On Stage America



ONLINE REGISTRATION: This is the quickest and easiest way for you to enter. You create an account at www.onstageamericateachers.com. You first create a roster of all students and then enter your routines.  All schedules and routine numbers will be posted for teachers to view on this account. Students can be added, deleted or modified by the studio at any time. National entries can be created with 2 simple clicks. You can pay online with a single credit card payment or send us a check in the mail.  However, registration will not be considered complete until payment is received.

For ALL Credit Card Payments, a processing fee of 3% will be added to the total.

Please submit one entry form per routine.  If submitting a hard copy, all entries should be mailed together, with a typed Master List, in one large envelope and postmarked by the deadline date (listed next to the competition date in this brochure).  All entries must be accompanied with payment in full by a single studio check payable to ON STAGE AMERICA (OSA).  Returned checks will be charged a $35.00 fee, and only cashier’s checks or money orders will be accepted from that studio in the future.  Entry fees are non-refundable.

There are no refunds for entry fees on a Regional or National Level. Gift certificates are issued only in cases of documented injury or illness. These will be issued directly to the studio.

Studios must provide a Master List of all performers, which shall include the name of each student, date of birth, Competition Level (Novice, Intermediate or Advanced) and a parent’s signature for each student. The parent’s signature constitutes a waiver of liability for On Stage America. A completed form can be downloaded from the teacher’s site after the student roster has been created.

For mailed entries, a copy of the Master List should be attached to each entry form with the names of the students highlighted who are performing in that routine. Please make sure that the entry form, when submitted, is complete.


Late entries will be accepted up to 3 weeks prior to the competition on a space-available basis.   Any late entries received less than 3 weeks prior to the competition will be charged a late fee of 10% of the entry fees. Payment for all entries mailed after the Deadline Date (see schedule for deadline date of each competition) must be submitted with a CASHIER’S CHECK / MONEY ORDER or CREDIT CARD and sent overnight with tracking information e-mailed.


Solo 2:45 Minutes
Duo/Trio 3:00 Minutes
Small Group 3:00 Minutes
Large Group 4:00 Minutes
Line 5:00 Minutes
Production 6:00 Minutes

The length of entries may be extended with prior approval of an On Stage America director and will require an additional charge of $2.00 per each minute, per dancer for each routine that exceeds the time limit.


Small Group 4 – 9 performers
Large Group 10 – 19 performers
Line 20+ Performers
Production Minimum of 20 performers of all ages and abilities incorporating any combined styles of dance with a storyline or theme.

Solos are limited to 3 per competition for Advanced dancers, 2 for Intermediate dancers and 1 for Novice dancers.

An entry that is unable to perform with its respective division, will be adjudicated only.  For Example, A Junior dancing on a Senior day or a Senior dancing on a Junior day is not eligible for High Score Awards unless it is scheduled by On Stage America.


Petite 8 & Under
Junior 9 – 12
Teen 13 – 15
Senior 16 – 21
OSA Adults 22 & Older
Teachers Anyone over 18 years old who is receiving monetary compensation for his/her services to the studio
Pro-Am For teachers dancing in a routine with 1 (one) or more students

* All ages are as of January 1st of the year.

Novice, Intermediate and Advanced Levels:

*Please note the information below is only a guideline. It is the studio director’s responsibility to evaluate their dancers and enter them into competition accordingly.

  • The Novice level should consist of dancers who take less than 3 hours of classes per week. Novice dancers are limited to a maximum of 3 routines per competition.
  • Dancers performing in the Intermediate level should be taking fewer than 5 hours of classes weekly and are limited to a maximum of 6 routines per competition.
  • Dancer’s performing at the Advanced level are dancing for more than five hours per week.

All four of our age divisions will be divided into Novice, Intermediate and Advanced levels.

Age groups are as follows:

Petite 6 years & under, or 7-8 years
Junior 9-10 years, or 11-12 years
Teen 13-15 years
Senior 16-18 or 19-21 years
On Stage Adults 22-34 years; and 35 +

Ages of entries other than solos must be averaged.  In determining average age, drop all decimals. Full names, ages, and birth dates of all performers must be attached to the entry form.

In Group Divisions (Small and Large Groups), and Line No more than fifty percent of the dancers can be Higher than the average age or else the routine will be moved to a higher age group.

For Example: If a group has 16 dancers and the average age is 10 BUT there are 9 or more dancers who are above the age of 13, the group will be moved to Teen Division (13-15).

This rule does not apply to Petite Group, Line and Productions.

Productions are exempt to this rule. For Production routine please average the ages and drop the decimal.


You now have the option of directly uploading your music through your teacher's account. Please call our office for further details.

All music not uploaded must be recorded on a CD and clearly marked with the entry number and studio name. There must be only ONE TRACK per CD.  All music for a specific competition day must be turned in to the EMCEE ½ hour before the beginning of the competition, or at least ½ hour before the studio’s first routine is to perform.  (Please be sure to have a back-up for all of your music with you at the competition).


Acro Routine containing gymnastic passes, flexibility moves, and/or contortionist moves.  Must contain dance moves and choreography as well.
Ballet The routine must consist of ballet technique, classical steps, and movements, performed in soft shoes. No Acro passes permitted.*
Character The routine must be 50% characterization, i.e., a clown, puppet, etc. and 50% dance
Cheer Consisting of Cheerleading, Pom Pon, Drill Team and Kick Line.
Clogging Routine using clogging technique and style.
Contemporary Same criteria as lyrical but set to more contemporary music.  No Acro passes permitted.*
Hip-Hop Routine using primarily hip-hop technique and moves.
Jazz Routine using primarily jazz technique. No Acro passes permitted.*
Lyrical The routine must emphasize control utilizing the lyrics and mood of the music. No Acro passes permitted.*
Modern Interpretive dance patterned after Graham technique.  No Acro passes permitted.*
Musical Theatre Designed primarily for musical comedy and Broadway dancing--mime, lip sync singing, etc, are allowed.
Pointe Same criteria as ballet. Must be performed in Pointe shoes. No Acro passes permitted.*
Song & Dance The routine must consist of both singing and dancing in any category.  No vocal is permitted on tape.
Tap Routine utilizing tap technique. No Acro passes permitted.*
Vocal Singing only.  No vocal permitted on tape.
Open To encompass any form of dance not already listed.

Please make sure that all routines with more than two acro passes are entered in acro or open categories.  No acro passes are permitted in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, or lyrical categories.

*Acro Pass – an Acro pass is defined as a combination of two or more acro tricks. One single cartwheel or one single handspring etc. constitute a trick, not a pass.

Solo & Duo/Trio dancers cannot compete against themselves in the same category.

TITLE SOLOS – (Advanced Dancers Only. Vocal Solos are not eligible for Title)

Petite Miss/Mr. On Stage America 8 & under
Junior Miss/Mr. On Stage America 9-12
Teen Miss/Mr. On Stage America 13-15
Senior Miss/Mr. On Stage America  16-21

Advanced dancers are nominated by the Judges during the competition to re-compete for the Title of Mr. and Miss On Stage America. Up to ten nominations in each age category will be made.

Selection criteria will be based on showmanship and overall presentation, as well as technique.  Only dancers who score a Hi-Platinum and above are eligible to win the title. However, earning a Hi-Platinum does not guarantee a nomination for Titles.

Dancers will perform the first minute of the routine nominated. The music will be faded off by the emcee at approximately One Minute mark.

Winners will receive an On Stage America Title Jacket. Winning the Highest Score does not guarantee a Title Win.

A specific time frame will be allotted for the Title nominations and they will perform in random order picked by the judges.


Dress Code:  On Stage America is a family oriented event.  Costuming MUST be age appropriate and all acts presented on stage MUST be appropriate for family viewing.  Choreography and lyrics which are suggestive and/or violent in nature are not acceptable.  Failure to adhere to the above may lead to disqualification.

Props:  Props are acceptable provided they can be set up and removed within a total time period of two minutes.  Baby powder or helium balloons cannot be used at any time.  No dangerous props may be used on stage.  No backdrop other than On Stage America’s backdrop is permitted.  The floor must be in the same condition after each act that involves props.

*NEW* No special lightning request can be accepted at the competition. All routines Must perform in Full Stage Light (Full Wash).

Adherence to Schedule:  The schedule must be followed unless a change is approved in advance by OSA.  Failure to follow the order of the program schedule may result in the loss of participation in the awards ceremony and/or high score awards.  Contestants must check-in with the backstage manager prior to dancing.


Delays:  Dancers causing unwarranted delays MAY be ineligible for high score awards.

Competition Location/Days:  On Stage America reserves the right to extend or decrease the competition days and change the location of the competition.

Cameras:  No cameras allowed in the auditorium during performances.

IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE STUDIO OWNERS TO MAKE SURE that all parents and guests understand these restrictions.

Incomplete Routines:  Dancers who run offstage before the completion of their dance, for any reason, will be asked to perform a second time.  However, they will be competing for adjudication only and will not be eligible for high score awards.

Photos:  Contestants grant the directors of On Stage America their authorization to use any photographs or videos for advertising purposes.

Be ready!  All contestants should be at the venue at least 1 hour before their scheduled routine ready to perform. If the competition is running ahead of schedule, they are expected to be ready earlier.

Schedules will be posted on the teacher’s registration site approximately 10 days prior to the competition.

Refunds:  There are no cash refunds.  To obtain a credit in the case of illness or medical emergency, a letter from a doctor is required.  A studio credit will be issued and can be used at a future On Stage America competition.


Trophies or plaques will be awarded to all Diamond, Hi-Platinum, Platinum, Hi Gold, Gold, Hi-Silver and Silver winners. In addition, all duo/trio and group dancers will receive award pin.  Scoring will be based on a 100 point system.

Diamond 100 – 98
Hi-Platinum 97.99 – 94
Platinum 93.99 – 90
Hi-Gold 89.99 – 87
Gold 86.99 – 80
Hi-Silver 79.99 – 77
Silver 76.99 and lower

Special Awards

The following Special Awards are presented during each competition for 12 & Under and 13 & Over age categories.

  • Best Choreographer Award
  • Student Choreography Award (Minimum of 3 Student Choreographed routines required)
  • Entertainment Award
  • Technique Award
  • Class Act Award
  • Backstage Award


Engraved Plaques/Trophies are awarded to the highest score for Solos, Duo/Trios, and Groups in the Petite – Novice, Intermediate and Advanced, Junior – Novice, Intermediate and Advanced, Teen – Novice, Intermediate and Advanced, Senior – Novice, Intermediate and Advanced, Pro/Am and On Stage Adults divisions.  In addition, the following cash amounts are presented for the Top Score in the PETITE - Advanced, JUNIOR - Advanced, TEEN - Advanced, SENIOR - Advanced, AND PRO/AM.

*New* All vocal routines will receive separate high score awards.

A soloist can only place once in the Overall Top 10 High Scores.

In order to receive a cash award, the routine must be in Advanced Category and a Minimum of 10 entries are required in each division. If there are not enough entries in the division, a gift certificate will be issued.

Cash Awards:

Solo $75 cash
Duo/Trio $75 cash
Small Group $100 cash
Large Group $100 cash
Line $100 cash
Production $150 cash
Pro/Am Group $100 cash

All Novice and Intermediate level dancers will be eligible for overalls (No Cash Awards) in their respective divisions.

Advanced level dancers are eligible for both overalls and cash awards. 

In the Novice level to be eligible for overall awards, a routine must score Gold, for Intermediate level, to be eligible for the overall awards, the routine must be awarded a minimum of Hi-Gold.

In the Advanced level to be eligible for overall cash awards, the routine must be awarded a minimum of Platinum.

All cash prizes will be awarded to the Dance Studio.

TEACHERS AND ADULT dancers are not eligible for high score awards.