We only award a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place!




FIRSTBOUNCE! average age (5-7)

MINI DIVISION average age (8-10)

JUNIOR DIVISION average age (11-12)

TEEN DIVISION average age (13-15)

SENIOR DIVISION average age (16-18)

OPEN DIVISION average age (19+)



Solo  3 minute max 


Duo/Trio 3 minute max


Group (4-9) 3 minute max


Line (10-15) 3 minute max


Extended Line (16-24) 4 minute max


Small Production (12-24) 5 minute max 


Large Production (16+)  6 minute max


Extended Sm Prod (12-24) 6 minute max


Extended Lg Prod (16+) 8 minute max




You may purchase one additional minute of time for any group, line, extended line or production- just $5 per dancer!

(Each dance studio may apply their own additional fees, when necessary). 



JANUARY 1, 2020


  • To reach the average age of an entry, add all the ages together and divide by the number of dancers in the entry. When averaging ages always DROP THE DECIMAL POINT.  For example, if a routine averages to an age of 12.7, you would drop the decimal, therefore the routine would compete in the 11-12 yr. old age category. 


  • The average age of each entry must not drop more than one age division below the age of the oldest dancer in the entry, regardless of the actual average age. Example: an entry contains dancers ranging in age from 9-17, the entry may not compete younger than the 13-15 age category (one division younger than the oldest dancer-17). 


  • Any routine with a dancer 20 years of age or older must compete in the Open age division (19+) regardless of the average age of the routine.  Routines are allowed to "age up" (compete in an age category higher than the average age).  Names and ages of all dancers must appear on the entry form or it will not be accepted. All competing dancers must be prepared to present proof of age should a question arise.


  • MODERN a free, expressive style of dancing started in the early 20th century as a reaction to classical ballet. In recent years it has included elements not usually associated with dance, such as speech and film.


  • BALLET consists of ballet or pointe technique. Must include classical steps and movements.

  • JAZZ consists of primarily jazz technique, utilizing uptempo music.


  • TAP consists of tap technique. Tap shoes only.


  • LYRICAL consists of jazz and ballet technique - emphasizing strength, control, and interpretation.


  • MUSICAL THEATRE consists of Broadway/theatre dance styles.


  • CONTEMPORARY consists of modern and ballet technique, reaching beyond the standard jazz vocabulary.


  • HIP-HOP consists of street, funk, MTV video style jazz technique.


  • SPECIALTY consists of ethnic, acro/gymnastics, novelty, etc.


  • OPEN consists of all other categories. 


  • SHOWCASE Entries that wish to perform only for critiques only. These routines will not be scored and will not be eligible for Adjudicated or High Score Awards.

  • IMPROVISATION Involves creating and executing movement spontaneously, without any premeditated movement. Dancers entered in this category will not know the song being played ahead of time.  A song will be played at random. Length will be no more than 2 minutes and 30 seconds.



  • Each competing entry will be entered in a specific LEVEL based on teacher/owner recommendation.  This will keep a level playing ground within each performance category.  Levels are Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced.

General Info

  • All competing dancers and their teachers must be registered for the entire workshop in the city where competing.  Entry fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.


  • All competition routines must be entered under a studio name.  This includes solos. In most cities, soloists do not need to be in a group routine, however, the soloist must enter with a studio name and with the studio's permission.


Entry Limits

  • 10 points will be deducted from entries that do not comply with time limitations. Limitations will be strictly enforced.

  • Entries may be critiqued on a NON-COMPETITIVE basis. A decision must be finalized two weeks prior to competition date.          Regular entry fees apply. 

  • BOUNCE competition is limited to three solo's per dancer.


Friday Competition

  • If there are too many entries to compete all the routines on Saturday, anyone registering for a solo or duo/trio must be available to perform on Fridays after 7 pm. 


Our Stage

  • The BOUNCE stage is 50’ wide and 30’ deep covered with a Marley Flooring.


Rules & Regulations

  • All fees are due with entry forms or at time of online registration.  

  • You may also register online if paying by credit card. Faxed or phone entries will not be accepted. 

  • Competition fees can be combined with Convention fees on one studio business check.
  • No Canadian/International checks accepted - bank money orders in US funds only.
  • Make all checks payable to: BOUNCE!
  • All competition entries must be postmarked 30 days prior to the convention. 
  • The deadline for competition changes is 2 weeks prior to the event. No changes will be accepted after this date. 
  • All competition fees are per person, per entry. 
  • An official entry form must be filled out for each routine entered. 
  • Registered teachers cannot perform in the competition. Also, teachers from a studio may not perform in their studio's routines.
  • Competing dancers may compete for one studio only, unless there is a rare circumstance where BOUNCE’s MANAGEMENT has granted prior consent. 
  • Dancers and routines may compete in more than one city. 
  • All numbers must appear according to their scheduled sequence unless a BOUNCE Stage Manager grants permission otherwise.
  • No BOUNCE faculty will be permitted to judge their own choreography. 
  • In the event that an entry is choreographed by one of the judges, he/she will only critique the entry and then his/her "score" will be the score that gets dropped. 
  • Judges may stop a number in progress and request that it be repeated.  If BOUNCE's equipment fails, the studio may choose to continue or to re-do the number. If performers' equipment fails, excluding music CDs, the performance must continue or be withdrawn. 
  • Competing dancers should be ready 30-45 minutes prior to their scheduled competition time. The Competition may run up to 45 minutes early and each dancer will be expected to perform at the earlier time. 
  • Competing dancers may enter as many categories as desired, as long as they never compete against themselves. 

  • Competing dancers may compete for one studio only.

  • Schools with multiple locations may compete as separate studios as long as there is NO mixing of dancers from each location.        No combining of dancers allowed for extra discounts for Registration. 

  • Competing dancers may compete in more than one city. However, if an entry wins a gold, high gold or platinum BOUNCE award in a regional, that entry cannot compete in another BOUNCE! regional.

  • Professional dancers are welcome to the workshop but will not be permitted to compete if over age 18.

  • Soloists do not need to be entered in a group, line or production in order to compete. Soloists MUST have a registered teacher for the workshop. 

  • Dancers may not compete in more than 3 different solos per weekend.  

  • Registered Teachers may only compete in the Open (19+) age division. 

  • The deadline for competition changes is 2 weeks prior to the convention. No changes will be accepted after this date.

  • SETS/PROPS: Studios are responsible for the transportation, storage, set up and removal of all sets and props. Check with each venue, as fees and restrictions may apply. The use of any ‘set piece’ will require the submission of a SETS & PROPS form. 

  • No dangerous props may be used during the competition (swords, fire, etc.). General props are allowed but must be taken on and off stage expeditiously. Any unnecessary delay will result in a point deduction. Have a clean-up crew ready for any “litter” left on stage.

  • The excessive scenery and special lighting may only be utilized with pre-approval from BOUNCE!.  

  • Tap sounds on recordings of tap entries will result in 5 pt. deduction.

  • Entry numbers containing more than 2 gymnastic passes MUST be entered in the Specialty or Open categories. Otherwise, 5 points will be deducted and the entry will be moved to the appropriate category.

  • Competing dancers should be ready 30 minutes prior to their scheduled competition time. If the competition is running ahead of schedule, you will be expected to perform.

  • Competing dancers must perform in the scheduled sequence unless special permission is granted by the M.C. Intentional manipulation of performance schedule will result in disqualification.

  • All dancers and their teachers are expected to demonstrate good sportsmanship and general support of all participants.

  • Choreography/costumes that are not considered age appropriate by the judges will have 10 pts. deducted from the total score.

  • Any studio, dancer or parent that abuses the designated dressing area will be disqualified. All participants are responsible for cleaning their area and properly disposing of all garbage.

  • All BOUNCE attendees authorize the use of their images in photos and video for all JR Arts Productions' purposes.


Music Requirements

  • Competition Music can be emailed upon registration.  

  • Additionally, you may provide your competition music on USB at Registration.  Please have a backup available for each entry. 

  • Each Audio File / CD MUST be labled in the following format:

    Entry # - Title of Entry - Studio Code (check confirmation information for assigned code). Music Files should be in a Mac compatible format, such as .mp3, .wav, etc. 
  • It is recommended that all music be recorded in a non-dolby format with audio recorded on both left and right channels.


Scores & Criteria






Is the Choreography 


  • All choreography must be appropriate for family viewing. Inappropriate choreography will be stopped and/or disqualified.  BOUNCE reserves the right to determine the outcome.



Adjudication of Awards 

  • All entries will be adjudicated by 3-4 qualified judges.  When there are four judges, the lowest score is automatically dropped.  In the event that an entry is choreographed by one of the judges, he/she will only critique the entry and not "score" the choreography.  All ties will be broken by adding the fourth judge's score.  If a tie remains after the addition of the fourth judge's score, the competition will be judged a tie.  In the event that there are only three judges, the lowest score will not be dropped.  High Gold, Gold, High Silver, Silver, and Bronze awards will be presented based on the following combined scores:


  • PLATINUM 290-300

  • HIGH GOLD 275-289.9

  • GOLD 260-274.9

  • HIGH SILVER 245-259.9

  • SILVER 230-244.9

  • BRONZE 216-229.9


Video & Photography

  • All Videotaping and photography are strictly prohibited during the Workshop Classes,  Competition, & Convention Finale. This includes the use of cell phones to take videos/photos and ALL still photography with or without flash. (Disqualification could result.)

  • Professional quality photos and videos of the competition will be available for purchase.

  • Registered Teachers with proper ID will be permitted to video the last 15 minutes of Workshop Classes only.

  • All dancers authorize the use of their image in photos and video for BOUNCE publicity and advertisement purposes.



  • Admission to the competition is free.

  • The audience will be allowed to enter and exit between numbers only. Doors will be closed during performances.

  • Teachers of competing dancers will be given reserved seating. However, absolutely no visual coaching is allowed.




To see our competition fees each studio must be verified.  Click here to begin.