Schedule

Hello dancers at our 2022 NJ National Finals!Although Nationals is all about dance, your TRDC team loves to bring dancers together and celebrate outside of the auditorium as well!

Our scavenger hunt has always been a blast, but this year we’re trying something new. Join us for our 2022 Color Wars battle, in which all dancers can participate in some fun games, make lots of noise, get messy (and probably wet), win points for their team, and cheer each other on. This evening is one of the highlights of TRDC Nationals! And don’t forget – all studios on the winning team take home special COLOR WARS CHAMPION trophies! (winning team to be announced at The Royal Circle)

Here’s what you need to know:

Where: Doc Cramer practice field, immediately next to the Stafford Township Performing Arts Center complex

When: Friday, July 8 at 7:30-9 p.m.

Games: From 7:30-8 p.m., dancers can visit the individual stations at the back of the field to play minute-to-win-it games. You’ll find a full list and map of games later in this email.

From 8-8:45 p.m., come to the front of the field for some full-team activities such as a Water Pass, Tug of War and more!

For Tug of War and Dizzy Izzy (2 of the full-team games), only a certain number of spots are available, so signup sheets will be sent to each studio separately.

Tickets: Every dancer will have 5 white tickets in their dancer packet (with their t-shirt, program and lanyard). Dancers will use these tickets to play games at Color Wars!

Team Colors: We’ve grouped studios together so that dancers can make new friends and have lots of opportunities to score points. There will be four teams represented at our COLOR WARS event: Blue, Green, Red and Yellow.

Your studio’s team color is BLUE!!

What to Bring: Be sure to bring your white tickets from your dancer packet! Parents might also want to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on, as there is no seating at the field. Bathrooms are limited, so please use the restroom facilities before arriving at the field.

And someone from each team will need to bring the giant inflatable mascot that TRDC will hand out at the Friday afternoon awards ceremony!

What to Wear: Every dancer should come dressed for the big event. Here’s what you should wear (remember – everything should be in your team color!). Any 5 of these will get you an extra point for your team!

  • A crown or tiara to show you are Royalty
  • At least 6 ponytails (to mark TRDC’s 6th anniversary)
  • Your team name written on each cheek (eyeliner works great – avoid the Sharpies!)
  • Any sneakers you like, but the crazier the better!
  • Un-matching socks
  • Any t-shirt in your team color
  • Bandanas on both arms
  • A floaty around your waist – we are the beach, after all!
  • Something with crabs on it, since the crab is our mascot this year!
  • A tutu to top it all off!

And you never know . . . more challenges may be issued at the event to give extra opportunities to win points for your team!

We’ll see you at our 2022 COLOR WARS!

The games:

  • Cookie Face: Players stand and attempt to get a cookie from covering their eye into their mouth without using their hands. 60 seconds
  • Penny Pincher: Players attempt to remove 2 pennies, one from each leg of a pair of footed tights. 60 seconds
  • Apple Stack: Players attempt to stack 5 apples on top of one another in under 60 seconds.
  • Ham Hands: Players attempt to unwrap a tootsie roll in under 60 seconds while wearing oven mitts. Hands only!
  • Cup Stack: Players get a stack of 25 red cups with 1 blue cup on top. They have 60 seconds to move 1 cup at a time to the bottom of the stack, and get the blue cup back to the top.
  • Hot Potato: Players sit in a circle (or 2, or 3) of mixed teams. Play music and pass around a beanbag- When the music stops, the person holding the beanbag is out and steps out. Last one left wins.
  • Keep it Up: Standing in two hula hoops, have two team members bat a beach ball back and forth. Any team that keeps it up (without stepping out of the hula hoops) for 1 minute wins.
  • Hula Line: Line up teams of 4 of the same color, all holding hands. Start with 5 hula hoops at the feet of the first person. They have to take hula hoop up over their body and pass onto next person. Last in line drops hoop at feet then the first person can start on the second hoop. First team to get through all 5 hoops wins.
  • Icy Toes: Players attempt to pull their marbles out of a pool full of ice using only their toes. Whatever marbles they pull out in 60 seconds they can add to their total!
  • Ring Toss: Players toss a hula hoop at traffic cones. Close is worth 1 marble, mid is 2, far is 3.

If you successfully complete a challenge, you will earn a marble for your team, bring it to the marble counting table and add it to your jar!

Lydia Wright
The Royal Dance Competition


Schedule

Our 2022 New Jersey National Finals is just around the corner. Are you ready? We are!!Here’s the vital details once again, as well as a few reminders:

VENUE and DATES:

The 2022 National Finals: Jersey Shore event will be held July 05-10, 2022. The Royal Dance Competition will be hosting this event at Stafford Township Arts Center, 1000 McKinley Avenue, Manahawkin, NJ 08050.

INSTAGRAM:

We’ve created a special Instagram for this event for you and your dance families to enjoy:

Follow on Instagram: @trdcnationalsnj

or visit

https://www.instagram.com/trdcnationalsnj

Be sure to send this to your students & parents to follow. They can even share with family and friends! And be sure to tell your dancers and parents to use #trdcnationalsnj on any photos they post on Facebook and Instagram!

PRE-COMPETITION SCHEDULE:

The Reign rehearsals: Tuesday, July 5 from 8-1:30 pm; Wednesday, July 6 from 8-11 am (all choreography has been emailed – please let us know if you did not receive it)

Master Classes: Tuesday, July 5 starting at 1:45 pm

8 & under: 1:45-3:30 pm

9-11 years old: 3:45-5:30 pm

12-14 years old: 5:45-7:30 pm

15 & older: 7:45-9:30 pm

Video Production: Tuesday, Wednesday July 5-6 (all choreography has been emailed – please let us know if you did not receive it)

Tuesday: July 5

**8 & under – during master class sessions

Wednesday, July 6

**9-11 years old: 7:30-8:15 am

**12-14 years old: 8:30-9:15 am

**15 & older: 9:30-10:15 am

COMPETITION:

Our routines will begin competing at 1 pm on Wednesday; doors open at 12 pm. Please see the general schedule that was sent out (or the one in the program you will receive at the event) for daily hours, including when doors open and times for awards ceremonies. If you need the general schedule resent to you, please let us know. Most recent General guide attached in this email.

EXTRA ACTIVITIES:

Check-In Table: There will be daily challenges available at the Check-In Table on Wednesday-Saturday. Dancers can complete challenges to win tickets to enter our merchandise gift card drawing! Visit the front table to find out more!

On-Stage Challenges: During the break in all morning and afternoon sessions, there will be additional challenges on stage. We’ll invite dancers and/or parents and/or teachers to participate in entertaining activities, and win tickets to enter our merchandise gift card drawing! Stay tuned to the emcee each session for more information!

IMPORTANT esp for Senior solos– Color Wars: All studios are invited to attend our Color Wars on Friday, July 8 and compete to win bragging rights for being the 2022 Color Wars champions!. Color wars specifics next email.
***RAIN DATE: if lightning is anticipated and the Color Wars event is deemed unsafe, the event will be rescheduled for Saturday night, and we will re-schedule Senior Competitive Solos for Friday night instead. This will ONLY happen if severe weather is anticipated, and all studio directors will be notified in person if this is the case***

Senior Recognition: We would like to give all senior dancers an opportunity to take a “final bow” on stage at our 2022 National Finals. We will be doing this during the awards ceremonies on Thursday evening (session includes Senior Intermediate solos) and Saturday evening (session includes Senior Competitive solos). To ensure that we have room on stage for all seniors to take their bows, we ask that seniors attend one or the other Final Bow, but not both.

SUPER IMPORTANT FOR ALL TDC DANCERS- ROYAL CIRCLE:

Sunday will be full of special performances and challenges, and the opportunity to re-compete the judges’ favorite routines from throughout the week for the event’s top honors:

**The Ultimate Royal Soloist – top three named for the competitive level and the novice/intermediate (combined) level

**The Ultimate Royalty Award – top three named for the competitive level and the novice/intermediate (combined) level

The nominated routines will be announced as follows:

**in the Novice/Intermediate levels, solo and non-solo nominees will be announced following the Friday afternoon session; (this includes are mini team routines)

**in the Competitive level, non-solo nominees will be announced following the Saturday morning session; -(this includes all other group dance levels)

** in the Competitive level, solo nominees will be announced following the Saturday evening session

ALL TDC DANCERS MUST BE PRESENT AT THE ABOVE LISTED AWARDS CEREMONIES THAT CORRELATES WITH YOUR ROUTINES TO ACCEPT YOUR NOMINATION TO THE ROYAL CIRCLE. This means that some of our routines may dance again on Sunday and it will be announced at the above ceremonies.

See you soon,

Lydia Wright

The Royal Dance Competition


Hello, and welcome (almost) to summer!

      We know you have lots of questions about our 2022 National Finals event in New Jersey, so we want to pass along some information:

VENUE and DATES: 

The 2022 National Finals: Jersey Shore event will be held July 05-10, 2022. The Royal Dance Competition will be hosting this event at Stafford Township Arts Center, 1000 McKinley Avenue, Manahawkin, NJ 08050.

DEADLINES:

Parental waiver due: Monday, June 27, 2022- we will email you if we need a new signature

PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE: 

The Reign rehearsals: Tuesday, Wednesday, July 5-6 (please see separate communication about The Reign)

Master Classes: Tuesday, July 5 starting at 1:45 pm (see more info below)

Video Production: Tuesday, Wednesday July 5-6

Traditional Competition: Wednesday, July 6 – Saturday, July 9

Color Wars (team bonding experience): Friday, July 8 (see more info below)

Royal Circle: Sunday, July 10

While we can’t give you an exact competition schedule until everyone’s entries are finalized, we can tell you when the levels will compete:

Novice Level routines: Wednesday-Thursday only

Intermediate Level routines: Wednesday-Friday only

Competitive Level routines: Thursday-Saturday only

***All of TDC’s routines and solos are in the competitive category except for the minis- Barbie Girl and Fire flies are Intermediate and fresh prince and shrimp shack are novice.  

ROYAL CIRCLE:

Sunday will be full of special performances and challenges, and the opportunity to re-compete the judges’ favorite routines from throughout the week for the event’s top honors:

  • **The Ultimate Royal Soloist – top three named for the competitive level and the novice/intermediate (combined) level
  • **The Ultimate Royalty Award – top three named for the competitive level and the novice/intermediate (combined) level

The nominated routines will be announced as follows: 

  • **in the Novice/Intermediate levels, solo and non-solo nominees will be announced following the Friday afternoon session; 
  • **in the Competitive level, non-solo nominees will be announced following the Saturday morning session;
  • ** in the Competitive level, solo nominees will be announced following the Saturday evening session

ALL STUDENTS IN THESE CATEGORIES MUST BE PRESENT FOR THESE AWARDS CEREMONIES SO YOU ARE AWARE IF YOU NEED TO DANCE AGAIN ON SUNDAY

MASTER CLASSES: 

All dancers attending our National Finals are invited to participate in master classes, taught by your favorite TRDC judges and staff members. All age groups will have two classes – Hip-Hop and Contemporary.

Classes will be on Tuesday, July 5, at the venue.

  • 8 & under: 1:45-3:30 pm
  • 9-11 years old: 3:45-5:30 pm
  • 12-14 years old: 5:45-7:30 pm
  • 15 & older: 7:45-9:30 pm

VIDEO PRODUCTION:

Dancers at our 2022 Nationals Event are invited to participate in a Video Production, which will premier on the big screens at the Royal Circle on Sunday, July 10! Video production is an optional event.

We will be sending video links and instructions to each participating studio by June 20. Dancers will be asked to learn one or more brief routines from the video link before they arrive at Nationals. They will then review the choreography and be videotaped in small groups in the sessions outlined below:

For video production, TDC will have an additional practice on Thursday June 23 from 5-8pm which will be required only for those who want to participate in the video production.

5-545pm- ages 8 and under
545-630pm- ages 9-11
630-715pm- ages 12-14
715-8pm – ages 15 & older

At nationals, students who wish to be in the video production must be present at the following times for filming:

Tuesday: July 5

**8 & under – during master class sessions

Wednesday, July 6

**9-11 years old: 7:30-8:15 am

**12-14 years old: 8:30-9:15 am

**15 & older: 9:30-10:15 am

COLOR WARS: 

We are very excited to be hosting a giant Color Wars for all dancers attending our Nationals event! This event will be on Friday evening, July 8, at a nearby field (exact time and location to be announced). Dancers will have the opportunity to win points for their team by completing challenges both individually and in groups. The team with the most points at the end of the night wins a special award.

You’ll be receiving a separate email with all the details to share with your dance families: what to bring, what to wear, and what to expect! Because yes, you get bonus points for dressing up 🙂

IMPROV CHALLENGE:

During our 2022 National Finals, our Improv Challenge has been moved to Sunday morning prior to the Royal Circle. Because this is such a large event and we have so many studios participating, all studios will be given 3 spots in the Improv Challenge: 2 for the traditional challenge and one for the Ultimate Improv Challenge (more info below).

***TDC will be asking the top 3 improv scores from regionals to participate first. Than any extra spots left on June 2nd will be given out based on your regional improv scores and you will be notified if there is a spot for you to participate. Please be sure to fill out YES on your survey if you wish to be considered for the improv challenge. 

All studios have until June 1 to register your three Improv challenge candidates. You can do this by emailing Lydia at [email protected]theroyaldancecompetition.com with the names and genres of your candidates. We will add these entries to your registration, applying the published entry fee of $60 per dancer (same fee for both the traditional and the Ultimate Improv Challenge).

On June 2, any remaining slots in the Improv Challenge will be opened up to all studios on a first-come, first-served basis (again, reserved by emailing Lydia at the above address).

The Ultimate Improv Challenge is open to a maximum of one dancer from each studio. These dancers will be challenged with an unknown genre on stage and must be ready to perform! Choose your dancers wisely – this will be the ultimate test of their dance ability. For TDC, this will be our top scoring improv challenge winner from regionals should they choose to accept.

DANCER PARTICIPATION/ACTIVITIES: 

More information will be coming out soon regarding opportunities for your dancer to participate outside of performances. We’ll have daily challenges, theme days and activities for dancers (and siblings!) throughout the week.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

See you soon,

Lydia Wright
The Royal Dance Competition

Hi everyone. Here is the practice schedule for Royal Dance Challenge Nationals.

We will be off the week after the recitals to rest then there will be two practices only based upon graduations and school functions that were submitted to me as requested.

Please arrive by 345pm to stretch and warm up for those who start dancing at 4 pm and by 4pm for those who start dancing at 415pm. All those not in the first two practice time slots need to arrive 15 minutes prior to dance time to make sure you are all stretched and ready to dance at your scheduled time.

Students who dance straight through from 4-9pm or who have multiple classes in a row will be allowed snacks when their partnered group is dancing during any of their time slots as we will be alternating dances in most time slots between levels.

Nationals Practice dates are Wednesday June 22 and Monday June 27. Should any graduations be moved unexpectedly or some dances require unexpected changes that require more practice time, the two alternate or additional practice dates will be Thursday June 23, 2022 and Tuesday June 28, 2022. The alternate dates will only be used if absolutely necessary to accommodate unforeseen circumstances.

Sheri Daknis, TDC Studio Director