Poconos, PA: July 8-12, 2018

Dates & Deadlines

Competition Dates: July 8 – 12, 2018
Elite Team Deadline: TBA
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 may 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.
Reservation Cutoff Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Reservation Change/Cancellation Date:: Monday, May 22, 2017

*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
Dance Off

The Elite Dance Challenge Dance Off takes place on Thursday, July 12. National’s judges select routines for the Dance Off based upon entertainment value. Approximately 10 routines from each division Junior (12 and under) and Senior (13 and over) will be selected.

Routines selected for the Dance Off will be announced on Wednesday, July 11th. Solos are not eligible to participate in the Dance Off. There is no cost to participate in or attend the Dance Off.

Grand Champion of the Dance Off will receive $1,000 and a 6-foot trophy.

Junior and Senior Dance Off Winners will each receive $500 and a 4-foot trophy.

Elite Performace Team

Elite Dance Challenge judges and staff will select outstanding routines from each of our regional competitions. Any dancer who is in a selected routine is invited to be a part of our Elite Performance Team at Nationals for that year. 

This is your opportunity to meet new friends, work with a different choreographer, and learn new choreography. Your studio does not have to attend our National for you to come and be part of the Elite Performance Team.

Remember: If you are selected for the Elite Performance Team you must accept your invitation by turning the paperwork into your Competition Team Director to be mailed into Elite Dance Challenge by TBA with fee enclosed. 

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.

Master Classes

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