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Rules & Repertoire

  • Please be sure to read the Rules and Regulations for Ballet Championships of America (BCA) in their entirety
    Failure to comply with the rules and regulations listed below may result in disqualification and/or score deductions. Upon completed registration for BCA, all competitors and spectators are required to acknowledge and adhere to the entirety of these regulations.
  • The age cutoff for the division a participant is entering is January 1st of the competition year
    Proof in the form of a birth certificate is mandatory if requested.
  • BCA does not allow professional dancers the ability to compete at any BCA competitions
    A professional dancer is characterized as an individual employed full-time as a dancer (including Apprentices) with a professional dance company. This encompasses dancers who may not be presently under such a contract but have had such employment in the past.
  • Independent dancers are permitted to enter the solo competition only
    All independent dancers acknowledge they will not be competing against those dancers that are registered with an official dance studio. BCA retains the right to modify and change this rule at any time.
  • The order of the registered performances during the competition
    The order of the registered performances during the competition will vary city to city. The event will be organized based on age, level and overall registration. Participants are required to adhere to this order without exceptions. Any changes or modifications to the order must receive prior approval from the BCA event director.
  • Competitors are responsible for providing their own costumes and makeup
    Competitors are responsible for providing their own costumes and makeup suitable for the registered performance entry. Elaborate costumes will not contribute additional value or points to the competitors' scores.
  • For solo registered competition
    For solo registered competition, the competitor's performance includes a Classical Ballet Solo selected from the predetermined BCA Repertoire List and/or a Contemporary piece of free choice.
  • Contemporary includes Neoclassical, Modern, Lyrical, and/or Jazz styles
    At the discretion of the BCA Jury, Non-compliance with appropriate selection or choreography, as determined by the jury, may result in a scoring penalty or disqualification from the competition.
  • A competitor exceeding the stipulated time limit may incur a scoring penalty or face disqualification from the competition
    Contingent on the decision of the BCA Jury.
  • Details such as competitors' names and song titles etc, must be clearly noted and entered during the registration process
    Any and all changes to a studio’s registration are completed online through BCA’s software. The requests of changes are performed after official submission of all entries.
  • The dress code for non binary/they/them dancers is open and free choice
    The dress code for non binary/they/them dancers is open and free choice. Please be sure to select attire that will allow you to move freely and demonstrate correct body placement and alignment.
  • Music upload process
    BCA utilizes an advanced and efficient registration system. This includes mandatory music upload for all registered performances. Participants must furnish their own music in the form of an MP3 file and are obligated to upload it during the registration process. The provided music must be recorded at the competitor’s preferred speed and properly cued at the beginning. Any alterations to the music are not permitted during the competition. Studio owners and competitors should have a backup of music on a thumb drive.
  • Participants are required to upload their own music prior to competition
    This is mandatory and must be completed at least 2 weeks prior to the competition. All music is uploaded through the registration system and software.
  • Competitors must handle any royalty issues related to their music and choreography independently
    BCA will not assume responsibility for disputes over royalties concerning music or choreography. Competitors are obligated to compensate BCA for any damages arising from royalty issues, if applicable.
  • All music must be age-appropriate and free of any explicit profanity or vulgar language
    Disqualification may occur if the music is deemed to be of such nature.
  • Props
    Participants are allowed to incorporate props into their performances. The use of hazardous props that may cause harm to the venue or individuals, such as fire, sharp objects, knives, explosives, etc. is strictly prohibited. Instructors and/or parents must efficiently bring props on and off the stage within a maximum time limit of 60 seconds. The stage must be properly cleared and free of debris. Props should be removed from the wings immediately after the performance. Props are not allowed in the lobby or placed in any location that would cause a potential safety hazard within the facility.
  • All competition performances are open to the public
    BCA has the right to refuse entry or the ability to ask inappropriately behaved audience members to leave the competition at any time.
  • Release Agreement For All Participants & Spectators
    Upon registering and attending Ballet Championships of America, registered competitors and attendees agree to authorize BCA and its representatives to publish their photographs and videos on all local and national television networks. Along with promotional videos, marketing, internet, and any other visual media as deemed appropriate by BCA to promote its competitions. In addition, all representatives, staff, and relatives of BCA are released and held harmless from any claims, damages or injuries incurred while participating or attending any activity related to any and all BCA events. All photographs/videos taken by BCA and any independent representative commissioned by BCA will become the property of Ballet Championships of America, with BCA reserving the right to sell these photographs/videos at competition events and online for purchase or download. Unauthorized individuals are prohibited from taking photos or making video recordings during the live stream unless expressly authorized by BCA. BCA assumes no liability for pre-existing injuries, chronic health conditions, or stolen properties. Competitors are required to obtain their own insurance coverage for accidents, illnesses, and personal property. Modification of competition rules is solely within the authority of Ballet Championships of America and the judging panel. The decisions of the judges are conclusive and are not subject to appeal. In the event of any disputes, resolutions should be guided by these regulations, and BCA retains the ultimate authority for the final interpretation of this set of rules. Email info@balletchampionshipsofamerica.com with any questions regarding the official rules and regulations.
  • Each dancer will require a one time registration fee of $55.00 to receive their Registration Pass
    The registration fee is non-refundable and includes all administrative fees, unlimited spectator passes to all sessions, a digital program of the event and all photos and videos of the registered dancers performances.
  • Additional Competition fees are detailed in the Studio Owners portal
    Additional Competition fees are detailed in the Studio Owners portal upon successful approval and registration of the studios account. Studio Owners and Directors will also receive all photos and videos as well as judging commentary from all judges upon the completion of the event. This will be provided within 3-5 days after the completion of the competition.
  • Full payment of all fees are required 8 weeks prior to the competition date
    Discounts applied cannot be combined with any other offer. Payment can be made by credit card, cashier's check, or money order. Personal or studio checks will not be accepted. All fees are non-refundable. No exceptions will be permitted. Please note there are fees associated for all credit card payments.
  • $10.00 late fee per additional registered performance
    If entries are permitted within 4 weeks of the competition, a $10.00 late fee per additional registered performance will be applied IF the entries can be accommodated in the schedule. These additional fees will be added to the final invoice and must be paid in full at time of adding the additional performances.
  • Entry confirmation is contingent upon the completion of payment
    A confirmation will be sent to each studio for their records. It is essential to verify that all details are accurate and true.
  • Exclusive! Photos and Videos - (Included in the Registration Pass)
    Professional photography and video services are provided and included in the registration fee for all BCA events. Personal flash photography or videotaping within the competition venue is strictly prohibited. In the event of any unauthorized photography or videotaping BCA reserves the right to remove the spectator and thus the disqualification of the competitor's performance.
  • Non-competitive / Exhibition - Exclusive To BCA
    Mini Age Division Only (Age 5-6) These dancers are novice and are being introduced to the world of dance competitions. They may still receive training and perform in recitals or showcases but do not compete against other dancers.
  • Apprentice
    These dancers are intermediate and are beginning to explore competitive dance but do not have the experience or skills for the competitive level. This level is designed as a stepping stone for young dancers to gain confidence and experience in a competitive dance environment. BCA strongly suggests this level for dancers who take 3 technique classes per week and have 2 to 3 years of dance training and instruction.
  • Competitive
    These dancers are advanced and participate at various competitions and events throughout the year. They are often more experienced and committed to training extensively in dance genres. BCA strongly suggests this level for dancers who take 4-5 technique classes per week and have 5 or more years of dance training and instruction.
  • Ballet Championships of America (BCA) welcomes all ballet and contemporary dancers, aged 5 to 21 years old, from all over the world
    Age eligibility is determined based on the participant's age as of January 1st of the competition year.
  • Ballet and Contemporary SOLO Competition Age Divisions (7 Solo Age Divisions)
    Mini: Age 5-6 (EXCLUSIVE to BCA - Non-Competitive/Exhibition only) Petite: Age 7-8 (Apprentice & Competitive) Pre-Junior: Age 9-10 (Apprentice & Competitive) Junior: Age 11-12 (Apprentice & Competitive) Pre-Teen: Age 13-14 (Apprentice & Competitive) Teen: Age 15-16 (Apprentice & Competitive) Senior: Age 17-21 (Apprentice & Competitive)
  • Competition Categories
    CLASSICAL BALLET SOLOS A soloist has the option to register for one solo in both the classical and/or contemporary categories. Additionally, competitors may participate in one or more ensemble and or group performances. BCA’s directors will decide, based on the number of registered male participants in an age group, whether male dancers will compete alongside or independently of females in a specific category. MINI - EXCLUSIVE TO BCA: (AGE 5-6) NON-COMPETITIVE/EXHIBITION ONLY All registered dancers are to perform: One classical variation from the official Repertoire List or free choice choreography appropriate for the age division of 5-6 years old. Soft Ballet Shoes required for competition (Soft Ballet shoes only for this division – Pointe Shoes are not Permitted) This is strictly a Non-Competitive and Exhibition Division. Participants can make changes to the original variations to suit their skills and ability for their age of 5-6. All Mini dancers will receive a participation certificate. Time: Maximum 2 minutes 30 seconds PETITE (Age 7-8) APPRENTICE & COMPETITIVE PRE-JUNIOR (Age 9-10) APPRENTICE & COMPETITIVE JUNIOR (Age 11-12) APPRENTICE & COMPETITIVE All registered dancers are to perform: One classical variation from the official Repertoire List. Soft Ballet Shoes required for competition (Soft Ballet shoes only for these divisions – Pointe Shoes are not Permitted) An exception is made for Petite (7-8), Pre-Junior (9-10) & Junior (11-12). Participants can make slight changes to the original variations to suit their skills and ability. Time: Maximum 2 minutes 30 seconds PRE-TEEN (Age 13-14) APPRENTICE & COMPETITIVE All registered dancers are to perform: One classical variation from the official Repertoire List. You can have the option to wear Soft Ballet shoes or Pointe Shoes in this Division for ALL Participants. BCA recognizes and embraces gender fluidity. We take pride in providing individuals who identify with male or they/them pronouns the opportunity to engage in and showcase Pointe repertoire work. Time: Maximum 2 minutes 30 seconds TEEN (Age 15-16) APPRENTICE & COMPETITIVE SENIOR (Age 17-21) APPRENTICE & COMPETITIVE All registered dancers are to perform: One classical variation from the official Repertoire List. Pointe Shoes required for competition (Pointe Shoes must be worn in this Division for all female Participants). BCA recognizes and embraces gender fluidity. We take pride in providing individuals who identify with male or they/them pronouns the opportunity to engage in and showcase Pointe repertoire work. Time: Maximum 2 minutes 30 seconds COMPETITION CATEGORIES – CONTEMPORARY SOLOS A soloist has the option to register for one solo in both the classical and/or contemporary categories. Additionally, competitors may participate in one or more ensemble and or group performances. BCA’s directors will decide, based on the number of registered male participants in an age group, whether male dancers will compete alongside or independently of females in a specific category. MINI - EXCLUSIVE to BCA: (Age 5-6) Non-Competitive/Exhibition Only All registered dancers are to perform: One Contemporary solo (Free choice/choreography) Candidate can choose to wear foot thongs, half soles, ballet shoes or barefoot This is strictly a Non-Competitive and Exhibition Division. All Mini dancers will receive a participation certificate. Time: Maximum 2 minutes 30 seconds PETITE (Age 7-8) APPRENTICE & COMPETITIVE PRE-JUNIOR (Age 9-10) APPRENTICE & COMPETITIVE JUNIOR (Age 11-12) APPRENTICE & COMPETITIVE PRE-TEEN (Age 13-14) APPRENTICE & COMPETITIVE TEEN (Age 15-16) APPRENTICE & COMPETITIVE SENIOR (Age 17-21) APPRENTICE & COMPETITIVE All registered dancers are to perform: One Contemporary solo (Free choice/choreography) Candidate can choose to wear foot thongs, half soles, ballet shoes or barefoot Time: Maximum 2 minutes 30 seconds ENSEMBLE (DUET/TRIO - 2 TO 3 DANCERS) 3 AGE DIVISIONS: JUNIOR (10-12) TEEN (13-15) & SENIOR (16-21) - APPRENTICE & COMPETITIVE LEVELS Age Division: the oldest member of the group will determine the ensemble’s age division Based on registration and at the discretion of BCA’s directors, the Pas de Deux and Duet/Trio categories may undergo separate judging. This decision will be based on the total number of entries received for each regional championship competition. For Classical Pas de Deux, Adagio and Coda only, Coda is not mandatory. Variations will NOT be permitted. Pas de Deux division is available for Junior (10-12), Teen (13-15) and Senior (16-21) only. All Junior (10-12) Pas de Deux participants may not perform any lifts, À terre, soft ballet shoes only. CLASSICAL PAS DE DEUX - MUST SELECT FROM THE REPERTOIRE LIST TIME LIMIT: MAX 6 MINUTES (INCLUDES ADAGIO AND CODA - CODA NOT REQUIRED - PLEASE NOTE CODA ON THE REGISTRATION ENTRY. DUET/TRIO: MAX 3 MINUTES (SELECTION FROM THE REPERTOIRE LIST PERMITTED) ANY CONTEMPORARY STYLE PAS DE DEUX WILL COMPLETE AS A DUET ENSEMBLE (BALLET AND CONTEMPORARY GROUPS - 4 OR MORE DANCERS MAXIMUM OF 30 DANCERS) - APPRENTICE & COMPETITIVE LEVELS If the number of competitors in an ensemble performance decreases before the competition begins to less than the registered count, the ensemble can still perform with the originally allocated time. To prevent scoring deductions, contact the on site event Director immediately if such a situation arises. ONLY 4 AGE DIVISIONS FOR ALL GROUP COMPETITION PETITE (Age 7-9) - Maximum age of group participant must be 9 years and under JUNIOR (Age 10-12) - Maximum age of group participant must be 12 years and under Soft Ballet Shoes required for competition (Soft Ballet shoes only for this division – Pointe Shoes are not permitted) For Contemporary: half-soles, foot thongs or barefoot are allowed. Time: Maximum 4 minutes Group limit: minimum 4 dancers, maximum 30 dancers Age Division: the oldest member of the group will determine the group’s age division TEEN (Age 13-15) - Maximum age of group participant must be 15 years and under SENIOR (Age 16-21) - Maximum Age of group participants must be 21 years and under. Soft or Pointe Shoes required for competition (Optional). BCA recognizes and embraces gender fluidity. We take pride in providing individuals who identify with male or they/them pronouns the opportunity to engage in and showcase Pointe repertoire work. For Contemporary: half-soles, foot thongs or barefoot are allowed. Time: Maximum 4 minutes Group limit: minimum 4 dancers, maximum 30 dancers Age Division: the oldest member of the group will determine the group’s age division
  • Exclusive! Championship Title Competition - Included For All Solo Entries!
    BCA is proud to announce that all Regional Title entries are included in the cost of solo registration. Title is an additional competition open to all soloists, Mini (Non Competitive), Petite, Pre-Junior, Junior, Pre-Teen, Teen, and Senior age divisions in both the Apprentice and Competitive levels. Registration into the Title competition is automatic during the registration process and submission. Title performances will be scored at the same time as the Solo performance by the jury. Title winners are selected for their overall artistry and emotional connection.
  • Competition Judging & Awards
    The BCA jury panel will adjudicate all of the registered performances. Each regional championship competition will consist of 3-5 jury members. The total score possible per juror is 100 points. Each performance will be scored on technical and artistic elements. In a 3 juror situation, the scores will be combined to determine the total score. In a 5 juror situation, the highest and lowest score will be dropped and the 3 remaining scores will be combined to determine the total score. Decisions of the jury will be final and without appeal. Results will be announced as the age divisions and categories are concluded. All APPRENTICE and COMPETITIVE performances receive an adjudicated score from our distinguished panel of jury members. GOLD, SILVER and BRONZE placement will be awarded based upon the scoring breakdown. BCA awards TOP SCORES in each level and age division. Based upon total registered performances, a TOP 5, 10, 15 or 20 scores will be presented. A Crystal Medal will be presented to the TOP 3 highest scoring performances in the respective age division and level.
  • Competition awards for all solos - Apprentice & Competitive Levels
    PETITE (Age 7-8) PRE-JUNIOR (Age 9-10) JUNIOR (Age 11-12) PRE-TEEN (Age 13-14) TEEN (Age 15-16) SENIOR (Age 17-21) Gold Award Silver Award Bronze Award **Cash Prizes are given in the COMPETITIVE Solo Divisions for the highest scoring performances**
  • Competition awards for all ensemble and duet/trio - Apprentice & Competitive levels
    JUNIOR (Age 10-12) TEEN (Age 13-15) SENIOR (Age 16-21) Gold Award Silver Award Bronze Award
  • Competition awards for all groups - Apprentice & Competitive levels
    PETITE (Age 7-9) JUNIOR (Age 10-12) TEEN (Age 13-15) SENIOR (Age 16-21) Gold Award Silver Award Bronze Award
  • Awards for outstanding performances
    SOLOS: Special recognition for Outstanding Performances ENSEMBLE & DUET/TRIO: Special recognition for Outstanding Performances GROUPS: Special recognition for Outstanding Performances
  • Exclusive - Inside Dance Studio Award
    The "Inside Dance Studio Award" represents a prestigious accolade at all Ballet Championships of America (BCA) regional events, recognizing studios that exemplify outstanding participation and excellence in the Competitive Level. This award is open to all dance studios participating in the 2024 BCA Regional Championships.
  • The following criteria must be met to be eligible and awarded the Inside Dance Studio Award
    Eligible studios must be represented in all segments of the competition in the Competitive Level. This includes at least 1 registered performance in both ballet and contemporary categories for the following performances; solos, duet/trios, and group competition. A studio’s involvement across these categories demonstrates its versatility and commitment to fostering talent in various dance forms. Participation across all age divisions is mandatory, with the exception of the Mini age division (5-6 years old). Studios must have representation in the Petite (7-8 years), PreJunior (9-10 years), Junior (11-12 years), PreTeen (13-14 years), Teen (15-16 years), and Senior (17-21 years) divisions. This wide age range participation reflects the studio's capability to train and develop dancers at different stages of their artistic journey. While participation is crucial, the quality of performance cannot be overlooked. Studios should strive for excellence in choreography, technique, and overall presentation. This is assessed through the scoring and feedback provided by the esteemed panel jury members. The spirit of dance goes beyond technical skills. Therefore, studios must exhibit exceptional sportsmanship, teamwork, and positive conduct throughout the competition. Respect for fellow competitors, judges, and event organizers is paramount. Studios must adhere to all competition rules and regulations. This includes timely submission of entries, adherence to performance time limits, costume guidelines, and choreography regulations. Winning studios at the Regional Championship will receive a banner to proudly display their achievement. Additionally, the Studio Owner of the winning studio will receive a complimentary subscription to Inside Dance Magazine. Plus, all PreTeen (13-14 years), Teen (15-16 years), and Senior (17-21 years) dancers registered at the BCA Regional and attending the studio will receive an exclusive link to sign up for a complimentary subscription to Inside Dance Magazine. Studios meeting these criteria showcase not only their artistic expertise but also their commitment to fostering a well-rounded and inclusive dance curriculum. The "Inside Dance Studio Award" is a testament to these values, celebrating studios that set an exemplary standard in the ballet and contemporary dance world.
  • Scholarships
    Scholarship winners, if presented at a regional event, will be announced on the final day of the competition. Our jury may choose and award scholarships during competition and master class participation. Please note, dancers or studios that only register and participate in group performances are not eligible for scholarships. You must have a solo performance registered in order to qualify to potentially be eligible to receive a scholarship.
  • Master classes (mandatory for all soloists)
    BCA presents a Master Class component at every regional championship event. The Master Class component is the pivotal moment when dancers are assessed for scholarships and company contracts. The mandatory Master class for soloists (optional for ensemble and group dancers) is conducted by a professional ballet/contemporary teacher, providing judges and company directors the opportunity to observe each dancer in a studio setting. This facilitates a well-informed decision for scholarships and contractual offers. Judges and company directors assess technique, artistry, coachability and potential, both during workshops. Through partnerships with prestigious ballet schools, BCA offers scholarships that propel dancers towards greater heights in their training and competitive performance.
  • Grand Championship Finals & Championship Gala June 30 - July 5, 2025 - Las Vegas, Nevada
    The Grand Championship Finals are open to APPRENTICE and COMPETITIVE Soloists, Duet/Trio, Pas de Deux and Group Performances that have earned a GOLD adjudicated score or a TOP SCORE placement at one of BCA's Regional Championship events. To be eligible for the Grand Championship Finals, all entries must participate and qualify at a Regional Championship event. International participants unable to attend a US Regional Championship event may submit a video for qualification. For further details and information, please contact the BCA office at 702-378-8809. .
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