Class Levels & Guidelines
For each event, there are 5 levels of classes that dancers may be registered in. Each level has a designated hotel ballroom that the dancers take classes in during each day of the event. This includes Minis, Juniors, Teen, Seniors and the Assistant Teachers/Teachers room. Age guidelines are provided for each level, but dancers final placement is at the teacher’s or independent registrant’s discretion and may be based on both the age and ability of each student. If you have any questions regarding what level to place your dancer(s) in, please call Dupree Dance and we will gladly assist you in that process.
The suggested age guideline for each Phaze/Level is as follows:
Mini (age 4-8)
Junior (age 9-12)
Teen (age 13-15)
Senior (age 16-19)
Assistant Teachers (age 16 & up)
Full Time Teachers must be at least 18 years of age.
Dancers may choose to bump up or down a level after taking a class or two at our events by visiting the Dupree registration desk. If a dancer decides to change to a different level at the event, we request that this be done by or before 10 AM on the first day of classes. Refunds are not given if a dancer decides to jump down a level, but dancers will be charged for an upgrade fee if the price of the classroom they are switching to is higher than the level they initially registered for.
Dancers registered in the Mini, Junior, Teen, or Senior Rooms are only permitted to take classes in their designated ballroom throughout the weekend. They may not ‘pick and choose’ classes to attend at different levels. Convention registered Assistant Teachers and Teachers are permitted to take classes in both the Teachers ballroom and any of the other classes throughout the weekend. Only registered Assistant Teachers and Teachers will be permitted to attend classes in the Teachers ballroom. The Teachers ballroom is closed to observers.
If a Teacher from a registered studio does not want to register to take any classes throughout the weekend and does not plan on attending any Teacher ballroom classes, he/she may opt to observe classes in our Mini, Junior, Teen and Senior rooms only but will still need to secure a paid observer band. Observer bands DO NOT gain access to our teachers ballroom at any time. The only thing that will gain access to our teachers ballroom is an Assistant or Teachers convention registration band and/or the Owner/Director badge that will be included in your registration packet (limit of 2 per studio). The Owner/Director badges are secured during the online registration process. Our "Free Teacher Offer" will be applied to the convention registration fees of any registered Full Time Teacher during the "Discounts and Special Offers" section of our online registration (Our Free Teacher Offer is described in our Special Offers and is for qualified studio registrations only).
The audition class in each ballroom is closed to observers and registered teachers and is designated only for the dancers who are registered in that ballroom and who are wearing the appropriate colored wristband. Dancers may not audition in a ballroom in which they are not registered. Registered Assistant Teachers are permitted to audition along with the Senior dancers during the designated Senior ballroom class schedule. Assistant Teachers are not permitted to observe the Senior room auditions only. In order for Assistant Teachers to remain in the Senior room audition class, they must plan on taking the audition class.
Performance/Competitive Dancer Selection
During the convention registration process, you will select a general 'level' for each dancer that you register in the Mini, Junior, Teen and Senior rooms. The 'performance' selection will apply to any dancer who trains an average of four hours or less a week. The 'competitive' level will apply to any dancer who trains an average of five or more hours a week. If a dancer falls immediately in-between these two criteria, we ask that the registrant use his/her best discretion when selecting a level for this dancer.
For convention classroom purposes, the performance or competitive level of each dancer is simply gathered, but it will not affect what ballroom you register that dancer in. As discussed in our "Class Levels and Guidelines", we leave the discretion to the teacher as to where to place each dancer for classes and recommend that both age and ability be considered during this process.
If/when you choose to enter competition entries, the level of each dancer is considered at this time and our system will automatically place each competition entry in the Performance OR Competitive division based on the spread of the levels of registrants within each entry. If you do not choose to enter competition entries, it is still required that you select a general level for each dancer you register during the convention registration process. The level of a dancer can be edited from year to year, but cannot be altered by Dupree Dance within 2 weeks of our event due to the fact our competition information is completed at that time.
Observer Bands & Regulations
The Dupree Dance observer policy is in place to protect the safety of the registered dancers and the integrity of each event. Our observer policy ensures that every person in the dancers’ ballrooms is in direct association with our event and/or the registered dancers. Observers are not permitted in the Teacher Ballroom at any time. Observer bands MUST be worn throughout the entire event in order for observers to be permitted into the ballroom.
Observer bands are required for every attendee at our event age 7 and older. Non-registered siblings age 6 and under are free and do not require a band ONLY if they are accompanied and chaperoned by an adult observer and/or registered teacher at all times. Teachers who do not wish to take classes at any time may choose to forego the teachers convention registration, but must secure a paid observer band for themselves in order to watch classes in the Mini, Junior, Teen and Senior rooms. Observer bands do NOT gain access to the Teachers ballroom at any time.
Dupree Dance reserves the right to cut-off observer band sales at any time before or during the event. It is HIGHLY recommended that you pre-secure/pre-purchase Observer Bands during your online registration process, as they will only be sold at the event if space permits. Dupree Dance WILL NOT add any additional observer bands to your registration packet after the registration deadline for your event, STRICT. We will also not edit/change the amount of bands that you pre-reserved. You are responsible for full payment of the specific amount of bands reserved by you during the online registration process.
A convention observer band is required for each observer age 7 and older who would like to watch our Mini, Junior, Teen and Senior classes. Observers are not permitted in the Teacher classroom at any time. Our online system will automatically gift 1 free observer band for each registered Mini dancer. Mini bands will only gain access to our Mini room. If any additional Mini bands are requested, they will cost $50 per observer.
Junior, Teen and Senior observer bands secured during the online registration process are $50 each and MUST be worn in order for observers to be permitted into convention classes at any time. Non‐registered siblings age 6 and under are free ONLY if they are accompanied and chaperoned by a paid observer and/or registered teacher at all times.
Registrants MUST pre-secure/pre-purchase observer bands during their initial online registration process. Observer bands will NOT be sold at the event. Dupree Dance will not add any observer bands to registration packets or online accounts past the registration deadline of the event, STRICT.
If any parent observer or non-registered teacher has a dancer in the Mini classroom & another dancer in the Junior, Teen or Senior classroom, he/she will need to wear BOTH the gifted Mini Band along with a paid observer band. Refunds or credits will not be given for observer bands.
Our Dupree faculty suggests that dance parents consider allowing their dancer(s) to experience the convention classroom setting alone at the earliest age that they feel comfortable. We feel that it is an important part of what contributes your dancer’s independence, growth and attention span during our convention classes. In addition, maintaining a lower volume of observers allows us to maintain the integrity of our convention classroom environment. Thank you in advance for your careful consideration when it comes to the choice of whether or not to observe your dancer(s) during his/her convention classes. For those of you that do opt to observe, we appreciate your respect and consideration at all times during the educational portion of our event.
Observers are expected to adhere to the following observer regulations during our event.
We request little to no observer talking in the ballrooms during our event and ask that you please remain courteous and respectful throughout the weekend. We realize conventions are a nice ‘get away’ and secure great venues that allow both parents and dancers to enjoy themselves during all aspects of our event! We do a wonderful job of keeping the control and attention of dancers in the classroom, so we encourage observers to take advantage of the hotel amenities, common space or dining options if they would like to ‘catch up’ and enjoy conversation with other studio parents and attendees. We appreciate your cooperation in our Observer Policies and reassure you that these policies are set with your DANCERS in mind! We guarantee they are going to get what they came for!
* Please do NOT bring in coolers, glass containers, ice chests, etc. into the convention ballroom. Floor space is designated for our dancers and should remain clear.
* Do NOT place dance bags in chairs to ‘save’ seats. Dance bags are to go under the chairs and/or against the wall in each room.
* Consider the presence of younger siblings/toddlers in the classroom throughout the weekend. We know it is difficult for young children to remain quiet for long periods of time, so please feel free to entertain younger siblings in the common space that is offered by the hotel if necessary.
* Please keep younger children/siblings in your lap or on the floor directly in front of you, thus freeing up the limited amount of observer chairs for adults.
* We want to make sure our entire Audition Class is dedicated to the registered dancers and request that observers quickly clear the ballroom during the last 5-10 minutes PRIOR to the start of the audition class. Our Dupree faculty will remind you of this at the appropriate time.
* We kindly request that you minimize any ‘in and out’ traffic during classes.
Classroom doors will be constantly monitored during our event for observer bands and to ensure that the observer policies are followed.
Dupree regional competitions are only open to convention-registered attendees. After entering your regional convention registration information online, our system will allow studio and independent registrants the option of also registering for the competition.
The fees for both the convention and competition are combined at the completion of the online registration process. Participation in competitions is limited, so register early! Registrations received after the deadline will be charged an additional $10 per routine, space permitting. Online competition registration may be blocked at any time once the maximum amount of competition routines is reached. Entry fees are non-refundable. All competition fees are per person, per entry.
A dancers competition registration must fall under one, singular registration profile per event they are attending. In other words, a dancer registered under a studio profile cannot also register and compete under an individual profile at the same event.
Observer bands are not required for our competition. Open seating will begin 15 minutes prior to the start of competition on each day. Dupree Dance regional competitions are always held on Friday and Saturday and the competition start time varies depending on the number of entries scheduled to compete at each event.
Anyone registering for a solo, duo, or trio must be available to perform on Friday. It is also a possibility that a portion of our group, line and/or production competition may begin on Friday. Dupree Dance will always email registrants a general competition line-up 2-3 weeks prior to each event, which will allow participants a great window of time to plan ahead for their personal competition schedule.
Each dancer performing during our regional competition must wear their convention registration wristband. Dancers who are not registered for convention classes will not be permitted to compete. The only exception to this rule applies to adult dancers who perform in a Parent Number that is directly associated with a registered studio, or for any dancers registered in our Specialty Needs division that are directly associated with a registered studio. You may read more about Parent Numbers and Specialty Needs under ‘Dance Categories’.
Only 1 solo per dancer is permitted at our regional competitions.
Group (4-9 dancers)
Line (10-14 dancers)
Production (15-29 dancers)
Super Production (30+ dancers)
Solo ~ 3 minute max*
Duo/Trio ~ 3 minute max*
Group ~ 3 minute max*
Line ~ 4 minute max*
Production ~ 6 minute max*
Super Production ~ 6.5 minute max*
* Refer to extended time fees if your routines are more than 15 seconds past the time limit per division. Our regional competition rates and extended time fees may be found on our Rates page.
For a complete list of National Finals competition rules/regulations, please visit our National Finals event page.
Same Day Productions will offer Professional DVD and Photo Services of all your competition routines. The DVD and photo services are turned around that day so you can walk away with your videos before the weekend is over.
Photography and videotaping is strictly prohibited during competition.