All competing dancers and their teachers, must be registered for the entire workshop at the city where competing. Entry fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.
NEW THIS YEAR: All competition routines must be entered under a studio name. JUMP no longer accepts entries independently of a studio. This includes solos. In most cities, soloists do not need to be in a group routine, however the soloist must enter with a studio name and with the studio's permission. Please see corresponding city page for specific entry limits for your tour city.
2015-2016 Competition Fees
|Competition Divisions||FEE PER DANCER
(Before 30-Day Deadline)
|FEE PER DANCER
(after 30-Day Deadline)
|SOLO||$110||$135||3 minute max|
|DUO/TRIO||$60||$70||3 minute max|
|GROUP (4-9 dancers)||$45||$55||3 minute max|
|LINE (10-15 dancers)||$45||$55||3 minute max|
|EXT. LINE (16-24 dancers)||$45||$55||4 minute max|
|PRODUCTION (25+ dancers)||$45||$55||5 minute max|
(Please note that all fees are in USD. Dance studios may apply their own additional administrative fees.)
There will be a 15 second "grace period" allowed for each routine. After a routine is 15 seconds over the time limit, 1 point will be deducted for each second past the "grace period". Time and classification limitations will be strictly enforced.
NEED ADDITIONAL TIME? You may purchase up to 3 additional minutes of time for any Group, Line, Extended Line or Production for just $5 per dancer, per additional minute.
UPDATED FOR THE 2015-2016 SEASON!!
- JUMPstart DIVISION average age: 5-7
- MINI DIVISION average age: 8-10
- JUNIOR DIVISION average age: 11-12
- TEEN DIVISION average age: 13-15
- SENIOR DIVISION average age: 16-18
- OPEN DIVISION average age: 19+
ALL AGES ARE AS OF JANUARY 1, 2016.
To reach the average age of an entry, add all the ages together and divide by the number of dancers in the entry. When averaging ages always DROP THE DECIMAL POINT. For example, if a routine averages to an age of 12.7, you would drop the decimal, therefore the routine would compete in the 11-12 yr. old age category.
The average age of each entry must not drop more than one age division below the age of the oldest dancer in the entry, regardless of the actual average age. Example: an entry contains dancers ranging in age from 9-17, the entry may not compete younger than the 13-15 age category (one division younger than the oldest dancer-17).
Any routine with a dancer 20 years of age or older must compete in the Open age division (19+) regardless of the average age of the routine.
Routines are allowed to "age up" (compete in an age category higher than the average age).
Names and ages of all dancers must appear on the entry form or it will not be accepted. All competing dancers must be prepared to present proof of age should a question arise.
Primarily jazz technique, utilizing uptempo music.
Primarily ballet or pointe technique, including classical steps and movements.
Primarily hip-hop technique.
Primarily tap technique. Routines demonstrating clogging technique and style may not compete in the tap category.
A fusion of many jazz styles with a strong emphasis on modern technique.
A combination of jazz and ballet techniques to slow music incorporating emotional and storytelling elements.
Any routine interpreting a song from a Broadway or Movie Musical.
Consists of all other categories: ethnic, acro/gymnastics, novelty, clogging, ballroom, etc.
Entries that wish to perform only for critiques only. These routines will not be scored and will not be eligible for Adjudicated or High Score Awards.
Involves creating and executing movement spontaneously, without any premeditated movement. Dancers entered in this category will not know the song being played ahead of time. The DJ will simply select a song at random. Length will be no more than 2 minutes and 30 seconds.
Judges reserve the right to change the performance division of a number if they feel it is incorrectly placed.
BRING BACK BALLET!!!
Over the past few years, we have noticed a trend of studios not bringing many ballet routines to dance conventions. Since we believe that ballet is the foundation for almost every dance style, JUMP is trying to do its part to reverse the trend. We are happy to announce that we are offering a FREE group ballet routine (4+ dancers) to each and every studio that comes to JUMP.
PLEASE NOTE: Dancers in this free routine MUST be wearing either ballet shoes or pointe shoes.
Please see corresponding CITY PAGE at www.jumptour.com for specific entry limits for your tour city! In every city, no matter what the entry limits, JUMP's competition is limited to one solo per dancer.
IMPORTANT: If there are too many entries to compete all the routines on Saturday, anyone registering for a solo or duo/trio must be available to perform on Fridays after 4pm. If JUMP decides to schedule any solos or duo/trios before 4pm on Friday and a routine decides not to perform, JUMP will provide a full refund. In some cities, there might be Group Competition on Friday after 4pm. If this happens, we will do our best to notify the studio at least two weeks prior. There will NEVER be Group Competition on Friday before 4pm.
The JUMP Stage
The JUMP stage is 40’ wide and 28’ deep
- NEW THIS YEAR: Upload your music to JUMP! Forget the hassle of CDs!
- If you registered online, simply log-in to your account at www.MyBreakTheFloor.com to upload your music. If you registered by mail, please email email@example.com and we will provide you with a link to upload your music. Audio files are accepted in MP3, WAV, M4A or AIF format only, up to 50 MB each. We recommend MP3 format.
- Although we MUCH prefer music being uploaded prior to the event, we will still accept music at the event as either CDs or on a FlashDrive.
- Registered Teachers must turn in one FlashDrive labeled with your studio name and code. Each entry should be labeled with the 3 digit Act # and Routine Name. (Example: 001 Total Eclipse of the Heart, 013 Believe, 121 The Journey Ahead)
- If submitting a FlashDrive at the event, please note that audio files are accepted in MP3, WAV, M4A or AIF format only, up to 50 MB each. We recommend MP3 format.
- All FlashDrives must be submitted to the registration desk at Registration. All FlashDrives will be imported and run through a computer system at competition.
- Whether uploading your music to JUMP or bringing CDs or a FlashDrive to the event… ALWAYS have a back-up in another format (like an ipod) just in case!
Scores & Criteria
- TECHNIQUE 50%
- PERFORMANCE 20%
- CHOREOGRAPHY & MUSICALITY 20%
- OVERALL APPEARANCE 10%
Is Your Routine JUMP Friendly?
JUMP realizes that dance and art cross a broad range of styles, taste and appropriateness. However, JUMP is a family event and we are determined to set some sort of standard to make sure inappropriate routines are penalized or disqualified. At a minimum, these routines should not be rewarded with the highest scores of the competition. To handle this, JUMP has set up a new "Family Viewing" point system. It's simple: Each judge's score sheet has a check box on it, labeled "This routine might not be JUMP friendly". For each judge that checks this box, there will be a 5 point deduction from a routine's total score. So, if three judges check this box, a routine's score would drop 15 points. If all four judges check the box, the routine will be disqualified.
Again, this is not a perfect science. JUMP's opinion might be too relaxed for some and too strict for others. We can only do what we think is right. This is a work in progress but we feel that it's a step in the right direction. As always, we welcome your feedback!
All entries will be adjudicated by 3-4 qualified judges. When there are four judges, the lowest score is automatically dropped. In the event that an entry is choreographed by one of the judges, he/she will only critique the entry and then his/her "score" will be the score that gets dropped. All ties will be broken by adding the fourth judge's score. If a tie remains after the addition of the fourth judge's score, the competition will be judged a tie. In the event that there are only three judges, the lowest score will not be dropped.
You Rocked JUMP!!, High Gold, Gold, High Silver, Silver, and Bronze awards will be presented based on the following combined scores:
- YOU ROCKED JUMP 291-300
- HIGH GOLD 276-290
- GOLD 261-275
- HIGH SILVER 246-260
- SILVER 231-245
- BRONZE 216-230
All You Rocked JUMP!!, High Gold, Gold, High Silver and Silver award winners will be eligible for the 2016 Dance Awards!
In addition to the adjudicated awards, a competitive 1st-10th place award will be given to the highest scoring Solo. A competitive 1st, 2nd or 3rd place award will also be given to the highest scoring Duo/Trio, Group, Line, Extended Line and Production, in each of the 5-7, 8-10, 11-12, 13-15, 16-18, 19+ age categories.
The Highest Scoring Solo & Duo/Trio winners will receive FREE Competition entry, for that number, at the 2016 Dance Awards Finals Competition!
A 1st Place Award will also be given to the highest scoring Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Hip-Hop and Specialty number in the JUMPstart division, the Mini/Junior division and then in the Teen/Senior division.
JUMPSTART, MINI, JUNIOR, TEEN, SENIOR & OPEN BEST OF JUMP AWARDS
A select few JUMPstart, Mini, Junior, Teen, Senior and Open routines will be chosen, by consensus of the judges, to receive the Best of JUMP Award. Best of JUMP Awards are presented to the routines that the judges feel are, overall, the most technical AND entertaining. Depending on each studio’s overall results, some Best of JUMP routines may be asked to re-perform in the Closing Show.
Each Best of JUMP Award winner receives a $250 competition voucher (to be used during the 2016-2017 regional season) and free entry to the 2016 Dance Awards!
BEST IN STUDIO AWARDS
The best number from each studio will be chosen, by consensus of the judges, to perform in the weekend's Closing Show. It may be the highest score from the studio, it may not be. It is simply what the judges remembered and liked the most.
To be eligible for the Best In Studio Award, a studio must have entered at least 15 entries (a minimum of 7 must be group routines) into the competition. Each Best In Studio routine must be a Group, Line, Extended Line or Production.
Each Best In Studio Award winner receives free entry into the 2016 Dance Awards!
WELL-ROUNDED STUDIO AWARD
Traveling from city to city in the last few years, we've noticed a trend developing in studios only focusing on a select few dance styles. In order to encourage dancers to be more diverse, one studio in each city will be awarded the Well-Rounded Studio Award and will receive a $250 competition voucher to be used during the 2016-2017 regional season.
Based on their actions throughout the workshop and competition, the studio who displays the most professional, respectful and supportive behavior during the JUMP weekend will be awarded the Professionalism Award. The winning studio will receive a $250 regional competition voucher to be used during the 2016-2017 regional season.
Routines In The Closing Show
A studio can only be represented by ONE routine in the Closing Show. Preference goes to the Best In Studio routine, if applicable. When a studio doesn't have a Best In Studio (they have less than 15 routines entered in competition), preference goes to their highest-aged Best of JUMP (if applicable). For example, if Studio A does not qualify for a Best in Studio award but receives Mini and Teen Best of JUMP awards, the Teen Best of JUMP routine will re-perform in the Closing Show.
Score Sheets & Online Critiques
Why just listen to your critiques when you can listen AND watch? JUMP is happy to offer online critiques from every judge!
Judges’ digital score sheets and online critiques are confidential and will be available online to Studio Owners and Teachers ONLY within one day after the event.
Teacher Only Online Critiques
At JUMP, we realize there are things our judges might want to say JUST to the teacher. Maybe it's about a particular dancer, a costume, or choreography suggestions. Therefore, one judge on our panel will be doing a TEACHERS ONLY critique, which will be included as a separate viewing option on the studio's online critique.
JUMP is proud to be the first dance convention to provide a free webcast of our competitions! You will find a link to the webcast, on our homepage. You can also access the live webcast from the Dance On Demand website - danceondemand.com/webcast. The webcast link will go LIVE about five minutes before the competition start time. We attempt to do the live webcast of the Competition and Closing Show in every city. Please understand that sometimes we are limited by the internet capabilities of the venue in which the event is being held. Occasionally we are unable to get a good enough connection from the venue to do the webcast, or the connection is intermittent. Please be assured we do everything possible to produce a seamless webcast. We apologize in advance if you experience any problems.
Video & Photography
Videotaping and photography during the classes and competition are strictly prohibited. Due to advancing technology of video on cameras and cell phones, we are forced to prohibit ALL camera use during JUMP's Classes, Competition and Closing Show. This includes ALL still photography, with or without flash. This is done to protect the rights of the choreographer, to protect the children's safety and to make it possible for JUMP to offer a full photo and video service. Still photos can be taken in between classes, with the faculty, etc.
In most competition cities, JUMP offers a photo and video station where you can preview and purchase pictures and videos from the competition.
Admission to the JUMP Competition and Closing Show is absolutely FREE. Registered Teachers and Studio Owners will be given reserved seating during the Competition. Visual coaching is strictly prohibited.
NO dangerous props may be used during the competition (swords, fire, etc.). General props are allowed, but must be taken on and off the stage within two minutes total. It is the sole responsibility of each studio to ensure that its props are taken on and off stage. JUMP 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. Please do not build props backstage as this can be hazardous to the performers. For safety, dancers cannot stand above 6'6" on a prop. Props that stand above 10' are not guaranteed to fit on the JUMP stage. PLEASE NOTE: Any violation of the above rules will result in the routine being ineligible for any High Score awards and will be announced for Adjudication ONLY.
Competition Rules & Regulations
- All competing dancers must be registered for the entire workshop at the city in which they are competing.
- Please send one check, made payable to JUMP DANCE CONVENTION, for all fees. There is no need to send separate checks for Workshop and Competition. You may also register online if paying by credit card. Faxed or phone entries will not be accepted.
- All competition entries must be postmarked 30 days prior to the convention.
- The deadline for competition changes is 2 weeks prior to the event. No changes will be accepted after this date.
- Entry fees are NON-REFUNDABLE. NO EXCEPTIONS.
- No Canadian checks accepted. Bank money orders must be payable in US Funds only.
- All competition fees are per person, per entry.
- An official entry form (photocopies are acceptable) must be filled out for each routine entered.
- Registered teachers cannot perform in the competition. Also, teachers from a studio may not perform in their studio's routines.
- Competing dancers may compete for one studio only, unless there is a rare circumstance where JUMP’s director has granted prior consent.
- Dancers and routines may compete in more than one city.
- Routines that were Best of JUMP award winners during the 2014-2015 season cannot compete again during the 2015-2016 season.
- Entries that performed in The 2015 Dance Awards Show cannot compete during the 2015-2016 regional season.
- All numbers must appear according to their scheduled sequence unless a JUMP Stage Manager grants permission otherwise.
- In the event that an entry is choreographed by one of the judges, he/she will only critique the entry and then his/her "score" will be the score that gets dropped.
- Judges may stop a number in progress and request that it be repeated. If JUMP's equipment fails, the studio may choose to continue or to re-do the number. If performers' equipment fails, excluding music CDs, the performance must continue or be withdrawn.
- Competing dancers should be ready 30-45 minutes prior to their scheduled competition time. The Competition may run up to 45 minutes early and each dancer will be expected to perform at the earlier time. Also, please keep this in mind if you are leaving the theatre and plan on returning for Awards.
- All JUMP attendees authorize the use of their images in photos and video for any and all Break The Floor Productions' purposes.