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Rules | Regulations


Competitors must be between the ages of 9-21, as of January 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.

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.

* 2021 Event is a solo competition only.



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

Phase I (Virtual Round) - Pointe work for all 9-11 age dancers is strictly prohibited for class exercises. Choreography requirements: Pointe work is strictly prohibited for age 9 & 10. Age 11 is strongly discouraged.

Phase 2 (In-Person Final Round) - Pointe work for all 9-11 age dancers is strictly prohibited for class & compulsory rounds. Prepared variation in final round: Pointe work is strictly prohibited for age 9 & 10. Age 11 is strongly discouraged.

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.

Phase I (Virtual Round) - There is a Pointe exercise requirement for age 12-14 dancers. (Age 12 may request demi-pointe permission). 
Choreography requirements: Classical variation is to be presented en pointe. (Age 12 may request demi-pointe permission).

Phase 2 (In-Person Final Round) - Compulsory variation will be given en pointe. (Age 12 may request demi-pointe permission). Prepared variation in final round, pointe required. (Age 12 may request demi-pointe permission).

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)



Per Dancer Flat Fee - $375

Registration Includes Digital Evaluation of: 1 Classical Variation, 1 Contemporary Variation, and Compulsory Classwork. Fee also includes: Access to Scholarship Network for ALL participants, Masterclasses offered per Program Day, and Administration Fee. No added entry fees for Finalists invited to the In-person Final Round.




  • Coach VIP Pass - $25.00  (Teachers of Final Round Dancers Only)

Includes access to Final Round: Compulsory Classes, Coaching Sessions, Performance Rounds, Backstage, and Dressing Rooms.



  • Single Day Tickets - $10.00

Choice of any Single Day Admission. Access in theater only. Backstage not permitted.

Single Day Tickets are purchased through The Mahaffey Theater only.



Limited Space available - April 1, 2

1 HR - $150

When in-person finalists are announced, dancers may book rehearsal space if available times remain.

No 30 minute blocks available. To book, click here.




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.

Virtual Phase Assessment includes: Evaluation and scoring of submitted compulsory classwork, submitted classical Variations, and submitted contemporary Solo.


Final Round Assessment includes: Evaluation and scoring of compulsory classwork, compulsory stage classical variation, prepared stage classical variation, prepared stage contemporary solo. 



New participants submit required classwork, 1 classical variation and 1 contemporary solo only, through the Virtual Phase. Dancers with credits from 2020 Competition, are to submit their added variations in required submission materials for virtual phase. Example: if you registered for 2 classical & 1 contemporary solos in 2020, your 2021 submission video must include, required classwork, 2 classical variations, and 1 contemporary solo. The variation with the highest score will be selected in consideration for a finalist position.

ADC IBC reserves the right to decline any registration at it's discretion.


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 medium 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.

All Rules and the Release Agreement must be read and agreed upon before permitted to compete.


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.

Travel and lodging is the responsibility of each finalist 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.


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, illness, 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.


MUSIC POLICY (For Finalists)


Deadlines:  TBA

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

(TBA). If received later than this date, a $50.00 late fee will apply. 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.

**For any changes to original music submission, please email our main office


Submission Procedure:

Upload music to:  TBA


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.








MUSIC DEADLINE (for Finalists) - TBA

If uploaded later than deadline, a late fee of $50.00 per applicant will be applied.


There is NO REFUNDS for ANY REASON. If injury occurs to finalist dancers, no refunds are provided, as no added fee is required for finalists.

2020 Credits will expire December 31, 2020 to be used for 2021 event only. 2020 Credits are non-transferable to 2022.

A $50 Administrative fee is included in the dancers' flat fees.

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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