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UK DANCE COMPETITION

Take Centre Stage at the UK's Premier Dance Event...

Awards, scholarships, workshops and 3 industry professional judges at every event. It's the ultimate dance experience....

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"Incredible comp! The energy and vibe were outstanding - thank you!"

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THE AD DANCE COMPETITION

The UK dance competition where skill development, expert critiques and a supportive dance community meet... a welcoming stage for...

ALL AGES

ALL LEVELS

ALL STYLES

FEATURING:

  • 3 Industry Professional Judges

  • Live audio feedback

  • Titles, Awards and Scholarships

  • Knockout Workshops

  • Golden Buzzer

LOCATIONS ACROSS THE UK AND IRELAND

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WHAT OUR COMMUNITY SAYS:

"Brilliant comp. Superb feedback given. Very smooth running. Thought the judges were kind & supportive & I loved the way Aaron consistently praised the dancers..."

"Incredible comp! The energy and vibe were outstanding - thank you!"

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"Thanks to Aaron Dwyer and his team. Everything was very well organised. It was an amazing show and amazing experience for my daughter..."

ABOUT THE AD COMPETITION

The AD Competition was founded by Aaron Dwyer and it is the UK's ultimate dance event for performers of all ages, abilities and styles.

 

Last season saw over 1000 dancers competing and enjoying our comp days packed full of dance fun, education and opprtunities!

Every competition features our famous golden buzzer round, knockout workshops and tons of prizes, awards, titles and scholarships - it's the dance event you really don't want to miss!

READY TO DANCE?

ALL AGES

Dancers of any age can compete at The ADDC, which is why we set the standard with our competition age categories.

MINI - 8 yrs and under

JUNIOR - 9-11 yrs 

TEEN - 12-14 yrs 

SENIOR - 15-17 yrs

ADULT - 18+ yrs 

*Age is determined by how old you are on 1st January 2024

**Duo/Trio age is determined by the oldest dancer

***Groups are determined by the average age of the dancers

ALL DANCE LEVELS

If you're a dancer that feels ready to compete, then you are ready to hit our stage! Our two dance level categories mean that we do as much as we can to group you with dancers of similar experience.

NOVICE

This category allows new dancers to experience the competition world and get a feel for performing onstage.

For entries with both of the following:

 -less than 2 years dancing experience

-no previous competition experience

NOVICE entries are not eligible for title awards. 

COMPETITIVE 

For experienced dancers with at least one of the following:

-2+ years of training 

  -Previous competition experience

 COMPETITIVE entries are eligible for all awards.

 

ALL DANCE STYLES

We believe in variety, as it makes our dance comps some of the most inclusive in the UK. It's also true that by inviting a wide variety of dance styles - performed by anything from soloists to large groups - it makes the whole event a fantastic show for the spectators! 

DANCE STYLES EXPLAINED

ACRO / CHEERLEADING

 A routine that contains primarily gymnastic tricks, including, but not limited to walkover, front/back limbers, handstands, headstands, cartwheels, etc. there should be a blend of gymnastics and dance together.

BALLET 

A  routine that includes classical ballet steps and technique.

COMMERCIAL 

A  routine based on street movements or a derivative of this including commercial.

CONTEMPORARY 

A  routine that combines contemporary styles such as cunningham, graham, limone or hotron techniques. with lyrics to inspire movements to express emotions.

JAZZ

A  routine: that consists of jazz technique.

LYRICAL

A  combination of jazz & ballet techniques to slow music, incorporating emotion and story.

TAP

A  routine that must include tap technique - with no pre-recorded tap sounds in the music.

MUSICAL THEATRE DANCE

A routine that features any style of dance to interpret a number from a broadway show or movie musical.

OPEN

  Routines in this category can either be a combination of multiple genres, or ones that may not fall into any other dance division.

ENTRY TYPES + TIME LIMITS

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SOLO

Solo Performer

Time Limit: 2 min 

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DUET/ TRIO

2 or 3  Performers

Time Limit: 2 min 30 s

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SMALL GROUP

4 - 9 Performers

Time Limit: 3 min

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LARGE GROUP

10 + Performers

Time Limit: 4 min

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PRODUCTION

20 + Performers

Time Limit: 5 min

READY TO DANCE?

THE AD DANCE COMP - THE UK's NO.1 DANCE EVENT

3 INDUSTRY PROFESSIONAL JUDGES

All of our competitions feature three judges, each with a different specialist dance style. Some of the incredible industry professionals we have had at our events have included;

LIVE AUDIO FEEDBACK

Feedback is a valuable part of our dance competitions, allowing industry professionals to give their comments live to every dancer.

As part of an entry with The Aaron Dwyer Dance Competition the dancer will receive individual audio feedback, which gives those dancers recognition of the areas that they performed well, plus vital tips on how to improve in the future.

GIVING YOU PROFESSIONAL CRITIQUES AND HIGH QUALITY TIPS ON HOW TO MAKE YOUR ROUTINE STAND OUT!

READY TO DANCE?

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