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National Finals

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NATIONAL FINALS 2023

GENERAL: Routines that competed in an Act 1 Talent Regional event and earned a Star Platinum, Platinum, Star Gold or Gold are eligible to participate in that season’s National Finals. All regional rules apply unless otherwise specified below. Studios unable to attend a regional event will be required to participate in a regional session at our National Finals event prior to participating in our National Finals competition. Regional sessions will be scheduled on day one and possibly day two of our National Finals event. Regional fees will apply.

SUBSTITUTION: Regional qualifying routines may substitute dancers, except solos. However, routines must contain at least 50% of the original qualifying dancers in order to participate in National Finals. The substitution of dancers may result in age or level changes at National Finals. All routines containing substitutions must recalculate their age & level prior to submitting National Finals registration. Once submitted all changes will be subject to a change fee.

CASH AWARDS: Routines receiving Top Overall, 2nd Overall or 3rd Overall awards will receive a cash prize in Preview, First Act and Second Act levels when 10 or more routines are entered. Routines receiving Top Overall will receive a cash prize in Preview, First Act and Second Act levels when 3 or more routines are entered. Regional cash award rules apply. Cash awards will be distributed at the end of the event in the form of a check. Cash awards that are not picked up will be given in the form of a credit on the studio account, valid for one year.

CLASS PASS: Registered dancers are invited to join us for exclusive National Finals classes! Special guest teachers, scholarships and more! Registered dancers will be required to purchase a class pass to attend classes. Classes will be determined by the dancer’s registered age (6-11 / 12 & up). The class pass will give dancers access to ALL classes in their designated age division. Class passes can be purchased through your studio prior to the event. Space will be limited. Any remaining class passes will be available for purchase onsite, however class passes are subject to selling out. Class schedules will be released with the National Finals competition schedule. Each age division will be provided with 4-5 classes.

CLASS PASS OBSERVERS: Anyone interested in observing classes will be required to purchase an observer band. Observer bands will have access to all classrooms and all classes. Observer bands can be purchased through your studio prior to the event. Observer bands cannot be purchased for individual classes. Observers must have a dancer registered in order to observe class.

THE CALLBACK: Dancers invited to attend the Callback at an Act 1 Talent regional event will perform in THE GRAND FINALE opening routine. Invitations received during our 2023 regional tour are only valid at National Finals 2023. Callback participants will be required to pay a separate Callback fee. This fee includes an exclusive Callback t-shirt, which will be worn during their performance. Callback rehearsals will be scheduled during National Finals. Rehearsal schedules will be released with competition schedules. The Grand Finale will take place on July 1, 2023.

Registration for the Callback will open soon.

ACT 1 ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Dancers who participated in the Act 1 Artist of the Weekend program at a 2023 regional event and scored a Star Platinum, Platinum or Star Gold with their registered solo are invited to attend National Finals 2023 and compete for Act 1 Artist of the Year. Dancers are not required to be a winning Weekend Artist or Runner Up to compete for Act 1 Artist of the Year at National Finals. Artist of the Year participants will be required to pay a separate Artist fee. This fee includes Artist solo performance, A1T Artist t-shirt, rehearsals & group performance in The Grand Finale. Dancers competing for Artist of the Year in 2023 must perform the same routine they qualified with at a 2023 regional. If a dancer qualifies in multiple cities with multiple solos, only one qualifying solo can be performed. Artist solo performances will be adjudicated only and can be in any style. Dancers can compete the qualifying solo for both Artist of the Year & National Finals competition. However, they must register for both and additional competition fees will apply to enter National Finals competition. Artist of the Year winners will be announced at The Grand Finale. Participants must be present to win. 2022 Artists of the Year are not eligible to compete for Artist of the Year in 2023 in the same age division. 2022 Artist of the Year recipients are eligible to compete for Artist of the Year in 2023 if they have moved into a new age division.

Participants will receive scores in the following areas:

Artist Solo Performance: 300

Artist Improv: 150

Artist Rehearsal Etiquette: 50

Total: 500

Registration for Artist of the Year will open soon.

THE GRAND FINALE: The top 5 scoring routines (small groups, large groups and super groups combined) in Preview, First Act & Second Act levels will be invited to re-compete for the title GRAND FINALE CHAMPION. A studio may only be represented once in each division. Studios with multiple top scoring routines in a division will only be allowed to enter their highest scoring routine. Grand Finale Champions will be awarded in the Mini, Petite, Junior, Teen & Senior age divisions. One ULTIMATE GRAND FINALE CHAMPION will be chosen in each level (Preview, First Act & Second Act). This will be awarded to the highest scoring routine out of any age division. Award presentations will take place at The Grand Finale. Performers must be present in order to win.

*NEW IN 2023!* JUDGE’S CHOICE GRAND FINALE ENTRY: One Judge’s Choice Grand Finale entry will be selected by each individual National Finals judge. All Grand Finale rules apply. A studio may only be represented once in each division. Studios with multiple top scoring routines in a division will only be allowed to enter their highest scoring routine. Judge’s Choice Grand Finale selections will compete in their designated age and level at the Grand Finale for the title GRAND FINALE CHAMPION & ULTIMATE GRAND FINALE CHAMPION.

ACT 1 ENCORE AWARD: Do you have students who spend their time volunteering outside of the studio? Has a student gone above and beyond to make a difference within their community? The Act 1 Encore Award will recognize dancers for making a positive impact in their community. Studios registered for National Finals 2023 with at least five group routines (small group, large group, super group or production) may nominate registered dancers for this award. Nominations do not have to be dance related. 1-3 winners will be selected prior to National Finals 2023. Winners must be present to accept their award at The Grand Finale on July 1, 2023 and may be required to do a short video interview during the week of National Finals.

ELITE STUDIO OF THE YEAR AWARD: Awarded to the studio receiving the highest overall average score. Studios must have a minimum of 5 group routines (small group, large group, super group or production) entered in order to qualify for Elite Studio of the Year. All group routine scores will be combined and averaged. The studio with the highest score will be awarded Elite Studio of the Year at The Grand Finale.

STUDIO SPIRIT AWARD: Awarded to the most spirited studio for their positive impact at National Finals 2023. The Studio Spirit Award will be announced at the last group awards ceremony during National Finals competition.

EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR: Awarded to a teacher for their dedication to education. Teachers must be present in order to win.

OTHER AWARDS:

  • OVERALL AWARDS
  • CATEGORY EXCELLENCE AWARD
  • STAR STUDIO AWARD
  • TUTU CUTIE AWARD
  • COSTUME AWARDS / CHOREOGRAPHY AWARDS / ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS
  • JUDGES SPECIALTY AWARDS
  • SCHOLARSHIPS

OTHER: All qualifying routines participating in National Finals MUST maintain the integrity of the original routine. Minor changes to choreography and music are permitted as long as the routine maintains its original integrity. Routines that did not pre-qualify at a regional event will be required to pre-qualify in the regional session. Regional fees will apply.

More Than Just a Trophy