Cape May, NJ: July 22 – 26, 2019

Dates & Deadlines

Competition Dates: July 22 - 26, 2019
Elite Team Deadline: June 1, 2019
Entry Deadline: June 13, 2019

Competition Location

Middle Township Performing Arts Center
212 Bayberry Drive
Cape May Courthouse, NJ 08210
Map to the Venue »

About Cape May

Cape May is a city and seaside resort at the tip of southern New Jersey’s Cape May peninsula. It’s known for its grand Victorian houses such as the Emlen Physick Estate, now a museum with a preserved interior from the era. Shops and restaurants line the Washington Street Mall, 3 pedestrianized blocks of Washington Street. The Cape May Lighthouse provides views across the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean.

Cape May has some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. From Higbee Beach to Poverty Beach, Cape May is a beach-lovers’ paradise. All of Cape May City’s beaches are family friendly, clean and close to restrooms and food.

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Additional Details

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Tentative Schedule

2019 Cape May, NJ National Finals

Monday
July 22nd
Tuesday
July 23rd
Wednesday
July 24th
Thursday
July 25th
Friday
July 26th
Convention Classes Pre-Qualification Modeling & Photogenic Competition Tiny & Mini Solos Recreational Dance Off & Awards
Elite Performance Team Rehearsal Intermediate Title Competition Tiny/Mini Small and Large Groups Teen & Senior Small Groups Elite Team Performances & Scholarship Awards
Young Small Groups Teen and Senior Duo/Trios Teen Solos Young Duo/Trios Judges Choice Awards & ADCC Studio of Excellence
Tiny & Mini Duo/Trios Young Large Groups Senior & Adult Solos Intermediate Dance Off & Awards
Teen & Senior Large Groups Young Solos Lines & Productions Competitive Dance Off & Awards
Competitive Title Competition Solo Showcase
Prequalifying Competition

Prequalifying Competition

EDC will have a Last Chance Prequalifying Competition during National Finals. Any routines that did not previously compete at a 2019 Regional must compete during this prequalification competition. The prequalification competition will be conducted in accordance with our Regional Rules and Regulations. Prequalification entries should be submitted twice as both a Prequalification Entry and a National Finals entry through the online registration system.

Photogenic and Modeling Competition

Photogenic and Modeling Competition

Modeling Categories:

Formal Modeling – Party dress or formal gown attire (prom wear). Dress can be short or long. Boys should wear blazer/slacks, suit or tuxedo. Pageant poses and front circle for judges is acceptable. NO RUNWAY MODELING.

Fashion Modeling – Sports or fashion wear is acceptable. Props such as hats, gloves, and jackets are encouraged. No swimsuits allowed.

Photogenic – Contestants must submit a recent 8x10 color or black & white headshot. Photogenic entries must be registered prior to the competition. NO photogenic entries may be added to the competition on the day of the event.

**Recreational, Intermediate, and Competitive are all combined in modeling

A winner and runner-up will be selected in every age division in every category. If you enter all three categories (formal modeling, fashion modeling, and photogenic) your scores will be combined to determine the Overall Elite Model 2019 at National Finals.

Elite Performance Team

Individual dancers selected at regional competitions by our judges and staff, will have the opportunity to work with different choreographers and dancers from other studios, to learn a group dance routine and perform the routine at various times during one of our National Finals. The teams will be divided based upon the dancer’s competition age. Teams are typically divided into Junior (12 & Under) and Senior (13 & Over). However, depending upon the number of participants, additional age divisions may be added. For each Elite Team age group, one $200 cash winner will be selected as well as multiple scholarship winners (typically 10 – 25 scholarships per team depending on size). In addition to the opportunity to win cash prizes and scholarships, Elite Team members also receive an Elite Team tank top (to be worn during the performances), personalized EDC sweatshirt, EDC drawstring bag, and a trophy. Dancers will need to bring a pair of black shorts (no markings) and nude jazz or lyrical shoes for rehearsal and performances.

Elite Team paperwork and fee must be turned into the EDC Office by:
    • June 1, 2019 –Providence, RI or Cape May, New Jersey National Finals

Applications received without entry fees will not be considered complete. Incomplete applications cannot be processed until payment is received. Your studio does not have to attend one of our National Finals in order for a selected dancer to participate on the Elite Performance Team.

Convention Classes

Convention Classes are taught by EDC judges and faculty in a variety of subjects. Ages for convention classes will be the same as their competition age. Classes will be divided into two age divisions – for example: Junior (12 & Under) and Senior (13 & Over). Students may choose to take classes in the next level/age division. At the end of each class, scholarships will be awarded to dancers.

Each dancer registered to compete in the competition must check in individually at the registration table to receive their wristband. Students will not be admitted to the convention ballroom without a wristband and must wear wristbands at all times during convention classes. Wristbands are non-transferable and should not be removed until convention classes have concluded. Students should bring proper dance attire and footwear for class. Registered teachers and studio owners will receive wristbands and are welcome in convention classes at any time. At no time will photo or video cameras be allowed in convention ballrooms.

Title Competition

Title Competitions (Intermediate and Competitive levels) will be held at both National Finals. Providence, RI title competition will be on July 11, 2019. Cape May, NJ title competition will be on July 23, 2019. A soloist may enter one solo routine for a National Title. Each title entry’s score is based on the performer’s overall performance ability, personality and entertainment skills, in addition to technique. Note: You do not have to win a 2019 Regional Title to compete for a 2019 National Title. Title solo scores do carry over into the dancers high score age category. For example – a dancer competing for the title of Miss Elite will also be eligible for the overall high score in the Senior Competitive Solo category. National Title Winners will receive: a custom sash, practice jacket, a crown (girls only), a medal, a large trophy, and a gift. Title Runner Ups and Finalists will receive a medal, a large trophy, and a gift.

Intermediate Level Age Divisions Competitive Level
Emerging Artist Petite Miss Elite / Emerging Artist Petite Mr. Elite 8 & Under Petite Miss Elite / Petite Mr. Elite
Emerging Artist Junior Miss Elite / Emerging Artist Junior Mr. Elite 9 – 12 Junior Miss Elite / Junior Mr. Elite
Emerging Artist Teen Miss Elite / Emerging Artist Teen Mr. Elite 13 – 15 Teen Miss Elite / Teen Mr. Elite
Emerging Artist Miss Elite / Emerging Artist Mr. Elite 16 – 19 Miss Elite / Mr. Elite
Solo Showcase

The Elite Dance Challenge Solo Showcase takes place on the evening before the last day of Nationals. During our National Finals, the Top 3 competitive solos from each age level (Tiny, Mini, Young, Teen and Senior) will move on to the Solo Showcase. Routines will re-compete in the Solo Showcase and a winner will be selected by the judges based upon entertainment value. There is no cost to participate in or attend the Solo Showcase. The Solo Showcase winner will win $500 and a trophy.

Dance Off NEW FOR 2019

Throughout the week of Nationals, High Scoring Routines will be invited to perform and re-compete on the final day of competition at the Dance Off. Invitations/Awards will be given to the following:

Competitive Level

The top (3) highest scoring routines from the Small Group, Large Group, Line and Production Divisions from the following age groups (Mini, Young, Teen and Senior) will be invited. Studios will be limited to (1) entry per age group within each division. If a studio sweeps a category, only their 1st place routine will be invited in that category. (Example: Young Small Groups: Studio A scores 1st & 2nd place, Studio B scores 3rd Place and Studio C scores 4th Place. Only the highest placed entry from each studio will be invited to the Dance Off…… 1st Place from Studio A, 3rd Place from Studio B and 4th Place from Studio C)

AWARDS

Trophies will be awarded to the Top 10 highest scoring routines (combined small groups, large groups, lines and productions) for Mini, Young, Teen and Senior age groups in the Competitive Dance Off. The routine with the Highest Overall Score will be the Champion of the Competitive Dance Off and will win $1,000 CASH.

Intermediate Level:

The top (3) highest scoring routines from the Small Group, Large Group, Line and Production from the following age groups (Mini, Young, Teen and Senior) will be invited. Studios will be limited to (1) entry per age group within each division. If a studio sweeps a category, only their 1st place routine will be invited in that category. (Example: Young Small Groups: Studio A scores 1st & 2nd place, Studio B scores 3rd Place and Studio C scores 4th Place. Only the highest placed entry from each studio will be invited to the Dance Off…… 1st Place from Studio A, 3rd Place from Studio B and 4th Place from Studio C)

AWARDS

Trophies will be awarded to the Top 10 highest scoring routines (combined small groups, large groups, lines and productions) for Mini, Young, Teen and Senior age groups in the Intermediate Dance Off. The routine with the Highest Overall Score will be the Champion of the Intermediate Dance Off and will win $750 CASH.

Recreational Level:

The top (2) highest scoring routines from the Small Group, Large Group, Line and Production from the following age groups (Mini, Young, Teen and Senior) will be invited. Studios will be limited to (1) entry per age group within each division. If a studio sweeps a category, only their 1st place routine will be invited in that category. (Example: Young Small Groups: Studio A scores 1st & 2nd place, Studio B scores 3rd Place and Studio C scores 4th Place. Only the highest placed entry from each studio will be invited to the Dance Off…… 1st Place from Studio A, 3rd Place from Studio B and 4th Place from Studio C)

AWARDS

Trophies will be awarded to the Top 5 highest scoring routines (combined small groups, large groups, lines and productions) for Mini, Young, Teen and Senior age groups in the Recreational Dance Off. The routine with the Highest Overall Score will be the Champion of the Recreational Dance Off and will win $500 Scholarship.