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                Rules and Regulations

NEW for 2024!! We are excited to announce our Special Needs Level Shining Stars for 2024!




Thank you in advance:
We want everyone to have an enjoyable and memorable weekend of dance! To preserve that opportunity, please be considerate of the multitude of views and opinions that are different from your own. 

Entry Deadlines

  • Regional and National entries must be completed online, processed, and paid for 45 days prior to the competition date. There is a 5% discount when fees and entries are received 45 day's before the competition date. We can take entries up to 30 day's prior to the competition date. The schedule for the show will be available sooner if you pay fees and enter on time. We appreciate you cooperation with this.

  • The tentative schedule for the studio owners review will be available about 10 days before the event date. 



Types of Entries:

  • Solo: 1 dancer (*the number of Solo's per individual dancer may be limited at 3 day events)

  • Duet/Trio: 2-3 dancers (*Duets and Trios compete against one another)

  • Small Group: 4 to 9 Dancers

  • Large Group: 10 to 19 Dancers

  • Line: 20 or more Dancers (time limit 5 minutes)

  • Productions: 10 or more Dancers  (time limit 8 minutes)

Age Groups:

       Mini: 6 & under

  • Petite: 7-8 yrs

  • Junior: 9,10,11 yrs

  • Teen: 12,13,14 yrs

  • Senior: 15-16, 17-19 yrs

  • Adult: 20 +



Soloist age category and division is determined by age as of JANUARY 1. Duet, Trio and Group age categories and divisions are determined by averaging ages of JANUARY 1. Age categories and divisions remain the same for National Competition, determined by age as of January 1.



Solos, Duets, Trios, and Small Groups — 3 minutes. Large Groups and Lines — 5 minutes, Productions - 8 minutes.  A deduction of 3 points will be taken for each 15 seconds over time limit. 



Competitive, Intermediate, Novice and Shining Stars levels compete and are awarded separately.

Competitive Level: Highest level of competition.  All acts with an average age of 6 or younger (MINIS) will automatically compete at this level considering it is unnecessary to level at this young age. All Adult acts, and Vocal performances will also automatically compete at this level.
Intermediate Level: Open to acts ages 7 to 19 where ALL members have less than 4 years of studio experience of any kind, OR where ALL members regularly receive 4 hours or less studio instruction of any kind per week. Adult acts, and Vocal performances are not eligible to compete at the Intermediate Level.
Novice Level: Open to acts ages 7 to 19 where ALL members have less than 2 years of studio experience of any kind, OR where ALL members regularly receive 2 hours or less studio instruction of any kind per week. Adult acts, and Vocal performances are not eligible to compete at the Novice Level.

Shining Stars Level: Open to acts ages 4 to 19 recommended for dancers with disabilities. 

NEW for 2024!! We are excited to announce our Special Needs Level for 2024!


NOTE: A Duet/Trio or Group Routine must consist of 50% dancers that qualify for the Performance Level entered. Triumph National Talent Competition cannot possibly know how many hours a child dances or for how many years they have danced. Teachers are left to their own sound judgment when entering routines. Routines that are obviously under-placed may be elevated by the judges. All decisions are Final.


Schedule: the schedule for each competition will be available one week before the competition date. It will break down each age division, level, group size, and when the category begins. It also lists all lunch breaks and all scheduled Awards Ceremonies. The schedule of events will be available on our website log into your account and view your schedule and approve it, approximately one week prior to each competition. When receiving your schedule for your studio, please go over it carefully so that we may correct any discrepancies before the final schedule goes out. This format is based on the individual needs of each competition. Triumph will set the schedule that will be most accommodating to all participants as a whole. We are aware that you may have routines back to back, the reason for this, it is how we organize our awards ceremonies. Our awards goes in line with our program/schedule so that parents/teachers may follow along easily. If you have back to back routines, check in with our backstage manager in the morning and he/she will take care of you. 


Music: Our system allows you to upload your music.  FLASHDRIVE is the preferred backup, please label with your studio name. 
Music is to be turned in to the Emcee when you arrive at the competition. 

Please upload  your music in our registration system. When you receive the email from Triumph with your schedule please follow the step by step instructions in that email on how to upload music. It must be done at least 10 days prior to the competition date. 

For studios with multiple routines, we suggest turning in all music for the entire event at the beginning of the competition. 



·       Jazz - a routine that utilizes jazz technique such as splits, isolation, leaps, etc.

·       Funk/Hip Hop – a dance that consists of the latest street dance style.

·       Folkloric – a routine incorporating ethnic styles of dance such as polkas, hula, Latin dance, etc.

·       Drill Team – a group performing military type moves with precision march and may incorporate any type of dance.        

·       Lyrical – a routine that is performed to the lyrics or mood of the music.

·       Modern – a routine containing a contemporary style of dance.

·       Contemporary- a routine containing both lyrical and modern movements.

·       Musical Theatre – a routine performed to the music of a broadway musical show or movie musical.

·       Open - a routine that is a combination of any of the other categories; a routine that does not exactly fit any of the definitions         of any other category.

·       Pom Pon/Cheer – a routine combining dance with the use of pom pons for at least 80% of the routine.

·       Clogging – a routine which uses clogging technique.

·       Acro/Gymnastics – a routine which contains primarily gymnastics tricks, including but not limited to, walkover, front/back               limbers, handstands, headstands, cartwheels, etc.  There should be a blend of gymnastics and dance.

·       Tap – a routine utilizing tap technique and must be performed with tap shoes only.

·       Character – a routine that portrays a character that is easily recognizable, i.e. a cat, dog, a movie or cartoon character.

·       Ballet – a routine that consists of classical steps and ballet technique.  Ballet shoes ONLY can be worn in this category.

·       Pointe – a routine that consists of ballet/pointe technique.  Pointe shoes ONLY can be worn in this category.

·       Baton – a routine using baton(s) and baton technique.

·       Vocal – (Solo’s Only) Routine may be any type of vocal presentation.  Triumph will provide a handheld wireless microphone.

        Song & Dance – a routine in which the performer(s) combine dancing and singing.  The singing may have back up vocal                   accompaniment only.


        *Productions - theme styled entry, time limit of 8 minutes.

        *Line – Production style routine with a theme, time limit of 5 minutes. 

        *There is no longer a limit on gymnastic passes. Lifts are permitted in all categories.

The safety of the dancers is incredibly important. A Backstage Manager, Marley Floor, and First Aid Kit will be at all TNT events. The Marley Floor will be swept periodically, and any time props that cause debris are used.



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