Frequently Asked Questions

Updated 10/13/2022

When will my students perform?

 We make a custom schedule for every competition, but this is how we typically (but not always) 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.

I have a quick costume change.  What should we do?

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  Unless arranged ahead of time, routines that are not performed within three numbers of the scheduled order are subject to a 5 point deduction.

Do you accept 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.

Which levels should my students enter?

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 dancers. (This rule does not apply to productions.) Students that compete more than one solo must compete in the competitive division for their solos.

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. If 2/3 judges on the panel feel that a routine has been placed in the wrong level, the judges have the right to move the routine to a different level.

What is a Super Solo?

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 should compete in the competitive division.  All super solos 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.

Do you have a Title competition?

Soloists are eligible to compete for Title at an additional charge.  Regional Title scores are based on Showmanship and Overall Appeal.  All genders are combined for title, but winners will be recognized in each age division and 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.

Can we take photos and videos from the audience?

Video recording and photography is not allowed. Professional photos and videos are available at no extra cost.  Please see below.

How do I access Photos and Videos?

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.

What should we do with 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.

Are there assigned 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.

Do you have a photogenic competition?

We offer a photogenic competition at Nationals only.

Is there an admission fee to watch the competition?

 There is NO admission fee at the event.

Does everyone receive an award?

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.