Frequently Asked Questions

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Schedule -  We make a custom schedule for every competition, but this is how we typically run an event:

If the event starts on Friday night, we typically start with Petite and/or Junior solos. On Saturday, we will complete Petite and Junior solo competition if needed, move to Petite and Junior Duet/Trios and then finish with Petite and Junior groups. If time permits, we will start Teen and Senior Solos and/or Duet/Trios. All Teen and Senior groups (as well as any solos or duet/trios that did not perform on Saturday) will typically, but not always, compete on Sunday.  A tentative outline of the schedule will be posted to our website two weeks prior to the event. A detailed schedule with performance times for each routine will be emailed to studio directors at least one week prior to the event.   Parents, please contact your studio director for questions about performance times.

Quick costume changes- We do our best to allow at least four numbers for costume changes.  Please see the stage manager during the event if an issue arises.  If you have a special request that needs to be handled prior to the event, please email Susan@encoredcs.com.  Unless arranged ahead of time, a 5-point deduction will be made for any routines not performed within three numbers of the scheduled order.

Independent Dancers – We do not accept independent dancers.  All dancers must be registered under a studio name and we require a minimum of TWO participating students from each studio.

Levels of Competition-

Recreational: For those students who participate in dance class and/or extra rehearsals up to 3 hours per week. Students in more than 5 duet/trio or group routines cannot enter a Recreational Solo and must move to competitive for a solo.  Recreational duet/trio and group routines cannot contain Elite soloists. (This rule does not apply to productions.)

Competitive: For students that participate in class and/or extra rehearsals for 3-6 hours per week.

Elite:  Our Elite division is for Junior, Teen and Senior students who participate in class and extra rehearsals for more than 6 hours a week. Elite dancers are the only dancers eligible to receive our Prestigious “Mic Drop” Award.

Pro-Am: Any routine containing a professional or teacher must compete in the Pro-Am age division.

All Mini and Petite entries should be entered in the Recreational or Competitive Division.  Duet/Trios and Groups containing a combination of recreational, competitive, and elite dancers should be entered in the division in which the majority of the dancers fall.  Please use your best judgment and place students in the appropriate division. Any division changes must be made by teachers prior to the first day of competition.  Because dance competitions have no way of knowing how many hours a week a student trains, placement is ultimately left to the teacher’s discretion.

Super Solo Overall Awards - Students who perform more than 1 solo (not including vocal or song and dance) are placed in our "Super Solo" Overall Awards.  The highest two solo scores for each Super Solo are averaged to determine the Super Solo score for overall placement.  ALL Super Soloists will be recognized with a special award.  Students performing only one solo per competition will be judged separately and will compete for the Top Soloist in every age division.

Regional Title Competition – Soloists are now eligible to compete for Mister and Miss Encore DCS at an additional charge.  Regional Title scores are based on Showmanship and Overall Appeal and all levels are combined.  There is no separation of Recreational, Competitive and Elite in the Title Competition.  One Miss Encore DCS and One Mister Encore DCS winner will be announced in each age division.  Only one solo per student is eligible for Title competition.  Students can only compete for title at nationals if they competed for title at the regional level.

“Solo Title Entry” must be checked on the registration form to compete for title.  Vocal entries are ineligible for Title.  There are TWO ways to compete for Title:

1) If a student competes only one solo they would be eligible for Title Winner AND regular Overall Solo awards.

2) If a student competes multiple solos, they would be eligible for Title Winner (by selecting just one of their solos to compete for title) AND their top two scores would go into the running for Overall Super Solo.

Video and Photos - Encore DCS is excited to include photos and videos of each routine with entry fees.  Media will be available via digital download and/or email within five business days of the event. Passwords for downloads will be provided to all teachers that have paid in full.  Teachers will be responsible for distributing the studio password to parents and students.  To locate media after the event, visit our website, choose the city you attended, and click on the link for Photo or Video. Video recording and photography is not allowed when a videographer or photographer is contracted by ENCORE DCS. Thank you for complying with these rules and helping us protect teacher choreography.

Props - Each venue is different, but most locations have an area for trailer parking. Please see the stage manager when you arrive at the event for help with props and trailers.

Dressing Rooms - Each studio will be assigned a dressing room based on the number, size, and type of entries. There is a designated Male Dressing room when space allows.

Photogenic competition – We offer a photogenic competition at Nationals only.

Admission fees for spectators -  There is NO admission fee at the event.

Awards – Everyone that performs on the Encore stage receives an award. In addition to recognizing 1st-5th place in each category, every routine is recognized with a Silver, Gold, High Gold, Platinum, Diamond, or “Mic Drop” placement. Please see the awards section of our website for the full list of awards and prizes.

For complete rules, regulations, and awards information please visit the respective pages on the website.