Rules - TroupEs

Admission for Spectators

•    Adult All Day Pass - $25.00
•    Concession/Child All Day Pass - $15.00

Important information

  • The stage has tarket flooring so please no rosin to be used

  • In the past we have had request to open the back curtain on the stage – this will not be permitted due to safety concerns

  • No rehearsing in the auditorium

  • If you are performing once in each event please request that your students arrived dressed and ready to go

  • Change room space is limited so please be as organised as you can prior to arrival. NO CHANGING IN THE AUDITORIUM.

  • Notify parents that no video recording of photography is permitted.


  • Music is to be brought backstage when your section is called

  • TUDC employs its own sound technician, the equipment is of a very high standard so if your CD is scratched ever so slightly it will not work

  • We would prefer music on an iPad or iPod (only one song per playlist), or can be burned on an Audio CD in MP3 format (no labels on CDs)

  • No tags in music permitted

Reports & Music Collection

  • All reports will be collected at the end of your section from the front desk.

  • Music is to be collected from side of stage at the end of your performance.


  • Please remind parents to allow plenty of time to park. With so many competitors, parking is always difficult

Rules & Conditions

Entry is conditional upon acceptance of the competition rules of The Ultimate Dance Challenge –TUDC. Please read them carefully.



Sections are open to amateurs only. Items may only be repeated in the Final. Entrants may perform more than 1 routine in each event.


If fulltime students are combined with recreational schools when performing, the following rules apply:
Groups must contain no more than the following:

  • 1 – 10 performers, maximum of 3 full time students

  • 1- 20 performers, maximum of 5 full time students

  • 1-30+ performers, maximum of 8 full time performers


The age of all contestants as of January 1st of the competition year must be average together. If there is a decimal, round down and drop the decimal. If you have a group with competitors 12 months older than the required age group, you must limit those competitors to 4 each group. Teachers please abide by this rule to avoid other teachers complaining on troupe day and making it an awkward and embarrassing situation.


Only Teachers need to check in to pick up Teacher ID. Students should not check in, but be prepared to meet teacher at a prearranged spot.


You must be prepared to perform 30 mins before your time. Costume change issues of 3 or less numbers will be accommodated. TUDC will move up or back routines to keep the competition running on time. Routines are expected to perform in the order they are scheduled. In case of insufficient entries in any event they may be combined with similar events.


Tarkett Flooring is supplied at all TUDC Events. ROSIN IS NOT TO BE USED in any part of the venue, dressing room or stage area.


Please take care to select costumes, music, routine for general audience appeal. Inappropriate choreography or costumes too revealing may have deductions per discretion of the judges. Our audience is made up of parents and impressionable young students.


Troupes 5 minutes. Routines exceeding maximum allowed length will receive a “written report only” and will not be eligible for a placing and/or score. All entrants and exits from the dance floor must not exceed 10 seconds. Note: Entrances/exits are not judged. No tags allowed.


Music must be good quality, pre-recorded at appropriate volume level & pitch, completely edited, with a maximum 3 second lead in. Each song must be on it’s own individual playlist on a device or a quality CD.
Please don’t use Re-Writeable CD’s, these are meant for computers and are sometimes not recognised in sensitive audio equipment. Please bring a back up of all music on CD and/or iPod as if your CD fails to read, this will be the only way to get your song played. Dance Studios are reminded that it is their responsibility to obtain licensing from AMCOS for the broadcast of copyright music material.


There will be 2 adjudicators at all TUDC troupe events. Adjudicators Reports are available only to Teachers. 


All protest must be lodged in writing within 15 minutes of the completion of the event. Each protest must be accompanied by a fee of $30.00, which will be forfeited if the protest is dismissed.


Props are allowed, but must be moved on and off the stage by performers. Must be built off stage, carried, not dragged onto the stage. If the floor is littered during a routine from costumes or props, dancers must be prepared to clear the floor immediately after the routine is finished. Damage to the floor by props is the sole responsibility to the school.


NO COACHING OR PROMPTING from anywhere by anyone during the performance.  This will be enforced and points will be deducted.


All dancers and teachers are expected to display good sportsmanship. Failure to do so will result in immediate disqualification.


TUDC reserves the right to cancel any competition due to number of entries, or any other circumstance deemed necessary. No refund of money is allowed if the entrant is unable to attend the event on the nominated day.


TUDC reserves the right to add additional competition days or move the competition location due to unforeseen circumstances. Any change in competition days and/or times is at the sole discretion of TUDC and will be determined by the amount of time available at each competition.


Participating in the sport of dance competitions can be rigorous and result in injury. Upon entering the competition, parents/students hold harmless TUDC for injury, damage or loss. The safety of competition dancers is paramount at all TUDC events.  

A backstage manager and first aid kit will be provided. TUDC stresses the importance of safety and executing only those skills, techniques and practices that will not cause undue harm or injury to performers, spectators, or the stage.  Do not use or throw props on or off stage that may cause damage or leave a residue, such as glitter. No liability will be accepted for any injury sustained whilst carrying out that performance.


Photographs/recordings of participants by any of the TUDC staff, contractors, or members of the press become the property of TUDC and may be used for future publicity.  All entrants perform at their or risk.  TUDC and its organizers are not responsible for any injuries incurred and your registration and participation means implied consent.  Third party photos are strictly prohibited, TUDC reserves the right to control and mandate all venue images, the sale of any photos for profit from a TUDC competition by any third parry vendor, studio or patron is strictly prohibited.