SEASON FINALE: July 2-6, 2021

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort




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Resort Experience


Surrounded by the Walt Disney World Resort, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek is an adventurous destination offering a magical and memorable resort experience. Take in the Florida sunshine at our three-acre pool with a lazy river and waterslide, dine at over a dozen restaurant and lounge experiences, explore Walt Disney World Theme Parks with complimentary shuttle transportation, stay active in our 24-hour fitness center, play a round of championship golf, and relax at the award-winning Waldorf Astoria Spa

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Your Nationals Grand Finale Includes:

  • Over 40 hours of exciting and challenging dance classes and workshops! ALL STYLES: From Ballet, Contemporary, Fusion styles to Jazz, Hip-Hop, Street, Musical Theater and Tap

  • Technique & Conditioning Classes, Teacher Seminars & More!

  • Minis, Junior and Teen/Senior level convention classes with our elite and guest faculty

  • Performance opportunities for individuals and groups in our competition & Showdown Gala

  • The Norwalk Conservatory of the Arts will be offering over $20,000 in scholarships!

  • Stage Workshop Intensive - 2 levels

  • Improv Competition

  • NEW: ADE's Performance Company: DREAMERS 

  • The chance to win convention scholarships

  • NEW: Studio of the Year Award: CASH AWARD!

  • Noble Prodigy All-Star Workshop & Auditions

  • Emerging Choreographer Award

  • Talent Agency Audition

Convention Tuition

Independents and Studios are welcome!

Your weekend tuition includes all classes, Dance Down Party,  and scholarship opportunities.

Full Event Convention Rates (4 DAYS)

Teacher Rate

Early Rate Ends June 1st


Teacher At The Door Rate

After June 1st


Early Convention Rate

Early Rate Ends June 1st

$300 per dancer

Standard Convention Rate

After June 1st

$350 per Dancer

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Minis: "The Dance Explorers" (4-8 years old)

Early Rate                     

After June 1st               




In Advance



At The Door





Observer Bands

We love parents at ADE and are happy to offer
the opportunity for you to observe our classes! 

Observer bands can be purchased for the full event. We do not offer single day options at this time. Though we would love to allow everyone in class, we must take into account the dancers' safety by allotting them proper space in the classroom. For this reason, we must limit the number of observer bands sold.

Pre-registration is recommended!

Observer Wristband Policy: 
Pre-registration is strongly suggested as observer bands may sell out. If still available, they will be sold at the door starting on at early check-in. All observer bands are non-refundable and may not be transferred. ADE is not responsible for lost or stolen bands. You must be accompanying a dancer to observe (children five and under may observe free of charge). Noise level and activity should be kept to a minimum out of consideration for the faculty and dancers. No cell phones, talking, videotaping or note-taking permitted. ADE reserves the right to remove anyone who is disrupting the workshop or not following security directions. Please note: You do not need an observer band to enter ADE Competition, ADE Showcase or The Scholarship Ceremony. This band allows entrance into all ADE level classes.

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Stage Workshop/Opening Number Showdown Gala


We invite all registered dancers to work with one of our ADE choreographers to learn a routine that will be the performed in the Showdown Gala Grand Finale! This opportunity is available for those who are registered for the full event, and is an upgrade to their tuition. This is a great opportunity for dancers to perform on the ADE stage, and work with one of our faculty members in a more intensive and intimate setting.


All ages and levels are invited to participate

ADE Showdown Gala Grand Finale


Rate: $50 per dancer

Rehearsal will take place before and after classes with a minimum of 5 hours rehearsal and tech time.


*Workshop rehearsals will be incorporated into the class event schedule that will be updated here soon. Subject to change.



Requirements will be updated here soon.

Stage Workshop & Master Classes Prices

Additional Master Classes

2 Levels: Juniors and Teens/Seniors

$25 per master class. Only for dancers pre-registered to the full event. $35 AT THE DOOR

Stage Workshop Rate

$50 per dancer

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VIP Studio Rates

At ADE, a VIP Studio consists of 10 or more registered and paid dancers.


Not ready to pay for the full event?

Want to reserve your spot, but not ready to pay for the full event? By beginning the registration process and submitting a deposit, you are letting us know of your group’s interest in attending our event. We will update you with information about the specific city you are interested in attending. Space is limited, so save your spot today!

E.mail us to for more details.

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Competition Information, Rates and Rules & Regulations…


ADE Competition the ONLY Dance Competition that provides International Exchange Scholarships for the highest scoring eligible routines at Nationals. ADE is proud to provide a supportive and comfortable environment where dancers can showcase their talents, receive constructive critiques from ADE Faculty and Judges, and enhance their skills through the process. Each routine will receive audio and written critiques.


ADE offers two different levels for dancers to compete! 


Gold Level (Beginner-Intermediate). Recommended for dancers with 0-3 years of dance training.

Platinum Level (Intermediate - Advanced). Recommended for dancers with 3+ years of dance training.

 *NEW THIS SEASON* Any studio bringing 20 or more full paying group routines or more will receive ONE free group competition entry equal or lesser value to your smallest group routine.


  • Ballet - technique with classical movement, reflecting a ballet style. Use of pointe shoes is permitted.

  • Contemporary - routine that draws from modern, lyrical and ballet movements. Maximum of 3 acrobatic skills permitted. 

  • Jazz  - technique with up-tempo music. Maximum of 3 acrobatic skills permitted. 

  • Lyrical - style of Jazz & Ballet technique demonstrating clean, classical lines while emphasizing emotional interpretation of the lyrics in the music. Maximum of 3 acrobatic skills permitted.  

  • Musical Theatre - style that interprets a song from a Musical, Movie or Broadway show. Can involve (but not required) the dancer(s) lip-syncing the words to the music.

  • Acrobatic – style of dance with acrobatics, emphasizing flexibility and aerial tricks. 

  • Hip Hop/Street – style rooted in urban social dancing and often calls for the dancer to freestyle (improvisation) and can include breaking, popping, locking, crumping etc.

  • Tap  - Any recorded tap sounds on the music track will be a deduction of 10 points. (Clogging routines should not be categorized as a tap entry but under “Specialty”)

  • Open  - specific or combination of any style of dance. 

  • Specialty - style of dance with a focus on a special talent:  ballroom, ethnic/folk, character, song & dance, etc.


  • Four age categories – Minis, Junior, Teen, Senior

  • Dancers will get to choose their dance style, the music is randomly chosen for each dancer.

  • Time Limit: 50 seconds

  • Winner in each age category

  • Winners receive a $50.00 credit for ADE conventions

  • Limited Space

  • Minis (5-8 years old)

  • Juniors (9-11 years old)

  • Teen (12-15 years old)

  • Seniors (16-18  years old)

  • Adult (19 years old and up)

Rules & Regulations


A highly qualified panel of judges will judge each entry.

All judges’ decisions will be final. Contacting or speaking to judges is strictly prohibited at all times in order to give a fair chance to all participants.  Each routine will receive an Audio/Visual critique as well as written score sheets from each judge.

Dance performances will be judged on the following criteria:









●      Platinum (283-300)

●      High Gold (270 - 282)

●      Gold (255-269)

●      High Silver (235-254)

●      Silver (Under 235)





●      High Gold (270 - 282)

●      Gold (255-269)

●      High Silver (235-254)

●      Silver (Under 235)



Music for all competition entries MUST be emailed in either MP3, AIFF, WAV, MPEG-4, AAC and .M4A formats via to Please send the email with the following information in the subject line or body of the email.

Subject line: STUDIO Name or Independent Name, Routine Name and ADE EVENT.

NO CDs, Flash drives will be accepted onsite. All music is due ONE WEEK  before the event date, missing music may result in disqualification without refund.


ADE allows unlimited competition entries with a maximum of 25 solos. If additional time is available, you will be notified in order to offer more solo entries.

Registration for COMPETITION will be closed ONE WEEK before the event date.  Incomplete and/or unpaid registrations will not be accepted. The deadline for any changes on entered routines is three weeks before the event. Early registration discount deadlines may vary due to holidays per event.

**There is a change fee of $35 for any requests in swapping competition entries less than 5 business days before the event and the cut off for any changes is 72 hours before event.

**Dance studios may apply their own additional administrative fees for registration fees.

Registration cut off for CONVENTION is three weeks before the event date.

  • Entries will be received and accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. We recommend submitting your student routine registration as soon as possible to secure your spot!

  • No checks will be accepted onsite and up to 10 business days before the event date. All registrations must be paid in full before any deadline dates to lock in special rates. Cash or credit cards will be accepted onsite; credit cards are subject to a processing fee of up to 3.75%** 

  • Teachers who own more than one studio may submit entries for each studio, as long as both studios are registered separately.

  • Live props are not allowed. Small props are welcome. No large scenery, dangerous or oversized props.

  • Registration fees for workshops and competition are non-refundable. Returned check service fee is $35.00.

National Competition Rates
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New This Year!
Studio Of The Year Award

$2,000 Cash Prize + $1,000 in Scholarships for Competition for the 2021-2022 season!


The Studio of the Year Award is given to a studio that demonstrates excellence in dance education throughout a variety of dance styles, levels and age divisions.


In order to be eligible for Studio Of The Year, studios must be nominated at our regionals and register at least 20 routines at our Season Finale.


-9-10 Solos or Duets/Trios

-10-12 Small (4-9 Dancers) or Large Group/Line (10-21 Dancers) Group Routines

-1 Production (22+ Dancers) Routine

Emerging Choreographer Award


  • Submit any competition routine (solo through production) that highlights your talented choreographer, for an additional $35   (added to entry fee).

  • At each regional competition, the judges will select 2-3 finalist routines that display exceptional choreographic quality. There is no maximum of routines selected in a certain age group, genre, or category. 

  • These routines will be featured on our website and YOU (the public) will cast votes on your favorite! 

  • Voting begins the following Monday. Voting ends the following Monday at 11:59 pm. Results will be announced after voting has concluded.



The routine with the most votes from each regional event will be invited to our

2021 Season Finale in Orlando, FL


  • Automatic entry to perform at the Showdown Gala and audition for a coveted spot in an ADE international exchange program.

  • At Nationals, the TOP 2 finalist choreographers will be invited to one of our 2020-2021 tour cities to TEACH and CHOREOGRAPH a routine on our Prodigy All-Stars!

Showdown Gala

ADE awards over $100,000 in scholarships at NATIONALS!


  • The Gala is held on the last day of Nationals and will kick off with the red carpet. The evening is jam-packed with performances featuring Stage Workshop, Prodigies,  All the Top 1st Overall Competition Routines from Nationals, Faculty Invitationals, Studio Of The Year Nominees, Dancer Of The Year Finalists, Emerging Choreographer Nominees, Competition Judges Choice routines, guest performances. Scholarships & Awards. 

  • All Gala tickets include the red carpet and Gala Performance.

  • Dancers registered for the Noble Audition receive 1 FREE gala ticket.

  • Dancers don't need to purchase a Gala Ticket.

  • General Admission $25

  • VIP Seating $60 Includes Exclusive VIP seating - Seats up to 10 people at each table - Includes 2 bottles of wine at a VIP table. - Hors d'Oeuvres

Scholarship Opportunities

All registered participants are eligible for scholarships!


ADE awards over $100,000 in scholarships at NATIONALS!


Independent dancers may pick up a number during check-in. VIP Studios will have their dancer’s numbers assigned and in their studio packets. Dancers simply wear this number on their dancewear during classes; there is not a traditional audition. This open format leaves more time for class and allows the audition process to be in a supportive and laid-back style.

Are you already a scholarship recipient? We can’t wait to have you back at ADE! Please input the code on your scholarship certificate during registration to redeem your scholarship credit. Please contact us at with any questions or additional information on the scholarship process.

The Exchange Programs

Qualifying dancers during the US National Event are given the opportunity to be hosted in another country and perform in accepting country’s national dance festival! Countries involved are SPAIN, ARGENTINA and LONDON!


ADE Convention Scholarship

Recipients are awarded free or partial tuition to any one of our Artistic Dance Exchange regional weekend workshops! This scholarship may be used at any one city on our 2021-2022 regional tours.

ADE Prodigy All-Star Scholarship 

Recipients are awarded free tuition to each ADE regional weekend for an entire calendar year valued at over $2,500

Prodigies will also receive additional discounts for master classes, stage workshop and on merchandise with our sponsors.

ADE Noble Prodigy & Dancer of The Year

Recipients are awarded free tuition to each ADE regional weekend for an entire calendar year valued at over $2,500 and assist our faculty on stage! In addition to FREE master classes, stage workshop and a choreography piece at each regional event!


The winners of ADE Dancer of the Year will automatically be a:


-ADE Noble Prodigy for the upcoming season

-Assist the ADE Faculty on stage

-Receive 2 night hotel stays in each tour city for the entire 2021-2022 regional season!  


ADE will be awarding 2 ADE Dancer of the Year awards each summer: 1 in the Junior Level and 1 in the Teen & Seniors Level.

In-Studio Workshop Award

$500 & $1,000 credit. Expires September 2022

*NOTE: All scholarships are non-transferable; you may not transfer your scholarship to another person, or extend it past the season it is intended. If you have misplaced your scholarship, please contact us as we have the official recipient list on file. Reminder: You must apply the code during reg