Terms of Use

This Terms of Use Agreement (“Agreement”) constitutes a legally binding agreement made between you, whether personally or on behalf of an entity (“you”) and BravO! Dance Competition (“Company”), concerning your access to and participation in their events (“website”).

By accepting these terms you are complicit in your understanding that dancing can involve serious risk of injury. You also understand that by permitting your child or ward to participate in a BravO! Dance Competition Event you are releasing BravO! Dance Competition and all its employees, agents, representatives, hosting site and any volunteers from any liability while attending class or participating in competition.

 

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 director. 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 director.

Sportsman-like 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 person 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.

Judging.

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 & 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 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.

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 age as of January 1 of the current year. The average age of all performers in a Duo/Trio, Group or Line determines the appropriate age vision. To figure the average, add the ages of all the performers in a routine and then divide by the number of performers. DROP 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 ACCOMPANY ALL ENTRY FORMS. 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.

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

NOTICE: These Terms of Use contain provisions that govern how claims you and the Company may have against each other are resolved (see section 12, below), including an agreement and obligation to arbitrate disputes, which will, subject to limited exceptions, require you to submit claims you have against us to binding arbitration, unless you opt-out in accordance with section 12.4. Unless you opt-out of arbitration: (a) you will only be permitted to pursue claims against us on an individual basis, not as part of any class or representative action or proceeding, except for small-claims court; and (b) you will only be permitted to seek relief (including monetary, injunctive, and declaratory relief) on an individual basis.

 

Limitation on Liability.

 

14.1 Limitation on Liability. IN NO EVENT SHALL COMPANY BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR ANY INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, INCLUDING LOST PROFIT DAMAGES ARISING FROM YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES, EVEN IF COMPANY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING TO THE CONTRARY CONTAINED HEREIN, COMPANY’S LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ANY CAUSE WHATSOEVER AND REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF THE ACTION, WILL AT ALL TIMES BE LIMITED TO THE AMOUNT PAID, IF ANY, BY YOU TO COMPANY FOR THE COMPANY SERVICES DURING THE TERM OF YOUR PARTICIPATION IN SAID EVENT(s).

14.2 Claims Must be Brought Within Sixty Days. ALL CLAIMS THAT YOU MAY HAVE AGAINST THE COMPANY MUST BE BROUGHT WITHIN SIXTY DAYS AFTER THE CLAIM ACCRUED OR YOU WAIVE YOUR CLAIM AGAINST US.

 

Indemnity.

  1. Indemnity. You agree to indemnify and hold Company, its subsidiaries, and affiliates, and their respective officers, agents, partners and employees, harmless from any loss, liability, claim, or demand, including reasonable attorney’s fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of your Contributions, use of the Company Services in violation of this Agreement and/or arising from a breach of this Agreement and/or any breach of your representations and warranties set forth above and/or if any Contribution that you post on the Company website or through the Company Services causes Company to be liable to another or incur expenses to prove that it should not be.

 

Other.

  1. Other. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between you and Company regarding the use of the Company Services. The failure of Company to exercise or enforce any right or provision of this Agreement shall not operate as a waiver of such right or provision. The section titles in this Agreement are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect. This Agreement operates to the fullest extent permissible by law. If any provision or part of a provision of this Agreement is unlawful, void or unenforceable, that provision or part of the provision is deemed severable from this Agreement and does not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.

 

Disputes with Company.

 

12.1 Disputes Resolved by Binding ArbitrationAny dispute or claim that arises under or relates to this Agreement or relates in any way to the Company Services, the Company’s website, or Intellectual Property will be resolved by binding arbitration, rather than in court, except that you may assert claims in small claims court if your claims qualify. The Federal Arbitration Act and federal arbitration law apply to this agreement.

There is no judge or jury in arbitration, and court review of an arbitration award is limited. However, an arbitrator can award, on an individual basis, the same damages and relief as a court (including injunctive and declaratory relief or statutory damages), and must follow the terms of this Agreement as a court would.

12.2 Initiating Arbitration and Relevant Procedures. To begin an arbitration proceeding, you must send a letter requesting arbitration and describing your claim to our litigation attorney’s office: Edward Allen, 2010 44th St. S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49508. The arbitration will be conducted by the American Arbitration Association (AAA) under its rules. For disputes with businesses, the arbitration shall be conducted according to the AAA Commercial Arbitration Rules and Mediation Procedures, with expedited procedures applied. For disputes with consumers, the arbitration shall be conducted according to the AAA’s Supplementary Procedures for Consumer-Related Disputes. The AAA’s rules are available at www.adr.org or by calling 1-800-778-7879. Payment of all filing, administration and arbitrator fees will be governed by the AAA’s rules. Company will reimburse arbitration fees for consumer claims totaling less than $10,000 unless the arbitrator determines the claims are frivolous. Likewise, Company will not seek attorneys’ fees and costs in consumer arbitrations unless the arbitrator determines the claims are frivolous. You may choose to have the arbitration conducted by telephone, based on written submissions, by televideo conference, or at another mutually agreed location.

12.3 Individual Actions OnlyAny dispute resolution proceedings will be conducted only on an individual basis and not in a class, consolidated or representative action. 

12.4 Opting Out of Binding Arbitration. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO ACCEPT THE BINDING ARBITRATION PROVISIONS CONTAINED IN THIS SECTION YOU MUST NOTIFY US, IN WRITING, WITHIN 30 DAYS AFTER REGISTERING WITH THE WEBSITE BY SENDING US AN EMAIL TO info@bravocompetition.com

 

12.5 Choice of Law, Forum, Venue, No Jury Trial. If for any reason a claim proceeds in court rather than in arbitration, including because you appropriately opt-out of binding arbitration, you and the Company both hereby submit to the personal jurisdiction of the State of Michigan and to the exclusive venue of the state or federal courts located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We both also waive any right to a jury trial.