GENERAL INFORMATION

  • All entries and performances need to be collectively registered by the studio/academy. Students and/or parents must not establish a school account by themselves.
  • The registration teacher or person in charge is responsible for entering correct and complete information into the registration system. If the participant is registered as an independent entrant, please indicate “Individual” under Organization Name.
  • The teacher or person in charge must carefully read all the disclaimers before submitting the entry. All registration information must be viewed and confirmed prior to submitting it to the system.
  • If any adjustment is needed, the person in charge will need to report to the organizing committee at least 2 weeks prior to the competition for review and approval.  Once the competition time schedule has been finalized, any changes due to personal reasons may be disqualified for special awards, judge’s choice awards, and highest overall awards.
  • Due to the length of the competition, all entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • The payment method will be specified within the registration system, all payments need to be made in full prior to the competition.
  • Pan America Chinese Dance Alliance (PACDA) reserves the right to add additional competition days and/or change competition times. PACDA also reserves the right to cancel any event that does not meet the minimum number of acceptable entries.
  • In the event of a canceled competition, all entry fees will be refunded.
  • There will be NO refunds for entries if the required minimum number of acts are registered and the competition has been confirmed.

All Regulations and final interpretation rights of this competition belong to the competition’s Organizing Committee.

SAFETY

  • Dancers competing take certain inherent risks when involved in any physical activity. Participation in this competition indicates the acceptance of such risks by the performers. Therefore, upon registration to any PACDA event, it is agreed that participants will not hold PACDA responsible for injuries that occur or illnesses that may be contracted during the competition event.
  • Be aware of your surroundings, stay safe, and enjoy performing!

COMPETITION AND REGISTRATION DATES

Spring Session – Solo/Duet/Trio Dances

Registration Date:      February 1st, 2023 – February 4th, 2023
Photos Due Date:      February 8th, 2023
Level Evaluation Video Due Date:      February 8th, 2023
Dance Video Due Date:      February 18th, 2023
Spring Session – Zoom      March 4th, 2023 – March 5th, 2023
  • If the registration reaches the specified quota, the system will be closed at any time without notice.

 

Spring Session – Group Dances

Registration Date:      March 1st, 2023 = March 4th, 2023
Photos Due Date:      March 8th, 2023
Level Evaluation Video Due Date:      None
Dance Video Due Date:      March 18th, 2023
Spring Session – Zoom / Video:      April 1st, 2023 – April 2nd, 2023
  • If the registration reaches the specified quota, the system will be closed at any time without notice.

 

Summer Session – Solo/Duet/Trio Dances

Registration Date:      April 5th, 2023 – April 8th, 2023
Photos Due Date:      April 12th, 2023
Level Evaluation Video Due Date:      April 12th, 2023
Dance Video Due Date:      April 22nd, 2023
Summer Session – Zoom      May 13th, 2023 – May 14th, 2023
  • If the registration reaches the specified quota, the system will be closed at any time without notice.

 

Annual Finals

Registration Date:      May 24th, 2023 – May 27th, 2023
Photos Due Date:      June 15th, 2023
Dance Video Due Date:      June 27th, 2023
Annual Finals – Hybrid      July 2023
  • If the registration reaches the specified quota, the system will be closed at any time without notice.

REGISTRATION

  • Registration Website:http://event.hopelab.com
  • Any incomplete registration and/or unpaid payment will consider forfeiting the competition.

COMPETITION DETAILS

  • Level Evaluation
    • The organizing committee will release the required combination prior to registration opening.  Based on the registered dance category, the contestants are responsible to select and learn the corresponding combinations/movements on their own, any incorrect selection may result in the discontinuation of the competition.
      • If registered in Chinese Classical Dance, please select the Classical Dance required combination by appropriate age group.
      • If registered in Chinese Folk Dance, please select a Folk Dance traditional combination by appropriate age group.
      • If registered for Ballet, please select Ballet required combination by appropriate age group.
      • If registered in any other dance category, please select one of the above combinations/requirements or submit one (1) minute of your registered performance.
      • If registered with multiple dance categories, the contestants must select all combinations/movements of the registered categories.
    • Solo/Duet/Trio Level Evaluation will be determined by the preliminary jury through the submitted video. All registered performances will adopt the evaluated level to the seasonal competition.
  • Seasonal Session Competition
    • Seasonal Solo/Duet/Trio dances will be competing online through Zoom.
    • Seasonal Group dances will be competing online through Zoom or through video submission.
    • All performances received Special Awards and Elite Platinum will advance to Annual Finals; Platinum Awards Highest Overall in Age/Level and Highest Overall in Dance Category may be invited to Annual Finals if spaces are available.
  • Annual Finals
    • The Annual Finals will be hosted in Irvine, California
    • Master classes will be available prior to the Finals Competition.
    • Pan America Multicultural Gala will be hosted after the competition.

COMPETITION DIVISIONS

  • Levels (By Level Evaluation):
    • Recreational
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced
    • Pre-Professional
    • Professional
  • Dance Categories:
    • Chinese Dance
    • Chinese Classical Dance
    • Chinese Folk Dance
    • Classical Ballet
    • Contemporary Chinese Dance
    • Lyrical/Contemporary
    • Contemporary Ballet
    • Children Dance
    • Open (i.e.: Ballroom, Hip Pop, Jazz, etc.)
  • Group Categories: (Each contestant is only allowed to register ONE performance per Dance Category; For example, if registered a solo Chinese Classical Dance, the contestant cannot register a duet/trio Chinese classical Dance)
    • Solo
    • Duet
    • Trio
    • Group Dances
  • Time Limits:
    • Solo/Duet/Trio dances – maximum 3 minutes
    • Small Group (4 – 10 dancers) – Maximum 5 minutes
    • Large Group (11-24 dancers) – Maximum 6 minutes
    • Super Group (25+ dancers) – Maximum 7 minutes
    • Exceeding the time limit must be approved by the organizing committee
    • Additional fee is required
    • Any music that exceeds an additional 2 minutes will not be accepted
  • Age Group: (as of January 1st, 2023; Duet/Trio and Group Dances will take an average of all dancers)
    • Young Children: Age 5-7
    • Children Group A: Age 8-10
    • Children Group B: Age 11-12
    • Teen Group A: Age 13-15
    • Teen Group B: Age 16-18
    • Young Adult Group A: Age 19-29
    • Young Adult Group B: Age 30-35
    • Adult Group A: Age 36-49
    • Adult Group B: Age 50-70
  • Awards:
    • Seasonal – the organizing committee holds the right to determine the number of each award based on the number of dances registered for the competition.  The following awards will be given based on the rank of the contestants:
      • Elite Platinum – 1 Trophy per dance & 1 certificate per dancer
      • Platinum – 1 Trophy per dance & 1 certificate per dancer
      • Gold – 1 Trophy per dance & 1 certificate per dancer
      • Excellent Effort – 1 Certificate per dancer
    • Additional Awards:
      • In the Level Evaluation session, the highest score of each Age Group and each Level Category will be announced
      • Judge’s Choice – 1 Trophy per judge & 1 certificate per dancer
      • Taoli Spirits (Best Teamwork, Best Technique, Best Expression, etc.) – 1 Trophy per dance & 1 certificate per dancer
      • Outstanding Choreography: Elite Platinum and Platinum awards winners’ original choreography (indicated in contestants’ entry form) – 1 Certificate per dance
      • Teaching Excellence: instructors with three or more Elite Platinum and Platinum award winners’ – 1 certificate per instructor; Annual Finals will receive 1 trophy and certificate per instructor
    • Any of the above-mentioned awards can be unfulfilled
    • The organizing committee reserves the right to the final decision
  • Music Files:
    • The music file must be in the .MP3 format, other formats will not be accepted
    • The music file must be uploaded to the registration system 2 weeks prior to the competition date. Late submissions will not be accepted (the actual date will be notified separately).
  • Videos Requirements:
    • The video file must be uploaded to the registration system by the due date. Late submissions will not be accepted.
    • The video file must be recorded within 2 months of the competition date.
    • The dancers in the video files must be the dancers registered in the system. If improper behaviors such as replacing dancers are found, the organizing committee will take corresponding measures.
    • Please keep the background clean, try not to have any subtitles, school logs, dancers’ names, and other factors to ensure fairness.
    • Video must be filmed wide-framed, horizontal, landscape with good lighting and clearly showcase the dancers. Self-editing or altering the video will not be accepted.
    • Please ensure the music in the video is loud and clear.
    • In any situation that causes the competition to be interrupted (such as network problems), the submitted video will be used to continue the competition. If the video is not submitted, the performance may be disqualified.
  • Dance Photos:
    • All performances must provide a full dance video recording and two (2) dance photos (one horizontal, one vertical) on the specified date (to be determined). Dancers must wear costumes with full makeup, photos must have a clean background.
    • Dance photos will be used in Award Ceremony and future promotions.
  • Additional Requirements:
    • Dances should be suitable for the audience of any age
    • Any promotion of religious beliefs and/or political propaganda is prohibited.

COMPETITION FEES

  • Seasonal Sessions:
    • Solo dances – USD $120 per dancer per dance
    • Duet/Trio dances – USD $80 per dancer per dance
      • Maximum of 3 minutes
      • USD $25 per every additional 1 -30 seconds over-time
    • Group Dances – USD $60 per dancer per dance
      • Small Group dances – maximum 5 minutes; USD $25 per every additional 1-30 seconds over-time
      • Large Group dances – maximum 6 minutes; USD $25 per every additional 1-30 seconds over-time
      • Production – maximum 7 minutes; USD $25 per every additional 1-30 seconds over-time
  • Annual Finals:
    • To Be Determined
  • PACDA Member School or PACDA Individual Members may benefit USD $5 discount per dance
  • All registration fees must be paid together by the organization/school except registered by Individuals
  • Please use Zelle® (used by all major banks) to transfer funds to payment@pandance.org. For using Zelle payments may benefit USD $2 discount per dance. Please note your studio name or group’s name in the memo; individuals, please note your name and the performance name in the memo.
  • Credit Card (link)

Registration Fee must be paid in full 2 days after registration closed; any unpaid/incomplete registration will be disqualified for the competition.