Join Applause for the First ever
Virtual National Finals!
June 26-29 and July 10-13, 2020

We are thrilled to welcome you to the 2020 Applause Talent VIRTUAL Nationals! Applause remains committed to producing a world-class dance competition. We are confident you will be impressed and amazed by our efforts to go above and beyond in the VIRTUAL WORLD OF DANCE! We will offer everything virtually that you love from our in-person Nationals: Intensity master classes, Best of the Best, Elite Exhibition/Finale and Nationals merchandise!

Dancers from across the country compete in a family-oriented VIRTUAL environment to win cash prizes and honorable awards.

CHARLESTON, SC TENTATIVE SCHEDULE
JUNE 26-28 VIRTUAL NATIONAL COMPETITION,
JUNE 29 ELITE EXHIBITION, BEST OF THE BEST, FINALE (LIVE AWARDS TO FOLLOW)

ST LOUIS, MO TENTATIVE SCHEDULE
JULY 10-12 VIRTUAL NATIONAL COMPETITION, LIVE AWARDS & ANNOUNCEMENT OF BEST OF THE BEST DAILY
JULY 13 ELITE EXHIBITION, BEST OF THE BEST, FINALE (LIVE AWARDS TO FOLLOW)

Why Choose our VIRTUAL NATIONAL DANCE FINALS?

The experience and environment we’ve created for a Virtual National Competition is second to none. You can expect the same EXCITEMENT, ENERGY, FAMILY FUN, ATTENTION TO DETAIL, and PROFESSIONAL atmosphere when you register for our Virtual Nationals. PLUS, you don’t have to travel, spend money on a hotel room and you and your family are able to enjoy all the dance action in the comfort of your own home!!

Here are a few more perks we offer at our Virtual Nationals!

  • All Competition Levels are Eligible to Register
  • No pre-qualification requirement for Virtual Nationals - All are WELCOME
  • Submissions can be recordings from ANY conventions/competitions, Applause or not. You may also use videos from recitals, showcases or any other performances or rehearsals. Recreational and professional settings accepted.
  • 1st place SOLOS in each respective level and age division will receive a cash prize of $50, plus a National Champion sign
  • In addition, all SOLOS that place 5th, 4th, 3rd, and 2nd in their level and age division will receive a commemorative plaque.
  • 1st place DUET/TRIOS in each respective level and age division will receive a cash prize of $50, plus a National Champion Sign.
  • In addition, all DUET/TRIOS that place 5th, 4th, 3rd, and 2nd in their level and age division will receive a commemorative plaque
  • 1st place GROUPS in each respective level and age division will receive a cash prize of $50, Plus a National Champion sign.
  • In addition, all SOLOS that place 5th, 4th, 3rd, and 2nd in their level and age division will receive a commemorative plaque.
  • 1st place PRODUCTION in each respective level and age division will receive a cash prize of $50, Plus a National Champion sign.
  • In addition, all SOLOS that place 5th, 4th, 3rd, and 2nd in their level and age division will receive a commemorative plaque.
  • Tiny Tot, Petite, Junior, Teen and Senior National Photogenic Winners will receive a Custom Winning Plaque
  • Highest scoring act of the day will receive a commemorative banner.
  • Tiny Tot, Petite, Junior, Teen and Senior National Title Winners will receive a tiara and Sash

** There must be 3 or more in your division to be eligible for top cash awards.

BEST OF THE BEST

Applause Best of the Best is a showcase featuring the best performances from the TOP studios across the Nation. The highest-scoring performances from First Call, Ovation and Encore levels are invited to re-perform for exciting champion Banner and the coveted title of VIRTUAL National Grand Champions!

11 & UNDER SOLOIST/DUET TRIO OF THE YEAR

11 and Under First Call Soloist/Duet Trio of the Year
11 and Under Ovation Soloist/Duet Trio of the Year
9-11 Encore Soloist/Duet Trio of the Year

12 & Over SOLOIST/DUET TRIO OF THE YEAR

12-19 First Call Soloist/Duet Trio of the Year
12-19 Ovation Soloist/Duet Trio of the Year
12-19 Encore Soloist/Duet Trio of the Year

To be eligible for Best of the Best you must be the first place overall winner. Once you qualify for Best of the Best you will recompete against the other top scoring soloists and Duet Trios in your level and age division as specified above.

SMALL GROUP OF THE YEAR

11 & Under First Call Small Group of the Year
12-19 First Call Small Group of the Year
11 & Under Ovation Small Group of the Year
12-19 Ovation Small Group of the Year
9-11 Encore Small Group of the Year
12-19 Encore Small Group of the Year

LARGE GROUP OF THE YEAR

11 & Under First Call Large Group of the Year
12-19 First Call Large Group of the Year
11 & Under Ovation Large Group of the Year
12-19 Ovation Large Group of the Year
9-11 Encore Large Group of the Year
12 & Over Encore Large Group of the Year

To be eligible for Best of the Best you must place first, second or third in the overalls. A studio can only be represented once with the highest scoring routine. Once you qualify for Best of the Best you will recompete against the other top scoring small groups from your level and ages specified above.

LINE OF THE YEAR

First Call Line National Champion
Ovation Line National Champion
Encore Line National Champion

To be eligible for Best of the Best you must be one of the top three scoring lines in your level. A studio can only be represented once per level with the highest scoring routine. Once you qualify for Best of the Best you will recompete against the other top scoring lines from your level.

PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR

The top three scoring productions will recompete in Best of the Best for Production of the Year! A studio can only be represented once with the highest scoring routine.

WEISBROD CUP

The highest scoring routine out of ALL Best of the Best participants will receive the Weisbrod Cup and will be featured on the cover of the official souvenir program.

*Adults and vocals are not in Best of the Best
*In the event that you’re the only competitor in the category you will re perform in Best of the Best for exhibition only.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER
Charleston, SC - June 19th, 2020
St. Louis, MO - June 29th, 2020

HOW TO REGISTER:

  1. Sign into your STUDIO CENTER
  2. Click On ENTRY FEES to see the 2020 Virtual Competition and Registration Fees
  3. Edit Studio Information - Be sure your mailing address is correct as all awards will be shipped directly to the studio address listed within your Studio Center.
  4. Add Performances to the Virtual National Dance Finals
  5. Once all performances are registered, click on Music Manager & Virtual Competition Video Uploads to upload your video files
  6. Video File Requirements - MP4 file with a maximum file size of 500MB
  7. A tentative schedule will be sent the Friday prior to the event by 4pm EST
  8. Deadlines for Video Uploads and ANY performance changes are Tuesday at 7pm EST before the Virtual Event
  9. A Final Schedule will be emailed to the STUDIO on Wednesday the week of the event by 12 noon EST

TENTATIVE VIRTUAL EVENT SCHEDULE:

  1. The Digital Program will be available for ALL to download 1 day prior to the start of the Virtual Competition. Please sign up for your Digital Souvenir Program
  2. To View the LIVE VIRTUAL COMPETITION - go to Virtual Dance Competition Theater

COMPETITION GUIDELINES:

  1. All Virtual Competitions will adhere to the 2020 Applause Rules and Regulations.
  2. Submissions can be recordings from ANY conventions/competitions, Applause or not. You may also use videos from recitals, showcases or any other performances or rehearsals. Recreational and professional settings accepted.All performances will be evaluated using the Applause Judging and Scoring criteria. Please review the Applause Rules and Regulations for more details
  3. We are accepting Solos, Duet/Trios, Small Groups, Large Groups, Lines and Productions for the paid Virtual Dance Competitions.
  4. Please make sure your performances are family friendly!
  5. The Virtual National Title Competition is open to soloists who pre-register AND MUST register for regular solo Virtual National Dance Finals competition A separate entry fee will apply for each Virtual National Title Competition performance. The price for Title entry is $45.00
  6. Online Photogenic Contest registration can be entered through the Studio Center or Parent Centers. The price for photogenic entry is $40.00

JUDGING, SCORING AND AWARDS:

  1. Each performance will be adjudicated by a professional panel of five predetermined judges. We will drop the High and Low score and take the average of the three remaining scores to determine the overall winner and placement.
  2. All registered performances will receive Judges’ commentary and score sheets.
  3. Overall High Point awards will be presented in the respective Levels and Age Divisions.
  4. Award PINS will be presented and shipped for General Placement and High Point Awards.
  5. Virtual National Title WINNERS in each Level and Age division will be awarded crowns/caps and sashes. These awards will be also mailed to the studio.
  6. Tiny Tot, Petite,Junior, Teen and Senior Photogenic WINNERS will receive a custom plaque. These awards will also be mailed to the studio.

On behalf of the entire Applause family, we thank you for your continued support. We are honored to play a role in the lives of these dedicated and aspiring dancers. Together, we will create memories of a lifetime that will be cherished for years to come. Good luck in our FIRST ever Virtual Nationals!e