Rules/Guidelines (Regionals)

PLEASE READ ALL RULES CAREFULLY

(FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THESE RULES COULD RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION)

Registration:

Registration is done through BravO!’s Dance Comp Genie site! To create an account, please click here. If you already have an account through Dance Comp Genie, just log in and select BravO! from the list of available competitions. For help with your account, please email our Assistant Director, Maddie, at maddie@bravocompetition.com with your specific question.

Payment:

Billing for BravO! is done through Square.com. There is no automatic option for payment on the registration site. When you complete and finalize your entries online, you are alerting the BravO! office staff that you have completed your registration process.

Invoices from BravO!’s square account will be sent to the main email address on file for your studio. They will be sent approximately 30 days prior to the competition start date. BravO! accepts studio checks, money orders, certified checks, and all major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express). FULL PAYMENT MUST BE SUBMITTED NO LATER THAN 21 DAYS PRIOR TO THE COMPETITION. BravO! will not accept studio checks after this deadline. If payment is not received by this deadline, your routines will be subject to forfeiture.

Checks sent to BravO! prior to the date of invoicing will be held until 30 days prior to the competition start date, regardless of when they are received.

If your registration is not completed by the 30-day deadline, your entries will be issued a 10% late fee and depending on communication and completion, may be subject to forfeiture.

NO REFUNDS will be issued unless the competition is canceled and payment has already been processed. If a change occurs due to illness or injury of a dancer after your invoice has been issued, the studio will receive a credit for the following season for any routines that were unable to perform due to the illness/injury. PLease note: A doctor’s note will be required.

Additional entries that are requested after invoices have been issued will be accepted on a case by case basis. If these late entries are allowed, payment must be received before they are included in the scheduling. NO CHANGES, ADDITIONS, OR SCHEDULING REQUESTS will be accommodated after invoices are issued unless payment has been received in full.

Any checks returned for insufficient funds will be assessed a $35 service fee and balance must be paid by credit card or certified/cashier’s check. BravO! will not accept studio checks from studios that have had insufficient funds in the past.

Types of Entries

  • Solo: 1 dancer (*Soloists cannot enter more than one routine within the same performance category. BravO! may limit the total number of solos per individual dancer at larger events and based on time restraints.)
  • Duo/Trio: 2-3 dancers (*Duos and Trios compete against one another.)
  • Small Group: 4 to 9 dancers
  • Large Group: 10-19 dancers
  • Line: 20 or more dancers

Time Limits

  • Solo: 2 minutes & 45 seconds
  • Duo/Trio: 2 minutes & 45 seconds
  • Small Group: 3 minutes (purchasing extended time allows for one additional minute.)
  • Large Group: 4 minutes (purchasing extended time allows for one additional minute.)
  • Line: 4 minutes (purchasing extended time allows for one additional minute.)

*Large Groups & Lines placed in the Production Category are automatically allotted 6 minutes. For guidelines on the Production Category, please read our ‘Dance Categories’ section. (Purchasing extended time allows for 2 additional minutes.)

Age Divisions

BravO! has five age divisions. Petite, Junior, Teen, Senior, and Adult divisions have subsets used only in the instance of determining the Top Scoring Gold Medallion (when applicable).  The age divisions are as follows:

  • Petite: 0-8 years (4 & under, 5-6 years, 7-8 years)
  • Junior: 9-11 years (9 years, 10 years, 11 years)
  • Teen: 12-14 years (12 years, 13 years, 14 years)
  • Senior: 15-19 years (15-16 years, 17-19 years)
  • Adult: 20+ years (*Performers in the Adult Division will compete at the BravO! level.)

Determining Age Divisions

Dancer’s ages will be determined by their age as of January 1st of the current competition year. The average age of all performers in a Duo/Trio, Group, or Line determines the age division for that routine. BravO! figures the average by adding the ages of all performers in a routine divided by the number of performers and DROPPING THE DECIMAL POINT. For example, if the average age is 12.9 the routine would compete in the 12 years (Teen) age division.

Any routine containing a performer 20+ years old will automatically be placed in the Adult Division, regardless of the average age of all dancers in that routine.

Please be aware, 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! Tour Director within one half-hour of the incident in question. 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.

Experience Levels

*PLEASE NOTE: The information provided regarding experience levels is only meant as a guideline. The decision is made at the discretion of each studio owner and/or teacher based on these guidelines. PLEASE BE SURE TO REEVALUATE & UPDATE YOUR DANCERS EXPERIENCE LEVELS PRIOR TO REGISTRATION FOR A NEW SEASON.

 O!verture Level

The O!verture level is designed for dancers with limited competition experience and/or dancers who take an approximate total of 0-2 hours combined dance/acro/rehearsal lessons per week. While it is not mandatory that you enter the O!verture level if you take 2 or fewer hours per week, it is recommended, especially for newcomers to competition dancing. Please note, this is only a guideline and we leave the final decision to studio discretion.

Encore! Level

The Encore! level is designed for dancers with moderate competition experience and/or dancers who take a total of 2-5 hours of combined dance/acro/rehearsal lessons per week. While it is not mandatory that you enter the Encore! level if you take 2-5 hours of lessons per week, it is recommended. Please note, this is only a guideline and we leave the final decision to studio discretion.

BravO! Level

The BravO! level is designed for dancers who display a higher level of technical abilities and skill and/or have significant competition experience. BravO! level dancers generally take a total of 5 or more hours combined dance/acro/rehearsal lessons per week. Please note, this is only a guideline and we leave the final decision to studio discretion.

*Please keep in mind, no competition can concretely know how many hours of week a studio is in the studio or how much competition experience a student has. We trust that directors/teachers will use sound judgment when entering levels for dancers. Dancers that are obviously under-placed can be moved up an experience level by our judges. If this occurs, you will be notified by your Competition Director.

Determining Experience Levels

All Duo/Trio, Group, or Line routines will be placed in the experience level of the majority of the dancers, defaulting to the highest possible experience level in the instance of equal placement. Meaning, if 50% or more of the dancers in a routine are O!verture level, the routine will be placed in the O!verture experience level, even if it contains Encore! Or BravO! level dancers. Likewise, if 50% or more of the dancers in a routine are Encore! level, the routine will be placed in the Encore! experience level, even if it contains O!verture and/or BravO! level dancers. The same applies if 50% or more of the dancers in a routine are BravO! level, the routine will be placed in the BravO! experience level, even if it contains O!verture & Encore! level dancers. Additionally, if your routines contain dancers from all three levels, the routine will be placed in the experience level of the majority of dancers. For example: If 30% of your dancers are O!verture level, 50% of your dancers are Encore! level and 20% of your dancers are BravO! level, the routine will be placed in the Encore! experience level. If your dancers are evenly split into all three experience levels (for example 5 O!verture level dancers, 5 Encore! level dancers, 5 BravO! level dancers) the routine will be placed in the BravO! level.

Dance Categories

Acrobatic Dance

Routine using controlled moves such as walkovers, limbers, handstands, chest rolls, etc. Can contain gymnastic passes. Majority of the routine must be acrobatic moves. Routine may contain flexibility or contortionist moves. Must contain dance moves, steps, and choreography.

Ballet

The routine must consist of ballet technique. Must include classical steps and movements. No gymnastic/acrobatic tricks allowed. Pointe shoes are not allowed.

Character

Routine portraying an easily recognizable character from a play, movie, television, or Broadway show; or a stereotype such as a farmer, policeman, etc. Can incorporate dance and/or acrobatic techniques.

Clogging

Routine utilizing either traditional or contemporary clogging technique and style. Only 3 gymnastic/acrobatic tricks are allowed. No tosses. Over the back lifts, drops, and partnering moves are permitted.

Contemporary

Interpretive dance using balance, extension, isolations, and control extending beyond jazz and lyrical. Only 3 gymnastic/acrobatic tricks allowed.

Hip-Hop

The routine must consist primarily of hip-hop technique. May include street dance, freestyle, funk, ‘pop-n-lock’, break dancing, and acrobatic tricks.

Hoofer

The routine must contain primarily tap technique and tap work. This category is designed to showcase more of a ‘Stomp/Da Funk’ feel with heavy accent which might include a cappella and improvisational movement; more of a flat foot style.

Jazz

The routine must consist primarily of jazz technique. Only 3 gymnastic/acrobatic tricks allowed.

Lyrical

The routine should demonstrate balance, extension, and control using lyrical moves set to the mood and/or lyrics of the music. Only 3 gymnastic/acrobatic tricks allowed.

Modern

The routine must consist of modern technique and movement demonstrating balance, control, and extension. No gymnastic/acrobatic tricks allowed.

Musical Theatre

Routine featuring any style of dance interpreting a song from a Broadway show or movie musical.

Novelty

Any style of dance or tumbling that makes ample use of a prop as a part of the choreography throughout the routine.

Open

Any of our listed categories or combination of listed category styles.

Pointe

The routine must consist of Pointe technique.  No gymnastic/acrobatic tricks allowed.

Production

A group routine incorporating any style of dance or acrobatics with a specific theme. A production encompasses the full use of the stage, multiple entrances/exits/crossovers, and multiple focal points.

Tap

The routine must contain primarily tap technique and tap work. Only 3 gymnastic/acrobatic tricks allowed.

Variety

Any style of dance or tumbling that does not easily fit into our other listed categories.

Talent Categories

*Please note, these categories will all perform in the BravO! Experience level only, regardless of the individual or group experience level.

Monologue/Acting

A Monologue is a speech in the dramatic or poetic form performed by one person speaking his or her thoughts aloud directly to the audience. Monologues can only be performed by a soloist. The acting category may be entered with any number of performers and should consist of acting out a scene from a play, movie, television show, commercial, or novel. The scene can also be original but must be formatted in the same manner as a standard script.

The acting category may be entered with any number of performers and should consist of acting out a scene from a play, movie, television show, commercial, or novel. The scene can also be original but must be formatted in the same manner as a standard script.

Song & Dance

Must contain both singing and any listed category of dancing. All performers will be judged on both singing and dancing. There must be no other lead vocals anywhere on the routine track. Up to two handheld, wireless microphones will be available for your use. If you require additional microphones, you must contact BravO! at least two weeks in advance and make arrangements with the Technical Director.

Vocal

Routine may be any type of vocal presentation. No lead vocals will be permitted on music accompaniment. Backup vocals are allowed. Up to two handheld, wireless microphones will be available for your use. If you require additional microphones, you must contact BravO! at least two weeks in advance and make arrangements with the Technical Director.

Gymnastic/Acrobatic Tricks

BravO! defines a ‘trick’ as movements that pass through or stop at a fully inverted (upside-down) position with both feet off the floor (the torso passing or stopping directly over the top of one’s head/shoulders). BravO! will allow ONLY the following exceptions to the above trick definition: Handstands, walkovers (non-aerial), shoulder rolls, cartwheels, and lifts. These 5 movements can be performed in any category without deduction and will not be counted as a trick. A gymnastic pass is considered one trick.

The following categories cannot contain any gymnastic/acrobatic tricks:

  • Ballet, Pointe, & Modern

The following categories can only contain up to three gymnastic/acrobatic tricks:

  • Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, & Clogging

Please note, a one point deduction per judge will be made for any routine that does not follow these specific rules.

Regional Title Competition

BravO! hosts a Title Competition at each regional. Only solos in the BravO! level of competition are eligible to enter the Title Competition. This category will be incorporated into the standard solo competition. Vocal, Song & Dance, and Monologue/Acting entries are not eligible.To enter the Title Competition, please check the ‘Title’ box when registering the solo routine. BravO! accepts Title Entries at the event. When entering at the door, you must do so at least 1 hour prior to the performance time. You may only enter a maximum of three solos per individual in the Title Competition. Previous years’ winners are eligible to re-compete, even if they are in the same age division unless they are the National Title Winner for that age division. All participants will be judged for Title during their regular solo routine.

Each female Title Winner will receive a trophy. sash, and crown.

Each male Title Winner will receive a trophy, hat, and winning certificate.

Props

The placement and removal of props are the sole responsibility of the studio. Props must be freestanding. Scenery or backdrops requiring the use of theater fly bars or special lighting may not be used. If the stage is littered during a routine (for example petals, leaves, etc.), please be prepared to clean it immediately after the routine is finished. In addition, for safety measures, choreography that allows any dancer to be physically placed more than 6 feet off the ground of any scenic piece or prop could be considered hazardous. Though the 6-foot height is only a benchmark, BravO! Reserves the right to disqualify any routine that it deems unsafe or that is not in line with the company, state, and local regulations. Please see a stage manager upon arrival to discuss props prior to unloading. If a prop is brought onto the stage without prior approval, the routine will be subject to disqualification.

Prop Restrictions

  • Fire, swords, knives, and guns are strictly prohibited, including prop version of the aforementioned.
  • Fog and/or smoke are not permitted.
  • The use of helium balloons will be at the discretion of the theatre staff, not the BravO! Staff. If the theatre staff allows the use of helium balloons, they must be attached to a weight to ensure they will not float into the lights, causing a possible fire hazard.
  • No form of liquid, glitter, gel, aerosol, powder, etc. may be used. This is to protect the dance surface and ensure safety for all dancers.
  • If the stage is littered during a routine, please be prepared to clean it immediately after the routine is finished.

Please be mindful that the stage and dance floor are a shared space and use forethought when planning for the use of props. If your props are large, difficult to construct, or require special assistance, please discuss this at least 2 weeks prior to the competition with a BravO! staff member.

Competition Music

All competition music must be uploaded to your online account. The deadline for music upload will be the Monday prior to the competition weekend. Dance Comp Genie’s music upload feature currently only supports .mp3 files. If your music is in a different file format, you will need to convert the files prior to upload. This can be done using an online file converter, such as this one. All music must be recorded at your desired speed and cut into one playable track per routine. Track speed WILL NOT be adjusted and multiple tracks are not permitted for one routine. CDs are the only acceptable form of backup allowed at BravO!. Flash Drives, iPods, iPads, iPhones, Tablets, mobile devices, etc. will not be accepted.

BravO! is not responsible for improper playback of music resulting from poor quality music files or CDs brought to the competition in poor condition or incorrect uploads. Please be sure your back CDs are of adequate quality if/when brought to the Emcee. BravO! is not responsible for music left at the venue after the event. It will be left with the house staff.