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  1. Dancers must sign a waiver before they will be permitted to perform or participate in our events. No Exceptions
  2. The deadline for entries, payments and waivers is September 25, 2023 for Saint John Nationals.  Studios register their dancers and entries online in our Registration Software, once completed an invoice will be sent to you. Registration is not finalized until we receive a signed waiver from each dancer and payment in full. Click here to register! - (This is a new link)
  3. Refunds are not given for any reason; Unless event is cancelled by organizers
  4. NOT permitted: helium balloons, fire, animals, liquid or gels, paint, glitter or anything messy that cannot be swept quickly as props. Delay in schedule due to extended clean time will result in point deductions
  5. Each Studio will receive a detailed tentative or draft schedule approximately 2 weeks prior to the event. If there are any conflicts or errors directors must contact to request any changes. A final schedule with dates and times for each entry will be sent to each studio prior to the event. No changes can be accepted once the final schedule has been sent
  6. All competitors should be present and prepared to dance 30 minutes prior to their scheduled time in the event we are running ahead of schedule. Competitors who are not available at performance time will be disqualified
  7. No coaching competitors while they are performing. Any competitors who stop during a performance may repeat the performance for the purposes of adjudication but will not receive any awards. Only exception - Ages 2-4 years old
  8. Dressing rooms will be assigned each day. Each studio should remove their belongings and deposit all trash in bins provided in the hallway. Dressing rooms should be left clean and tidy each day
  9. Studio Owners/Directors/Teachers will be provided with a photo ID card which permits access to event, they do not need to purchase a ticket when they provide us with a jpeg photo 30 days before the competition
  10. Studio Owners/Directors typically pick up score sheets (electronic), awards & any cash prizes or scholarships on the last day of competition/workshops
  11. At the Odyssey all previous marks are discarded. All routines are judged again by our panel of adjudicators.  Judges decisions are final. Parents should voice any concerns over awards or rules and processes to their studio director. Parents should never approach organizers or judges, Odyssey picks are chosen based on the highest mark per category.  Note: Only one entry per school in a category can qualify for the Odyssey


Beginner – Dancers with less than 2 years of dance training in any dance style.

Intermediate – Dancers with 4 years or less of dance training in any dance style.

Open – Dancers with 4 or more years of dance training in any dance style.

High School Dance Team

Open Adult – Dancers over 21 years of age/former competitive dancers

Adult Recreational – Dancers over 21 years – recreational dancers

Professional – dancers with or without a teachers certificate who earn more than $1000 per calendar year performing or teaching or teaches more than 4 hours per week

Pro AM – a group of dancers where one or more of the dancers are classified professional

Special Note for Studio Directors - please share this info with parents and dancers to ensure there are no misunderstandings with regard to classifications.

Open and Intermediate dancers may not dance in a beginner classification

Open dancers may not dance in an intermediate classification

Beginner and Intermediate dancers may dance in a higher classification. If there is one Open dancer in a group the entire group must dance Open if there is one Intermediate dancer in a beginner group, the entire group must dance Intermediate

This rule will be strictly enforced. If you are unsure please contact us

dance types

Jazz – must consist primarily of jazz technique

Tap – must consist primarily of tap technique. Recorded tap sounds are not permitted

Contemporary – elements of jazz, lyrical and classical ballet stressing versatility, improvisation and fluid dance movements

Lyrical – expressive dance style blending ballet, jazz, storytelling and emotions

Ballet/Pointe – classical ballet where dancers are marked on ballet technique

Cabaret/Musical Theatre – may include several dance types, vocalization, lip syncing, acro, acting combined with interpreting a song or character from a Broadway show, movie etc.

Hip Hop – consist of hip hop and street dance styles

Street jazz – consist of jazz and street dance styles

Step/Line – consist of traditional step dance techniques and/or line dancing styles

Highland – consist of traditional highland dance techniques

Acro – consist of at least 50% acrobatic/gymnastic stunts incorporating dance technique and choreography

Modern – consist of modern and ballet techniques reaching beyond standard jazz vocabulary

Song and dance – consist of dance and vocalization to interpret a song/character from a Broadway show or movie with or without a microphone (dancer must provide own mic if required)

Improv – dancing any style to a song selected by organizers and heard only prior to performance

Own choreography- any dance style that is choreographed ONLY by the dancer(s) performing in an Open classification only.

Open – anything that does not apply to any of the above categories should be included in this category

time limits




age categories (as of first day of competition)

4 and under            6 and under

8 and under            10 and under

12 and under          14 and under

16 and under          18 and under

20 and under          Open Adult

Adult Recreational

Ages for groups is an average of ages. Duos & Trios oldest age dictates age category.