Competition Info


SOLO $100 $130 2:45
DUO/TRIO $60 $85 2:45
GROUP (4-9 dancers) $45 $65 3:00
LARGE GROUP (10-19 dancers) $45 $55 4:00
LINE (19+ dancers) $45 $55 5:00
  • Early Registration fees only apply to registrations completed and PAID IN FULL by the Early Registration Deadline for each city. Please refer to your city page for exact registration deadlines. The Early Registration Deadline is 30 days before the event.
  • Time limitations will be strictly enforced. Performances that exceed the time limit will have one point deducted.
  • You may purchase up to three additional minutes of time for any Group or Line, for just $5
  • Multiple Regional Event Discount - Dancers who compete at multiple Regional Refresh Dance competitions do not have to pay an additional media fee! Once a dancer has paid the 2022 Regional media fee of $25 or $35 per family, any Regional event they attend thereafter will be complimentary.
  • New this year parents are able to create a parent center account that will provide them the ability to access their photos and videos. Please encourage your parents to create their parent center as soon as possible. The $35 family price is based upon parents linking their dancers together within the account:

Parent Center

Division Average Age
Petite 6-8
TEEN 12-14
SENIOR 15-19
  • Refresh ages are determined as of January 1, 2023.
  • To calculate the average age of an entry, add all the ages together and divide by the number of dancers in the entry. When averaging ages always drop the decimal point. For example, if a routine average is 12.7 you would drop the decimal, therefore the routine would compete in the 12-year-old category.
  • Dancers 20 years of age and above cannot participate at the Refresh Competition
  • All competing dancers must be prepared to present a birth certificate should there be any questions or concerns.
  • There are NO REFUNDS on Competition fees. Any returned checks will be subjected to a $35 fee.


Ballet: Routines must consist of ballet or pointe technique. Ballet, or pointe shoes must be worn to be entered in the ballet category.

Tap: A routine containing tap technique, performed with tap shoes.

Jazz: A routine demonstrating jazz technique.

Lyrical: A routine that demonstrates lyrical technique with dynamic movements and expressive emotions.

Contemporary: A mix of jazz styles with an emphasis on modern ballet technique and interpretive movement.

Open: A routine that demonstrates any dance style or combination of dance styles. Examples include, acro-gymnastics, ballroom, novelty, character, and clogging. Routines containing more than 3 gymnastic/acro tricks must be entered in this category.

Musical Theatre: A routine showcasing Broadway or theatre dance styles. Singing is permitted in this category only. Microphones for vocals are not provided.

Hip-Hop: A routine that demonstrates hip-hop or street type moves. Break dancing is permissible.


Each studio will be allowed to compete a maximum amount of routines based on the information below. If a studio does not reach the number of participants listed below they may enter a maximum of 40 entries total. The 40 routines may also include solos. ONLY 1 solo per dancer.

  • Studios entering 10-50 students: May enter 40 competition entries
  • Studios entering 60-69 students: May enter 50 competition entries
  • Studios entering 70-85 students: May enter 55 competition entries
  • Studios entering 86+ students: Please call the Refresh office at 513-844-6788
  • City limits may vary upon registration


You must upload your music online under the competition portion of your online registration.

  • Music upload will be available as soon as you register your performance
  • Uploads will be closed on Monday the week of the event.
  • We support MP3, M4A, and MP4 files. The maximum file size is 50MB.
  • Please make sure the music you are uploading is DRM free.
  • You do not need to worry about labeling your files. Our system will take care of changing your file name.
  • We advise that you bring a back-up iPod, USB OR CD’s for all performances (just in case!)


40% 30% 30%

All ties will be broken; first by the technique score, second by the performance score, and third by overall appearance


  • Competing dancers may enter as many categories as they choose, but are not permitted to compete against themselves.
  • No changes may be made to competition entries two weeks prior to the convention.
  • Routines must be age appropriate, and suitable for family viewing. If Judges deem a routine inappropriate, point deduction or disqualification may occur.
  • Teachers are not permitted to perform with students.
  • Competing dancers must perform in their scheduled order, unless permission is given by Refresh Dance Convention to hold a number to allow time for costume changes.
  • Competition order will not be altered to allow for rehearsal time, or pre-performance run-thrus. This can lead to point deduction or disqualification of the routine.
  • All decisions made by the Judges are final.
  • Visual coaching is strictly prohibited


All entries will be adjudicated by a panel of Judges. All ties will be broken; first by the technique score, second by the performance score, and third overall Appearance

Gold 300-285
Silver 284.9-270
Bronze 269.9-254


In addition to the adjudicated awards, a competitive 1st, 2nd or 3rd place award will also be given to the highest scoring Solo, Duo/Trio, Small Group, Large group and Line. The Highest Scoring Solo winner will receive FREE Competition entry, for that number, at the 2022 Applause Regional Competition!


Within 24 hours after each event, all score sheets and critiques will be made available in the Studio Center.


Refresh is excited to offer a free webcast at our competitions. The webcast link will go live on the Refresh website 5-10 minutes before the start of competition. Please understand that sometimes we are unable to offer this service as we can be limited by a venue's internet capabilities. Please know that we will do everything in our power to deliver this amazing service!


Videotaping and flash photography are strictly prohibited during the entire event. This is to enforce the dancer’s safety and privacy, as well as protecting the work of choreographers and faculty. Media Memories offers professional photo and video Package of the competition for a low price of $25.00 per dancer. This fee is required per dancer and will be due 14 days prior to the start of convention. Parents can access their dancers photos and videos inside their Parent Center online. Photos and Videos will be available 7-14 days after the event. All participating dancers authorize the use of their image in photos and video for Refresh publicity and advertisement purposes.


The Refresh Competition and Closing Show are absolutely FREE.


Only handheld props may be used during the competition.


To compete at Refresh, a dancer must be registered for the entire Workshop.

All competition routines must be entered under a Studio name. Refresh does not accept entries from Independent dancers, including soloists.

Professional dancers are welcome to participate at our Workshop, but cannot perform in the competition.

If there is a Refresh equipment malfunction at the competition, the affected Studio may choose to continue or to re-do the number. If there is an equipment malfunction on behalf of a Studio, the performance must continue or be withdrawn.

Competing dancers should be ready ONE HOUR prior to their scheduled competition time.

Competition may run up to ONE HOUR early and each dancer will be expected to perform at the earlier time. Please keep this in mind if you are leaving the theatre between dancers and plan on returning for the awards ceremony.

Refresh reserves the right to change all rules and regulations at any time without notice. All concerns are addressed at the discretion of the Refresh Director.

Refresh Dance Convention

P.O. Box 13347, Hamilton, Ohio 45013
Phone: 513-844-6788