Divisions Time Early Bird Full Price
Small group 4-9 dancers
Large group 10-17 dancers
Line 18-24 dancers
Production 25+ dancers

Additional time is available at: $5 per dancer per additional minute for Large, Line and Producrion groups only.

There will be a 15 second "grace period" allowed for each entry. Beyond 15 seconds over the time limit, 1 point will be deducted for each second past the "grace period". Time and ages divisions will be strictly enforced.

Age divisions

Mini division
average ages 5-8
Junior division
average ages 9-11
Teen division
average age 12-14
Senior division
average age 15-18

*All ages are as of January 1 of the current year

Ages are taken by an average of the group, but not more than one division below the oldest dancer.

Names and ages of all dancers must appear on the entry form or it will not be accepted

Competition Categories

Additional Competition Rules & Regulations:

In order to qualify for the Early Bird rate, applications must be submitted and paid in full 30 days before the city you are attending.

All fees are in United States dollars. No other currency will be accepted.

All returned checks will be subject to a $35 fee.

Dance studios may and commonly apply their own additional administrative fees to cover studio expenses related to organizing, registering and attending Heat conventions.

All competing dancers must be registered for the entire convention at the city where competing.

Competing dancers should be ready to perform 30-45 minutes prior to their scheduled time.

The competition order may not be changed.

Teachers are not permitted to perform/compete with students

Once capacity has been reached, Heat will no longer accept competition registrations. No competition entries will be confirmed unless full payment has been received by the deadline.

Admission to the competition is free. There will be reserved seating for all teachers with competing numbers.

All music, costumes, and choreography must be age appropriate. Necessary deductions will be taken. Disqualification may result, at the discretion of the judges.

All entries must be registered by the registration cut-off date.
Competing dancers may enter in as many categories as they please, but are not allowed to compete against themselves.
 If a studio does not reach the number of participants listed below they may enter a maximum of 40 entries total including solos.
  • Studios entering 50-59 students: May enter 50 competition entries.
  • Studios entering 60-69 students: May enter 55 competition entries.
  • Studios entering 70-79 students: May enter 60 competition entries.
  • Studios entering 80+ students: Please call HEAT . City limits may vary.
Deposit must be made before entering any competition routines into the online system.
Competition may begin Thursday evening/Friday morning in the event that there are a high number of entries.  Heat will do its best to begin the competition with solos. 
All convention and competition entries must be postmarked by the cut-off deadline. No further entries will be accepted If competition limit is reached before this deadline.
All Major Credit Cards, Cash, and Studio Checks are accepted as forms of payment. No personal Checks are excepted.  
All ties will be broken by the technique score first, than by the performance score, and lastly by a judges poll.
In the event that more than one solo is allowed, only the highest adjudicated solo will be eligible for overalls.
Stage and venue sizes vary by location.
No changes may be made to competition entries two weeks prior to the convention.


Audio files are preferred in MP3 format. WAV, M4A or AIF format is also accepted. No files larger than 50MB will be accepted. Heat requests music to be uploaded prior to the event.

Music must be age appropriate and free from explicit language.

All music files MUST be uploaded 48 hours prior to each event OR teachers may turn in music on a Flash Drive during registration at the event.


General props are allowed but must be taken on and off the stage within two minutes.

Please do not build props backstage as this can be dangerous to the performers.

No dangerous props may be used during the competition (swords, fire, etc.)..

It is the sole responsibility of each studio to ensure that its props are taken on and off stage. Heat staff cannot help with props.

It is also the studio’s responsibility to ensure that the stage is completely clean and clear after the routine is finished. 

Heat does not allow the use of paint, powder or chalk, fire, fog machines, etc.


Technique – 30%
Choreography – 20%
Artistry/creativity – 15%
Difficulty – 15%
Performance – 20%


Fire Award – 295-300
Platinum – 285-294
Rose Gold – 270-284
Gold – 250-269
Silver – 230-249

Video and photography

Photography and video recording from any media devices (i.e. Digital cameras, cell phones, etc.) Is strictly prohibited during competition. This is to enforce the children’s safety and privacy, as well as protecting the work of choreographers and faculty.  Heat offers professional photo and video services at each of our events and on our website after the event. Please contact us for more details.

Stanley Glover

Stanley Glover was born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Illinois. Stanley holds a BFA from Philadelphia’s University of the Arts. He was a top-20 contestant on FOX’s television show, So You Think You Can Dance, and has performed repertoire and trained under some of the best in the industry, including, Sidra Bell, Robert Battle, Random Dance, Hubbard Street, Pennsylvania Ballet, and many more. Stanley performed as a principal dancer five days a week on the Las Vegas Strip in Cirque du Soleil’s production of Mystère. Stanley is also a 2019 Princess Grace Dance fellowship award recipient. Pointe magazine featured Stanley as one of their 2019 “Standout Performances”. Stanley also had a featured spread in Dance Magazine’s column “On The Rise”. Stanley currently dances at BalletX in his 3rd season.


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