Do you charge an ADMISSION FEE?

No!  Friends and Family are always FREE at SDC


Do I need to CHECK IN with the competition?

Nope.  Your studio director or representative will check in for you at the merchandise table.


How is VIDEO ADJUDICATION delivered?

Video adjudication is delivered online through a sign in link sent to studios.  It should be available within a few days after the last day of competition.


How do we get a PROGRAM? 

Preliminary schedules of studio entries are sent to studio representatives a couple of months prior to event date.  These are used by studios to double check their entries and fix any errors that may be needed. Final schedules for each studio are released to representatives 1 month prior to the event.  If there are minimal change requests by the studios, final schedules may be released sooner. Full programs will be available on our DANCE BUG APP Free of charge a day or two before the event. Printed programs will be available for purchase at merch table.


Do you ever run ahead of SCHEDULE?

Yes we do! Be sure to arrive ahead of schedule to make sure you do not miss your dancers performance. There are hundreds of costume changes to coordinate, we reserve the right to run up to 30 minutes ahead of schedule.  You can follow along with our schedule in REAL TIME, but using our DANCE BUG APP. (Disclaimer: Due to unpredictable wifii in some locations, this service may not fully be available or can experience delays)

Do you ever run behind SCHEDULE?

We are known for running on time, however, sometimes things come up and yes we can run behind schedule. We have never run more than 30 minutes behind schedule and are usually able to catch up by the end of the evening.



Sorry, no.  Please register with your host studio. 


How do your CASH AWARDS work?

Cash awards vary from location to location and are depended on the number of entries.  Cash awards are given in the form of scholarship towards next seasons entry fees. All cash awards are given to the dance studio and will not be issued to dancers directly.  If the dancer changes studios the following season, they will forfeit their credit. Please visit our AWARDS page for more info.


Will there be PHOTOS & VIDEOS of performances? 

Yes!  Our photo and video services are provided by VIDEO JUDGE and DANCE SNAPS.  You will be able to view your images during events at our merchandise table.  Videos and Photos can be purchased online.


Do you sell APPAREL

Yes!  We have a selection of trendy SUMMIT gear available at our mechanise table on a first come basis.  CASH and CREDIT CARDS accepted.


Do you SCORE differently for Novice level vs. Elite? 

No.  All dancers are scored on the same scale.  Levels are created so that dancers will compete against other dancers at a similar level for placement awards.  These are the typical scoring ranges you could expect:

NOVICE LEVEL: High Silver, Gold

COMPETITIVE LEVEL: Gold, Elite Gold, Diamond

ELITE LEVEL: Elite Gold, Diamond, Summit Platinum

**Disclaimer… these are guidelines only.  Judges are not bound to this criteria.

**Note… judges may move any entry to a higher level as they deem appropriate.


When do the DOORS OPEN? 

Venue doors open 1 hour prior to the first session of the day.


How do you qualify for the ENCORE CHALLENGE showdown?

Judges will select 3-5 group routines based on their “Entertainment” value only.  There are two showdowns… JUNIOR ENCORE CHALLENGE (Petite, Junior entries) and SENIOR ENCORE CHALLENGE (Teen, Senior Adult entries).  For small studio competitions, solos/duos/trios are also eligible. The selected routines will get a chance to do an ENCORE performance, for a chance to be the ENCORE TITLE WINNER!!!  Encore Challenge Showdown will be in the style of “World Of Dance” & “America’s Got Talent” where the performers will receive live feedback onstage with the judges and MC directly after their performance.  Note: Due to time restrictions, each studio is not guaranteed a spot in the showdown.


What are your registration FEES?

Studio representatives’ may email us at, for information on Registration Fees. We respect the studio's request to keep this information private. We cannot respond unless the request is received from an official studio email, please contact our office for assistance if needed. 


What is your REFUND policy?

Entry fees are non-refundable. For medical reasons only, registrants may apply for a credit in their studio's name. Credits will be considered when submitted by email by the studio director and accompanied by a doctor’s note.  No credits will be provided once the event has started. All credits are made out to the dance studio and will not be issued to dancers directly if the dancer changes studios the following season, or the current season, they will forfeit their credit. Studios may apply the credit to towards entries the following year for that dancer only. 


What is the GRAND AWARD session? 

The grand award session is where the judges and competition director give out the top awards from the entire weekend.  Grand Awards total over $10,000 in prizes and scholarships. We strongly encourage you to attend!


I am a parent,  am I allowed BACKSTAGE? 

Sorry, no.  Only staff, teachers, and dancers are allowed backstage.  In some cases, we can make an exception when studios need the assistance of assigned parent chaperones.


Do you assign DRESSING ROOMS? 

Yes.  We have found, that by assigning dressing rooms it helps eliminate some of the morning stress of competitions.  Dressing rooms are shared by multiple studios and are assigned based on the number of female dancers and space available at the venue.  Boys will have a separate dressing room assigned. Rehearsal space is gender neutral, so if your studio has both male and female, we suggest they spend their “bonding” time in the rehearsal spaces and only use the dressing rooms purely to change.


  • NO FOOD or BEVERAGES other than bottled water!!!
  • NO PHOTOS or VIDEOS of any kind.  Security and privacy are our highest priority.
  • Be respectful of others personal property.  Don’t touch others belonging, keep your belongings organized, leave space for others.


Am I allowed to take PHOTOS or VIDEOS?

Sorry, no.  Cameras of ANY kind are NOT allowed inside the auditorium. If anyone is caught videotaping or taking photos, studio entries are subject to disqualification. This rule is in place to protect the choreography of the teachers and the privacy of the performers.  Photography is permitted during awards sessions.

Why is SPORTSMANSHIP so important at SDC?

Sportsmanship is taken in the highest regard at SDC!  We encourage a fun and uplifting atmosphere for all!  Awards are great, but more important is how the dancers feel about their performances and their overall experiences at the competition.  Our SDC team will be watching dancers, teachers, studio owners, and parents alike throughout the entire event and present a special award at the end of the competition to the studio that demonstrates good sportsmanship towards others.  We welcome dancers, teachers, and parents to nominate any studio for their positive act of good sportsmanship by notifying our backstage team.   

SDC does not discriminate; however, we do reserve the right to refuse entry into the competition as a competitor or spectator, to any group or individual who has been deemed unsportsmanlike by our staff. Anyone displaying unsportsmanlike behavior during the event may be asked to rectify the situation or immediately be asked to leave the facility and no refunds will be issued. 


How can my studio win the STUDIO SPIRIT AWARD?

It starts will keeping in mind our SPORTSMANSHIP values.  But if you really want to go for this title, encourage your teammates and parents to show as much spirit as possible!  You can make posters and organize cheers within the audience, hallway, dressing room and onstage during awards!!!  Our SDC staff will be watching throughout the weekend for general sportsmanship, encouragement, and kindness to others.  Remember, just as one person’s kind deed can win it for your studio, one person from your studio can take it away just as quickly!!!  This competition isn’t just for the dancers and teachers, it’s for the parents too!  The STUDIO SPIRIT COMPETITION is a lot of fun and helps create an environment where everyone to have a great time.

Disclaimer:  If you are putting up posters, only painters tape is permitted.


Lost & FOUND

Summit collects a lost and found throughout the event; however, the lost and found remains at the local theatre after the event. Because the theatre is typically closer for participants than our office, all items will be left with the theatres lost and found system. Contact the theatre/venue directly for items missing in action.


Are there any RULES that I should be aware of?

The stage floors are as precious as GOLD to us and to the venues we use.  Studios have signed a disclaimer that they are responsible for any damages to floors or other property of the venue.  Here are some stick rules that all participants should know. Anyone not adhering to these rules risks disqualification, or being financially responsible for damages.

  • NO GLITTER.  Check all your props and costumes, for glitter that may fall off during performances.  Glitter does not come off of dance floors. (There are some solutions to glitter issues such as modge podge.  Speak with your teacher if you feel this may be a concern.)
  • NON-MARKING FOOTWEAR.  If your routine has footwear other that dance shoes, they need to have non-marking soles.  This is particularly concerning for hip hop shoes. Tappers… be sure to check that your screws are in properly.
  • PROPS must have bases that will not damage flooring.  Studios take full responsibility for the safety of their dancers using props.  NO GLASS | NO WATER | NO PROPS THAT CHANGE THE CONDITION OF THE STAGE ARE PERMITTED.


What is you EVENT CANCELLATION policy?

  • At SUMMIT we fully understand the complexities of studios choosing their dance competitions each season. If the rare occasion arises that an event has insufficient registrations to run, we provide notification to studios as early as possible and no later than December 31st. At this time, full refunds are issued within 5 days.
  • "Acts of God" or Circumstances Outside Our Control: An "Act of God" is defined in legal term for events outside of human control, such as sudden floods, severe weather conditions or other natural disasters, for which no one can be held responsible. Additional circumstances outside of our control are; but not limited to, mass bacterial infections or communicable diseases, and pandemics. The competition may be forced to cancel do to the described. In this case SUMMIT is not liable for any loss resulting to the participants as a result of this cancelled event. The competition will make all reasonable effort to replace a cancelled event by arranging an alternative date but this cannot be guaranteed. The competition does not refund participant for cancelled events due to acts of god or circumstances outside of our control.