Rules | Regulations
Competitors must be between the ages of 9-21, as of January 1, 2020. The ADC IBC welcomes all nationalities, for we are an equal opportunity organization. Professional dancers are not permitted to enter the competition. "Professional Dancer" is defined by ADC IBC as, an individual who is or has been in the past employed as a full-time dancer with a professional dance company, and has been bound by contract for atleast 26 weeks per year. Dancers holding Studio Company/Second Company or Trainee type positions are eligible. Company Apprentices are not eligible participants.
Professional, non-competitive partners of eligible participants are allowed. These partners, professional or non, must be denoted in the application.
Please refer to ACCEPTANCE | HOW TO JOIN Page for details on how to participate.
Primary Division: 9 -11 yrs old
Junior Division: 12-14 yrs old
Senior Division: 15-21 yrs old
Classical Ballet Division - As a requirement to present a Classical Ballet variation, dancers must select from the provided Repertoire List for each respective age.
Contemporary Dance Division - Dancers are responsible for obtaining rights to choreographic works. If the piece was created for the participant, this does not apply. If wanting to perform the exact work of George Balanchine, for example, you must contact the Balanchine Foundation for rights.
Ensemble Division (2 or more dancers)
Classical Pas de Deux - Required to select from Repertoire List. Adagio & coda only. Coda not required. Must notate on Application if performing Coda.
Duo|Trio - May or may not select from Repertoire List. Any Contemporary style pas de deux will compete as a Duo.
Ensemble - Groups of 4 or larger. May or may not select from Repertoire List.
*Dancers younger or older than regulation age may participate in ensemble division as long as average age of group fits within criteria.
POINTE WORK & REPERTOIRE REGULATION
ADC IBC is an Internationally respected platform for pre-professional dancers and is such working with a governing body to set forth best practices for health and welfare of dancers. The regulations below are NOT addressing the age at which pointe training should begin, as many variables exist. This is to dictate a suitable age for the presentation of pointe work.
Round I - Pointe work strictly prohibited for compulsory variation regardless of age or individual dancer strength.
Round 2 - Age 9 & 10, strictly prohibited. Age 11, strongly discouraged. If school persists, dancer must acquire permission from competition via video and submit with application. If approved, dancer must perform 1 variation on demi-pointe and 1 variation en pointe. If a dancer bypasses this process, and presents en pointe, deductions or disqualification may occur.
Please see Repertoire List for Age specific variations.
ADC IBC's evaluation process is strenuous and is only recommended for serious ballet dancers. If an Age 12 dancer is admitted based on potential, and feels additional pointe training is necessary in order to present such work, dancer may receive permission from competition to perform on demi-pointe without penalty.
Round I - Compulsory variation will be given en pointe. (Age 12 may request demi-pointe permission)
Round 2 - Age 12 may request demi-pointe permission. Age 13 & 14 - required.
Please see Repertoire List for Age specific variations.
AGE 15 - 21
Required for all female dancers.
ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING POLICY, please email
Solo Variations: no more than 2:30 min (STRICT ADHERENCE)
Pas de Deux: no more than 6:00 min (inclusive of adagio & coda, if more than limit, you must find another recording or perform only the adagio.)
Duo|Trio: no more than 2:30 min (contemporary pas de deux's are considered a 'Duo')
Ensemble (4-7 Dancers) - no more than 3:30min
Ensemble (8+ Dancers) - no more than 5:00min
*For Ensemble Division:
Extended Time Permitted, subject to time availability of event schedule.
A $100 charge per additional minute will apply. Partial Minutes Also Apply.
With Extended Time, Duo/Trio must NOT Exceed 3:30min.
With Extended Time, Ensemble (4-7 Dancers) must NOT Exceed 5:00min.
With Extended Time, Ensemble (8+ Dancers) must NOT Exceed 6:00min.
If Registering Online, pay at normal rate through the application. Then Click on 'Quick Pay' on Registration Page to pay additional fee.
Workshop Fee - (required for ALL Soloists) - $200 per soloist
Includes: All classes in Round 1, Scholarship Expo & Company Auditions (approx. 6-8 classes per age division)
Solo Variations - $100 per variation
Pas de Deux - $110 per dancer
Duo|Trio - $60 per dancer
Ensemble - $50 per dancer
Scholarship Expo for non soloists (includes company audition classes for ages 16+) - $150 per person plus processing fee
Processing Fee (per soloist & per ensemble) - $39
Soloist Participant - Souvenir Booklet, Sponsor Gifts, Event Pass (Access to: view or participate in expo classes, view all rounds of competition, seminars, participant party) and Participant Gala Ticket.
Ensemble Participant - Event Pass (Access to: view all rounds of competition, seminars, participant party) and Participant Gala Ticket.
Scholarship Expo Participant - Event Pass (Access to: view or participate in expo classes, view all rounds of competition, seminars, participant party), Participant Gala Ticket, and Souvenir Booklet.
TICKETS OR PASSES TO VIEW EVENT (Teachers, Parents & Guests)
Coach VIP Pass - $75.00 (Teachers Only)
Includes access to: Round 1, All Round 2 days, Backstage, Dressing Rooms, Scholarship Classes, Seminars, Participant Party, 1 Patrons Circle Gala Ticket per pass.
VIP passes can be purchased through ADC IBC registration process or after on the 'Quick Pay' Tab on Registration Page.
Multi-Day Pass (Parents & Guests)
Adult Multi-Day Pass - $55.00
Includes Access to: All Round 2 days, Dressing Rooms, Seminars and 1 Orchestra Seating Gala Ticket per pass.
Student Multi-Day Pass - $25.00
Includes Access to: All Round 2 days, Seminars, 1 Orchestra Seating Gala Ticket per pass.
* Competition Days are General Admission. Gala is reserved Seating.
Multi-Day Passes are purchased through The Mahaffey Theater only.
Single Day Tickets - $10.00
Choice of any Single Day Admission. Does Not Include Gala. Access in theater only. Backstage not permitted.
* Single Day Tickets are General Admission.
Single Day Tickets are purchased through The Mahaffey Theater only.
Gala Tickets Only
Tickets Range from $15 - $39.95, and can be purchased through our Tickets Tab or Directly through The Mahaffey Theater Website & Box Office.
Gala is reserved seating.
Limited Space available - March 28, 29, 30, 31 April 1, 2
1 HR - $150
2 HR - $250
You will need to reserve your space early. When schedules publish, you will have first choice of time block.
If you book more than 1 hour, you may schedule an hour on two separate days. No 30 minute blocks available. Due to limited available times, bulk rehearsal times can not be scheduled. You can book your hours During the Registration Application Process, or later via Quick Pay Tab.
The ADC IBC scoring style was devised to evaluate the dancers in a more complete fashion. This is the ONLY Pre-professional ballet competition in the U.S. that evaluates class technique & compulsory work to determine final outcome. It is similar to the former New York International Ballet Competition, by means that, all soloists learn mandatory variations on location during the event. We felt that being a pre-professional competition, it was our obligation to educate young dancers on this process without the duress of elimination. Read More regarding this on the Round I Page.
Final Score Comprises 3 areas: Round I Score, Round II Technical Score, Round II Artistic Score. Each area is adjudicated on a 100 point scale. The combined score of each Jury Member is then averaged to reach the final score for that performance. The Round I score is carried over through each of the competitors' solos. For example: when reviewing scoring sheets, if 3 solos were performed in Round II, the top section (which is allocated for Round I, will all have the same score.
Soloists may solely enter the Classical Ballet Division, etc for they are scored separately, and receive their own medals. However, to be considered for the ADC IBC Grand Prix Cash Awards, competitors must enter both the classical & contemporary divisions.
More than one variation can be entered in each category, however the solo with the highest score will be selected in consideration for medal placement and other Top Score positions. (Ex: one participant will not be awarded both the Gold and Silver Medal in the same category.
Participants are able to register for a MAXIMUM of 4 solo entries to perform in Round 2, however ADC IBC reserves the right to restrict the number of variations a student may perform. This may occur as the soloist count nears capacity for the year. The competition makes considerable effort to allow as many participants into the program that the timeline can permit. In order to allow additional students into the program at the end of the registration period, your variation count may be reduced if registered later in the process. If this occurs, the ADC IBC office will contact you via email & refund the variation that is being reduced.
ADC IBC reserves the right to decline any registration at it's discretion.
Competitors may enter as a soloist, part of an ensemble, or both. (Ex: a student may enter a classical variation, contemporary solo, pas de deux, and be a part of an ensemble).
ADC IBC will determine whether all ensembles will compete together in the same age grouping or separated by age. In the case of separation, the average age will determine the age division for ensembles. Do not use decimals, round down. Ex: average age 14.9 = 14. So, this entry would be in the Junior age division. Pas de Deux will compete Separate. Duo|Trio will compete separate.
For Cash Prizes to be awarded in the Ensemble & Pas de Deux Category, there must be a minimum of 7 entries in each Category.
Duo|Trio will compete in Ensemble Category for Cash Prizes.
Medium to Large Prop usage is NOT permitted in any performance division. Only small props may be used, such as hat, scarf, etc. The stage must be cleared in a timely manner after a routine. Dances are not permitted to leave articles on the stage such as feathers or confetti. All props must be in place and also removed within 30 seconds. ADC IBC does not provide storage for props, does not assist with the movement of props on or off stage, and is not responsible for lost props or injury resulting from prop usage. Any meduim to large size props MUST BE APPROVED by our office.
ADC IBC values age appropriate dances. If the judges consider the costuming or choreography to be inappropriate, immediate disqualification or point reductions may occur.
If an ensemble loses a member right before competition, and drops below the original number registered, they may still compete in the time limit allowed for the larger group. Ex: a group of 8 loses 1 member, giving them 7, they may still compete with the 5:00min length. If this circumstance occurs, immediately contact our office, so no points will be deducted from the groups' score the day of competition.
ADC IBC will determine whether Males & Females of the same age will compete in the same Division. Generally, males will compete separate from the females when more than 6 males are in an age division.
All Rules and the Release Agreement must be read and agreed upon before permitted to compete.
All Performances are held before a public audience.
ADC IBC reserves the right to use any photo or video recording of the participants during the competition for promotional purposes.
A tentative schedule will be available one month prior to event date. No time requests will be accepted. However, when you receive the schedule and find that you do not have enough time to change costumes, it is imperative that you contact our office immediately. If the office is not notified, and the stage manager and emcee are not aware of the situation, points will be deducted if not ready to compete. 10 numbers in between classical entries is sufficient time. 7 numbers in between contemporary numbers will act as sufficient time.
ADC IBC does run the competition numerically, but each competitor must be prepared to perform out of order. This is necessary to prevent delays in the competition due to costume changes.
Costumes and make-up are the responsibility of each competitor.
ADC IBC holds the right to amend competition days and times if pertinent, and has the right to move the competition location if circumstances are presented beyond ADC IBC's control.
ADC IBC EXPECTS SPORTSMANLIKE behavior from ALL of our competitors, teachers & families. Failure to comply with this could result in disqualification.
The Jury reserves the right to not award all scholarships & prizes, and to divide any award between more than one competitor.
ADC IBC will provide scoresheets to studio directors at the end of the competition following the awards ceremony. Parents are prohibited to pick up school entry scoresheets. Parents are only allowed to collect scoresheets of an independent entry.
The competition is of a fair nature, and solely based on merit; thus the decisions of the judges are final.
All Medalists & Top Score Winners agree to perform, if requested by ADC IBC, for no fee at subsequent competition gala performances.
ADC IBC or it's hosting venues are NOT responsible for any damage, injury, or loss during the competition.
NO SMOKING IS PERMITTED IN ANY OF OUR VENUES.
*Make sure you have read all the rules and regulations carefully, for failure to abide by them, will result in point deductions, or disqualification.
If any Issue arises, and it is not clearly addressed in the rules and regulations, the decision of ADC IBC shall be binding.
ADC IBC uses digital files. The only accepted format is MP3, M4a, MP4. (no wave or video files, etc). Music must be received by our specific deadline
(Feb 10, 2020). If received later than this date, a $25.00 late fee will apply. If circumstances present itself where you must change the music, variation, etc from what was submitted prior to Feb 10, you may email us your changed file before March 2, 2020. Starting March 2 at 9am EST a $75.00 change fee will be applied. If music changes are requested Day of Competition or if have not been received, a charge of $125 will be required. *Please be aware that ALL our staff members are busy during the event & limited wifi in venues create added complications, thus the premium change fee during event, if allowed at all.
**For any changes to original music submission, please email both our main office and the music department at ADCmusic@live.com. It is important that both departments have record of the change.
Email ALL music to:
We request to have 1 email sent for each competitor. If a competitor has 3 dances, please include all three songs in one email.
The email needs to be clearly marked with which file belongs to which dance. If not marked in the email, the actual file needs to be tagged appropriately, for example: Smith_La Fille Mal Gardee.mp3
Participants are responsible for back-up files. The cue should not exceed 5 seconds at the beginning of the music. Note...music should be recorded at desired speed, for there will be NO adjustments made during the competition. Back up music is accepted via: ipod, ipad, any device with 3.5mm headphone jack or any device with USB port, such as thumb drive, external hard drive, etc. Backup music on any device MUST be located in its own playlist or folder.
CD's WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
*Participants need to also notify the backstage manager about any music irregularities, such as pauses, volume changes, etc so that we do not re-start the performance.
VIDEO | PHOTO SERVICES
ADC IBC will provide each competitor with a state of the art video to purchase. No Personal video cameras will be permitted in the theatres. If a camera is found, ADC IBC reserves the right to confiscate the videotape being used and disqualification could result. Please give us your full cooperation in this matter.
ABSOLUTELY NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY IS PERMITTED. Photos are allowed to be taken during the performance, just make sure the flash is turned off.
Beautiful action shots will be captured of every competitor, and will be available for purchase by SMaCK Arts.
EARLY REGISTRATION - October 1 - November 17
Early registration is offered for previous award winners & video applicants. Please See ACCEPTANCE | HOW TO JOIN page for full details.
GENERAL REGISTRATION - Opens November 18
Limited spots available.
Seeking Financial Assistance? Deadline November 15, 2019
A video must be submitted to by November 15, 2019 with the variations you are requesting assistance. Studio footage only. No costume. Only youtube or vimeo links are accepted. No downloadable videos permitted. A select number of full & partial scholarships will be granted. If selected for a partial scholarship, you will then register the remaining balance by mail or online with a coupon code.
NEW INTERNATIONAL APPLICANT DEADLINE - JANUARY 10, 2020
If received later than deadline, application will automatically be released to make room for USA & Returning Applicants.
**We strongly urge to register early, once soloist capacity is reached, ADC IBC will no longer process applications even with video acceptance.
USA & RETURNING INTERNATIONAL APPLICANT DEADLINE - JANUARY 20, 2020
If received later than deadline, a late fee of $25.00 per applicant will be applied. Only applicable if space remains in the competition.
**We strongly urge to register early, once soloist capacity is reached, ADC IBC will no longer process applications even if prior to deadline.
MUSIC DEADLINE - FEBRUARY 10, 2020
If received later than deadline, a late fee of $25.00 per applicant will be applied.
If changes Absolutely NEED to be made to music or entry after Feb 10 Deadline, you will have until March 2, 2020 to put in for the change. If any changes are submitted after March 2 at 9am EST, a $75.00 Change Fee will be applied.
A confirmation email will be sent from the ADC IBC Main Office approximately 2 weeks after receiving registration materials. If this confirmation is not received within this time period, please email us immediately.
There is NO REFUNDS for ANY REASON. If injury occurs, a doctor's note must be submitted, and the funds for 2020 will be held in the dancers account for 1 year until the following year competition. Any refunds that may be granted due to spot being able to be filled by a wait-list participant, the $39 processing fee will be non refundable.
Any returned checks will be charged $35.00.
All online applications will be required to complete full payment at time of registration. There will be no option to make partial payments.
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