Taking dance to the extreme

THANK YOU FOR AN AMAZING 2024 SEASON!

2025 DATES (SEASON 10)

May 1-4, 2025

Calgary, AB (Tsuut’ina Nation)

SARCEE SEVEN  CHIEFS SPORTSPLEX

(NEW VENUE SINCE 2023)

May 8-11, 2025

Red Deer, AB

WESTERNER PARK – NEERALTA PAVILION

group dance number - Extreme Dance Challenge
group dance number - Extreme Dance Challenge
dancers
dancer competition group

Photography by Ben Laird

ENTRY DIVISIONS

Solo

Duo/Trio

Small Group (4-9 performers)

Large Group (10-15 performers)

Line (16 or more performers)

Production (20 or more performers)

Each solo entry will receive a corresponding custom made adjudicated trophy. Each member in a duo/trio will receive a corresponding custom made adjudicated trophy. Each member in a small group, large group, line or production will receive a corresponding custom made medal and lanyard.

ADJUDICATED SCORE RANGE

95-100

points

EXTREME SUPREME
AWARD

90-94.99

points

EXTREME
AWARD

84-89.99

points

ELITE PLUS
AWARD

83.99

and below

ELITE
AWARD

ADJUDICATION

Judges’ scores are based on Technique (1-25 points), Style and Execution (1-25 points), Showmanship/Performance Quality (1-25 points), Choreography (1-10 points), Degree of Difficulty (1-5 points), Costume (1-5 points), and Age Appropriate Performance (1-5 points) for a maximum possible 100 points. A final adjudicated score will be determined by averaging of all three judges’ scores. Video/audio critiques will be recorded by each individual judge through-out the entire event. Critiques and digital scores will be available on each studio’s DanceBUG/account by the Monday evening following the final evening of competition.

ENTRY LEVELS

Extreme, Cutting Edge and Breakthrough levels compete and are awarded separately for overall lineups (except for High Point, Category Cups, Overall Entertainer and Photogenic awards listed below). You should therefore give very careful consideration in choosing your level of competition and making sure each routine qualifies accordingly per definitions below. Also, you are encouraged to check your entry confirmation carefully as routines will not be allowed to change competition level once the FINAL schedule has been sent, except in the case of a definition violation as ruled by Extreme Dance Challenge management. The same overall lineups are offered, no matter the level or age competing.

overall entertainer

Open to Solo routines only and adjudicated during performance. Winners are selected based on entertainment value and overall presentation. Mini (10 & under), Junior (11-12), Teen (13-15) and Senior (16-18). Overall Entertainer winners for each age division receive a custom made plaque, cash prize and t-shirt. Overall Entertainer winners will also be recognized on EDC’s social media, website and listed in future EDC programs for the following competition season. Adult performers are not eligible for this award. If a tie happens to occur, the winning score will be determined by the dancers technique scores. Ties will not be honored for Overall Entertainer. 

OVERALL ENTERTAINER & PHOTOGENIC ENTRIES

All Overall Entertainer and Photogenic entries MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED online as they are not accepted at the door.

photogenic

Those performers who have pre-registered for the photogenic contest should submit a 8 x 10, color or black & white photo via email (office@extremedancechallenge.com) prior to the start of an event. Open to all performers registered in EDC, (photos of individuals only, no group shots accepted). Mini (10& Under), Junior (11-12), Teen (13-15) and Senior (16-18). Photogenic winners receive a custom made plaque and cash prize, which will be presented during the solo awards session for their age division. Photogenic winners will also have their photo displayed on the EDC social media, website and in future EDC programs for the following competition season. Hard copy photos will no longer be accepted. 

extreme level

Top level of competition with the largest cash awards. Open to all. All Adult routines will automatically compete at this level.

cutting edge level

Open to routines with an average age of 18 & under where 60% of the dancers have 6 years or less of studio/performance experience of any kind, OR where 60% of the dancers regularly receive 3 to 6 hours of studio instruction per week. This level is designed for your recreational and/or new to competition dancer. Adult routines are not eligible to compete at the Cutting Edge Level.

breakthrough level

Open to routines with an average age of 18 & under where ALL members have 2 years or less of studio/performance experience of any kind, OR where ALL members regularly receive 2 to 3 hours or less studio instruction per week. This level is designed for your novice dancer. Adult routines are not eligible to compete at the Breakthrough Level.

CATEGORIES/DISCIPLINES

Acro/GymnasticsBalletCharacter Ballet
ContemporaryContemporary BalletHip HopJazzLyricalModern • Musical Theatre
OpenPointeSong & DanceStudent ChoreographyTap

Routines must be dominant to the category. Productions generally include performance in a combination of categories. Headset microphones are not available and use of personal sound equipment of any kind is prohibited. Although performers may generally enter as many different competition categories as desired with different routines, no Solo performer may compete against himself or herself within the same competition category. There is a limit of four (4) gymnastic passes in all categories except Acro/Gymnastics, Open and Production. Lifts are permitted in all categories. A deduction of 3 points will be taken on entries that exceed four (4) gymnastic passes (acro/gymnastics, open and production entries will not qualify for this deduction).

AGE BREAKDOWNS

6 & Younger
7-10 
11-12
13-15
16-18
19 & Older

These are the age breakdowns for Breakthrough, Cutting Edge and Extreme levels overall placements and lineups.

AVERAGE AGES

Soloist age category and division is determined by age as of JANUARY 1. Duo, Trio and Group age categories and divisions are determined by averaging ages of all routine members as of JANUARY 1. Decimal points in all averages are dropped (thereby rounding down in all cases). Any routine which includes the performance of a studio instructor who regularly teaches three (3) or more paid hours per week will be placed in the 19 & Older category regardless of average age.

TIME LIMITS

Solos, Duo/Trios, and Small Groups — 3 minutes
Large Groups — 4 minutes. Lines — 5 minutes
Productions — 15 minutes maximum.

EDC can accommodate a longer routine (no more than 45 seconds extra), only if notified at the time of registration. Any overtime routines not mentioned to EDC by the draft schedule process will be fined $25. 

 OVERALL LINEUPS

Top 1 to Top 10 finishers by age division and level will receive custom made plaques (amount of placements is dependent on the number of entries per category). Overall lineups for every level and age will be awarded. Each soloist and dancer in a duo/trio will receive a corresponding custom made plaque. Each member in a small group, large group, line or production will receive a corresponding custom made ribbon. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top scoring entry per overall lineup where five (5) or more entries of the same level/age are competing (Top 3 placement). Soloists can place only one routine in a lineup, however 2 or more solo performances automatically qualify the performer for the High Point Soloist award consideration (see High Point below).

ADDITIONAL AWARDS

CATEGORY CUPS

Category Cups will be presented to the highest scoring routines within each awards session where three (3) or more routines compete within the same category/discipline. All competition levels are combined for these awards. Winners receive a trophy. 

HIGH POINT SOLOIST AWARDS

Automatic entry for those Solo performers entering 2 or more Solo routines. Top 2 individual scores are averaged to determine winner. High Point age categories typically include 10 & younger, 11-12, 13-15 and 16-18 lineups. Adult performers are not eligible. All competition levels are combined for High Point awards. Winners receive a custom made plaque and cash prize.

CHOREOGRAPHY AWARDS

Automatic entry for all routines. Winners receive a custom made plaque and special recognition. One choreography award will be presented during each awards session.

COSTUME AWARDS

Automatic entry for all routines. Winners receive a custom made plaque and special recognition. One costume award will be presented during each awards session.

SPECIAL AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS

Additional special awards and scholarships will be chosen by the adjudicators and awarded to selected entries during each awards session.

ADDITIONAL PRIZES & GIFTS

There will be a welcome package for each studio. This package should be picked up from the merchandise table by either the studio director or a studio representative upon arrival to the event. EDC staff will also present prizes to dancers prior to each awards session.

ADDED DURING SEASON 5

HIGHEST SCORING ROUTINE AWARDS

The highest scoring routine for each particular day will receive a custom made plaque, cash prize and special recognition. This award will be presented at the last adjudication session during each day of an event.

STUDIO SPIRIT AWARD

The studio demonstrating the most studio spirit and camaraderie to fellow studios during the entire event will receive a custom made plaque and special recognition. This award will be presented following the Dance Off.

TOP STUDIO AWARDS

Studios with entries registered in each level will have their scores for that specific level averaged together. The studio with the highest scoring Breakthrough Level entries, highest scoring Cutting Edge Level entries and highest scoring Extreme Level entries will each receive a custom made plaque, cash prize and special recognition. These awards will be presented following the Dance Off.

DANCE OFF

The top 3 scores in solos, duo/trio’s and groups/lines for both the Cutting Edge Level and Extreme Level will qualify to re-dance during the Dance Off on the final evening of the competition. Overall scoring will be updated and posted next to the merchandise table and on EDC’s social media following each adjudication session during the event. The qualifying routines will re-dance for 3 overall placements in both the Extreme and Cutting Edge Levels. After the qualifying dances have re-danced in the Dance Off, the top 3 routines in each level will be awarded a cash prize and an award. Cash prizes will be dependent on the number of entries received in the competition. One studio per category (solos, duo/trio’s and groups/lines), per level will qualify for the Dance Off. Ties are honored.

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