2020-21 Rules & Regulations


Entries will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis and will be limited to the amount of performance time available. NO entries will be processed until they are PAID IN FULL.  NO PHONE, FAXED, or MAILED entries will be accepted.  All entries must be processed through our website with our Dance Comp Genie software. All entries must include the correct names and ages of all contestants. 


The name of a routine may NOT be the same name as the dance studio.  Be certain that you are entering your performers in the CORRECT PERFORMANCE LEVEL when inputting your registration data.  This WILL NOT be able to be changed after the schedule is completed.  


After payment is made, you will receive a summary via email of all routines registered.  It is imperative that you review this information including birth date and age division, and reply IMMEDIATELY with any corrections.  NO CHANGES WILL BE PERMITTED LESS THAN 10 DAYS PRIOR TO THE COMPETITION OR AT THE COMPETITION.

The FUSE reserves the right to add additional competition days/times, if deemed necessary, and also reserves the right to move the competition location if it becomes necessary due to circumstances beyond its control.  


THE FUSE reserves the right to limit solos to two (2) per dancer, depending on venue capability and space. All fees MUST be paid by credit card or e-check.  No personal/studio checks, cashier’s checks, or money orders will be accepted. 


NOTE:  There will be a phone payment processing fee of 5% for multiple payment transactions made through the office.  To avoid this, please use our partial payment option online.  *NO CASH REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED FOR ANY REASON *.

NO ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THE COMPETITION for any studio that is not already registered.  Registered Studios may make an addition ONLY if the show’s Director approves it.

 **NOTE** By signing the “The FUSE Dance Championships Release” on the registration form, all registered contestants do hereby grant permission to The FUSE to publish their photographs on local television, national television, promotional videos, the web or in any other publication, to promote its competitions.  Furthermore, we hereby release all directors, officers, or representatives of this competition, including the venue of the event, from any and all claims for damages or injuries sustained while participating in any activity related to this competition.



Any music which contains profanity or racial slurs will result in a 5-POINT PENALTY.  The Fuse Dance Championship prides itself in being a family friendly, positive environment that does not pass judgment on any individual. If you are questioning the appropriateness of your music, please send in advance and we will approve the use at a FUSE event.

 Contestants are required to provide their own music that must be recorded at the proper speed. Music should be uploaded through our registration system and must be done 1 week prior to the start of the event. NOTE: It is highly recommended to bring a backup copy of your music in case of technical issues out of the control of the Fuse or venue arise.



A time schedule will be sent to the email address provided in the registration system no later than seven (7) days before the competition date to all entrants. There is NO general format.  Every regional schedule is based on the entries received for that particular event.


Check in- Every number entered will be given 10 minutes in the warmup area to prepare with their teacher/choreographer prior to their performance.  The warm-up area will have a full marley floor for proper warm up or rehearsal time. A Fuse staff member will be available here for any questions or concerns that may arise before a performance. From this area dancers will proceed backstage for competition.

ALL ENTRIES MUST COMPETE ON THE DAY AND TIME ASSIGNED.  We understand that there are sometimes unforeseen events that can arise.  Any entry, which is not able to compete at their assigned day and time, may request an alteration to the routine’s performance time.  If approved, this routine may be permitted to compete for AJUDICATION ONLY and may not be eligible for high score awards. Any change in competition days and/or times is at the sole discretion of the Director and will be determined by the time allowance at each Regional Competition.


The number in which each routine is assigned is for reference and identification purposes. Routines will perform in numerical order.  If the backstage manager sees potential delays due to costume changes, you may be asked to compete out of sequence in order.  Please be prepared to compete when we call your number, even though it may be a few numbers earlier than you anticipated.


**NOTE** If you determine that you do not have enough time between numbers to change costumes, it is imperative that you advise the backstage manager. If the backstage manager has not been notified of any problem, and you are not ready to compete when called, your routine may be disqualified.



PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO RECORDING from any electronic device is STRICTLY PROHIBITED.  Failure to abide by this rule can result in disqualification for the studio.  If anyone is found photographing or video recording in the competition auditorium, we reserve the right to delete the video footage.  Teachers… it is your responsibility to inform your contestants and parents of this rule.

NO SMOKING is permitted in any of our venues.


SOLOISTS- Any SOLO routine which is not completed due to the participant forgetting their routine the first time, may be performed again for ADJUDICATION ONLY and will not be eligible for High Score Awards.


ACRO/TUMBLING- All dance divisions are permitted to have up to 25% acro/gymnastics tricks.

SPECIAL STAGE REQUESTS- Special stage, house lighting, or sound requests will not be provided or changed for any performance.

JUDGES- A panel of well-qualified judges will score contestants.  All decisions of the judges are final.


SPORTSMANSHIP- Sportsmanlike behavior is expected from all contestants, teachers and families at all times. Failure to display proper decorum could result in immediate disqualification. This includes attempting to recruit students from other studios to attend yours at one of our events.


VENUES- Please note that every venue is unique and has its own set of rules concerning outside food & beverage, use of helium balloons, etc.

PROTESTS- A protest may only be initiated by a Studio Director/Teacher. Protests may not be submitted after an awards ceremony, or after the conclusion of an event.







Any person who is actively participating in a routine for ANY amount of time is counted as a performer and must be registered as such.  This includes any person who can be seen by the judges for any amount of time and any person who may be in a costume that covers their face.

  • Solo – (1) Performer Time Limit - 3:00 minutes. Solos MUST compete in the competition level in which the dancer is registered originally on the studio’s roster.  • Soloists are limited to entering a maximum of two (2) solo performance categories and may not compete against themselves in any category. • A contestant cannot place more than once for high score in the Solo division.

  • Duet/Trio - 2-3 Performers   Time Limit - 3:00 minutes • No Duet/Trio may compete against themselves in the same performance category with the same performers.  There must be a 50% difference in performers to be in the same age group of the same category.

  • Small Group – 4-9 Performers Time Limit - 3:00 minutes  


  • Large Group – 10-19 Performers Time Limit - 4:00 minutes

  • Line - 20 or more Performers Time Limit - 4:00 minutes


  • Production-20 or more Performers Time Limit -8:00 minutes

 **NOTE** If any act drops below the minimum number of performers required in the group they registered for, the act will be re-entered in a new category. EXAMPLE: If a large group of 10 has a performer unable to dance, they now have a group of 9. This reenters them as a small group, and eligible for high score awards. It is the studio's responsibility to inform The Fuse of unforeseen circumstances.

 **NOTE**Time limits are very important to consider. If a routine goes over the time limit, a 3-point deduction will be taken by judges’ panel (1 per judge).





  • 6-under PETITE     

  • 7-8 MINIS           

  • 9-11 JUNIORS                   

  • 12-14 TEENS          

  • 15-18 Seniors      

  • 19-Up Adult

DETERMINING AGE DIVISION- Duets/Trios, Groups, and Lines will compete at the average age division determined by averaging the age of all members of the group. Do not use decimals or round up.  Example: If the average comes to 11.8, they will compete in the 11-year old age division.  NOTE:  If there are any substitutions on the day of competition, a new average will be determined.

ADULT AGE DIVISION- Any routine with a performer 20 years or older will compete in the Adult Division. All adult performers MUST compete in the Advanced performance level and are not eligible for High Score Awards. If enough routines are entered in the Adult Category, a special High Score Award may be awarded.  Adult dancers may include Teachers, Professionals, Parents, etc.


PROOF OF AGE- All performers are required to have proof of ages on hand competition day.  Failure to provide a birth certificate or driver’s license if an age division is challenged will result in disqualification of that routine.

HIGH SCORE AGE DIVISIONS- High Score Awards will be given out in the Petite (6 & Under), Minis (7-8) Junior (9-11), Teen (12-14) and Senior (15-18) age divisions.

 *Age Bump Rule – The oldest performer in a duet, trio, or group may only compete (1) age division lower than his/her age.  Example:  A routine with a 15-year-old performer may only compete in the Teen (age 12-14) or Senior (age 15-19) divisions regardless of the average age.  


Studios are required to assign a competition level for EACH dancer when they are entering their roster in the registration system.  Please be certain that you are entering your performers in the CORRECT PERFORMANCE LEVEL.  NOTE: DANCERS MAY ONLY BE REGISTERED AT ONE LEVEL…Any dancer found to be registered in more than one level may be disqualified.  



ASSIGNING LEVELS, the following guidelines are suggestions to be used in determining the appropriate level placement of each competitor.  Because no competition can possibly know how many hours a child dances or for how many years they have danced, it is left to the teacher's own sound judgment when entering level placement for their students.


  • ADVANCED Level- This competition level is for top-level competitive dancers who perform at an advanced technical level.  All entries will be adjudicated and will receive High Score Awards.

  • BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE Level- This competition level is for the beginner/intermediate or ‘on the rise’ dancers and is recommended for dancers who have had little to no experience. Entries will be adjudicated and will receive High Score Awards within this level.

**IMPORTANT** - It is at the judge's discretion to move any routine that they feel is placed in a level below their ability to the level in which they feel is necessary.  All judge's decisions are FINAL.  If the judges determine that a routine should be moved to a different level, and that level has already competed, the routine will then be eligible for adjudication only.

Small Groups and Duet/Trios - The highest level of a dancer in a routine will determine the level of the routine.  Example:  1 Advanced Dancer and 8 Intermediate Dancers will determine the routine to be in the Advanced Level.


Large Groups, Lines, and Productions - No more than 1/3 of the dancers in a routine may be a higher performance level than the level that the routine is entered.  Example:  If a routine has 12 dancers - 4 advanced, 4 intermediate & 4 novice, the routine will be placed in the ‘advanced’ level because 1/3 or more of the dancers are advanced.  


*No level changes can be made at the door.




  • Acro/Gymnastics - A routine that contains primarily gymnastic tricks, including, but not limited to walkover, front/back limbers, handstands, headstands, cartwheels, etc. There should be a blend of gymnastics and dance together.


  • Ballet - A routine consisting of classical steps & ballet technique. Ballet shoes must be worn. 

  • Baton - Routine using baton(s) and baton technique.

  • Character - A routine that portrays a character that is recognizable.

  • Clogging - A routine that uses a clogging technique. 

  • Contemporary – A routine that combines both lyrical and modern movements.

  • Hip Hop - A dance that consists of the latest street dance style and that embodies the artistic movement of urban lifestyle.

  • Jazz - A routine that utilizes jazz techniques such as splits, turns, leaps, etc. 

  • Lyrical - A routine that is performed to the lyrics or mood of the music utilizing technical skills

  • Modern - A routine containing a specific style such as Horton or Graham techniques. 

  • Musical Theater - A routine performed to the music of a Broadway musical or a movie musical. 

  • Open - A routine that is a combination of any of the other categories; a routine that does not exactly fit any of the definitions of any other category.  (No Vocals permitted)

  • Pointe - A routine that consists of a ballet/pointe technique. Pointe shoes must be worn. 

  • Pom Pon - A routine combining dance with the use of pom pons for at least 80% of the routine. 

  • Production - This category may be entered ONLY in Line division and must have a minimum of 20 performers.   The time limit for this category is 7 minutes.

  • Tap - A routine utilizing tap technique and must be performed with tap shoes only.  



ADJUDICATION AWARDS - Each entry in the Advanced and Intermediate Competition Levels will be judged on a point system. The Adjudication breakdown is as follows:




  • The Blackout               100-98                 

  • Surge                             97-90                  

  • High Voltage                 89-80                  

  • Ignite                              79-70                   

  • Spark                              69-60                 


  • The Blackout                 100-95

  • Surge                               94-85

  • High Voltage                   84-75

  • Ignite                                74-65

  • Spark                                64-55

The above scores will be determined by the following technique and criteria:

  • Technique 50 points

  • Performance 30 points

  • Overall Impression 20 points




ADVANCED LEVEL HIGH SCORE AWARDS:  All Solos, Duets/Trios, Small Groups, Large Groups Lines, and Productions in each age division (with the exception of the Adult Division), are eligible for High Score Awards. There must be a minimum of 3 Entries in each high score division in order for a High Score Cash Award to be presented. *The Fuse reserves the right to combine divisions for overall high scores if there is a minimum amount of entries.

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL HIGH SCORE AWARDS: All Solos, Duets/Trios, Small Groups, Large Groups, Lines, and Productions in each age division are eligible for High Score. There must be a minimum of 3 Entries in each high score division in order for a High Score Cash Award to be presented. *The Fuse reserves the right to combine divisions for overall high scores if there is a minimum amount of entries.

SOLO AWARDS – High Score Awards will be presented to the Top 10 soloists in each age division.  (The same contestant may not place more than once for the high score in the solo. The top soloist in each division will be awarded a cash prize.

DUET/TRIO AWARDS – High Score Awards will be presented to the Top 5 scoring duet/trios in each age division.  (The same duet/trio may not place more than once for the high score in the duet/trio division.  There must be a 50% difference in performers to be in the same age group of the same category.)  The top duo/trio will be awarded a cash prize.

GROUP/LINE AWARDS – High Score Awards will be presented to the Top 5 scoring Small Groups, Top 5 scoring Large Groups, and Top 5 scoring Lines in each age division.  A cash prize will be awarded to the top group in each division.

Production– High Score Awards will be presented to the Production in the 11 & Under and 12 & Over age divisions provided that there is a minimum of (3) entries in both age divisions. The Adult Division is not eligible.  If there are less than three, the Productions will be combined in the overall High Score Awards for lines in the appropriate age division.  A cash prize will be awarded to the top production in each age division.

TECHNIQUE AWARD – (Advanced Level Only) A plaque will be presented for the Group or Line with the Highest Overall Technique score from the judges in the 11 & Under and 12 & Over age divisions.

PERFORMANCE AWARD – This award will be presented to the teacher/choreographer of a group or line based on the routines entertainment value.  This will be awarded to both 11 & Under and 12 & Over age divisions.


CHOREOGRAPHY AWARD - This award will be presented to the teacher/choreographer of a Group or Line based on outstanding choreography. This will be awarded to both 11 & Under and 12 & Over age divisions.


SPECIAL AWARDS- Random special awards will be given by the judges recognizing unique qualities that were a standout during a performance.



The FUSE showdown will be performed at the end of the competition. New scores will be given to determine the winner. The highest scoring mini/junior and teen/senior from each studio will re-compete in small and large/line. A studio may only have 1 in each division (example: 1 small and 1 large in 11-under and 1 small and 1 large in 12 and up). A studio represented group will be determined by the original score.

THE FUSE Plus- The Fuse Plus award will be given to the top group score of 11-under and 12 and Up in small and in large/line.

THE FUSE Grand Champion- Given to the highest-scoring group of the showdown.

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