The industry’s leading National Title competition!
All soloists in any ADA/CDA regional events, ages 7 and up, are eligible for America’s Dancer of the Year at NO EXTRA CHARGE.
At the National level, over $8,000.00 in cash scholarships are awarded! Each regional Ultimate Challenge winner will receive an official ADA regional winner jacket and a medal.
The next level of competition will be the ADA National Championships, where winners from each regional event in the USA, Canada, South Africa, Ecuador, and China will vie for the coveted title of America’s Dancer of the Year.
National Championship Cash Scholarships
America’s Dancer of the Year – $500.00
1st Runner Up – $300.00
2nd Runner Up – $200.00
Audition Class Winners – $50.00 scholarship each (Both Male & Female)
Are you ready to take the Ultimate Challenge?
The Opening Number
Dancers in Junior, Teen, and Senior have the incredible opportunity to work with a professional industry-leading choreographer to create an Opening Number! This is performed twice – at their Title Competitions and also at their respective Video Awards Gala (12 & Under for Junior, 13 & Over for Teen and Senior).
The Adjudicated Audition Classes
In an effort to choose the best well-rounded dancer, ADA presents audition classes for each group of contestants. The Title panel will adjudicate the classes and utilize those scores, in addition to a solo performance score, to determine the winners. A ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and acrobatics class is offered in each age level. Each contestant is required to participate in at least 3 classes, but may choose up to 5. Ballet class is mandatory. The top two class scores, added to the ballet score, will be utilized in the final tabulation. There will be high score class awards presented to the dancers who achieve the top scores, both male & female, in each genre.
The Video Introduction
Each contestant will create a video introduction with the help of our incredible ADA production team, which then plays on our main screens as they are taking the stage for their solo performance! It is a personalized and professional touch that showcases each contestant’s personality!
The Solo Competition
On their respective “Title Day”, each contestant performs their solo for the Title panel and the entire National Championship audience! Their solo performance score, combined with their top 2 class scores added to their ballet class score, determines the winner of America’s Dancer of the Year! It is always an exciting moment as new dancers are crowned with ADA’s most prestigious honor. Runner-Ups for each age division, male & female, are awarded.
rules & regulations
Regional Ultimate Challenge Winners & title winners are expected to compete at the National Championships.
All contestants will attend orientation, all rehearsals, adjudicated classes and other activities & commitments pertaining to their age level, or they will not be eligible for the title (Young DOTY: orientation only).
National DOTY Participation Fee (includes solo entry fee):
Junior, Teen, Senior DOTY: $275 USD
Young DOTY: $200 USD
Contestants may not compete their solo from the title competition at any other time during the National Championships.
Different solos will be accepted for the National Championship competition.
Contestants may compete any solo they choose for the America’s Dancer of the Year competition, it does not have to be the one they regionally won with.
Dancers who won an Ultimate Challenge or regional title jacket in 2020 at our events in Phoenix, Worcester, New Brunswick or Danvers are eligible to compete at our 2021 National Championships in their age division as of January 1st, 2021.
Paperwork for participants: