Providence, RI: July 18 - 22, 2018

Dates & Deadlines

Competition Dates: July 18 – 22, 2018
Elite Team Deadline: June 1, 2018
Entry Deadline: June 18, 2018

Competition Location

Rhode Island Convention Center
1 Sabin Street
Providence, RI 02903
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Host Hotels

Providence Hilton
21 Atwells Avenue
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-831-3900
Single: $145.00 per night plus tax
Double: $162.00 per night plus tax
Overnight Self-Parking: $18.00
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Reservation Cutoff Deadline: June 19, 2018
Courtyard Downtown Providence
32 Exchange Terrace at Memorial Boulevard
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 1-401-272-1191
$149.00 per night plus tax
Parking - $26.00 per vehicle per night (self-park)
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Reservation Cutoff Deadline: June 18, 2018

Additional Details

Click on the links below to find out more information on the Providence National Finals.

Tentative Schedule

2018 Providence, RI National Finals

July 18th
July 19th
July 20th
July 21st
July 22nd
Convention Classes Pre-Qualification and Modeling Competition Tiny & Mini Groups Tiny & Mini Solos, Duo/Trios Solo Showcase
Elite Performance Team Rehearsal Young Groups Teen Groups Young Lines & Productions Elite Team Performances & Scholarship Awards
Teen Duo/Trios Young Duo/Trios Teen & Senior Lines & Productions Dance Off
Tiny & Mini Lines & Productions Senior Groups Senior Duo/Trios Final Awards Ceremony
Title Competition Young Solos Teen, Senior and Adult Solos
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 19, 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 – Providence, RI 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 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 for more information.