.

Inherent Risks

Any performer competing in a dance competition accepts certain inherent risks. These include, but are not limited to, sprains, bruises, pulled muscles, and broken bones. Participation in this competition indicates the acceptance of such risks by performers. Therefore, by virtue of entering this event, it is agreed that participants will not hold BravO! National Dance & Talent Competition or its officers, directors, staff or employees responsible for injuries sustained or illnesses contracted while in attendance and/or participating in any activity related to a BravO! Competition. Syncopated Inc., DBA BravO! National Dance & Talent Competition, and the hosting facility are not responsible for personal injury or property loss to either contestants or spectators.

Media Release

Participants and teachers, by virtue of entering a BravO! Competition, give their permission and consent to the Directors of BravO! to use their images or photographs to appear on videos, television, or any other electronic media for advertising, news coverage, or any other commercial use of our events.


Judges are a combination of championship caliber competition studio directors, teachers affiliated with major dance studios or professional dance centers, and currently performing dance professionals. First and foremost, these judges are all well trained in multiple genres of dance and are sensitive to the various skill levels represented by the dancers’ differing ages. This mixture of age, breadth of dance experience, and extensive background in performing arts contributes to the diverse range of feedback judges can offer all our competitors. Every effort is made to provide feedback in five main areas: Technique, Choreography, Age/Skill Level, Appropriateness, and Performance Skills. By attending a BravO! competition, all entrants agree that the time, manner, and method of judging the contest shall be solely within the discretion of the Directors and Producers of BravO! National Dance & Talent Competition. All decisions of the judges are final.

Competing Out of Order

Routines are expected to perform in the order they are scheduled. In all cases, routines must be performed during the awards session in which they are scheduled. If the routine cannot be performed during the awards session in which it is scheduled for any reason, it can be performed for judges’ comments only. It will still receive its respective adjudicated trophy, however, the routine will not be eligible for any overall awards unless first cleared by the Competition Director. Each BravO! Competition is run in numerical order. However, you may be asked to compete out of sequence in order to avoid a delay. Please be prepared to perform at least 1 hour earlier than you are scheduled as BravO! events tend to run ahead of schedule. Points will be deducted if a routine does not perform when scheduled unless the Stage Manager or Competition Director grants permission to perform outside of the scheduled time. BravO! understands that there may be unavoidable quick changes in the schedule. We ask that quick changes take place in 3 routines or less to avoid further complications. At National Finals, all acts, including Title Competition, must perform in prescribed order. Titlists performing out of order will be subject to disqualification.

Late Changes

There will be a $10 late fee for each change made less than 14 days prior to the competition. This fee must be paid by credit card at the time the change(s) is made. NO CHANGE WILL BE PERMITTED AT THE COMPETITION WITHOUT DIRECTOR’S APPROVAL.

Recording and Photography

Video recording and photography of any kind is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Failure to comply with this rule may lead to disqualification or removal from the competition. We urge all studio owners, teachers, and parents to keep our performances photographically safe. Unfortunately, this rule has been put in place due to the possible prevalence of people of questionable nature and to protect the work of the dancers and choreographers. Cameras of any kind are not allowed in the dressing rooms. BravO! Competition reserves the right to remove the media being used or those using it from the event. Failure to comply with these rules could result in the disqualification of dancer(s) and/or studio(s). Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

*Please feel free to take pictures and videos during awards ceremonies.

Determining Age Division

Dancers’ ages will be determined by their age as of January 1 of the current year. The average age of all performers in a Duo/Trio, Group or Line determines the age division of the routine. To figure the average, add the ages of all the performers in a routine and then divide by the number of performers. DROP THE DIGIT(S) AFTER THE DECIMAL POINT. For example, if the average age is 12.9 this routine would compete in the 12 year old age division. Any routine is allowed to compete in one age division higher but must be approved by BravO! when entries are submitted. Additionally, if a protest arises regarding age, all competitors must be prepared to present proof of age. All protests must be presented in writing to the BravO! Director within one-half hour of the incident. All protests must be signed. EACH PERFORMER MUST BRING PROOF OF AGE. We will require this proof be presented in the event of a protest.

Payment Options

BravO! accepts studio checks, money orders, certified checks and all major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express). FULL PAYMENT MUST BE SUBMITTED NO LATER THAN 21 DAYS PRIOR TO THE COMPETITION. All entries received after the 20-day deadline (or 45-day deadline for National Finals) must be accompanied by a certified check or money order. Studio checks will not be accepted after this deadline. All checks returned for insufficient funds will be assessed a $35 service fee.

*Please note: After the registration deadline, no changes will be made to your total owed, regardless of any last minute changes requested. Changes will not be made after the 30 day mark unless payment has been received.

NO REFUNDS will be issued unless the competition is cancelled. BravO! reserves the right to reschedule the competition due to inclement weather.

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