Acro – Routines containing multiple gymnastic passes incorporating dance technique and choreography
Ballet – Classical ballet technique
Ballroom – Routines consisting of classic or Latin ballroom technique and style
Character – Novelty or theme based routines that portray easily recognizable characters
Clogging – Clogging technique
Contemporary – Routines combining ballet & modern techniques
Folk – Traditional routines incorporating ethnic styles of dance such as Hawaiian or Polka
Hip Hop – Street dance styles including traditional breaking, popping, and locking as well as newer styles
Improv – Non-choreographed, spontaneously created movement (see IMPROV details below)
Jazz – Classic jazz technique
Jazz Funk – Elements of hip hop and or street jazz
Lyrical – Combination of ballet and jazz technique
Modern – Classic modern technique focusing on interpretive movements and breath
Musical Theater – Broadway style dancing
Open – Any routines combining more than one style
Pointe – Routines with classic ballet techniques performed on pointe
PomPon/Drill – Routines incorporating sharp movements, formation changes, marching, and can include the use of Pom Pons
Production – 15 or more dancers portraying a story line
Song & Dance – Routines that contain singing and any style of dance (All accompaniments must be pre-recorded. Performers will be provided with one hand held microphone.)
Tap – Classic Tap technique.
- Routines may not contain more than 3 gymnastic passes, unless placed in the Acro/Gymnastics category.
- Lip-syncing is permitted.
- Improv Routines: must submit a selection of 3 song choices prior to the start of their scheduled session on a labeled USB. Music will be chosen at random by an Act 1 Talent representative. Dancers will not be aware of their song prior to their routine. All songs must meet time requirements. Only soloists may enter the improv category. Dancers must spontaneously create all movement during actual performance. Dancers may not choreograph improv routines prior to their performance.
Levels of Competition
The placement of performers is at the discretion of the teacher.
Preview: Beginning Level
Suggested for dancers who take 3 hours of class per week or less or have little or no competition experience.
Dancers in the Preview level are focusing on basic technique including but not limited to; single pirouettes, basic shuffles and flaps, musicality and rhythm, and performance quality over multiple tricks. Preview level entries are eligible for “Preview” top score overall awards as well as costume, entertainment, choreography, Act 1 spirit, weekend high point and cash awards, should they meet all requirements. Preview level competitors are not eligible for the Act 1 Elite award. Preview entries can be moved into the next level of competition First Act, if and when the entry’s score qualifies high enough to receive the same placement in the next level of competition. A Preview entry must score 283 or higher to be moved to the First Act level. For more information on our Equal Chance/Bump Rule please see below.
First Act: Intermediate Level
Suggested for dancers taking 3-7 hours of dance class per week and have competition experience.
Dancers in the First Act level are performing multiple pirouettes, building upon shuffle and flap combinations as well as rhythmic tap concepts, various leap and turn combinations, focusing on transitions and flow of the dance, and an increased performance quality. First Act entries are eligible for “First Act” overall awards as well as costume, entertainment, choreography, Act 1 spirit, weekend high point and cash awards, should they meet all requirements. A First Act entry can be moved into the next level of competition “Second Act” if and when the entry’s score qualifies high enough to receive the same placement in the next level of competition. A First Act must score 288 or higher to be moved to the Second Act level. For more information on our Equal Chance/Bump Rule please see below.
Second Act: Advanced Level
Suggested for dancers taking 6 or more hours of dance class per week and who have had extensive competition experience.
Performers in this category should be focused on expanding their choreographic repertoire as well as exploring the emotional commitment to each piece. Skills should be advanced and should show a solid technical foundation. Second Act entries are eligible for “Second Act” overall awards as well as costume, entertainment, choreography, Act 1 spirit, Act 1 elite, weekend high point and cash awards, should they meet all requirements. Second Act is the highest level of competition at Act 1 Talent.
Act 1 Talent is here to provide dancers of all levels and abilities with a positive and fair environment to showcase their talent, hard work, and love of dance. Our Spotlight level is designed for dancers with disabilities to afford these dancers and their families the same opportunity to share our stage regardless of their age or ability. By joining us at Act 1 Talent we want to enrich the lives of these dancers and encourage them to achieve new possibilities in a fun and safe environment.
Spotlight entries will work in conjunction with Act 1 Talent so that proper accommodations can be met. To help accommodate Spotlight entries, rules will be subject to change as needed, but must be pre-approved by Act 1 Talent in writing prior to the event. Spotlight entries will not be bumped into any other level based on score. Spotlight entries are eligible for the following awards:
- Spotlight Overall Awards: A Top Overall will be awarded when there are a minimum of 3 routines entered. 1st-3rd Overall will be awarded when 5 or more routines are entered. 1st-5th Overall will be awarded when 10 or more routines are entered. 1st-10th Overall will be awarded when 15 or more routines are entered.
- Costume Awards
- Entertainment Awards
- Choreography Awards
- Special Judges Awards
- Act 1 Talent Spirit Award
We hope you join us in our Spotlight level and dance like EVERYONE is watching!
- Star Platinum
- Star Gold
- Star Silver
Categories with 3 or more routines entered will be awarded with a category 1st place trophy.
Categories containing less than three entries will be awarded with medal placements only.
Act 1 Elite Award: An entry will receive the Act 1 Elite award if it scores 290-300. Only entries entered in the “Second Act” level are eligible for the Act 1 Elite Award, or if a “First Act” level entry advances into the Second Act level scoring 290-300. Preview entries are not eligible for the Act 1 Elite Award.
Costume Awards: Awarded to 1-3 entries per overall age group: 5 & under, 6-8, 9-11, 12-14, & 15-18. Routines must be entered as a small group, large group, super group, or production in order to receive this award. Costume awards can be given in any level.
Entertainment Awards Awarded to 1-3 entries per overall age group: 5 & under, 6-8, 9-11, 12-14, & 15-18. Routines must be entered as a small group, large group, super group, or production in order to receive this award. Entertainment awards can be given in any level.
Choreography Awards: Awarded to 1-3 entries per overall age group: 5 & under, 6-8, 9-11, 12-14, & 15-18. Routines must be entered as a small group, large group, super group, or production in order to receive this award. Choreography Awards can be given in any level.
Special Awards: Selected by the Act 1 Talent judging panel, directors or representatives. Awarded to a routine for displaying a unique quality. Special Awards will be given at the start of each awards ceremony.
Weekend High Point: Awarded to the highest scoring group routine of the weekend in every level. Must be a small group, large group, super group, or production to be considered, solos/duets/trios are not eligible. One group will receive the “Weekend High Point” award in Preview, First Act and Second Act. Weekend High Point winners will be announced during the last group routine award ceremony.
Act 1 Spirit Award: During the final group awards ceremony of each regional competition, we will award one studio with our Act 1 Spirit Award. This will be awarded to a studio displaying good sportsmanship, teamwork, positive attitude, and contributing to the overall positive experience received at Act 1 Talent events. This is including but not limited to dancers, teachers, directors, parents, family and friends. Act 1 Spirit Awards will be awarded by an Act 1 Director.
Overall Awards: Awarded to the top scoring Solos, Duet/Trio, Small Groups, Large Groups, Super Groups and Productions in the Preview, First Act, and Second Act levels. Routines must be performed during their scheduled session in order to be eligible for Overall Awards, unless otherwise approved in writing by a Director. Overall Groups will be awarded places 1-10 when there are 10 or more entries entered, 1-5 when 5 or more entries are entered, 1-3 when 3 or more entries are entered, and 1 when 2 or less entries are entered. A Top 15 will only be awarded if there are 50 or more eligible routines registered in a category. Soloists are only eligible to place once in Overall Awards. Spotlight entries are eligible for Overall Awards if 3 or more groups are registered; please see Spotlight Level information for more details.
Cash Awards: Cash Awards will be awarded to the TOP scoring Solo, Duet/Trio, Small Group, Large Group, Super Group and Production. A minimum of 5 eligible overall routines must be entered in any given overall category in order for cash prizes to be given. Cash prizes will be awarded in Preview, First Act and Second Act levels. Cash prizes will be given to the registered studio ONLY. All cash prizes must be picked up at the Act 1 Talent booth following your designated awards ceremony or at the end of the event by a studio director. Unclaimed cash awards will be given in the form of a credit to the registered studio’s account, valid for one year.
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. Special circumstances may be approved with the Director’s written consent.
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. The Class Pass fee is $55 / $70 at the door.
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 Observer band fee is $35 / $40 at the door.
THE CALLBACK: Registered 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 of $75.00. 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 is now open!
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 of $145.00. 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
Registration for Artist of the Year is now open!
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.
- OVERALL AWARDS
- CATEGORY EXCELLENCE AWARD
- STAR STUDIO AWARD
- TUTU CUTIE AWARD
- COSTUME AWARDS / CHOREOGRAPHY AWARDS / ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS
- JUDGES SPECIALTY AWARDS
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.
ACT 1 TALENT IS A FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT: Act 1 Talent strives to provide you with a family friendly event. Inappropriate behavior, language, or content will result in immediate disqualification or a point deduction and will be at the discretion of an Act 1 Talent Director. Please remember we are here to encourage you to continue to grow as performers as well as young adults. Sportsmanlike behavior is expected at all times. All areas of the competition venue are to be left in the same condition they were found. Food and drink are not permitted backstage, in the audience, in the dressing rooms, or any other areas designated by Act 1 Talent. Act 1 Talent reserves the right to excuse any viewers or participants who do not comply. Act 1 Talent reserves the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason deemed appropriate. Act 1 Talent is not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged items. Act 1 Talent, its promoters, employees, directors, principals and agents are not liable for any injury, damage, or loss that may be caused by any act or omission of them.
Any performer competing in dance competitions take certain inherent risks. These include, but are not limited to sprains, bruises, pulled muscles, and or 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 Act 1 Talent, its officers, directors, officials, staff or employees responsible for injuries sustained or illnesses contracted by them while in attendance and/or participation in any activity to an Act 1 Talent event. Act 1 Talent reserves the right to use photo and video footage from each event for promotional purposes including but not limited to printed advertisements, social media and video advertisements indefinitely. Act 1 Talent and the hosting facility are not responsible for personal injury to either contestants or spectators. By registering the official studio representative agrees that he/she has informed all parents, guardians, and guests of all rules & regulations. Act 1 Talent is not responsible for lost or stolen property. Act 1 Talent reserves the right to refuse service to anyone.
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