Poconos, PA: July 8-12, 2018

Dates & Deadlines

Competition Dates: July 8 – 12, 2018
Elite Team Deadline: June 1, 2018
Entry Deadline: June 8, 2018

Competition Location & Host Hotel

Kalahari Resort & Convention Center
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250 Kalahari Boulevard
Pocono Manor, PA 18349
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About Kalahari Resort

Experience America’s Largest Indoor Waterpark at 220,000 sq. ft. featuring a retractable roof, stand-up surfing or body boarding on the FlowRider, the twists and turns of the Anaconda and Swahili Swirl waterslides, relaxing lazy river and indoor/outdoor family hot tub, ride the waves in the wave pool or experience tons of activities for the little ones and much, much more!

Settle into one of our 977 beautifully appointed guest Rooms & Suites, take in one of our many incredible Dining options, enjoy the fast-paced action in the Family Entertainment Center, rejuvenate at Spa Kalahari and Salon or experience the beauty of our wooded setting while challenging yourself with physical activities that range from easy at Gorilla Grove Treetop Adventures.


Reservation Information:

Phone: (877) 253-5466
Group Code: Elite Dance 2018 Nationals
Rate: Double - $249/night plus tax. Resort Fee $19.99/Room per night
Reservation Cutoff Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Reservation Change/Cancellation Date:: June 8, 2018
Any changes to your length of stay must be made by June 8, 2018. Any changes made after that date will result in full room & tax charges for any dates dropped. Cancellations prior to June 8, 2018 will incur a $25 processing fee.

*Rate includes 4 Water Park Passes (total value of approximately $280), and a mandatory taxable resort fee of $19.99/room/night All guests must stay a minimum of 3-nights in order to receive the discounted group rate. Any changes to length of stay must be made by June 8, 2018. Any changes after June 8, 2018, will result in full room & tax charges for any dates dropped. Cancellations greater than 72-hours prior to arrival will receive a full refund less a $25.00 processing fee. Anything made less than 72 hours prior to arrival forfeit first night’s deposit.

Additional Accommodations:

Hampton Inn - Stroudsburg/Poconos
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114 South 8th Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360
(570) 424-0400
Mention Elite Dance Challenge for a discounted room rate for doubles of $139 per night plus tax.
Reservation Cutoff Date: June 8, 2018
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Competition Details

Click on the links below to find out more information on the Poconos Nationals.

Tentative Schedule

2018 Pocono, PA National Finals

July 8th
July 9th
July 10th
July 11th
July 12th
Convention Classes Elite Performance Team Rehearsal Tiny & Mini Groups Tiny & Mini Solos, Duo/Trios Solo Showcase
Elite Performance Team Rehearsal Pre-Qualification and Modeling Competition Teen Groups Young Lines & Productions Elite Team Performances & Scholarship Awards
Young Groups Young Duo/Trios Teen & Senior Lines & Productions Dance Off
Teen Duo/Trios Senior Groups Senior Duo/Trios Final Awards Ceremony
Tiny & Mini Lines & Productions Young Solos Teen, Senior and Adult Solos
Title Competition Movie Night
Dance Off

The Elite Dance Challenge Dance Off takes place on the last day of National Finals. During our National Finals, judges will select multiple entries to compete in The Dance Off. Routines will be selected to re-compete in the Dance Off based upon entertainment value. Duo/Trios, Small Groups, Large Groups, Lines and Productions that are in Recreational, Intermediate or Competitive levels are eligible to be selected to compete in the Dance Off. Solos, Adult, Senior Adult, Pro-Am or Parent Routines are not eligible to compete in the Dance Off. Approximately 10 routines from each division Junior (12 and Under) and Senior (13 and Over) will be selected. There is no cost to participate in or attend the Dance Off. The Dance Off Grand Champion will win $1,000 and a 6-foot trophy. Junior and Senior Dance Off Winners will each win $500 and a 4-foot trophy.

Solo ShowcaseNEW

The Elite Dance Challenge Solo Showcase takes place on the last day of National Finals. During our National Finals, the Top 3 competitive solos form 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 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 4-foot trophy.

Title Competition

A title competition will be held on July 9, 2018. 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. National Title Age Divisions: Petite Miss/Mr. Elite: 8 & Under, Junior Miss/Mr. Elite: 9 – 12, Teen Miss/Mr. Elite: 13 – 15 and Miss/Mr. Elite: 16 – 19. Petite Miss/Mr. Elite contestants may be entered in recreational, intermediate or competitive level. Junior, Teen and Miss/Mr. Elite contestants can ONLY be entered in the competitive level. You do not have to win a 2018 Regional Title to compete for a 2018 National Title. Scores from the title competition will be carried over into the dancers respective age and level category for High Score and Overall High Point Awards. National Title Winners will receive: a custom sash and 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.

Elite Performance Team

Individual dancers selected at regional competitions by our judges and staff, will have the opportunity to work with a different choreographer 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 dancers 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 fleece jacket, 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, 2018 – Pocono, PA 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.

Elite Team Schedule

Details regarding the Elite Team rehearsal schedules and performance times will be released approximately 10-14 days prior to the competition (typically send with the studio schedule). As the age breakdowns and number of teams vary from year to year depending upon the number of dancers who accept their invitation to participate on the Elite Performance Team.

Please email our office at info@elitedancechallenge.net for more information.

Movie Night NEW

Join us mid-week at Nationals to kick back, celebrate and have fun with other studios and dancers! Refreshments will be served and raffle prizes will be given away.

Convention Classes

Convention Classes are taught by EDC judges and faculty in a variety of subjects. Wristbands for admittance to complementary classes will be handed out at the convention classes to each registered competition student. All students registered for the competition will receive a wristband. Age 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 student 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.

Master Classes

Master Class Schedule: TBA
Please email info@elitedancechallenge.net for more information.