Rules And Regulations

ICB CompetitionAge and Personal Requirements

This competition is for pre-professional dancers. An age limit of 11 to 22 years old for soloists and 9 to 22 years old for ensemble participants has been set. A competitors age will be based on competitors on January 1, 2017 – only dancers born between December 31, 1995 and January 1, 2006 are eligible to perform classical or contemporary solos. Age on January 1 will also determine which age group each dancer will compete in – soloist age groups are as follows:

  • 11 to 13 – Junior Division
  • 14 to 16 – Senior Division
  • 17 to 22 – Pre-Professional Division

Ages For Ensembles

Age 9 to 22 on January 1, 2017 (birth date must be between December 31, 1995 and January 1, 2008)



No Classical Variation should exceed 2:30 (two-minutes and 30 seconds) in length. See list of approved repertoire.

Contemporary soloists have no established list of repertoire but all competitors must adhere to 3-minute maximum time constraint.

Competitors are encouraged to choose both a classical and contemporary work to perform for the judges but it is not required.

Competitors are further encouraged not to perform more than two works in each of the classical and contemporary fields.


Ensembles have no established repertoire or content rules. Maximum Time limits are based on the number of dancers in the works:

  • 2 or 3 dancers: 3:00 maximum
  • 4 to 9 dancers: 4:00 maximum
  • 10+ dancers: 5:00 maximum

General Repertoire Information

Choices for repertoire must be made in advance (see Deadlines) and relevant information must be provided to the competition director prior to the deadline including information on repertoire title, composer/music, choreographer, dancer name(s), and music file (mp3).

Lighting will be uniform stage lighting for all pieces and no specials or changes allowed.


Competitors will provide music files in an mp3 format in advance (see Deadlines). Music files should be emailed to as directed with the music titles indicated as follows:


Ex: JaneSmith_Classical_RaymondaActIII.mp3 or ABCSchoolsofDance_Ensemble_NewWork.mp3

Competitors must bring copies of music on CD (Only one piece of music on each CD – label disk with competitor name, round number and name of music – keep these CDs with you at theater). IICB is not responsible for music in the wrong format, mislabeled or corrupted files if competitors do not have working back-up copies on disk.


All competitors must present themselves at an orientation/welcome desk prior to participating in the Competition as indicated in the schedule. Competitors will check-in, confirm receipt of all materials including fees, music, liability and media releases, and receive scheduling and additional Competition information.


Competitor numbers and identification will be provided at registration – numbers and Competition ID must be worn as directed for the duration of the competition.

IIBC will endeavor to provide an equal amount of stage time for competitors immediately before each session.

Costumes are allowed for all performance pieces but competitors will not be judged on costuming. Lighting will be uniform stage lighting for all pieces and no specials or changes allowed.

Competitors will be allowed backstage only during their designated performance sessions. Each competitor will be allowed one guest (parent or coach) to accompany them backstage – this individual must be present at registration to receive identification. A holding area backstage will be provided and competitors will be called to the stage prior to their performance in a manner that best facilitates an efficient, effective and safe operation.

Warm-up and Studio Time

Warm-up classes and master classes may be made available pursuant to the schedule. It is each individual competitor’s personal responsibility to be warmed up and prepared for competition – open studio space will be made available to all competitors on an equal-access basis.

Judges and Scoring

One or more panels of judges will be chosen by the director to adjudicate the competition. Any changes in the make-up of the panel, for whatever reason, will be at the discretion of the Director. The judges will utilize the rules and regulations to assure fair and equal treatment for all competitors. All judging decisions will be final and no appeals process will be allowed.


Competitors will be evaluated on a point scoring basis utilizing artistic achievement, technical merit and assessments of potential – the importance of each of these three criteria may be different for each age group and will be evaluated and applied by the judges on site. The scoring system for dancers consists of the three aspects mentioned above: artistic and technical achievement and potential, each evaluated on a 10-point system. The three scores from each judge will be collected and the sets of scores will be averaged in each category and provided to competitors. Judges will release competitor’s scores at the end of the competition. For competitors choosing to perform more than one solo in the classical and/or contemporary rounds, the solo with the highest score in each section will be used for evaluation and the lower scoring entry will be disregarded.


Contemporary and Ensemble works will also be evaluated by the judges for choreography and recognition provided for:

  • Musicality
  • Creative use of space
  • Movement invention and intention
  • Choreographic arc (does the work develop – creating a ‘world’ or develop musically, in a satisfying way)

Medals will be awarded at the discretion of the judges based on scoring. Scholarships, apprenticeships, contracts and other opportunities will be at the sole discretion of each individual judge and may not necessarily be based on scoring or medals.

Housing, Food Services and Transportation

The Competition website will endeavour to provide information about hotel and dining options in the area but it is each competitor’s responsibility, and not that of the competition, to assure housing, food and transportation to and from the competition site. On site, it is expected that venues (studios and theatre) will be walking distance not more than a 10-minute average walk. It is further anticipated that campus food services will be open however the competition is not responsible for making food or drink available to competitors or their teachers and families.

Health, Injury and Illness

IIBC accepts no responsibility for any candidate presenting themselves with an injury that prevents them from participating in the competition. The IIBC cannot be held responsible for any injury, illness or theft sustained by the participants during the competition. The participants are responsible for insuring themselves against accidents, illness and theft.


All photographs, video and other recordings of the Competition will be the property of the Competition. All competitors will be required to sign a release that allows the Competition to utilize such recordings for all media uses.


Competitors should choose from the repertoire of music available in the ASCAP, BMI or SESAC music catalogs. Competitors are responsible for obtaining music permissions for any music not found in these catalogs.


It is the responsibility of each competitor to clear the performance and recording rights of all contemporary choreography or restaging of classical choreography and rights to the Competition for recording and distribution in all media worldwide.


A list of Jury Members and Teachers will be maintained on the Competition Page of These names are subject to change without advance notice.

Deadlines and Announcements (subject to change)

August 11 – Advance discount ends for both registration and repertoire fees

September 15 – Deadline for MP3 music files and repertoire details

September 15 – Deadline for all fees for all competitors

October 6 & 7Registration/Check-in


Every competitor must register in order to compete. Registration is open to all dancers who meet the age requirement. The fee for registration is based on what components of the competition each competitor plans to take part in:

  • Ensemble(s) only – $25 Registration Fee per competitor
  • Solo(s) only or solo(s) and Ensemble(s) – $75 per competitor

Registration fees are not refundable for any reason.

In addition to registration fees, a Repertoire Fee is charged for each work which a registered competitor performs.

  • In ensemble works, each competitor must pay a Repertoire Fee of $35 for each ensemble work in which they perform.
  • For classical solo/variations and contemporary solos, a Repertoire Fee of $50 per piece is required. Solo competitors are encouraged to choose at least one classical and contemporary work to demonstrate their overall capabilities to the judges. All soloists are permitted to perform more than one classical and contemporary work at the Competition – additional repertoire fees apply.

All fees must be paid in advance. Competitors with unpaid fees 30-days prior to the start of the Competition face possible elimination if competition capacity has been reached. It will be the responsibility of each competitor to maintain proof of payment (receipt will be provided from all Paypal transactions). Fee can be paid either online using Paypal or a Credit Card.

In the event of injury, Repertoire Fees will be fully refunded upon notice from participant/parent/teacher accompanied by a note from a doctor (registration fees are non-refundable).

Ancillary Activities

Additional outreach and education opportunities in conjunction with the Competition may be provided. Some of these programs, including the Master Class program, may require advance sign-up, may have participation restrictions and may include additional fees for participation.