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    •  YOUR DANCE, YOUR STYLE, YOUR WAY! The only restricting your performance is your creativity. 

    • You can design your own choreography, mashup other known dances, or do a combination of both!

  • SONG:

    • The cutoff date to submit your song of choice is August 23, 2024.

    • You will only have up to two minutes and thirty seconds of your selected song. 

  • PROPS:

    • They must be brought on and taken off the floor during your time period. There is no additional setup or takedown time.​

    • Props must not damage the floor! 


  • ELITE: - Best of the best, there can only be one HONKY TONK WORLD CHAMPION!




    • This is YOUR routine to your song of choice. You should prepare and practice this well in advance to perfect it. 


    • Lifts are allowed but must be done safely. 

    • Hitting others, dropping your partner, and not being mindful of others space is grounds for disqualification.

  • STYLE: Anything country goes!!!

  • SONG:

    • The cutoff date to submit your song of choice is August 23, 2024.

    • You will only have up to two minutes and thirty seconds of your selected song. 


  • ELITE: - Best of the best, there can only be one HONKY TONK WORLD CHAMPION!

*** NDF Vol. 2 instructors are allowed to compete.***


🤠Competition Process Video🤠

STEP 1: Register for the competitions

  • After buying an Event ticket head on over to NDF DANCE PLACE where you can buy a competition ticket.

    • NDF DANCE PLACE link is availabe HERE!  


STEP 2: Check in at event

  • Once the Event starts, always listen up for any announcements from the Event hosts regarding YOUR competition or all competitions, since there are usually changes somewhere along the way in scheduling or whatever else.  Be adaptable and flexible for that.

  • There is a check-in station near the entrance where people can be assigned a number (tag) to put on their back or rear of clothes, along with 4 pins, so just save all that for the day of the competition. 

  • Tip:

    • Make sure you have designated a team representative to keep every updated.

STEP 3: Attend the Competition Meetings

  • There are pre-competition meetings with all the competitors of that contest, and one or more of the hosts and/or judges will let you know what’s happening, if things are on time or delayed, etc.  Most importantly, they would like to just give help you calm your pre-jitters by letting you know what they expect and what you can expect to happen.

  • Tip

    • Despite how many times you may have been to a meeting, it's important to attend so that you do not miss valuable information.


STEP 4: Be in attendance for your SHOWDOWN!

  • Make sure to stay close or on the competition holding area so that you get proper directions and don’t get disqualified.  This is also a valuable warm up time when practice space is provided.

  • Tip

    • If you need to leave the practice space, make sure to inform the Floor Wrangler and the people around you so that if your team is called you can be accounted for.


STEP 5: Take the Floor

  • The Floor Wrangler will have you line up when it is your turn to perform. Once your team is called to enter the dance floor, you will have 60 seconds to get to your position before the music starts. 

  • Tip

    • As the Floor Wrangler walks the competitors around the dance floor, smile and wave and be cheerful.  This is your time to HYPE the crowd! 

STEP 6: Stay tuned for awards

  • Awards will happen Sunday during the concerts. It’s important for all finalists to be in attendance.



Honky Tonk World Championships Criteria



  • Costume, entrance, exit, stage presence.

  • Tip

    • Go big or go home!


  • Versatility, creativity, movement, and formations as well as how well the performers use the floor space.


  • Uniqueness of the performance.

  • Tip:​​
    • Please don't copy the routine from 'Bring It On'.


  • Definition:  The element of dance that defines when certain movements will occur is time. Beat, tempo, rhythm, and pace are all components of timing.

  • What Judges are looking for:  Judges should be able to tell if the song is fast or slow by watching your steps. 

  • Tip

    • Don’t rush through moves just to cram a bunch together.  Quality over quantity.  Let the partnership- and the audience- breath when watching you.


  • Definition: Quality of your dance foundation and basics.

  • What judges are looking for: Judges want to see clean footwork, control (including balance), and frame which demonstrate good technique. Maintaining timing and level appropriate moves is also a part of technique.

  • Tip

    • Don’t hold back on dancing “All Out”! But be aware of your essentials: frame, connection, control, and floor etiquette. Make sure to know where other dancer are! 


  • Definition: How well you and your partner work together to showcase all your foundational dance skills. 

  • What judges are looking for:  Judges are looking for how well competitors watch each other safety, and demonstrate the ability to not outshine one another while actively engaging with one another. Partner dance relies on demonstrating the ability to dance together, rather than just simultaneously. 

  • Tip

    • Make sure to look at each other, act as if the two of you are the only ones on the dance floor. This will help you stay in tuned as well. #chemistry


  • Definition: The moves that make up the dance: The variety, transitions, and individual moves and combinations used throughout the dance.

  • What judges are looking for:  Content should showcase a connection to the music, provide variety, and when possible demonstrate the knowledge of multiple combinations. 

  • Tip

    • Use the music to influence what type of moves and combinations are done.  Listen for highs and lows in the song.  Be creative on the phrase changes. Execute lifts at a time during the music where it really goes well!


  • Definition: The performance factor! How well you sell your dance to the judges and crowd.

  • What judges are looking for:  Generating engagement by utilizing phrasing, drawing in the judges and crowd, and adding individual style and flare. Providing good Showmanship is an important part of any competition, but it is never a substitute for good technique. 

  • Tip

    • As much as you are performing for the crowd, you really want to make sure the judges are seeing your best work. Make sure to angle your best moves in a way that the judges would be able to see them, versus always having your back to the judges. 

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