All Entries must be submitted online through Encore’s registration portal.

New Studios, please click the “Registration” button below to create you studio account, username, and password. Once your studio has a login and password, you will have access to pricing.

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Encore does not accept business or personal checks. 

1. All fees must be paid by credit card, E-Check, cashiers check, money order or wire transfer. Please contact the Encore office if you wish to pay via wire transfer.

All studio registrations must include payment.

2. Minimum registration of $500 required.

*Encore does not accept independents.

Refund Policy

• All fees are non-refundable.

Exceptions: See Below

Encores 100% Event Guarantee

Encore’s commitment is to host all of our 2021-2022 Events in one of two ways.

Our two (2) Plans are…

Priority Plan:

In-Person events run traditionally with a full spectrum of Safety Guidelines in place as needed.

Registration may be limited as needed to ensure maximum safety.

If necessary, competition will be scheduled for performances in studio blocks.

Virtual Plan (if mandates prohibit In-Person Events): 

Should government mandates preclude In-person participation during the time of a scheduled Encore event, we will pivot to a virtual competition platform. Virtual events will be held at a discounted rate.  Studios will upload competition routine videos and the event will be judged virtually.  Score Results will be posted after the event and awards will be mailed.  Directors will receive judge’s video commentary via the Encore website through the studio account portal.

If studios choose not to participate in a virtual event, a full refund (less processing fees) will be issued.


Encore will conduct business with Studios only. No parents should call the Encore office for any reason. Any parent inquiries regarding schedules, etc. should be directed to the participating studio, not to the Encore office.

Schedule of Competition

A detailed competition schedule will be available on the Encore website 7 days prior to the first day of competition. Encore does not have a general format for scheduling at our regional competition. Every regional schedule is based on the breakdown of entries by division level and type (solo, duo/trio, groups, line, and production) for that particular city. Dancers must be ready to perform 1½ hours before their scheduled time. Once a routine has checked in with our backstage managers, the routine is placed in queue within Encore’s judging system.  Failure to perform in queue may result in a 5 point deduction.

Please Note: For Encore’s 2022 Regional Season, Individual Studio Block Scheduling will be available upon request.  Please contact the Encore Office for more information.

Changes to Schedule

Registration will be closed 14 days prior to the first day of competition. No changes to your submitted registration can be made by Studios including music edits, division level, age or category. Studios must contact the Encore office in writing to notify us of any change/revisions to your registration within 7 days of receipt of the studio’s Entry Summary to avoid change fees. After 7 days, the following fees will apply:

Change Fees

Time LineChange Fee
After 7 days receipt and up to 10 days or more prior to the first day of competition$10.00 per change
4-9 days prior to the first day of competition after Final Schedule has been set$25.00 per change
Less than 3 days prior to the first day of competition or on siteNo Changes Allowed

Once the schedule is released/posted, no studio, teacher, or parent may request a performance to be rescheduled. Encore does not hold or move any entry unless it is a legitimate costume issue.

Please note: If you have a special scheduling request for a particular entry, the request must be in writing at the time the entry is submitted. We will do our best to accommodate your special requests but this is not guaranteed. 

“Special Scheduling Request” entries that do not perform prior to their respective awards ceremony will be adjudicated only and will not be eligible for High Score Awards and Cash.

Prop Restrictions

Safety is always our main concern.

If the stage is “littered” during a routine please be prepared to clean it up immediately after the routine is finished.

Fire, swords, knives, and guns are strictly prohibited.

To ensure the safety of our dancers and the dance surface NO form of liquid, glitter, gel, aerosol, powder, wet paint, etc. may be used.

The use of helium balloons will be at the discretion of the theater staff, not the Encore Staff. If the theater 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.

If your prop is in question, please contact the Encore office at least 2 weeks prior to competition.

Division Levels

For the positive benefit of your dancers, the teacher determines adjudication level of each routine. Training equals all class and rehearsal time. We trust teachers’ judgement and appreciate your honesty in placing your dancers in the appropriate Division Level. Division Levels have been created to allow dancers to fairly compete with dancers of like skill sets and experience.

*Routines entered in “Incorrect” Divisions are NOT eligible for High Score and will be moved to the Division Level that the judges feel is appropriate for the dancer/routine. 

Technical Specifics and Guidelines

I-Beginner Dancers- Recreational/Beginner level dancers with 3 hours or less of training per week and little to no competition experience.

II- Intermediate Dancers- Dancers who have progressed beyond a Beginner level with approximately 4-7 hours of training per week. Dancers in Division 2 typically have some competition experience.

III- Advanced Dancers- All advanced technique allowed, 8 or more hours of training per week.

IV- Teacher/Pro/Am- A “professional” derives 50% of their income from teaching, performing, and/or choreography. Any teachers must compete in Division 4. (Division 4 is not eligible for High Score Cash Award).

Dance without Boundaries– Adaptive and inclusive division for diversely enabled dancers. This division competes for adjudication only.

TypeTime LimitMax # of Dancers
Small Group3:004-9
Large Group4:0010-18
Line4:00 max19+ dancers
Production8:00 max19+ dancers

*Soloists must compete all solos in the same Division Level.

*Duo/Trios must compete all D/T in the same Division Level.

20 Point Deduction For Exceeding The Time Limit

A routine can be lengthened upon payment of Extended Time Fees, which are as follows:

-Solo- $20 for up to an additional 30 seconds

-Duo/Trio- $15 per person for up to an additional 30 seconds

-Small Group- $5 per person for up to an additional one (1) minute.

-Large Group- $5 per person for up to an additional one (1) minute.

-Line/Production- $5 per person for up to an additional one (1) minute.

All time limits include set-up and tear down. 

Props: The placement of props, mats, etc. must be completed within one (1) minute. The timing of the act will begin after the one (1) minute prep time. No form of liquid, gel, glitter, water, wet paint, or any other substance may be used that would affect the dancing surface. Absolutely no items may be thrown or shot off the front of the stage. Performers must be prepared to completely clear the stage in the event of any loose items (feathers, streamers, etc.) Absolutely no littering of the stage is allowed. Any violation of the above rules will result in the act not being eligible for Overall Awards.

No Changes (Division, Age, or Group) will be allowed after the Monday prior to the competition. 


As of January 1 of the competition year.

6 &Under7 – 89 – 1213 – 1516 – 1920 & Over
(not eligible for High Score or Cash Awards)

Adjudication Criteria

Technique: 50%

Performance: 40%

Choreography: 10%

Dance Categories

Acrobatic– Routine consisting of dance choreography along with controlled moves such as headstands, walk-overs, tinsicas, and contortion work.

Ballet/Pointe– Ballet or Pointe techniques. Ballet or Pointe shoes only.

Ballroom– Variety of social dances performed by couples.

Character- Easily recognizable character is portrayed. May incorporate any style of dance technique.

Clogging– Clogging techniques. Clogging shoes only.

Dance Team– Precision choreography that also incorporates dance technique.

Hip Hop/Funk– Street style of jazz that incorporates contemporary and fad dance trends.

Jazz– Primarily jazz techniques, utilizing up-tempo music.

Lyrical- Combination of jazz, modern, and ballet techniques.

Modern– Modern dance style of choreography.

Musical Theater- “Broadway” or movie musical style of dance and/or song.

Open– Will not fall under any other dance category. A combination or blend of multiple dance styles. Routines containing more than three acrobatic passes should perform in the Open Category.

Photogenic- Encore National Photogenic Winners (Mini, Petite, Junior, Teen, Senior) will be selected at each regional competition. One photo per entry (5″x7″ minimum). Photogenic Award Winners will have featured photos in Encore’s National advertising and promotional campaigns and a beautiful National Photogenic Winner plaque!  Photogenic payments and photo submissions may be pre-registered or can be registered on-site.

Pom Pom/Cheer/Dance Team- Pom poms and pom pom technique.

Tap- Tap techniques.

Title Awards

Miss and Mr Encore- Title Award entries will be judged during the regular solo performance but will also be entered into a separate award category. Only 3 solos per person can be entered for Miss/Mr. Encore. Title Awards will be given in the Mini, Petite, Junior, Teen, and Senior age divisions. Click here to view more about our title awards.


Encore will be using an electronic file upload system for all routine entries. Studios will upload all of their music in advance through the Encore Registration Portal. 

Music uploads will be closed 10 days prior to the first day of competition. Encore will not accept or replace the music after the music upload portal is closed. Encore will only accept a back-up media source (USB, CD, iPod) onsite if there are technical difficulties.

Pitch level and speed cannot be controlled at the event. Please be sure to upload the correct version for your dancers performance.

Each studio is REQUIRED to bring a backup (USB, CD, iPod) for all routines that have been registered. Back-up media can be submitted to the Encore MC if technical difficulties do occur.

Adjudication, Awards & Scholarships

Gold, High Gold, Ultra High Gold, Platinum. Digital video Judge’s commentary. Additionally a separate “Teacher’s Only Video” commentary for Dance Professional’s ears ONLY.

Video Commentary– Separate judges critique for each routine. Judges critiques must be picked up at the end of the event- items will not be mailed.


Encore Dollars have no cash value. Encore dollars may be used for Encore Registration Fees at our National Finals Competition within the same calendar year in which the Encore Dollars were received. Encore Dollars may be applied as a credit on National Registration Fees only for the routine which received the award. Adult groups 20 years and over will be adjudicated only and are not eligible for any High Score Awards or Encore Dollars. Soloists cannot place more than once in Overall High Point Awards. A minimum number of ten routines per type/division level/age group (Mini, Petite, Junior, Teen, Senior) must be entered for Encore Dollars to be awarded in Solo, Duo/Trio & Small Groups. Five routine minimum for Encore Dollars in the Large Groups/Line. Three routine minimum for Encore Dollars in Production. The following awards are presented in Mini, Petite, Junior, Teen, and Senior in Division I, II, & III:

Solo– 1st place wins $25 Encore Dollars.

Duo/Trio– 1st place wins $50 Encore Dollars.

Small Group– 1st place wins $100 Encore Dollars.

Large Group- 1st place wins $125 Encore Dollars.

Line/Production– 1st place wins $150 Encore Dollars.


Scholarships awarded in all cities.

Re-performance– under no circumstances will any dancer be allowed to re-perform any number unless the number has been interrupted by a technical problem on the part of Encore, an electrical failure or any extenuating circumstance on the part of Encore solely, that heretofore is unforeseen. Conditions of the stage are not the responsibility of Encore and will not be considered in the re-performance of a number.

Cancellation/Extension of Showcase– Encore reserves the right to cancel or extend any showcase in accordance with the response of the number of showcase entries. Studios will be notified within three days if the showcase is to be extended.

Publicity– Choreographers, Teachers, and Performers automatically grant permission to Encore to use their photos and videos for advertising and publicity purposes, inclusive of television, video taping, or film broadcast in connection with promotion campaigns.



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PO BOX 26836, Fort Worth, TX 76126