Cadence Dance Finals brings competitions from across the country together for one true national dance finals.
So much more than just a dance competition, studios won't want to miss this exciting, multi-faceted event!
Cadence is the ultimate National Dance Finals because studios can qualify at ANY participating regional dance competition across the country!
Our team has been hard at work over the past year planning & organizing a truly great event that we know you’ll be proud to be a part of!
The inaugural season of the Cadence Dance Finals will take place at the beautiful Nottawasaga Resort in Alliston, Ontario, Ontario from July 1st – 8th, 2017. The event will include not only an organized & professionally run dance competition but also workshops for dancers & teachers, guest speakers, evening activities for parents & kids, an exciting dance-off, a soloist pageant & much more!
Best of all, Cadence Qualifiers will receive 5% of the entry fees collected when a studio uses your competition as their qualifier!
It’s easy to participate! We take care of the organization, planning and promotion of the event and you’ll effectively be adding a National Finals to your yearly tour without any of the financial commitment or additional workload involved with organizing such a large-scale competition.
Contact us & become a Cadence Qualifier today!
Join us next July for the inaugural season of the Cadence Dance Finals, a multi-faceted event your studio won’t want to miss!
The experienced & enthusiastic Cadence team promises an organized and professional Dance Finals that will be so much more than just a dance competition.
Cadence will include workshops and guest speakers for dancers and teachers, a welcome wine & cheese for studio directors, the “ballroom & bubbly” parents’ appreciation night, a kids’ night and more! There will be no extra cost for any of these special events!
Elite soloists can compete in the Cadence Pageant, a prestigious event and an amazing opportunity for young dancers.
The Cadence Dance-Offs will include the best of the best group routines from the week and will be the highlight of an exciting red-carpet, Overall Awards Gala.
A well-thought out schedule will allow teachers, dancers and families to not only take advantage of everything Cadence has to offer but also enjoy the many activities available at the stunning Nottawasaga Resort!
Best of all, you can qualify for Cadence at your favourite regional dance competition!
Unlike any other Dance Finals, Cadence aims to create an inclusive true national finals by making ANY dance competition from across the country a qualifier.
Learn more about how to register here or feel free to contact us for more information, we’d be happy to hear from you!
Q: Why become a Cadence Qualifier?
Q: Can different routines from the same studio use different qualifying competitions?
A: Yes, routines may qualify at any participating regional competition. Please just indicate the correct qualifier for each routine when registering online.
Q: Not all competitions have the same rules/scoring systems, how can they be considered equal qualifiers?
A: It’s true, all of our participating competitions have rules that differ slightly however, their basic formats are actually quite similar. We have carefully reviewed the rules of each participating competition and we’re confident that they each present an equal opportunity to qualify for the Cadence Dance Finals.
Q: What are Performance Levels?
A: Performance Levels are used to categorize dancers by their competitive experience and training.
Q: How is the Performance Level determined?
A: Studio directors are asked to use their discretion and select a Performance Level for their dancers based on the following guidelines:
Level I (Novice/First-time Competitive Dancers)
Solo – Dancer has never competed in a solo and has no more than one year of competitive experience in duet/trio/group routines.
Duet/Trio – Two or three of the dancers have never competed in either solo, duet/trio or group routines.
Group – First year of competitive dance for most of the dancers in the group.
Level II (Intermediate/Part-time Dancers)
Dancers who dance 5 hours per week or less and/or have been competing for 3 years or less.
Level III (Advanced Dancers)
Dancers who dance more than 5 hours per week and/or have been competing for more than 3 years.
Cadence Dance Finals reserves the right to move dancers to a higher Performance Level if they’ve been misplaced. We will NOT move dancers to a lower Performance Level once the competition has started so please take care when submitting your entry information.
Q: How does the Scoring System work at Cadence?
The Cadence scoring system varies depending on the Performance Level of the dancers.
Level I dancers can achieve our top awards with lower scores than our Level II dancers and in turn, our Level III dancers need.
This allows for more consistent scores across the competition as a whole while still giving less experienced dancers the opportunity to succeed.
Please visit our Scoring & Awards section to see the full scoring systems used at Cadence.
Q: Does every dancer receive an award?
A: Absolutely! Every routine & every dancer will receive an award for each of their routines.
Q: How many overall awards are given at the Cadence Dance Finals?
A: Cadence awards overall prizes at each of our Performance Levels. The total number of overalls awarded will depend on the number of entries in each overall category. However, up to 420 overalls will be awarded at our red-carpet Awards Gala.
Q: Do you award cash prizes?
A: Yes! Cash awards are won by the 1st Overall winners in each overall category. Best Costume, Best Choreography, Best Production and Dance-Off winners also receive cash prizes.
Q: As a dance parent, where can I find the competition schedule and when will it be available?
A: Please contact your Studio Director for information regarding the competition schedule.
The first draft of the schedule is sent to the Studio Directors at least one month before the finals. Once we’ve received corrections, updates and quick-change conflicts back from each studio, we create a revised schedule and send the final version back to the Studio Directors.
Dates and times of other related events for the week are available in the Competition Details section.
Q: Can the Cadence Dance Finals accommodate scheduling requests?
A: Scheduling requests should be made at the time of registration and can be included in the Notes section of your entry submission. We will do our very best to accommodate as many requests as we can however in order to maintain a fair and conflict-free schedule for ALL studios, it’s not always possible & we appreciate your understanding in this matter.
Still have questions? Feel free to contact us, we’d be happy to hear from you!
The Cadence Dance Finals are a family-run competition led by the mother-daughter duo of Leahanne Kvasni & Chelsea Chamberlain. Together they bring more than 40 years of experience as a dancer, dance teacher, dance mom and most recently as the competition directors of Northern Stars Dance Competition, now in its 9th season!
Each and every member of the Cadence team represents the spirit of our competition; personable, adaptable and committed to creating the best possible experience for dancers, studio directors, teachers and families.
We’re passionate about dance and can’t wait to share what’s in store for this exciting first season of the Cadence Dance Finals!
In addition to the spectacular facilities for the competition and its events, Nottawasaga Resort is the perfect summer vacation destination for families. Enjoy a round at one of their two golf courses, take a splash in the indoor Tropical Rainforest themed swimming pool and waterslide or enjoy a relaxing massage or workout in their gym! Don't forget, Cadence participants can take advantage of a discounted group rate.
The Cadence Dance Finals will be a jam-packed week of outstanding dance talent and fun!
Take advantage of all Cadence has to offer, there are no extra fees for any these special events.
Check back for more details on the full schedule of events or feel free to contact us for more information.
Qualify for the Cadence Dance Finals at any of these participating competitions.
Studios become eligible to compete at the Cadence Dance Finals by attending any competition acting as a Cadence Qualifer. The Cadence Dance Finals are a true national dance finals because more competitions involved means more cities, studios and dancers qualifying to compete at this incredible event!
Dancers may compete at one of three Performance Levels based on their years of competitive experience and/or their weekly training hours.
Teachers are asked to use their discretion and place dancers at an appropriate Performance Level based on the guidelines above. Cadence reserves the right to move dancers to a higher performance level if they’ve been misplaced. Cadence will NOT move dancers to a lower performance level once the competition has started.
Age division is determined by calculating the average age of the dancer(s) as of December 31st in the year preceding the competition. Solo dancers will compete in individual age categories (i.e. 9yrs, 10yrs, 16yrs). The Age Divisions are as follows:
Please note that Adult dancers do not qualify for overall awards.
Entry divisions and time limits are as follows:
Time Limits are created for scheduling purposes. Cadence Dance Finals MUST be notified at least 30 days prior to the competition if any routine will exceed the time limits listed above. (Please remember to include time needed for set-up of props, etc.).
Kindly also note the following:
Ten routines from both the 12&Under age divisions (Tyke, Mini, Petite, Junior) and the 13&Over age divisions (Intermediate, Teen, Senior) will qualify to compete for this top-honour. The finalists will be selected based on their total scores.
The 12&Under Dance-Off will be separate from the 13&Over Dance-Off and one winner will be awarded in each age group.
Only groups and lines are eligible (no solos, duet/trios, productions).
Routines from Performance Levels 1,2 and 3 are eligible.
Only 2 routines per studio may qualify for each Dance-Off.
The Dance-Off will take place during the final Awards Gala.
The Dance-Off winners will be chosen by the 5-judge panel.
Judges will give a total score out of one hundred. Fifty points will be allotted to Technique including but not limited to: difficulty, execution, choreography, uniqueness, synchronization. Another fifty points will be allotted to Performance including but not limited to: innovation, creativity, musicality, projection, stage presence and overall impression.
Scores from a panel of five judges will be averaged and then calculated to three decimal points. Every entry receives an award based on the average score achieved.
Awards vary depending on performance level and are determined based on the following scoring systems:
Dancers competing at the High School, University or Adults performance level will be scored using the Level 2 scoring system. Dancers competing at the Professional/Teacher performance level will be scored using the Level 3 scoring system.
Special awards created by our Special Awards Judge will also be awarded at every adjudication. Adjudicator comments will be provided on DVD through Video Judge.
Overalls are awarded in the following categories up to fifth overall. However, Cadence reserves the right to limit the number of overalls in each category based on the total number of entries in each:
8 years & Under Level 1, Level 2, Level 3
9-12 years Level 1, Level 2, Level 3
13-15 years Level 1, Level 2, Level 3
16-19 years Level 1, Level 2, Level 3
Overall High School Group and Overall University/College Group will also be awarded if there are 8 or more entries in the category.
Highest Overall Score in each of the following disciplines will be awarded for each Age Division. Winners of these awards will receive a custom Cadence trophy.
In the event of a tie for an overall award both entries will be awarded the full value of the award.
In the event that the same soloist places more than once for Overalls, only their top score will be awarded.
In order to qualify for the Dance-Off and Overall Awards, studios must be participating with their full competitive team or they must enter a minimum of 10 groups in addition to any solo performances.
We have a limited number of spaces for the Cadence Dance Pageant. Contestants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis and a waitlist will be created once spaces are filled.
You must have danced your solo at one of the qualifying competitions in order to compete in the Cadence Dance Pageant.
Contestants may compete with a solo in any discipline.
Ages for the Cadence Dance Pageant are as of January 1, 2017. All contestants must compete in their designated age division. Contestants may not compete in an older or younger age division.
Contestants will be required to take three audition classes.
Ballet class is mandatory and contestants may choose two of the following:
Jazz, Contemporary/Lyrical or Tap classes will be offered. Contestants may take all 4 audition classes. If a contestant chooses to take all 4 classes, their lowest score, between jazz, tap & contemporary/lyrical will be dropped. All audition classes will be closed, spectators will not be permitted.
Ballet classes require solid Black leotard, pink tights to be worn, hair in a bun, no jewelry.
Male contestants to wear solid white t-shirt, black pants or shorts.
Contestants may choose appropriate attire for jazz/contemporary/lyrical/tap classes. No loose clothing or jewelry.
Appropriate shoes must be worn for each audition class.
All contestants are required to participate in the Awards Gala where they will perform an opening number. Rehearsals/choreography for this routine will take place throughout the week and will be closed to spectators. Contestants are not adjudicated during rehearsals or for the performance. Contestants may choose any appropriate attire for rehearsals. Cadence Dance Finals will provide attire for the performance. Contestants will change into their formal wear for the awards presentation and crowning of the winners.
Each contestant will perform their solo and will be adjudicated by a panel of five judges. The highest and lowest scores will be dropped and the remaining three scores will be averaged and then calculated to three decimal points.
Prior to the solo performances, contestants will give a 30-second introduction speech.
This is an opportunity to introduce themselves to the judges and audience members. They may include where they’re from, why they love to dance, details about other hobbies, ambitions, etc.
The runners-up and winners will be revealed at the Awards Gala.
Audition classes will be scored by a panel of three judges. Each class will be scored out of fifteen for a total of forty-five points.
The introduction speeches will be scored out of five.
Solos will be scored out of one hundred.
Total score will be out of one hundred fifty.
The following awards will be presented for each age division:
The following awards will be presented to each age division; separately for male & female contestants: