Rules | Regulations


Competitors must be between the ages of 9-21, as of October 1, 2021. 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 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)

  1. Classical Pas de Deux  - Required to select from Repertoire List. Adagio & coda only. Coda not required. Must notate on Application if performing Coda.

  2. Duo|Trio - May or may not select from Repertoire List. Any Contemporary style pas de deux will compete as a Duo.

  3. 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.



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.

AGE 9-11

Age 9 & 10, strictly prohibited. Age 11, strongly discouraged. For Regional locations - if age 11 dancer wishes to perform en pointe, 1 variation must be presented on demi-pointe and 1 variation en pointe. If a dancer bypasses this process, and presents en pointe only, deductions or disqualification may occur.

Please see Repertoire List for Age specific variations.


AGE 12-14

ADC IBC's evaluation process is strenuous and is only recommended for serious ballet dancers. If an Age 12 dancer 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.

Age 13 & 14 - required.

Please see Repertoire List for Age specific variations.


AGE 15 - 21
Required for all female dancers.





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.

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.



Solo Variations - $100 per variation

Pas de Deux - $225

Duo|Trio - $60 per dancer

Ensemble - $50 per dancer

Administrative Fee (per person)  - $125


Invited Soloists - $425 (inclusive fee - see below)

Invited Ensembles - Pas de Deux - $225, Duo|Trio - $60 per dancer, Ensemble - $50 per dancer

Administrative Fee (per person)  - $125

Company Audition Only - $75 (only available for dancers ages 16 and older, as of day of audition. Price already included for soloists.)



  • Soloist Participant - 3-4 performed solos (4 if pass to Final Round), master classes, repertoire classes, company audition for ages 16+, direct access to over 250 scholarship opportunities, souvenir booklet, sponsor gifts, event all-access pass, and Final Round ticket. 

  • Ensemble Participant - Event all-access pass, Final Round ticket, masterclasses.




  • Coach VIP Pass - $75.00  (Teachers Only)

Includes access to: Round 1, All Round 2 days, Backstage, Dressing Rooms, all Classes, 1 Patrons Circle Final Round 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 - $50.00

Includes Access to: All Round 2 days, Dressing Rooms, 1 Orchestra Seat to Final Round Ticket per pass.


Student Multi-Day Pass - $25.00

Includes Access to: All Round 2 days, 1 Orchestra Seat to Final Round Ticket per pass.

Multi-Day Passes are purchased through The Mahaffey Theater only.



  • Single Day Tickets - $10.00

Choice of any Single Day Admission. Does Not Include Final Round. Access in theater only. Backstage not permitted.

Single Day Tickets are purchased through The Mahaffey Theater only.


  • Final Round Tickets Only

Tickets Range from $15 - $25, and are purchased through The Mahaffey Theater only.




Limited Space available

1 HR - $150

You will need to reserve your space early through the registration process. When schedules publish, you will have first choice of time block.

No 30 minute blocks available. Rehearsal space is located in Round 1 venue. 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 Finals Format Page.



Semi-final soloists may solely enter one category, for example the Classical Ballet Division, for they are scored separately, and receive their own awards. However, to be considered for the ADC IBC Grand Prix Award, competitors must enter both the classical & contemporary divisions. All Finalists will be required to perform in both styles.


Semi-final soloists may register more than one variation in each category, however the solo with the highest score will be selected in consideration for top placement. Ex: one participant will not be awarded both 1st & 2nd Place in the same category. All Finalists may only register 2 prepared solos
(1 classical and 1 contemporary). The compulsory classical is given at the event.


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.


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.


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 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 electronic scoresheets to studio directors and independents at the conclusion of the competition. 


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.




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 specified deadlines per location (2 weeks before regional competition start date). If received late, a $25 fee may apply to your account. All files are to be uploaded through your Dance Comp Genie Account.


If circumstances present itself where you must change the music from what was submitted prior to the deadline, upload your new file & YOU MUST EMAIL with the change. A $50.00 change fee may be applied to your account.


If music changes are requested Day of Competition or if have not been received, a charge of $100 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.

Finals music deadline: Feb 12, 2022

If circumstances present itself where you must change the music from what was submitted prior to the finals deadline, you may upload your new file & YOU MUST EMAIL with the change by March 1. After March 1 a $50.00 change fee will be applied to your account.


Participants are responsible for back-up files. The cue should not exceed 5 seconds at the beginning of the 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.




*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.



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.



Seeking Financial Assistance? Deadline September 15, 2021

Dancer's teacher must notify our office that a specific student is in financial need. A video must be submitted to by September 15, 2021 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 online with a coupon code.


There is NO REFUNDS for ANY REASON. If injury occurs, a doctor's note must be submitted on office letterhead with doctors signature, and the funds for 2021/2022 Season will be held in the dancers account for 1 year until the following year competition. Administration fee is non- refundable for any reason and is non-transferrable from season to season.

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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