USA Dance Nationals

Anaheim Convention Center – Anaheim, CA

April 9-10, 2021

About USA Dance Nationals

USA Dance Nationals began in 1986.  The event takes place in Anaheim, CA and draws teams from throughout the western United States, and farther.  Nearly 2,000 competitors and nearly 4,000 spectators are expected over this fun-filled and exciting weekend, vying for the Champion title in one of over 30 different divisions.  It is the premier event of its type in the western U.S. for the variety of styles that take the floor and the caliber of performances that are presented.

View our 2020-21 USA Dance Competition Brochure

View our 2020-21 USA Dance Competition Brochure

View our 2020-21 USA Dance Information Packet

View our 2020-21 USA Dance Information Packet

Please contact your USA State Director to learn about additional events in the works for the 2020-2021 season. 

2021 Dance Nationals Information

FIVE REASONS TO ATTEND USA DANCE NATIONALS

Top Five Reasons to attend USA Dance Nationals:

  • Perform under the spotlights on the prestigious USA Dance Stage and experience the incredible variety of styles and high caliber performances that take the floor!
  • Hosted and operated by the United Spirit Association – professional staff, organized event with consistent, highly-trained, industry-experienced judging panels
  • Prize Money Presented — Solo and Team Scholarships & Awards
  • National Champions are awarded USA Championship Backpacks, Placement Medallions, a team Trophy and custom Banner
  • Located at the beautiful Anaheim Convention Center, close to Disneyland™ Resort, Disney’s California Adventure Theme Park ™ and popular restaurants, hotels and attraction

GENERAL INFORMATION

The 2021 USA Dance National Championship will take place on April 9-10, 2021 in Anaheim, CA at the Anaheim Convention Center.

GENERAL INFORMATION

COVID-19 VARSITY COMPETITION RULES
Safety is our priority for your competition experience.  We are deeply committed to the safety and well-being of our athletes, performers, coaches and spectators.  Wea are prepared to administer a competition that will meet the state and local guidelines related to COVID-19 at the time of the event.  While the final details and schedule of any competition could require up to the day of adjustments, and all guidelines are subject to change based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), federal, state and local guidance, please be assured that Varsity Spirit is committed to delivering the same quality of competition experience for which we are known.  We appreciate your understanding of the flexibility this will require.  By accepting the Terms and Conditions as the authorized person from my program I agree and acknowledge to abide by the COVID-19 Varsity Competition Rules.

HOTEL INFORMATION
USA is happy to work with our housing partner, Team Travel Source, to provide hotel arrangements for your team.  Although it is not a requirement to go through Team Travel Source to attend the event, we highly recommend this as they are experts in working with teams to meet your housing needs.  More information coming soon related to hotel choices and what you will need to do in order to book rooms for Dance Nationals.  In the meantime, please check back frequently at https://www.teamtravelsource-cheer.com/usa-dance-nationals.

EVENT ADMISSION – PARTICIPANTS AND COACHES
All participant and coach wristbands will be included in the team’s registration packet.

All coaches attending the event must be on a team roster.

Complimentary director/coach wristbands per school will be given for director/coaches as follows:

01 – 20 Competitors   Two (2) Director/Coaches wristbands
21 – 30 Competitors   Three (3) Director/Coaches wristbands
31 – 40 Competitors   Four (4) Director/Coaches wristbands
41 – 50 Competitors   Five (5) Director/Coaches wristbands

Over 50 the ratio is one (1) per every 10 additional competitors

Up to two (2) additional coaches’ wristbands per team may be purchased in advance through the team registration

EVENT ADMISSION – FAMILY AND GUESTS
Event admission can be purchased at the Anaheim Convention Center Arena Box Office during the event.  Multi-day admission for family and guests can be purchased at the event or with the school registration.  Single day adult event admission and child admission is not sold in advance and only may be purchased at the event site during the competition.  Cash only is accepted for general admission tickets purchased at the event.  

One-Day Admission
(valid only on Friday or Saturday and only available for purchase on-site)
$26.00 (adults)
$11.00 (children ages 5 – 11)
Under five (5) will be admitted free of charge

All Event Wristband
(Provides admission to all competition spectator venues on Friday and Saturday.  May be purchased on-site or in advance with school registration)
$52.00 (adults)
$22.00 (children ages 5 – 11)
Under five (5) will be admitted free of charge

SUPER DANCER
This category is open to two members per team who are not already participating in the USA Dance Nationals Solo Champion competition.  Entrants must be registered students in the high school they are representing and official full-time members of their team at the time of competition.  USA Dance Nationals Solo Champion rules also apply in this division.  The Super Dancer division has a Finals competition that is completed on Saturday.  The Super Dancer champion may not compete in the Super Dancer division the following season after being awarded his/her title, but he/she may compete in the USA Dance Nationals Solo Champion division. The Super Dancer Champion will receive a USA Dance Nationals trophy and a $500 scholarship to the accredited college of his/her choice (upon proof of college registration – expiration date applies).

USA DANCE NATIONALS SOLO CHAMPION
The USA Dance Nationals Solo Champion is an Open Class individual competition for high school students.  No more than one participant per school may enter. An entrant must be a registered student in the high school he/she is representing and an official full-time member of his/her team at the time of competition.  The Solo Champion winner may not compete in either solo division (USA Dance Nationals Solo Champion or Super Dancer) the following season after winning his/her title.

Awards – the USA Dance Nationals Solo Champion will receive the following awards: a USA Dance Nationals trophy, the opportunity to appear at the 2022 USA Dance Nationals (travel and lodging paid depending upon champion’s location at the time of 2022 Dance Nationals) and a $750 scholarship to the accredited college of his/her choice (upon proof of registration – expiration date applies).  The five finalists each will receive a trophy.  The ten semifinalists each will receive a USA medallion.

Preliminaries and Semifinals – Contestants will be randomly divided into two groups (A and B).  Ten semifinalists will be selected (five from group A and five from group B).  The ten semifinalists will repeat their performance after the preliminary competition on Saturday and then the top five finalists will be announced.

FinalsAll five finalists will be introduced at the end of Saturday’s preliminary competition.  The five finalists will perform their solos on Saturday throughout the team Finals competition.  One contestant will be awarded the prestigious title of “USA Dance Nationals Solo Champion 2021.”

Rules – All contestants must perform a solo dance routine up to 2 minutes in length: entrance up to 15 seconds and exit up to 15 seconds.  Handheld props are allowed but should not be used for more than half of the routine.  Timing will begin at the first note of music or movement.  There are no routine style requirements or restrictions.  Preliminaries and finals will take place on at least a 30’ x 30’ parquet/marley or similar type dance floor.  All contestants will be judged by professional judges and will receive score sheets and comments from at least one audio judge.

DIVISIONS
Teams that would like to compete at the USA Dance Nationals in any Qualifying division must qualify by attending a USA Regional or Classic competition.  The Regional/Classic must be run by the United Spirit Association Dance program.  No other competition scores will count towards qualifying. The Qualifying divisions include Lyrical, Novelty, Prop, Jazz, All-Male, Character Dance, Kick, Military, Hip Hop, Dance/Pom and Dance.   Qualification is not required for Solos, Dance/Drill, JV or Co-Ed Divisions.  Divisions will be divided or combined as deemed necessary.  For Qualifying divisions, the USA will place each team in the “Open” or “Championship” division once the team has performed at a USA Regional/Classic.

Schools will be limited to entering five (5) divisions at USA Dance Nationals as part of their per participant registration. Teams may elect to enter a 6th, 7th or 8th division.  The 6th, 7th or 8th  divisions will cost an additional $150.00 team fee per division.  This does not include individual soloists.  Multiple teams from a school will be allowed (e.g. Drill Team vs. Dance Team or Varsity vs. JV, etc.) if the same individual(s) is/are not competing on both teams.

Teams that receive an average score of 85 points or greater in a Qualifying division at a USA Regional/Classic will qualify to compete in the “Championship” Division at USA Dance Nationals.  Teams who receive an average score of 84.9 or less will qualify to compete in the “Open” Division.  Only the judges’ scores can determine a team’s qualification.

Qualification by VIDEO SUBMISSION is available if there is not a USA Regional within two (2) hours typical driving time of a team’s school.  To request a VIDEO SUBMISSION entry form, please email usacompetitions@varsity.comPlease make sure to register for USA Dance Nationals prior to submitting your VIDEO qualification.  Videos will not be reviewed for teams that have not registered for USA Dance Nationals.

DANCE FLOOR
All team performances (other than all x-small and small divisions) will take place on a basketball court/parquet/marley or similar type dance floor measuring at least 50’ (front to back) by 80’ (side to side).  Competition in all x-small and small divisions (Open and Championship) will take place on a parquet/marley or similar type dance floor measuring at least 39’ x 60.’  Floor size is subject to change.

AWARDS
Open Division – the number of teams competing in the division will determine the number of awards presented in each division.  Three (3) teams, regardless of division, will be awarded the Judges Award of Excellence. In addition, a special award for Choreography will be given. Judges Award of Excellence winners will receive a scholarship prize payable towards a 2021 USA Summer Camp.

Championship Division – top teams from each division will be designated as Finalists and will compete during the Saturday program for final placement.  The number of teams selected will be determined by the size of the division.  Prelims scores do not affect Final scores.

Grand Champion Award – the USA recognizes schools that compete in a variety of styles by offering the Grand Championship Award.  A school must compete in four different “Championship” divisions at USA Dance Nationals to be eligible for this award. For example, (1) Dance (2) Hip Hop (3) Military and (4) Novelty.  Divisions separated by size within the same style category do not count as two separate categories (i.e. if a team competes in Championship Small Dance and Championship Medium Dance, only one of those routines will count toward the Grand Champion Award).  Scores are tallied based on the results of the Prelims competition.  A scholarship prize payable towards a 2021 USA Summer Camp will be awarded to the Grand Champion.

Dance Sweepstakes Award – this prestigious award will go to the highest overall scoring performance out of the Championship X-Small, Small, Medium, and Large Dance divisions combined.  This award will be presented during the final awards ceremony on Saturday. The Sweepstakes Award winner will receive a scholarship payable towards a 2021 USA Summer Camp!

Military Sweepstakes Award – this prestigious award will go to the highest overall scoring performance out of the Championship Small and Large Military divisions combined.  This award will be presented during the final awards ceremony on Saturday. The Sweepstakes Award winner will receive a scholarship payable towards a 2021 USA Summer Camp!

Lyrical Sweepstakes Award – this prestigious award will go to the highest overall scoring performance out of the Championship Small, Medium, and Large Lyrical divisions combined.  This award will be presented during the final awards ceremony on Saturday. The Sweepstakes Award winner will receive a scholarship payable towards a 2021 USA Summer Camp!

Hip Hop Sweepstakes Award – this prestigious award will go to the highest overall scoring performance out of the Championship Small, Medium, and Large Hip Hop divisions combined.  This award will be presented during the final awards ceremony on Saturday. The Sweepstakes Award winner will receive a scholarship payable towards a 2021 USA Summer Camp!

Dance/Pom Sweepstakes Award – this prestigious award will go to the highest overall scoring performance out of the Championship Small and Large Dance/Pom divisions combined.  This award will be presented during the final awards ceremony on Saturday. The Sweepstakes Award winner will receive a scholarship payable towards a 2021 USA Summer Camp!

For the 2021 USA Dance Nationals competition, trophies will be presented to 50% of the teams competing in each division.  For teams placing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, individual medallions will be given to each participant.  First place teams will also receive a USA Dance Nationals banner and each individual team participant will receive a Champion gift.  Should the same individual be on a first-place team more than one time, only one (1) Champion gift will be awarded.

MUSIC
Teams may use as many songs in the music portion of their routine as they like. Music rules are being followed at all USA and Varsity Brands events.  Competition music must be properly licensed and a team must be able to provide proof of licensing at any event where the music is used.  If a team cannot provide proof of licensing immediately upon request, the team may be disqualified from the event.   For further details visit varsity.com/music.

Music is defined as any recorded sound amplified through the competition sound system.

A sound system will be provided.  Speed control is not available.  Music checks on the main sound system are not permitted.  A representative must be present at the sound system at the time of performance.  Advisors/coaches are asked to hold onto their own music until the time of performance and to take music back following the performance.

All teams must provide their own MP3 device or smart phone for use on the event provided sound system. Music must be recorded at the correct tempo.  Although it is not recommended due to interference that may be caused during a routine, a smart phone may be used for playing music.  No cover may be on any MP3 player or smart phone so that a patch cord may be easily inserted into the device.  Please ensure that jacks are clean and free of any debris which may impact connectivity.  You must ensure that your device has a jack into which a patch cord may be inserted.  Note that you will need to acquire an adapter in advance if your player does not have a head phone jack.  One or several selections of music may be used, as long as they follow the music licensing rules. 

SAFETY GUIDELINE VIDEO SUBMISSION

We want you to have a penalty free performance!

Prior to USA Dance Nationals, registered teams have the option to submit videos to the USA for a comprehensive review of whether the Safety Rules have been met prior to USA Dance Nationals. It is preferable that you send a video showing each individual skill that you would like evaluated, rather than the entire routine. These submissions are solely for safety rule evaluations (i.e. skills in routines that include partnering/lifts, and/or tumbling skills, etc.). The video is not for determining qualifications for USA Dance Nationals, for assessing placement in the correct division, nor for appropriateness assessment.  Please do not submit a video if your routine does not have partnering/lifts, and/or tumbling skills involved.  Each team is responsible for reading and abiding by the comprehensive Safety Guidelines in the 2020-21 Dance Competitions brochures.

Unfortunately, penalties are not always caught during a live performance.  In light of this, because a penalty was not assessed during a previous event does not necessarily mean your routine is penalty free.  The only way to ensure a penalty free routine at USA Dance Nationals is through the safety guideline video submission process.

“Safety Rules Video” submissions are due in the USA office no later than March 26th, 2021. The USA will respond officially in writing to each team’s video inquiry and we will file all videos and official responses for reference at USA Dance Nationals. All submissions must be electronic, and in the file format of either Quicktime for MAC (.mov) or MPEG-4 Format (.mp4). No other file formats will be accepted. **NEW** Please do not send videos in CD/DVD format.  Please ensure that you note for which division each lift, or skill is associated. A written request to review the video for safety rules legality must be included.

All video submissions must be emailed to mkrieger@varsity.com.

Submission of a routine does not guarantee that it can be reviewed.

Note that submission of a routine and/or its elements does not preclude a team from being assessed a penalty while at a specific USA competition, as performances from the video submission may differ from those executed on the competition floor.

USA will contact you by March 31, 2021 to inform you of the results of your “safety rules video’ review. If you do not hear from us by March 31, 2021, please call the USA office to ensure that your submission was received.

If you make changes in your routine after the video has been approved, you must send a second video following the same procedure in order to ensure that your final routine is penalty free.  Please call the USA office at 800-886-4USA before sending the second video.  For specific safety questions please call or email Melanie Krieger, Dance Program Director at 800-886-4872 or mkrieger@varsity.com.

For information about the 2021 USA Dance Nationals pricing, click HERE!

COVID SAFETY INFORMATION

We continue to work on protocols for our live events that will start in January 2021. As we get closer to event dates , we will work closely with coaches to communicate specific safety protocols in place for each specific event.

At Varsity Spirit, the health and safety of our athletes, coaches, employees, families and friends is our top priority. We are closely monitoring the impact of the COVID19/Coronavirus, including official updates and information from health authorities such as the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) and World Health Organization (“WHO”), local authorities, and event partners, among others. We understand that this is a fluid situation and we have a dedicated response team working around the clock to make sure that we keep our participants and attendees updated as the situation evolves. General adoption of best practices as advised by the CDC is the best way to prevent the spread of any illness. Get the latest information on Varsity Spirit health and safety here: https://www.varsity.com/health-update/

Additional Resources/Information:

Thank you for being part of the Varsity Spirit family. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming Varsity Spirit Event.

REGISTRATION

For information about the 2021 USA Dance Nationals event, click HERE!

For the 2021 USA Dance Nationals Supplemental Registration Packet (SRP), click HERE!

HOW TO REGISTER FOR NATIONALS

QUALIFICATION INFORMATION

Qualification Information

  • All teams can attend USA Dance Nationals. Registration opens October 28th.
  • If a team competes in a qualifying division they must first pre-qualify at a USA Dance Regional, Classic or Open to determine if they will compete in the Championship Division or the Open Division. Visit MyVarsity.com for a full list of USA Dance events this season
  • If a team competes in a non-qualifying division, there is no pre-qualification in order to compete at USA Dance Nationals
  • View our 2020-2021 Dance Information packet for a list of Qualifying and Non-Qualifying divisions (see page 11) 
  • No Regional/Classic/Open event in your area – qualify by video!  Email usacompetitions@varsity.com for more information

DIVISON DESCRIPTIONS & SIZING

See Page 3 & 4 of our USA Dance Competition Brochure

2019 Nationals Information

2019 Results

Click HERE for the 2019 Dance Nationals results.