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TTB RULES

Our rules were last updated: December 1st, 2021

Our rules are available for download if you need to print or share them with your families and dancers

Please Note: When you download our rules, you may eventually have an outdated version of our rules. Our desktop version will always be the most up-to-date version.

 
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MINI

6 & under

PETITE

7-9

JUNIOR

10-12

TEEN

13-15

SENIOR

16-19

ADULT

20+

The average age of participants determines the age group. This average must include all dancers appearing on stage anytime during a number. When an average age ends in a decimal point, it will be rounded down to the nearest whole number. Names, ages and birth dates of all contestants must appear in the registration or it will not be accepted. Contestants will be responsible for producing proof of age to competition director should a question arise. Failure to do so can result in disqualification and forfeiture of award. Proof of age must be available at every competition.  All ages are set as of December 31st  for each competition. If a duet/trio or group has any changes of dancers between Regional and National, Ticket To Broadway will re-average the age with the new performer(s) and they must compete at the new average at Nationals.

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NOVICE

Novice level dancers must not train more than 3 hours per week. The Novice level is eligible for adjudication awards, category placement awards, overall placement, and top billing in the Novice level only.  

INTERMEDIATE

Intermediate-level dancers should train less than 6 hours per week. The Intermediate level is eligible for adjudication awards, category placements, overall placement, and top billing in the Intermediate level only. TTB Cash will be awarded to the Intermediate Level.  

ADVANCED

Advanced level dancers must train over 6 hours per week. The Advanced level is eligible for adjudication awards, category placement, overall placement in the Advanced level, Judge's Choice awards, Top Billing and Miss and Mr Broadway title.

A routine will be placed in the level that reflects 50% or over of the dancers’ levels in that routine.

*Judges reserve the right to bump an entry to its appropriate level.

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SOLO

1 Dancer

DUET/TRIO

2-3 Dancers

SMALL GROUP

4-9 Dancers

LARGE GROUP

10-19 Dancers

SUPER GROUP

20+ Dancers

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ACRO/GYM
Routine using any style of dancing that incorporates acrobatic and/or gymnastics tricks. 

ACTING
The performance of a part or role in a drama or comedy.

BALLET
The routine must consist of Ballet technique movements. No Acro/Gym tricks allowed.

BATON
A routine using baton(s) and baton technique.

CHARACTER
A routine portraying an easily recognizable character throughout; with music, costume, and dance. Must incorporate some form of dance. No straight vocal performances are permitted in this category.

CONTEMPORARY
Routine consists of Contemporary techniques to interpret the music.

HIP HOP
Routine consisting of any styles of Hip Hop; including but not limited to, Breaking, Krumping, Popping, Locking, Battles, Freestyle and Jazz Funk. Only 3 Acro/Gym passes are permitted. 

JAZZ
The routine must consist of primarily Jazz techniques. Only 3 Acro/Gym passes are permitted.

LYRICAL
The routine should demonstrate balance, extension, isolation, and control using lyrical styles. The dance should tell the story of the music. Only 3 Acro/Gym passes permitted.

MODERN
A form of dance based on interpretation or other origins of dance, performed in an abstract or contemporary style. Only 3 Acro/Gym passes are permitted. 

MUSICAL THEATER
A routine featuring any style of dance interpreting a song from a "Broadway" show, play or movie musical. Singing and Lip Syncing is optional. Only 3 Acro/Gym passes permitted.

NOVELTY
Any type of routine can be entered in this category. No performance can be questioned for category placement in Novelty.

OPEN
A routine that incorporates two or more styles of dance or a routine that does not fall under one of the other categories.

POINTE
Routine must consist of Ballet technique movement on Pointe shoes. No Acro/Gym tricks allowed.

POM
A routine incorporating the use of Pom Pon. Should use precise and definite movement. Will be judged on both Pom Pon technique and dance steps, moves, and choreography. No Acro/Gym restrictions. 

SONG & DANCE
Must contain both singing and any style of dance (Tap, Jazz, etc.). Accompaniment must be uploaded. There must be absolutely no lead voices on accompaniment. Microphone will be provided. No special equipment may be plugged into Ticket To Broadway's sound system. Only 3 Acro/Gym passes permitted. 

SUPPLEMENTAL
Any type of routine can be entered in this category. This is also the place to put your second Tap, Jazz, etc. number; but the number must be different from your original category number. No performance can be questioned for category placement in supplemental. No Acro/Gym restrictions. 

TAP​
Routine must contain tap technique and primarily Tap work. If tap sounds are present in the music, this should be entered into Open or Novelty. No Acro/Gym tricks allowed. 

VOCAL​
Routine can be any type of Vocal presentation showing musical range, pitch, style, and timing. Accompaniment, if used, must be on tape or CD Microphone will be provided. No special equipment may be plugged into Ticket To Broadway's sound system. No Acro/Gym tricks allowed.

STUDENT CHOREOGRAPHY
Any routine that has been choreographed by a dance student who is 20 years of age or younger. No Acro/Gym restrictions.  

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Each entry will receive a total of 300 possible points. There will be three judges at each competition. Each judge will give each entry a score out of a possible 100 points. Their three scores will be added together for a total score to present each entry with an adjudicated medal. Novice and Intermediate Levels cannot receive a Perfect Platinum adjudication. Overall Placement is determined by the adjudicated total score.

ADJUDICATION

NOVICE/INT

ADVANCED

THE 300 CLUB

PERFECT PLATINUM

PLATINUM

HIGH GOLD

GOLD

-

-

282-300

272-281.9

271.9 & below

300

291-300

282-290.9

272-281.9

271.9 & below

All participants in a Ticket To Broadway Regional competition in Novice, Intermediate and Advanced Levels qualify for our National competition. Any discrepancies must be brought to the attention of the Ticket To Broadway directors on the day of the competition. No protest of score or age will be accepted after the day of the competition. Only studio directors can state a protest. Contestants will be judged by a panel of qualified judges and all entrants agree that the time, manner and method of judging the competition shall be solely within the discretion of the directors of Ticket To Broadway; and that all decisions of the judges are final.

SCORE BREAKDOWN

POINTS

TECHNIQUE
PERFORMANCE
OVERALL IMPRESSION

1-45

1-45

1-10

 
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SOLO

2:45 Mins

DUET/TRIO

3 Mins

SMALL GROUP

3 Mins

LARGE GROUP

4 Mins

SUPER GROUP

8 Mins

Exceeding time limits will be subject to a 5 point deduction. Studio Directors please contact us for information on extended time options.

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ADJUDICATED AWARDS 

Adjudication is based solely on the final score of 300. An award is given to every adjudicated dancer.
 

Solo's will receive an adjudicated Medal.
Duet/Trio's will receive an adjudicated Medal per dancer.
Groups will receive an adjudicated Pin per dancer.

If for some reason the dancer does not dance in their allotted time or does not complete their routine entirely.  They will receive their adjudication but will not be eligible for their overalls. 

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CATEGORY PLACEMENT AWARDS 

Our Category Placement Awards are given to the First, Second and Third place winners in each category. Each category must have 3 or more entries in order to be awarded.


Solo's will receive a Button.
Duet/Trio's will receive a Button per dancer.
Groups will receive a Button per dancer.

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OVERALL PLACEMENT AWARDS 

The top-scoring routines will be recognized in each division as "Overall Nominees". The number of "Overall Nominees" announced will be determined by the number of entries in each division and level. The "Overall Winner" (highest scoring routine) will be awarded a cash prize as shown below. Plates are given to our overall placement Nominees and Winners.

Note: Solo and Duet/Trio divisions must have at least 10 entries in order for cash prizes to be awarded. All group divisions (including Super Groups) must have at least 10 entries in order for cash prizes or TTB Cash to be awarded. All Cash & TTB Cash will be mailed to the studio director after the event.

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JUDGES AWARDS

Judges awards will be presented to standout routines throughout the weekend based on extraordinary attributes to a dance. Judges' awards are not based on adjudicated scores.

 

These awards include:
Best Choreography
Best Technique
Best Costume

Best Performance

Emotional Execution
Excellence In The Wings

 

A banner will be rewarded to each winner.

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TOP BILLING AWARD 

The highest scoring 12 & Under Solo, 12 & Under Group, 13 & Over Solo and 13 & Over Group in each level will receive the Top Billing Award.  Winning routine(s) will receive a banner at each Regionals and a trophy along with a cash prize at Nationals.

Note: The event must be hosting over 200 entries in order for a cash prize to be given.

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TTB ELITE TITLE PROGRAM

REGIONALS
Every Advanced soloist is entered into our TTB Elite Title Program. Title Winners are judges choice and are not based on adjudicated score. Our TTB Elite Dancers will win a TTB Title Winner hoodie and a free Solo entry into our National Finals.

 

NATIONALS

All Advanced Soloists will perform on the first day of Nationals. The top 10 in each age division will be announced at the end of the first day. This will qualify them to enter into our Elite Solo Showdown. Registration for this special event will be held at our merchandise table.

Each registered top 10 soloist will be judged on master class combos, improv competition & performing their solo a second time for our full panel of judges. Winners will be selected using a point system consisting of 400 points. 
 

400 Point Breakdown

Performance: 50

Improv: 25

Master Classes: 25

We hold a special ceremony for our TTB Elite National Finalists.

We will award the following

Title Winner with a Medal, Crown & Jacket

3rd runner up with a medal

2nd runner up with a medal

1st runner up with a medal

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GOLDEN TICKET STUDIO AWARD

The Golden Ticket Studio Award will be awarded to one studio at each of our Regional Competitions and our National Finals.

Scores are calculated by taking the average total score from each studios top 5 highest scoring group routines.

The studio with the highest accumulated score will receive the Golden Ticket Studio Award, along with a cash prize at Regionals and Nationals.

This award does not include Solos, Duets/Trios or any Adult Routines. The event must be hosting over 200 entries for a cash prize to be given.

 
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Cash & TTB Cash prizes are given to those in 1st place at Regionals & Nationals in all levels.

REGIONALS

LEVEL

NATIONALS

LEVEL

SOLO

DUET/TRIO

SMALL GROUP

LARGE GROUP

SUPER GROUP

GOLDEN TICKET

TOP BILLING SOLO

TOP BILLING GROUP

ELITE TITLE WINNER

THE CALLBACK

$75

$75 TTB Cash

$75

$75 TTB Cash

$100

$100 TTB Cash

$125

$125 TTB Cash
$200

$200 TTB Cash

$300


$50 TTB Cash

$100 TTB Cash

Free Nationals Solo

-

$100

$100 TTB Cash

$100

$100 TTB Cash

$125

$125 TTB Cash

$150

$150 TTB Cash

$225

$225 TTB Cash

$500

$100

$100 TTB Cash

$150

$150 TTB Cash

$100

$250

$250 TTB Cash

Adv

Nov/Int

Adv

Nov/Int

Adv

Nov/Int

Adv

Nov/Int
Adv

Nov/Int

Nov/Int/Adv


Adv/Nov/Int

Adv/Nov/Int

Adv

-

Adv

Nov/Int

Adv

Nov/Int

Adv

Nov/Int

Adv

Nov/Int
Adv

Nov/Int

Nov/Int/Adv


Adv/Nov/Int

Adv/Nov/Int

Adv

Adv

Nov/Int

WHO RECEIVES THE PRIZE MONEY AND WHEN?

All cash prizes are awarded to the Studio Director. All Cash & TTB Cash will be mailed to the studio director after the event.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR CASH PRIZES?

Only Advanced level routines are eligible for cash prizes. Novice & Intermediate level routines are eligible for TTB Cash.

OVERALLS

Overalls must have at least 10 entries in order for cash prizes or TTB Cash to be awarded.

GOLDEN TICKET STUDIO AWARD

The event must be hosting over 200 entries for a cash prize to be given to the Golden Ticket Studio Winner.

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SOLO SHOWDOWN 

All Advanced Soloists will perform on the first day of Nationals. The top 10 in each age division will be announced at the end of the first day. This will qualify them to enter into our Elite Solo Showdown. Registration for this special event will be held at our merchandise table.

Each registered top 10 soloist will be judged on master class combos, improv competition & performing their solo a second time for our full panel of judges. Winners will be selected using a point system consisting of 400 points. 
 

400 Point Breakdown

Performance: 50

Improv: 25

Master Classes: 25

We hold a special ceremony for our TTB Elite National Finalists.

We will award the following

Title Winner with a Medal, Crown & Jacket

3rd runner up with a medal

2nd runner up with a medal

1st runner up with a medal

THE CALLBACK

The Callback will take place on the last day of Nationals. In the Novice Level, the five top scoring routines will compete again for the Novice Level Callback Champion. In the Intermediate Level, the five top scoring routines will compete again for the Intermediate Level Callback Champion. The Novice and Intermediate Level will receive a trophy and TTB Cash. In the Advanced Level, the three top scoring routines in each division and age group will be invited to The Callback where they will dance again to compete to become The 12 & Under Callback Champion and The 13 & Over Callback Champion. There must be a minimum of five routines in each division and age group to be selected for The Callback. These routines will compete before a panel of judges who will deliberate to choose the 2nd runner up, 1st runner up and winner of the 12 & under routines and 13 & over routines. Scoring from the regular competition will not count against these results. This decision is strictly judge's choice. The Callback Champion will win a trophy, along with a cash prize. Ticket To Broadway will retain ALL music until the completion of the National Competition. If for any reason you cannot compete in The Callback, Ticket To Broadway will contact the fourth place contestant(s) to compete in The Callback. 

Note: A studio may only have one entry in the Novice level and Intermediate Level Callback Competitions. A studio may have multiple advanced entries in the Callback. However, a studio can only have one entry in each division.

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MUSIC 

Music must be edited before the event. Our staff is not capable of making music edits or alterations on site. Music containing inappropriate lyrics will be subject to disqualification. Music must be uploaded 72 hours prior to the start of an event. All music must be uploaded to our system prior to the competition. You must be able to provide a backup of each song on a USB, Phone or iPad. Studio owners/directors should have two backup copies of music. TTB does not allow any outside microphones. We can provide up to 2 wireless handheld microphones for usage during an entry. The dancer is responsible for understanding how to hold a microphone to eliminate feedback from speakers.

SPORTSMANSHIP 

All competitors, studio owners, family members and audience members are required to be respectful and courteous at all times. We promise a healthy competitive environment for each dancer that performs at Ticket To Broadway. We reserve the right to remove anyone from an event if we feel the person is hindering the achievement of our goal as an organization. No air horns, bells, whistles, chanting, etc. allowed. 

PROPS 

Fire, swords, knives or live animals on stage are prohibited. Props are allowed, however, special scenery, special lighting, smoke or electrical devices may not be used.  Contestants are responsible for getting props on and off stage as quickly as possible. Do not leave props backstage. Inability to follow prop rules may result in a 5 point deduction.

DISCOUNTS & PAYMENTS 

Studio Directors, please contact us for discount information!

All competition fees must be received in full, 30 days before the start of the competition. Entries submitted after such time may not be eligible for the event. Payments must be made by credit card, certified check or money order after the 30 day mark. Personal check will only be accepted 30 days or more prior to the event. Studio credits are applicable at all Ticket To Broadway events (excluding deposits). Studio credits must be used by the studio they were awarded to.

ENTRY FEES 

Studio directors must contact us for information on entry fees. Entry fees must be postmarked 30 days before a competition date. Entries postmarked after that date must be sent express mail or faxed to our office with a money order or cashier's check (original form must be mailed stating that it had been faxed). Entries are limited by the amount of performance time available. Entries are non refundable. Ticket To Broadway reserves the right to cancel any competition. In that event, all entry fees for that competition will be refunded or transferred to another competition.

There will be a service charge of $40.00 for any check returned by a bank. After a check has been returned by a bank, all future entries or purchases must be made by money order or cashier's check. If payment has not been received on a returned check by the competition date, the contestant will not be allowed to perform. 

 
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Entries are accepted on a first come, first served basis and are limited to performance time available. All entry fees are non-refundable. 

The competition schedule and location will be sent to all dance studios approximately five to seven days before the competition date. If you cannot perform at your scheduled time, advise the backstage manager and the act will be moved.

All performers should be aware that there are events that Ticket To Broadway runs ahead of schedule. You must be prepared to perform 1 hour ahead of your scheduled time. If a performance misses their time to perform, they will only be eligible for adjudication.

 

If you request that your act be taken out of age group for any reason - your act will be adjudicated by score and not placed within its age group. The act is then not eligible for any other awards. 

Studio Directors/Contestants give their permission to the directors of Ticket To Broadway to use their photographs or video of any act in connection with advertising, promotions, or news coverage of our competitions without further authorization or compensation. Studio Directors/Participants are performing with the knowledge that the event is being videotaped and photographed. Those not wishing to be videotaped have the option of not performing. In this situation, there will be no refunds. 

Trick Definition: A trick is defined by the feet completely passing over the head. A trick done as a group is counted as one trick. A pass of multiple tricks is counted as one trick.

Videotaping/Flash Photography: Unauthorized videotaping is prohibited and will be strictly enforced.  Flash photography is also prohibited at all times due to the danger it presents to the dancers and distraction to the audience.  Refusal to abide by any of the above rules may result in disqualification. Videotaping routines is prohibited as we do not own rights to choreography or music.

Adult Act: Any act in which 25% of the participants are 21 or older or anyone participant is 21 or older and a full-time dance studio owner or dance teacher. An adult act can win the category but will not be eligible for top awards, e.g. in a duet if a participant is 21 or older, it is an adult act. In a group, if one performer is 21 or over and a full-time owner or teacher then it is considered an adult act.

Only competitors, teachers, studio owners, and prop coordinators are allowed backstage.

Soloists that choose to exit the stage prior to the conclusion to their solo will be eligible for adjudication only.

All competitors may only compete with one studio at an event and will be judged by a well-qualified panel of judges. All decisions are final.

Ticket To Broadway cannot enforce any plagiarism without proof of a piece of choreography being copy-written. 

Ticket To Broadway dancers must wear proper footwear around the venue for safety reasons. 

Ticket To Broadway and the host venue are not responsible for any lost personal property or injury during the event. By registering your dancer/child, you agree that Ticket to Broadway and staff are not responsible for any lost property or injury during the event.

Smoking, alcoholic beverages, or illegal drugs are prohibited around the competition area.  

Ticket To Broadway reserves the right to cancel any events due to inclement weather, lack of registrations, or any other unforeseen circumstances. Registration fees will be refunded in this instance. Ticket To Broadway reserves the right to change any event location, venue, or date. Registration fees will not be refunded in this instance.

Failure to comply with these rules can result in point deductions or disqualification. It is the responsibility of the studio owner/teacher to review the rules and regulations with both the participants and their parents.