Force Dance Convention

Introducing FORCE Dance Tour

Force Dance Tour (Dance Convention and Competition) offers the country’s most sought after teachers and choreographers, and introduces you to the industry’s newest and emerging talent! Classes provide a comprehensive variety of dance disciplines that will offer your dancer the best of convention offerings that are available today. Our teachers are hand selected by what they bring out in each dancer-they are each a true inspiration to our craft. Each city venue will also host a competition complete with premier sound, lighting, and stage. We invite you to bring your passion for dance, soak up some amazing knowledge, and be prepared to have one memorable weekend!

D A T E S & C I T I E S

LITTLE ROCK, AR  |  BRANSON, MO   |  CHARLOTTE, NC  |  DESTIN, FL  |  NASHVILLE, TN

F A C U L T Y

Introducing the FORCE Dance faculty.   These teachers are all established master teachers, choreographers, performers, and mentors.  Their diverse backgrounds and unique experiences bring a wealth of knowledge and creative messages to each FORCE Dance experience.

MEET THE DIRECTORS

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Jayne Ledford began her dance training at age 3 in Titusville, FL. There she became a company dancer with Edith Royal of the Royal School of Dance in Orlando, FL. While dancing in the Royal Company ,she performed with Denise Jackson & Greg Huffman of the Joffrey Ballet, Suzanne Farrell & Sean Lavery of the New York City Ballet as well as Russell Saltzback of the Joffrey Ballet. Jayne was also a dancer in the Easter Parade at Walt Disney World and was selected at age 9 to perform on the hit national television show “Bozo”. She has also performed in Nutcracker, Hansel and Gretel, The Emperors Clothes and several Evening of Ballet performances. Jayne has also taken several master classes with Gus Giordano and Russell Saltzback of the Joffrey Ballet as well as additional classes in New York City and Paris, France. Jayne is excited to bring FORCE Dance Tour to a city near you!

Michelle Adams-Meeker is a professional who has performed and trained in New York City for over 13 years. Her numerous credits range from film, television, musicals, video, concert dance works, and stage. Credits include pre-Broadway workshops of “Fosse”, MTV Music Video Awards, numerous musicals, commercials and television specials. She also has appeared with Ben Vereen in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and was a New York Knicks dancer for the New York Knicks basketball team. Michelle has also appeared in Vogue, Vanity Fair, and New York Magazine in various dance shoots. Michelle has performed at Madison Square Garden, Lincoln Center, and The Metropolitan Opera. She has assisted many of New York’s top dance teachers, Emmy award winning choreographers, and Tony Award nominated choreographers. She is a scholarship graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she obtained her BFA in dance. There, she was one of six selected in the university to receive a prestigious scholarship awarded by Paulette Goddard, Charlie Chaplin’s wife, 3 years in a row. Michelle is also a National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts award winner. Michelle was selected “Outstanding Senior Dance Major” by the faculty of Houston’s High School for Performing and Visual Arts. She taught dance at the University of South Alabama in the Drama Department from 2001-2004 and has taught numerous master classes throughout the Southeast. Her choreography credits include “Cabaret”, “Pippin”, “The Little Mermaid”, and “Romeo and Juliet”. In 2006, she and her husband opened Broadway South Dance Studio and today the studio is nationally recognized. Broadway South Dance was featured in the July 2008 issue of “Dance Magazine” as one of 6 of the country’s most successful studios and Michelle was also featured in “Dance Teacher Magazine”. Michelle is excited to join forces with Jayne Ledford to bring FORCE DANCE TOUR to life!

REGISTER FOR COMPETITION

DANCER DISCOUNT

 

Dancers attending more than one 2017 regional workshop will receive a 50% workshop fee discount for each additional city.

TEACHER DISCOUNT

 

  • Bring 5-20 students 1 Teacher attends free
  • Bring 21-39 students 2 Teachers attend free
  • Bring 40-59 students 3 Teachers attend free
  • Bring 60+ students 4 Teachers attend free
  • College students with valid college ID can register the day of the event (providing valid ID) for $200 for a 2 day workshop in the Teen/Sr. room.

Studio owners will receive confirmation of registration once complete. This confirmation will also include check in information for that city along with other necessary information for that FORCE weekend.

OBSERVERS

 

Parents of workshop registrants may observe workshop classes with the purchase of an Observer band. These may be pre-purchased with studio registration or may be purchased at the door. Auditions are open only to Studio owners and teachers with an appropriate wristband.

Please be courteous in classes and keep chatter down to a minimum. Please keep all belongings under chairs in workshop rooms. NO VIDEO in classes or during competition.

There is no admission fee to our competition in each FORCE city. Our closing show is free admission as well. We invite everyone to come and support these amazing dancers!

Our ages listed below are suggested for each level. A teacher may place the student where they feel the student is best fitted for the weekend. Please remember all workshop and scholarship ages are as of January 1, 2018.

Please let us know after the first class if you are requesting a class level adjustment. Please note the difference in price for a higher level will be due if applicable. There are no refunds to switch to a more novice level, however. See our desk for a wristband adjustment in this case.

*In select cities, Teen & Senior rooms may be combined.

2017 Workshop Levels Fees (Early Reg. / Late Reg.)

 

  • TEACHER (18+) $240 / $260
  • SENIOR (16-19) $235 / $255
  • TEEN (13-15) $235 / $255
  • JUNIOR (11-12) $220 / $240
  • MINI (7-10) $220 / $240
  • HOTSHOTS (4-6) $165* / $185* Includes one observer band
  • OBSERVER $40 / $40

Payments may be made online or mailed to:

One check must be submitted for all fees due payable to FORCE DANCE TOUR.

All dancers registered for FORCE must sign the studio registration waiver for participation.

  • Early Tuition Fees apply to all registrations postmarked 30 days prior to the first day of the event. If fees are not paid in full 30 days prior, early fees will not be applied. See your city page for exact registration deadlines.
  • Returned checks will incur a $25 fee.
  • There are no refunds on workshop fees.
  • Dancers who are not registered with a studio may register for the workshop.
  • Dancers may register for our FORCE workshop classes without entering the competition. Please note, dancers who desire to compete, however, must be registered for the workshop.

Attendees and participants will not hold FORCE DANCE TOUR responsible for any losses of personal items or injuries incurred at our event.

Scholarship winners should submit a copy of their scholarship with payment for workshop.

Any registrations paid the day of event will be paid in cash or via credit card. Cashier’s check or money orders are also accepted. We will not accept regular checks at this time.

Approximately 10 days prior to our Force Dance Tour event in your city, you will be emailed all info including your workshop and competition schedule for our weekend. Should you have any questions on anything pertaining to our dance weekend, we are here to help you with anything you may need. Simply email us at Forcedancetour@att.net or call 251-776-5981.

On the day of our event, you will see our registration table for your studio packet including your student bands, teacher bands, and any pre order observer bands along with audition info for our scholarship auditions that weekend. At this time you will receive any updated schedules along with a competition program for you and your registered teachers. Wristbands are not required until Saturday morning, in the event of added Friday evening classes.

We invite studio owners and their registered teachers to join us for a teacher luncheon to be held on Sunday. We look forward to meeting all of you here and hearing your feedback on how you have enjoyed your weekend and what you would like to see us possibly add to our event.

Give Back Scholarship

 

For studios who bring 15 or more paying students to our workshop, we will issue you a scholarship free of charge for you to award to any student in any way you see fit for the 2018 season . It is our way of saying thank you for attending our dance weekend and we hope our event will continue to inspire you in the future!

The Visionary Award

 

Force Dance Tour recognizes the studio director that we feel most brings diversity into their studio’s competition choreography and routine performances. It is vital to train our dancers in many areas to present diverse dancers for our industry and Force Dance Tour hopes to be instrumental in the appreciation of this vision. To be eligible for this award, the studio must have at least 8 group, large group, line, extended line, or productions combined.

COMPETITION FEES (PER DANCER)

Before deadline After deadline
SOLO $100 $130 3 minute max
DUO/TRIO $55 $60 3 minute max
GROUP (4-9 dancers) $45 $50 3 minute max
LINE (10-15 dancers) $45 $50 3 minute max
EXT. LINE (16-24 dancers) $45 $50 4 minute max
PRODUCTION (25+ dancers) $45 $50 6 minute max

In order to compete, dancers must be registered for the entire workshop in the city where competing.

Entry fees are NON-REFUNDABLE. We strictly enforce time limits on routines entered at Force Dance Tour.

If you need to purchase additional minutes, You may purchase up to 2 additional minutes of time for any Group, Line, Extended Line or Production for just $5 per dancer, per additional minute.

Solos are allowed without participation in a group number but must be solos must be registered under your home studio.

PERFORMANCE DIVISIONS

JAZZ: Primarily jazz technique, utilizing up-tempo music.

BALLET: Primarily ballet or pointe technique, including classical steps and movements.

HIP-HOP: Primarily hip-hop technique.

TAP: Primarily tap technique. Routines demonstrating clogging technique and style may not compete in the tap category. Recorded tap sounds are not permitted.

CONTEMPORARY: A blend of modern and ballet technique.

LYRICAL: A combination of jazz and ballet techniques to slow music incorporating emotional and storytelling elements.

MUSICAL THEATRE: Any routine interpreting a song from a Broadway or Movie Musical.

OPEN: A blend of styles. Also includes character, song and dance etc.

*Judges reserve the right to change the performance division of a number if they feel it is incorrectly placed. Please also make sure routines are family friendly and age appropriate.

JUDGES CRITERIA

TECHNIQUE 50%

PERFORMANCE 20%

CHOREOGRAPHY & MUSICALITY 20%

OVERALL APPEARANCE 10%

AGE DIVISIONS

Hot Shots 5-6
MINI Division 7-10
JUNIOR Division 11-12
TEEN Division 13-15
SENIOR Division 16-18
Pro Am Division 19+
  • ALL AGES ARE AS OF JANUARY 1, 2018.
  • We arrive at our age divisions by averaging the age of the dancers in each routine. To determine the average age of the routine, add all ages together and divide by the number of dancers in the routine. When averaging ages, always drop the decimal point to determine FORCE competition age.
  • Names and ages of all competing dancers must appear on the online application/entry form or the routine may not be competed.
  • The average age of each entry cannot drop more than one (1) age division below the age of the oldest dancer in the entry. (For example: a routine contains dancers aging from 15-18. The entry may not compete younger than the Teen Division (one division younger than the oldest dancer-18).
  • Routines with a dancer 19 years of age or older must compete in the Pro Am Division (19+), regardless of the average age of the entry.
  • Teachers may not compete in any age category other than Pro Am.
  • You may enter a routine in an age category higher than the average age.
  • All competing dancers must be prepared to present proof of age if needed.

COMPETITION AWARDS

All entries will be adjudicated by 3 distinguished judges. If a larger city requires a fourth judge, the lowest score of the four judges will be omitted. Please be sure your studio presents family friendly and age appropriate routines. Should a judge find a routine not meeting these criteria, the routine will result in a deduction of point value.

Force Dance Tour Adjudicated Awards:

  • FULL FORCE 291-300
  • HIGH GOLD 276-290
  • GOLD 261-275
  • HIGH SILVER 246-260
  • SILVER 231-245
  • BRONZE 216-230

 

PLACEMENT AWARDS

In addition to the adjudicated awards, a competitive 1st-10th place award will be given to the highest scoring Solo. A competitive 1st, 2nd or 3rd place award will also be given to the highest scoring Duo/Trio, Group, Line, Extended Line and Production, in each of the 7-10, 11-12, 13-15, 16-18, 19+ age categories.

A 1st Place Award will also be given to the highest scoring Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Hip-Hop and Specialty number in the Mini, Junior division, Teen and Senior divisions.

 

SPECIAL AWARDS

The Impact Award

Our judging staff will select a Mini, Junior, Teen and Senior Group, Large Group, Line, Extended Line, or Production routine to receive the Impact Award. Those with this distinguished honor will dance in our Finale Show. Many factors go into the decision of the winners of these awards and are not necessarily the highest score in that age division. Winners will also receive a $250 award.

The Full Force Award

Our judging panel will select one routine from each studio that they feel best represents that studio’s work as performed at our FORCE Dance Tour weekend. To be eligible, studios must have at least 8 groups entered at our event that weekend.

The Visionary Award

Force Dance Tour recognizes the studio director that we feel most brings diversity into their studio’s competition choreography and routine performances. It is vital to train our dancers in many areas to present diverse dancers for our industry and Force Dance Tour hopes to be instrumental in the appreciation of this vision.

SCORES, CRITIQUES, AND PICKING UP OF AWARDS

Scores and Critiques will be uploaded by 12pm Sunday. Awards with monetary value will only be distributed to a studio owner or studio teacher. Parents or students are not allowed to pick up these type of awards.

PROPS

•    Hazardous props may not be used during the competition.
•    Please make sure props are not too large in size and will fit on our stage. Our stage is approximately 40X30.
•    Studios have a maximum of 2 minutes to set up a prop and remove props off the stage. Deductions will be taken for set ups exceeding this time frame. Also, FORCE employees cannot participate in loading in or loading out props onstage or to and from venue.  Email us ahead of time if you have large props and we can go over load in areas etc. for that city’s venue.

ROUTINES IN THE FINALE

Our Finale show will be on Sunday. We will feature our Impact award winners in each category along with our top soloist in each category.  Final scholarships will be presented along with our other special Force Dance Tour Awards.

VIDEO & PHOTOGRAPHY

There is no video or photography allowed during classes or competition.  Not following this rule can result in studio/student disqualification.  Pictures are allowed after classes with teachers as time permits.  Photography after the awards session is allowed on stage.

COMPETITION RULES & REGULATIONS

•    Registration may be completed either online or by mail. To register click here.
•    Checks should be made payable to FORCE Dance Tour. Please send ONE check for all fees (workshop fees and competition fees can be included in one check).
•    All returned checks will be subject to a $35 fee.
•    When we reach capacity, we  will no longer accept Competition registrations.
•    All attendees authorize the use of their images in photos and video for any video or photo publications presented by FORCE
•    No foreign checks accepted. Bank money orders must be payable in US Funds only.
•    Entry fees are NON-REFUNDABLE. NO EXCEPTIONS.
•    All competition fees are per person, per entry.
•    Dancers may compete under one studio only at FORCE Dance Tour events.
•    All mailed competition entries must be postmarked 30 days prior to the convention.
•    The deadline for competition changes is two (2) weeks prior to the event. No changes will be accepted after this date.
•    Dancers must be ready 45 minutes ahead of scheduled performance time as often our events run early and we will not hold a competition for a missing dancer.
•    In some cities, Friday competition may be held.
•    Entries will perform in the order that is presented in scheduling. Any intentional manipulation of show order may result in disqualification of that studio.
•    An official entry form (photocopies are acceptable) must be filled out for each routine entered.
•    Dancers and routines may compete in more than one city. See our discount for attending a second city with FORCE Dance Tour.
•    Teachers may not coach dancers during the competition.
•    Stage Dimensions are 40’x30′
•    Doors will open 15 minutes prior to competition start time. Admission is free. The front rows are reserved for studio owners, choreographers, and teachers.
•    Attendees and participants will not hold FORCE DANCE TOUR responsible for any losses of personal items or injuries incurred at our event.
•    Solos are allowed without participation in a group number but must be solos must be registered under your home studio.

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

FORCE Dance Tour
P.O. Box 850155
Mobile, Alabama 36685

Call us at 251-776-5981